Thursday, March 24, 2011

Summer Camps at LifePlay Studio

Hello Birney Parents!

We know that summer camp planning is underway and we wanted you to know what our summer camp schedule is at the LifePlay Studio in Kensington. Below you have the class title and the week for each class. Camps are running from 9-3:30 each day, Monday -Friday bar any holidays. We will have a flyer out on camps after your spring break, but wanted to help you with your summer camp planning by getting this information to you as early as possible. Any questions or to register, please contact me directly as these camps will not be live on the website for at least one more week. After that you can register directly through the site which is

Have a great spring break and we look forward to all of the possibilities that can come with summer!
Christine D'Amico

June 20 - 24 — Higgledy-Piggledy Book to Play
June 27 - July 1 — LifePlay Discovery
July 11 - 15 — Uniquely You
July 5 - 8 — Math Adventures & SuperHero Sports
July 18 - 22 — ArtSpace I
July 25 - 29 — Diggn' n' Dirt
Aug. 1 - 5 — Creativity Camp
Aug. 8 - 12 — Laugh Out Loud
Aug. 15 - 19 — La Vie in France: Round the World
Aug. 22 - 27 — La Vie in Espanol: Round the World
Aug. 29 - Sept. 2 — Mumbo Jumbo Book to PlayAugust 29 September 2

Birney Scholastic Book Fair

March 25 - March 31
In the school library.

Buy One Get One FREE!!!!!

Shop for Spring Break Books

March 25th - 3:35pm - 6:15pm ~ Open LATE

March 28 - March 31 - Open 1:30pm - 3:30pm

Art & Awards

~ come celebrate your children's achievements ~

March 29th - 3rd grade art and awards from 10:30am-11:30am

March 29th - 5th grade art and awards from 12:20pm-1:30pm

March 30 - Kindergarten art and awards from 10:15am-11:30am

March 31 - 2nd grade art and awards from 10:30am-11:30am

March 31 - 4th grade art and awards from 12:20pm-1:30pm

April 1 - 1st grade art and awards from 10:30am-11:30am

1:30pm dismissal ALL WEEK!!!

Spring Break: April 4 - May 2

Heartlight performs at Youth Fitness Expo

Just a quick note to the many of you out there that make Heartlight a HUGE Success. Here is a Big Picture in today's Union-Tribune of the kids performing at our big show this last Sat. in Balboa Park!!!!!!

It's on the cover of the SD Section. Check it out and thanks for all you do!!! The show was a great success. Over 1,200 children.

Danny (Director) :))

Anna Livingstone, 7 (center) performs atn aerobic dance with friend at the annual Youth Fitness Expo and Family Fun Day at Balboa Park's Spreckels Organ Pavillipn on Saturday. The day included various fitness activities. Photo by Earnie Grafton.

Other performances can be viewed at

Friday, March 18, 2011


It takes more than better ingredients to make a better school lunch...

Join the Confablieri as they serve up a healthy portion of school lunch (see menus) in tandem with Slow Food Urban San Diego and the San Diego Unified School District at Fibonacci's Campus Point Bistro by Waters.

Hear from school administrators, cafeteria staff and farmers who are all working together to cerat a local Farm-to-School connection. School Lunch! promotes awareness of the importance of good quality, farm-fresh foods served to kids in San Diego schools and beyond.

Tickets are available now! Visit Brown Paper Tickets to purchase yours today!

Sunday, April 3, 2011
Noon to 4pm
Fibonacci's Campus Pointe Bistro by Waters

Families Welcome! Adults $35, Children under 14 are $15

Download the flyer for more information. School Lunch!

San Diego Science Festival

Eight Days of Festival Coming Your Way in One Day.
But Who is Counting?

We are! With the San Diego Science Festival kicking off this Saturday, March 19, it is hard to contain our excitement. So we will keep sharing it with you this week and next!

Do you find that you love learning about science and engineering, but there aren't enough hours in the day? Join us for Science Speed Round, presented by Life Technologies, on March 23.

Take in a series of 8 short, sharp, expertly refereed talks by some of San Diego's finest -- 5 minutes per talk, plus 5 minutes for questions -- presenting a kaleidoscope of eye-popping, mind-boggling scienitific ideas!

For more information and to register, go to:

Speakers include:
  • Kevin Carroll from Tech America
  • Francisco Villarreal from UC San Diego
  • Larry Goldstein from UC San Diego
  • John Long from General Dynamics
  • Michael Farrell from ResMed
  • Antonio DeMaio from UC San Diego
  • Scott Sigler, bestselling science fiction author
  • Mike Lafferty from Life Technologies
  • Moderated by Peggy Pico from KPBS
Don't miss a special opportunity to learn more about scholarly publishing and the peer review process from Elsevier on March 23.

Executive Publisher Dan Morgan will examine multiple aspects of the publishing process and the benefits to a researcher's career of participating in the process.

The Science Festival is pleased to have our sponsor and collaborator Elsevier present this special panel discussion to our Festival audience for an indepth look at the peer review process.

For more information about the event and to register, please go to

Tomorrow is the kick-off of the Science Festival. Stay tuned!
For more information, please visit our website at

San Diego Science Festival

San Diego Science Festival is organized by UC San Diego, with the support of community collaborators, to educate students across the region.

Educational support is provided by ScienceBridge, a UC San Diego science education outreach program.


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

LAST Saturday School - March 19th

On the 19th we will hold our LAST Saturday School for your child to clear an absence.
Your child must attend from
8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Please call the school to register your child.

(619) 497-3500


Tuesday, March 8, 2011


ICES is taking applications for its Spring Break Program. Sign up with Ryan in the Auditorium either before or after school. ICES needs to have 20 kids per week in order to offer the program. IF they do not have 20 kids they will cancel the week. So it is URGENT that you register NOW.

April 4-8
April 11-15
April 18-22
April 25-29

Program Time:

9:30 am - 3:30 pm

Prices are as follows:
5 days — $130 per week
4 days — $117 per week
3 days — $78 per week
2 days — $52 per week

Early morning drop off — 6:30 - 9 am
Late afternoon pick up — 3:30 - 6 pm
(Price for early morning & late afternoon is $20 per week.)

10% discount for siblings.

For more information, contact Ryan Vincent at 619-540-2287.

Click here to download the registration form.
Forms must be turned in this week.

Monday, March 7, 2011

Help our School win a $10K Library Makeover!

My Coke Rewards for Schools will give two lucky schools $10,000 for books for their library.
We can earn 1 entry into the sweepstakes for every 5 points donated to our school from March 15 – April 30, 2011. Itʼs easy to donate, so donʼt delay.

Click here to download the flier for more information on how you can help.

Friday, March 4, 2011

Spring LifePlay camp

Hello Birney Families!
We are thrilled to let you know that we are offering a spring LifePlay camp in our new LifePlay Studio!

This is a LifePlay Camp drawing from all of our curriculum areas of art, math, writing, theatre, yoga, gardening and outdoor sports and play. Each day of the camp is built around a life skill theme and students will have the opportunity to try and experimented with many new things all built to support the life skill theme for the day! It will be a fun and adventurous week.

The LifePlay studio is located at 4114 Adams Ave in Kensington, just behind the Burger Lounge. In addition to the projects within the studio each day, we will also have outside time at one of the three parks located within walking distance to the studio.

Camp Options are as follows:
1/2 day morning or afternoon - $30 per time
Full day option - $50 per day
Full week option - $225 per week
Camp hours are 9:00 - 3:30 each day

This is not currently listed on the LifePlay website so you can register or get additional information by calling me at 619-665-1264.

We look forward to seeing you and your children in our new LifePlay Studio!
Christine D'Amico
LifePlay co-Founder

Thursday, March 3, 2011

MArch 4th - PICTURE DAY!

Clean up the kids...
Friday, March 4th is Spring
Student Picture Day.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Don't Forget! Bedtime Stories TONIGHT

Once upon a time, children put on their pajamas, brought their pillows and blankets then curled up with their friends to hear their favorite stories...

Join us Wednesday, March 2nd at 6:30 pm in the Auditorium for Birney Bedtime Stories. Hear your favorite stories read aloud by your teachers and parents. Admission is FREE and the Birney PTA will provide popcorn and drinks.

For more information, contact the PTA at