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8/26/2017 1:22 PM
  
​​Newsletters:
Birch Newsletters are emailed home and contain important information and dates. Be sure to read them to find out what is going on at Birch!  Click on the links below to see the latest Birch Elementary Newsletters.

Birch Family Newsletters
September 27, 2019  English  Español
September 20, 2019  English Español
September 13, 2019  English  Español
September 6, 2019 English  Español
August 1, 2019 Welcome Letter

Counselor's Corner:
Keep up with news from Ms. Kerr, our school counselor, here!

Birch Student & Family Handbook:
2019-2020 Student and Family Handbook

Volunteer Opportunities:
Check our Help at School webpage for volunteer opportunities, parent/teacher conference sign-ups and more!


School supplies for the 2019-2020 school year:  Pay for 2019-20 School Supplies HERE.
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10/27/2018 6:17 PM
  
​We invite you to join us for our Open Enrollment Talk and Tours!

Birch Elementary Open Enrollment Talk and Tours
November 15, 2019 - 9:30 - 11:00 am

December 16, 2019 - 9:00 - 10:30 am

Birch Elementary Open Enrollment Coffee with the Principal
December 12, 2019 - 8:30 -9:30 am

The Open Enrollment application period for the 2020-21 school year is from November 1, 2019 - January 8, 2020  

Open Enrollment is a lottery process, not first-come first-serve. The online application will be available November 1, 2019. For more information, please visit the Open Enrollment site or ask Frida Jimenez, our school registrar!






1/31/2020yes
9/12/2017 11:22 AM
  

2019 BULLDOG JOG


Donate Online! https://bvsdsupport.com/donor-register.php?camid=140

Mark your calendars! The Bulldog Jog is set to take place on Friday, September 20, 2019, 9:30-11:00am, at Birch Elementary. The goal is to promote fitness & fun, get 100% participation, and at the same time raise much needed funds for our school. Donation collection begins September 9th! Learn more about this year's Bulldog Jog HERE!

On Friday, September 20th, we encourage you to come cheer on the Birch Bulldogs as they run, walk, or jog 1 mile around the school grounds (100 yards for preschool and kindergarten.) This course is a long way to run, jog or walk, so please join us at 9:30 in the circle drive to help cheer on the students!

Bulldog Jog Race Start Times:

  • 9:30- Pre K and K

  • 9:35 - Grade 1

  • 9:40- Grade 2

  • 9:45- Grade 3

  • 9:50- grade 4

  • 9:55- grade 5



Please come line the streets and course to cheer for our Bulldogs!


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8/19/2017 7:24 PM
  

Back to School Night
August 22nd from 6:00-7:30pm

Session 1 - 6:00-6:25pm in your student’s classroom
Session 2 6:30-6:55pm in your student’s classroom (this is a repeat of session 1)

* You only need to attend ONE session for your student*
Sessions are repeated to accommodate work schedules and families with students in multiple grades

7:00-7:30 pm Breakout Sessions in the Commons area and surrounding spaces:
● Presentation by the principal and counselor in Room 232 (right off of the commons)
● PTO Station in the main hallway
● Literacy Q&A with Ms. Nunnery
● Music meet the teacher with Ms. Hohensee in the music room
● Art meet the teacher with Ms. Hazzard in the art room
● PE meet the teacher with Ms. Armstrong in the commons area
● ICAN questions with Mrs. Pereza in the ICAN room
● Meet the Special Education Service Providers: Ms. VanDyke, Ms. Greene, Ms. Burns, Ms. Cox, and Ms. Mueller in Room 234
● Meet the ELD Teacher, Ms. Fuelling, in the ELD Room 200
● Meet the Teacher-Librarian, Mrs. Butler, in the Commons

Limited child care is available. Please RSVP with the office ASAP.  720-561-8800

8/23/2019yes
8/2/2018 11:44 AM
  

Incoming Kindergarten Information

If you haven't done so already, please check the Incoming Kindergarten Website for more details about the start of Kindergarten.  Please make sure you sign-up for Kindergarten Kickoff as well- these are our first four days of school.  An email was sent home the first week of August confirming your session and providing you with more details! 

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6/30/2019
5/11/2018 4:01 PM
  

Last Day of School Picnic

Join us for our annual Family Picnic on the last day of school! Families are invited to join their children for an all-school picnic outside from 11:30-12:30 on Thursday, May 23rd. Bring your lunch and join us outside for our final goodbye before the summer! After the picnic families are welcome to check their children out for the year.


Fifth Grade Continuation

10:15 Thursday, May 23rd in the Gym!

Congratulations to our 5th graders!


5/31/2019yes
4/15/2018 3:29 PM
  

Do you have an incoming Kindergartner for the 2019-2020 school year? Please join us on Wednesday, May 8, from 5:30-7:00 for our Kindergarten Orientation!  

During this night we will share information with parents about Kindergarten at Birch. The kids get to hear some fun stories and make a craft to take home. This is a very important first introduction to Kindergarten for both students and parents. We strongly encourage you to attend the night if you can!​  

Please RSVP here: https://forms.gle/PyYDXzRNByuGJgRM8

Don't forget to visit our Incoming Kindergarten Website for more details about Orientation and other Kindergarten events!


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9/12/2018 11:14 PM
  

Please sign the registry prior to making your donation. Student selection should be “None”.

Thank You 


Donations to Birch in honor of Ms. Kristin Bialick 


10/12/2018
5/24/2018 1:21 PM
  

School supplies for the 2018-19 school year:  

Pay for 2018-19 School Supplies HERE.

Office Hours

Birch Office hours are 8:00 - 3:30.



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11/13/2017 8:38 PM
  

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5/31/2018
3/7/2018 12:24 PM
  
Congratulations Birch Destination Imagination Team!

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"1st Place - Northern Colorado Regional Tournament - Drop Zone/Engineering Challenge"

Team Manager: Kacey Denham  Team Memebers: Calder Denham, Chloe Mann, Christian Matthies, Cole Sonneyson, Gianna Martin, Audrey Lindquist, Izzy Schroeder

They competed against 11 other teams in the Drop Zone/Engineering Challenge and will move on to compete and represent Birch Elementary in the State Tournament held April 7th



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4/13/2018yes
3/7/2018 12:28 PM
  

​​Our 2018 Spring Fundraiser is LIVE  


Our annual online spring fundraiser runs through April 6! Our goal this year is to raise $7,000. Please help by donating online at youcaring.com/Birch-BEST and sharing the link with friends and family! Donations can also be made via check at the front office and PayPal. Email questions to birchelementary.best@gmail.com and join the BEST Facebook group for updates and reminders. 



4/6/2018yes
2/19/2018 9:52 AM
  

​Congratulations to Bao Pham!  Bao is a Birch fifth grader who is the Regional Spelling Bee winner!  


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3/30/2018
2/2/2018 4:18 PM
  

○ No School Friday, 2/16 & Monday, 2/19


Confident Parenting Class- 2/22 from 5:30-7:30 pm
In partnership with the Broomfield Early Childhood Council Birch will be offering a free one-night Confident Parenting Class at Birch Elementary on Thursday, February 22nd from 5:30-7:30pm. The workshop is completely FREE and is relevant for any family of PK-3rd grade students who ever experiences stress in parenting young children. You will walk away from this class with skills that you can implement right away in your parenting. Free PIZZA and Free Babysitting for school age children!


2/22/2018yes
11/13/2017 8:32 PM
  

​​If your child will attend Birch next year, you are interested in Open Enrolling to Birch, or you would like to know more about our school, please join us!


Birch Open House TALK and TOURS:

Thursday, November 16th at 10 AM
Tuesday, December 12th 9 AM


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10/11/2017 9:54 AM
  

HALLOWEEN:​ Halloween Parties and Parade are from 8-9:30AM​ on Tuesday, October 31st. Please send your child to school wearing their costume. Students need to wear their clothes underneath their costumes or have clothes to change into. No weapons, blood or gore. Masks may be worn backwards for the parade. We must be able to recognize our students! If you have any questions – please contact your student’s teacher.

New​ ​Halloween​ ​Parade​ ​this​ ​year​-- we have a new, fun parade route that will take students (Weather Permitting) outside and through the circle drive. If you have time in your day, please come out, line the circle drive, and cheer our parade on! We are going to be inviting the fire department and police to this event so we hope it will be fun!


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10/11/2017 9:47 AM
  

​Parent-Teacher Conferences are on October 18th, 24th and 26th from 2:40-7:00 pm.

Don't forget to sign-up for a time with your child(ren)'s teacher(s)!

In​ ​addition​ ​to​ ​scheduling​ ​with your​ ​student’s​ ​classroom teacher,​ ​we​ ​encourage​ ​you​ ​to also​ ​schedule​ ​some​ ​time​ ​with your​ ​student’s​ ​music​ ​(Ms. Hohensee,)​ ​art​ ​(Ms.​ ​Boston,)​ ​and PE​ ​(Ms.​ ​Armstrong)​ ​teachers.


10/26/2017yes
5/12/2016 8:07 AM
  

Birch Elementary asks for a school supply donation per elementary student instead of students buying individual school supplies in the fall.  

We request a $40 donation for school supplies for each enrolled elementary student.  Partial and full scholarships are available for those who qualify.


PAY FOR SUPPLIES! 

Please visit RevTrak to pay for school supplies today.

https://birchelemen.revtrak.net/Online-Fee-Payments#/list

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8/8/2017 12:11 PM
  

Last April, a communication was sent to parents regarding the implementation of an “ABC schedule” across all BVSD elementary schools. This schedule will provide each student equal amounts of time in art, music, and physical education.

With the new ABC schedule students will attend Art, Music, and PE twice over the course of six school days.  As a result of the rotating ABC schedule your child will not have a set day for specials like they have in the past.  (For example, in the past your child may have had PE every Tuesday and Thursday.  With the new schedule they will have PE every third day-the day of the week will vary).  

Your child's teacher will share with you what special you have on "A Day", "B Day", and "C Day" of your rotation.  These links may also help you to get a better visual of what the ABC schedule for specials will look like.

BVSD ABC Special Schedule

Example ABC Specials Schedule

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8/2/2016 9:01 AM
  

Welcome Back! 

August 1st , 2017


Dear Birch Bulldog Families,


Welcome back! It’s hard to believe that summer is drawing to a close and it is time to start thinking about returning to school! Whether you are a returning Bulldog Family, or you are new to our school, I want to take a moment to welcome you to the Birch community!


  1. New Staff: Please join me in welcoming our newest Bulldog Staff members. Even with a national and statewide teacher shortage, we are lucky in BVSD to average more than 200 candidates for each position we post. We have selected the best and brightest new employees through an extensive application process. Please welcome:

  • Tiffany Kerr- part time school counselor

  • Melinda Karshner- 4th grade teacher

  • Sarah Montoya- 3rd grade teacher

  • Kelly Arnold - kindergarten and instructional paraprofessional

  • Erica Nordgren- preschool teacher

  • Krystyna Pereza- ICAN teacher

  • Shanda Andrews ICAN paraprofessional

  • Shannon Waitekus 1st grade teacher

  • Rosemary McKnight part-time Speech

  • TBD TAG teacher


  1. Class Placement! We realize you are excited about finding out who your student’s teacher will be this year. On Friday, August 11th, you will receive an email with instructions on how you access this information through the Infinite Campus portal on the BVSD website.


  1. Annual Data Update (ADU) Have you completed your family’s Annual Data Update (ADU)? The online ADU system has replaced the paper registration process throughout the district. The ADU allows you to review the data we currently have for your student(s) and household. You are able to request changes and updates if needed. This process also allows you to electronically complete and submit the Parent/Student Sign-Off Sheet from the Student Rights and Responsibilities Guide.

    1. Log into your Infinite Campus Portal with the account you previously created.

    2. Select the link on the left-hand column titled “Annual Data Update ADU.”

    3. A new window will open and you will be directed through the process. Some requested changes to information may require documentation. Please refer to the help boxes as you proceed. Make sure to complete all fields marked with a red asterisk (i.e. required information

    4. If you have NOT yet set up your Parent Portal in Infinite Campus, you should have received an email recently with a Campus Portal Activation Key and instructions. The subject line of the email would have been “Message from BVSD - your access to Infinite Campus Parent Portal” and the sender email address was ic.messenger@bvsd.org. Please refer to that email to set up your Parent Portal, then return to these directions on how to complete your family’s Annual Data Update.

    5. If you do not have a portal yet and you did not receive the email with activation key, please contact our registrar, Dora at Dora.Solano@bvsd.org or 720-561-8800.


  1. Free and Reduced-price Lunch (FRL) applications are now online in Infinite Campus! YOU MUST COMPLETE A NEW APPLICATION EACH SCHOOL YEAR!

If you have already set up your Parent Portal in Infinite Campus:

  1. Go to www.bvsd.org and click on Infinite Campus Student/Parent Portal.

  2. Log into your portal account.

  3. Select “Applications/Forms” on the left side to begin the application process.

  4. Once you have entered the required information on the application, you may click on submit. Your application will be submitted pending approval.

If you need help setting up your Parent Portal, see above.

Stop by the office at Birch Elementary Monday - Friday from 8:00 - 2:00 pm.  

 

  1. School Supplies- In lieu of having students bring in school supplies, we ask for $40/student. Students must bring their own inexpensive headphones and a backpack.  Please pay here: Pay for Supplies! or bring a check in during Registration on Tuesday, August 15th at 2:00 pm in the Library


  1. Spirit Wear- we will have super fun Birch Bulldog hoodies ($25.00) and T-Shirts ($12.00) for sale at Registration, the Ice Cream Social and at Back To School Night! Please bring a check or cash.

  1. Meet the Teacher: Please come and meet your student’s teacher on Tuesday, August 15th at 3pm in your student’s classroom. This informal event is a great time to introduce yourself to your student’s teacher, and allow your student to see their new classroom. This is not a formal presentation, so feel free to visit multiple classrooms if you have more than one student at Birch!


  1. Please join us for our annual Ice-Cream Social immediately following Meet the Teacher on Tuesday, August 15th from 3:45-5:00pm.


  1. The first day of school for students in grades 1-5 is Wednesday, August 16th, 2017. Kindergarten students will be attending half days for August 16-21st.


  1. Coffee with the Principal - Come and chat with Tanya in an informal, meet and greet format. August 16th at 8:00 am, September 20th at 8:00 am, October 25th at 8:00 am


  1. School starts daily at 7:50AM. Your punctual attendance is CRITICAL to your student's success. As a reminder, punctual, regular school attendance is state law! School ends at 2:35pm.


  1. Do you need a backpack?  We have many, many brand new backpacks donated generously by the Impact on Education charity. Please, please, if buying a backpack is a hardship, come to our registration event next Tuesday, or stop by the office and get one!


  1. Back to School Night is scheduled for Tuesday, August 22nd from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. If you only attend one Birch event, make this the one. It’s critical that you get to know your student’s teacher and begin to form a partnership working toward student success.


  1. Student Drop off is in the circle driveway only. There is no parking in the staff lot, and no parking in the circle driveway. If you need to park your car, please use the streets.


  1. Lunches: If your student(s) will be eating our school’s nutritious and delicious hot lunch, be sure to put money in their lunch account. Lunch Accounts  

 

  1. The Birch Master Calendar is found at Birch Master Calendar. - scroll to bottom of page.


  1. Volunteers: We rely heavily on volunteers! We are utilizing HelpatSchool.org as our platform to volunteer at Birch AND to sign up for our new student directory. If you would like to volunteer, please check the opportunities on the site. If you plan to volunteer in the building, or attend any field trips, you will be required to complete a background investigation per BVSD rules. You can access information about this process at Volunteer Background Checks


  1. We have a new electronic sign! It’s located on the East side of the building by the traffic circle. Please check it often, as we will try to keep it updated with the latest Birch happenings!


  1. For Kindergarten families only-- please check the Kindergarten website for tons of details and information! http://incomingkindergartenbirch.weebly.com/


We are looking forward to another successful Bulldog year and are so excited to work with you and our students! Please don’t hesitate to stop by or call the office if you have any questions. Welcome back!


Sincerely,


Tanya Santee

Principal

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5/11/2016 5:13 PM
  
​Thanks to the generosity of Boulder Valley School District voters, Birch Elementary School is undergoing a major renovation project!
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5/11/2016 5:15 PM
  

​Please go to the following website for information for incoming kindergarten students: https://sites.google.com/site/incomingk/​​​

8/12/2016
5/11/2016 5:20 PM
  

​Do you have a child that will be 5 or older in September? You can enroll your kindergartener NOW! Online Enrollment Site​

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5/11/2016 5:20 PM
  

​​Click here to see the two-week rotating menu

Universal Breakfast Menu.pdf

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