The Nest, April 26th, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

4/26/17 Wednesday, 5:30-7pmSTEAM Night!
4/28/17 Friday, 2:40-6pmAfter School Program CLOSED. NO PROGRAM on Friday
4/29/17 Saturday, 10-12pm“Micro” Greening Work Day
5/4/17 Thursday, 6-7:30pmLast PTA Meeting of the Year. Come Celebrate! With Student DJs!
5/6/17 Saturday, 10–NoonSAVE THE DATE—Kinder Welcome + SK/Stanford Alumni Greening Collaboration + Clean Schoolyard Trash Pick Up
5/12/17 FridaySports Day - volunteers needed
5/13/17 Saturday, 9-11:30amSKATE DAY at Church of Eight Wheels
5/25/17 Thursday 10am 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Rising Starrs After School Program is CLOSED THIS FRIDAY!  The onsite After School Program will be closed Friday (4/28), for their annual staff retreat.  This is a reminder.  The date was announced back in the fall.  Please make sure to have plans for picking up your child at 2:40pm!

STEAM night with the After-School Program -- STEAM = Science, Tech, Engineering, Arts, Math!  Get it!?  Our ASP hosts a science and art themed carnival for the entire school every spring, where they build seriously amazing projects -- like homemade stomp rockets and craft boat races based on economic theory (seriously!).  To be held Wednesday, April 26, 5:30-7pm.  Everyone is invited -- and if you’d like to help out, please contact Maybelle Miranda (

Another mini Greening Work Day!  Big ups to the rugged crew that showed up last weekend to haul debris… the yard is getting better all the time!  Please join Peter and the Green Team (which is pretty much all of you) for some strategic weeding and bagel-munching projects this Saturday from 10a to 12n.  As always: kids welcome, snacks provided… bring gloves and water.

Thursday, May 4 - Last PTA meeting of the year!  Important updates!   GELATO!!  We'll wrap up the PTA year with our final general meeting.  Don’t miss it -- the YMCA After School Program’s DJ CREW will be spinning in their debut performance, AND we’ll be celebrating our classroom and PTA volunteers, AND we’ll have prizes for some amazing volunteers, AND we’ll have dinner and GELATO!!  Need more?  Well, there’s also PTA business -- Ms. Martin will be there to give our community an update on hiring for next year, including for the 4th / 5th grades, and on other staffing issues.  And Jolie Ginsburg will present the Treasurer’s Report.

Keep collecting box tops to raise money for Starr King!  We are a month away from end of school, so keep bringing those box tops in to your teachers so we can continue to earn for Starr King!  We have a box tops collection contest from now until Friday, May 19th and the class with the most box tops will earn a pizza party!  Ms. Liu's 2nd grade class won in the fall.  Who will win this time?!?

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?  Applause?  Email 1st grade parent Willem Vroegh at

Seneca Social and Emotional Toolbox - Our eighth Toolbox Skill is the “Taking Time Tool”. The Taking Time Tool has two distinct purposes.  Time Away allows us to physically remove ourselves to create more space from the heat of a conflict.  It also allows us the space to calm down and take inventory of how we are feeling and thinking.  Time-In means to take some time to check-inside oneself to see what is needed.  It is time to notice what you feel, to think things through, or cool down.

At home you can ask your children to explain the difference between a Time-In and Time-Away, and to show you the Taking Time hand gesture.   You can also remind all family members to use their Taking Time Tool when conflicts arise.  It is helpful for children to see adults role model using the tool.

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

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