GroupPicKnit-A-Thon | January 13-March 31, 2023

We are excited to be starting the Knit-a-Thon! The Knit-a-Thon is a chance for our school community to knit or crochet  squares that will be assembled into blankets. Most of the blankets will be donated to local children who are in hospitals, unhoused, or otherwise in need of warmth, as well as dogs and cats at the animal shelter. Each square made, knitted or crocheted with love from our Alice Birney community, when combined with other squares become beautiful and warm blankets, appreciated by those in need in our community. The squares, when in blanket form, provide a virtual hug from Alice Birney to the recipient of the blanket!

The “Knitty-Gritty”:

Squares need to be 20 stitches by 34 stitches or so in order to make a “perfect” square. Fold one corner to the other to check as you knit. This should make a 5” square.

If knitting at home, please only use  yarn that is washable and worsted weight or heavier (for example, no cotton yarn, no baby or bulky yarn) There will be yarn available in classrooms and in the office.

For each square knitted or crocheted, the student’s name will be entered in a drawing for the opportunity to represent Alice Birney when these completed blankets are given to the animal shelter and organization that gives the blankets to the children. Additionally, selected students will be treated to some fun after the blankets have been delivered.

Completed squares should be given to Ms. Horning at recess or during lunch. Completed squares can also be turned into the teacher or office, as long as squares are together (i.e. in a bag) and they clearly have the student’s name included, if they would like to be included in the drawing.

Students can knit or crochet at home or at school. Family and friends can also knit squares, but only current students qualify to be entered in the drawing. To be considered for the drawing, all squares must be turned in to Ms.Horning or the office, no later than Friday March 31st.

We are also in need of adult Alice Birney members to act as blanketeers (those who assemble the squares together into blankets). We will provide the squares and yarn, and basic instructions. If interested and have basic crocheting/knitting skills, please contact Amanda Paskey, Knit-a-Thon coordinator at

We look forward to seeing your handiwork and appreciate the care and dedication you have to helping out members of our community in need.

Amanda Paskey, Knit-a-Thon Parent Coordinator
Ms. Peggy, Knit-a-Thon Staff Coordinator



Knit-a-Thon | Ongoing until March 31st!
Fri Jan 27 | Early 12:20pm Dismissal Grades 7-8
Thu Feb 2 | Crafts & Conversation, 1:12-3pm, room 14: Knitting circle 
Mon Feb 13 | No School Washington’s birthday
Sun Feb 19|  Crafts & Conversation, 2-5pm, near school: Felt mats for Peg Dolls
Mon Feb 20 | No School President’s Day


Please include the following information when reporting an absence:

  • Parent’s name
  • Child’s full name
  • Teacher’s name
  • Date(s) of absence
  • Reason for absence


Students and staff must stay home if experiencing any of the following symptoms:

Fever or chills • Cough • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • New loss of taste or smell • Sore throat • Congestion or runny nose • Diarrhea • Nausea or vomiting

Please follow the guidelines above in how to report an absence. Thank you for helping keep our school community healthy and safe.


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