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THE NEST -- September 2019

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Starr King Elementary School News
September 2019

Mark Your Calendars!

08/29 Thursday, 6pm PTA Meeting — Intro & Math Festival

09/02 Monday Labor Day, No School

Tacolicious School Project (741 Valencia St)


09/09 Monday, all day Tacolicious School Project (741 Valencia St)

09/11 Wednesday, 5:30pm AAPAC Meeting

09/12 Thursday 6pm BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT

09/15 Sunday, 10am-12pm Green Work Day, bagels and projects!

09/16 Monday, all day Tacolicious School Project (741 Valencia St)

09/19 Thursday 6pm PTA Meeting

09/23 Monday, all day Tacolicious School Project (741 Valencia St)

09/30 Monday, all day Tacolicious School Project (741 Valencia St)


10/12-14 Saturday/Sunday School Wide Family Camping Trip

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

10/18 Friday Latino Heritage/Dia de los Muertos Celebration


11/11 Monday Veterans’ Day, No School

11/18-22 M-F Parent Teacher Conference Week-Early Release                    

at 1:40 p.m. ALL WEEK!

11/25-29 M-F Thanksgiving Break, No School


12/20 Friday Last School Day Before Break

12/23-1/3 Two Weeks Winter Break, No School

01/06 Monday Return from Winter Break 1st Day of 2nd Semester


01/20 Monday MARTIN LUTHER KING  Day, No School

01/24 Friday Lunar New Year, No School


02/08 Saturday Chinatown Chinese New Year Parade

02/17 Monday Presidents’ Day, No School


03/09-13 M-F Parent Teacher Conference Week-Early Release

at 1:40 p.m. ALL WEEK!

03/30-04/03 M-F Spring Break, No school



05/25 Monday Memorial Day, No School

06/02 Tuesday Last Day of School

You can find our calendar of events on ParentSquare, and instructions on how to add the calendar to your personal calendar are at

Bright Spots from Principal Martin

Hello Everyone! 

Happy to see so many of you  on our first day of school. From my perspective it was a bit chaotic what with everyone trying to get pics with the mayor! Still, it was a wonderful chance to show off our community. The yard looks great, families and students were happy to be back, classrooms and halls looked great thanks to our many volunteers. I am truly proud of the work we do together. Next up… our innovation grant. I’m excited to hear from GE families about their hopes for students in the program, to work with teachers to develop curriculum and maybe get a new name for the program. Heath and I are also working closely with teachers on developing responsive classrooms to meet the socioemotional learning needs of all our children. This is what happens when we are truly focused on peace and learning,  -D

SAVE THE DATE:  PTA Intro Meeting AND  Math Festival on Thursday 8/29 at 6pm-8pm.  

Dinner + Childcare provided.   We will have our 1st PTA meeting to introduce this year’s PTA goals, committee heads and how to get involved.  Following the PTA meeting, Starr King will be hosting the Julia Robinson Math Festival ( that all students and parents will not want to miss.  Here’s more info on the festival. See you there!


Julia Robinson Mathematics Festival offers students advanced and thought-provoking mathematics in a social and cooperative atmosphere. Students choose among several tables offering problem sets, games, or puzzles with mathematical themes. They work as long as they wish, while a facilitator provides support and encouragement. Motivation comes from the social interaction, rather than from any prize, grade, medal, or ranking. Festivals are run locally and supported by a national network. They can address any level of student, from those struggling with mathematics to those soaring in achievement.

Volunteer! The San Francisco Math Circle is looking for interested parents willing to volunteer to lead tables hosting small group activities. Volunteers make the festival possible and are greatly appreciated! Volunteers are asked to show up at 5pm to receive training on their activity and will get a free JRMF T-Shirt as a token of thanks. If you are interested in volunteering, please email jrmf at to find out more!


September PTA Meeting will be 9/19 Thursday 6pm where Committee Heads will be presenting their plans and budgets.  More details to come as we get closer.

Mondays in September (9/2, 9/9, 9/16/, 9/23, 9/30) - TACOLICIOUS SCHOOL PROJECT

Our school has been invited to participate in Tacolicious restaurant’s School Project fundraiser.  It is an easy way to raise money for the school from anyone who eats at the Tacolicious at Valencia Street on ALL Mondays in September: 9/2, 9/9, 9/16, 9/23 and 9/30. Tacolicious will donate 15% of the proceeds on those Mondays to Starr King! How you can help: 

  • Monday Dine-In or Pick-Up - Come in to eat or pick-up food on Mondays in September at Tacolicious (741 Valencia Street location only). (Note: Third-party deliveries, such as Caviar, do not count toward the donation.) Remember that anyone can support, so spread the word beyond your schools and on to friends, family and community. 

  • Monday Catering - Bring the School Project to you! Support your school by having a taco bar delivered to your next meeting or event on one of our Mondays. You must book and mention that it’s to support the “Tacolicious School Project”. To qualify for delivery, orders must total $500 or more. 

  • Monday Parties - Host a large group in any of our private dining rooms! You must book ahead throughschoolproject@tacolicious.comand mention that the party is to support the “TacoliciousSchool Project”. Maybe it’s time for a cohort lunch or dinner, mom’s or dad’s night out! 

  • Monday Shopping: Tacolicious Gift Cards and Swag - Get an early start to holiday gifts with Tacolicious gift cards or the Tacolicious cookbook, T-shirts and caps. Items purchased on Mondays in September will also count toward Starr King’s fundraiser. And if you use those gift cards on any Monday in September for dining, those will count as well!

Please help spread the word to everyone you know - your friends & family, your company, the businesses you frequent, etc. Every single Monday in September, anyone who goes to Tacolicious in the Mission (741 Valencia Street), 15% of what they spend will go to Starr King.



For more information, contact your cohort camp coordinator! Register by September 8!

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 

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)

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. We’ve had a group of parents volunteers every Tuesday from approximately 7:30 am - 8:20 am distributing snacks to each classroom. They are no longer able to do it this year so we need new volunteers. Please also reach out to Nurse Stuart if you are able to volunteer. 

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

Parent Square Corner 

Welcome- back- Starr King Parents ! 

The PTA excom is once again on a mission to reach 100% of our  parent community . Last Year we almost attained 80% and we were proud of our achievement as it was our first year using this platform.  This year we made the promise that no parent will be left behind. So we are ON to you. All kidding aside please take the time to sign up by filling out this quick 4 -question questionnaire: (Each parent must do one for each kid) .  If you still need help in understanding what you are missing out on by not using PS., email me at Sean (sean.personal at .  It’s hip to be (on) Parent Square!!!


The mission of the African American Parent Advisory Council 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 aimed to lift every parent voice and help less engaged parents find their voice through us. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 @5:30 pm @ 107 Dakota Street, S.F. CA. 94107

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

YMCA Urban Services ASP

Hello everyone! As you have probably heard by now, we have a new Site Coordinator this year. Here is her contact information, feel free to reach out if you need anything:

Jessica Kravin


A few reminders:

  • If you missed PARENT ORIENTATION before school started, there is an opportunity to make it up on WEDNESDAY 8/28 at 4:30p. If you are also not able to make that day and time, please reach out to Jessica.

  • We will be having a PAYMENT NIGHT on WEDNESDAY 8/28 as well. There will be staff here who will be able to help you with your online account, and also to take physical payments if you aren’t able to pay online. 

  • For families paying monthly, SEPTEMBER PAYMENT must be paid by 8/31. Please connect with Jessica if you need assistance with financial aid, payment schedules, or any other barriers to making this payment ontime. 

  • For our families paying our ONE TIME ANNUAL EXCEL FEE, this fee must be paid by 8/31. Please connect with Jessica if you need assistance with financial aid, payment schedules, or any other barriers to making this payment ontime. 

Let us know if you have any questions, and let’s have a great school year!

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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 in three languages are available too!  

Additional Math Enrichment - Math Circle

In additional to the free Math Festival happening on 8/29, Math Circle will be providing additional math enrichments that you can register for your child.   Please see info below:

At the Starr King Math Circle, we explore the fun side of math! The Starr King MathCircle is an extracurricular math enrichment program that gives students an opportunity to develop their mathematical thinking skills in a supportive, collaborative, and fun environment. We promote positive attitudes towards math and learning through engaging, hands-on puzzles and games that involve both creativity and critical thinking.

You can find more about our approach to math and math education at

To register for the fall term of the Starr King Math Circle, please visit

Please note that our focus is primarily on helping students to engage in creative mathematical exploration and problem-solving rather than building their skills in arithmetic or other traditional K-12 math.

Starr King Math Circle info:

  • Grade levels:  2nd-3rd grade and 4th-5th grade

  • Day:  Wednesdays

  • Time:  2:55-3:55pm

  • Dates:  9/11, 9/18, 9/25, 10/9, 10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, 12/11 (12 classes)

  • Cost:  $420 per 12-week term (We offer financial aid! See below for more details)

We are committed to making our programs accessible to all students. We offer generous financial aid in the form of reduced tuition scholarships, so families only pay what they can afford. For more information about financial aid, please visit

For more information about the Starr King Math Circle, please visit

SKPTA 2019-20 EXCOM Committee Chairs:

President:  Grace Kao Fundraising Chair: Angeline Yeo

Vice President: Rita Hao Events Chair: Monica Jones

Secretary:  Sam Lord Food Chair: Hoang Leung

Treasurer:  Jenn Szeto

Neighborhood Liaison: Uzuri Pease-Greene

Facilities Chairs:  Jennifer Serwer & Mark Matjas

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

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