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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A Message From Principal Choquette 12/2/18

Good afternoon, I hope you all had a nice weekend. I did not get a chance to get the weekly out on Friday, so here it is.

This week we are celebrating National Inclusive Schools Week. This year, the theme is “Kaleidoscope of Friends.” As described on their website,, if you look into a kaleidoscope, you see an infinite array of patterns of brilliant light created by repeated reflection. Kaleidoscope comes from two Greek words: kalos, meaning “beautiful,” and eidos, “shape.” And indeed, education takes on a beautiful shape when all children belong and are valued as contributing members of the school community. That is the vision of inclusive education; it drives decisions, actions, and core beliefs. Repeated reflection helps shape effective practices to meet the needs of all students. When we add the word “friends” to that image, the result is a myriad of relationships that provide opportunities for the support and growth of all children.

I am happy to say that I have officially completed my first year and a half of my doctoral program. As I get ready to embark on my last year and a half, I will be focused on my dissertation. With an overarching theme of Social Justice Leadership, I am narrowing my focus down to social justice leadership in trauma-informed schools. There is currently a substantial amount of research on social justice leadership and trauma-informed schools as two separate topics, however, there is very little on the intersection of the two, which is is where I would like to focus my research. When we look at social justice we typically look at it around race, ethnicity, disability, religion, gender, and sexual orientation. I feel that trauma should also fall into the realm of social justice as students who have experienced trauma can also experience bullying, poor academic achievement, behavior challenges, and can be disproportionately placed . If leaders look at trauma through the lens of social justice, then we will create an environment that is socially just for students who have experienced trauma. I am very excited about this work, and thank everyone for their support as I head into the next and final stage of my studies.

Have a wonderful evening.

Santa's Trains at Look Park

Look Park has agreed to open their doors for Santa's Trains and to meet Santa for sensory and special needs kids! The date is Saturday Dec 15th 1:30 - 3-ish (doors open to the public at 4) so kids can get some quiet time with the trains, decorations, and meet Santa with less crowds. It's free for all.

Parenting Workshop

Northampton Area Pediatrics, LLP


When Worrying Takes Over:

Managing Anxiety in your Child or Teen

with Sharon Saline, Psy.D.

and Jonathan Schwab, M.D.

Sunday, December 2nd

4pm to 5:30pm

193 Locust St., Northampton


The next PTO meeting will be on December 12th at 6:30 p.m.

Principal's Chats

The next Principal's Chat will be on December 6th from 3:15- 4:00 p.m. here at BSS. The topic will be MCAS data.

K-5 Celebration

The next celebration will be for all K-5 students and families on December 10th at 9:00 a.m.

Important Dates

12/6/18 Principal's Chat 3:15-4:00 p.m.

12/12/18 PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.

12/22/18-1/1/19 No School, Holiday break

1/2/19-First day of the New Year.