Run for the Green 2015 – Thank you Sponsors!

Dear Birney Family and Friends,

What a wonderful time it has been coming together as a team to be champions for our school. We all worked hard to reach out to our individual communities and get the support we needed to help our International Baccalaureate Studies Program thrive. All that hard work lead to amazing achievement!! We surpassed our $23,000 goal by over $6,000 and a group of dedicated parents came together to gain sponsorship from our community and raised and additional $3,900!! What a tremendous success this event has been all because of the support by our friends, families and the community!!

Thanks to each of you for your hard work! Please let us know if you have any questions, comments or suggestions at

Many companies showed us tremendous support through their donations. Without them all those great prizes, the t-shirts, and the swag bags would not have been possible.

2015 Run For The Green Sponsors

Hurray for Team Green!!

2015 Run for the Green


The 8th Annual Run For The Green is Friday, March 13th!

On Friday, March 13th from 2:30PM to 3:30PM, Friends of Alice Birney and Coach Lord will host the “Run for the Green”, Birney’s annual health and wellness run. We will enjoy a fun afternoon of running, walking and listening to music together while celebrating all our efforts to support our awesome school. Students can collect pledges in person using this form or online using the button below. Students with pledges of $20 or more will be entered into a drawing for the opportunity to win fun prizes, and students with pledges of $65 or more will also receive a special Run For The Green t-shirt.

Please be sure to add your student’s full name in the “special instructions to the seller” area when using the link below.

Additional Information
2015 Run For the Green Student Packet
2015 Run For the Green Student Safety Rules Final

Ms. Buzz having a fun day visiting all those Birney Bees!

Ms. Buzz having a fun day visiting all those Birney Bees!

Are you a Birney family member and business owner? Learn about how you can be become a sponsor and be featured on this year’s t-shirts.

Parents’ Night Out

Who: Not just for Birney parents. Bring your friends and family!

What: Raffle prizes and silent auction fundraiser to support the Spanish, Arts, and Gardening programs

When: Friday, March 6 from 6:30 PM to 10 PM

Where: U31 in North Park where University meets 31st

Why: The proceeds from this event go directly toward the support Birney’s Specials programs.

Childcare? We’ve got you covered! If you attend the Parents’ Night Out event, childcare is available at Birney for $10 per child (please add $5 if your child requires diaper changes). Childcare includes: supervision from 6 to 10 PM, dinner, a movie, games and a voucher redeemable for 5 raffle tickets at U-31!

Please RSVP for childcare by this Wednesday, March 4. Send an email to Carrie Binder at and include the age of each child. 

4th Annual Big Give A Success!



182 Donations and $14,851 in a single day and a $7,664 match from our generous anonymous families for an astounding grand total of $22,515 raised on December 18th by the most generous and giving school community there is!

Thank you Birney community for every single donation.  Thank you for showing that every little bit can and does make a difference.  Thank you for helping us raise this staggering amount of money in a single day so that we can continue to support our Spanish, art, and garden programs. Many of us saw first-hand the dedication, passion and creativity that our specials teachers put into making the outstanding programs for our school that enrich our students’ experience at Birney. Our hearts are truly full knowing that the Birney community rallied together to accomplish this amazing feat.

Thank you to everyone that participated!

Big Give 2014 is ON!!

6:55 – Let the fun begin! We’ve had a few donations trickle in before the ‘official’ start. That’s great. We’ll take ‘em. 3 donors, $190.00

7:50 – Apparently we have an issue with the link in the email… we should be getting that fixed shortly. Even with that, we’ve still had a solid first hour. 17 donors for $2465.00

9:30 – The email link has been fixed… The kids are in school… 5 donors stopped by the table this morning to add $125 to the Big Give event. Total is up to 38 donors and $4065.00 Just 2 more donors and we’ll be 1/5 of the way to our goal of 200 individual donors!

11:05 – Four hours into the event and we have passed the 1/4 mark. We are ahead of last year in terms of donors, and a little behind last years pace on dollars. If you have already donated – Thanks! and now go find 2 friends and encourage them to go make their donations too. 59 donors and $5515.00.

12:05 – I was going to suggest that the 5th graders should try to calculate the average donation, but that seems a little too easy now. 69 donors for $6900.00

12:35 – Nothing like a call from Ms Amanda to spark a little surge in donations. Nice little bump there taking us to… 77 donations for $7,500.00

1:30 – Just past the half-way point in terms of time and pretty close to half way for donors. 87 donors for $8,345

4:00 – We’ve made it past the afternoon doldrums. We have 3 hours left and it’s time for the after school flurry. 111 donors and $10,541

5:20 – We’re pretty close to exceeding last year’s count of 135 donors. 127 donors for $11,836.00

6:20 – So we’ve now crushed last years donor count and are closing in on the dollar total of $16,187… can we beat that too??? Just 52 more people to meet our goal. Current count 148 donors for $12,826

6:46 – The last-minute types are bringing it in. 161 donors for $13,401

7:10 – A few more stragglers are sneaking in – that’s fine… keep it coming. We’ll hold it open for you. 168 donors for $13,951

8:00 – Wow! What a day. Thank you! 175 Donors! $14,361 raised in a single day! That is a 30% increase in donors over last year.

We are absolutely astounded by the generous outpouring of support from our Birney friends and family. We will send out an updated email on Monday with the final numbers after we finalize the match with our anonymous donors. Please be patient while we work out the details as we think it will be worth the wait.

Once again we feel compelled to use the following quote. It is completely apropos of what has just been accomplished by the Birney community.

“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Click the image below to donate now!

IF you prefer to make your donation anonymously, you can donate through Razoo.

Thank you for your support!

Big Give 2014 – Tomorrow’s the day!

4th Annual Big Give
Tomorrow, Dec. 18th — 7am-7pm

Birney’s 4th Annual Big Give is tomorrow, December 18th! Our goal is to get 200 donations in a 12 hour period and an anonymous group of Birney Families have generously offered to provide a match per donation up to 200 donations! Remember that just $150 will fund a student for Garden, Art and Spanish for an entire year. Be on the lookout tomorrow for emails and calls prompting you to donate, and be sure to check this website often to watch our progress.

Dia De Los Muertos altar created by Señora Goudy’s Spanish Classes

Does your employer match donations? Click this link to see if your employer is on this list and double your donation!

Tomorrow click the link below between the hours of 7AM to 7PM and make your donation. 

Big Give 2014 – Coming Soon


On Thursday, December 18th Birney will be hosting our 4th annual Big Give in an effort to raise much needed funds in order to maintain our IB program and associated specials such as Garden, Spanish and Art.  Our specials are an integral part of our IB program and are what differentiates Birney from other Elementary schools.  Those specials cost $150 a year per student.  That is just $0.88 a day per student!

The concept for this fund raiser is simple.  On Thursday, the 18th between the hours of 7AM to 7PM click on the Big Give link and make your donation.  That’s it!  Then continue to watch the site as donations come in to see if we meet our goal.

Our goal this year is to increase our donations to 200 individual donors.  Help us meet that goal and get your tax deductible donations in before the year ends!

Please be on the lookout for the reminder emails that will be coming out in the week ahead.

Get ready to give to the Big Give!

Thank You to U-31 Cocktail Lounge and the rest of our Parents’ Night Out sponsors


UH Urban Harvest Festival Thank You!!

UHUH Title

Dear UHUH Fest Committee, Volunteers and Supporters,

This past weekend’s 2nd Annual University Heights Urban Harvest Festival was AMAZING! Thanks to our incredible collaboration and hard work, we created a community event to remember. There were a few days there that worried me; I thought we might just be rained out. We were so fortunate to get a break during this much needed rain storm to hold our event, without compromises. We at least quadrupled last year’s event in activities and attendance. We now have a great foundation for a new University Heights tradition for the entire community. A significant amount of volunteer power made this event a success. I believe at least 100 individual volunteers made this event possible! Thank you for all your time and effort. In addition, some volunteers went above and beyond to make this event a reality.


Thank you to…

 Skip Howard and Alex Munoz, for making the trebuchet a reality; you worked countless hours designing and constructing this engineering marvel; Tulip HowardElizabeth Austin, and Ari Honarvar for curating an amazing array of vendors to satisfy all of our sensory appetites;
Karin Claisse and Lyn Patterson for bringing our community’s local non-profits to the Birney family, Sadia Najmi and Betsy Carter, for creating a wonderful array of activities that had kids enraptured for hours; Sara Werner for coordinating all of the volunteer efforts that made this event run smoothly; Laura Dadmun and Tom O’Malley, for organizing the field and reorganizing the field, and reorganizing the field towards a great layout; Aryn Famiglietti, Sarah McLure, and Nikki Bergstrom for doing such a great publicity push and drawing over 500 people to the event!; Samantha Boice, for graphics and printing; Molly McJohn and all the fabulous Birney bakers, for amassing an amazing array of baked goods which fueled the cake walk for hours and hours; The University Heights Community Association for helping us make this a community wide event rather than a school event.


Now, some very, very, special thank yous: 

Thank you Mindy Swanson and Mickey McQuerry for running our school’s award winning eco-garden program. This incredible community asset is what makes this event possible. Mickey promises me that he can handle triple the volume of pumpkins next year!  A ton of thanks to Beth Deig for keeping us organized and for basically co-chairing this event! And, lastly thank you, Amanda Hammond-Williams, our esteemed Principal, for making an incredible IB World School that the entire community can be proud of.


Again, I cannot thank everyone enough for all their support, and I truly hope that you will all be a part of the 2015 UHUH Festival.  Please send Beth and me any ideas or thoughts you have regarding this year’s event so that we can keep them in mind when we start next year’s event planning.


Jennifer Ayala
2014 UHUH Fest Committee Chair and FOABE President

This event was also made possible by these participants and sponsors:

  • aChocalypse
  • Andrew McGinnis, Farmers Insurance Group
  • Archer Studios
  • artFORM
  • Bella Vie Candles
  • Bullseye
  • Classics 4 Kids
  • Currywurst
  • Doggus
  • Farm Fresh to You
  • Fresh Spun
  • Fusion Glass Company
  • High Rise Kids
  • Jackie’s Jams
  • Karlyn Woodcock
  • Kelci Gilley’s daughter
  • Kris Purnell
  • Life Within Center in Hillcrest
  • Lowe’s
  • MetLife
  • Mission Federal Credit Union
  • MTS
  • Olmeca Roots
  • Perky Beans
  • Roger!
  • Roosevelt Middle School
  • San Diego Stage and Lighting
  • Sarah Kerr
  • Shelters of Stone
  • Slow Food Urban
  • Specialty Produce
  • The San Diego LGBT Community Centers
  • University Heights Community Association
  • University Heights Library
  • YMCA Mission Valley


University Heights Urban Harvest Festival- Saturday Nov 1st

UHUH poster revised

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