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THE NEST -- May 2019

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Mark Your Calendars!

4/29-5/3 9-11am Grade 3 SBAC Math Testing
05/03 First Friday Free Dress Day
5pm End of Toy & Book Drive
05/07 Tuesday, 9am Principal Chat
05/09 Friday, 6:00pm WORD! Stagewrite @ Brava
05/10 Friday, 6:30pm WORD! Stagewrite @ Brava
05/11 Saturday, 10am–1pm New Family Welcome Breakfast
Saturday 10am–1pm BIG- Green Work Day w/ Stanford volunteers
05/18 Saturday, 10am Registration opens for SF Rec & Park ASP 2019-20
05/22 Wednesday, 4:30pm Spring Showcase for SK After School Program
05/27 Monday, all day Memorial Day, no school
05/30 Thursday, 9:30am Kinder Promotion
Thursday, 6pm PTA Meeting — International Potluck! End of Year Celebration!
05/31 Friday, 10am 5th grade Promotion
06/01 Saturday, 11am-2pm End of Year Carnival
06/02 Sunday, 10am-1pm Green Work Day
06/04 Tuesday Last Day of School

Bright Spots from Principal Martin

Hello Everyone! It may be close to the end of the year, but there’s still great stuff going on. You may have attended a publishing party, seen student math reasoning on the walls or pics of student’s learning on field trips or completing engaging projects. But, did you know we received a furniture donation which brought us new couches and tables for the Wellness Center? Have you seen our academic volunteers providing individual and small group instruction? Have you heard that 60 volunteers from Levi’s will be here in May to spruce up our class libraries and organize our closets? Did you want to join the transformation committee in thinking about how to solve the challenges we face as one community with separate programs? Be on the lookout for opportunities in May to continue our discussion of this important topic. We need to know what you want for your child. As always, we continue to work for peace and learning,  -D

Another Thing…

I also want you know I am tremendously grateful for your support in these last few weeks. I am overwhelmed by your kind words and your thoughtfulness. I haven’t been able to respond directly to each of you, but know that your encouraging words on the yard or in a card have helped to motivate me through each day.  Many Thanks, -D


Starr King is a place of constant renewal, where every year we graduate our 5th graders and welcome incoming kinders, not to mention our transfers throughout the year! What we remember and what we imagine as a community is what makes everything possible. Keep speaking up, getting involved, reaching out! Let’s show our new families what we’re about!




Thursday, May 30, 6:00–7:00 pm

We’re not providing dinner, we’re providing dessert! Share your favorite food from home or abroad! Childcare provided, it’s a family party! Kids choose best of show and other awards for dishes!


6:00 Welcome

6:10 Approvals/Ratifications

The most recent financial reports, minutes, and other PTA paperwork can be found at  

  1. April financial reports

  2. April meeting minutes

  3. 2018-19 SKPTA budget amendments

  4. 2019-20 Executive Committee officers

6:55 Raffle

7:00 Adjourn


Thank you to our nominating committee for building an awesome and inspiring slate for next year. Join us at our final PTA meeting on May 30 to vote to approve/ratify!

Executive Committee:

President = Grace Kao

Vice President = Rita Hao

Secretary = Sam Lord

Treasurer = Jenn Szeto

Committee Chairs:

Fundraising Chair =  Angeline Yeo

Events Chair =  Monica Jones

Food Chair = Hoang Leung

Neighbor Liaison = Uzuri Pease-Greene

Facilities Chairs  = Jennifer Serwer & Mark Maytas

Communications = Patti Huang

Teacher Liaison =  Kristin Fong

New Family Outreach =  Lorin Yin

Technology Committee = Sean Tao

If you would like to learn more about the executive committee, or chairing or co-chairing one of our committees for events, projects, or initiatives, please e-mail Jennifer Serwer: jen at


The mission of the African American parent advisory Council is to provide a forum to hear the ideas of the Starr King African American parent community, and respond to those ideas by educating and informing parents of district resources policy and programs. It is our goal to empower the lives of all African-American children and families by providing the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate for a high quality educational experience for our children. The AAPAC works to develop resources that allow parents to more actively support the academic instruction their children receive and engage with educators and administrators at Starr King, we aimed to lift every parent voice and help less engaged parents find their voice through us. The next meeting tba.

Contact Monica Jones at monicajones225 at or on Parent Square for any information or questions.

Toy & Book Drive, April 22 - May 3

Did you  do some Spring Cleaning over the break and dig up some new/gently used toys and/or books? Starr King is holding a Toy & Book Drive April  22 - May 3! Please bring donations in good condition (pls keep any sets/pieces together in a Ziplock) to Main Office during this time. Look for the bin up front.

These treasures will be used at our Prize station at the End of Year Carnival on Sat, June 1.

Can you help with the toy drive? Contact Gloria Lee at gleejanfong at  Thx!

WORD! Short Plays by Short People

Come see original plays written by fifth graders from Starr King Elementary School inspired by works of visual art at the de Young Museum, and performed at the Brava Theatre by professional actors with music by The Write-Ons!

Brava Theater
2781 24th Street

Thursday, May 9, 6pm
Friday, May 10, 6:30pm

End of the Year Carnival, Sat., June 1, 11a-2p

Come one, come all to Starr King's End of the Year Carnival! Sat., June 1, 11a-2p @ SK.

Enjoy Hot Dogs, Play Games and Win Prizes. Free for the Starr King, Potrero Hill community.

Seeking Carnival Volunteers to staff food and game stations as well as donations for an old-fashioned Cake Walk. (What is a Cake Walk? Think musical chairs but the winner gets to pick a delicious treat!)

Link to Carnival Volunteers Sign ups:

Link to Cake Walk Donation Sign ups:

if you have any questions or can help with the event, please contact Gloria Lee at gleejanfong at   

YMCA Summer AND 2019-20 Applications!

Next school year  applications are now out! You can pick one up from the office. Or check on the Rising Starrs Weebly website.

Summer camp for Urban Services YMCA: from June 10th- July 21st and have operating hours 9am-4:30pm. Extended care will be provided at an additional cost for pick up until 6pm.

Springboard Summer Applications

Applications are available. Springboard will once again work with Starr King to bring extended learning to our students. The goal of Springboard is to get students to grade level by 3rd grade. This is an exceptional opportunity to support our young readers. If they are not reading in the summer then their reading level will be lower in September than in May. You can get an application through the Y program or from our social worker, Melissa Dollar.

Parent Square Corner

For my  last communication on Parent Square, I would like to express my gratitude to all the room parents, for maintaining an accurate roster of students and  to evangelize the benefits of PS to Parents; to Sam Lord for helping administering and policing this feature-rich platform. Lastly, I am looking forward to next year for the tech committee to  reveal more features and have more parents use PS frequently.

Sean (sean.personal 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:

Here are the PTA meetings for the rest of year and key dates of important voting items:

May 30 International Potluck and End of Year celebration and annual GELATO party!

Compiled by Hui Zeng. Send news and announcements via e-mail: zenghui99 at to be published in the next monthly edition of The Nest.