Byam Newsletter

September 10, 2021

Open House Curriculum Night

We are excited to host our annual Open House Curriculum Night on Tuesday night next week. We've made a few changes to the format to limit some of the congestion in the building. The evening will be in-person but we are strongly encouraging only one family member per a child attend. We are also not going to have our typical larger gathering in the dining room but Mrs. Dolan and I will record our presentation and send it out to families prior to the evening. Our adjusted hours are below:

Kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2- 5:30-6:15

Families will proceed directly to classrooms for the curriculum presentations from the teachers.

Specialists, Special Education and Support Staff- 6:15-7:00

These staff members will be available in their classrooms/offices during the above time block. Grades K-2 families may visit after their classroom presentation and grades 3-4 families can visit before the presentation time below.

Grades 3 and 4- 7:00-7:45

Families will proceed to classrooms for teacher presentations at the above time block.

Parking for Open House is at a premium so we ask families to park in lined parking spaces first, then the circle and driveway. When parking please make sure not to block others in, as we have to have the first session exit before the next session arrives.

PBIS at Byam

This week we continued our expectation tours in two locations, bus and bathrooms. Members of our PBIS team explicitly taught students what the 3 R's (being Responsible, Respectful and Ready) look like in these settings. We also started our Wednesday announcement videos where students are acknowledged for earning ROARS when displaying the 3 R's (being Respectful, Responsible and Ready). Below is our Byam Expectations Matrix and Wednesday announcements.

Wed. Announcements 9/8

BSA Update

Back to School Social- Sunday, September 12, 4:00-6:00pm:

The Back to School social is happening on Sunday from 4-6PM. We encourage families to bring their own picnic blanket and chairs and spread out around the grounds of the school. This is a very casual evening of dinner and mingling with the classmates from Byam. We hope this helps you to forge new connections within the Byam community. There will be NO PARKING or BATHROOM access at Byam. You can park across the street at the Lockheed Martin parking lot, and walk over to the school using the crosswalk. We need to use as much of the lawn as possible. You can bring your own food, or select from our vendors:

Heavn'ly Dogs:
Food is available to be purchased on the day of the event with Heavn’ly Dogs. They offer hotdogs, hamburgers, sausages and walking tacos. They will be preparing the food on site, so nopreorders are necessary.

Brickhouse Center Pizza:
Pre-orders required. Place your order and have your pizza waiting for you at Byam:

Whoopie Pie Wagon:

Pre-orders encouraged to promote more social distancing:

Aunties Sweet Shop Cotton Candy:

Pre-orders encouraged. After you make your selections, to scroll up to the cart to check out:

Back Pack Attack - Louie the Lion photos:

Thank you to all those that attended the School Supply drive in August. Materials went to the Lowell Wish Project and the Chelmsford Housing Authority! If you had photos take With Louie the Lion, you can search for your photos and download your copies here:

A big Thank You to parent volunteer, Sayda Betsold, for being our photographer for this event!

BSA Meeting:

Thank you to all the parents who attended our first BSA meeting of the year. It was great seeing new faces! There are lots of ways to get involved besides attending the meetings. Consider signing up to collect tickets or helping at a concession stand for a future event. Our next BSA meeting is on October 13th at 7:00pm in the Byam library and streamed virtually for those who cannot attend in person.

Byam School Association Email:

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Mark Your Calendar

More information will be coming out about the following dates as the events approach.

  • September 8- BSA Meeting
  • September 12- Back to School Social
  • September 14- Open House Curriculum Night

SEL in the Chelmsford Public Schools

Social Emotional Learning

Welcome back to all of our students and families. We hope that you enjoyed a restful and safe summer vacation. My name is Shannon Bischoff and I am new to the district as the Coordinator of Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Counseling Services. I have had the opportunity to partner with all of the schools throughout the summer weeks to learn about the resources and supports in place in our schools and in our surrounding community to respond to student’s social emotional well-being. What I have learned is that there is an amazing framework of dedicated families, students, teachers, counselors, psychologists and administrators that prioritize your student’s social-emotional needs and well-being.

This year all elementary and middle schools in the district will implement a new digital curriculum called Second Step which you will hear about from your students and their teachers. This wonderful new curriculum has a community and family component which will allow you to engage in meaningful conversations at home around the topic of social-emotional learning. If you would like to learn more about this curriculum I welcome you to visit their website where they have several free and user friendly resources for you to access.

Throughout the year I plan to partner with our school psychologists and counselors to provide you with resources and information to support your student’s growth and learning in the area of SEL and respond to their social-emotional needs.

I welcome you to email or call me to introduce yourself and your child, to share ideas and insights, and help me better get to know the Chelmsford community.

As our students, families and staff return from the summer vacation, I look forward to getting to know each of you. We can’t wait to see your child grow this year and look forward to joining you in celebrating their successes.

With warm regards,

Shannon Bischoff

Coordinator of SEL and Counseling Services PreK-12

(978) 251-5199 ext. 5601

School Committee: September 7, 2021

Photo Opt Out

Chelmsford Public Schools will use student images for various media, such as CPS Newsletter, website, or Byam newsletter for example. If you wish to opt out of having your child's image used, please email Mr. Fredette with the subject line "Photo opt out" in the title and include your child's name in the email.
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