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Opportunities for Parent Involvement

Opportunities for Parent Involvement

Parents have many opportunities to be involved at their children’s school site (for example, governance committees, special events, fundraising events, parent organizations and in classrooms) and at the district level (for example, district councils/committees, Parent University and special events). We also encourageparents to support their children at home by making their expectations about school clear and creating a positive homework and learning environment.

We at Birney Elementary are committed to obtaining community resources for our school and invite all constituencies to assist us in the education of our students.

In fall, enjoy the University Heights Art Open, costume parade, Jump for Heart, and winter sing-along. In Winter, join us for our jog-a-thon and Bedtime Stories. In Spring, we have a community rummage sale, Olympics and Field Day! In addition, our parents join us for Family Friday, an afternoonopen house held on the first Friday of each month, where parents not only hear the latest news and information about the school, but also visit their child’s classroom to view the latest learning in action.

For more information, please contact Amanda Hammond-Williams at 619-497-3500.



Learning About Opportunities for Parent Involvement

We love having our families involved at Birney, but we also understand how many families have incredible demands on their time and cannot always be present at school. We have attempted to streamline communication for you in these ways:
  • School news and mail is sent home once a week on Thursdays. Please read the Birney Buzz newsletter and the attached fliers, and make sure to call the school on Friday if you have questions. Some classrooms send home additional classroom-specific or student-specific information.


  • Connect-Ed phone calls and emails are sent home regularly to inform and remind you about what is going on at your child's school. Phone and email contacts are updated through the office, so please make sure your information is kept current.


  • Family Fridays, held around the first Friday of the month, allow you to visit your child's classroom and attend a monthly principal's presentation. Details about these events are included in the Birney Buzz and in the calendar.


  • The Family-School Partnership Act is a California law that allows parents, grandparents and guardians to take time off from work to participate in their children's school or child care activities. You may take off up to 40 hours each year (up to eight hours in any calendar month) to participate in activities at your child's school or day care facility if the following criteria are met:
    • You are a parent, guardian or grandparent who has custody of a child enrolled in a California public or private school, kindergarten through grade 12, or licensed child day care facility.
    • You work for a business that has 25 or more employees at the same location.