Principal's Weekly

Dr. Beth N. Choquette

Bridge Street School

2 Parsons Street

Northampton, Massachusetts 01060

413-587-1460 (phone) 413-587-1484 (fax)



Beth N. Choquette, Principal bchoquette@northamtpon-k12.us

Elizabeth Peterson, Administrative Assistant epeterson@northampton-k12.us

Nora DeJasu, Head Teacher ndejasu@northampton-k12.us

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A Message From Principal Choquette

Good Afternoon! We made it through our first few days...hopefully without too many glitches. It was an exciting first few days, lots of positivity and excitement to be back in school.


Monday we will begin in-person days for those students who will be in school. We are so excited to have them here. There are some important things to be aware of before arriving on Monday. First, students coming to school will have specific entrances and may not arrive before 8:45 a.m. Pick-up is at 3:00 p.m. Students and adults will need to have a mask and stay socially distanced from others (6 feet). Adults will be at the entrances to greet your child. Additionally, there is a safety/health checklist families should conduct prior to coming to school. Please see below from Nurse Jessica.


Unfortunately due to the virus, no visitors, only school employees, will be able to enter the building. Students may not stay on the playground after school and must be picked-up by a caregiver at 3:00 p.m. if they are here until the end of the day. Students coming to school after 8:45 a.m. must enter through the main entrance of the building. Students dismissing prior to 3:00 p.m. must exit through the main door. Please see which doors your child should be dropped off at below.


Preschool will enter from the kindergarten playground

K/1st Grade Doors by the crossing guard (Parsons St/Union St.)

2nd/3rd Grade Big Playground Doors

4th/5th Grade Big Playground Doors


If you took a school Chromebook, chose to purchase insurance but haven't paid yet, please do so asap. You can drop cash or a check made out to the Northampton Public Schools in the drop box outside of the main entrance of the school. Also, if you have not picked up your Chromebook or school supplies, please let your child's teacher know so they can have it ready for you to pick-up.


I know things are challenging and much different than usual, but I am grateful to the work our faculty and staff who have put so much into getting ready for school. I appreciate all that you are doing to support your children, I miss them terribly and am looking forward to seeing some of them on Monday.


Take care and have a wonderful weekend!

Joint Statement from Dr. Provost and NASE

Technology

Important Information

To all students, teachers and guardians in the Northampton school district:


There will be a student run technical hotline for any inquiries regarding things such as chromebooks, zoom, passwords, google classrooms. This is the first place to turn to if you have a technical need.


This is where you can find help:


ZOOM: shorturl.at/iBPZ0 (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 12pm-1pm)

EMAIL: nhshelpdesk@northampton-k12.us


Hotspots


Many people have been called inquiring about the hotspots. They will be delivered to you as they receive them. The schools do not have them. Kelley Knight, our district outreach social worker is delivering them based off of people filling out the google form from the Chromebook Guide below. That is the only way we will know if you need one. If you can't access the guide, please ask your child's teacher to enter it in for you.

Food Services Update

Welcome to the new school year!

Northampton Public Schools Food Service Department is still going strong and will continue to provide meals for all kids 18 and under FREE of charge. Regular school meal charges will apply as of 12/31/2020 in accordance with the USDA guidelines.


We are continuing our four bus stop locations for meal kit pick up. Please see the handout attached and feel free to share with your students and families. Each meal kit supplies breakfast and lunch for multiple days and contains beautiful produce from our thriving local farmers!


Menus can be found on our website (http://www.northamptonschools.org/project/food-services/) and our Instagram/Facebook accounts Freshhampton. Please follow!


We will be providing meals to our in-person learners as well. More on that to come!

Please bear with us as we adapt and change to meet the nutritional needs of our community kiddos!


Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions.


Mistelle Hannah, MPH, RD, LDN

Food Service Director

Northampton Public Schools

mhannah@northampton-k12.us

413-587-1487

Check us out : @Freshhampton

Important Information from Nurse Jessica

Please take a moment to read this important information from our school nurse regarding the return to school.

PTO

Caregiver Directory

The PTO is looking to get as many caregivers who want to be able to connect with other caregivers into their directory. This is a great place to look for contacts of other caregivers to try to work out childcare support. If you are interested in reaching out to other caregivers or in having them reach out to you, please fill out this shared, public document. It is also a way that the PTO will reach out to families regarding various events/fundraisers throughout the year.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc2dseMlWti_dVCcYEqoAPavoA1-PrVeL2r6AixUJyQ1sv33Q/viewform

Social Justice Corner

REAL (Racial Equity and Learning)

REAL (Racial Equity & Learning) is an NEF–funded project that brings together Northampton Public Schools teachers, staff, students & caregivers to fulfill the project’s mission: support & strengthen our school community by developing an intentionally anti-racist culture.


In late summer, REAL launched an equitable reopening subcommittee to discuss ways to re-envision community building and help support the diverse needs of NPS families during and beyond 2020 remote learning, particularly those students and families impacted by systemic oppression. While REAL generally focuses on race equity, the equitable reopening subcommittee is about equity across the board, including with regard to class and ability.


We know the needs and challenges are immense right now for so many—and we are committed to working collectively with the district, in solidarity with NPS youth and families, to understand and help respond to families’ needs in ways that are sensitive and thoughtful. Our subcommittee currently has three working groups:


  • School/District Communication & Info Gathering: Reaching out to teachers, principals, school social workers, guidance counselors, PTOs, etc. to learn about and help in any way with efforts to connect with families to identify specific needs and build meaningful, reciprocal relationships.


  • City/Community Communication & Info Gathering: Learning about and connecting with resources that city agencies and community organizations have and efforts that are already underway to support children and families.


  • Fundraising: Exploring ways to raise funds, in collaboration with others, to help individuals and families with things like rent, childcare, technology resources, food, etc., and solicit voluntary input (ideas, skills, resources, etc.) from families that may wish to contribute.


If you would like to learn more and/or get connected in any way (doesn’t need to be through subcommittee work… can be any form of participation), please contact REAL’s BSS parent representative, Annie Salsich at salsichannie@gmail.com. And check out the REAL website (https://realnorthampton.com) and facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/REALNoho) for links to to relevant events and resources.

Second Step

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