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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Traducción del semanario del director

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A Message From Principal Choquette

Good afternoon. I hope this newsletter finds you all well and in good health. If you did not receive the Superintendent's robocall earlier in the week, April vacation has been cancelled. However, Monday is a holiday, therefore, there will be no remote learning activities taking place on Monday, April 20th. I have asked all of our faculty and staff to spend Monday taking care of themselves and their families. I've asked them to put away the technology and take a day to focus on their well-being. There should be no expectation of teacher contact on Monday. They have all been working so hard learning and trying to navigate this new world of remote learning, they deserve a day of rest and self-care. Remote learning will resume on Tuesday, April 21st.

I was hoping that there would be an update today from the Governor on the closure, but as of this writing, I have not heard anything yet. I anticipate an update on the closure in the coming days.

If you did not get a chance to see the wonderful video our faculty and staff put together for our students and families, I have added the link below. We miss the kids so much and this was our way of letting them know how much they are missed and loved.

I hope you all have a nice weekend. Please feel free to reach out at any time for anything. Everyone at BSS is here to support you and your children during this time.

Take care, be well, and stay healthy!

Principal Choquette

To Our Students...We Love and Miss You All.

Resource of how-to's from Mr. Cantler

Here a resource to help families with how-tos.

It has English and Spanish PDFs & videos for things like:

-how to log into a chromebook at home

-how to get to Lexia

-how to to get to Google Classroom

District-Wide Adjustment Counselors Website

Thank You For Sharing Your Photos-Keep Them Coming!

Quote from 365 Days of Wonder Mr. Browne's PRECEPTS by R.J. Palacio

April 17, 2020

Use what talent you possess: the woods would be very silent if no birds sang except those that sang best.

-Henry van Dyke

April 10, 2020

He was a bold man that first ate an oyster.

-Jonathan Swift

April 1, 2020

What is beautiful is good, and who is good will soon be beautiful.


March 27, 2020

As soon as you trust yourself, you will know how to live.

-Johann Wolfgang van Goethe

March 24, 2020

The man who moves a mountain must start by moving small stones.

-Chinese proverb

March 20, 2020

Where there is love, there is joy.

-Mother Teresa

March 18, 2020

Be the person who can smile on the worst day.


Idea of the Week from Principal Choquette

7. Draw a map of your home and neighborhood.

In addition to be an important part of understanding how maps work, this activity helps kids define their world.

6. Imagine, create, and fly a full size flag that tells the world about you.

Everyone deserves to fly their own flag. Talk to kids about symbols and give them the creative stuff they need create their own flag: markers, crayons, paper, fabric, glitter, glue.

5. Imagine, create, and fly a full size flag that tells the world about you.

Everyone deserves to fly their own flag. Talk to kids about symbols and give them the creative stuff they need create their own flag: markers, crayons, paper, fabric, glitter, glue.

4. If you have stairs, walk up and count them. Walk down and count by twos. Walk up and count by threes. Continue through tens.

This simple math practice trick gets kids thinking about numbers and exercising!

3. Put your favorite book, toy, and keepsake on a small table in sunlight. Draw or paint a full color still life.

This is a great way to express your love for something. For a variation on this, try out different ways to paint the still life “like” a famous artist.

2. Be completely silent for 60 minutes, then write about the experience

In a world where there are so many distractions, it's amazing what we notice when we're silent.

1. Interview a family member

Taking the time out to learn more about the people in your family might surprise your children. Get them to dig deep and think about their questions and their responses. Save these interviews so you can read them again.

Ms. Dorrie's English Learner Website-Check it Out!

Reading Time with the Principal (New)

Pearl Fairweather Pirate Captain Part 4

Pearl Fairweather Pirate Captain Part 4 by Jayneed Sanders

Discussion Questions:

Pages 16-17 What do you think 'tucked away' means? Do you think Harmony is safe tucked away in the Bay of Tranquility? Why? Why not? What do you think might be happening to the Scurvy Dog and her crew in the open sea?

Pages 18-19 Oh dear! What has happened here? Do you think Captain McCross wishes now he had listened to Captain Pearl Fairweather's advice? Why do you say that? Is it a good idea to always listen to people's advice? Why? Why not? Do you always have to do what other people say? Whose advice do you listen to? Why do you listen to that person? What things do you like about that person?

Pages 20-21 What do you think Pearl was really thinking when she saw the crew from the Scurvy Dog drifting towards her ship? When Pearl said, 'I suppose you want my ship?' was she being serious? Why do you say that? Even though Captain McCross was in a small boat far below Pearl's big ship, he was still being rude. Why do you think he acted like that? Why didn't Captain McCross just simply ask for help in a nice manner? If he had asked for help in a kind manner, do you think Pearl would have helped Captain McCross and his crew? Why do you say that? Do you think Pearl should let him come aboard? Why? Why not? What would you have done if you were Captain Pearl Fairweather?

Math Problem of the Week-Just for fun (meant to do with an adult...they can be a challenge for sure!)

Special Education Resources

Art Ideas from Ms. Lilly

BSS Art News

First of all I want to say that I truly miss ALL of you and hope you are staying safe during our time away from each other. I think of you everyday and wonder if you are taking some time, at least once a week, to try out some of my art lessons. You can now find a specific lesson for each grade, that I will add to every Tuesday morning, on the:

Northampton District Elementary Remote Learning Resources Link:

Please take the time to look at what is there and if you need any help or if you want to share what you have done my email address is also in the link.

Hope to see you soon,

Love, Ms. Lilly

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Important Information from Dr. Koerner, Mrs. Sperry, Ms. Nora, and Ms. Brittany

Reading With The Principal (Previous Readings)

Pearl Fairweather Pirate Captain Part 3 by Jayneed Sanders

Discussion questions part 3:

Pages 14-15: What does 'not on your nelly mean?' (Definition: Cockney rhyming slang for 'not on your life.' Nelly rhymes with smelly, which moves on to smelly breath, breath moves on to breathing to keep alive, which then leads to 'not on your life.' Do you think Pearl was right to stand up to Captain McCross? Why do you say that? Why did Captain McCross decide to 'weather the storm' in the seas around the Islands of Plenty? Why has the author described him as 'rather silly?' What does 'tranquility' mean? Why do you think Pearl and her crew sailed Harmony to the Bay of Tranquility? What do you think is going to happen to Captain McCross and the crew on the Scurvy Dog? Do you think it was kind of Pearl to warn Captain McCross about the storm? Why? Why not? Why does Captain McCross think that he knows better than Captain Pearl Fairweather? Does Captain McCross think he is more powerful than Pearl? Why might he think that?

Pearl Fairweather Pirate Captain part 2 by Jayneen Sanders

Discussion questions for part 2:

Pages 10-11: Do you think Captain McCross was rude when he said, 'Give me your ship?' Did he have the right to take over Pearl's ship? Why? Why not? Why does he think he has the right to take over her ship? Why do you think he wanted to take over Pearl's ship in the first place? What did he mean when he said, 'I want none of your useless crew?' Why didn't he what the crew? What would you have done if you had been Captain pearl Fairweather? Should Captain McCross be speaking to Pearl in the this manner? Why? Why not? Do you think Captain McCross is a bully? Why do you say that? Should Captain McCross call Pearl a 'silly goose?' Why not? Why is it rude to call people names? How does it make people feel when they are called names? Should we call people names when we don't get what we want? Can you explain what you mean? Captain McCross was being 'disrespectful.' What does this mean? What should you do if someone is being disrespectful?

Pages 12-13: Why do you think Captain Pearl Fairweather did not answer Captain McCross? Why did she simply turn away? What would you do if someone was shouting at you? What does 'calmly and with grace' mean? Why was Pearl so calm? Did Pearl do the right thing by turning her ship away or should she have stayed to fight? Do you think Pearl showed she was a good leader? Why do you say that?

Pearl Fairweather Pirate Captain part 1 by Jayneen Sanders

'Pearl Fairweather, Pirate Captain' can be used as a teaching springboard for discussions around gender equality, respect, respectful relationships, empowerment, diversity, leadership, recognizing bullying behaviors, and the prevention of violence. All of these discussions only increase your child's sense of self-worth their confidence and empowerment,

Discussion questions for part 1:

Pages 4-5: Do you think Pearl's mother and grandmother were pirates? What kind of pirates do you think they were? Why do you think Pearl was different from other pirates?

Pages 6-7: What kind of adventures might Pearl have had? Where might she sail to? Why do you think Pearl stood tall and proud at the bow of her ship? What do you think the author meant when she wrote, 'the sea had gifted calm'?

Pages 8-9: Why do you think sailors came from all over the world to join Captain Pearl Fairweather on the good ship Harmony? Do you think Pearl was a good leader? Why do you say that? What qualities might a good leader have? Do you think people from different countries can live and work together peacefully? Why do you say that? Why do you think 'never a cross word was spoken' on Captain Pearl's ship? Why do you think Pearl's ship was called Harmony? What do you do if someone speaks to you in a cross or angry manner? Do you work well with: others in your classroom/your brother/sister at home? Why do you say that? How might you/the students in your classroom work together in a more respectful way? Why do you think the author has written, 'one cloudy afternoon' when Captain McCross is introduced into the story? Can you guess what type of character Captain McCross will be?
We're All Wonders
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She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton

She Persisted by Chelsea Clinton
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The Last Stop on Market Street-Click on link to hear the story

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Previous Math Problems of the Week