Have Fun and Stay Connected with Birney Specials @ Home
*Hey Birney Bees, check your guess for @ Home videos from Mr. Evan's classes. Drum-roll please...
- Pax = Ack a Dinosaur
- Westley = Empty Well
- River = River Boat Captain
What are specials?
Birney is unique in many ways. We are proud to offer additional programs that are not typically offered in other elementary schools. Specials and our highly-trained specialist teachers are an integral and necessary element to delivering a one-of-a-kind International Baccalaureate program of inquiry for every student. We thank our families for supporting these important classes and specialists.
We believe in teaching the whole child so our specials classes include: Spanish, Arts, Garden, Physical Education, and Library. Our Specials classrooms are closed due to COVID-19 but our Specials professional experts and teachers, our Birney Specialists, are still providing unique family resources so students can access specials learning @ home.
Remember Specials at school? We miss you all too.We are awaiting the time when this will all be our normal routine again.
Specials enable our students to experience learning in a new environment with a specialist in their field. Students can shine as they try new skills and learn from subject-area specialists. This unique structure also allows teachers to collaborate as a team once a week while their students go to these highly engaging enrichment classes. Students attend these classes weekly and learning experiences are aligned to what they are learning in the classroom. Please make a note of your children's specials day so you can help our students remember to come prepared: dress for Physical Education (athletic shoes are a MUST); art (clothes might get messy), and to bring their library book so they can return it and check-out a new book. If your children find transitions challenging, you may want to prepare them for specials day ahead of time. Remind them they will visit several areas of the school and see several teachers throughout the day. If your child is struggling academically, the teachers may keep your child out of specials for one or two classes to provide additional instruction. If your child is already enjoying their creative classes at Birney, ask them about their day in "specials". They will have a lot to talk about.