The Birney Buzz 09/17/2021

The Birney Buzz 09/17/2021
Posted on 09/17/2021

Birney 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 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

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  

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

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