The Birney Buzz 09/20/2021

The Birney Buzz 09/20/2021
Posted on 09/20/2021

Happy Monday Birney Bees,,

I don't usually send Buzz on Mondays but there are a couple of celebrations and some items I want to share!

First - the LCFF funding qualification form?  The number of forms submitted DOUBLED over the weekend!  Last Friday we had only 37/510  submitted, now we have nearly 80.  So I'm putting that notification in again.  The LCFF funding is worth about $75,000 to our school - it measures the need for additional funding based on poverty levels and language learners, so it is a huge help for us to be able to level the playing field for our students. 

Here is that blurb again: 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 | Spanish. To 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.  Finally, here is how you enter LCFF data in the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  

After-School Classes begin this week and next - except for Chess, which will now start up October 11. More to come on that at the end of the week when the link to sign up goes live.  Regarding childcare - I HEAR you!  Childcare is a problem nationwide right now.  Both of our basic programs are short-staffed and while we would dearly love to keep all the students who need somewhere to be while parents are working, we are strictly limited not only by state regulations around group size and student-staff ratio, but also around availability of staff, limiting cross-contamination of stable groups and scheduling. During a regular school year we typically have more than one class every day but in this current atmosphere with positive case identification of about 1 per week, we have to be vigilant and cautious. 

On that note, we had our 3rd positive student covid case reported to us, triggering the sharing of the attached Non-Close Contact Letter. If you were contacted by the school nurse, your student was a close contact, otherwise this letter seves as notification to the school and staff that we must remain alert, strive to remain 6 feet apart at all times when unmasked, and maintain the utmost care in our health and safety measures.  The first 2 students who tested positive are back in school doing fine.  My best wishes and virtual hugs go out to the families of students or teachers, parents or other family members, who have had a positive case at their home. 

Hugs and wishes and gratitude also to the many, many of you who have had your child sent home with any of the symptoms and have had to take time to go get the PCR test in order to come back to school. We know it is a pain, and we appreciate your spirit and cooperation. Remember, if your child typically experiences chronic symptoms that are similar to Covid, you can file the Certification of a Chronic Condition  here in the health office - it must be signed by your doctor to be valid.   

The Boon Supply fundraiser also picked up over the weekend. The instructions to send those 10 emails are in the colorful letter showing off all the prizes, attached here in English and Spanish.  Friday is our next p[rize day for any child whose family has sent 10 or more emails - plus this week only all children qualifying for a prize will also have their names entered in a drawing to win $100! 

That's about it - keep up the good work, on our side it is getting smoother and smoother.  Have a great week! As always, a simple reply to this email gets you straight to my inbox and, if you don't get a reply within 24 hours, send it again.  

Ms. Amanda  

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