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THE NEST -- September 2018

Starr King Elementary School News
August 2018

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Mark Your Calendars!

09/15-09/16 Sat-Sun, Lake Merritt International Dragon Boat Festival

09/17 Monday,6:00-7:30 Hispanic Heritage Month

09/17 Monday, 11:30am - 12am Tacolicious Fundraiser

09/18 SSC Meeting Budget and Assessments

09/20 Thursday, 6:00–7:30 SKPTA Meeting - *Budget Presentation + Vote*

09/24 Monday, 11:30am - 12am Tacolicious Fundraiser

09/25 Tuesday, 5-5:30pm African American Parent Council

09/25 Tuesday, 6-7pm ELAC Meeting

09/27 Thursday, 5:30–7:00 Back to School Night

10/01–11/30 October - November Good Eggs Fundraiser

10/02 Tuesday, 9:00 am Principal Chat

10/05 Friday Free Dress Day

10/05 Friday After School Program CLOSED

10/11 Thursday Soul Shoppe Parent Night

10/13 Saturday SFUSD Enrollment Fair

10/15-12/14 October 15 - Dec. 14 “ASK Campaign” - Fall Fundraiser LAUNCH!

10/25 Thursday, 6:00–7:30 SKPTA Meeting - Community Initiated Funds

10/27 Saturday, 9:30am City Walk Fundraiser

11/03 Saturday, 11am-3:30 pm LEAP Sandcastle Classic

11/06 Tuesday, 9:00 am Principal Chat

11/09 Friday, 6pm SK Movie Night

11/29 Thursday, 6:00–7:30 SKPTA Meeting - Holiday Potluck!

12/01 Saturday SKate Day

12/04 Tuesday, 9:00 am Principal Chat

04/13 Saturday, 5:00–10:00 Spring Fling

A Note from Principal Martin

Hi Everyone! Starr King works well when we have  input from all voices in our community. Then, we can respond to  the needs of each and every child. We are adding more voices each year and, boy, do we need you right now!  September is packed with opportunities for you to be involved in your child’s education. Two new opportunities are the African American Parent Council and Latino Heritage Night. Our regular meetings of the School Site Council and the English Learner Advisory Committee are also happening. And, we’ll  have Back to School Night and prepare parents to provide academic assistance in math, reading and Chinese. It’s a busy time, but we know working together WORKS. We look forward to seeing you as we promote peace and learning, -D

A Note from SKPTA!

We have an incredible ability and responsibility to make a huge difference here at Starr King, volunteerism is one part of that story, our fundraising and programming is the other part. It’s been great connecting with families—face to face at our parent engagement PTA meeting, and now on ParentSquare! I’m looking forward to connecting again at our budget and program plan PTA meeting on September 20, and never missing a free dress day again. If you have yet to review our draft budget and program plan, please do at And make sure you are on ParentSquare, including downloading the app! Finally, the first School Site Council and English Language Advisory Committee meetings are coming up this month—looking forward to hearing more from our school governance groups! Visit the school groups tab at to learn more. —telee!

African American Parent Group!

I, Monica Jones, am a parent of a GE first grader. As an African American parent I understand how our presence is needed in our children’s daily educational institutions.  I am currently on the PTA Executive Committee as the Events Coordinator and room parent for Ms. Erickson’s class. An African American Parent Committee is needed at Starr King. It would be an informal group of parents interested in the education of African American children at the school. Due to our country's legacy of segregation and oppression, African American children often lag behind their counterparts in the school setting. This committee aims to hear from African American parents on engaging and supporting their children and will provide support to parents in partnering with Starr King to ensure their students receive a quality education. All are invited. Please contact me through e-mail, monicajones225 at I am looking forward to working and getting to know you all. It takes a village.

International Dragon Boat Festival

Saturday and Sunday, September 15-16

Lake Merritt, Oakland

Please come to cheer on and support Starr King’s young, fit and fabulous teachers Ms. Huynh, Mr. George, Ms. Sam, plus seventeen incredibly athletic and ripped Starr King parents paddle in the Kaiser International Dragon Boat Festival this Saturday. We have been training all summer for this race and we’re in it to WIN it! We hope to bring honor, glory and bragging rights to the Starr King community, and win the admiration of our kids! The festival runs all weekend, however we will be racing on Saturday btwn 10:30-3:30 if you want to catch us on the water. We will have a tent in the Paddler’s Village. Look for the blue Starr King Dragons banner.

The festival is a free family friendly event, full of carnival rides, food trucks, retail booths, and entertainment. (Last year the Yo-Yo World Champion performed an amazing show!) The Festival and races takes place in Lake Merritt, an easy BART ride over the bay! Parking is available but come early.


Thursday, September 20, 6:00–7:30 pm


6:00 Welcome

6:10 SKPTA norms

6:20 SKPTA budget context

6:30 SKPTA 2018-19 budget and program plan presentation, discussion, and vote—
draft on view at

6:50 Q&A and comment period

7:20 Vote

ELAC Meeting, Tuesday, September 25, 6-7pm

The ELAC (English Learners Advisory Committee) is a committee for parents or other community members who want to advocate for English Learners. You do not have to be parent of an English Learner to join ELAC.  The first ELAC meeting for this school year will be held at school library on 9/25, 6-7 pm. Principal Martin will share information about school site budget and new testing methods.


Thursday, September 27, 5:30pm–7:00pm

5:30–6:00 Principal Presentation in SK Cafeteria

6:00–6:30 Classroom Session I

6:30–7:00 Classroom Session II

Tacolicious Fundraiser Mondays in September: 9/17 and 9/24

Every Monday in September, Tacolicious restaurant will donate  15% of their proceeds to Starr King! Please share widely with your local friends and family--every Monday meal means $$ for Starr King. Tacolicious’ Mission restaurant is located at: 741 Valencia St., San Francisco, CA 94110 (between 18th and 19th). Open from 11:30am to midnight.  

ParentSquare is here!

We are migrating the entire school communication from google groups to ParentSquare.  There are a couple of reasons why:

1. It has a free mobile app which will allow for text messages

2. It has instant Spanish and Mandarin translation capabilities

3. It can consolidate everything from emails, photos, calendars, volunteer sign up capabilities all into one place.  

4. It is super easy to use

Be on the lookout for instructions.  If you have not downloaded the app or have any questions, please reach out to sean.personal at

Rising Starrs On-Site After-School Program

We are having our 4th Annual City Walk on Oct. 27th at 9am.  This is a 3 mile walk that starts at John O'Connell High School in the Mission, treks through Potrero Hill with a pause to enjoy the view at Starr King Elementary School, the site of one of Urban's after school enrichment programs, before returning to O'Connell for food, music, and fun! Please sign up and walk with us (When you sign up, include our name or program name).

We could use volunteers Oct. 30th (any time from 10 am - 6 pm) or Oct. 31st (10-2:30) to cut some healthy snacks for our Halloween event! If you’re interested, please email sgranados at

Prospective Family Outreach Activities in October

We will be kicking off our prospective Starr King family outreach activities in October. Weekly school tours will be held every Thursday starting from October through December (details to come). Starr King will also be at the annual SFUSD Enrollment Fair on Saturday, Oct. 13. If you’re interested in volunteering to represent our school community at the tours and/or the fair, please reach out to Kathy Chun (k2andfrank at and Kat Chui (katchewy at

Sign Up as a Member of Starr King’s PTA

Everyone is a welcomed member of our PTA. All new families are enrolled [unless you opted out] at the time of your school registration. However, ongoing membership does require annual renewal.  Please help us by:

  • Signing-up and paying dues ($5/family) through the link on the PTA webpage:

  • or email Suzy Chen-Harding at schen.harding at gmail

PTA meetings are the last Thursday of every month, unless otherwise noted.  Here are the PTA meetings for the rest of year and key dates of important voting items.  We will post full agendas for each PTA meeting here in The Nest. Just want to make sure we all save the dates!

Sep 20 PTA Budget Presentation + Vote

Oct 25 Community Initiated Funds Projects  Presentation + Vote

Nov 29 Holiday Potluck

Dec No PTA Meeting. Happy holidays!

Jan 31 Presentation of following academic year 2019/2020 Site budget process and
“State of the School” address

Feb 28 Site Budget Contribution for 2019-2020 Academic Year Presentation + Vote

Mar 21 Nominate PTA ExCom for next year

Apr 25 Vote on PTA ExCom for next year

May 30 End of Year celebration and annual GELATO party!

Volunteers Needed!

Want to help out at school?  There are plenty of opportunities!  Here's just a small list of what the PTA could use help with.  Visit or e-mail

  • Academic volunteers: Work one on one with students, make a connection and a difference.

  • Wednesday folders:  Help organize and stuff student folders at school on Tuesday mornings.

  • Scrip coordinator:  Coordinate scrip sales with local grocery stores and restaurants to earn money for the school

  • Grants: Help our school win grants to support our programs

  • JMEC: Be our school liaison for the SFUSD Mandarin Immersion affinity group

Treasurer's Report

Please find copies of the latest Treasurer's Reports at (scroll to the bottom of the page). Hardcopies of all Treasurer's Reports are also on view in the PTA binder in the office.  We'll be voting to ratify this report at the next PTA meeting.


Compiled by Hui Zeng
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