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Debra Berndt, Principal
897 Birchwood Lane, Niskayuna NY 12309
Phone: (518) 344-2910 Fax: (518) 344-5610
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About birchwood

Message from the Principal

As the principal of Birchwood Elementary School, I feel it is essential that every person, both child and adult, feel valued when they enter our school. read more

Mission Statement

The Birchwood School community is committed to helping each child achieve academic and social excellence.

Values & Beliefs

  • The emotional, physical and intellectual well-being of everyone is important.
  • Children will benefit academically and non-academically from all our decisions.
  • There will be open communication among all groups (children, parents, staff, P.T.O., and community).
  • Enthusiasm for learning will be encouraged as an ongoing priority.
  • All decisions should be informed decisions with continuing input and evaluation.
  •  School policies and procedures should be clearly defined, adhered to, and supported by all groups.

School Hours

7:55 a.m. - 2:10 p.m.

Lunch and Recess Times

Kindergarten: 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Grade 1: 10:45 - 11:30 a.m.
Grade 2: 11:30-11:50 a.m.
Grade 3: 11:30-11:50 a.m.
Grade 4: 12:15-1:00 p.m. 
Grade 5: 12:20-1:05 p.m.


Birchwood Elementary has a direct connection with the public schools that came into existence during the 19th century, long before land developers and real estate agents began the process of changing Niskayuna from a rural area into the suburban residential community it is today. [READ MORE]