Wednesday, June 23, 2010


Special Thanks to the Passport to Adventure 2010 supporters

- Poway 4-H - Goat milking demonstration

- Whole Foods Hillcrest - Chocolate Bars

- Ralph's Hillcrest - $20 gift card (used for the chocolate for the Swiss booth)
Savory Deli (4661 Park Boulevard): for their donation of Paella and Gazpacho food donation for Spain booth. And for manning their food at the table.

- San Diego Stage and Lighting for the discount donation of the performing stage

- Juanita Franco School of Dance

- Bill Helm at the Taoist Sanctuary for performing Tai Chi

- Joe Botkin for the use of warming pans in the China and Ghana booths

- James Tuckwell and Pizza Gourmet Express for the donation of time and pizza

- Michelle and Tracie Livermore for the donation of everything in their attic

- Nuffer Smith Tucker for the donation of various items for raffle baskets and for the use of their designer for all printed materials

- AND ALL THE VOLUNTEERS… To many to list, but you know who you are.

Silent Auction Donations

- Joe Rohret for his donation of four beautiful hand made ceramic mugs.

- Pacific College of Oriental Medicine for donation of 8 treatments in their student clinic

- Mueller College for the donation of two massages treatments in their clinic

- Pizza Gourmet Express: $25 gift certificate

- Dennis Gage for donation of beautiful glassware and wine

- Janet Williams for the donation of two copies of her book You don’t ask, you don’t get

- Kai Lombard for the Bill Walton basketball and autographs
- Jose Garcia at HairCut Boulevard for his donation of a Highlighting

- Konnie Dadmun, for the donation of 4 tickets to the Natural History Museum and the panda wine holder
- Amy Parrott, Development Department San Diego Zoo
for the donation of 4 tickets to both the Zoo and the Wild Animal Park.
- Chris Nelson for his donation of a Blueman Group pack including VIP tickets, meet and greet and Blueman souvenirs
- Brett Bean for the donation of his limited edition print “Bots”

- Bill & Rosemary Sleeman for their donation of a ½ day Spa package at Holistic Hands

- Reed Cowan for his donation of the Directors Cut version of 8: The Mormon Proposition

- Jenna Raskin for her donation of a Giclee print from her “HEART” series.

- James Stone for the donation of his Hands on Glass Workshop

- Jackie Simpson for the donation of a photography session with finished photos on CD.

- Kelly Shaw for various items used in the Silent Auction including: massage chair, beer, one-hour massage, hair cut and dinner coupons

- Tracie Livermore for her donation of a one-hour massage

- Laurel Holloway for her donation of an acupuncture treatment.

- Rick VanNoy and the La Jolla Playhouse for their donation of a family pack of tickets to a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream

- Siri Johansson for her donation of a beautiful puff heart necklace
- Mark Paskowitz for his donation of professional coaching services.

- SDSU Women’s basketball team for their donation of a signed basketball and 5 t-shirts

- Karen Donovan for donation of the Surf pack with lessons at the Surf School in Pacific Beach, beach bag with towels and sunscreen

- Dan Gruber at Vox Marketing for his donation of Copywriting services for a press release or Web site home page.

Special Thanks to

- Amanda Hammond-Williams for the donation of front row seats to awards ceremonies, taking the time to do dinner with the principal and her parking space

- Karen Donovan for her time to take kids for a movie outing

- Jessica Touw for her time to take kids for a movie outing

Many Pirouzan for her time to take kids for a movie outing and ice cream

Mr. Peterson for the cookie baking party

- Birney Elementary Players for the donation of front row seats for both nights of their performance of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.


- The PTA for all the miscellaneous items purchased to flush out the gift packages.

If I have missed anyone, I apologize and will be happy to include them if you send me their information to

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Book Fair at Birney

The Scholastic Book Fair opens tomorrow in the Library. Hours of operation are:

Wednesday 11:00am - 4:00pm

Thursday 8:45am - 4:00pm Parent Event 2:30pm - 3:30pm

Friday 8:45am - 4:00pm

Monday 11:00 - 6:00pm

Jane could really use some additional help. Please contact her at or 6/497-3500 if you are available to help out or have any questions.


Yearbook! Yearbook! I need a YEARBOOK!
As you probably know, the first edition of the Birney Yearbook has arrived and it looks beautiful. Thanks to Jodi, Tiffany, and all involved. If you didn't get a chance to order one, there is still time to get one. Copies are available for purchase in the front office, and if there are any left, will also be available at the next Family Friday, July 2.

Once they're gone, they're gone, so if you are interested, pick one up ASAP.


Birney Elementary Players Present...

Words and Music by
Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley

Adapted for Stage by
Leslie Bricusse and
Timothy A. McDonald

Based on the Book
Charlie and The Chocolate Factory
by Roald Dahl

Thursday, July 8 and Friday July 9
6:30 PM in the Birney Auditorium

Tickets: $5.00 for Adults and $3.00 for children
(Presale ticket form are available by clicking here)
Presale Tickets are on a first come first serve basis. Order your tickets early. Tickets must be turned in To the PTA or your teacher before July 5th.

All proceeds benefit the Birney PTA and Drama Program

This performance is produced with the permission of Music Theatre International.

Mosaic Installation Project at Birney

Calling all Birney Families and students.

Help us with the big installation of the mosaic project on our school building.

: Saturday, July 10 and Sunday, July 11
: 9am to 6pm (in 3 hour shifts)
What to bring
: clothes that you aren’t afraid to get messy, and any artifacts you’d like to add to the wall (must be made of ceramic, glass, rock, or metal).

Please sign up for a 3 hour shift to help with this project. Be a part of Birney history that will remain on its walls for a long long time. We appreciate your help!

Click here to download the sign up form and return to your child's teacher or the office by Friday, June 25.

Monday, June 21, 2010

Spirit Week

Hey Bees!

It's time to celebrate the end of testing and show your Birney Spirit! Here's what Student Council has planned for your fun:

Monday, June 21 - Mis-Matched Day Stripes with flowers, plaids with paisley, the scarier the better. Dress to offend.

Tuesday, June 22 - Sports Day Wear your favorite jersey or sport shirt.

Wednesday, June 23 - PJ Day Come in your best jammies.

Thursday, June 24 - Crazy Hair Day A good use for those Aztec wigs. Leave the colored hairsprays at home, please.

Friday, June 25 - Aloha Friday Island style is the word of the day - think palm trees, waves, sand and surf.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Silent Auction at the Passport to Adventure

This Saturday, June 19 • 11 am - 2 pm
Bring your checkbooks, bring your cash to score great deals on great prizes and help out the Birney in the process. Below is a list of some of the items you will find at the auction. More are being added everyday.
1. VIP Tickets and meet-and-greet with the Blueman Group in Las Vegas, NV (air and accomodations NOT included).
2. Jenna Raskin giclee print from her HEART series.
3. Glassblowing class
4. Siri Johansson Swarovski Puff Heart necklace with sterling silver chain
5. Professional Coach 4u certificate for $350 training with Mark Paskowitz
6. Pampered Chef Gift certificate, with bakeware and Food TV cookbook
7. “Dinner and a Movie” - certificate and the Directors Cut version of the movie “8: The Mormon Proposition”
8. Family 4 pack of tickets for the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park
9. Book club: 2 copies of the book “You don’t ask, you don’t get” by local San Diego Author Janet Williams
10. Family Photography session by Jackie Simpson 2 hour sitting on location with CD of retouched images included.
11. Vox Marketing Communications copywriting services for a press release or Web site home page
12. Brett Bean limited edition print of his new comic characters. Brett was featured at
13. Massage and acupuncture package by Tracie Livermore and Laurel Holloway
14. Pacific College of Oriental Medicine acupuncture treatments
15. Mueller College of Holistic Studies massage treatments
16. 1 hour massage and your own in home massage chair cover
17. Signed SDSU women’s basketball
18. “Man Pack” - pizza, haircut and a beer
19. “Up to the Bar” 18 piece cocktail glassware set
20. Quit Your Wine-ing (stemless glasses and wine)
21. Champagne Set (goblets and flutes and a bottle of champagne
22. “On the Rocks” (cooler and rocks glass set)
23. Surf School in Pacific Beach certificate good for 1 lesson for two people

Special treasures from Birney
1. Movies with Ms. Donovan - 2 kids ("you and a friend") popcorn and drinks. Parent approved movie
2. Movies with Ms. Touw - 3 kids popcorn and drinks.
3. Lunch with Ms. Amanda for your child and a friend at Station Grill
4. Student recognition awards in July - 4 front row seats
5. 5th grade promotion in July - 4 front row seats
6. Kinder promotion in July - 4 front row seats
7. December Awards - 4 front row seats
8. March Awards - 4 front row seats
9. Grade level performance in July (each grade, date, time) - 4 front row seats
10. Principal’s parking spot for July

And hopefully many more...

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Pizza Gourmet Express - June 9 and July 14

Family Dinner Night at Pizza Gourmet Express

Enjoy a nice dinner out and help support the Birney PTA assembly programs at the same time.

Wednesday, June 9
and Wednesday, July 14
11 am - 9 pm

4615 Park Boulevard • San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 546-7430

Come enjoy a fresh selection of Pizzas prepared to your specifications right before your eyes. Enjoy them baked in our high speed pizza ovens, or take and bake at home. If you are having meetings at work order take out. Teachers, get a group order together and enjoy some good food at lunchtime. Birney Elementary will get 25% of all food purchases. Discount does not apply to deliveries.

Let’s enjoy some good food and support field
trips and assemblies for our Birney students.

Don't forget you can order it ahead of time and pick it up or even order it not cooked and cook it up later.

If you need a flier, download one here!

Garden Grant. Help us win!

Nature’s Path is giving $50,000 in cash, garden design, technical assistance, and fund raising support to two deserving communities.

Our school,

Alice Birney Elementary, an International Studies Magnet has a large established school garden comprised of numerous fruit trees, herbs, California native plants, drought tolerant plants and a beautiful vegetable garden. Additionally, the preschool has a small raised bed box to start teaching even our youngest community members how to grow food.

Approximately 3000 square feet of our urban campus is currently maintained by volunteers, parents, a paid Garden Club instructor (2 hours a week/16 weeks) and students for the purpose of growing food and learning about nature, plants and agriculture in general. Additionally, four compost bins and a worm bin are maintained to teach children about conservation, decomposers (bugs and bacteria) and natural soil amendment. With such an established garden, why are we requesting grant support?

We are humbly requesting financial assistance that will allow us to hire an independent educator (20 hours a week/36 weeks) to run the Garden Club and help the teaching staff integrate the garden into their classroom curriculum. The curriculum that is developed will belong to the school and will be used in future years. We also believe that if we pay for this position, we are demonstrating our support of those who pursue agricultural education in spite of an academic environment that is devastated by budget cuts. Thank you for your consideration and your support of agricultural education.

When you have a moment, please vote for Birney Elementary School Garden grant. Click the below link, go to the top/right 'log-in' box, create an account, and vote for Birney's garden project.

Please feel free to pass along to your friends and family. Every vote counts!