The Birney Buzz 12/02/2021

The Birney Buzz 12/02/2021
Posted on 12/03/2021

Hello Birney families and friends,

I hope your Thanksgiving week was wonderful and that you and your family enjoyed some down time. I also hope you were able to stay healthy over the week, although we at Birney are steeling ourselves for some positive covid cases to pop up over the next few days as a result of the travel that may have occurred over the Thanksgiving break. 

It is on that note that I share this Letter to Non Close Contacts 12-01-2021.pdf announcing that there has been a positive case identified at Birney, and the contact tracers have already been in touch with those who might have come in close contact (less than 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. If you do not hear from the school or county contact tracers, you don’t need to worry.

We anticipate there will be a spike in covid cases after the winter holiday also. It may be that we avoid any further problems with the increasing vaccinations but with the announcement of the Omicron variant, I am not too optimistic. I urge everyone to maintain vigilance over health and safety protocols such as masking, distancing, handwashing and the like – Birney staff continues to go above and beyond the district’s guidelines to keep us all safe. 

In the meantime, I do ask that you contact us when your child is absent. Absences that are unverified will eventually be converted into unexcused absences, which are considered truancies after a certain number have been incurred. Unexcused absences are something to avoid. It is important that we keep track currently, especially since absences have increased so much due to the health and safety guidelines asking that you keep your student(s) at home when they have symptoms that are anything like COVID.. 

The newest Birney Buzz  is coming home in backpacks – check out the Parent’s page – our Birney’s Big Give is next Thursday, and we are looking for businesses to sponsor our Big Give, as well as those that match donations. The Big Give is a great time to reach out to all your friends and relatives to donate online. We will remind you throughout the day, please be patient with us! Our goal is $35,000 by 7:00 pm. So far this year we are on track with our fundraising to provide Specials and other support to our IB Program. Thank you for all your support during the Big Give. 

Check out the student page to see a naming contest for our first annual University Heights Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, January 29 from 2-5 pm. It will be a $40 entry fee for each team – it’s going to be a lot of fun!

In the meantime, take care,

Ms. Amanda

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