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 2/8/19

Good afternoon, and happy weekend to you all. There is a lot of information in this weekly, so please mark your calendars!

It is that time of year again for Kindergarten registration. This year's registration will be held on February 28th from 3:30-6:00 p.m. here at Bridge Street School. Please spread the word to those families you may know that need to register.

The 14th Annual VINS Dog Show will be held on Saturday, March 2nd (snow date March 3rd) from 12-3 p.m. in the Northampton High School gym. Come chase away the midwinter blahs at a fantastic family fun event. It is free for people with or without their dogs! All are welcome to join the fun at the fourteenth “March Forth with Your Dog-Not Your Typical Dog Show." Adults and children can register their dogs to compete in categories like “Best Fetcher,” “Best Dressed,” or “Most Obedient” with preregistration available through February 27th. The two-legged audience attends free with donations welcome. Food, vendors, cookie decorating, face painting, and a country store raffle will be available. All young and adult dog owners may join the Parade of Dogs at 12:15 p.m. VINS (Volunteers in Northampton Schools) recruits, trains and places volunteers in all district schools, and this is the primary fundraiser for the organization. We hope you can all join in the fun and come out and support VINS.

This year's Read-A-Thon begins Monday, February 11th and lasts through Sunday, March 3rd. This exciting annual event celebrates our students' reading and also serves as an essential fundraiser for the Nature's Classroom program. Parents should have received packets in school folders a few weeks ago, but if you need another just ask at the office. Please encourage your child to sign up sponsors and start logging their reading on Monday!

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.

Lastly, we are excited to announce a new digital display (coming soon) in the front lobby outside of the office. This display was provided to the school through an NEF grant and will be used to showcase the awesome work happening in classrooms across the our school. At BSS we always aim to create an open and welcoming environment. We hope that images of the vibrant and creative work students and teachers are engaging in will do just that. We also want to clarify that these images are only used internally. They are not published anywhere and are not accessible outside of school. We ask that you watch, get excited, and discuss what you see but we ask that you not take any pictures, video or in any other way record the display.

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend!

Hiring Updates

Congratulations to Miss Junno who has been hired to be the 3rd grade long-term substitute teacher until Mrs. Hurd returns. Miss Junno has been the long-term substitute in the 2nd grade covering for Mrs. Nagle's maternity leave. We are excited both to welcome Mrs. Nagle back and to have Miss Junno continue at Bridge Street School.

I'd like to welcome Mr. David Harasymiw to our staff. Mr. Harasymiw has been hired as a paraprofessional replacing Kelly Martin. Welcome to our school David!


Spirit of the Heart Kung-Fu, located right down the road at 47 Market Street, offers Kung-Fu classes after school on Mondays and Thursdays for students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Children are picked up by a Spirit of the Heart instructor in the main lobby after school, and are walked down to the studio. Parent pick up is at 4:15 from Spirit of the Heart. For more information visit or call Nancy at 413-585-1661 to sign up for a free trial class. Classes are ongoing throughout the year and kids can start at any time.

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.

K-2 Celebration

Our next celebration will be on February 14th. This celebration is for K-2nd grade students and families and Ms.Morgan's 1st grade class will be presenting.

Important Dates

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

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

2/28/19 Kindergarten Registration 3:30-6:00 BSS

3/20/19 Science Fair

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

2nd Grade Faculty and Staff Celebrating the 100th Day of School

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