The Nest, April 12th, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
4/14/17 Friday, 2 p.m. Holi Celebration
4/15/17 Saturday, 10-11:30 a.m. Greening work day
4/15/17 Saturday, 6-11 p.m. Spring Fling at the Verdi Club
4/19/17 Wednesday, 5:30-7 p.m. STEAM Night with the After-School Program -- all are welcome
5/4/17 Thursday, 6-7:30 p.m. Last PTA Meeting of the Year. Come Celebrate!
5/6/17 Saturday, 10am–Noon SAVE THE DATE Kinder Welcome + SK/Stanford Alumni Greening Collaboration + Clean Schoolyard Trash Pick Up
5/13/17 Saturday, 9-11:30 a.m. SKATE DAY at Church of Eight Wheels

April is All About Testing, or not! As we wind down the school year, it’s important to note that students are being asked to demonstrate their knowledge in a number of ways. Whether on state tests, reading tests, or Chinese tests, many students are feeling the pressure to perform well. The good news is that I’ve heard from a number of students that they feel confident in their abilities and look forward to showing the results of all their hard work on the tests. And, while this is important, I am most heartened by the strength and positivity of our community. I cannot express enough my thanks to the many parent volunteers and donors who have contributed to the success of this year. From math tutoring to math festivals to budget brainstorming, each one of you has made an exceptional contribution to the education of all of our students.  We have weathered quite a few storms together and will undoubtedly have others in the coming years. I look forward to our continued good work, -D

Chip in to tidy up the schoolyard!  Greening work day this Saturday, April 15.  Come help the Green Team clean up a few areas of our schoolyard this Saturday from 10a-11:30a.  First of a series (hopefully every Saturday!) of small work days to put things back in order after the winter deluge and a year of exploring hands and feet.  Bring gloves, water and sunscreen… snacks provided and kids welcome!  Contact Peter ( for more info.

Spring Fling is THIS WEEK!  Buy your tickets!  Tickets for the Spring Fling - a fabulous annual fundraising gala - are now on sale.  There will be food, drinks, silent and live auction.  Spend time with friends and meet new parents while also supporting the school!  Spring Fling is happening at Verdi Club 2424 Mariposa St, San Francisco, CA 94110. It’s on April 15th, Saturday 6pm-11:00pm. It's ADULTS ONLY.  So book your sitter early!  You do not want to miss out on the fun.   Buy tickets here ASAP -- prices go up at the door!  Tickets are $65 per person, or $240 for the Bring Your Friends Pack.  Don’t miss out!

Holi Celebration!  Friday, April 14!  Holi is a traditional Hindu spring festival known as the “festival of colors.”  Here are Starr King, we celebrate Holi by throwing colored powder at each other with wild abandon.  We were rained out of the originally scheduled date of 3/24, so we’re celebrating Friday 4/14 at 2 p.m.  If your child returned a permission slip for this event in March, please be sure to send your child to school in clothes that can get messy.  Goggles or sunglasses to protect eyes are highly recommended as well.  Parents, come watch the fun!  For more information, contact Gina Lee-Satomi at ginasatomi at gmail dot com.

Starr King’s YMCA Summer Camp Registration is Available! Our on-site After School Program, run by the Y, has their summer registrations available (link: ). The Y has fun for everyone, and they plan to continue the “Best Summer Ever” theme this summer with weeks planned to be a “Summer of Discovery”. Summer Camp will be located at Cesar Chavez ES from June 5th to July 21st, with weekly enrollment available. A bus from SK to CC is available. For questions, please email Maybelle (

Skate Day is Coming!  May 13!  Our first roller-skating party is happening on Saturday, May 13, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Church of Eight Wheels (554 Fillmore Street).  Admission is free for the whole Starr King community!  There will be a bus leaving from Starr King at 9 a.m. that morning, returning at noon (or you can get there via your own means of transportation).  Look for bus RSVP forms in your Wednesday folder in the next few weeks.  Questions?  Requests for favorite songs to skate to?  Email 1st grade parent Willem Vroegh at wvroegh at yahoo dot com.

Summer camp opportunity in Taiwan - Third through fifth graders are eligible to attend a seven day summer camp in Taiwan; camp tuition and lunch is free, but airfare, hotel, and other meals are not included.    This camp , held the week of July 24 - July 30, will provide a real cultural exchange opportunity; students will interact with Chinese students and experience a host of cultural activities, including viewing cultural monuments, learning about Taiwanese aboriginal foods and history, viewing unique architecture, tasting night market delicacies, and learning how to do herb and flower sachets.  If you are interested in learning more, please call  Ms. Rosen after school at (415) 695-5797 or leave a telephone message at the office for her.  Second graders will be given a spot if space is available.

Scholar dollars update = no update!  Thanks to everyone who voted their fingers to the bone last month to win a technology grant for Starr King!  No news yet -- winners will be announced on April 17.  Keep your fingers crossed!

Seneca Social and Emotional Toolbox -  It can be challenging for children (and adults) not to take things personally.  The Garbage Can Tool teaches this skill.  We teach them to think of some mean or annoying things as “garbage” that can be placed in the Garbage Can where they can, hopefully, let it go.  We also want to teach them the difference between little stuff that goes in the Garbage Can, and big stuff that might need further attention.  At home you can remind children when there are little things that can go in the Garbage Can and let it go.  Help your children figure out if an event is important enough to deal with or something they can practice using the Garbage Can and the tagline “I let the little things go.”

If you have any questions about Seneca’s lessons or tools, please feel free to email Laura Lin at


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