Byam Newsletter

October 29, 2021

Video Message

Principal Update

Halloween Week

The week leading up to Halloween is always an exciting one for students. It has great to see many of the fun activities happening, from pumpkin stores, special crafts and our long standing tradition of our kindergarten parade. Our kindergarteners typically visit classrooms on their parade but this year the weather cooperated and they paraded outside. We also had students vote for their favorite staff costumes this year and overwhelmingly Pikachu won. Congratulations to Ms. Holly, our Byam BCBA for being such a hit with students!
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Kindergarten Halloween Parade

No School on Tuesday November 2

There is no school on Tuesday, November 2. Along with this being an election day, it is also a full professional development day for staff.

ALICE Drill Next Week

Dear Byam Families,

Next week we will be conducting our first ALICE drill of the school year. ALICE stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. This is a research based, options-based protocol that is non-sequential to respond to a dangerous individual at school.

To prepare for this drill we will be presenting each grade level with a social story to explain the drill on Wednesday and then follow up with an ALICE video created by the district in collaboration with the Chelmsford Police Department. We've used this process to introduce ALICE to our students since our initial implementation and have been pleased how our students and staff respond when conducting the drill. We have collaborated with the Chelmsford Police and Fire Departments on this drill to ensure that it is a developmentally appropriate experience.

After we conduct the drill, we will send a communication to inform you when it has occurred. Should you have any questions about ALICE or about this drill, either leading up to the drill or after you have been able to debrief with your child, please do not hesitate to reach out to us.


Jason Fredette and Betsy Dolan

Chelmsford Public Library Spooky Story Contest

Every year the Chelmsford Public Library holds a Spooky Story Contest around Halloween. This year over 25 Byam students entered stories into the Chelmsford Public Library Spooky Story Contest, and the first place winners in EVERY elementary category are from Byam School!! Nora Marcsisin (K-1 category), Carter Stonehouse (Gr. 2), Leeya Perez (Gr. 3) and Clarissa Soderstrom (Gr. 4) are our first place winners. We are proud of all of our Byam authors and Mrs. Driscoll will have copies of the stories in the Byam library for anyone who would like to read them.

Byam School Council

Every public elementary, middle and high school in Massachusetts have a body known as a school council. This council is made up of educators, parents and community members from a a school. The purview for this group is to identify educational needs for the school and develop planning and goals to address these needs. We are looking for some parent volunteers who would be interested in serving on this group. The Byam School Council meets on one evening a month throughout the school year. Please email Mr. Fredette if you have interest in serving or if you have any questions.

BSA - Byam School Association

Stay Connected to the Byam School Association:

Our next meeting is November 10th, 7pm in the Byam Library, and streamed virtually.






Orders are due by November 7th. You can either pay via our PayPal account, or by sending a check into the school made out to the BSA. You will be emailed when your order is ready for pick up! Pick up will be contactless and Covid safe. Please feel free to email with any questions at:

*Center Sports, who creates all the products, is experiencing difficulties getting the products so they are using other brands when they need too. There may be some delays, so we are starting the sale a bit earlier in case any of the items are being used as a holiday present!

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QUICKCLICK Family Photos by Farmhouse Photography

Family Portrait Fundraiser - Tuesday: November 2nd, 1:00-4:30 (Tuesday is a no school day)

There are only a few slots still available!


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ONLY A FEW DAYS LEFT! For the month of October 2021, Byam School Association will receive a $1 donation from each purchase of the $2.50 reusable Community Bag at the Stop & Shop store located at 299 Chelmsford Street, Chelmsford MA!

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Bandingo: Wednesday, November 3, 2021, 6:30pm
BANDINGO SIGN UP IS HERE! $10 first card, $5 for each additional card. Virtual event will be held on 11/3/21 at 6:30 PM. This is a fun evening (at home!) with the whole family. A musical twist on BINGO, with dancing, sing-a-longs, and prizes... all over a virtual Zoom party! Spots are limited for this popular event so sign up ASAP. Please fill out this form to secure your spot! **Don't forget to return to Byam Association Page after payment to complete your sign up**

Once Bandingo SignUp form is complete, you receive a confirmation email! Bingo cards will be emailed to you 24-48 hours before the event on November 3rd. Any questions email the BSA at
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Don't feel like cooking for Bandingo Night? Dine in or take out from Brickhouse Center on November 3rd, and a portion of the proceeds will go to the BSA! 🍕

Charleston Wrap Fall Fundraiser:
Want to start your holiday shopping? Wouldn’t it be nice to be able to buy gifts for your loved ones AND raise money for Byam? Well, you can! The BSA’s fall fundraiser with Charleston Wrap will run from November 1st through the 14th. Stay tuned for more information next week.

Byam Hootenanny! Sign-Up TODAY!

Byam's got talent... so Lions, get your acts ready! Byam's All Together Now Hootenanny! Byam's Got Talent! We are ALL TOGETHER (safely), and ready to have fun! 3/25-3/26 2022! Talent show and 4th grade Emcee sign ups are here:

Questions? Email:

Get your reading glasses, because its almost time for our outdoor and in-person SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR! Scheduled for AFTER SCHOOL November 18th, 19th, 22nd and 23rd, and the morning of Saturday November 20th. Details to come! #ScholasticBookFairs
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3 Rs Bulletin Board

November School Lunch Calendar

Chelmsford SY2122 Printable Academic Calendar Below

About Us

Byam Principal and AP Email Contact:

Principal Fredette:

Assistant Principal Dolan:

Chelmsford Public Schools Website:

Byam Website Page:

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