The Birney Buzz 09/22/2020

The Birney Buzz 09/22/2020
Posted on 09/22/2020

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Hello Birney families and friends,

Specials began this week with 1st grade on Monday, 3rd and 5th Tuesday, 2nd and 4th on Thursday and Kindergarten on Friday. Kids will go to music with Mr. Evans, Spanish with Sra. Goudy, Garden with Ms. Mindy and Physical Education with Coach Lord. In grades 1-3, students will either have Physical Education and Music or Garden and Spanish, alternating weeks. Grades K, 4 and 5 will visit with all specialists every week, and for our Tk/Ks, we are also adding a special IB Learner Profile time with Ms. Sims. Please visit Ms. LeeAnn's Library Land website. It has beautiful, moving, and powerful read-alouds to enjoy with your family. Ms. LeeAnn and other Specialists' websites and resources are all linked on Birney Specials @ Home webpage In the spring, Specials were asynchronous, now your Specials teachers will be live with the students. We are proud to be able to offer these enrichment classes for all students TK-5, and we appreciate your support for our Specials classes as we move through the year with our various fundraising efforts. As you know, your support of our IB Program makes all this possible, so in advance of another successful Fall Fundraiser, we thank you! 

The Fall Fundraiser is in full swing! We have over $5,200 in sales which means Birney will get $2,000 to support our Specials, which start this week! So, as your child is learning about the environment from Ms. Mindy, speaking Spanish with Señora Goudy, or learning music with Mr. Evans, remember that those classes are paid for by Friends of Alice Birney’s fundraising efforts! SPREAD THE WORD! *Please make sure to tell people to enter your child’s name into the “SELLER” field with their Teacher’s name when placing an order! Our online store can be found directly by clicking on this link:

Don’t want to buy anything, but want to help? Donate $275 (the annual cost of an IB education for one child) & your child gets to join the Drive-In Movie Night at Birney! Yes, you read it right! We are going to have a drive-in movie at Birney! Why participate in the fundraiser? Your donations make it possible for us to enhance our experiences for students with Specials, extra IB materials and supplies, field trips and more. 

Did you know that all classes halt instruction every day at noon so that families have the chance to walk up to school and grab a free lunch?  Lunchtime plus this week – how many lunch grab n go meals include a pomegranate?  Ms. Mindy will be at the lunch line this week on Wednesday and Friday from 12 to 2 handing out Birney-grown pomegranates

We have Meal Distribution for FREE at Birney daily from 12 to 2 pm and on Thursday, the bag will include Saturday breakfast and lunch. For Friday, the bag will include Sunday breakfast and lunch. That’s free milk/juice, fruit, and other yummy things. Want to know what’s on the menu? Go to, click on Departments, then on Food and Nutrition Services. We are organizing all of our supplies distribution days, PTA merchandise sales, free book handouts, garden giveaways, around the lunch service daily at Birney, why not make it part of your routine?

Finally, our Birney Website once again features the Peachjar tile which will take you to all the afterschool enrichment opportunities for your child - if your child is in grades 3-5, check out the Kid-Versionary theater class which is FREE!!!  There are also offerings for Spanish, Art, Soccer, Yoga and more - go to Birney website and click on the PeachJar link

Need to talk to me? I am always available by email! My office hours for this week will be Friday from 2:30-3:30.  Topic: Open Door Office Hour Meeting ID: 972 8803 0231 Usual Password: b_ _ s

Need a device? Check a new device out at Birney daily from 12:00-2:00 during lunch service of Grab n Go meals, just stop by the office. If your device is not working, first call the Online Learning Support hotline at (619) 732-1400 and walk through with a technician what is wrong.  If they cannot fix over the phone, they will tell you where you can exchange. Check out the Family Technology Support website at for all things you need help with in the technology or internet realm. 

Question/Concern? Simply email to [email protected]  - Ms. Amanda

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