Principal's Weekly

Dr. Beth N. Choquette

Bridge Street School

2 Parsons Street

Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

413-587-1460 (phone) 413-587-1474 (fax)



Dr. Beth N. Choquette, Principal bchoquette@northamtpon-k12.us

Elizabeth Peterson, Administrative Assistant epeterson@northampton-k12.us

Jordan Celino, Secretary jcelino@northampton-k12.us

Nora DeJasu, Head Teacher ndejasu@northampton-k12.us

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Bridge Street School Vision and Mission Statements

It is the vision of Bridge Street School to promote educational excellence and equity for ALL students. Promoting educational excellence and equity will prepare and motivate students to be engaged learners and critical thinkers who strive for high academic achievement, listen to all perspectives, value the multicultural and diverse world we live in, and actively participate in eliminating racial and social injustices so that all people are able to reach their full potential.


Bridge Street School’s faculty and staff, caregivers, and community are committed to providing educational excellence and equity to its students by challenging the injustices that create barriers to high academic achievement, to access and opportunities to learn, to high-quality teaching and learning, and to a climate of belonging. This commitment to educational equity, where all children are successful regardless of their personal, social, or cultural contexts, is at the core of our practices, structures, and policies.

A Message from Principal Choquette

Good evening. I decided to send this out tonight as I will be headed to New Hampshire for a wedding this weekend.


I'd like to remind families that if your children are sent home or are absent because they are sick with Covid symptoms, they must show documentation of a negative test before returning to school. We've had students come back to school without the documentation and have had to send them back home. I understand how incredibly challenging this is and we all appreciate your cooperation and helping to keep our school community safe and healthy. Please see the attached letters from Dr. Provost regarding updated information on Covid testing.


I know how excited some students get for Halloween. For those students who want to wear their costumes to school on Friday the 29th, we do have certain guidelines around costume wearing at school. First, I highly recommend a change of clothes as many students get very warm in their costumes and so they don't get torn or dirty at recess. Students may not wear any kind of face covering or use face paint that resembles blood. Additionally, students may not bring toy weapons or props to their costumes at school. I would also ask that we consider that there are some families who don't celebrate Halloween and that we are respectful of that as well.


October 21st is picture day this year. You will be receiving order forms for school pictures if you haven't already.


I'd like to welcome Peter Gordon to the Bridge Street School family. He has been hired as the special education teacher replacing Jill Tellier. Welcome to Bridge Street School Peter! For those families who have children working with Mr. Gordon, I'm sure he will be reaching out soon. Thank you for your patience as he transitions to our school.


I'd also like to welcome Page Brody to our school council. Page was the only nomination from our school community. We are excited to have Page join us and look forward to working with her. Our next school council meeting is October 13th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. via zoom. The link is below under the important dates section.


We are excited to have BASE up and running starting again on Tuesday. Thank you to our coordinator, Shevaun Keogh Walker, we can't wait for the programs to start. I've attached the BASE packet below if you have not signed up and would like to.


Finally, we are coming together to create a safe space for students across the gender spectrum at Bridge Street School. Our goal is to help students identify supportive school staff and peers and to create a more positive school experience. In this group we hope to provide a social opportunity for students to spend time together and experience a sense of belonging with those who might share experiences based on gender identity. In this group students can expect to come in, have a group circle check-in, and then choose from activities based on emergent student interest (outdoor play, arts & crafts, group games, etc.). We welcome any students who are interested in this kind of social opportunity and the chance to support their peers in making a safe and inclusive school climate. If you have any questions please reach out to our facilitators:


Eva Rocheleau erochelau@northampton-k12.us

Laura Mangones lmangones@northampton-k12.us


Gender Alliance Club meeting October 25th after school from 2:15-3:15.

The club will then meet on the 2nd and 4th Mondays of each month at the same time.


To learn more about this kind of group and the important ways they support students' experience and learning at school please see the following links.


https://www.glsen.org/sites/default/files/2020-04/Gay-Straight%20Alliances_0.pdf


https://www.jcmh.org/how-adult-allies-can-support-lgbtq-youth/


www.learningforjustice.org/magazine/summer-2015/making-space


If you are interested in your child being part of the Gender Alliance Club please use the links below to sign up.


https://forms.gle/KHGgzAepeaZSLsmr8


https://forms.gle/ezobV9LWhibjqpuk9


I hope you all have a wonderful long weekend and can take a moment and talk to your children about celebrating the history and culture of Indigenous People.


https://www.learningforjustice.org/the-moment/october-8-2021-celebrate-indigenous-peoples-day-all-year-long

Important Dates

October 11: No School-Indigenous Peoples Day

October 13: School Council 6:30-8:00 PM via zoom

Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 84459389503
Passcode: TFu8UTF7


‪(US) +1 669-900-6833‬

Passcode: 74029963

October 21: School Picture Day

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From Nurse Jessica

Virtual Art Show

K-5 BSS Virtual Art Show 2020-21

Hello Bridge Street School Families,

Throughout this school year students at BSS have been working hard on their art

projects. The fifth, fourth and third graders began the year by creating a google slide

and added some of their original art work to it. If your child does not have their own slide

I have photographed some of their art work and added it to the grades sections.

Next year I plan to photograph all of the students’ artwork throughout the school year

and create another Virtual Art Show, as having an art show in person can be difficult

during these trying and uncertain times.

There are a lot of slides so be patient and let them download before opening it. If a slide

looks blank click on it to view the artwork.

Thanks! Enjoy!

Ms. Lilly

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1UFLsF9VyERsBQFKuh6u_tj2pD9siR9HWUOqvYGd6h

kM/edit?usp=sharing