Birch Lane is a great choice

By From page A6 | April 02, 2013

My two kids are in the Montessori Program offered by the Davis school district, but whenever anyone asks me what school they go to I proudly reply Birch Lane, because honestly, there is so much to proud of.

Every Wednesday my kindergartner, along with all the kindergartners at Birch Lane, attends “Kinder Choir” led by one of our school’s most famous teachers, Rusi Gustafson (known fondly to all as Mr. G), who also, guitar in hand, stands outside his classroom every day serenading all the kindergartners and their parents goodbye “See ya later alligator, in a while crocodile …”

Then there is our incredible library program, which — through programs like Love a Picture Book Month, Family Picture Book Night and third-grade Battle of the Books — has promoted a love of reading in my third-grader that I will forever be grateful for.

The Scan and Notify Program, run by parent volunteers, notifies parents by email or text when their child checks in after walking or biking to school, and lets kids know how much gas they have saved by not driving. The Save at School Program offers students their very own savings account, for free, at Yolo Federal Credit Union. Every Friday, a mini bank is set up in the staff lounge where students can make deposits (but don’t worry, not withdrawals) into their accounts.

The gardens at Birch Lane? My words can’t do them justice, so come by and have a look, but I can tell you the work and dedication of our garden parent volunteers makes Birch Lane a beautiful place to grow and learn. And, of course, my kids’ day wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the school’s chickens.

I’ve listed just a few of the wonderful things that happen at Birch Lane every day. It’s a wonderful school, with wonderful teachers and wonderful parents, and I’m thankful and grateful to be part its community. Birch Lane is always a great choice!

Michelle Millet


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