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THE NEST -- December 2018

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Starr King Elementary School News

December 2018


Mark Your Calendars!

11/29 Thursday, 6 pm PTA Meeting and Holiday Celebration!

12/01 Saturday, 10am - 1pm Skate Day

12/01 Saturday, 9-3pm Black Family Partnership Academy

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

12/04 Tuesday, 9am Principal Chat

12/07 First Friday Free Dress Day

121/11 Tuesday, 4:30-6pm ASP Winter Showcase

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

12/22-01/06 Winter Break See you Jan. 7th, 2019

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

04/13 Saturday, 5pm–10pm Spring Fling

Bright Spots from Principal Martin

It’s hard to believe we’re heading into December. While the calendar above looks short, our days in the classroom are super busy. This month brings  music and special events including symphony visits and holiday celebrations. Still, our main work toward peace and learning continues. Soul Shoppe will make  their regular visits and some grades will be complete reading assessments. We are also preparing to launch our after school Springboard reading program and a new semester of Math Circle. That’s all great for students. What about parents? I’m hearing a lot about disagreement in our community.  While disagreement presents challenges, it’s a natural part of human functioning and can also present opportunities. For example, we might focus on what each of our parents really wants for their student and think about how we can work together to get there. December is a perfect time to join me at a principal chat or other school meeting to share the ideas that will  transform Starr King, -D

A Note from SKPTA!

Less than three weeks to the end of our ASK and the start of the winter break! Meanwhile, we’ve got our PTA meeting and holiday celebration this Thursday evening, SKate Day this Saturday, Green Work Day this Sunday, and a principal chat next Tuesday morning—something for everyone! Much gratitude to all our parent volunteers who are keeping SKPTA going strong, and all our community for supporting our students and school through thick and thin.


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.

Starr King Talent Show

It will soon be time to see all the wonderful talent at the Starr King Talent Show on Friday, March 22, 2019 from 6 PM to 8 PM in the Starr King cafeteria. Practices will be held every Monday starting January 22, 2019 from 3 PM until on stage in the school cafeteria. DJ Snickatnight Audiovisual will be supplying the music and lighting for this event. Children bring your singing, dancing, poetry, painting, monologue, gymnastics and so much more to the talent show. We are all looking forward to seeing your great performance. Volunteers are needed for after school help. Please contact Monica Jones at monicajones225 at or on Parent Square.

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!

PTA Meeting and Holiday Celebration—DINNER AND CHILDCARE PROVIDED

Thursday, November 29, 6:00–7:30 pm


6:00 Welcome

6:10 Treasurer’s Report—Rita Hao

Monthly reports and other materials are available online, at

6:20 Community Announcements:
SKate Day—Alisa Shen
SK Talent Show—Monica Jones
Taiwan Summer School / Camp Trip—Hsu Laoshi

6:30 Holiday Craft Fair—come shop and support 5th grade science trip fundraising!
SKPTA financial transparency and privacy side session—Rita Hao / Tessa Lee

7:25 Raffle

7:30 Adjourn

No PTA meeting in December. Happy Holidays!

Starr King Skate Day @ Church of 8 Wheels - 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 Update and SKPTA Google Group  shutdown

Hi Fellow Members ,

For the past few weeks, room parents and I have been cleaning up the members list . We had to get rid of a few duplicates and  student departures so it brought down the contactable rate to 74% for a while. Today I can proudly say that we are reaching 80% of our families !  So kudos to all the room parents for keeping the Parent Square integration a resounding success ! As stated from our first PTA meeting our goal is to reach 100% by the end of this year.  

Now that we have 80% reach via PS, we have decided to shut down the SKPTA google group by the end of the year.  For those families who have yet to sign up on Parent Square , I urge you to get in touch with me asap.

Opt-in/ Opt-out  on PTA Parents Group ( Parent Square)

For those of you who feel that you are getting bombarded by too many posts from this particular group, you have the possibility to Opt out.  Feel free to send me a direct message and/ or email to have your name removed from this group.


(sean.personal at

Prospective Family Outreach Fall Activities

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

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!

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: to be published in the next monthly edition of The Nest.