I love that my kids read and write Mandarin Chinese. They’re often too shy (or just too ornery) to say anything in it when I’m around, but I hear from reliable sources that they actually can speak it, too
I love our teachers, who are some of the hardest working and most professional people I have had the pleasure to encounter. I am constantly amazing to find them at school or online at all hours of the day and night. Now that I see public school teachers in action day in and day out, I’m astounded they aren’t treated (and paid) more like the professionals they are.
And I’m so pleased that my 3rd grader (like all our 3rd grade Mandarin students) gets English class in a mixed (i.e. some Mandarin immersion, some general ed, some Spanish bilingual) English class so she’s getting one of Starr King’s great general ed teachers for English.
I’m grateful for a school that’s a warm community and where I enjoy going to the holiday pageant, even though I’ve heard the songs for three years running, because I’ll get to chat with a bunch of moms and dads who are fun.
I was really pleased that when some kids teased my daughter about having gay parents, I got a call from her teacher about the incident before my kids even got home from school that day. And when I went in to talk to the principal about it, just one hour later, my daughter’s teacher had already talked to each child that had told my daughter it was ‘weird’ and ‘yucky’ to have two moms and two dads and had them write notes of apology.
Most of all, I really liked that the school took it seriously without making it into a huge thing, which was just the right tone and didn’t give the teasers power.
And I love that our school is in San Francisco. Unlike a similar incident in an East Bay public school last year, when my daughter’s teacher showed her class the film That’s a Family, which is about how there are all kinds of families in the world, there were no protests, no Fox News filming through the school windows, no letter writing campaign. Just a dozen or so kids who hopefully learned that there are all kinds of families and what matters is that you’re loved.
I also love it that when we sing Happy Birthday on Monday during the morning assembly, it’s done in English, Mandarin, Spanish and Samoan. And that our annual Car Wash has a DJ better than many dance clubs I’ve been to.
And, although I know it doesn’t effect their learning, I love that Starr King’s second floor has some of the most amazing view of San Francisco Bay in the city.