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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A Message from Principal Choquette 9/20/19

Good afternoon, I hope you all had a nice week. We had a busy week at BSS with two family dinners and a professional development day. It has been nice to see all you and our new families at the dinners over the past couple of weeks. We have two left next week. Please see the dates/times below for your child's grade-level family dinner.

Today many students at BSS will participate in the Global Youth-Led Climate Walk-Out in Lampron Park. I am so proud of our students and teachers for supporting environmental justice. This youth endeavor has been spearheaded by an amazing young woman from Sweden, Greta Thunberg. Her efforts to save our dying planet are truly inspirational for all children and adults around the globe. Our students talk about climate change and weather, and the impact it is having on our planet and our people through the Social Studies and Science curriculums.

Last night I sent out a robocall regarding the walk-out. It was the first robocall that was not in my voice. The robocalls are now in an automated-robotic voice. They are being done this way now because all robocalls are translated into the home languages of our families. I understand that they are no longer personal, however, it is necessary. We are working hard to be more inclusive and to provide a more welcoming environment to all of our families.

On September 26th we will hold our first lockdown drill of the school year. Many families like to speak to their children about the importance of these drills. I wanted to share with you the language we use in school with our students. We tell our students that we practice these drills to make sure that if there were ever to be a real emergency, our students and staff will be prepared and safe. We don't discuss guns and we don't practice with "pretend" intruders. A lockdown could be put into place for many different situations such as an accident near the school or for something going on downtown where local police would feel it necessary for the school to lock down. At the start of the lockdown, students hear my voice over the intercom stating "this is a lockdown drill, I repeat, this is a lockdown drill, this is a lockdown drill." Then school staff pair up with a police officer to walk around and check classrooms. It is unfortunate that we have to practice these drills, however, I can't stress to you enough how important it is that we practice to ensure the safety of all in case of a true emergency. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me.

Finally, I updated the Resource for Caregivers below to include a detailed description of a Tiered System of Support. Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Derechos Básicos en la Educación Especial / Basic Rights in Special Education

Entender sus derechos básicos según la ley de educación especial, darle información para que pueda participar más eficazmente en el equipo, colaborar con su escuela y darle un mejor apoyo a su niño.

Provides a basic understanding of the complex special education laws and procedures.

October 22, 6:30 p.m. at JFK Middle School

Dean's Beans

Love coffee? Love BSS?

Then order your coffee through the BSS PTO Coffee Fundraising Program!

It's simple. Follow this link to the form ( to order your favorite caffeinated or decaffeinated beverage, hot chocolate, candies, or coffee swag. You can order weekly, bi-weekly, monthly or just one time. Coffee will be delivered to BSS each week for pick up.

Amazing, right!? So, lets do it! If just 25 families order one bag of coffee each week we will raise $4,000 for BSS!

Please contact Jonathan Brody if you have any questions: 413-320-9259 or

Second Step

At every celebration I talk to students about various topics pertaining to social emotional learning. The program we use school-wide and in the classroom is called Second Step. Second Step is a program that teaches students about things like empathy, fair play, identifying feelings and emotions, and how to be a good friend. This month the school-wide theme is Setting the Stage. Last week I spoke to students about being welcoming, being safe, being responsible, and being respectful. We focus much of our time on social emotional learning. It's important for me to have you know what our monthly focus is so you can also have conversations at home with your children about the same topics.

K-5 Celebration

Our next K-5 Celebration will be held on October 7th at 9:00 a.m. I will post a schedule of presenters soon.

Don't forget to wear your BSS gear or blue and white on celebration days to show your school spirit!

International Walk and Roll to School Day-Walking School Bus

Bridge Street School is joining families around the world in celebrating the benefits of walking and bicycling during International Walk and Roll to School Day on Wednesday, October 2nd!

All Bridge Street families are welcome to join in a fun walk/bike to school on one of our Walking School Bus Routes. Walkers and bikers can meet at Sheldon Field at 8:15 a.m. or in the outdoor courtyard at the Lumber Yard homes on Pleasant Street at 8:00 a.m, and then walk or roll to BSS with other families and community members. Or feel free to join at any point along either Route! Details of the Routes can be found on the WSB website. Mayor Narkewicz, Dr. Provost, Chief Kasper, and Gina-Louise Sciarra will be joining us at the Lumber Yard route.

ALL walkers and bikers will be treated that day to healthy snacks and cool giveaways upon arriving at Bridge Street courtesy of MA Safe Routes to School and the BSS PTO!

Please contact Stephanie Pouliot at with questions.

The Bridge Street Walking School Bus is running again this year! For those of you unfamiliar with the WSB, it is the equivalent of a motorized school bus--drivers, students, and a defined route with scheduled stops--but it all runs on foot power!

We are excited to announce that in addition to the existing Sheldon Field route that starts at the Route 9 commuter lot and walks up Bridge Street to the school, we now have a WSB that starts at the Lumber Yard homes on Pleasant Street, walks up Williams Street to Pomeroy Terrace, and ends at the school! Both routes run each and every morning during the school year, rain/snow or shine! The Sheldon Field WSB departs from the commuter lot at 8:25 a.m. and the Lumber Yard WSB departs from the outdoor courtyard at the Lumber Yard homes at 8:10 a.m. There is no sign up required--just show up at one of the WSB stops and hop on the bus!

Please visit the WSB website for more information about the WSB, including route details, driver schedules and driver bios. You can also contact Stephanie Pouliot with any WSB questions.

**THE WSB NEEDS VOLUNTEER DRIVERS FOR BOTH ROUTES!! Drivers can work as few or as many mornings as their schedule allows, or can act as a substitute driver. Please contact Stephanie if you are interested in becoming a WSB driver**

Important Dates

September 24th: 3rd Grade Family Dinner 5:30-7:00 p.m. BSS Cafeteria

September 25th: 4th and 5th Grade Family Dinner 5:30-7:00 p.m. BSS Cafeteria

October 2nd: International Walk and Roll to School Day

October 2nd: Open House BSS 6:00-7:30 p.m.

October 7th: K-5 Celebration 9:00 a.m. Cafeteria

October 16th: Picture Day