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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Translation of the Principal's Weekly

Just a reminder that the website I use to create my weekly newsletters, now has translation in many different languages. Here are the steps to have it translated:

At the top of the weekly email, there's a link that reads "View it in your browser," click that and it takes you to the post on a webpage.

Scroll to the bottom where there's a black menu bar and pick the option that says "Translate."

Select the language you would like it translated in and it will then translate it on the webpage.

Traducción del semanario del director

Solo un recordatorio de que el sitio web que uso para crear mis boletines semanales, ahora tiene traducción en muchos idiomas diferentes. Aquí están los pasos para traducirlo:

En la parte superior del correo electrónico semanal, hay un enlace que dice "Verlo en su navegador", haga clic en eso y lo llevará a la publicación en una página web.

Desplázate hacia la parte inferior donde hay una barra de menú negra y elige la opción que dice "Traducir".

Seleccione el idioma en el que desea traducirlo y luego lo traducirá en la página web.

A Message From Principal Choquette 1/24/19

Good afternoon, you are receiving the weekly today because there is no school for students tomorrow due to the teacher work day. I realize there was some confusion about whether the day off was tomorrow or Monday. At the beginning of the school year you received a calendar from the district with Monday off but then a new calendar went out with the correction on it with tomorrow being off. You all should have received a robo call from Dr. Provost yesterday. Tomorrow there is NO school and Monday there is school.

Well, we finally received some significant snow which means this is a good time to remind all families that students will not be allowed to play in the snow unless they have the proper clothing (snow pants, coats, hats, gloves/mittens, and boots). If students are not dressed appropriately, they will only be able to play on the sidewalk. With the warmer temperatures things are melting and the kids get soaked making them cold when they come inside and distracted during learning. In addition, we have seen an increase in the amount of students coming to school dressed inappropriately for the cold temperatures (no coats, tank tops, t-shirts, shorts, etc.). Students need to dress for the colder temperatures and may be asked to come inside if they are not dressed appropriately. Thank you for your cooperation with this. If your child needs clothes, we have a coat rack for borrowing outside of the first grade classrooms by the elevator that has coats, snow pants, boots, etc. Thank you to all who have donated to it.

Girls on the Run (GOTR) is returning to Bridge Street School again this Spring and we are looking for two more volunteer coaches to help!

GOTR is an innovative after school program that inspires girls to be joyful, confident and healthy. The curriculum encourages the girls to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. It’s all about girl power and no running experience is necessary!

Before we can open registration for our 3-5th grade BSS girls, we need help recruiting volunteer coaches who can be at the practices.

Coaches are trained, supported and given all supplies needed to have a successful season. Coaches can be a parents or local community members (doesn’t just have to be a BSS person).

Practices meet twice a week from March 11th-June 2nd after school at Bridge Street school on Mondays and Fridays from 3:00-4:30pm.

And, if you are enrolled in BASE, you can pro-rate that session and do both programs seamlessly!

If interested or would like to learn more, please reach out Bridge St parent and volunteer coach Alex Russell: or GOTR program director Molly Hoyt: / 413-320-1845.

Our deadline for finding coaches (and launching the program) is January 30th and then we’ll open registration.

BASE students interested in participating in the Girls on the Run program can receive a pro-rated tuition for the weeks that the two programs overlap. Start the session with BASE... finish it with Girls on the Run. Contact Keddie Loughrey for more information.

Lastly, the community, Ward 3, and our school community lost a very special friend, Jerry Budgar. Jerry was a huge supporter of our school and was extremely active in the community. He was a former member of our school council and played an important role in organizing our 100th year celebration. Please keep Jerry’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers. He will be missed.

Thank you and have a wonderful weekend.

REAL (Racial Equity and Learning)

REAL Northampton invites you to a story sharing event on

Sunday, January 27th from 3pm to 5pm in the JFK Community

Snow Date: Sunday February 10th

Food and childcare provided!

Please see their flyer attached below.

BSS Annual Science Fair

It's time for the annual Bridge Street School Science Fair!! The Science Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 20th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. (snow date is March 21st). Students in Grades 1-5 are encouraged to participate in this fun and engaging community event by exploring their science questions individually, in pairs or in small groups! Registration forms are being sent home this week in student folders. Extra forms can be obtained in the BSS office or by contacting Stephanie Pouliot at Please also feel free to contact Stephanie if you have any questions about registration or the event itself.


The budget process for the Northampton Public Schools has begun. It is very important that your voice is heard and that we get your input into the budget for next year. Below is the link to the district website where, on the homepage, you can find the budget survey that Dr. Provost is asking people to fill out. It only takes a few minutes, and we want to hear from you.

Government Shutdown

The Northampton Public Schools Food Service Department wants to remind families that applications for free and reduced-price meals may be submitted at any time throughout the year, even during a federal shutdown. If families have had a recent change in income status due to the government shutdown or any other changes we encourage them to apply for school meal benefits for their children.

Here is the link the access the application: or feel free to contact the food service office at (413) 587-1487.


Our next celebration will be on January 31st. This celebration is for 3rd-5th grade students and families and Mr. Zyskowski's class will be presenting.

Important Dates

1/28/19 New Base Session Starts

2/18/19-2/22/19 Winter Break, No School

2/26/19 Winter Concert (grades 3-5)

3/20/19 Science Fair

4/23/19 Spring Concert (grades k-2)