Wednesday, April 29, 2009

San Diego Unified Swine Flu Outbreak Update

San Diego Unified Swine Flu Outbreak Update, April 28, 2009
This is an update to the San Diego Unified School District on issues related to the swine flu outbreak, as of April 26, 2009.

School's Open: All traditional calendar San Diego Unified schools are scheduled to be open tomorrow, Wednesday, April 30. Year-round schools are currently on Spring break.

Web Page: The district now has a Swine Flu page on its website. Updates will be posted there, along with good advice from health authorities on how to maintain your health through hand washing and other actions, as well as what to do if you catch the flu or a cold.

On The Phone:
Parents will be receiving a telephone message this evening about the situation. Check back tomorrow for a link to that message.

Normal Day: Absences for Monday, April 25, were slightly below average, with 4,271 students absent out of approximately 100,000 students; about 33,000 students are currently on vacation at year-round schools. On average, absences for this time of year are approximately 4,500. Figures were supplied by the district's Pupil Accounting department.

Wash Those Hands
: Principals have received and are posting "wash your hands" posters. Hand washing is one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of disease.

Health Official on Radio:
Dr. Wilma Wooton, San Diego County Public Health Officer, spent a half-hour answering questions about the outbreak on KPBS-FM

For More Information:
San Diego County residents can call the County of San Diego Swine Influenza Information Line at (858) 715-2250.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Girls on the Run 5K

The 4th Annual 5K is on Mother's Day
Sunday, May 10, 2009
at 8am in Balboa Park

This year we will feature a 1.5 mile Stroller Roller to celebrate Mother’s Day. Please come have fun and support our young girls of San Diego!

Balboa Park - Corner of El Prado Street and Balboa Drive, near the Lawn Bowling Green
8am: Stroller Roller – 1.5 mile non timed fun run
8:30am: New Balance GOTR 5K – 3.1 mile non timed fun run on a 2 lap course

For more information, visit their Web site at Girls on the Run

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Birney Elementary Rummage Sale and Pancake Breakfast

Spring cleaning time is upon us, so get through those closets, garages and junk drawers, and help raise money for Birney Elementary while you declutter your life. You have two great options for your treasures.
  1. Reserve a space to sell your wares
  2. Drop off your treasures for the PTA to sell at their table (which will raise funds to help the PTA sponsor assemblies and field trip for our students)
Families, Crafters and Artists Welcome!
This will be a community wide event, and we can only accommodate 50 vendors. Shaded spaces are approximately 9ft x 20ft, and are available on a 1st paid, 1st reserved basis only. Unshaded spaces are slightly larger (canopies are welcome). The Birney PTA will provide all advertisement prior to the event and pick-up of USABLE discards afterward!

There will also be refreshments available.

Starting on May 3 there will be a drop off bin
in front of the school in the mornings and after school until 5:30 pm.

The rummage sale and pancake breakfast will be held on the playground at Birney Elementary Saturday, May 30 from 6:30 am - 2:00pm (gates open to public at 8:00am)

To participate or for more information e-mail us at

Monday, April 13, 2009

Magic mile

Hey Bees!

We have 21 runners for the Magic Mile but we still need 11 to field a complete
team (and get the cool "Birney Bee" printed shirts). The application
deadline has been extended until April 15 so when you send in your taxes,
remember to go to and sign up to be one of the Birney
Bee runners. I will be on campus on May 1 and will have the t-shirts and
numbers available. If you can't make it up to Birney, look for the big,
yellow Birney Bee banner on the grass by the start of the race.

See you in May! Coach Lord