Niskayuna Schools > Birchwood

Debra Berndt, Principal
897 Birchwood Lane, Niskayuna NY 12309
Phone: (518) 344-2910 Fax: (518) 344-5610
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Birchwood students raise money for UNICEF's hurricane relief efforts

On Halloween this year, Birchwood students in the fifth grade classes of Ellen DiRienzo and Amy Isenhart collected more than candy. They raised $559.60 trick or treating for UNICEF to benefit the organization's hurricane relief efforts. READ MORE


Traveling musical group brings students to their feet

Musical travelers from New York City's Bridge Arts Ensemble (BAE) made stops at each Niskayuna elementary school this week, to put on shows and hold workshops with the students. [read more]


"Cool kids Read..." Pictures from december 2 birchwood gathering

On Dec. 2 students came in "jammys" with a good book and read with friends while shopping at the book fair. Mother Goose even shared some stories. View pictures


elementary mathematics resource page 

Two Common Core Math Parent Nights were held in early 2016 where Niskayuna teachers and administrators shared information to help parents get a better understanding of the math being taught in elementary classrooms. Presenters also provided parents with strategies to help children at home and debuted a Common Core Mathematics video featuring Niskayuna students, teachers and principals.
SEE RESOURCES and view video

Planting the seed, cultivating knowledge and understanding through Garden program

Gardening, with a twist: the Garden Program at Niskayuna's Birchwood Elementary has taught students how to garden while also teaching them how to be charitable. [Read More]


The new Birchwood playground? In a word: Awesome!

How's the new playground? Ask that question of a Birchwood student these days, and they'll take a break from climbing, sliding, twisting through the air, long enough to give the only answer possible: "Awesome." The playground, the result of a nearly year-long community effort, opened on Sept. 18. READ MORE & VIEW PHOTOS


a wave of excitement pedals through birchwood

The enthusiasm could not be contained as students eagerly line up, anxiously awaiting the arrival of the cyclists, biking through the Capital Region in the Ride for Missing Children. As the first stop of the day, Birchwood made sure it would be a memorable one. read more & view pictures