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

Elizabeth Peterson, Administrative Assistant

Jordan Celino, Secretary

Nora DeJasu, Head Teacher

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A Message from Principal Choquette

Good evening, I hope you all enjoyed the long weekend. If you did not receive Dr. Provost's robocall on Friday, we are again continuing our pause until Monday, January 25th. There will be no in-person learning again this week. This means that all students grades PreK-5 who chose in-person learning will begin again on Monday, January 25th unless we hear otherwise. I am so sorry for the week-to-week uncertainty of whether or not we will be in person or remote. I know this is incredibly challenging when trying to plan childcare. This is why it is so very important that we are all following the guidelines around safety. There are many people still gathering without masks and social distancing. Unless everyone does their part, the numbers of cases will continue to go up and we will struggle with getting back to in-person learning. Please for your safety, the safety of your children, and for the safety of our faculty and staff, do your part in helping us get back to in-person learning.

I know that these next few days leading up to the Inauguration are going to impact people in different ways. Some with excitement, some with disappointment, but I think most of all, many of us with anxiety in wondering if anything else will happen as horrible as what happened on January 6th. Please remember that we are a family at BSS, and we want to make sure you feel supported. Please reach out to me at any time. Be safe, be kind, and take care of each other.

Have a good week.

Caregiver/Teacher Conferences January 22nd, 25th-28th, 2021; No School Teacher Work Day January 29, 2021

January 22nd, 25th, 26th, 28th: half-day for ALL students 12:20 dismissal

January 27th: half-day for ALL students 11:30 dismissal

January 29th: No School-Teacher Work Day

Important Information from Nurse Jessica

Update on the Flu Vaccine Mandate

As of January 15, the Massachusetts DPH has lifted its requirement for all public students to receive the flu vaccine.

Winter Benchmark Assessments

Students will be participating in their winter benchmark assessments for both reading and math beginning January 25th for in-person students and January 25th for remote students. All remote students and Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be asked to schedule a time to come in for the assessment during the afternoons of the half day caregiver/teacher conference week. Your classroom teacher will be sending out a sign-up genius link for you to sign up for a time to bring your child in for the assessments. The assessments for in-person students will happen during the school day, for remote students and kindergarten and 1st grade students, they will take place during the afternoons of the half days and teacher caregiver/teacher conferences and the teacher work day on the 29th. Please watch for the sign-up link.

Kindergarten Information Night

This year we will be holding one kindergarten information night for all four of the elementary schools. We will hold one in English and one in Spanish. The information night will be held on Thursday, January 21st from 5:30-6:30 (English) and from 6:45-7:45 (Spanish). Please see the zoom links below.

English Zoom Link 1/21/21 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 944 8109 4208 Passcode: 509037 One tap mobile +16468769923,,94481094208#,,,,*509037# US (New York) +13017158592,,94481094208#,,,,*509037# US (Washington D.C) Dial by your location +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) Meeting ID: 944 8109 4208 Passcode: 509037

Spanish Zoom Link 1/21/21 6:45-7:45 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 955 7459 0265 Passcode: 644367 One tap mobile +13017158592,,95574590265#,,,,*644367# US (Washington D.C) +13126266799,,95574590265#,,,,*644367# US (Chicago) Dial by your location +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 876 9923 US (New York) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 955 7459 0265 Passcode: 644367

Superintendent's Survey

In an effort to provide more support to parents in our district, we'd like to get a sense of what's going on in your family right now. Please take a few minutes to complete this confidential survey so we can offer parent workshops geared towards meeting the needs of families in our district.

Tutoring Resource

I'm hoping that you can help spread the word that Homework House is offering FREE virtual tutoring for children in grades 1-6 by appointment after school. This program is open to all children regardless of school district or household income. Tutoring is provided by trained HH volunteers and sessions are 45 minutes long. Our volunteer tutors are primarily UMASS, Smith and Mt. Holyoke students.

For those of you who might have contacts, we are also interested in partnering with schools outside of Holyoke to place our volunteer tutors in classrooms during the remote/hybrid school day.

I've attached a flyer about the after school program that has the contact infor mation for my Program Director. I am happy to answer any questions about our virtual programs.



67 So. Mt. Holyoke

Social Justice Corner

The MLK Jr. Memorial in Washington D.C.

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REAL Resource Directory

Resource for Caregivers-Hand Hold

Please take a moment to watch this wonderful video as a resource to help you in caring for the mental health and emotional well-being of your children.

Emergency Rental Assistance for Northampton Families

Please see the attached for information.