This from a reader:
i just came back from the welcome breakfast at starr king. i am a first grade parent of a mandarin immersion student. i often take parents on tours as i did today. every time i do, i become even more proud of our little school.
in our yard today, incoming parents who were assigned starr king - because they wanted it or not - looked on as our community came together for monday assembly. we sang happy birthday in four different languages, listened to our principal call up one child from each classroom and heard about what that child did to excel last week, and celebrated the kids who came to school early to read. as all this was happening some mothers were selling home made tamales to raise money for the pta. (they raised $600 on friday, but sold out, so gave us another chance to enjoy the fruits of their labor.) we also learned that the pta has raised over $40,000 in our emergency fundraising drive. a goal reached in less than two weeks!
the incoming parents had breakfast and enjoyed some witty banter from principal rosenberg and then we set off on a tour. we saw classrooms full of kids from all backgrounds who were ENGAGED in their learning. wether it was a general ed teacher teaching in english, a mandarin teacher teaching in mandarin, or a mandarin teacher teaching in english (hard to keep it all straight!) the kids were all engaged. we then went on to the caffateria where members of the symphony played for small groups of children and went in to our garden where the kids are growing corn, snap peas, and all sorts of leafy greens. (the garden was conceptualized and executed by our amazing parent community.)
today, through the eyes of prospective parents, i saw a diverse student population, engaged learning, incredibly involved parent community, a funny and caring principal, and a truly great teaching staff.
and then..... i hear that there are 0 for 7 parents out there who were assigned starr king general education who won't consider sending their kids here; who were so upset by their assignment that they didn't even want to attend the welcome breakfast. parents who would prefer to move out of the city than to send their kids to starr king. i want to extend an invitation to all of those parents to come and tour starr king this thursday, 9:30. i would love the opportunity to show you all the wonderful things about starr king that i see.
mom to grace at starr king elementary.