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Welcome to Birchwood


    Bulldog Book Club

    Another way we encourage reading and relationships at Birchwood Elementary School, is through our Bulldog Book Club.  During recess time, a reading activity is offered to all second-grade students at Birchwood School.

    In February, students were invited to sign up and participate in a book club.  Fifty-five names appeared on the list.  Since then, I have been taking groups of 10 -12 students to read and discuss a “Just Right Book” during recess.   Twice a week, students receive an invitation, during their classroom morning meeting, to meet me in my office after they finish their lunch.  We then go to a secret location and enjoy a book with one another.

    After we read, we enjoy a chat and snack!  Often times, the students create posters or other projects to highlight the book they read and the skill or strategy they practiced. 

    Some of the books we have read thus far include,  Biscuit’s Big Friend, Just Lost!, Poppleton, Maria Joins the Team, and The Chocolate Covered Worms.






    Welcome to Birchwood 


    The mission of Birchwood School is to support all students in reaching their highest potential.  We are dedicated to developing the whole child, with an emphasis on the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical wellness necessary to find individual success.  Our school community is committed to supporting our students in channeling these strengths toward achieving their academic goals by providing a warm and nurturing climate where children are free to grow!


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Principal's Message



    Dear Birchwood Family,

    It is with great pride and enthusiasm that I write to you as the new Principal of Birchwood Elementary School.   I am honored to serve in this position, and am looking forward to working beside the teachers and faculty to make this a fabulous year!

    Prior to joining the Birchwood staff, I served as an Assistant Principal and a teacher in Mahwah Township.  During my 19 years in education, I have enjoyed watching students grow into kind friends, problem solvers, and critical thinkers.

    Birchwood Elementary School is a special place.  It is a warm and friendly school where children come together to learn and grow in so many aspects of their lives.  What happens during your years at Birchwood will have a lasting impression for years to come.  I look forward to taking this journey with you.

    This school year promises to be tremendous, both academically and socially.  As students, you will be developing and refining your skills in reading, mathematics, science and social studies.  You will continue to grow as problem solvers and independent thinkers who can persuade others.  You will be responsible for your role in strengthening what you have already learned.

    We will celebrate RESPECT throughout the year. I believe that showing respect for others is one of the most important values that we all have.  Respect means caring for someone or something, like your classmates and your school. Being respectful is one of the main ingredients to being the best person you can be.  “Respect yourself and others will respect you.” – Confucius.

    My hope and dream for you during the 2017-2018 school year is that with hard work and dedication you can accomplish anything you desire.  I am here to help and support you each and every day so you can achieve your own hopes and dreams.  I am excited to get to know the entire school community and build positive relationships with all of you.  Please know that my door is always open and I welcome you to stop by and talk.

    Warm Regards,
    Mrs. Alison Schessler