The Nest, January 2018

Mark Your Calendars

Date/Time Event
1/23 Tuesday 5:30-7:00pm SSC meeting (in rm 213)
2/1 Thursday 9:00am African American Achievement Breakfast
2/1 Thursday, 6pm February PTA Meeting
2/4 Sunday Green work day, build planters!
2/10 Saturday, 10am–1pm Starr King Skate Day@Church of 8 Wheels
2/15 Thursday, 1pm Chinese New Year Carnival
2/16 Friday HOLIDAY
2/19 Monday HOLIDAY
2/20 Tuesday SSC mtg
2/23 Friday Black History Month Celebration
2/24 Saturday, 5pm SAVE THE DATE! SF Chinese New Year Parade
3/1 Thursday, 6pm March PTA Meeting
3/2 Friday Holi
3/3 Saturday SSC Budget Workshop and Planning Day
3/4 Sunday eWaste Drive + Green Workday!
3/9 Friday 6–9pm FREE family night at Academy of Sciences!
3/20 Tuesday SSC
3/26-3/30 Mon-Fri Spring Break - No School
4/1 Sunday Green Workday!
4/3 Tuesday Math Festivals
4/5 Thursday, 6pm April PTA Meeting
4/7 Saturday, 6pm SAVE THE DATE! Spring Fling (oh yes!)
4/9-4/23 1 hour/day SBAC Testing grades 3&5
4/23-5/4 1 hour/day SBAC Testing Grade 4
4/17 Tuesday SSC
5/3 Thursday 6pm International Potluck and PTA Meeting
5/5 Saturday 10am Welcome Incoming Kinder Breakfast/Green work day!
5/12 Saturday, 5pm SAVE THE DATE! StageWrite @ Brava Theatre
5/15 Tuesday SSC
5/28 Monday Memorial Day Holiday - No School
6/2 Saturday Year end Carnival
6/3 Sunday Green Workday!
6/4 Monday 5th Grade Promotion
6/5 Tuesday Kinder Promotion
6/6 Wednesday Last Day of School!

Important reminders!

Our first PTA meeting of the new year will be Thursday, February 1, at  6pm.  It will be a joint SSC/PTA endeavor. In addition to our standing agenda items [presentation/ratification of Treasurer’s Report], we will be reviewing our community survey! Dinner and childcare provided.  

A Note from Principal Martin

As we embrace the new year, it seems a good time to make note of how well we at SK are fulfilling the mission our teachers developed this year: …”providing a supportive and equitable learning environment that empowers students to be life-long learners and community leaders.” This statement requires us to confront our assumptions about the many different students we encounter and instead  listen to their desires, understand their needs and respond appropriately.  Recently, on a  “school tour”, I took a deep look at the functioning of our school. I am happy to report that I found a compassionate and caring community, new teachers making tremendous progress, and engaged and independent students. I have also seen efforts to create one community through combined classes, broader parent participation in community events and an amazing ASK campaign. For my part, I am  developing a partnership with the GS Warriors which will complement our efforts to combat bullying and build leadership. Thanks to all in this warm and supportive community for your tremendous efforts to build peace and learning at SK, -D

Take the Survey!  Make your voice heard!

The School Site Council (SSC) and the PTA are making PLANS, and they want to hear from you!  As part of our ongoing efforts to stay on top of what the Starr King community wants and needs, SSC and PTA has launched a survey.  Surveys went out by email on January 15 in English, Spanish, and Chinese, and hard copies will go out on January 24.  Please fill out the electronic version if possible!

The survey closes on January 31, so please fill one out before then!  Thank you Starr King!

First 2018 PTA Meeting! Thursday, February 1  (No January PTA meeting)

Happy New Year Starr King! Please make sure to get all of our upcoming school and community events on your calendars! Our first general PTA meeting of 2018 will be on Thursday, February 1. Agenda as follows:

  • Treasurer’s Report [attached and available online:] and general membership ratification [EVERY PTA meeting we will present our financials for discussion and approval by YOU!]
  • Nominating Committee and introduction to SKPTA executive committee nomination and election process
  • Academic Volunteers
  • SSC/PTA Community Survey—presentation and discussion

Starr King Skate Day @ Church of 8 Wheels - Save the Date - February 10th (Saturday) 10am - 1pm

Come for a fun day of roller skating with the whole family at the Church of 8 Wheels (554 Fillmore Street between Oak and Fell Streets)!  Skate equipment is provided FREE of charge for use during the event or you may also bring your own skates/rollerblades/helmet/pads.  There will also be the option to take a free bus leaving from Starr King in the morning to take families to the Church of 8 Wheels and returning to Starr King at the end of the event.   More information and a (required) bus permission slip in your student’s Wednesday folder coming soon!  

Chinese New Year Carnival @ Starr King Elementary - Save the Date - February 15th (Thursday) 12:10PM - 12:50 PM ( Pre K - 2nd grade students and parents only) 1:00PM - 1:40PM ( 3rd - 5th grade and parents only)

An event you won't want to miss!  Mark your calendar now! Please come celebrate Chinese New Year with the Starr King families!!  This year, the PTA would like to invite all the parents & families to experience the Chinese New Year culture with your child!

Adults need to R.S.V.P. for tickets. Tickets are required for food tasting and raffle but not for other activities. (R.S.V.P with Ms. Carmen/Ms. Christina in the office, online or turn in the R.S.V.P. form with your child’s homework folder). R.S.V.P by 2/8.

Online R.S.V.P.:

Volunteers for the event:

Chinese couplets ; Chinese paper cutting art; Making lanterns ; Experience Chinese handkerchief/tumbling technique; Learn how to drum a Chinese drum (Lead by Master Wang) ; Learn how to kick a jianzi (Chinese shuttlecock); Dress up like a Qing dynasty royalty and take pictures with your child ; Red envelope raffle and FOOD!!

2018 Taiwan Summer Program Applications Due 2/9

Registration has started.  Application is attached here.

Availability of camp spots are on a first-come-first-serve basis.

  • Please submit the registration form and a copy of your child’s passport.
  • Hand in both documents to the main office
  • Ask Carmen or Christina to write down the date and TIME you submit your documents.
  • Put your documents in Ms. Zhou’s mailbox in the main office.
  • Ms. Zhou will email you a ”congratulation” email.

After you receive Ms. Zhou’s email, you will have two weeks to purchase plane tickets.

Registration will close on February 9th.  

Please note, this summer camp is for students currently in 3rd to 5th grades.  However, if your child is in 2nd grade now, you can apply, but will be put on the waitlist automatically.  

Save all your old electronic devices.  eWaste Drive & Green Day  coming soon!

We will be hosting our annual eWaste drive Sunday March 4th.  So don’t throw away any old electronics, cell phones, etc.  Save them for the eWaste drive! On the same day, we will be hosting another Green Day.  If you love making our school yard be beautiful and helping the environment, this is the even for you.

Spring Fling

If you like party planning, we are looking for Spring Fling volunteers.  Please contact Angeline Yeo

Latest Treasurer’s Report

Numbers!  Please find attached a Financial Report from 12/15 to 1/12.  Parent and teacher names are redacted.  

The PTA membership will be voting to ratify this report and the December one at our next meeting.   A copy of the document is in the PTA shared Google Drive (in the Jan 2018 folder), and at this link:

Compiled by Grace Kao -- Send news and announcements via e-mail: to be published in the next monthly edition of The Nest!