The Birney Buzz 11/12/2021

The Birney Buzz 11/12/2021
Posted on 11/15/2021

Hello Birney families and friends,

Thanks to the 68% of you who thought it best to send your students to school for a regular day of learning. We had 350 students today who had a lot of fun with art, science, math and other cool stuff.  Most of the students missing were predominantly upper graders, but all classes had at least 3 absences. It is normal to see absences tick up when there is a Thursday holiday - but this year due to the concern about labor shortages (lack of subs) the superintendent offered the mental health day some of you took advantage of. At Birney, we typically do not have poor attendance, so over the years it has sufficed to remind families that we have a regular day of school and we see our kids show up in class.  I am proud to say that all of our classrooms were staffed with Birney teachers and student teachers, all non-classroom teachers were also present supporting the learning, and I know they had a lot of material which engaged and stimulated the students to learn. Birney staff is highly trained, well-planned and professionally prepared for whatever comes their way (such as a worldwide pandemic) - there is no downtime in their classrooms, so I imagine it was hard for them to have to re-design or reconfigure what they had planned for today with the need for all their students to receive that instruction. I hope we never have to do that again - we are not childcare providers, we are educators.

The Birney Buzz is coming home today in backpacks. Remember that next week is 1:30 dismissal of students for parent-teacher conferences. See the Buzz for some do's and don'ts for conference week.  Remember to pick up your students unless they are in an after-school care program or class, they don't llike being left in the office. 

A couple of announcements I did not include might be of interest to you. After we are done with the Scholastic Book Fair at Birney tomorrow morning between 9 and 12, you might want to head over to the World Peace Day Celebration  at the United Nations building in Balboa Park. I also neglected to include the November 18 Family Dinner Night at Kairoa on Park Blvd.  

Have a  great weekend, as always a simple email to ahammondwilliams@sandi.net will find you in my inbox.  

Ms. Amanda

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