The Birney Buzz...More 10/06/2020

The Birney Buzz...More 10/06/2020
Posted on 10/07/2020
International Day of Peace

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Hello Birney Families and Friends,

This Friday, October 9 is Family Friday at 2:30.  We will be celebrating Birney’s virtual version of the International Day of Peace. Typically, this is a community event where we gather in the shape of a peace sign on the playground…but instead … here is the Zoom link:, password: b_ _ _ - we look forward to seeing you there!

ELAC meeting will take place October 9th, before Family Friday, from 1-2pm. It's a great virtual-way to meet other parents of children who are learning English and to help make a difference in our school. The role of ELAC members are to learn about and inform decisions regarding programs serving our English Language Learners. Everyone is welcome to join. Please contact [email protected] if you will need translation. 
Birney ELAC Meeting Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 836 9588 3992
Password: b_ _ _
OR Dial by your location +1 669 219 2599 US

On Saturday morning, October 10, Ms. Mindy will be a Twiggs on Park Blvd. with some more amazing Birney produce, so stop by for a coffee and pick up some fresh home-grown stuff - donations are very welcome ;)

HOW DO YOUR STUDENTS LIKE GOING TO SPECIALS?  Sounds like our virtual specials are as popular as ever!  If you agree, check out our FALL FUNDRAISER which has been EXTENDED!!  Ends Oct. 16th 

Thank you to all of the families who have participated so far…we have $11,300 in sales & $5,000 in direct donations so far!  But we need more help!  The Friends of Alice Birney Foundation is already $12,000 behind in fundraising efforts (from cancelled events due to the pandemic) so we need to make our goal for the Fall Fundraiser.  Our IB Program & Specials classes depend on it!

  • Send out a friendly reminder to your BOOST email list asking them to get their orders in!
  • Avoid the stores & get some holiday shopping done early!
  • Check out the website again, there may be a few more things you may want to get!

*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! 

November 6 Drive-In Movie Night Update: 35 kids have earned their spot at the event!

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!  Please go to the FOABE website to the “Donate Now” section.  Please put your student’s name in the notes along with “For the Fall Fundraiser” 

Or you can click on the PayPal link.   

Questions?  Email Ms. Bee at [email protected]

Another Birney tradition is being adapted to Zoom land: every fall, weather permitting, we invite the San Diego Astronomer’s Guild to set up their telescopes on the blacktop.  When it gets dark, we begin our extremely popular annual Star Party,  an event that inspires this principal to bury her head in the sand, since everything has to be dark, which the kids love but which makes me shudder with possibilities of disaster.  This year we have changed the event to suit our current circumstances, and PTA arranged to work with the Ruben Fleet Science Center.  Therefore, I am relieved!  This is of special importance to 1st grade students who will be studying the “Sun, Moon and Stars” later this year – it would be a great way to begin the inquiry process for our first graders, so I highly recommend a huge 1st grade turnout. 


Birney Virtual Star Gazing Party
Fleet Science Center
October 16, 2020     6:30 PM     
Zoom Link Will Follow By RSVP 

 Please RSVP  to our email  [email protected]

Need help with your 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.  If you need support with your internet strength, check out the Family Technology Support for all things you need help with in the technology realm. 

Question/Concern? Simply reply to this email!  Ms. Amanda

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