The Birney Buzz 01/13/2022

The Birney Buzz 01/13/2022
Posted on 01/13/2022

Hello Birney families and friends,

This week’s Birney Buzz is attached  and should be coming home in backpacks. 

First, remember Monday is a federal holiday to commemorate Martin Luther King. We will resume classes Tuesday. 

Next, you can register NOW for the January 29th Birney Hive Hunt Scavenger Hunt from 1 pm to 4 pm. This is our first annual, but we think it is going to become a lasting tradition. The Friends of Alice Birney Elementary Foundation is hosting the first annual Birney Scavenger Hunt race and fundraiser around University Heights.  Using a phone, teams will walk around UH and solve riddles, perform photo challenges and race to various locations to earn points. Check-in begins at 12:30 pm in front of Birney. You must check-in to receive the event code and be eligible for prizes. Additional information on Scavenger Hunt Flyer.

See the Buzz for new mask guidance.  We are expecting to get a shipment of adult and child-sized N95 and KF94 masks which we will distribute at the entry gates for any child requesting. Additional changes due to the Omicron surge include the temporary accepting of at-home antigen test results for return to school. The changes are welcome news with the lines being as long as they are to get tested.

One request of the parents of upper grade (4th/5th) students: please do continue to fill out the symptom checklist every day – we have more if you need them at every gate – the parent needs to sign it and put the phone number where you can be reached if needed during the day – our gate monitors at the upper grade gate have observed to me that students who do not bring completed checklists get sassy with them when they ask for it. Better you, the parent, do the checklist, please! I acknowledge that the amount of paper used for this is problematic, and I also acknowledge that there is a way to do this online, but we do not have the staff to go online daily to check completion and follow through with those who did not complete, so I have chosen to continue with the paper version which can easily be checked at the gate. Please ensure that your student(s) have the paper out ready for the gate monitor to check.  

Finally, thank you a thousand times for your support, grace and patience as we try to keep schools open despite the craziness. It is only because you are on board with us, you cooperate with us on our health and safety guidelines and you work with us to keep everyone safe. I appreciate that during this very stressful time, everyone is trying to treat each other well, giving space and grace when we communicate together. For Birney staff, the work right now is incredibly challenging compared to our ‘normal’ – so many more layers of complexity fill our days - and yet having school open and seeing our students thrive together when they are here is worth it!

Take care, Ms. Amanda

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