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THE NEST -- October 2019

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Starr King Elementary School News
October 2019

Mark Your Calendars!


SSC Ballots Due

10/06 Saturday, 10am-1pm Green Work Day

10/10 Thursday, 9-10:30am Weekly Starr King School Tour starts

Thursday,  6-7:30pm GE Innovation Award Update and Social Justice Conversation

10/12-14 Saturday-Monday Schoolwide Family Camping Trip

10/14 Monday Indigenous People’s Day, No School

10/15 Tuesday, 5:30-7:30pm SSC Meeting  

10/18 Friday Picture Day (Lifetouch)

Latino Heritage/Dia de los Muertos Celebration

10/19 Saturday, 9am-2pm SFUSD Enrollment Fair

10/22 Tuesday PreK tour

10/23 Wednesday, 5:30-6:30pm AAPAC mtg@Potrero Hill Neighborhood House

10/24 Thursday, 6pm DATE CHANGE!  Lice Prevention Info Session

10/31 Thursday HALLOWEEN


11/04-06 Mon, Tue, Wed 5th Grade Science Trip

11/11 Monday Veterans’ Day, No School

11/18-22 M-F (all WEEK) Parent Teacher Conference-Early Release 1:40pm

11/25-29 M-F (all WEEK) Thanksgiving Break, No School


12/07 Saturday Skate Day!

12/20 Friday Last School Day Before Break

12/23-01/03 Two Weeks Winter Break, No School

01/06 Monday 1st Day of 2nd Semester

01/20 Monday MARTIN LUTHER KING Day, No School

01/24 Friday Lunar New Year, No School

01/31 Friday SK Chinese New Year Festival


02/08 Saturday Chinese New Year Parade

02/17 Monday Presidents’ Day, No School

02/28 Friday African-American Heritage Event


03/09-13 M-F (all WEEK) Parent Teacher Conference-Early Release 1:40pm

03/20 Friday SK Talent Show

03/30-04/03 M-F (all WEEK) Spring Break, No school

04/25 Saturday SK Spring Fling!


05/25 Monday Memorial Day, No School

06/02 Tuesday Last Day of School

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Bright Spots from Principal Martin

Hello Everyone! Each year has its own challenges. This year we tackle developing our GE program into a Social Justice Academy. The work has already proved inspiring as well thought-provoking, but there’s no easy way to get it done.   It’s more than a matter of more homework, mixing students or changing personnel. It’s daily sustained resistance to the culture of poverty inbred into our society. We’ll be talking about social justice, hope and resistance at the GE Parent Meeting at 6pm on Oct. 10.  We look forward to hearing your voice. Please rsvp so we’re prepared with food and supplies. Until then, I wish you days of peace and learning, -D

Latino Heritage Celebration Friday 10/18 at 6pm-8pm 

Come celebrate Latino Heritage Month on Friday 10/18 at 6pm in our Starr King cafeteria.   There will be music, arts & craft, and delicious food. Don’t miss out on the fun!

If you are interested in volunteering, please reach out to Alejandro at gallegos.l.a at  or Monica at MonicaJones225 at

Starr King's Academic Volunteer Program

Starr King's Academic Volunteer Program is looking for volunteer tutors. Tutoring kids one-on-one is one of the best ways to make an impact at Starr King. If you can volunteer at least one hour per week, please contact Russell Uman via Parent Square or russ at to learn more.

Starr King School Tours

Weekly school tours will be held every Thursday starting from October 10th to January 16th, except on Holidays, from 9 am to 10:30 am. We will need at least two volunteers each week. If you’re interested in volunteering at the tours, please contact Kathy Chun (

Pre-K tours are held on the last Thursday of the month at 2:45. 

SFUSD Enrollment Fair

Each Fall, Starr King has a table at the SFUSD Enrollment Fair.  This year’s Enrollment Fair will be held on Oct. 19, 2019 at John O’Connell High, 2355 Folsom Street, 9 am-2 pm.  Please stop by and say hello to us! We also need more volunteers. Please help!!


The mission of the African American Parent Advisory Council (AAPAC) is to provide a forum to hear the ideas of Starr King parents with African American children, and respond to those ideas by educating and informing parents of district resources, policies  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 aim to lift every parent voice and help less-engaged parents find their voice through us. 

Next meeting on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 5:30pm @Potrero Hill Neighborhood House (953 De Haro Street, San Francisco, CA 9410).

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


It’s not too late to join us for a day trip or for camping Sunday night [Saturday night is full!]!

For more information, contact your cohort camp coordinator! Hopefully we will continue and expand the tradition!

Kinder: Jason, sjasonsalfen at 1st: Reese, whitereese at 

2nd: Sam, samjlord at 3rd: Grace, gracekao33 at 

4th: Rita, ritahao at 5th: Anya, fay.anuta at 

2019 / alums: Tessa, kowloonhepburn at 

Strategic Energy Innovations

4th and 5th grade students came home with release forms from Strategic Energy Innovations,  our new gardening partner. The forms request permission to use the school’s basic demographic information and take photographs of students in the garden. Students will not be identified individually. This information is used to apply for grants and show the impact of the program. 

Lice Prevention Info Session Thursday Oct 24 6p-6:30pm in Starr King Cafeteria

Who wants to know how to prevent lice infestation in your family’s hair?  I do! Please join an informational session on how to prevent lice from an expert at Lice Patrol.  Info session will debunk myths around lice, as well as instruct you on how to control lice from spreading.  See you in our school cafeteria on Oct 24th Thursday (note date change) at 6pm-6:30pm.  Free lice combs to those who arrive first.

Join Starr King at the Year of the Rat Chinese New Year Parade!

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, February 8, 2020!

Dancers and dragons needed! We invite all of our 2nd – 5th graders to help represent Starr King in our  internationally acclaimed San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade! Information packets and permission slips will go home soon and we’ll have a family meeting in late October. We’re refreshing our performances and getting an early start with practices before the end of the year! 

Dragon Boat Festival Update

In the 24th Annual Northern California International Dragon Boat Festival this weekend, our Starr King “Mothers and Fathers of Dragons” team took home the bronze medal in the Novice B Division dragon boat race!  The team included parents, teachers (Mr. Hsu and Ms. Chen) and staff (Mr. Kenny).

Classroom Snack Distribution Volunteers Needed! We Need You!

Along with the food pantry every Tuesday, we also provide snacks to all the classrooms that day. In the past, we’ve had a group of parent volunteers every Tues. from approximately 7:30 am - 8:20 am distributing snacks to each classroom. However, they are no longer able for this this year so we need new volunteers. Please reach out to Nurse Stuart if you are able to volunteer. 

Stuart E. Dick, RN, MPH (415-225-542), (pronouns; he/his)

Food Pantry Volunteers needed! We Need You!

Dear Starr King Families, 

You may know that we have a food pantry on campus every Tuesday morning. It has become a great way to support members of our Starr King community and there is a way YOU CAN HELP.  We need volunteers who can provide as few as 15 minutes on Tuesdays to help us set up. Ideally, you can stay from 7:45 until 9:10 for set up, distribution and clean up. You are not required to help every week. Training by the San Francisco/Marin Food Bank is provided. 

There is a sign-up sheet in my mailbox. Signing up does not commit you. Please let Ms. Christina or Ms. Carmen know if I’m not on campus. (I’m here Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesday mornings.) 

Sincerely, Nurse Stuart

Stuart E. Dick, RN, MPH (415-225-542), (pronouns; he/his)

We a Good Audit!  Say heyyy!

Every six months, our PTA is required by the Second District PTA to complete/submit an audit of the PTA financial accounts to demonstrate good financial standing, and maintain our membership with the district.

I am happy to report our PTA has PASSED the compliance audit for January - June 2019!  Big THANK YOUs to our former Treasurer (now VP) Rita Hao and current Treasurer, Jenn Szeto, for their hard work and diligence to keep our books balanced to the penny, and “audit finding-free”!   We’ve been compliant in our timely audits since Jan-Jun 2016, and have come a long way… Great teamwork leads to passed audits 😎.    Anyone for an eight-peat?!   

Feel free to ping Nancy Hom (via Parentsquare) with any questions.  Get an advance look at:  The audit will be presented at the October PTA meeting for adoption.  Cheers!

Parent Square Corner - Tip no. 1  Create your own Group 

Fall is upon us and we are about to start gearing up for winter sports (and activities) - All you coaches out there.   Do you know that you can have your own group to communicate with the families of your little athletes? You can choose to communicate via instant  messaging, phone text messages and of course via regular postings on the website . You can announce upcoming games, schedule activities, post a calendar entry  and organize snack distribution following the game. You can also invite parents to upload the wonderful pictures they took during the game. So take advantage of this super easy-to-use communication platform and do away with messy google groups and never ending email threads. In fact, if you are interested in creating any group for your class/ cohort, just drop me an email and I will gladly set you up.  Sean (sean.personal at .  

Sign up for ParentSquare if you haven't already -- get messages via text or email, your choice.

YMCA Urban Services ASP

We have a new Family Engagement Coordinator, Kate Belcsak! She is excited to work with and support all families to make Starr King ASP a positive force in their children’s lives. We are still working on getting her email set up, but contact info for her will be made available ASAP. 

A few reminders: 

  • Come to Family Night on October 30th during program for fun family fall activities!

  • Please join us for our annual fundraiser  The Monster Dash 5K Run and Walk on October 19, 2019! Registration is free for children under 5 years old and pets.  Sign up online here: or at the main office during after school hours! All are welcome!

  • For families paying monthly, OCTOBER PAYMENT is past due. Payment for November will be due on October 20th. Please connect with Jessica if you need assistance with financial aid, payment schedules, or any other barriers to making payments on time.  

  • If you pay your monthly fee by autodraft, that payment is deducted from your account between the 20th- 23rd of the prior month. 

  • For families paying our ONE TIME ANNUAL EXCEL FEE, this fee is past due. Please connect with Jessica if you need assistance with financial aid, payment schedules, or any other barriers to making this payment.  

Please let us know if you have any questions. Happy October, everyone!  

Sign Up as a Member of Starr King’s PTA

Everyone is a welcome 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: 

The Starr King Website

Be sure to bookmark on your browser -- that's where you'll find the most recent updates of school news, upcoming events, and other information you might find useful (like our bell schedule, or a link to the school lunch menu, or a list of Amazon Wishlists for teachers).  Copies of this newsletter are also available in Chinese and Spanish!  

See Here For Teacher/ Classroom (Amazon) Wishlists

Some of our teachers have supply requests for our families. Please have a look here

Also, don’t forget to Bookmark and use the Amazon for Starr King link when you shop online at Amazon if you want a percentage of your purchase to go to the Starr King PTA!

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