School Principal: Debra Berndt
PTO Co-Presidents: Deb Foley
The role of the PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) is to organize educational and social programs that bring the Birchwood community together. These activities and programs are supported by fundraising activities throughout the year. All parents,caregivers and staff are welcome to be part of the PTO!
Birchwood Bulletin: Birchwood events and programs are announced in the weekly Birchwood Bulletin, which is sent by email on Thursdays. If you are not getting the email bulletin, or need to change your email address, fill out this form.
Calendars: you can also check out events and meetings on the Birchwood PTO Events Calendar. Additional school-based, non-PTO events are posted here and on the Birchwood Elementary School Programs page. The Niskayuna School District is no longer printing its calendar for budget reasons, but it can be viewed or printed here.
Did you know that Birchwood has a new school pledge?
I pledge today to do my best,
In reading, math and all the rest.s
I come prepared with all I need,
And make good choices to succeed.
Friday, December 6, 2013
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Scholastic Book Fair * Kids Holiday Shop * Stories with our own Mrs. Disque! * Complimentary Cookies & Cocoa
*Expanded Holiday Shop! Item prices range from 25¢ to $12, with the majority of items between $1 and $6. We have pull-back vehicles, stuffed animals, small basketballs and lipgloss for kids! There also are keychains, small tool kits, gloves, scarves and ornaments for parents.
See flyer for more info!
Birchwood Community Members Make the News!
(click the pic to see this month's school lunch menu!)
Birchwood's Fall Book Fair is December 3 - 6! Keep an eye on backpacks for an information flyer, or visit the PTO Media Center page for browsing/buying days and hours. Interested in volunteering to help at the fair? Email Francesca Hill or complete/select shifts on this form.
P.S. Still want more books? Check out info on the Birchwood Barnes & Noble store/online fundraiser beginning on Dec. 15th, too!
Click here to read about recent achievements and triumphs of Birchwood community members and alumnus. Find out, for example, about our Birchwood 5th graders' amazing, totally kid-driven effort to befriend and support Marine Troops in Afghanistan!
You can also find out more about community organizations and events (such as N-CAP's Niska-Game and Niska-Day) that support Niskayuna students and families here.
Nisky District News & Info are constantly being updated on the district website. Highlights of district news impacting the Birchwood Community are also periodically updated here. Check it out to find out more about district art and music, organizations like Nisky FOM, and the NCSD's upcoming 60th Birthday!
In a hurry, and only need to know one little thing--like, how to pay for school lunch? When Monster Mash is? How to get your directory? Use the "Search this site" box (above right) to find info FAST!
It's Toys for Tots Collection Time! The Birchwood Community is partnering with the Marine Corps in the annual Toys for Tots campaign. NEW, UNWRAPPED toys can be dropped in donations boxes by the Front office until December 16th.
featuring Barnes & Noble, Chipotle, and Sweet Frog is coming up on Sun., Dec. 15th! Check out the flyer for more info.
The Facilities Utilization Advisory Committee (FUAC) is a group of school community members authorized by the Board of Education investigate options for school building and grade level configurations, including attendance zones. Meetings are open to the public.
FUAC presented their recommended 3 configurations, all of which require redistricting, at the Board of Ed meeting on December 3rd. A summary of these options and more information are available on our District News page.
Coffee Talk Schedule
The District's Coffee Talk Series continues. Please consider attending one of these informative sessions. They usually last about an hour. The next talk --"4 Weeks to a Quieter, Healthier Home," will be at 8:15 a.m. on January 10, 2013 at Glencliff Elementary School. For more information, check out the Coffee Talk Schedule.
PTO Volunteer Positions Still Available!
Want to help with a PTO event or committee? Volunteering is a great way to meet other parents and learn more about
We welcome your comments and suggestions! Please let us know what you think of the Birchwood PTO Webpage: