Paw Talk: Keys to Excellence

Week of June 6th-June 10th

Principal's Message

It's the LAST week...approximately 30 hours.....this week tests Every Teacher, Every Administrator, Every Support staff, and Every student. No countdowns are required though when activities are engaging, authentic, & fun right to the last bell! Let's commit to ending our year with a bang! Impactful memories can be made this week! Students still need their teachers "present' with them, engaged with them, and involved with them. There is no doubt that amazing things are sure to happen this week! Structure and high expectations for behavior are more important than ever (with fun included in there). I can't wait to see all the fabulous things you all have planned this week. Don't forget to tweet all the celebrations and successes!

For our last Haiku discussion of 2015-2016, let's share the engaging, authentic and fun activities you have planned for this week. The more we share and collaborate, the stronger educational leaders and school we become!

This week's Haiku prompt is, "For the last week of school, these are the amazing activities I have planned for my students..." I hope you take a few minutes to add to this great discussion!

It's an End of Year "Taco Man" Luau Lunch!

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Friday Morning "Donut Drop"

I invite all those interested in joining me on Friday morning at 7:00 a.m. at the bus zone to hand out a morning treat to our parents with a "Donut Drop" to say "thank you" to our parents, to join us!

PTA has graciously agreed to donate the donuts for our parents. Thank you PTA!

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So Many Great "Happenings" this Week

Thumbs Up

-"Thumbs Up" to Noha, Natalie, and Tamra for all your help making the Volunteer Celebration a true success!

-"Thumbs Up" to Robin, Tamra, Sherry, Fabiola, Griselda, Denise & Ginna for making the PBIS Golden Ticket Water Day event so much fun!

"Thumbs Up" to Mrs. Morse for preparing our students for another great end of year band concert!

-"Thumbs Up" to our 2015-2016 Leadership team for all of their hard work this year & the planning we accomplished on Tuesday!

-"Thumbs Up" to the entire Birney Team for a fabulous 2015-2016 school year! You are all simply amazing!

Week at a Glance

Monday, 6/6
  • 8:00 3rd Grade Best of Bears Assembly

  • 8:00-10:00 OARS Gradebook Training: Swanson, Gonzalez, Visoso @ SDC

  • 9:15 IEP: A. Aboytes-Pre K speech

  • 9:30-12:30 6th grade Bowling Fieldtrip @ Arrowhead Lanes

  • 12:00-2:00 OARS Gradebook Training: Correa, Henry, Camacho, Peters

  • 12:40 AR Quarter 4 Hot Dog & Movie Celebration

  • 2:00: IEP: J. Rodas Garcia-Connolly & Slocum

Tuesday, 6/7

  • 6th Grade Movie Day
  • 8:00-3:15 CELDT Training: Baragry, Urquhart, Norberg
  • 8:00 4th Grade Best of Bears Assembly
  • 8:50 6th Grade Best of Bears Assembly
  • 9:30 5th Grade Best of Bears Assembly
  • 12:45-1:15 K-3rd Perfect Attendance Party @ Cafeteria
  • 1:15-1:45 4th-6th Perfect Attendance Party @ Cafeteria

Wednesday, 6/8

  • "Hawaiin Luau Themed Day"
  • Minimum Day
  • 6th grade Picnic
  • 8:00 Kinder Best of Bears Assembly
  • 8:45 2nd Grade Best of Bears Assembly
  • 10:00 1st Grade Best of Bears Assembly
  • 1:00 End Of Year "Taco Man" Luau Staff Celebration

Thursday, 6/9
  • 8:00 5th Grade Movie Day @ Cafeteria
  • 9:00 6th grade Promotion @ Blacktop
  • 10:00-11:15 PBIS Prize Closet
  • 1:00 SST meeting:M. Segura-Brower/Pedroza & Slocum

Friday, 6/10

  • Last day of school!
  • Report Cards sent home!
  • 8:00 6th grade vs. Staff Kickball game @ field
  • 10:00 Kinder celebrations in classrooms
  • 12:20: 6th grade "Farewell Hallway Walk & Celebration"


  • Please make sure you refer to your bulletin all week so you don't miss any important information. Updates to any events will always be listed on the white board by the mailboxes.
  • Classified & Certificate: Don't forget your OSHA training should be completed before you leave for break.
  • Check out the Birney Team Twitter highlights of the week via Storify:

End of Year Checkout

End of Year Checklist

This checklist should be completed and signed before leaving on Friday, June 10th.

Deadlines and Important Dates

  • End of Year DRA/BRI assessments to be inputted to our schoolwide reading data Google sheet ( by the last day of school.
  • Please ensure all DIBELS scores are entered into OARS no later than Monday, 6/6.
  • End of Year Staff "Taco Celebration" @ Rm. 3-YUM!
  • 6th Grade Promotion: 6/9 @ 9:00 a.m.
  • End of Year Checkout List due to Jessica: 6/10 before leaving for break

Happy Birthday to our June Babies!

6/1: Adriana Jasso

6/11: Lyuba Coffey

6/13: Cindi Viero

6/16: Arlene Roper

6/19: Baber Choudhry

6/22: Ginna Slocum & John Hoang

6/23: Yaeko Nomura & Maritza Gonzalez

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