The Birney Buzz 10/15/2021

The Birney Buzz 10/15/2021
Posted on 10/18/2021

Friday, October 15, 2021

Hello Birney families,

Here is the latest Birney Buzz  that came or is coming home in backpacks. It has news about National School Lunch Week, Picture Day next week and the new Covid Testing Center open right next to Birney in the SandiCoast Café building, open from 7 am to 7 pm during the week and from 8 am to 5 pm on the weekends. Some of you also received a paper copy of the LCFF form to fill out and return - please make sure you do complete it and send back to school, we have about $75,000 riding on that data.  

Today is the last day for the Fall Fundraiser.  We are so, so, so close to meeting our $20,000 goal but, just to be sure, we can still take donations through the weekend. While we know that Boon Supply loves you to buy all their stuff, and that is great because their stuff is cool, we also want you to know that if you prefer to donate directly to Birney, that is just fine with us!  If you donate the full cost of a year of IB Education, or $350, your child automatically qualifies for the Game Truck, which we are scheduling for the new year. The holidays are coming – why not get a head start on your gift shopping with Boon Supply? If your family prefers to donate directly to the Friends of Alice Birney Foundation, click Donate NOW. This fundraiser helps support our IB program, specials and much more. Click the following links for more information
Donate NOW
Boon Supply
Welcome to Birney's Fall Fundraiser
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 and if you have additional questions email:

Good attendance news this week?  Kudos to 5th grade for having the highest percentage as a grade level in attendance, at 96.18%.  They get 5 minutes extra recess next week.  This week’s Birney Buzz also included the attendance data for the week. I am including this so the community sees the impact COVID-19 is having on our classrooms. I am also including it to impress upon you to not choose to be absent UNLESS your child has symptoms – it is very hard on the teachers to keep track of what every child is missing when they are absent, on top of getting in touch with every child on quarantine to make sure they have access to schoolwork. If your child is absent for any other reason, this can be an additional burden on an already over-burdened teacher. Typically at this time of year our attendance is in the 97-99% range, and yet last week it was 91.77. While I am tracking students who are legitimately home sick, with symptoms or quarantining due to a close contact, I am also noticing that there are unexcused absences due to trips or other reasons.  I ask that you resist having your child out of school for anything that cannot be excused, anything other than illness, medical appointments or symptoms.  

Next Friday will be Picture Day at Birney. We are working with Jostens this year - a new experience for us. One of the things they are using is a green screen so that you can have your choice of backgrounds - so please DO NOT have your child wear green for Picture Day! The company will work directly with you when the pictures are ready to view - everything will be done through your email, and you can reach them at or call them at 1-877-515-1447.  

I hope you all have a great weekend!  Take care,

Ms. Amanda

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