The Birney Buzz 12/11/2020

The Birney Buzz 12/11/2020
Posted on 12/11/2020
Family Friday

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Hello Birney families and friends, here’s what’s new at Birney this week

Mr. Liem and Mr. Lyons are retiring as of December 31, their last day will be next Friday, 12/18.  We have a “VidHug” project you can participate in for both or either of them. Mr. Lyons, 5th grade teacher at Birney for about 10 years, is at:

Mr. Liem, Birney staff member for 40 years, lunch supervisor, computer teacher, upset-student-whisperer and so much more, is at:

In addition, we are inviting the school community at large to join in a drive-thru celebration for Mr. Liem on 12/18 from 3-4 pm in the Birney parking lot. Families can decorate their cars, bring a card, gift, or just their smile and cheer (behind their masks) to honor our very deserving colleagues.

What else is happening at Birney?

  • It’s Family Friday this week! FAMILY FRIDAY is this week, this Friday, 12/11, from 2:30-3:30.  The link to Family Friday is below:
  • We are adding 2nd grade to our library checkout – see below:
    • We want 2nd grade to start participating in “Curbside Check Out” Wednesdays 12-2pm. There is a link for “Birney Curbside Check Out” on my website Miss LeeAnn’s Library Land. You can reserve books up till 11:00 am on Wednesdays through the destiny link. Please contact Ms. LeeAnn at [email protected] with any questions. Library books ordered will be available in front of school where the lunches are!
  • This is the LAST week of Virtual Scholastic Book Fair, through 12/13.  Click Book Fair Video for more information and start browsing for holiday gifts and report card prizes! 
  • Birney’s Big Give: We are getting ready for our annual Big Give, our yearly one-day donation drive, which will be held on December 15, 2020.  Please join us at on the 15th to donate and follow our live updates on the progress of our fundraiser! All donations will support Birney’s award-winning International Baccalaureate (IB) program and specials classes, including Spanish, arts and gardening.
  • Yearbooks from last year are still here! Please email Pat Spaulding at [email protected] to arrange for a time to pick your yearbook up. You can still purchase a yearbook too, there are extra copies.
  • Trouble with a device? DO NOT RETURN TO BIRNEY! We are running out of devices, so please do the following!
    •  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 website at for all things you need help with in the technology realm AND CALL (619) 260-2460 for help.
  • Online Learning will continue into the New Year:  You may now be aware that our district has determined that given the current renewal of the lockdown because of COVID hospitalizations in Southern California, we will NOT be opening back up for Phase Two on January 4.  The Superintendent and Board will make further announcements on January 13, in the meantime we will continue remote learning with minimal Phase 1 at school. 

Need to talk to me?  Question/Concern?  I am always available by email!  I can be found at [email protected] or [email protected]  - Ms. Amanda

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