Mark Your Calendars!

Date/Time Event
3/20 Tuesday SSC
3/21-3/23 Wed-Fri Annual Fifth Grade Overnights to Point Bonita
3/23 Friday Holi Festival of Colors!
3/24 Saturday, 1-4pm March for Our Lives Rally, Civic Center
3/26-3/30 Mon-Fri Spring Break - No School
4/1 Sunday Green Workday!
4/3 Tuesday Math Festivals (2nd/3rd and 4th/5th)
4/4 Wednesday Gene Yang Literacy Assembly
4/5 Thursday, 6pm April PTA Meeting
4/7 Saturday, 6pm Spring Fling (oh yes!)
4/9-4/23 1 hour/day SBAC Testing grades 4&5
4/10 Tuesday Soul Shoppe Anti-Bully Parent Workshop
4/17 Tuesday, 8:50–9:30am Spring Q/A with Principal Darlene Martin
4/17 Tuesday, 5:30-7pm SSC
4/19 Thursday SK STEAM night!
4/23-5/4 1 hour/day SBAC Testing Grade 3
4/26 Thursday, 6-8pm SK Sports Celebration! [date to be confirmed!]
5/3 Thursday, 6 pm International Potluck and PTA Meeting
5/5 Saturday, 10 am Welcome Incoming Kinder Breakfast, And Green work day!
5/10 Thursday, 6 pm StageWrite @ Brava Theatre
5/12 Saturday, 5 pm 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!


Please help us complete our district family survey! One for each student in your family:

See Ms. Brandy in the office if you are in need of a hardcopy!

You will note similar questions between this and our PTA/SSC survey earlier this year. Thank you for participating in both! We needed ours early for our budget cycle, and the district needs theirs for school evaluation!

A Note from Principal Martin

It’s almost Spring Break and that means the end of the year is approaching. But learning is not over. We are starting new Kinder tutoring to get students  on grade level and purchasing computers so all kids have access to online programs. This summer we will host a new program called Springboard so our students don’t lose reading skills while school is out. Of course, we are also planning for the next school year including literacy training and planning for teachers. This is Starr King...where learning never stops. Peace! -D

PTA Meeting—Thursday, April 5th, 6pm, SK cafeteria


  • 6 pm SKASP update
  • 6:05 2018-2019 PTA executive committee nominations and voting
  • 6:15 Events Updates
    • Family Inclusivity initiative
    • Student Growth committee
  • 6:30 4th/5th classroom/teacher model update
  • 7:00 2018-2019 PTA preliminary budget presentation/discussion
  • 7:30 Adjourn

2018/2019 ExCom Nominees

The 2018 PTA Nominating Committee is proud to announce our nominations for next year’s PTA leadership positions (Executive Committee):  President/Tessa Lee, Secretary/Anna Hennessey, Treasurer/Rita Hao, Family Engagement/Lajuana McKinnon, Facilities/Jennifer Serwer, Fundraising/Alisa Shen, Events/Monica Jones!  Please join us for the voting (including any new nominations) and welcoming our new leaders at the 4/5 PTA meeting.

HOLI—Friday, March 23—RAIN OR SHINE!

Third time’s a charm! It’s now or never! It’s HOLI this friday! What could be more fun than throwing rainbow colored powders [food safe!] on your classmates, teachers, and yes, parents! It’s free dress day so don’t wear anything you don’t want to turn into a rainbow! And bring goggles!

Spring Fling ONLINE AUCTION—Opens this Friday, March 23 till April 1st!

The countdown to Spring Fling begins. The first thing to kick it off is an online auction starting this Friday. Lots and lots of great stuff for yourselves, your kids, your family and friends. Make sure to share with your family, friends and coworkers to bid on and win items ranging from restaurant gift certificates to hot spots like Central Kitchen, Delfina, and Mister Jiu's, to kids sports and summer camps, to outings to museums, to goods like Razor A2 Elite Kick Scooters, and stuff just for you - custom designed jewelry, spas, personal training.

Keep an eye out for the link to come this Friday and get ready to shop. Only 10 days to shop before the online auction closes.

Also don't forget to buy your ticket to Spring Fling today! Less than 3 weeks to go!

Spring Fling—Saturday, April 7!

Spring Fling is part fundraiser, part community event, part teacher love letter, and ALL fun! Get your tickets now:

Meanwhile, planning is in full swing, so if you like partying, we’re looking for Spring Fling volunteers!  Please contact Angeline Yeo

Teacher and family parties are the big hits, so get going! A Haitian dinner, a Mandarin movie night, a scavenger hunt, a how-to party—continue a tradition or start one! Set a date, and complete the donation form

March for our Lives Rally—Saturday, March 24, 1-4 pm—Civic Center

March For Our Lives is created by, inspired by, and led by students across the country who will no longer risk their lives waiting for someone else to take action to stop the epidemic of mass school shootings that has become all too familiar. In the tragic wake of the seventeen lives brutally cut short in Florida, politicians are telling us that now is not the time to talk about guns.  March For Our Lives believes the time is now. —

As students take to the streets of Washington DC, our kids can take to the streets of San Francisco together with young people across the nation to end gun violence in our schools and in our communities. Rally at Civic Center from 1–2:45 pm, march from Civic Center following. [The organizers are releasing details as they are developing.]

If you’re interested in participating with Starr King families, meet at the San Francisco Public Library Larkin Street entrance at 12:45 pm. [Take MUNI or BART to Civic Center station.] Typical SF activism preparedness: sunscreen, layers, water and snacks! Make a sign! Wear your Starr King Ts!

Math Festivals—Tuesday, April 3

Starr King 2nd-3rd graders and 4th-5th graders will participate in math games and concepts to encourage math thinking and perseverance!

Gene Yang Literacy Event—Wednesday, April 4

Gene Yang is a Bay Area author and illustrator, via careers as a computer scientist and teacher. His book, American Born Chinese, was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award. He is the writer of the Avatar: The Last Airbender graphic novels, and The New Superman [introducing the first Chinese superhero]. And in 2016, he was named a MacArthur Fellow [the “genius grant”!].

Gene is the National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and travels the country promoting the "reading without walls" campaign which focuses on inclusion and challenges children to read a book about someone who lives or looks differently than them.

He’s coming to Starr King for two assemblies [k-2 and 3-5] to talk about coding and his new Secret Coders book. Every student will get an autographed book from the series!

Soul Shoppe Anti-Bully Parent Workshop—Tuesday, April 10, 6–7:30 pm

Last week, the Golden State Warriors and Soul Shoppe came to Starr King to work with our 4th and 5th graders and support social emotional learning and create a bully-free school! Please join us for an evening we’ve all been waiting for—social emotional learning for parents!

Thank you Golden State Warriors for bringing Soul Shoppe to Starr King!

More info and RSVP to follow!

Q & A with Principal Martin—Tuesday, April 17

In a large and diverse community, communication is key to a positive environment. Maybe you have had questions? concerns? compliments? But didn’t know where to take them. Here’s your chance to be heard. This meeting is a chance for all members of the community to submit their thoughts and have them shared - anonymously - in a meeting and in notes. When we return from break, we’ll forward a link for you to upload your thoughts so Ms. Martin can hear your voice and answer your questions.

STEAM night—Thursday, April 19

Starr King ASP will host our 3rd Annual Science-Tech-Engineering-Art-Mathematics night!

Hands on family fun! Details to follow!

END OF YEAR CARNIVAL! Saturday, June 2.  (11AM ~ 2PM)

Come one, come all!

Starr King is holding an End of the Year Carnival.

Enjoy games, food and family fun.  Details to follow!

Good Eggs

This spring, Starr King is running a fundraiser through Good Eggs, the online grocery market in the Bay Area bringing absurdly fresh groceries to your door.

In March and April, anytime our school community shops on Good Eggs, they donate 10% back to our school! All you need to do to enroll is

  1. Visit

  2. Enter the code STARRKING

  3. Shop and 10% goes back to the school! When you place your next Good Eggs order, you don’t need to enter the code again; do it once and you’re enrolled for all of March and April.

Latest Treasurer’s Report

Please see the attached treasurer’s report from Feb 15- March 16.   Spring Fling income is starting to come in! Our other big expense this month was the Chinese New Year carnival.

We will be voting to ratify this report in April and receipts for all transactions are available upon request.

Notes from March 1st PTA Meeting

6:05pm Meeting begins

  • Rita Hao covered the Treasurer Report.  Rita asked for approval of Increasing PTA meeting food by $50, and hiring ASP 3rd caregiver
  • Both were approved

Representing PTA nominating committee, Peter Liang gave an update on nominations for 2018-2019 PTA Executive Committee.  They are still looking for Engagement and Events Chairs. Next PTA meeting will be April 5th when the next school year’s slate will be presented for PTA to vote in.

There was an announcement on Good Eggs Fundraiser

Tessa Lee reviewed the key events calendar.  (See 1st section of Nest).

Next PTA meeting is scheduled for April 5th where we will get pre-budget review/

Grace Kao gave update on Spring Fling which will be held on 4/7.  Tickets go on sales 3/7. We are looking for volunteers.

Tessa Lee then reviewed School Survey Results

Summary of key priorities (see attached for full survey results)

  • Student growth and differentiated learnings
  • Social emotion support
  • Teacher recruitment
  • Clean bathrooms and stop/kiss/roll

Principal Darlene presented “State of the School”

       Vision – Partnership of families and educators united in building a community that support students on their individual and unique paths to the same goal. Continue growth to meet or exceed state standard by 5th grade.

       Mission - Starr King is dedicated to providing a supportive and equitable learning environment that empowers students to be lifelong learners and community learners

Recent successes at Starr King

  • Math Circle on site
  • ELD Tutoring and reclassifications
  • No budget cuts
  • No suspensions
  • Skate day, movie night, CNY carnival and parade, jazz


  • Development of wrap-around services (no Seneca)
  • Alignment of programs – too many programs
  • Daily schedule – tight, close, snack and lunch
  • 4th/5th MI structure
  • Moving up grade levels in testing
  • 2nd and 5th are low for moving up in grade levels and % grade level span or above
  • Lots of 5th graders with learning disabilities
  • Need to boost higher for GE
  • 52% of Kinders are readers (we would like this to be higher)

Guiding questions

  • How can we continuously engage and accelerate readers at both ends of the reading spectrum
  • How can we build student academic identity and confidence and facilitate transference of student skills to increase student independent
  • How can we integrate support services throughout the school day to provide student support and ensure continuously learning

Current Budget

  • $2M
  • $1,7M staffing
  • $3) English learnings for tutoring and materials
  • $27K extended teacher hours and razz kids
  • $173K 1.4 teachers for extended hours, staff, books, supplies, testing subs
  • Title I $59K – artif, dreambox (math), reading volunteers
  • SPED, $2300 supplies
  • PEEF $3310- supplies
  • Additional Resources: 3 teachers and 8 paraprofessionals = special Ed
  • PTA supports
  • Playground supervisor
  • 0.2 teacher MI
  • 0.2 teacher Art
  • Sci Paraprofessional
  • Edu outside
  • Stage Write

Projected Budget

  • $2.1M (336 students)
  • Almost the same as this past year
  • PTA to support ($223K)
  • Playground supervisor
  • Sci Paraprofessional (teacher?)
  • Summer hours
  • 0.4 teacher (art/MI)
  • Education Outside
  • Stage Write

Principal Darlene brought up that maybe we don’t need have all these programs for everyone.  Teacher feedback that too many programs is taking away from regular curriculum teaching time


  • Declining GE pop – transitions and charters
  • Increasing MI pop at grades 4 & 5
  • Integrations of Tech
  • Literacy across school
  • School day/ASP integration
  • Wrap around budget

What are the decisions:

  • To get 0.5 Social Worker, is there something we have to give up
  • Do we need a 4th teacher in 4/5 MI
  • Do we need a literacy coach
  • Where can we get $27K for computers

Misc Announcements

  • Meeting with Bayview chief 3/7
  • Lockdown drill 3/8-3/9
  • Peaceful Warriors Summit 3/15 (4th & 5th graders bringing in SoulShock and Adobe on anti-bullying)
  • 4/10 workshop with parents & SoulShock

7:40pm Meeting Adjourned