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If you're looking for the former Birney Buzz blog, this is where you would find that information.

Birney Family Night at the San Diego Gulls!

posted Feb 22, 2016, 10:45 AM by Birney PTA

Enjoy an evening of fun, excitement and fundraising at the Valley View Casino Center (formerly Sports Arena) Friday March 18th at 7:05 p.m. as the San Diego Gulls take on the Bakersfield Condors!  Tickets are just $20 and include a free Gulls hat for every attendee!  $5 of your purchase comes back to the Birney PTA.

There will also be an opportunity drawing for 10 kids to participate in the High-Five tunnel at 2nd intermission!  Order forms can be found here and in the School Office.  Please turn in all order forms by Monday March 14th!  If you have any questions, please contact info@birneypta.com.

Action Alert on Release of Private Student Information

posted Feb 18, 2016, 10:35 AM by Birney PTA

Your child's personal information is being released: Voice your concerns NOW

A February federal court ruling is requiring the California Department of Education to release all personal data -- even including names and Social Security numbers -- on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008: more than 10 million students including your child's information. Take action now to voice your objection to releasing your child's personal information!

What you can do right now: Voice your objection
Follow these step-by-step instructions to complete the Objection to Disclosure of Student Information and Records:

     1. Download the form -- available in English and Spanish:

     2. Mail the completed form, one for each student, exactly as required to:

United State District Judge Kimberly J. Mueller
c/o Clerk of the Court
Robert T. Matsui United States Courthouse
501 I Street, Room 4-200
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: Document Filed Under Seal.

     3. Mail a copy to the California Department of Education at:

California Department of Education
1430 N Street
Sacramento, CA 95814
Attn: State Superintendent Tom Torlakson, Morgan Hill Court Ruling.

The deadline to submit objection forms and make your voice heard is April 1, so don’t delay – get yours in the mail to the court and CDE today! Do not fax or email the form, and do not phone or message – only hard-copy forms will be accepted.


WHAT CALIFORNIA STATE PTA IS DOING

It’s hard to fathom that a judge would allow such an overexposure of children’s information. While California State PTA is not part of the court ruling, we are exploring other avenues to delay, reduce or possibly reverse the release of so much of our children’s personal information. California State PTA has a long history of protecting and upholding students’ privacy rights, and today is no different. Read our media statement, and we'll keep you updated as we learn more.

MORE INFORMATION

In April 2012, the Morgan Hill Concerned Parents Association and the Concerned Parent Association filed a lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) alleging non-compliance by local education agencies with special education laws. The suit also alleges the CDE fails to monitor, investigate and correct such non-compliance in accordance with the law.

While this lawsuit called for students’ general demographic information, a federal court has just ruled that CDE must release all data -- even including names and Social Security numbers -- it has collected on general and special education students since Jan. 1, 2008 – more than 10 million students. Find out more from the CDE. Read the California Department of Education's media statement.

The Run for the Green is On!

posted Feb 18, 2016, 10:15 AM by Birney PTA

Run for the Green is in progress and we need our entire community to come together to reach our $30,000 goal! Parents, you can share the news through your work or social media networks. 
 
Each student who raises $20 in donations will receive a ticket for an opportunity to win one of our amazing prizes; including an iPad Mini, games, tickets to museums and amusement parks, gift cards, and so much more!! For each additional $10 raised, that student will earn an additional drawing ticket. 
 
ALSO each student that raises $65 in pledges earns a limited edition Run for the Green Youth T-shirt. If they raise $100 they can receive an ADULT t-shirt too!! Look for your size request forms from your teachers and return them as soon as possible.
 
Please go to www.friendsofalicebirney.org to make online donations now. Each donation, no matter how small, is needed to keep our International Baccalaureate school specials programs such as Garden, Spanish and Art.  It only takes $170 per student to keep our IB studies alive!
 
For questions, please contact Mrs. Buzz at alicebirneyfriends@gmail.com . Thanks again for your continued support in making Birney an award winning school!

Family Dinner Day at CPK

posted Sep 28, 2015, 12:31 PM by Birney PTA

California Pizza Kitchen in Fashion Valley is hosting a Family Dinner Day for Birney. Dine out or take out any time on Tuesday, September 29th and present this flyer to give a portion of your purchase back to Birney.

Extended Care Signups Are Open!

posted Aug 11, 2015, 6:09 AM by Birney PTA

We're excited to have SAY San Diego providing the extended day care options for Birney for the 2015-16 school year. Go to our home page or the Resource Center to download the signup form.
  • Our liaison is Sandy Johnson.
  • Our site leader will be Lini Koria. 
  • Continuing staff will be Mickey, Paul, and Bianca

Looking ahead to 2015-16!

posted Jul 19, 2015, 10:02 AM by Birney PTA   [ updated Jul 19, 2015, 10:02 AM ]

We've got two days left of school and a couple things to keep on your radar over the summer:
  • School supply lists are being updated as we get them.
  • Incoming kindergarten assessment day is Monday, August 31
  • Fiji Yogurt is hosting a Birney Family Day on Monday, August 31st. Present our flyer to give 40% of your purchase price back to Birney.
  • Our first Birney Padres Game of the year will be on September 26, 2015 at 5:40PM. Tickets are a discounted $15 and a portion of all the sales will go back to Birney, plus every family who buys tickets will be entered in a drawing to win attendance for 4 people to Padres batting practice on the field.

New family and kinder orientation will be on Friday, September 4th at 3PM; class lists for all other grades will be posted in the Main Office windows at 4PM. The first day of school will be September 8th. We'll see you then!

Chelsea King Invitational

posted Jun 18, 2015, 8:02 AM by Birney PTA

We are so proud of our Birney Bees who ran at the Chelsea King Invitational last Friday! 13 of our 27 runners set new personal records (PRs), and the following students placed:
3rd Grade Boys
2nd  Luke S 6:10
4th Jake M G 6:21
5th D' Angelo B 6:33

4th Grade Girls
4th Isabel A 7:02.7
5th Lydia M 7:02.9

4th Grade  Boys
3rd Skylar A 6:01
5th Esteban A 6:28

Join an Online Celebration of Music Education

posted Sep 25, 2014, 6:17 AM by Birney PTA   [ updated Sep 25, 2014, 6:19 AM ]

A Birney parent shared this with us, and wouldn't it be wonderful to bring this to Birney?

What does music education mean to you? Learn more by attending the SupportMusic Community Forum and John Lennon two-day residency, this Friday from 5:30AM to 7AM PT. RSVP here!

If you can't attend tomorrow, there are other dates available.

For more info on this organization and the great work they do:

School Smarts returns

posted Aug 11, 2014, 8:37 PM by Birney PTA   [ updated Aug 11, 2014, 8:38 PM ]

We're getting ready for School Smarts again, and if you want to attend, we want you to be able to attend. Please fill out our survey to let us know what day and time works for your family's schedule, then sign up to get notified when classes begin. The classes run two hours long and they run once a week.

The School Smarts Parent Academy is highly recommended by all who attended the last session. All parents and family members are welcome; incoming kinder parents are strongly encouraged to sign up for the class.

The Parent Academy is free to parents. Light meals and child care are provided to make it easier for families to attend, as well as translation services, if needed. Keep an eye out for our School Smarts informational meeting where you can get an overview of the program and ask past participants about their experiences.

Performances Corrections

posted Jul 15, 2014, 10:52 AM by Birney PTA

Here are the corrected times for performances and awards this week:
Kinder - Mon, 7/21 - 9:45am
2nd Grade - Thurs, 7/17 - 10:00am
3rd Grade - Fri, 7/18 - 10:35am
4th Grade - Thurs, 7/17 - 2:35pm
5th Grade - Mon, 7/21 - 12:30pm

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