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The Birch Lane PTA shares what's happening at Birch Lane Elementary this Spring.
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Our garden is growing

Birch Lane received two grants this year that will help the school realize its goal of creating a new veggie garden beside the orchard. While the geo garden has served Birch Lane well, the space has become increasingly shady. The garden's new locale promises to be bright and get plenty of sunshine, perfect for veggies.

The school first received a $250 grant from HM Clause, a local seed company that is “dedicated to innovative and sustainable development of the highest quality vegetable seeds.”

Second, the school received a $2,000 grant from the Whole Kids Foundation.  The Austin Texas based independent foundation is funded by Whole Foods Market empowers schools and enable the school to pick nutritious food with Birch Lane students. 

IMPORTANT DATES
April 13 Open House & Ice Cream Social
April 21 Variety Show
April 23 Texas Hold’Em Poker Night
May 5 Ready Set Read!
May 13 Outdoor Spring Birch Lane Carnival
May 24-26 Buy One Get One Free (BOGO) Book FairApril 13
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Birchella brings in an estimated $25,000 for Birch Lane
Birch Lane parents and extended family members gathered for entertainment and an auction at Odd Fellows Hall during the Spring Auction and Music Fest “Birch-Chella” on March 18.

Dozens of parent volunteers made the evening an enormous success that raised an estimated 25,000 for programs at Birch Lane Elementary. The PTA will vote on how to allocate the funds this autumn.
Birch Lane welcomes two new art teachers
Donations from from parents and community members have funded two new art teachers at Birch Lane. June Wood and Judy Catambay will work with students to create a number of creative projects from sculpting to creating ceramic flower bowls. 
What's on at Birch Lane?

School Open House and Ice Cream Social

Come join other Birch Lane families and see what your children have created in their classrooms on April 13 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Spring Plant Sale

The Birch Lane campus nursery will open for a plant sale no April 13th during Open House from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.! Families can purchase cucumbers, pumpkins, tomatoes, eggplants, marigolds, geraniums, all kinds of succulents, and more to plant.

The nursery will also remain open for purchases through the next two months.

Variety Show

On Friday, April 21, Birch Lane students will show off their variety of talents including juggling, dance, gymnastics, singing, acting, and musical instruments. Permission slips are needed and are due by Friday, March 17. Auditions will be Thursday, March 23 from 1:30-3:00!  We can’t wait to put together an amazing show!

2017 Variety Show Committee:  Ellie Miller, Josh Crowell, and Eileen Keane

Texas Hold’Em Poker Night at Symposium Restaurant

Join us for a fun night of poker at Symposium Restaurant (1620 East 8th Street). Your ticket gets you your initial buy-in, dinner (all-you-can-eat) provided by Symposium, craft beer and drinks. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. and the game starts at 6 p.m.  Reserve your ticket now by emailing Adam Moule at amoule@ucdavis.edu (ask for item #406).

Outdoor Spring Birch Lane Carnival

Save the Date. May 13 is the Outdoor Spring Carnival. This is a day filled with outdoor games, food, and fun! Children will set up games outside their classrooms (face painting, sack races, Zumba in the quad, “whipped cream pie” eating contest, obstacle courses, and the incredibly popular cake walk).

All Birch Lane families are urged to sell tickets for a raffle at the carnival to help raise funds to support enrichment at Birch Lane. Raffle tickets will be in backpacks this Friday, April 7. Families are invited to purchase the tickets or sell to family members, friends or other sponsors. Amazing prizes include an iPad, Disneyland tickets, and Southwest Airlines miles and REI gift cards!

The class that sells the most wins a popsicle party and a $50 gift card for their teacher.

Volunteers are needed to help out with the color fun run and other carnival games!  Email birchlanepta@gmail.com if you are interested and look for a signup genius soon.

From the Principal
Birch Lane community:

We are in year two of implementing a program called Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS). Our staff has been working to create the structure and framework and we are happy to be able to share with you our progress and to include the community in our endeavor.

To begin, we are not replacing the wonderful things that are the foundation of our social-emotional supports (Kelso, Friendship Week, etc). I think of PBIS as the umbrella under which we have our supports.

PBIS is a research based support system used in many school across the country. Our main goal is to systematize our celebrations, rewards, and behavior supports. It is through PBIS that some things like our Buddy Bench, the Respect song, the “Feathers” the Eagle costume, Eagle Expectation Assemblies, and Eagle Awards have become part of our culture.

Jim Knight
Birch Lan Principal
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Now you can support the amazing programs at Birch Lane just by shopping at Amazon.com!

It's simple and it doesn't cost you anything. Just go to https://smile.amazon.com/ (instead of amazon.com). Shop as you normally would. Then, in Your Account, or at the top tab, choose your charity (Birch Lane Elementary PTA).

For a quick way, you can also bookmark this direct link: smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7400575


Amazon’s Smile program website. It’s the same Amazon, it doesn’t cost you anything, and Amazon donates a portion of what you spend to the Birch Lane PTA. Sign up is free and easy!
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