Friday, December 17, 2010

Birney Players' Performing Aladdin this year!

Announcing the 2011 Birney Players’ Theatrical Production of
a Dual Language Version

Initial Participation is open to
3rd - 5th Grade Students from Birney Elementary
(If numbers allow it, will try to open the show to grades 1 and 2 as well.)

Free Song Learning Sessions and Audition Preparation:
January 20 - March 24, 2011
Thursday afternoons from 4:30 - 6 pm

Auditions: will be held the last week of March. Exact days TBA. Participation in the FREE song learning sessions will help students to obtain a role in the show but does NOT guarantee any role. There are major singing and speaking roles and a large number of ensemble singing and dancing roles. The script is in both English and Spanish. Many characters speak and sing both. We will also need students to help with backstage jobs. This should be a lot of fun and a good challenge for an IB school.

Once actors have been given a part in the show, they will receive scripts and song preparation materials to take home and study during Spring Break. Students will also be asked to officially register for the show and pay a fee (approximately $60) for participation. there will be a number of partial scholarships available. Students will not be able to participate without a registration form, so keep your eyes open for it ins late March.

After Spring Break rehearsals will be held 2-3 days a week until the show is performed for 2-3 nights in the early part of July. It will be extremely important that students be able to attend these rehearsals for the full time, so please look closely at the specific rehearsal and performance dates and times on the calendar that will be available closer to audition time in order to decide if this is a project that your child can do. Students who cannot consistently attend will be unable to continue in the show. Students who are disruptive during the song preparation sessions or the rehearsal times despite warnings will also be asked to leave.

If you have any question about the show or want to ask more about how to participate as an actor, stage crew member, or parent volunteer, please contact Katrina Peterson (Maddie Humphrey’s mom) at 619-316-2342 or

Thursday, December 16, 2010

ICES Winter Program Things to Remember

1. ICES opens at 6:30 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.. The doors open at 6:30 sharp and everyone must be off campus by 6 pm.

2. Lunch will not be provided. You must provide a packed lunch for your child each day.

3. The days are long, so be sure to provide your child with extra snacks and water.

4. If someon other than yourself is picking up your child, please notify Ryan Vincent as to who they are and make sure that they have their I.D. to present at time of pick up.

5. If your student is kindergarten, please sent them each day with an extra set of undergarments and bottoms. (Just in case, you can never be too sure)

6. Please do not allow your child to bring cell phones, IPods, gaming devises, toys, etc. Students may bring books or movies that they are interested in sharing with the group.

Sample Activities: Garden/Drama; Arts & Crafts; C. Lab/Library; Music/Dance; Sport Activity; Movie; Walking Field Trips

If you have any questions or concerns, please call Ryan at 619-540-2287.


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Birney Sponsorship Information.

Bee a Sponsor!

If you, your business or anyone you know, would like to help out Birney Elementary and the PTA by being a sponsor, here is a list of opportunities and ways you can help.

Just click here to download a pdf. with all the sponsoring opportunities listed.
If you are interested in approaching local merchants on Birney's behalf, download the following two attachments as well. One is a sample letter to merchants and one is a sample thank you letter that you can send after receiving a donation.

Donation Letter as docx. file
Donation letter as doc. file
Donation Letter as pdf file

Thank You Letter as docx. file
Thank You letter as doc. file
Thank You Letter as pdf file

Every little bit helps and we truly do appreciate your support and help.

PTA Birney

What to do for Winter Break

ICES has a Winter Break Program at Birney.

Week 1: 12/27-12/29

Week 2: 1/3-1/7

Week 3: 1/10-1/14

Program Time: 9:30 am - 3:30 pm
Early drop off: 6:30 am - 9 am
Late pick up: 3:30 pm - 6 pm

For more details, download the flier and registration form here or call Ryan Vincent at 619-540-2287

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

YAY we're #1

Birney Attendance #1 in the District for November.

Well Done!

Monday, December 6, 2010

Family Holiday Craft Night

Friday December 10, 4:30 pm- 7pm
(after family friday) in the Birney auditorium
Free admission.

All craft instructions and supplies provided.
All ages welcome.
Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Pizza slice and a soda available $2
(pizza only; $1.50)