Friday, December 18, 2009

Make a Commitment to Birney!

Hi All,

This is to announce that we have formed several new committees. Many will be meeting over the next month or so. You do not have to be on a committee to help out or participate in an event, but anyone willing to step up and help with the planning will be greatly appreciated. For the event committees, specific volunteer opportunities will also be available as we get closer to the date of the event. Please either contact or one of the committee chairs listed below.

Garden Committee
The Birney Garden is an amazing asset and something we should all be proud of. Shelley and Stephanie are doing their best to hold things together, but really desperately need help from Birney parents who can help with watering and caring for the garden and figuring out ways to make the most of our valuable resource. Check out the winter harvest and help in the garden during winter break on the second Saturday of January, January 9th, 9am-12pm. The Garden Committee will meet from 11am-12am to pin down our next steps. Contact Stephanie and/or Shelly at for more information.

Rummage Sale Planning Committee
Our annual Rummage Sale is schedule for February 27. If you'd like to help with the planning, please contact Susie Villareal at The Rummage Sale Committee will meet at Susie's house on Thursday, January 14. Susie will forward more information and details to anyone interested in joining.

Political Action Committee

The current budget crisis is threatening to jeopardize many of the programs that make Birney such an amazing place for our children to learn. Come find out how we can start to mobilize Birney families to fight these cuts. If you're interested in helping, please contact Laura Dadmun at The Political Action Committee will meet at my house on Thursday, January 7. Laura or I will forward more information and details to anyone interested in joining.

Business Relations/Development Committee
Our local businesses have resources that we haven't taken advantage of as well as we could. This committee will start to open the lines of communication with the business community and find out how to tap those resources for donations and expertise. If you are interested in getting involved with this effort, contact and include a few dates and times you might be available to meet.

Passport to Adventure Planning Committee
The Passport to Adventure, our international fair, is planned for June. Our first event was a great success, where we featured six different countries with booths highlighting their history, customs, art, culture and food. The first order of business is for each grade-level to select their featured country. Further planning will begin after the Rummage Sale. If you are interested in helping out or offering suggestions for countries we might highlight, please contact Michelle Livermore at

Thanks for helping to make Birney such a great place for our kids to find their passion for learning. Every time you take the opportunity to engage in the events at Birney, even in small ways, shows your children how important their educcation is to you all.



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