Phone Numbers

Birch Grove


6071 Smith Ave., Newark, CA 94560


Mrs. Colleen Gainey, Principal



Main Office Line:



To call in an absence:



Fax Number:



Child Care Facility:



Birch Grove


37490 Birch St., Newark, CA 94560


Ms. Cathreene Ingham-Watters, Principal



Main Office Line: 


To call in an absence:



Fax Number:



Child Care Facility:


Office Hours

Monday to Thursday




Sangha App



The folks at Sangha have just launched a new Parents Self Serve Signup.

Just click on this Signup link and enter our School Code: 738PR1

How it works
Once you sign up on the self serve page, you will receive an email invitation from Sangha with easy instructions.
If you don't see the email invite, check other places it might be in your Junk, Spam, Social, Promotions, or other email Folders.
(If you've signed up before and haven't seen the invitation from Sangha, they've been sent out twice this Fall, so check those folders.)

Healthy School

Healthy Schools Act AB2260

The Healthy Schools Act establishes requirements for school districts when pesticide applications are made at California public K-12 schools. To view the California Healthy School Act and the Integrated Pest Management Plan (new requirement) for Newark Unified School District, go to http://nusd.ca.schoolloop.com. Click on the quick link , Healthy Schools Act. This information is also available for viewing at your school’s office.


Attention Parents!

An electronic version of our School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is available on Newark Unified School District's website hereIn addition, a paper copy is available in our school office for your review.


Parent Teacher Club

Our Parent Teacher Club (PTC) has its own webpage! Click below to see upcoming events, fundraisers, and visit our online store for the latest Birch Grove gear!




All visitors to the Birch Grove School Campus' must stop by the office and sign in during the school day!  This is for your child’s safety as well as yours.  In case of an emergency situation all need to be accounted for.  The sign-in binder is in the office on the counter along with our 'Apple' visitor stickers.  If you need to get something to your child, let the office staff help you.  We will contact your child’s teacher to get the item to them.  Please do not disturb the classroom while they are in session.


If your child misses school, it is very important to either call or send a note indicating why your child was out.  Parents/Guardians will have three (3) school days to clear an absence. If proper verification is not provided within three (3) school days, the absence will be recorded as unexcused (NUSD AR 5113) and can not be changed.

7th Grade Shots

Requirements for entrance to 7th grade:

1.  The 3rd shot for Hep B

2.  Tdap Immunization – (Whooping cough shot)

3.  Proof of Immunization for both of these shots.

Rules from the junior high:


If you have any questions,

please call the Jr. High

at 510-818-3005.

“To prevent delayed enrollment/class placement at the Jr. High, families should begin contacting their physicians prior to the end of the 2015-2016 school year for vaccine and/or verification of injection.  Bunker 6th graders can turn in the updated immunization records to Sandra in the Bunker office.”

Safety First

Students, if you ride your bike to school, please walk your bike on the sidewalk if there are many cars driving on the street. We want you to be safe as you come to school each day.


In the interest of preserving instructional time, we do not interrupt classes for deliveries or messages during class.  However, we realize that there are times that parents need to get a missing class assignment or lunch to their children.


We have a plan for lunches in place; our campus monitors take the lunch to the cafeteria and deliver them to the students at lunch time.


For those other items (homework, backpacks, etc.) that you would appreciate being delivered to your child, we will place the item in your child’s teacher’s mailbox for them to pick up at recess or lunch.


Thank you for your understanding and helping us to make sure that instruction can go on uninterrupted during the day here at Birch Grove.


Bunker Elementary and Milani Elementary

are now

Birch Grove Primary and Intermediate Elementary Schools


Birch Grove Primary, TK-2 Grade Campus

Breakfast Program starts at 7:45


Birch Grove Intermediate, 3-6 Grade Campus

Breakfast Program starts at 7:30


Home of the



Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten registration for

2017-2018 begins on Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

Registration packets will be available on or after the March 14 date in our office. 


For more information on enrollment

please click on the 'Parents'  tab above. 


Immigration Workshop

The Parent Partners and Newark Unified School District are working to bring an Immigration Workshop to our Newark Community. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn information about your legal rights relating to immigration, civil rights and workers' rights. The workshop will be held on a Saturday February 25, 2017 at Musick elementary school to give the families an opportunity to attend. Click here for a flyer in English and Spanish. If you have any questions please call 510-818-3078.  


When: February 25, 2017 

Time: 11:00 am - 3:00 pm 

Where: Musick School, 5735 Musick Ave., Newark

Birch Grove Spirit Week!

Birch Grove Schools are going to have a Spirit Week beginning on Monday, February 27, dress as follows each day at your school.


Birch Grove Primary:

Monday               Cat in the Hat Day - Wear red and white

Tuesday               Fox in Socks Day - Wear crazy socks

Wednesday           Wacky Wednesday- Wear mismatched clothes

 Thursday             I am Not Going to Get up Today! - Wear your Pajamas

Friday                  Thing 1 and Thing 2 day - Twin day



Birch Grove Intermediate:

Monday               Wacky Day/Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday               Sports Day

Wednesday           Color Day (Each grade level dresses in one color)

  • 3rd Grade- Orange
  • 4th Grade- Green
  • 5th Grade- Purple
  • 6th Grade- Black

Thursday               Decade Day

Friday                    BGI Bulldog Day (Wear school colors)


Birch Groves' Family Science Night

Birch Groves' Family Science Night will be on Thursday March 16, 2017 from  6:00 - 7:30 p. m. in the Birch Grove PRIMARY Cafeteria. Family Science Night is an event that allows families to explore different math and science concepts in a fun and exciting environment.  The cafeteria will be set up with many different hands-on science stations.  Students and parents together can explore scientific concepts such as properties of matter, magnetism, and many other concepts.  Each station provides a task to do and some thought provoking questions to ponder and for further inquiry.


Volunteers are needed to facilitate each station.  Responsibility for this commitment includes coming a little early (5:30-5:45) to become familiar with your assigned station, helping families perform the task at the station, keeping track of materials, and helping to clean up and pack up materials at the end of the evening.  If you are available to volunteer, click here to download the volunteer form, complete it, and return it to school with your child or drop it off in either Birch Grove Office.



4th Grade San Juan Bautista Field Trip Information

Below are the field trip dates for each of our 4th grade classrooms. Since not all 4th graders have the same field trip date there has been some confusion. 


4th Grade Field Trip Dates

Tuesday, March 7- Room 11, 14, and 12 (Accarizzi, Affleck, Zee)

Thursday. March 23- Room 13 and 10 (Smith, Rios)

Reminder- Young Author Books Publishing Event!


There will be a publishing event Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 6:00pm in the Birch Grove Primary Multipurpose Room to honor our TK – 2nd Grade Young Authors.


Visitor Parking at School


Please be respectful when you are parking in the parking lots at Birch Grove Primary and Birch Grove Intermediate. Many of the parking spaces are designated for the office staff and teachers and are not open for guest parking, even short term. If you are parking, be sure to only park in a non-designated spot no matter how long or short your visit. 

Thank you for your cooperation

Classroom Deliveries

In the interest of preserving instructional time, we do not interrupt classes for deliveries or messages during class.  However, we realize that there are times that parents need to get a missing class assignment or lunch to their children.


We have a plan for lunches in place; our campus monitors take the lunch to the cafeteria and deliver them to the students at lunch time.


For those other items (homework, backpacks, etc.) that you would appreciate being delivered to your child, we will place the item in your child’s teacher’s mailbox for them to pick up at recess or lunch.


Thank you for your understanding and helping us to make sure that instruction can go on uninterrupted during the day here at Birch Grove.


Birch Grove Primary Calendar

Birch Grove Intermediate Calendar

ELAC Meetings

Birch Grove School

English Learner Advisory Committee

What is ELAC?


The English Learner Advisory Committee is a forum in which parents of English Learners can request information, share ideas, promote projects, collaborate with staff, and express concerns.


For both Birch Grove sites, we hold ELAC meetings together, alternating campuses.

Many parents enjoy this time to fellowship and discuss school issues.



El Comité Asesor de los Aprendices del Inglés es una foro en el cual los padres de familia de los Aprendices del Inglés pueden solicitar información, compartir ideas, promover proyectos, colaborar con el personal, y expresar sus preocupaciones.


La junta de ELAC se llevará a cabo con la participation de las dos escuelas (Birch Grove Primaria y Intermedia) alternándose de un sitio (escuela) al otro según las fechas abajo.  Muchos de los padres de familia disfrutan de este tiempo para compartir con otros padres y discutir los temas escolares.


September 30 @ Birch Grove Intermediate

January 20 @ Birch Grove Primary

March 17 @ Birch Grove Intermediate

May 19 @ Birch Grove Primary


**Friday mornings, 8:30 am**

Meeting Room TBD

Newark Unified School District is holding a Community Engagement Series


  • November 30, 2016; Topic, Why LCAP matters
  • January 25, 2017; Topic, Alumni Success Panel
  • March 29, 2017; Voices of Our Students
  • May 31, 2017; Success Sorties from This Year

All meetings will be a working dinner from 5:30pm-7:30 pm and will be held at Newark Memorial High School in the School Commons. They will also all include dinner, childcare and translation.


  • 30 de Noviembre del 2016; Porque el Presupuesto Escolar del Distrito (LCAP) Importa
  • 25 de Enero del 2017; Grupo Exito Alumni
  • 29 de Marzo del 2017; Voces de Nuestros Estudiantes
  • 31 de Mayo Del 2017; Historiaas de Exito de Este Ano



Todas las reuniones serán una cena de trabajo de 17:30-19:30 y tendrá lugar en Newark Memorial High School en la Escuela de los Comunes. Ellos también incluirá toda la cena, cuidado de niños y traducción.


Donations of Kleenex, Hand Sanitizer and Wipes needed please!

Birch Grove needs donations of Clorox wipes, Kleenex and Hand Sanitizer. With the flu and cold season in full swing our sites need to keep our classrooms as clean as possible to prevent our students getting sick. You can drop off your donations in the office and we will get them to the classrooms in need. Thank you in advance for your help.

Coffee With The Principal at NJHS

Newark Junior High School would like to invite parents to join the principal, Mark Neal, on Friday February 24th at 8:30am in our Library; Mr. Neal will be serving coffee and pastries and will give a brief overview of Newark Junior High School and then welcoming any and all questions.

Messages from School

Parents, please listen to your messages before calling the school back. There are often times where the teachers call from the classroom and the office is unaware why they called.

Quick Links

Information for Families

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Newark Library

Newark Library Announces Change in Hours Beginning January 5, 2015


The Newark Library is pleased to announce new hours of service. Beginning January 5, 2015 the Library will be open Mondays rather than Fridays in order to better serve the residents of Newark.


Our new hours mean that we will be able to offer more programs to serve the school-age youth in our Homework Help Center, Homework Express.  Homework Express will be expanding its hours to include Monday programs in February.  Also, being open at noon on Mondays and Tuesdays will allow for more quiet study time for the public.


Newark Library is located at 6300 Civic Terrace Avenue in Newark. Its friendly staff may be reached by phone at 510-284-0675. The hours of operation are:


  • Monday:              12:00 PM – 8:00PM
  • Tuesday:             12:00 PM – 8:00PM
  • Wednesday:      10:00 AM – 6:00PM
  • Thursday:           10:00 AM – 6:00PM
  • Friday:                 Closed
  • Saturday:            10:00 AM – 5:00PM
  • Sunday:               Closed 


Information on the Library is also available on the Library’s website at www.aclibrary.org.


The Alameda County Library is proud to serve over 546,000 residents.  The Library circulates over 6.7 million items annually, with more than 2.3 million visitors to our website and over 2.5 million visitors walking through our doors.


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The Newark Police Department has launched a new Community Notification Service called “Nixle” to help improve communication with people who live, work, and visit our community. The system provides a quick, efficient, and secure way to get neighborhood-level information out to community members who subscribe to the system. Through www.nixle.com, the department will be able to send text message (SMS) and e-mail alerts to subscribers. Notifications might be considered in the following instances:

  • A young child or adult with Alzheimer’s disease walks away from their home. The alert can include a picture of the child or vulnerable adult with a map identifying the area at which they were last seen.
  • A public safety emergency requires people to stay in or remain away from their homes. A Nixle alert can let residents with a registered address in the affected neighborhood know what’s happening, allowing residents to take a proactive role in their own safety.
  • A serious injury or fatal crash in which traffic investigators close down the intersection for several hours during the morning commute. This situation might warrant a notification to subscribers who live or work in the area, encouraging them to select a different route to work.
  • Other uses: Large-scale public works projects, traffic safety implications around large fire scenes, community events such as parades, fireworks, picnics, etc., details about a case of H1N1 (“swine flu”) in the area, city council meeting information, utility outage advisories/boil orders.

The information can be viewed at www.nixle.com but for notifications individuals must register. To register, visit http://local.nixle.com/newark-police-department-ca.

Tips for Going to and From School

* Develop a buddy system for walking to and from school.

* Students should never walk alone.

* Always walk in groups with at least two or three other students.

If possible, parents should walk their children to school.

* Students never take shortcuts or cut through alleys or across

vacant lots.

* Students should try to avoid walking near abandoned houses.

Never enter or play near abandoned houses.

* Students should report anyone suspicious to school

personnel or the police.

* Parents and neighbors should turn on porch lights and

other outdoor Lights before dawn and at dusk.

* Students should be on time, everyday.

* Parents can talk to neighbors and local businesses

on the child's route to school and ask them if it is okay for

the child to stay there in case of an emergency.

* Parents should be sure children know their home phone

number and address, parents’ work and pager number and

The number of another trusted adult.Put a card with this

information in their backpack. Make sure

each child has Change for a phone call or carries a telephone

calling card.

* If a parent works late, have children call as soon as they

arrive at home after school.

* Organize a “conditional carpool” of friends who live near you.

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