QUICK GLANCE (drafty) CALENDAR
- Mondays - Fridays @ Garfield Elementary throughout Summer - FREE lunch, 11-1
- July 23-September 4: Birney deep cleaning and sanitizing
- August 10: SDUSD Superintendent announcement to staff, community and press; Birney Parent Think Tank Details go out via email
- August 10-14: SDUSD Student Learning Option Formal Selection Process begins with Online form; Birney Planning Team meetings
- CHANGE - August 12 & 18 6:00 p.m: Birney Parent ‘Think Tanks’ via Zoom
- August 17-21: Birney Planning Team meetings continue; PPE delivered to site
- August 24-28: Communication to families regarding Bell Schedule, Health and Safety Protocols and Procedures, Virtual Kindergarten Orientation and Virtual Back-to-School Night; Parent Portal activated for new school year class assignment
- August 31-September 4: first week of school, online, Parent, Student and Teacher training opportunities; Virtual Family Outreach with PTA and Foundation
There is one more thing to send out to you before taking off for a few days of down time! I neglected to attach the press release that came out late yesterday, so here it is: July 30 Press release.pdf - it has the most up-to-date details about what school will look like in the fall. Also, the parent think tank for August 13 is cancelled due to a conflict with the foundation regular meeting. I will reschedule the second think tank to Tuesday, August 18 at 6:00. -Ms. Amanda
BIRNEY BUZZ @ Home 07/31/20
Hello Birney families and friends,
On this last day of July let’s put 2019-2020 to rest in all its glory! Our students are nine days into a short summer break, and hopefully you are appreciating your kids without having to co-teach them! After ending the last ever school year on the year-round calendar, I can honestly say how happy I am not to have to close out in July ever again. While there is much that I will miss about the YR calendar, I look forward to moving through a school year alongside my colleagues all over San Diego. Yes, in case you still didn’t realize, Birney will follow the TRADITIONAL calendar next year, starting on Monday, August 31 and ending Tuesday, June 15!
It was so great to see so many people at our drive-through materials exchange and promotions the last two days of school. I confess to shedding some tears seeing so many of you and feeling that rush of emotion after having been separated from students and parents for so many months. It takes a village to make a great school like Birney hum, and saying goodbye to so many parents who have worked alongside Birney staff for the last 6 years making the school a great place for their kids to grow up was emotional for me. I hope you know how much we all appreciate your countless volunteer hours and, even more, your generous hearts, minds and spirits.
Wrapping up the school year means celebrating our students who are moving on and those who just began. It also means sending students off to summer with all their materials from the year. Please see the links to the promotions videos courtesy of our own Birney Bee, Purnell Strom (SDHS class of 2021): 5th Grade Promotion Video and Kindergarten Promotion Video. If your family took photos by the IB Tree Mural, please send email to email@example.com we can send you your photos, include your name and your child's name. Thanks to Purnell’s mom, Kris Purnell, for the photos. If you are wondering about materials, RFTG prizes, t-shirts or anything else, we had quite a lot of stuff left over. Please send simply email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to know how to get your ‘stuff’ now that school is closed.
Final report cards were distributed at the materials exchange for all but 5th grade. All report cards can be accessed through the Parent Portal in PowerSchool. A short job-aid is available to share with families how to view grades/marks: English or Spanish. Parents will need their child’s Student ID and Password to access their child’s student portal information. Send email to email@example.com to request the ID/Password will suffice. If a family needs assistance with their student’s ID and Password, they can call the Family Technical Support Line Monday-Friday @ 619-732-1400 from 8:00am-5:00pm through July 31, 2020 OMG that’s today!). Please let me know if you cannot access grades. All families will need to be able to access the Parent Portal to see the class assignment for the new school year. Please reply to this email if you STILL have not requested that information. It must be requested through me so I can verify you are who you say you are. If you are new to Birney, Parent Portal information will be provided to you closer to the first day of school.
I have spent the days since promotion closing out the year and anticipating 2020-2021. I want to welcome any and all new families to Birney! I have added all new ‘pre-registered’ families’ phone numbers and emails to SchoolMessenger just to make sure you are kept up to date over this short break. That said, if you got a phone call or an email, but not both, it is because we entered your data incorrectly, so please let me know. This newsletter is the last I will send for the 2019-2020 school year, and the last you will hear from me … for about 10 days. I will resume the Birney Buzz newsletter after Superintendent Cindy Marten’s announcements on August 10 (the first day back to work for all SDUSD principals), at which point I anticipate I will know more about how we intend to move forward with the beginning of the school year.
In preparation for the new year, I will be hosting parent ‘think tank’ meetings on Wednesday, August 12 and Thursday, August 13 at 6:00 p.m. The Think Tank Topics and details will be sent out Monday August 10. If you wish to propose a think tank breakout topic, simply reply to this email with your suggestion. In addition, this PARENT SURVEY is helping me collect your ideas, questions, suggestions and concerns for the new year – one of the newest ideas that has come along is that of learning pods. Several of you have already told me your plans, but if you plan to ‘pod’ with an established group or if you want to but don’t know anyone to ‘pod’ with, perhaps we can arrange a way for you to facilitate a learning pod. You would put that in the survey along with anything else I would need to know to help you make that work. Thank you for participating in all the surveys and sending me your questions or concerns for the next school year. As we go out for a few weeks break, know that we will continue to plan for instruction in the fall that incorporates best practices.
Regarding planning for Fall, according to the new Education Code Section 43503, online learning shall include: “Daily live interaction with certificated employees and peers for purposes of instruction, progress monitoring, and maintaining school connectedness.” We know that our most successful distance learning classes were those with daily, live interaction, and we will plan for the fall accordingly. Currently, plans for the first week back, August 31-September 4, consist of daily morning meetings with class and opportunities for training for both teachers and families – stay tuned on that. A tentative agreement was reached yesterday between the teacher’s union and the district – once that agreement is finalized I will be able to share more of it with you.
In the meantime, you are always welcome to send your thoughts and suggestions to me via email (a simple email to firstname.lastname@example.org gets you right to my inbox). I have a folder where I am saving ideas, suggestions, and requests for 2020-2021. Once again, the (same) PARENT SURVEY is another way to let me know your thoughts. Please click to let me know what your thoughts are for the coming year.
Here is the rough, very drafty timeline for the new school year, so far:
July 23-September 4: Birney deep cleaning and sanitizing
August 10: SDUSD Superintendent announcement to staff, community and press; Birney Parent Think Tank Details go out via email
August 10-14: SDUSD Student Learning Option Formal Selection Process begins with Online form; Birney Planning Team meetings
August 12, 13, 6:00 p.m.: Birney Parent ‘Think Tanks’ via Zoom
August 17-21: Birney Planning Team meetings continue; PPE delivered to site
August 24-28: Communication to families regarding Bell Schedule, Health and Safety Protocols and Procedures, Virtual Kindergarten Orientation and Virtual Back-to-School Night; Parent Portal activated for new school year class assignments
August 31-September 4: first week of school, online, Parent, Student and Teacher training opportunities; Virtual Family Outreach with PTA and Foundation
OK? So that’s it till August 10, but I will be checking emails/texts and digesting your responses to the survey or emails to email@example.com.