Paw Talk: Keys to Excellence

Welcome to our New & Improved Weekly Bulletin

Week of February 15th-19th

Principal's Message

You may be asking yourself why I chose to change the format of our weekly bulletin. The answer is that I strive to be innovative, creative, and be a 21st Century learner and leader. Although I was satisfied with the content of our weekly Paw Talk, I knew there had to be a "fresher", more innovative way to share the same information plus more. A fabulous feature of this new bulletin is that it allows me to embed videos plus added bonuses like adding pictures of great things that happened during the week, relevant article web links, etc.

Another great thing that I think you will love, is that you can create these same "newsletters" for your classrooms for free. It's a great home/school connection. I can't wait to keep learning all the features has to offer. I encourage you to take a look at to see if it's something you would like to try.

Great Things at Alice Birney This Week

Thumbs Up

-“Thumbs Up” to our Cafeteria Ladies and Jesse for earning a 100% on their surprise Health Inspection last month! Way to go!

-“Thumbs Up” to Ms. Urquhart for getting our after school tutoring up and running!

-“Thumbs Up” to our office ladies for your help in getting all the Valentine's goodies to where they needed to go!

Week at a Glance

Monday, 2/15: President's Day Holiday

Tuesday, 2/16:

  • 7:00-4:00: Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) Training-Jessica out
  • 8:00-10:00: ESL Class @ Rm. 18
  • 2:15: Pre-Observation meeting-Gonzalez & Slocum

Wednesday, 2/17:

  • Happy Birthday Minerva Castellanos!
  • Minimum Day Dismissal
  • 8:00-12:00: Insight 360 Training-Ayala, Coffey, Deen, Henry, Lizarraga, Hoang, Okpara
  • 8:15: IEP-J. Dominguez; Ayala & Slocum
  • 10:00-12:00: District Training-Slocum & Gomez
  • 1:00-4:00: Title I Meeting-Gomez
  • 12:40-1:25: Teacher Prep Time
  • 1:25-2:50: Grade Level Collaboration Time
  • 2:50-3:50: Staff Meeting @ Rm. 18

Thursday, 2/18:

  • 8:00-10:00: ESL Class @ Cafeteria
  • 8:00-10:00: Classified Staff "Google Drive 101" training @ Rm. 18
  • 8:00-3:15: Kinder Team out at CC Training
  • 10:20-11:20: Office Staff Meeting @ Jessica's office
  • 10:00: Gonzalez observation-Slocum
  • 10:-11:15: PBIS Prize Closet (10:00-Kinder; 10:20-1st & 2nd; 10:40-3rd & 4th; 11:00-5th & 6th)
  • 1:00-1:50: ELAC meeting @ Rm. 18
  • 2:10: Pre-Observation Meeting-Swanson & Gomez
  • 3:00-4:30: LCAP Committee Meeting-Gomez out

Friday, 2/19:

  • 7:30-3:30: Principal's Meeting-Ginna & Jessica out; Teacher in Charge TBD

Saturday 2/20:

  • 8:00-12:15: Saturday School

Happy Birthday...

o 2/1, Victoria Sexton

o 2/8, Natalie Francisco

o 2/17, Minerva Castellanos

o 2/21, Cindy Visoso

o 2/25, Helen Connolly

Announcements & Looking Ahead

  • We are excited to notify you that effective Tuesday, Denise Cervera is officially Alice Birney's full-time Counselor! She will be here 5 days a week!
  • If you didn't know already, we have two "Buns in the Ovens" at Birney...Mrs. D'Silva and Marcela Guillen (our psychologist) are both expecting beautiful babies!
  • Dr. Hyder will be visiting our site on Monday, 2/22 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Leadership Meeting scheduled for Monday, 2/22 at 2:15 p.m.

Blogs, Tweets, Pins, and so much more!

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This is why you are very important to me as educators and leaders of our school!

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