The Birney Buzz...MORE 12/07/2021

The Birney Buzz MORE 12/07/2021
Posted on 12/08/2021

Hello Birney friends and families,

Things I forgot to put in the Birney Buzz and some reminders…

ATTENDANCE: Please call in your absences to (619) 497-3500.  It is essential to only be absent when sick or leaving for medical appointments – absences for other reasons should be avoided. Birney teachers work hard to catch up with students who are absent due to covid-like symptoms or other illness, which is happening a lot more than usual, so absences for non-medical reasons are unexcused and creating an undue burden on teachers who take their responsibility to educate students very seriously. Every day at Birney is planned in detail for your children, there is a lot happening each day which is impossible to make up, and when a child misses instruction it may affect way more than just that day. It makes sense to make it up when a child is compelled to stay home for medical reasons, but otherwise we appreciate your support in sending your students to school unless illness/medical appointments prevents it. 

WEATHER: Happy Monday! Time to bundle up! It looks like we are finally confronting the winter season with rain forecast a couple of times this week (Tuesday & Thursday), and very cold temperatures (for San Diego, anyway). I want to remind you that our students will need lots of clothing layers for school with the colder weather upon us. Since we are still observing the pandemic health and safety guidelines, we all eat outside because our masks are off and we keep the windows and doors of the classrooms open as much as possible for air circulation.

FUNDRAISER: Thursday’s Birney’s Big Give will begin bright and early at 7:00 am. Thursday morning and last until 7:00 pm. – our goal is to raise $35,000, so our work as a community is to spread the word far and wide, to relatives, work friends, benefactors, matching donors and so on. Please share the Big Give donation link with your community of friends, coworkers and relatives far and wide so we can meet our goal and guarantee our students Specials (Art, Dance, Garden, and Spanish) all year long. 
Donations can be made:
In Person: 
8:45 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. & 3:20 – 3:50 p.m. In front of Birney. 
At Birney Office: All day – envelope drop off to FOABE mailbox
On-line: Go to link in Buzz or Parent Organization Announcement or click DONATE on FOABE website.

SHOE COLLECTION: The Shoes for Schools collection by the office is getting BIGGER, so we have extended the collection through December 14.  We are collecting gym shoes, casual dress shoes, leather shoes and boots.

BEDTIME STORIES: This Friday is our Holiday Bedtime Stories via Zoom. This is a Birney tradition where kids typically would bring a blanket and come to school in their PJs for milk and cookies while volunteers read their favorite kids’ stories.  This year, for the second year in a row, it will be via zoom. Here is the link.  Meeting ID: 845 7518 3001, Passcode: 921292
Bedtime Stories starts at 6:30. 

MERCHANDISE SALE: PTA will be selling those coveted Birney t-shirts at the front of the school this Wednesday. Just in time for the holidays!

Merchandise Stand open this WEDNESDAY
December 15th by the main gates at 1:30pm

LOST AND FOUND: The lost-and-found stand is full! We will wheel it out in front of school on Wednesday at dismissal as well. 

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