Principal's Weekly

Principal Beth N. Choquette, Bridge Street School

Bridge Street School

2 Parsons Street

Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

413-587-1460 (phone) 413-587-1484 (fax)

Beth N. Choquette, Principal

Elizabeth Peterson, Administrative Assistant

Nicole Soutra, Senior Clerk

Nora DeJasu, Head Teacher

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Translation of the Principal's Weekly

Just a reminder that the website I use to create my weekly newsletters, now has translation in many different languages. Here are the steps to have it translated:

At the top of the weekly email, there's a link that reads "View it in your browser," click that and it takes you to the post on a webpage.

Scroll to the bottom where there's a black menu bar and pick the option that says "Translate."

Select the language you would like it translated in and it will then translate it on the webpage.

Traducción del semanario del director

Solo un recordatorio de que el sitio web que uso para crear mis boletines semanales, ahora tiene traducción en muchos idiomas diferentes. Aquí están los pasos para traducirlo:

En la parte superior del correo electrónico semanal, hay un enlace que dice "Verlo en su navegador", haga clic en eso y lo llevará a la publicación en una página web.

Desplázate hacia la parte inferior donde hay una barra de menú negra y elige la opción que dice "Traducir".

Seleccione el idioma en el que desea traducirlo y luego lo traducirá en la página web.

A Message From Principal Choquette 3/1/19

Good afternoon, and happy March! What a busy week back after the winter break. I hope you all had a nice week with your children.

Congratulations to Leslie Stein! She is the winner of the Grinspoon Excellence in Teaching Award. We are so proud of you Leslie, thank you for all that you do for the students at Bridge Street School.

This week the kids kicked off their Jump Rope for Heart fundraiser. The kids are having a blast doing all of the activities. The gym looks great as does the hallway outside. Thank you Mrs. Flaherty for organizing the event.

This week Bridge Street School participated in the African-American Read-Off. Thank you to Miss Liz for organizing this event and thank you to our guest readers who came in and read to many of our classrooms yesterday. Please see the pictures below of the nice display of books that were outside of the library.

Please see the flyer below regarding the upcoming Parent Cafe's for Dads. At Parent Cafés we share information and ideas that help us take care of ourselves, build strong relationships with our kids and raise children who thrive. Together we can talk about the challenges of parenting and build the resilience we need to be good parents. We will create a community that supports us in keeping our children safe and our families strong!

Finally, there is a half day of school on March 15th. Dismissal will be at 12:20 p.m. Be sure to look for the bagged lunch form that comes home with your child to fill out and return if a bag lunch is needed.

School Lunch Menu Update

Starting in April we will only be sending home paper copies of the lunch menu to families who don't receive the electronic version of the weekly. The menus are always attached to my weekly. Thank you for helping us to save some trees!

MARCH MENU CHANGE: Tuesday March 5th was originally a chicken burrito bowl, but has now been changed to cheese quesadillas! Please make note!

Kindergarten Registration

Each school will host a district-wide kindergarten registration day. Please see the schedule below and spread the word.

Jackson Street: February 27th, 3:30-6:00 pm

Bridge Street: February 28th, 3:30-6:00 pm

Ryan Road: March 5th, 3:30-6:00 pm

Leeds: March 7th, 3:30-6:00 pm

  • ALL families who live in-district can complete the district registration at any school
  • Students will be assigned to schools per home address.
  • Open Enrollment Applications will be available.
  • Current NPS preschool families do not need to register (children are already registered)

Internet Safety

The internet puts more resources at our fingertips than ever before. Due to the wealth of information accessible online, both good and bad, it’s important to understand different ways we can make the internet safer. One website that provides a variety of internet safety resources for parents is Common Sense Media. For example, they have produced, A Parents Ultimate Guide to YouTube, A Parent’s Ultimate Guide to YouTube Kids, and YouTube Alternatives. These resources contain steps to add content filters and parental controls, to reduce the chance of exposure to inappropriate content. For more information on safety tips, as well as discussion starters click here!

BSS Annual Science Fair

It's time for the annual Bridge Street School Science Fair!! The Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 20th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. (snow date is March 21st). Students in Grades 1-5 are encouraged to participate in this fun and engaging community event by exploring their science questions individually, in pairs or in small groups! Registration forms are being sent home this week in student folders. Extra forms can be obtained in the BSS office or by contacting Stephanie Pouliot at Please also feel free to contact Stephanie if you have any questions about registration or the event itself.

Girls on the Run


Girls on the Run(GOTR) is returning to Bridge Street School again this Spring and if you have a 3-5th grade girl, we hope you'll join us!

GOTR is an innovative after school program that inspires girls to be joyful, confident and healthy. The curriculum encourages the girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. It’s all about girl power and no running experience is necessary (and really running is just a small part of the fun!).

Practices meet twice a week from March 11th-June 2nd at Bridge Street school on Mondays and Fridays from 3:00-4:30pm.

And, if you are enrolled in BASE on those days, you can pro-rate that BASE session and do both programs seamlessly.

The deadline to sign up is Wednesday March 6th. You can register here! (The registration link refers to a lottery but that is typically for bigger schools that need to go on a wait list for registrants.)

GOTR makes it possible for all girls to participate! There is a sliding scale, financial aid available and no girl is turned away.

If interested or would like to learn more, please reach out Bridge St parent and volunteer coach Alex Russell: or GOTR program director Molly Hoyt: / 413-320-1845.


There is no celebration next week. Our next celebration will be for all K-5 students. No classes will be presenting at this celebration. All families are welcome to join us at 9:00 a.m. in the cafeteria.

Important Dates

3/11/19 BSS School Council Budget Meeting 7:00 p.m. BSS Library (See Attachments Below)

3/12/19 PTO Meeting 3:15-4:15 BSS Library

3/12/19 All Schools School Council Budget Meeting 5:00-6:30 p.m. at JFK

3/15/19 Half Day of School-Dismissal at 12:20 p.m.

3/20/19 Science Fair

4/23/19 Spring Concert (grades k-2)