Dear Fellow Parents,
Welcome Back to School. It goes without saying we — parents, teachers, administrators, but most importantly our BRE students — have seen some exceptionally hard times this past school year. We continue to be amazed by our children’s ability to adapt and persevere in these extraordinary times. As of the time of this writing, we are hopeful that this upcoming school year will be more kind on everyone. We might not be fully back to normal, but we are back and more energized to make the most of it.
The 2021-22 academic year is about to kick off and the Bird Rock Elementary’s teachers, administration, and staff and many of the BR Foundation’s volunteers have been working hard to prepare for the coming school year.
What We Do. Our children are privileged to attend one of the best elementary schools in San Diego. But we also face the challenges of public school budgets and the continuing budget deficits within the SDUSD, which were only exacerbated by COVID. The Bird Rock Foundation’s mission focuses on providing enrichment opportunities beyond what public school funding currently can provide. Each year, our parents offer their time as volunteers and money through fundraising events. This helps to ensure enrichment and community events at BRE. Your support of the Foundation allows BRE to do things like:
- Hire up 1-3 classroom teachers to reduce classroom sizes
- Provide STEAM enrichment program and curriculum
- Provide arts (visual, performing and music) enrichment program and supplies
- Purchase science supplies
- Provide classroom mini grants (to be used by the teachers for individual classroom needs)
- Fund structured playground and lunchtime supervision, through Playground Partners
- Sponsor school support programs including school-wide cultural assemblies, family STEAM night, teacher events, family events, Missoula Theater, etc.
How You Can Help – Funding. The BR Foundation raises money through various events and activities – starting with our annual giving campaign Splash for Cash in the Fall and ending with the 40th Annual Gala and Auction this Spring. And let’s not forget the Readathon, Scholastic Book Fair, La Jolla Art and Wine Festival, business sponsorships, and, of course, Pizza Wednesday. The BR Foundation also works hard to support BRE’s community of students, parents and school staff by organizing and supporting Fall Festival, Movie Nights, Kindness week, After School Enrichment (ASE), and various campus and community events.
How You Can Help – Volunteer. We rely heavily on parent volunteers who contribute many hours to organizing and supporting our events, utilizing their skills to help where needed, bringing their passions and big ideas, and making connections as part of our school community. We hope that every parent can find some way to contribute, big or small, time, money or skills, and in whatever combination works for you. There are many opportunities to contribute and we need you!
We look forward to a new year of bringing back, and carrying on the traditions of BRE. We hope you will join us!
Jennifer Beverage, Co-President – Funds, BR Foundation
Aleksandra Hannan, Co-President – Friends, BR Foundation