PTO Events & Activities


Annual Events
If you have questions or would like to volunteer for any of these events, you can sign up here , or contact the parent organizer or email the PTO at birchwood@niskypto.org. 


Back-To-School BBQ

A fun September social event to kick off the school year and welcome new families to Birchwood!  Bring the whole family for fantastic plates of food and lots of fun.  Additional treats and activities in past years have included a cotton candy machine, snow cones, and face painting. 

Volunteers are always needed to help make these events possible!  If you can help out, please sign up through the link at the top of the page as a BTS BBQ Committee Member OR Day-of-Event volunteer. 


 You can also email the parent contact(s) listed below, or email the PTO at birchwood@niskypto.org.  

PTO Parent Contacts: Rich Mizenko and Lori Lembo


Curriculum (Back-to-School) Nights

September Curriculum Nights provide a chance for parents and teachers to meet each other, discuss the curriculum, and visit the classrooms. Classroom presentations for grades K-2 and 3-5 are scheduled during separate time blocks, or on separate nights, to enable parents with multiple children at Birchwood to attend more easily.Stop at the entryway tables on your way in to learn more about Friends of Music, Birchwood's Girl Scout troops, pay your PTO dues, and get access information for the PTO Directory.
Due to limited space in classrooms, this event is best suited for parents unaccompanied by their children.

School Pictures
School pictures by Lifetouch!  Order your child's photo package before or on picture day, online or using the hard copy order form.
Ordering online will usually save you 10% (see the Birchwood Bulletin or website homepage for this year's online checkout promo code). You'll need the "Picture Day ID" on the order form that comes home by backpack mail to order online.
Send your kid to school on Picture Day in his/her favorite outfit (NOTE: photographers recommend wearing a solid color top for best photos).
IMPORTANT: Remember to bring your order form, payment and coupon OR your online payment printed pass to the camera! if you forget, you may have to wait until Retake Day  to be photographed.

Volunteers are always needed to help make these events possible!  If you can help out, please sign up through the link at the top of the page  as a School PicturesCommittee Member OR Day-of-Event volunteer.  You can also email the parent contact(s) listed below, or email the PTO at birchwood@niskypto.org.  

PTO Parent Contacts:  Millie Gnatek & Tiffanie Wood.

Staff Appreciation Breakfast

An annual October treat for our fantastic teachers and staff, the Staff Appreciation Breakfast is a  chance for parents to thank those who teach and support our kids for all their hard work. Parents are invited to make or buy something to add to the festive breakfast buffet, or to come help set up and serve in the cafeteria. 

Volunteers are always needed to help make these events possible!  If you can help out, please sign up through the link at the top of the page  as a Staff Appreciation Breakfast Committee Member OR as a Day-of-Event volunteer (just put "help day of" in the Notes).  You can also email the parent contact(s) listed below, or email the PTO at birchwood@niskypto.org.  

PTO Parent Contact:  Tiffanie Wood.


Monster Mash

One of Birchwood's most popular family events, the Monster Mash takes place annually in late October.  The hilarious Parent costume contest (superbly judged by our own Mrs. Berndt), pumpkin decorating, and spooky storytelling are part of the festivities. The Birchwood families all join in a fantastic potluck dinner with assigned grades bringing in either salads, appetizers, hot dishes or desserts. Kids and parents can also play a variety of carnival-style game booths with fun prizes (sponsored and run by families or organizations like Scouting). There's also a 50/50 cash raffle for parents!

Volunteers are always needed to help make these events possible!  If you can help out, please sign up through the link at the top of the page  as a Monster Mash Committee Member OR Day-of-Event volunteer.  You can also email the parent contact(s) listed below, or email the PTO at birchwood@niskypto.org.  

PTO Parent Contacts: Jenn Coso & Tara McKenna


Birchwood Halloween Parade
Each Halloween, Birchwood students and teachers dress in fantastic costumes and in fair weather, parade in the loop around the front parking area. Great photo opportunity!
Come early to get a good parking place! Please keep fire lanes and parade route free. You may have to park on a side street. Parents are also invited to come a little before then to help their children with costumes (check with your child's teacher for specifics).  If the weather turns inclement, the parade will not take place, so check the weather before coming!
Please remember: Children's costumes cannot include blood, gore, or weapons of any kind. Costumed adults must be recognizable (no masks). Thank you for helping keep our kids safe.

Birchwood Open House 
The Birchwood Holiday Open House is an annual event in December, on the same Friday evening as the Fall/Winter Book Fair.  Activities in past years have included a Kids Holiday Shop where kids can buy small, inexpensive gifts for their families and friends, read-aloud holiday stories, and complimentary cocoa and cookies from the PTO.  
Volunteers are always needed to help make these events possible!  If you can help out, please sign up through the link at the top of the page  as an Open House Chair or Committee Member, OR a Day-of-Event volunteer.  You can also email the parent contact(s) listed below, or email the PTO at birchwood@niskypto.org.  

Media Center Book Fairs & Reading Programs
Visit the Media Center page for more info on the annual Fall & Spring Book Fairs,the Media Center, and all of Birchwood's many programs to promote reading!

Fun Fair
A spring-season Birchwood institution, the Fun Fair is the highest-attended event of the year.  Participants can win prizes at the great games and contests in the gym, enter an awesome raffle with items donated by teachers and staff, enjoy entertainment. Past entertainment has been provided Victor the Clown and a Magic Show by Jim Snack, as well as talented local balloon artists and face painters. Area merchants generously donate items to help us make this fantastic event possible. 
 It's always a great time!  
Can you help out?  Sign up as a Committee Member OR Day-of-Event Helper through the link at the top of the page , or email  birchwood@niskypto.org.
PTO Parent Contacts:  Deb Foley & Tara McKenna
Staff Appreciation Luncheon
 
Every spring, Birchwood parents provide a decadent lunch buffet for the hard-working teachers and staff to enjoy on this day of parent-teacher conferences. Past luncheon themes have included an Italian buffet, "Soup-er Staff" soup and salad spread, and other tasty and creative spreads.
Volunteers are always needed to help make these events possible!  If you can help out, please sign up here  as as a Staff Appreciation Luncheon Committee Member OR Day-of-Event volunteer.  You can also email the parent contact(s) listed below, or email the PTO at birchwood@niskypto.org.  
PTO Parent Contacts: Suzanne Brooksby & Fran Hill

Ice Cream Social
The Ice Cream Social is a *sweet* social event to wrap up the school year! Held each June on the same Friday evening as the Spring Book Fair, students can buy books at the Buy-One-Get-One free Book Fair and enjoy ice cream and baked goodies.  Other fun activities over the years have included bounce houses, face painting, and a visiting fire truck from the local station.
Every year,  families from two grades (rotating) are asked to provide baked goods for the SocialHome-made, store-bought, healthy, indulgent . . . whatever you like! If it's your turn and you're able to contribute lease bring items to school on Friday, or you can drop the on the table just before the event begins. Thank you!
Parent volunteers are needed each year to help with setup, serving, cleanup, and supervising fun activities .  It's not necessary to work the whole evening--you can sign up for a short shift (usually 1-2 hours) doing the task of your choice.  If you can help out, please sign up through the link at the top of the page as as an Ice Cream Social Committee Member OR Day-of-Event volunteer.  You can also email the parent contact(s) listed below, or email the PTO at birchwood@niskypto.org
PTO Parent Contacts: Katie Cowley-Cooper & Jamie Lansing

Field Day and 5th Grade Talent Show
On the annual June field day, all the students wear swimsuits and playclothes to school and have a fantastic time doing all kinds of outdoor games!  On the same day, the 5th graders get into costume and perform their long-awaited talent show. A visit from Mr. Ding-a-Ling's ice cream truck with FREE ice cream for all is the highlight of the day!

Volunteers are always needed to help make these events possible!  Parents who want to help with Field Day should contact their child's classroom teacher.  Parents interested in helping with the Talent Show,  please sign up through the link at the top of the page  as a 5th Grade Talent Show Committee Member OR Day-of-Event volunteer.  You can also email the parent contact(s) listed below, or email the PTO at birchwood@niskypto.org.  

PTO Talent Show Parent Contact: birchwood@niskypto.org

PTO Volunteer Reception
Birchwood Gym
Each June, Birchwood's many parent volunteers enjoy a great program of "thank-you" songs and performances by the students, then
have tasty goodies provided by the staff! The 5th grade students also get their first chance to show off their 5th-grade-graduate class tshirts! The program starts at 8:00 a.m. so that working parents have a chance to attend.  Don't forget your cameras!
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