8am - 12 noon
Spring Fling Donation Deadline
2012 Bike Loopalooza
National Bike Day - Make sure to bike to school!
All Spring Fling Raffle tickets are due.
Spring Fling 12 pm - 3:30 pm
Montessori Picnic at Davis Farmer's Market
Ready Set Read! Day
A bike for a 3rd grade girl.
If you have an unwanted bike that your children have outgrown, please consider donating it to a girl at BL.
Bikes with training wheels would be great.
BL Bike Coordinator
BIG SPRING GARDEN SALE
Big Spring Garden Sale is happening the week before Spring Fling!
Loads of basil, tomatoes, peppers and other veggies along with succulents, perennials and summer color for sale to benefit our PTA garden program.
April is nearly over and May is just around the corner. Spring Fling will be on Saturday, May 12th - See details elsewhere in this newsletter. This is the major fundraiser for the year for our wonderful PTA, and typically brings nearly every family to our campus along with friends and neighbors. Between the carnival, silent auction and the raffle, plus free entertainment all afternoon, including my personal favorite, the UCD Band-Uh, there is something for everyone. If you have not yet found a way to volunteer this year, pleases contact Aaron Wright at
and he will find a job for you.
Our annual Rummage Sale will be this Saturday, April 27th from 8-12 and there is still time to donate if you have forgot. Contact Todd Brown for more information.
STAR testing is this week for second through sixth grade students, and we appreciate your extra efforts to send your kid(s) to school on time, well rested and fed. Here is their chance to shine and show all they have learned!
Thanks for all you do the support the student of Birch Lane Elementary School.
Birch Lane Principal
Spring Fling is Fast Approaching!
Important reminder: All donations (or notices of donation if item is perishable) are due no later thank May 1st.
Thanks for your support, this Spring Fling promises to be great.
Spring Fling Raffle: Win One of 4 Fabulous Prizes!
Ticket sales are off to a great start! If you need more raffle tickets, return your stubs and money to the classroom or front office and circle YES on your envelope. Tickets must be returned to school before Thursday May 10th.
For just $5 per ticket, you could win:
Grand Prize: $1000 Disney Dollars
Can be used at any Disney store, hotel, theme park or restaurant.
Second Prize: Healdsburg Wine Country Trip:2 nights stay at Haydon Street Inn and Dinner for 2 at Zin Restaurant
Third Prize: Apple iPad 2 (32GB with WiFi)
Fourth Prize: $100 Target Gift Card
For every 12 tickets your family sells
you earn a FREE
Saturday, May 12:
Raffle drawing held at Spring Fling Silent Auction and Carnival
Remember, this is a great opportunity to raise vital funds needed to support your child's education at Birch Lane. We need your help and support to make this important event a success. PLEASE SELL YOUR TICKETS and return the money and tickets stubs ASAP.
Many thanks from the Spring Fling Raffle Committee
Birch Lane Rummage Sale
Just in time for Spring Cleaning, the Birch Lane Rummage Sale is this Saturday, April 28th from 8 am - 12 pm! We will be accepting donations of used clothing, furniture, toys, sporting equipment, working appliances, art, and household items - Wednesday - Friday evenings on the MPR stage.
Volunteers are needed for Friday evening and Saturday from 7:00 am - 12:00 pm. If you can only come for a short time, the earlier the better on Saturday. To volunteer or for questions, email Todd Brown at
Ready, Set, Read! Day
Friday, May 18 is the new date for Birch Lane's annual Ready, Set, Read! Day. It's a fun day that is devoted just to books and reading.
If you would like to participate in your child's classroom festivities, please talk to your child's teacher directly to see how you can be a part of the fun. And, if you want to help with the overall event in some way, please contact Kristi Gladding at
We will need help with breakfast items for the special guest readers as well as "hosts" to escort them to classrooms when they come to read to Birch Lane students on this special day!
Call for Photos from Parents and Teachers
Thank You from the Ice Cream Social Committee
Thanks to everyone who braved the chilly weather to buy ice cream at the recent Birch Lane Open House Ice Cream Social Fundraiser! We'd like to extend a special thanks to our student volunteers and parents who helped us set up and sell ice cream to over 650 ice cream enthusiasts! We'd also like to thank Stacey Winton for her assistance. Thanks!
From the Scan and Notify Corner
The weather is warming up and it is time to get the bikes ready, if your student(s) is not already biking and scanning every school day. May is Bike Month (actually every month is bike month in my calendar).
To get ready for the Biking:
We had a successful Bike Rodeo after school on Wednesday, April 18. More than 80 students participated and received bike check-ups, tires pumped up, helmet fitting, skills course and learned to signal the rules of the road. Bike licenses were given to all the students that completed the stations.
The event would not have been possible without the help of wonderful BL parents and helpers. Thanks to: Beth Bourne, Steve Faith, Jim & Sanne Fettinger, Jacqui LaValle, Kelly Macy, Deborah Rains and Mrs. Saechow. Also to: Jim Watson that planned the rodeo skill course, lay-out and orchestrated the event. Christal Waters from Davis Bicycles, Tim Starback co-founder of Saveagallon.org
, Kathy Coulter from MIBM, Allan from Ken's Bike and Ski, Jim W. from Davis Bike Clb, Darin Wick from Davis Bike Collective, Rachel Hartsough of the City of Davis Safe Routes to School coordinator and D. Kemp the City of Davis Bike Coordinator.
Thank you for the yummy treats that were brought from parents for after the rodeo for the scan and notify students - Beth Bourne, Steve Faith, Sanne Fettinger, Kelly Macy, Diane Rubin, Julia Seeback and Kim Woodland.
Thank you to all the BL teachers for encouraging their students to attend the rodeo and informing parents via newsletters etc.
May 6th - Davis Bicycles! presents Bike Loopalooza 10:00-3:00. Activities and games for the family, bike safety checks, helmet checks and more. BL will have a station.
May 9th - The first National Bike to School Day-Bike activities planned for after school including a bike blender party serving frozen drinks. DK the City of Davis Bike Coordinator will be on site to help us celebrate! More information to come.
BL Bike and alternative transportation coordinator volunteer
The Montessori Parent Advisory Committee elected its 2012-2013 board last week. Congratulations and thank you to: Nicki Guistino (President), Lisa Wright (Vice President), Beth Bourne (Secretary), Julia Huddleson (Treasurer), Matt Guilfoil (Communications/Outreach). Thank you, also, to outgoing board members Lisa Dock and Katherine Heck, who have both been very committed MPAC volunteers for years.
In lieu of our May meeting, MPAC invites all Montessori families and teachers to meet at Davis Farmers Market on Wednesday, May 16, so please save the date. We'll identify a specific meeting location and time closer to the date. As the school year starts to wind down, the MPAC board hopes this will be a fun chance for our Birch Lane Montessori community to get together!
Davis Junior Blue Devils
Mark your Calendars for Saturday May 12th and catch SPRING FOOTBALL FEVER with the Davis Junior Blue Devils! It's a day packed with Football, Cheerleading and FUN!.
"TOP GUN and LINE TUFF FOOTBALL CLINICS."
Davis High School Varsity Football Coach Steve Smyte and his staff will be hosting these non contact clinics focusing on quarterbacks, receivers, running backs, linebackers, defensive backs and lineman. These clinics are for future blue devils in grades 5-9 (Ages 10-14). These Clinics will take place on Halden Field at Davis High School from 9:30AM-12PM, with registration beginning at 9:00 AM. Cost is $25 per participant.
Mail in your registration before May 5th and receive a free
TOP GUN T-shirt. Clinic registration form is available at www.juniorbluedevils.com.
TRY ME! JUNIOR PEE WEE!
This FREE non-contact football clinic is for 6-8 year olds that want to give football a chance, without all those big kids getting in the way. Registration will begin at 10 AM at Halden Field at Davis High School and the clinic will be from 10:30AM-11:30AM.
FREE Cheerleading clinic at Halden Field for those in grades 5-7. Clinic registration will begin at 9:30 AM and clinic will be held from 10 AM- 12 PM.
Birch Lane CDC Parents Night Out
CDC will be holding Parents Night Out on Friday, May 4th
from 6-10pm. The cost will be $25 for one child or $40 for
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.
Davis Parent University presents:
"Parenting In the Information Age"
Saturday, April 28th 9-11am - Brunelle Theater at Davis High School.
Featuring excerpts from the award winning "PBS Frontline" documentary Digital Nation followed by a panel discussion on the developmental, behavioral, social and legal implications of kids on technology;
Expert Panelists: Facilitated by former Anchor of KCRA: Pamela Wu
Mary Kay Hoal: President of YoursphereMedia Inc., ABC 20/20 Contributor, Family internet & social networking safety expert.
Stephen Nowicki, MD, PhD, FAAP: Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrician
Krystal Callaway Jaime: Supervising Attorney, UCD Law School Family Protection & Legal Asst. Clinic.
Pamela Mari: DJUSD Exec. Director of Student Services & Secondary Programs, Founding Principal of Da Vinci Charter Academy
Come hear what our experts say about:
· Creating workable and reasonable screen time
· phone limits with your children
· What kids are really doing online
· Staying connected with your kids, through or in spite of technology;
· Tips on supporting safe, positive, fun online experiences for your kids
A FREE event - no pre registration required but seating is limited so come early. DOORS open at 8:30am- Arrive early to purchase coffee and breakfast treats by Yolo Coffee Company
Event brought to you by Community -wide Parent Education Collaborative -DJUSD Climate Committee and Davis PTA's K-12.
Questions: Carin -
or Jodi -