THE NEST, August, 2017

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
9/1 Friday Free Dress Day! First Friday of every month
9/4 Monday HOLIDAY - Labor Day - no school!
9/6 Wednesday, 5-7PM Back to School Night
9/7 Thursday 1:40PM Early Dismissal Begins!
9/7 Thursday 5:30PM Mandatory ASP Meeting
9/14 Thursday, 6-7:30PM 1st PTA Meeting
10/6 Friday Free Dress Day! First Friday of every month
10/6 Friday ASP closed for staff training. Please pick up kids at 2:40p when school ends.
10/9 Monday HOLIDAY - Indigenous People’s Day
10/13 Friday Latino Heritage Event
10/31 Tuesday Halloween Celebration

Important reminders!

  • Return your school lunch forms!  Even if you don’t want or qualify for free or reduced lunch, mark “do not want” and return the form to help Starr King get more funding from the district!
  • Return your emergency cards!  It’s important for Starr King to have current phone numbers for every student.
  • Shots!  If you haven’t provided proof of immunizations for your incoming student, please bring that into the office ASAP.
  • Handbook!  This year, the PTA and administration have created a Starr King Parent Handbook to spell out the basics of life at Starr King.  Find it online at
  • Food Bank is every Tuesday morning in the Starr King yard behind the cafeteria starting September 12, 8 a.m.-9 (or when food runs out). Volunteers needed for both Food Bank and Snack Distribution. Please contact Nurse Nancy, if interested.
  • Sign up for Starr King email announcements at

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A Note from Principal Martin

Greetings Starr King! I am happy to be returning as your principal and extremely proud of all I have seen during this first week of the school year.  Our returning teachers worked together with new teachers to get classrooms prepared for students and parents were ready to assist where needed. You will also notice our gardens have been replanted and are growing beautifully. As we move into this year there will be more changes. We anticipate having an early release day on Thursdays starting after Labor Day. This will allow us to conduct professional development with teachers and also leave time for their lesson planning. In order to make this work, we’ve changed the lunch schedule a little bit and continue to test some small changes to make sure it works for both students and staff. Thanks for bearing with us during this process. And, thanks for bringing your students to Starr King. We are honored for the opportunity and look forward to getting to know each one of them. Here’s to a great year, and to Peace and Learning!

Back to School Night – Wednesday, September 6th, 5-7 p.m. This is your chance to meet your child’s teacher, visit the classroom, and hear more about what is coming this year.  What’s up with all that homework?  When will my child be tested?  What will my child learn this year?  Get answers to these questions and more.  We are working on translation for our Chinese- and Spanish-speaking families!

Notes from Starr King PTA - Starr King! The first day of school embodied the learning, wonder, and community we aspire to all year long! In addition to continuing our work of advocacy, volunteerism, and fundraising—SKPTA is renewing our commitment to communication and inclusivity in our community building efforts! Join SKPTA and help us better serve our community of students, teachers, and families!

Our first PTA meeting of the year is Thursday, September 14 at 6 p.m. in the Starr King cafeteria—with dinner and student activities provided! Our agenda: we’ll kick off with an introduction to our ExCom Chairs and Committees; continue with a presentation of our 2017-2018 Budget and Program Plan; and wrap up with our volunteer roundhouse! Come and meet other parents, learn about and volunteer for projects/initiatives/events throughout the year, and exercise your vote for the 2017-18 budget and program plan (votes must be in person, not by proxy).

Want to view the proposed budget before you vote on it? We will link to the budget from the Starr King website,, by Monday, September 4.  

Want more information about the proposed budget?  PTA officers will hold office hours to answer your questions [budget related or otherwise] during the food bank on Tuesday, September 12 from 8am to 9am.

A quick preview — the PTA hopes to raise $265,000 this year, primarily through our two main fundraisers, our annual appeal—the ASK campaign—in October and November 2017 and our annual auction and party— Spring Fling—on April 7, 2018.  Our Budget and Program Plan allocates the funds through six primary “buckets” of programming:

  1. direct academic support— improving student experiences and outcomes through hands-on science with our new science para [welcome back Ms. Sam!] and classroom!
  2. enrichment programs—supplementing classroom instruction (including Education Outside and StageWrite—Building Literacy Through Theater)

  3. social-emotional support— staff and resources to promote emotional growth, healthy play, and conflict resolution

  4. teacher and staff support—from summer stipends to classroom supplies as part of our teacher recruitment and retention efforts

  5. school environment—from classroom fans to facilities improvements

  6. community events—from our back to school potluck to movie night, from skate day to welcoming incoming families!


Rising Starrs On-Site After-School Program – Mandatory Meetings – Is your child enrolled in Starr King’s on-site after-school program … or wants to join??  If so, please attend one of the MANDATORY 30-minute parent/guardian orientations in the SK cafeteria on Thursday, September 7 at 5:30 pm.  Contact ASP coordinator Sol Granados 415-730-9061 ( for more information. Please note, there is currently a wait list for all grade levels, but turn in applications ASAP for future openings. OCT 6th: ASP is closed for our semesterly mandatory staff training. Please plan on having your child picked up at 2:40 pm after school ends.


Compiled by Grace Kao -- Send news and announcements via e-mail: to be published in The Nest the next month, as the newsletter is distributed monthly.