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 1/18/19

Good afternoon, I hope you all had a nice week. As we approach this long weekend in honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr. and with the ongoing fight for social justice throughout our nation and around the world, it is a perfect time to remind ourselves what Dr. King stood for. I would like to share with you some of the words of Dr. King in hopes that we all continue to fight for justice and equal rights for all people and that we never give up on each other. These quotes also serve as learning opportunities and conversation starters that we as caregivers and educators can share and teach the meaning of to our children. As they are our future and can be the change we need.

"Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'"

"I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will be judged not by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character."

"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."

"The time is always right to do what is right."

"In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends."

Let us all remember that although MLK Jr. Day is a good reminder of what we need to do in order to have a more just world, our efforts to fight for a more just world should happen every single day throughout the year!

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.


I'm happy to welcome back Ms. Nina Shrayer from her maternity leave. Ms. Nina will return to Bridge Street part-time (3 days/week) starting on Wednesday. We have also hired, Lauren Martel. Miss Martel will graduate in May with a Masters Degree in Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) and has experience working with students with autism. Miss Martel will be working with Ms. Nina in order to have continuity in our BCBA services.


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.

Parent Cafe Series

Please see attached flyer for the Early Childhood Parent Cafe Series. The final date of these gatherings will be on 24th from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Bridge Street School. I've attached the flyer below.

Important Dates

1/21/19 No School, MLK Jr. Day

1/25/19 No School, Teacher Work Day

1/28/19 New Base Session Starts