On behalf of Friends of Alice Birney Elementary and the entire Birney community. . . . . . .
THANK YOU !!!
to Jennifer Ayala, our Jog a Thon committee chair extraordinaire!
A huge THANK YOU also goes out to all the people who helped make this year’s Jog a Thon a fun, healthy success! It was a lot of work, but well worth it.
Jog a Thon Committee members:
Joe Foty- Ascent Real Estate
Nancy Wolfiing – Ascent Real Estate
Our extended team that helped us get to the finish line:
Kai Lombard, PTA President
Lindsey Kovelant (Room 5)
And many more volunteers for the day of the event! Birney ROCKS!!!
Did you know that funding for Birney’s librarian, IB certification and teacher training, and “specials” classes — Spanish and art instruction — are NOT included in the school district’s budget allocation for Birney? Only successful fund raising efforts will preserve the things that make Birney a successful, high achieving school that teaches to the whole child. All totaled, these programs cost $75,000 per year or $150 per student.
Birney’s non-profit educational foundation, Friend’s of Alice Birney Elementary is hosting Birney’s 5th Annual Jog-A-Thon to raise $25,000 to help pay for these programs in the 2012-2013 school year. Just $50 per student will help us reach our goal.
The Jog a Thon will be held on March 16th. For the next two weeks, please help your child collect donations with the sponsor forms sent home last week. If you need additional forms or envelopes contact firstname.lastname@example.org or download here: PDF: 2012 Jogathon Parent Letter. You have until March 19th to submit your collected donations to be eligible for prizes.
Local businesses have generously donated tons of prizes to award students and teachers that collect the most money or sponsors.
Students who raise $35 will earn a FriarFit jump rope.
Students who raise $50 will earn a special edition T-shirt.
Students who raise $75 will earn museum passes!.
Students who raise $100 will earn restaurant and store gift cards.
Classes who raise the most money will win pizza parties!
Classes that collect the most sponsors will win otter pops!
And whoever raises the most money will win an iPod Nano!
How many laps can you run? How fit are you? Students with the most laps will win medals!
And teachers, the Friend’s of Alice Birney Elementary is thinking of you, too! We have great prizes for your efforts as well: spa gift cards, deluxe chocolate gift packages, restaurant and store gift certificates, and much more!
Remember donations are tax deductible. Friends of Alice Birney is a non-profit organization under section 501(c)(3) of the IRS tax code. Tax ID#27-2414127
What an awesome community we have! Both in school and surrounding our school – the support is all around us.
$5000 from Robbins Gellar Rudman & Dowd
$3000 from an Anonymous Donor
$2500 from Provide Commerce
$1000 from Urban Church
$1000 from LGBT & Imperial Court de San Diego
$1000 from Tristan Burton & Melissa Atienza
$500 from UHCA
$500 from Mary Anne Stevens
Over $5000 in donations
San Diego Metropolitan Credit Union (office supplies)
Cooperative Charter School (lots of crayons, aprons, felt, puzzle books, board games, construction paper, art egg cartons)
Assessment Services,annex 10 Ed Center (lots of office supplies; fasteners of all sorts, case of loose lined paper, tons of highlighters.)
St. Diadicus (15 + cases of: games, snacks, balls, napkins, pencils, facial tissue, plates, glue…)
Doyle Elementary School (rubber bands, 5 boxes dry erase markers, 24 kid scissors, 2 tape dispensers, 16 staplers)
Birney alumni from DiMille’s Restuarant (10 cases of 36 packs of juice boxes, 6 – 24 packs of bottled water)
CA Coast Credit Union (GRAND amount of office supplies-file trays, binders, pens, staplers, scissors…, 2 huge dry erase board cabinets, 3 chairs)
Dr. Mary O’Connor (5 canisters of pretzels, 6-40 paks juice pouches, 5 -276 ct. paper plates, 5-4 ct tape, 5-50 ct colored pencils, 5 staplers)
Peter McConnell of 3rd Space, an art/collaboration studio located at 4610 Park Blvd. in University Heights, is having an art show on Saturday, January 28 at 7:00 p.m. to benefit Birney. Three artists will collaborate live on an art piece which will then be auctioned, with proceeds going to the fire relief fund for Birney. Please come, enjoy live art, beer and wine while supporting Birney!
Our wonderful school was the victim of a suspicious fire on Monday, Jan 16. The fire destroyed our cafeteria, auditorium and all the supplies we use in our before and after school programs — art supplies, balls, books, games, music and all sorts of other things. These items were supplied by a grant and cannot be replaced with existing funds. Please help us recover by donating to our educational foundation. Just click on the DONATE button below.
There will be grey tubs at the Kindergarten gate and at the front of the school to drop off donations, beginning Wednesday (1/18) with our return to school.
large plastic outdoor storage cabinets (7)
Rolling carts (1 with 3 shelves)
rolling crate style boxes (4)
large (45 gallon) bins (4)
plastic file boxes (2)
plain brown letter size clipboards with “clips” (10)
metal clipboards with storage in the clipboard (like they use at construction sites, 2)
2 Large first aid kits, containing at a minimum:
card games (Uno, etc, NOT generic playing cards)
Mancala sets (4-6)
four square balls
electric pump for balls (2)
kids music and Dvd’s
Easel with paper,chalkboard and white dry erase board
150 5X5 bean bags in primary colors for tossing
1 busy town rug (must be from Lakeshore or other school supply)
2 Doll houses with male, female, and multicultural dolls
wood building blocks
playmobile brand police station
game of “Sorry”
game of “Trouble”
paints,brushes.and art supplies
The “IB” message is that bad things happen to good people, but we pick ourselves up, brush ourselves off and work together to make a better world. We will find opportunities that arise from this tragedy, and we will rise to the challenge.
It hard to express the gratitude and awe I am feeling right now. Together we raised $14,000 from 93 donors during giveBIG! Our Principal, Amanda Hammond-Williams, has begun the process of hiring a part time librarian for the rest of the year, and we even have some money to support next year’s programs.
I feel privileged to be a part of a community that really steps up to the plate to support the exceptional place that Birney is. Thank you all again for your support.
Update: at 10:00am
Dear Birney Families, Friends and Supporters,
I am excited to report the giveBIG campaign is a huge success! We have raised enough money for the FOABE Board to commit the foundation to funding the library for the rest of the year. It’s amazing what we can do when we work together for a common goal!
Let’s keep up the momentum, smash through that $10,000 goal and help fund programs for 2012-13. High Tech High’s Foundation has 178 donors, we have 61. Let’s break 100!
Thanks to everyone who has given. If you haven’t pledged yet, can I count on you to make a donation of $25 or more today? We have until 7:00 p.m. today to take advantage of this campaign. Remember that $120 funds your child’s Spanish, art and music instruction as well as an open library, for one year. GIVE BIG!
FOABE Board President
Update: at 7:00pm It’s hard to believe that less than 12 hours into the giveBIG campaign, we have collected more than $8600 in donations from 51 donors, with at least another $600 pledged! Our supporters are the best!! You can join the crowd by making your tax-deductible donation in the form below. And if your wallet is a little thin right now, help by sharing this link with your friends and family. – There are facebook, twitter and email links at the bottom of the donation form.
Don’t forget that the campaign goes until 7 p.m. THURSDAY and that we can use anything above our $10,000 goal to reinstate arts instruction ($22,500 cost for the year)
GiveBIG. GiveBETTER. Give BIRNEY ALL YOUR LOVE!
THANK YOU DONORS!! LET’S KEEP UP THE AMAZING WORK!
Update: at 12:30pm – $6,930 raised so far!!
Folks are getting so excited about this program they are asking for the link to the giveBIG page NOW!
Here it is: www.giveBIGsandiego.org . If you go there now, you can see information about the fundraiser. You cannot donate through that link today.
At 7 a.m. on December 14, the program will go live and you can use that link to go directly to a donation page. So tell your friends and family to click on the link anytime between 7 a.m. December 14 and 7 p.m. December 15 to help Birney reopen its library!!!!
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