2nd Annual Love a Picture Book Month
Montessori guest speaker: Judi Bauerlin 7-8 pm MPR
Explorit Night 6:30 pm/MPR
Love a Picture Book Family Night
Student Art Contest deadline
Battle of the Books
Book Fair begins
Dive into a Good Book!
Birch Lane Book Fair coming March 12th!
Dear Birch Lane Families,
Our annual Explorit Family Night is coming up this Thursday, February 23rd, from 6:30-8:00 pm in the MPR. I know students and teachers have missed having Classroom Adventures this year as Explorit had to downsize due to the economy, but they are still providing evening programs and a summer school program is planned. Please bring toddlers, school aged kids, moms and dads and grandparents to this fun event, provided by your Birch Lane PTA.
Thanks for all you so to support the students of Birch Lane.
Measure C - Vote Yet?
****Librarians-Reading Specialists-Math Specialists-Class Size-Music Program-Science Teachers****
Measure C renews Measures Q & W - this is a tax we are already paying, and it will continue to fund these quality programs in our schools.
For every 1 no vote, we need 2 yes votes to win.
Make your vote count; vote today!!
We Need Your Support
Birch Lane Families,
The 2012 Birch Lane Spring Fling is fast approaching. The Spring Fling is the PTA's biggest fundraising event of the year. In order to have a successful fund drive, we need everyone's help. We are seeking any and all members of the Birch Lane community who have ties to our local business community and/or are able to help the PTA solicit donations for our annual auction. Many local businesses will be solicited in writing within the next couple weeks, but we need a small army of volunteers to make the follow up phone calls and pick up the donations.
If you want to help, in any capacity, please do not hesitate to contact your classroom representative, any member of the PTA, or me.
Thank you for your support,
Aaron Wright PTA Vice President
Montessori Guest Speaker:
In lieu of our February MPAC meeting, we'll be welcoming a special guest speaker, Judi Bauerlein.
Please join us tonight, Tuesday, February 21 from 7-8 p.m. in the MPR. Judi is a pioneer in Montessori education, who has trained many Montessori teachers, including some of Birch Lane's. She was also one of the consultants who helped to start Birch Lane's Montessori program eleven years ago. In 2010 Judi was honored by the American Montessori Society as a Living Legend.
We are opening Judi's presentation up to the Davis community, so please invite people who might be interested. This could be a great opportunity for incoming kindergarten parents to learn more about Montessori. Hope to see you there!
Reading Road Trip
Birch Lane readers are amazing! Our Reading Road Trip started February 1st and students have already read
4,790 picture books- 200 more than we read the entire month of February, 2011. Our highway has grown across the back of the library and will be taking a "detour" across the ceiling! Keep reading, keep bringing in postcards from around the US , and gather the family together March 1st for a night of family fun, activities, books, and celebrating the USA .
Ask your third grader if they plan to take part in Battle of the Books on March 30. Letters about Battle of the Books have gone home along with a list of titles students will be reading. The books are available for check out beginning on Tuesday afternoon after dismissal. Happy battle reading
From the Scan and Notify Team
Sunshine, Monkey Money, goodies, happy students, wonderful Birch Lane parents and helpers made up the ingredients of a fun Scan & Notify party after school on Wednesday, Feb 15.
More than 63 scanning students used their earned Monkey Money, many of them bought goodies for their friends and showed good friends what friendship week is about. We have the best students at Birch Lane.
Thanks to the great parents and helpers for helping, making and bringing goodies in order to put on this party:
Beth Bourne - pop corn, Chris Pinnow - valentines brownies, Christal Waters, Davis Bicycles - brought prizes and party helper, Deborah Rains - pencils, note pads, prizes etc. and party helper, Diane Rubin - short bread dipped in chocolate, Julia Seebach - chocolate chip cookies, Kelly Macy - cupcakes and party helper, Rachel Hartsough, Safe Routes Coordinator, water bottles and party helper, Sam Citron - posterboards, oatmeal cookies and party helper, Sandra Benevvuto - drinks and Doritos, Sanne Fettinger - brownies, prizes and party organizer, Soji Howe - muffins, Steve Faith our Monkey Money cashier and red velvet cupcake maker, Tim Starback, Saveagallon co-founder - printed the list of earned Monkey Money and headed the cashier duties with Steve, and Tony Hasson-Snell - goodies.
You will see a long list of good reasons to bike/walk to school created by the students near room 11 and 12.
The Scan & Notify program would not be a success without the students and parents at Birch Lane. Also a thank you to the teachers, staff and principal at BL for supporting the program.
BL Bike and alternative transportation Coordinator
Davis Bicycles! 2012 Bike Loopalooza
Davis Bicycles! 2012 Bike Loopalooza to be held Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information see www.davisbicycles.org.
In 2010, the Davis Bicycles! Schools Committee held the inaugural Bike Loopalooza on May 16. The purpose of the Loopalooza was to acquaint Davis parents and children with the Davis Bike Loop. The Bike Loop is a 12-mile loop around the perimeter of the City of Davis. Established in 2007 through the efforts of Davis Bicycles, the loop is completely paved and largely protected from motor vehicle traffic, providing a safe route to the proximity of seven of the nine elementary schools in Davis. The Schools Committee wanted to get the word out that commuting to school by bicycle along the Bike Loop is a safe and fun alternative to commuting by motor vehicle.
The inaugural Bike Loopalooza attracted 173 young cyclists and their families. These riders started the Bike Loop at one of 11 stations, mostly located near one of the seven elementary schools on the Loop, and staffed by volunteers. Each station featured activities, games or prizes. Each young participant was given a Passport when he or she began the ride and received a stamp at each station. Sixty-one of these young people completed the entire 12-mile loop, collecting all 11 stamps in their passports! Each cyclist that collected 3 stamps received a Clif Z-Bar donated by Clif Bar & Company. Several stations also distributed other prizes such as spoke cards and bike pins donated by Davis Bicycles! and the City of Davis.
2011 Bike Loopalooza
The 2011 Bike Loopalooza took place on Sunday, May 22. More than 150 children and their families came out for a day of fun and exercise. Nearly 100 elementary age students completed the entire 12-mile loop!
Davis Bicycles! is a citizen group dedicated to promoting bicycling in Davis and addressing issues of advocacy, safety, transportation and education. We believe that creating an inviting and safe environment for all cyclists is a great way to promote healthy living and fitness in our community. If you'd like to sponsor the 2012 Bike Loopalooza, contact Trish Price at
Student Art Contest 2012
Theme: Water is Live Every Drop Counts
Poster contest! Open to any Yolo County student
in the following categories:
Original artwork must be on white paper
No copyrighted characters
No collages or computer generated artwork
No glitter or items attached with tape
Maximum poster size 11" x 17"
Any writing on front of artwork must be in student's own handwriting
Contest Deadline: Thursday, March 29, 2012, 5 p.m.
Deliver artwork to any of the following locations:
Davis City Hall, City Clerk (23 Russell Blvd) Woodland City Hall, City Clerk (300 First St.)
Winters City Hall, City Clerk (318 First St.) West Sacramento City Hall, City Clerk (1110 W. Capitol Ave)
Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District (34274 State Highway 16, Woodland)
Grand Prize: $200 savings bond (Donated by Blue Wing Gallery) and $125 to Grand Prize student's classroom
Winning participants will also receive a prize ribbon, award certificate and a gift card.
All participants will receive a Certificate of Achievement.
For more information and complete contest instructions visit: www.yolowra.org/wae or contact (530) 666-2733
For water education resources: http://www.yolowra.org/links_education.html
Contest presented by the following non-profit and public agencies:
Water Resources Association of Yolo County and Yolo County Flood Control & Water Conservation District
|The Emerson Carnival is Back!
The Emerson Jr. High PTA is excited to announce that the Carnival will be in town April 19th - 22nd at Cannery Park (J & Covell). All funds raised will support the Emerson/DaVinci Library Techology Upgrade! Ticket sales will begin soon. For $20 you can purchase a daily pass for unlimited rides such as the Zipper, Century Wheel,Cliff Hanger, and more.
To purchase tickets, email
. We need volunteers! If you are interested in helping, contact Pam Pacelli at:
Come for the fun and support our school!