Starr King Chronicles

January 2023

Welcome Back!

We hope everyone enjoyed their break and is ready to return to school! Be sure to stay bundled up as we have had a string of unprecedented weather for our area, and make an effort to leave home a little bit earlier so the rain doesn’t make you miss the 7:55 tardy bell. Remember, breakfast opens at 7:15!

School Site Council Meeting January 24, 2023

Starr King's next School Site Council Meeting will be on January 24, 2023 from 3:00-4:00 pm in the library. Agenda will be available to preview in the Starr King office on Friday, January 20. Families are welcome to attend.

Around Our Campus


First step to getting a great education is making sure you're at school! Attendance is very important, and if you are struggling to get here on time or at all, we're here to help. Remember students can be on campus as early as 7:15 for the start of breakfast, and the tardy bell rings at 7:55. We also have a multitude of district supports available to help assist families who are having a hard time with this. They can be found here:

MLK jr. day

January 16th- Remember that we have no school on Monday, January 16th, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. day. Enjoy your day off!

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IMAX Field Trip

January 27th- 5th grade will be taking a field trip to the IMAX theater to see Extreme Weather. This will be a tie-in with the current social studies unit. Incredible!

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Winter Wonderland

January 28th- Our Winter Wonderland family event is coming together! Save the date for Saturday, January 28th from 9:00-11:00 am. The event takes place on campus, and tickets will be on sale both before and after school starting on Wednesday, January 18th. There will be 200 available for presale (but only 50 at the door, so don't miss yours). We are very excited to partner with OLA, St Michael's, Kiwanis and other community partners to help make this event a success. Can’t wait to see you there!

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ELPAC Testing

February 1st- We are getting closer to the start of English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). The general and Alternate ELPAC are delivered via a computer-based test delivery platform. The general ELPAC has four domains (Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing) which are administered on computer except for the Writing domain for kindergarten through grade two, which will remain as a paper-based test. The Alternate ELPAC has two communication modes: expressive (Speaking and Writing) and receptive (Listening and Reading). The window for administering these assessments will open on February 1st. For more resources and information on ELPAC, follow the link below.

Parent Resources

School Recess

February 20th- Don't forget that we have no school from February 20th to February 24th. This is a combination of an observance of President's day, and scheduled school recess. Enjoy your break!


Black Student Union has begun their meetings! The mission and philosophy of BSU is to help students strive for academic excellence, promote positive images of African Americans and provide a strong support system for the African-American students on the campus and within the San Juan Unified School District. Our Vision for the BSUs is to support, create, enhance, and build awareness through education and expand a new level of consciousness about being Black in today’s society. The goal is to leave a generational blueprint for multiple years that will thrive for years to come. Mr. David will be facilitating our campus’ BSU, and will hold meetings every Wednesday in room 28 after school. Make sure you reach out to him if you’d like to sign up, anyone in middle school is welcome!
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Within Our Community

The Great Kindness Challenge

Kids for Peace presents: The Great Kindness Challenge! Take whatever time you might be willing to spare to help create a kinder world for all of us to live in! Have fun completing as many acts of kindness as you can. Every little bit makes a difference, and your kindness matters! Read all about it at, #greatkindnesschallenge. Additionally, we have a spirit week to coincide with the event! Celebrate the week with us by wearing the respective colors noted below!
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2023 Families Matter Conference

April 14-15- Save the date! Our FACE team is so excited to be bringing back our Families Matter Conference for families and educators, coming to you hybrid style this year! We'll have virtual workshops that participants can attend on Friday, April 14 and an in-person conference on Saturday, April 15, 9:00 am-1:00 pm both days. Each half-day will have a variety of engaging workshops for families and staff to choose from, along with an outstanding list of guest presenters, community partners, raffles with fantastic prizes, helpful resources, and more! Stay tuned for a flier you can share with families and staff in February and more exciting details still to come!

Interested in being a Families Matter conference presenter and sharing your knowledge and resources with families and colleagues? Complete our Request for Presenters by visiting the link below:

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Food Bank

Our local food bank is providing relief from the recent storms five days a week! Additionally, at these facilities there is no discrimination of any kind, for any reason. Our communities' is located at:

San Juan Central

3700 Garfield ave.

Carmichael, CA 95608

They are in room 14, and are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. For questions or assiistance, reach out to Edith Gonzalez at (916) 979-8877 or by email at If you or your family is struggling with food in any way for any reason, pay them a visit!

Free Online Multilingual Tutoring: Willow Way

Willow Way tutoring is a select group of teenage students who have been directly chosen for their academic accomplishments and experience to help others to succeed. We care deeply about providing educational equity, especially for refugee students and other newcomers to our community. We provide weekly 1 hour sessions, translator support, homework help, personalized attention and social connection. Available Monday through Friday 4:00-6:00 pm. We can be reached at

Starr King Spirit

Don't forget to order your Starr King spirit wear here Here are just a few examples of the great t-shirts you could order. Remember that every Friday is spirit day where you get to wear your Starr King shirts to show your spirit.