Montessori Information Night MPR, 7pm
CDC Parents Night Out 6-10pm
Kindergarten Information Night MPR, 7pm
Student Art Contest deadline
3rd Grade Battle of the Books
Intermediate Battle of the Books
Donation Drop off Day for Spring Fling
Spring Fling Donation Deadline
2012 Bike Loopalooza
Dear Birch Lane Families,
March is here and we are beginning to plan for next year. Information nights for kindergarten and for the Montessori program are listed in this newsletter, as well as dates for kindergarten registration and registration for new first through sixth grade students. Please get the word out among your friends and new residents to the neighborhood so we can plan for all incoming students. If you have not yet returned your "Intent to Return" form, please do so and if you lost it, you can get a new one from the office. 6th graders will be visited by counselors form Holmes and Da Vinci later this month so they can get their planners completed for junior high. We anticipate increased class sizes for all grade levels next year, and having an accurate estimate for our enrollment helps us staff accordingly.
Thanks to all of you who provided sustenance to the teachers during conference week. Teachers were here from 7 am until 7 pm some days and they really appreciated on site snack options!
As always, thank you for all you do to support the students of Birch Lane Elementary.
We Need Your Support
Dear Birch Lane Community,
Our biggest annual tradition and fundraising event is almost here. The Spring Fling will be May 12, 2012.
We are actively accepting donations for this year's auction. If you or someone you know has an item they wish to donate to this year's auction, please follow the link below and fill out the online form. There will also be a donation drop off day on April 20, 2012 on campus. The last day we will accept donations is May 1, 2012. If you cannot make it to the drop off day, please bring your items to the main office and fill out a yellow donation form.
We are also actively looking for volunteers to help with coordinating our local business donations. You can sign up to help on the link below.
This year's Spring Fling promises to be another great one, but it takes our entire community's effort to pull it off. Now is the time to donate and get involved!
Thank you in advance,
Aaron Wright PTA Vice President
Montessori Information Night:
Tuesday, March 20th, 7 pm - MPR
Meet the teachers, learn about our K-6 Montessori program, and visit classrooms.
Kindergarten Information Night:
Monday, March 26th, 7 pm - MPR
Meet the teachers, learn about Birch Lane's outstanding kindergarten program, and visit the classroom.
Kindergarten registration for all new kindergärtners will be on March 29th from 12-6 pm. Children need to be five by November 2, 2012 to enroll in kindergarten. Students whose fifth birthday falls between September 1, 2012 and December 2nd 2012 are eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten and may register at Korematsu Elementary School.
To register your child, please bring proof of residence, your child's birth certificate, proof of a health examination (between March 1, 2012 and March 1, 2013) and immunization records. Registration packets are available in the office now if you want to bring your packet completed on March 29th.
Spring Book Fair
Thank you to all of you who supported our library by visiting our Spring Book Fair. Because of your patronage, the book fair grossed over $10,000. All of Birch Lane's portion of these proceeds will benefit our Birch Lane library by providing new books and support for other library needs and programs.
A huge thank you goes out to all of our volunteers who made the Book Fair possible by helping with set-up, staffing the fair, and take-down; this event would not have been possible without you. These volunteers include Ann Ryther, Brandi Lutzker, Delinda Nicolet, Kathy Barnes, Holly Istas, Kim Maslaniak, Tara Diel, Carrie Ziser, Julie VanderZeeuw, Jennifer Borenstein, Tobie Faith, Abby Koenig, Jeanne Stevenson, Lisa Dock, Nicki Guistin, Jacqui LeValle, Sandi Osterman, Stephanie Moss, Shelley Quinonez, Gina Nunes, Art Amuzeca. Soji Howe, Rachel Dorfman, Susan Chambers, Susie Carrell, Jay Finklang, Ann Ryther, Ursula Oerding-Hennessy, Jennifer Nachmanoff, Madelyn Schwartz, Jennifer Galas, and Matthew Guilfoil, as well as those who we have missed from this list -- All of your time is very much appreciated!
Jennifer Raven and Michael Bobell
Book Fair Volunteer Coordinators
Scan and Notify News
Students are walking and biking even when it is raining a little - Congratulations students!
From Feb 1 until March 15 - the classes with the most trips scanned - per teacher/team:
Scanning Students winning prizes for Feb 1 - March 15:
Gavin - Team Aradhya
Zander - Team Almeida
Isabella - Team Deutsch
Maddie - Team Martin
Prizes will be delivered to the students this week.
Go Birch Lane students!
Dates to Remember:
Bike Loopalooza, May 6,
National Bike Day, May 9
We are looking for volunteers for both events.
Please contact Sanne -
Thanks to Our Staff Appreciation Volunteers!
Staff Appreciation wants to thank all the families for the wonderful donations of snacks and treats during Conference Week!
We would like to thank Joanna Purves, Stacy Clark, Jennifer Galas, Autumn Labbe-Renault, Jeanne Stevenson, Tracy Dunne, Carol Joyce, Diane Rubin, Lisa Wright, Lisa Dock, Michael Bobell, Liesl Soltani, Kristi Gladding, Gina Nunes, Kathy Barnes, Susie Carrell, Megan Rabin, Ursula Oerding-Hennessy, Kim Maslinak, Kari Rebhun, and Annie Ventresco. Thank you again for providing such lovely snacks for our teachers during conference week.
Staff Appreciation Co-Chair
Birch Lane CDC Parents Night Out
CDC will be holding Parents Night Out on Friday, March 23rd from 6-10pm. The cost will be $25 for one child or $40 for two children.
Please see the following link to print out the enrollment form to sign your child up for Parents Night Out at CDC:
Spring Dates for Parents Night Out:
For more information, you can contact Rita Russell or Larry Murvine at the Birchlane CDC at 758-7251.
|Battle Judges Needed!
We are in need of judges for the 3rd Grade Battle of the Books, coming up next week, March 30th! This is a fun opportunity to see our great Birch Lane readers in action! Please contact Lynne Sundstrom if you can help:
|Young at Art
The Davis School Arts Foundation's annual Young @ Art
Celebration will be held on Sunday, March 25, from 11 am - 4
PM at the Davis Art Center. Offering a diverse array of arts and
crafts activities, performances by local school music groups,
and an exhibit of art by Davis elementary students, this event
promises to be fun for the whole family.
The Young @ Art Celebration serves to raise funds to support
the arts in Davis public schools, including elementary school
choirs, direct grants for innovative visual and performing arts
projects in K-12 classrooms, and site grants for music and art
materials. Last year, DSAF generated $44,000 for art programs district-wide.
Tickets are $8 per person and are available at Davis Art
Center beginning at 11 am that day; children ages 2 and
under are free. Performers that day are free.
The Davis Art Center is located at 1919 F Street. Food will be
available for purchase throughout the event, including pizza
donated by Woodstock's Pizza.
|Brain Awareness Week
2012 Brain Awareness Week Public Lecture
Who's the boss? Temptation or deliberation?
Understanding how individuals struggling with ADHD
or with substance dependence control their behavior
By Dr. Catherine Fassbender
Wednesday, March 21st, 2012
Veterans Memorial Center, Club Room
6:00 - 7:00 PM
Dr. Fassbender is an Assistant Professional Researcher