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

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A Message from Principal Choquette 10/6/17

Good afternoon and happy fall! I will take this weather over the extreme heat we had a couple of weeks ago. I like the warm weather, but once school starts it is nice to have it a bit cooler. Speaking of the weather, the mornings are cool. Please remember to dress your children appropriately for the changing temperatures.

I'd like to thank everyone who came out to this year's Open House. It was nice to see so many of you and your children. I'd also like to thank the PTO for organizing the Open House and for planning a fun evening for our families. The passports were a huge hit!

Please remember that there are no dogs on school grounds while school is in session (7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.). If you must bring a dog to the school during the day or at pick-up and drop-off, you need to stay in Lampron Park. Thank you for your cooperation.

There are many students who get breakfast at school and are not going to breakfast immediately when they get off the bus. Please remind your children if they eat breakfast at school, they must go right to the cafeteria. Some student are going in after the morning recess causing them to be tardy.

Thank you to all of our students and families who participated in International Walk to School Day. We had so much fun. Take a look at our pictures below. If you are interested in signing your children up for the bus or if you would like to volunteer to be a "driver" please go to the PTO website ( and click on the walking school bus tab.

Thank you and have a wonderful long weekend!

K-2 Celebration

Monday, Oct. 16th, 9am

Bridge Street School Cafeteria

Come and join us for our weekly celebration. Mrs. Busone's kindergarten class will be presenting. They will be rescheduled for a different week. All families and community members are welcome.

Congratulations New School Council Members

I'd like to congratulate Lori Shine, Roni Gold, and Sam Hopper for winning the election as parent representatives on our school council. Thank you to all of our nominees.

The next school council meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, October 11, 2017 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the BSS Conference Room.

School Council Members: Beth Choquette, Principal; Carol Ruyffelaert, Teacher; John Zyskowski, Teacher; Brittany Kelly, Teacher; Lori Shine, Parent; Roni Gold, Parent; Sam Hopper, Parent; Jerry Budgar, Community Member.

BSS Harvest Potluck and Garden Work Day

Please join us!

Monday October 16

3:15-6pm at the BSS- Historic Northampton Garden

Come join us to do a little fall garden clean-up and celebrate another great year of

gardening together!

If you would like, bring a harvest food to share ( soups, salads, breads, desserts)

All are welcome! We hope to see you there!

Safety Drills

By law we are required to practice both fire and lockdown safety drills. We already had our first fire drill. Our first lock down safety drill will be held on October 27th at 9:15 a.m. It is extremely important that ALL children participate in these drills to make sure we are well prepared for an emergency. These drills are not meant to scare children, our children do extremely well in our safety drills. They are necessary to keep everyone safe in case of an emergency. If you are worried about the drills or think that your child may be worried please contact our adjustment counselor, Laurie Sperry. Thank you.

Important Dates

Oct. 9th No School Columbus Day/Indigenous People's Day

Oct. 10th PTO Meeting 3:15-4:15 BSS Library

Oct. 11th Picture Day

Oct. 11th 4th and 5th Grade Family Dinner 5:30-7:00 p.m. BSS Cafeteria

Oct. 16th Celebration-Mrs. Busone's Kindergarten Class Presenting.

Thank you to the BSS PTO for the dinner you provided to our teachers before Open House!

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Inclusion...a reminder about "THAT KID."

“If ever, at any point, YOUR child, or any of your children, becomes THAT child…

I will not share your personal family business with other parents in the classroom.

I will communicate with you frequently, clearly, and kindly.

I will make sure there are tissues nearby at all our meetings, and if you let me, I will hold your hand when you cry.

I will advocate for your child and family to receive the highest quality of specialist services, and I will cooperate with those professionals to the fullest possible extent.

I will make sure your child gets extra love and affection when she needs it most.

I will be a voice for your child in our school community.

I will, no matter what happens, continue to look for, and to find, the good, amazing, special, and wonderful things about your child.

I will remind him and YOU of those good amazing special wonderful things, over and over again.

And when another parent comes to me, with concerns about YOUR child…

I will tell them all of this, all over again.” By Valerie Strauss

The name of the article is titled ‘Teacher to parents: About THAT kid (the one who hits, disrupts and influences YOUR kid).’

Lost and Found

We are starting to look like a department store. If your children are missing sweatshirts, shirts, water bottles, shoes, and lunch boxes, chances are they are in the lost and found. Please visit the lost and found outside of the cafeteria to claim your lost items!