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THE NEST -- March 2019

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Starr King Elementary School News
March 2019

Mark Your Calendars!

03/04-03/08 Early Release 1:40pm Parent-Teacher  Conferences Week
03/12 Tuesday, 9am Principal Chat
03/15 Friday Oliver Chin Literacy Event
03/18-20 M-W Fifth Grade Point Bonita Field Trip
03/19 Tuesday, 5:30-7pm SSC and ELAC Meeting
03/21 Thursday, 6pm PTA Meeting
03/22 Friday Holi
03/22 - 4/1 Friday, 10am Spring Fling Online Auction Opens on eBay!
03/22 Friday, 6-8:00 pm Starr King Stars Talent Show!
03/25-03/29 Spring Break No school

04/02 Tuesday, 9am Principal Chat
04/05 First Friday Free Dress Day
04/07 Sunday, 10am-1pm Green Work Day
04/13 Saturday, 6pm–10pm Spring Fling
04/16 Tuesday, 5:30-7pm SSC Meeting
04/25 Thursday, 6pm PTA Meeting - Vote on PTA 2019-20 ExCom
04/26 Friday, 6pm 2nd Annual Sports Celebration

05/02 First Friday Free Dress Day
05/05 Sunday, 10am-1pm Green Work Day
05/07 Tuesday, 9am Principal Chat
05/11 Saturday, 10am–1pm New Family Welcome Breakfast
05/22 Wednesday, 4:30pm Spring Showcase for SK After School Program
05/27 Monday, all day Memorial Day, no school
05/30 Thursday, 6pm PTA Meeting — International Potluck and End of Year Celebration

06/01 Saturday, End of Year Carnival
06/02 Sunday, 10am-1pm Green Work Day
06/04 Tuesday Last Day of School

Bright Spots from Principal Martin

Hi Everyone! I’ve enjoyed hearing from the many different voices in our community about what you want for your children. It’s clear that our science and garden programs are a top priority for you, as well as a safe school yard, clean facility and more social emotional supports. All of this will be taken into consideration as I build next year’s budget. I am looking forward to reporting on the budget soon, but can share some good news now. Our yard will be repaved and repainted this summer and our staff is stable. While I do anticipate a few changes, we will maintain 3 classes at each grade level and most of our teachers. This is due to  the hard work and support of our entire community. Special thanks to Stacey Leyton and our academic volunteers for your dedication to all students, to Monica Jones and Bri Taylor for wonderful and new Black History Month activities and to Kristin Fong and Tessa Lee for jumping into Lunar New Year. And, here’s to all, for your love of peace and learning, -D

SKPTA nominating committee and executive committee

Turnover and renewal is essential to every organization! In the coming weeks, the SKPTA nominating committee will be reaching out to our community to fill open positions for the 2020-2021 SKPTA executive committee. Officially, every PTA needs a minimum of 3 officers—President, Secretary, and Treasurer—but at Starr King, we owe all our success to the hard work of so many chairs/liaisons/coordinators, both on and off the executive committee: Vice President, Membership Chair, Fundraising Chair [e.g. aSK and Spring Fling], Community Events Chair, Facilities Chair, Tech Chair, Parent-Teacher Liaison, New Family Outreach Chair [e.g., Tours and Welcome Committee], Neighborhood Liaison, Academic Volunteers Coordinator, Stop/Kiss/Roll Coordinator, Communications Team [e.g.,Newsletter and Wednesday Folder Crew], Food Team, . . . If you would like to serve on either the nominating or executive committee, 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.

Oliver Chin Literacy Event - Friday, March 15

As part of our continuing Starr King visiting author series, local author Oliver Chin will be visiting Starr King on March 15th to share his books - The Year of the Pig & The Discovery of Fireworks - and provide a drawing demonstration.  Families have an opportunity to purchase his books, which will include a personal dedication.  Deadline to return the attached order form and payment to the PTA mailbox in the school office is Wednesday, March 13th. Questions? Email Susan at ss194 at

SK Talent Show - Friday, March 22, 2019

The Starr King Talent Show will be held on Friday,  March 22, 2019 6pm-8pm.

All talents welcome!!! Dancing, singing, poetry, science project, painting, gymnastics, magic trick, fashion and instrument. Students can perform in a group or individual. Looking forward to seeing you on stage!!!

YMCA Summer Applications

Summer applications are now out! You can pick one up from the office. Summer camp for Urban Services go from June 10th- July 21st and have operating hours 9am-4:30pm.

Chinese New Year Parade Update

Congratulations to our Chinese New Year parade team for a job well done!

See a video clip of their performance here and more pictures here.


Thursday, March 21, 6:00–7:30 pm


6:00 Welcome
6:10 Approvals/Ratifications

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

6:20 nominating committee presents nominations for 2019-2020 SKPTA executive committee
6:25 budget review
7:25 Raffle
7:30 Adjourn

SAVE THE DATE:  SPRING FLING April 13th, Saturday at 6pm!

Please save the date for our annual Spring Fling event on April 13th, 6pm-10p.  Please join us at the Potrero Neighborhood House (953 De Haro St.)  for food, drinks, auction and friends!  Book babysitter now, and be on the lookout for ticket sales.  Because Spring Fling is an event that you cannot miss!

In the meantime, help raise $ while hanging out with awesome Starr King families by donating a family party to the Spring Fling auction.  From whiskey tasting to kids movie nights to home cooked Thai meals, Starr King family parties are a community favorite!

Fill out the form here:

Or email Nancy (nancyhom at or Angeline (angeyeo at if you have questions or are looking for ideas.  GO STARR KING!

Parent Square Corner

Whether you are a new user or an old hand  at Parent Square , it is always good to get refresher course  on how to use this powerful tool. The good folks at Parent Square have made available a help desk  powered by Zendesk, you can find here

Here you will find  2 menu choices : “Getting Started”  and “Using Parent Square” . Feel free to click on it and  explore the many different communications tools at your disposal.  If you by any chance don’t find the answers you are looking for, call their support line at  888.496.3168.

As a last resort, I am also available to answer any PS related questions that you might have .

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:

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

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

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

Mar 21 Nominate PTA ExCom for next year

Apr 25 Vote on PTA ExCom for next year

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.