The Birney Buzz 09/23/2021

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!  


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