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THE NEST -- November 2018

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Starr King Elementary School News

November 2018


Mark Your Calendars!

11/02 First Friday Free Dress Day

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

11/03 Saturday, 11am-4:30 pm Discovery Day at AT&T Park

11/04 Sunday, 10am-1pm Green Work Day

11/06 Tuesday, 9:00am Principal Chat

11/09 Friday, 6pm SK Movie Night

11/12 Monday, all day Veterans Day, no school

11/13 Tuesday, 6pm African American Parent Group @ the Nabe!

11/14 Wednesday 5-6:30 pm STEAM Night

11/19-23 Entire Week Thanksgiving Recess, no school

11/26-30 EARLY DISMISSAL 1:40 pm-Parent/Guardian Teacher Conference Week

11/27 Tuesday, 5:30pm-7pm SSC Meeting

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

12/01 Saturday, 10am - 1pm SKATE DAY

12/02 Sunday, 10am-1pm Green Work Day

12/04 Tuesday, 9am Principal Chat

12/07 First Friday Free Dress Day

12/18 Tuesday, 5:30-7pm SSC Meeting

03/22 Friday, 6-8:00 pm Starr King Stars Talent Show!

04/13 Saturday, 5pm–10pm Spring Fling

Bright Spots from Principal Martin

On Friday we held “Mix-It-Up Day” at lunch. Students were given colored stickers and sat at tables with others they may not have known. The movie Coco was playing and adult monitors at each table helped students introduce themselves to new people and provided sentence starters so students talked about the movie. I had hoped it wouldn’t be too chaotic as students tried to find their tables or protested against sitting apart from friends.  In fact, it was the most peaceful lunch ever. Another win? Our Helping Hawks assisting their younger counterparts on the playground, using the peace path to assist students resolving disputes and awsomely developing their self-confidence and leadership skills. I am reminded that we should never underestimate our students and their abilities when we give them opportunity and support. Here’s to students really knowing each other and to each of us providing opportunities to inspire Peace and Learning -D

African American Parent Group!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018, 6:00pm, Potrero Hill Neighborhood House

I, Monica Jones, am a parent of a GE first grader. As parents/guardians of African American children, 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 has been started at Starr King and we are a part of the SFUSD Black Family Partnership Academy. The AAPAC is an informal group as of now so that we can all have input on the direction of this group. 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 parents of African-American children on engaging and supporting their child. This committee will provide support to parents in partnering with Starr King to ensure their students receive a quality education. Please contact me through e-mail, monicajones225 at or text 504-214-0060. I am looking forward to working and getting to know you all. It takes a village. Meeting will be held 6pm Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at the Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro Street San Francisco, California 94107

Multi Purpose Income Form

This is an easy form to fill out and every form helps the school with funding. 51 students to go! One form per family! Even if your family does not want or need (or is ineligible for) free or reduced lunch or a subsidized afterschool program, submit your name only with no benefits box checked and be counted. Please either fill out the form online at   or get a paper form in the office. Please complete it ASAP!

ASK Campaign - Fall Fundraiser LAUNCH! (October 15 - Dec. 14)

The Fall ASK Campaign has started and runs through Friday, December 14.  Hopefully all families received our ASK letter and all students are using their backpack tags.  You can donate online, mail or drop off cash/check to the school office, or even donate stock - go to the school website for details:   Every dollar counts - please donate!  Don’t forget to ask if your company does charitable donation matching.  Our goal is 100% participation and $225,000. We’ll keep you posted on our progress!

LEAP Sandcastle Classic!
Saturday, November 3, 11 am – 3:30 pm
Starr King is participating in this year’s LEAP Sandcastle Classic at Ocean Beach [@ Balboa Street] on Saturday, November 3rd! Our 5th graders participated in a series of workshops with BAR Architects and designed a unique sandcastle inspired by this  year’s theme—Building Bridges! Join us to help build it and enjoy the biggest sandcastle competition in Northern California!

Discovery Day at AT&T Park

Saturday, November 3rd, 11am - 4:30 pm

Experience hundreds of dynamic demonstrations, engaging experiments, and geeky games led by Bay Area scientists and engineers.

For the full festival schedule go to

SK Movie Night Featuring Coco!
Friday, November 9,  6pm-8:30pm @ Starr King Cafeteria

Please join us for a movie night of Pixar’s Coco, popcorn and fun.  Come early for dinner, get cozy by bringing a beach chair and/or a blanket.  5th graders will be selling pizza and lemonade to raise funds for their graduation science trip.   Movie night is a school favorite! See you there!

We are also looking for volunteers to help set up.  Email gracekao33 at if you can help set up at 5pm.

STEAM Night!
Wednesday, November 14, 5 – 6:30 pm

STEAM Night brought to us by SKASP! Please come join us for a night of fun science filled activities. All families are welcomed!

We are also looking for volunteers!.  Email Sol Granados: sgranados at

PTA Meeting and Holiday Celebration—DINNER AND CHILDCARE PROVIDED

Thursday, November 29, 6:00–7:30 pm


6:00 Welcome

Dinner, Holiday Craft Fair, Hoopla!

7:20 Treasurer’s Report

Please find copies of the latest Treasurer's Reports at (scroll to the bottom of the page).  Hard copies 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.

7:25 Raffle!

7:30 Adjourn

Starr King Skate Day @ Church of 8 Wheels - Save the Date - December 1st (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 in the first week of November!

Parent Square (PS)  Status Report and Posting Guideline

Hey Folks, As you can see in the infographic below, we are slowly progressing in reaching our goal of  100%. We’ve risen from 46% at the beginning of the year to 76% now; however, we still need 74  families to sign up . Thank you for all the Room Parents in helping me with data scrubbing and making sure that we have all the kids listed in the right classes. Keep up the good work!  


Basic Posting Guideline

In Parent Square, similar to emailing  you want to make sure that you are addressing your targeted audience. So I have put below a basic list of addresses/ Groups that are available to you.  For all your posts, make sure to uncheck the staff box  unless you feel that the teacher(s)  and school staff need to be in the conversation.

Starr King Elementary- This is a schoolwide address that reaches everybody - Please proceed with caution when using this address.  

PTA Parents Group-  This address will reach  SK Parents ONLY and should be used  to post about school-wide events

Grade level Parents Group -i.e.  Kindergarten Grade Parents, First , Second Grade Parent - this address reaches ALL Parents within that Grade level  

Class-level address goes by Grade + Teacher name (i.e. Kindergarten Rosen)- Parents within each cohort can address their own classes.   Room Parents should use these addresses if they want to post in MI cohorts only, by addressing both classes. Otherwise , a grade level post will address the GE cohort as well.

Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or need more clarifications

Sean(sean.personal at

Prospective Family Outreach Fall Activities

Thank you Kat Chui, Jennifer Serwer, Kathy Chun and parent and staff volunteers for representing Starr King at the SFUSD enrollment fair, the  Potrero Hill Festival, and weekly school tours! Weekly school tours will continue through January 10th, except on Holidays, from 9 am to 10:30 am. If you’re interested in volunteering to represent our school community at tours, or would like Starr King representatives for enrollment outreach, please contact Kathy Chun (k2andfrank at and Kat Chui (katchewy at

Join the Starr King Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade Team!

The Starr King Chinese New Year parade team is getting ready for the Year of the Pig!  Students in grades 1-5 can join us on the dance team, the drum corps, or the dragon line.  Go to for more information and to sign up.

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

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!

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!


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