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The Birney Buzz 10/15/2021

Hello Birney families,

Here is the latest Birney Buzz  that came or is coming home in backpacks. It has news about National School Lunch Week, Picture Day next week and the new Covid Testing Center open right next to Birney in the SandiCoast Café building, open from 7 am to 7 pm during the week and from 8 am to 5 pm on the weekends. Some of you also received a paper copy of the LCFF form to fill out and return - please make sure you do complete it and send back to school, we have about $75,000 riding on that data.  

Today is the last day for the Fall Fundraiser.  We are so, so, so close to meeting our $20,000 goal but, just to be sure, we can still take donations through the weekend. While we know that Boon Supply loves you to buy all their stuff, and that is great because their stuff is cool, we also want you to know that if you prefer to donate directly to Birney, that is just fine with us!  If you donate the full cost of a year of IB Education, or $350, your child automatically qualifies for the Game Truck, which we are scheduling for the new year. The holidays are coming – why not get a head start on your gift shopping with Boon Supply? If your family prefers to donate directly to the Friends of Alice Birney Foundation, click Donate NOW. This fundraiser helps support our IB program, specials and much more. Click the following links for more information
Donate NOW
Boon Supply
Welcome to Birney's Fall Fundraiser
Click for prize information and more and if you have additional questions email: info@friendsofalicebirney.org.

Good attendance news this week?  Kudos to 5th grade for having the highest percentage as a grade level in attendance, at 96.18%.  They get 5 minutes extra recess next week.  This week’s Birney Buzz also included the attendance data for the week. I am including this so the community sees the impact COVID-19 is having on our classrooms. I am also including it to impress upon you to not choose to be absent UNLESS your child has symptoms – it is very hard on the teachers to keep track of what every child is missing when they are absent, on top of getting in touch with every child on quarantine to make sure they have access to schoolwork. If your child is absent for any other reason, this can be an additional burden on an already over-burdened teacher. Typically at this time of year our attendance is in the 97-99% range, and yet last week it was 91.77. While I am tracking students who are legitimately home sick, with symptoms or quarantining due to a close contact, I am also noticing that there are unexcused absences due to trips or other reasons.  I ask that you resist having your child out of school for anything that cannot be excused, anything other than illness, medical appointments or symptoms.  

Next Friday will be Picture Day at Birney. We are working with Jostens this year - a new experience for us. One of the things they are using is a green screen so that you can have your choice of backgrounds - so please DO NOT have your child wear green for Picture Day! The company will work directly with you when the pictures are ready to view - everything will be done through your email, and you can reach them at jostenspix.com or call them at 1-877-515-1447.  

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Take care,

Ms. Amanda

 

The Birney Buzz 10/11/2021
Posted on 10/11/2021

Birney Buzz for Monday October 11

Hello Birney families! Another whirlwind week last week led to my not sending this out till today. Here is your copy of the student newsletter , so if you need to click on links and such you can. We are scheduling school picture day on Friday, October 22. Click to review the details here.

FALL FUNDRAISER? ONE MORE WEEK TO GO!

We are extending the fall fundraiser for another week so we can reach our goal of $20,000. We are currently close to $15,000. Remember, you can either participate through Boon Supply or go directly to the Foundation website to donate, where 100% of your funding will benefit our Specials program of Spanish, Art, Garden and – new this year – Dance for grades K-3. For more information about the Foundation and PTA, along with our fundraising for the year, go here.   

Click the following links for more information
Donate NOW
Boon Supply
Welcome to Birney's Fall Fundraiser
Click for prize information and more

VANDALISM AT BIRNEY?

During the month of September, our school experienced a higher than usual rate of vandalism in the bathrooms. It turns out that this was a response to a Tiktok challenge which directed students to trash bathrooms and upload a video of the same to Tiktok. Social media is always there for all of us, both adults and students, these days. Most of the time it entertains. However, this school challenge includes many highly inappropriate, even criminal, suggestions (slap a school staff member (assault), jab a breast (also assault), etc. Parents and students need to know that any Birney student, or anyone related to a Birney student, who attempts to carry out any of the suggestions in the challenge will receive consequences as expected. We will investigate student actions and any students found to have committed any of the actions will be suspended, at the very least. Anyone not a student at Birney but still related in some way will be reported to either School Police or San Diego Police. 

CELL PHONE USE AT SCHOOL

Some of the vandalism we witnessed was uploaded to the Tiktok platform using a cell phone during the school day. The student who was using a cell phone during the school day violated school and district rules. Cell phones are everywhere these days, and we understand that your student needs to be able to communicate with you before or after school. Regardless, during the school day, when the teacher is in the supervisory role in your place, the phone isn’t needed and is, instead, a constant source of distraction. We prefer to maintain a safe environment by not exposing students to cyberbullying, unsafe content, the temptation to cheat on schoolwork, etc. We ask that parents assist us with enforcement of this rule – phones may not be used by a student during the school day, either in class or at lunch/recess. Phones should remain in the backpack, silenced, or turned off. If you are worried about a phone being safe in a backpack, you can also ask the teacher to safely store the phone during the day and ask that your child be able to retrieve the phone at dismissal. Students seen using their phone during the day will be asked to hand the phone to the adult and retrieve it at the end of the day. If it happens again, the phone will be confiscated, and an adult will have to retrieve it from school. 

REPORTING ISSUES AT SCHOOL

Another indirect result of this challenge was the awareness that while students knew what was happening, they neglected to report it to teachers or myself, Ms. Amanda, until a few days had passed although they witnessed the vandalism. I can only think that the interruption of consistent daily school attendance, onsite, for so many months might have changed the school culture temporarily. The Birney students I knew before the closure of schools in March, 2020, would have reported such acts right away, the moment they happened, because they knew reporting would keep them safe. It will take time to mend our culture, the pandemic is still present in our daily lives in so many ways. In the meantime, parents could help us by having the conversation with their Birney student(s) about reporting things like bullying, name-calling, inappropriate behavior and vandalism to the nearest adult. The notion spread by a small number of voices in the upper grades that “Snitches get stitches” is contrary to what we need to do to keep our students safe and knowing that adults will respond appropriately and immediately when a child reports will address most of these troublesome incidents directly.

BIRNEY BEHAVIOR HANDBOOK

The Birney Behavior Handbook can be viewed as a more school-specific accompaniment to the district’s FACTS FOR PARENTS 2021-2022.  Our vision and rationale for the way we facilitate student behavior at Birney can be found there. Student behavior is an integral, explicit part of the IB PYP (International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program), which our school has belonged to for 12 years now. The IB Learner profile traits (thinker, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, balanced, caring, reflective, open-minded, courageous) form the backbone of our school culture. We teach our students to act on what they learn, and having learned these profile traits since kindergarten, our students typically know when to report an incident which is detrimental or harmful to the students, staff or school.  In this case, many hours were spent cleaning up and fixing things in the bathrooms, which took time away from cleaning other areas of the school, including the classrooms.

Thanks for your support – happy 7th week of school, 31 to go!

Ms. Amanda

 

The Birney Buzz 10/03/2021

Birney BeeHappy Sunday. 

As we enter the LAST WEEK OF THE FALL FUNDRAISER, I want to urge you to participate any way you choose, but to act this week! You don’t have to purchase items from Boon Supply, you can donate directly to Friends of Alice Birney if you prefer. The Fall Fundraiser will run from September 10th-October 8th.This fundraiser helps support our IB program, specials and much more. Click the following links for more information: Boon Supply and Welcome to Birney's Fall Fundraiser. If you have additional questions email: info@friendsofalicebirney.org.

At the end of the week, we received more notifications of exposure to Covid-19 or positive cases from the Health Department.  The Health Department is conducting contact tracing and notifying close contacts when they need to do a ‘modified quarantine’, ‘quarantine’ or receive tests every 3 days. In the meantime, it is my job to post the Notification of Non-Close Contact to the general public – if you have not heard from the Health Department, you are not identified as a close contact.

I ask again that you keep your child home if any of the COVID symptoms are present and provide a negative PCR test upon return. The PCR test is simple to get at any drugstore; it cannot be the antigen test that you can give at home.

What if my kid has seasonal allergies? I remind you that you can get your doctor to certify that your child has allergies using the Certification of Chronic Condition form which can be filed with the Health Office and may prevent your child from being sent home. 

LCFF funding - LCFF funding is worth about $75,000 to our school - it measures the need for additional funding based on poverty levels and language learners, so it is a huge help for us to be able to level the playing field for our students.Parents can complete the LCFF form in the parent portal. Here is how you enter LCFF data in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. So far, 164 students’ information has been completed, but we have over 500 students altogether. In the coming weeks, you will receive a paper version of this form if you have been unable to complete the survey in the Parent Portal. Our federal funding depends on families completing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Information form through the Parent Portal. This video should explain everything. Our school needs this information to help ensure we receive all the state funding to which we are entitled. To create a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account, click  here: English | Spanish.  To create a Parent Portal account, you will need: A valid email address and Access ID and Password from the school. Click here to access the Parent Portal.  If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact the school to make the request. You will need an Access ID and Password for each student you wish to link to your account. Click here to sign into the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Finally, here is how you enter LCFF data in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  

Last week was our best week yet for COVID testing – but we are far from 100% responding, whether it is an opt-in or an opt-out. Thanks to all of you who have emailed your questions, it has helped us set up a consistent line of communication with both the nursing department and UCSD, but as with any new system, there are kinks that must be worked out. Here are the links again to help you decide whether your child should be tested at school:

 

Lastly, please be mindful of our neighbors and each other at pick up and drop off – double and triple parking is never ok, especially when it’s to pick up or drop off a Birney student.  We work hard cultivating the IB Learner Profile Traits in our students – and as the adults we must also embody the same.  Just in case that is not enough of a nudge to compel proper adult behavior in the area surrounding the school, I have asked SDUSD School Police to include Birney’s current 4 gates when cruising the neighborhood, having had just one too many complaints from neighbors and other parents. We are doing our best to keep everyone safe, please help us by being responsible, respectful drivers. 

See you Monday!

Ms. Amanda

 
 
 
Birney BeeThe Birney Buzz 09/30/2021

Hello Birney Bees,

Today, Thursday, is Birney's COVID testing day.  If you have been wanting to get your child tested weekly, but they still haven't been tested, you may want to double check that you registered with UCSD's Primary Health system.  In some cases, parents have signed up but not filled out the form.  Please respond to this email if you have any questions, but especially if you have been wondering why your child has not been tested.  Thanks - more Buzz later!

Ms. Amanda

 
The Birney Buzz 09/23/2021
Posted on 09/27/2021
Birney Bee

Good afternoon, Birney famiies, hope you made it home safely and got dry quickly! That was NUTS!

The newest copy of the students' Birney Buzz  is coming home in backpacks today. You can get the color version by clicking on the link. There is a TON of information about the Fall Fundraiser, in case you need it. We are doing great - thanks for all your support. Some of you have emailed me asking how to make a direct donation instead of buying stuff - absolutely! That information is there too, but just in case - if your family prefers to donate directly to the Friends of Alice Birney Foundation, click Donate NOW. For more information about what we are raising funds for, see Welcome to Birney's Fall Fundraiser

Parents of 4th and 5th graders, we will be surveying your students in the next couple of weeks to get a sense of their social and emotional strengths.  We will use the data to inform our supports from our 3-day counselor, Ms. Dora Arnold, as well as our budgeting priorities for the year.  Please see the letter from the district including a presentation which explains more about the survey, and let me know if you do not wish for your student to participate.  You can simply reply to this email if you wish to opt out, or contact your child's teacher. You may also have received the results of a new math test given in the Spring.  Many of you have asked how to interpret the results, and I will be  providing that information later this week or next.  Stay tuned.  

Regarding COVID testing - Thursdays - we had our best Thursday yet, but acknowledge that it continues to be a massive undertaking which is still very new to all of us.  Thanks for reaching out to find out why your child did not get the test, or the results, and please know that we are doing everything we can to address all your questions.  Last week we did not run out of time (testers remained at school all day) or tests (replenished midday), so we were able to test over 300 students. 

I also wanted to alert you to a meeting this week on September 30 from 5:30-6:30 pm with the district Parents as Partners department and the Nursing & Wellness department regarding the Safety for Schools Forum. See the flyer in English/Spanish.

I hope you had a great weekend - thank you as always for choosing Birney, thank you again for all your support! Week five begins Monday!  

 

Birney BeeThe Birney Buzz 09/20/2021

Happy Monday Birney Bees,

I don't usually send Buzz on Mondays but there are a couple of celebrations and some items I want to share!

First - the LCFF funding qualification form?  The number of forms submitted DOUBLED over the weekend!  Last Friday we had only 37/510  submitted, now we have nearly 80.  So I'm putting that notification in again.  The LCFF funding is worth about $75,000 to our school - it measures the need for additional funding based on poverty levels and language learners, so it is a huge help for us to be able to level the playing field for our students.  Here is that blurb again:Parents to complete the LCFF form in the parent portal – please! Here is how you enter LCFF data in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Last week, I sent this home and only 37 students’ have submitted the information.    Our federal funding depends on families completing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Information form through the Parent Portal.  This video should explain everything. Our school needs this information to help ensure we receive all the state funding to which we are entitled. To create a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account, click  here: English | Spanish.  To create a Parent Portal account, you will need:  A valid email address and Access ID and Password from the school. Click here to access the Parent Portal.  If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact the school to make the request. You will need an Access ID and Password for each student you wish to link to your account. Click here to sign into the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Finally, here is how you enter LCFF data in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  

After-School Classes begin this week and next - except for Chess, which will now start up October 11.  More to come on that at the end of the week when the link to sign up goes live.  Regarding childcare - I HEAR you!  Childcare is a problem nationwide right now.  Both of our basic programs are short-staffed and while we would dearly love to keep all the students who need somewhere to be while parents are working, we are strictly limited not only by state regulations around group size and student-staff ratio, but also around availability of staff, limiting cross-contamination of stable groups and scheduling. During a regular school year we typically have more than one class every day but in this current atmosphere with positive case identification of about 1 per week, we have to be vigilant and cautious. 

On that note, we had our 3rd positive student covid case reported to us, triggering the sharing of the attached Non-Close Contact Letter. If you were contacted by the school nurse, your student was a close contact, otherwise this letter seves as notification to the school and staff that we must remain alert, strive to remain 6 feet apart at all times when unmasked, and maintain the utmost care in our health and safety measures.  The first 2 students who tested positive are back in school doing fine.  My best wishes and virtual hugs go out to the families of students or teachers, parents or other family members, who have had a positive case at their home.  Hugs and wishes and gratitude also to the many, many of you who have had your child sent home with any of the symptoms and have had to take time to go get the PCR test in order to come back to school.  We know it is a pain, and we appreciate your spirit and cooperation. Remember, if your child typically experiences chronic symptoms that are similar to Covid, you can file the Certification of a Chronic Condition  here in the health office - it must be signed by your doctor to be valid.   

The Boon Supply fundraiser also picked up over the weekend. The instructions to send those 10 emails are in the colorful letter showing off all the prizes, attached here in English and Spanish.  Friday is our next p[rize day for any child whose family has sent 10 or more emails - plus this week only all children qualifying for a prize will also have their names entered in a drawing to win $100! 

That's about it - keep up the good work, on our side it is getting smoother and smoother.  Have a great week! As always, an email to ahammondwilliams@sandi.net gets you straight to my inbox and, if you don't get a reply within 24 hours, send it again.  

Ms. Amanda  

 

Birney BeeBirney Buzz September 17, 2021

Greetings, Birney families and friends!

Our third week of school is almost over (35 weeks to go J) and we are settling into a rhythm – our students know the routines and the rules, teachers are getting to know their students more completely, plans are being put in place to provide supports. Today I visited every classroom to give out the IB Learner pencil, have the IB Learner get a compliment from a friend, and talk up the Fall FundraiserThe FOABE welcome letter about IB learning explains more about why we need to raise $350 per child to maintain our amazing programs. The Fall Fundraiser runs from September 10th - October 8.   If your student was paying attention, they will be asking you to go to boonsupply.com/355050 to register your child and send 10 emails out to friends and family by clicking on “Share Your Fundraiser.” Every student whose family sends at least 10 emails this week will earn a special prize next Friday as well as entering the drawing for a $100 prize. We raise funds at Birney to pay for our Specials (Art, Dance, Spanish, Garden), field trips, assemblies and IB Materials. 

After School Chess, Spanish and More! After School Enrichment classes are starting soon and we still have space available in Chess for All, Spanish, Hip Hop, Intro to Guitar and Art. Sign up today! Check out the flyers and information by scrolling down on the PTA website http://www.birneypta.com/ase

Covid Testing update:The extra layers of complexity necessitated by the pandemic continue to confound our ‘normal’ school year, and yesterday’s Covid testing was no exception. While we have over 400 student signed up, we were able to test less than 200. If your child has opted in but was not tested, please pay attention to the information that follows. Many students have opted in to Covid testing on the blue form that came home the first week of school, but have to complete the Informed Consent and Release of Information form required by the vendor who is doing the testing.  It took a couple of weeks for us to be able to reconcile the lists we have in our student information system and the list sent by the vendor. We are sending the other form home today to those of you who have not yet completed it. Once we receive it back and input the information, we are hoping we will have a better list next week, but in some cases, it may be the week after. Every week the process gets easier and more complete – but it is still challenging. 

Parents to complete the LCFF form in the parent portal – please! Here is how you enter LCFF data in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Last week, I sent this home and only 37 students’ have submitted the information.  Our federal funding depends on families completing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Information form through the Parent Portal. This video should explain everything. Our school needs this information to help ensure we receive all the state funding to which we are entitled. To create a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account, click  here: English | SpanishTo create a Parent Portal account, you will need: A valid email address and Access ID and Password from the school. Click here to access the Parent Portal. If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact the school to make the request. You will need an Access ID and Password for each student you wish to link to your account.Click here to sign into the PowerSchool Parent Portal.Fi nally, here is how you enter LCFF data in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  

Did you see your child’s back-to-school information yet? The grade level teams posted presentations on our website – check them out! 

PTA membership – PTA membership is $10 for each year, if you joined last year, now is a good time to renew your member shipTo join PTA, click here. 

PTA and the Friends of Alice Birney Foundation – how do they work?  The Birney Parent Organization Guide has some really useful information as well as contacts. If you are interested in volunteering, getting to know other parents, or more, this would be a good place to start. To get on a volunteer list, email info@birneypta.com.  

As always, an email gets you straight to my inbox. You can imagine I get a lot of emails, and I am happy to reply to them. If you don’t hear back from me, don’t hesitate to resend your email – I don’t mind at all – sometimes I get busy and miss stuff!

For now, take care, have a great weekend!

Ms. Amanda
ahammondwilliams@sandi.net


Birney BeeBirney Buzz Thursday 9/09 

Greetings to the Birney community, it has been a busy week with lots happening.  I will try to cover what you need to know concisely.  Happy Friday of the 2nd week of school – I am amazed seeing Kindergarten students happily go to their Specials classes this morning that we have accomplished so much!  Hats off to the wonderful Birney staff!

After-School Enrichment:  Our After-School Enrichment Program (ASE Schedule) -begins signing up next week. The schedule will include:

                Monday: Chess (K-5); Theatre (3-5, PrimeTime priority)

                Tuesday: Introductory Guitar (2-5), Heartlight Dance 

            Wednesday: Soccer (K-5); Garden (K-5)

            Thursday: Monart Drawing (1-5); Spanish (K-5)

I have linked to the fliers that I have received.  All fliers will soon be available through the PeachJar link on our website.  Prices, start/end dates and number of classes vary.  After-school classes will not occur during parent-teacher conference week (week of 11/15-11/19). 

After School Enrichment Schedule - gives you the websites for sign ups for after-school classes beginning soon

Fall Fundraiser Kickoff:   Our fundraising efforts run throughout the year and serve to support our IB Program, Specials and more.  The  Welcome to Birney's Fall Fundraiser about IB learning explains more about why we need to raise $350 per child to maintain our amazing programs.  The Fall Fundraiser runs from September 10th - October 8.   It is an opportunity to win prizes, get environmentally great stuff for your household AND help raise money for Birney! Materials are coming home in backpacks today.  Check outhe video to see how it works.  You’ll see information about the Fall Fundraiser at the gates while you’re waiting for your students.   All proceeds from the Fall Fundraiser support our IB program which means supporting Performing Arts, Spanish and Garden.

Parent Organization Guide 20212022  - tells you about the events on the schedule during a normal year, hoping we are back to normal soon

Back-to-School Presentations: Our Birney Back-to-School presentations are coming to your emails this weekend and will be posted on our website by Monday evening.  You will be able to access the presentations at your leisure over the weekend.  Teachers are eager for you to take in their information for back-to-school and for you let them know if you have any questions or concerns.  Although our preference would be to invite you all to school to meet the teacher and get a look at the classroom, see the students interacting and enjoy our wonderful environment – the complexity of these times prevent it.  Many teachers are planning to hold a Zoom meeting with parents soon so you can meet the person teaching your kids face to face, without a mask, instead of through the fence; we will share that schedule with you shortly.  Since we committed to ‘back-to-school’ for the second Friday of the school year, we wanted to get you the team’s basic information at that point. 

Elections at Birney: the Birney auditorium will be hosting the Special Election over the weekend through Tuesday.  Unfortunately, this will displace the SAY Program for a couple of days and will disrupt entry for both programs both morning and evening.  I also bring this to the attention of families using the main gate at entry and dismissal given that community members will be accessing the auditorium to place their votes. No voter will be allowed to enter the rest of the school. Please

LCFF information through Parent Portal:  Our federal funding depends on families completing the Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Information form through the Parent Portal.  This video should explain everything. Our school needs this information to help ensure we receive all the state funding to which we are entitled. It will not affect your child receiving free meals at this school as all children will have free access to meals this school year. The LCFF online form is available on the Parent Portal, and NOT on the student’s portal. Those of you who still have not signed on to the Parent Portal will receive another letter in your child’s backpack this afternoon to sign on. To create a PowerSchool Parent Portal Account, click here: English | Spanish.  To create a Parent Portal account, you will need: A valid email address and Access ID and Password from the school. Click here to access the Parent Portal If you do not have the Access ID and Password for your student, please contact the school to make the request. You will need an Access ID and Password for each student you wish to link to your account. Click here to sign into the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  Finally, here’s how you enter LCFF data in the PowerSchool Parent Portal. 

PTA membership – PTA membership is $10 for each year, if you joined last year, now is a good time to renew your member ship.  To join PTA, click here.

PTA and the Friends of Alice Birney Foundation – how do they work?  The Birney Parent Organization Guide has some really useful information as well as contacts.  If you are interested in volunteering, getting to know other parents, or more, this would be a good place to start.  To get on a volunteer list, email info@birneypta.com

COVID testing news: Thursdays are our appointed COVID-testing days.  This week was our 2nd time with the testers on campus.  This week we were able to test only about half of the students who have been cleared to test due to the fact that they ran out of tests and time.  Thank you for your patience with us as we smooth out this brand new process at school.  We did move the testing outside to the lunch arbor, which worked out well.  We will begin with the older kids next week since this week we began with the little ones.  Hopefully we will get all the ducks in a row by then. If you still haven’t opted in (or out) to the COVID testing you can do so  online here.  It takes a few days for the forms to clear and get on to the vendor’s lists.

Patience – the first two weeks of school have been different – while we usually celebrate attendance, instead we have seen record numbers of students sent home with covid-like symptoms. Some have had to return after 24 hours with no symptoms, others have had to provide a negative PCR test, others have had to quarantine at home for a variety of days.  The decision tree is complicated and confusing, because the variety and range of contexts for contact with covid are numerous.  Some staff members have been affected as well, either themselves or because of family members. While we usually celebrate the return to school with hugs, joyful reunions and a linking of parents with teachers on Family Friday, we are dusting off our Zoom links and passwords to resume remote communication due to the Delta variant.  I know this is hard on everyone and I thank you for your grace and patience – for this can-do, solution-oriented principal, it is excruciating having to say no to so many of you. 

Grace – the bottom line, for me, and what has stopped me from pursuing any alternative, is the contacts I have every day with these beautiful children.  They know what is right for them –coming back to school for them is a no-brainer - they wear their masks, they move 6 feet apart upon request, they tell me that this is better than learning from home, and they make every minute of my job worthwhile. And then there are my teachers and staff – even though this reopening is yet another challenging version of the real thing, they are rolling up their sleeves and making it work.  The magic of the classroom is alive and well – the excitement of the IB education at Birney is thriving, and although this is tough, we can and will make it work. Thank you for the grace you give us to keep trying. Thank you for making sure you uphold Birney’s safety measures by wearing your mask and distancing when you come up to school. 

Take care, remember a simple reply to this email gets you to my inbox with any questions or concerns,

Ms. Amanda

 

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