Byam Newsletter

September 9, 2022

Message from Principal Fredette and AP Dolan

Byam Family Newsletter

Open House Curriculum Night for Parents/Guardians

Open House Curriculum Night is such an important part of home-school partnership. This evening gives parents/guardians a chance to learn about our plans for the school year.

Below are the hours for our Curriculum Open House on Wednesday, September 21.

Grades 3 and 4- 5:00-6:15

Parents/Guardians will begin the evening in the dining room at 5:00 pm for some brief remarks by Mr. Fredette and Mrs. Dolan. They will then proceed to the classrooms for the teacher's presentation.

Specialists, Special Education and Support Staff- 6:15-7:00

These staff members will be available in their classrooms/offices during the above time block. Grades 3-4 parents/guardians may visit after their classroom presentation and grades K-2 parents/guardians can visit before the presentation time below.

Kindergarten, Grades 1 and 2- 7:00-8:15

Parents/Guardians will begin the evening in the dining room at 7:00 pm for some brief remarks by Mr. Fredette and Mrs. Dolan. They will then proceed to the classrooms for the teacher's presentation.

Fire Drill

Today we had our first fire drill with the Chelmsford Fire Department. Our students and staff did a wonderful job conducting the drill and our time exiting the building was quick for a first drill. We conduct fire drills, along with other safety drills throughout the year to maintain our preparedness for various situations.

Kindergarten and Kelso's Choices

Below are some kindergarten classes celebrating Kelso's Choices Day. Kindergarteners are making lots of great choices with Kelso's tips. To learn more about Kelso's Choice as a social skill in Kindergarten, visit
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New Byam Library Prize Cart Is Accepting Book Donations

Some of you may have heard of our new Library Prize Cart! On special occasions or as a special reward, your child may be allowed to choose a book from our prize cart “to keep forever and ever” in addition to selecting a library book to borrow for the week.

These books are mostly donated books that I can’t use in the library collection (either a duplicate copy of one we already own, a soft cover that won’t hold up to continual use, or a book that was designed to be written in.) For now, I have an excellent selection, but I will accept your donations of books for the cart. They can be new or gently used, appropriate for grades K-4. Blank books (journals) have been especially popular! Your student can either bring book donations in their backpack, or you can drop donated children's books off to the Byam office.

Thank you, and please let me know if you have any questions!

Mrs. Driscoll, Byam Library Specialist

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3 R Expectations as Byam

You will hear a lot about the "3 R's" at Byam. The underlying theme is teaching behavioral expectations in the same manner as any core curriculum subject. This approach is a part of our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports system. Byam will focus on three behavioral expectations that are positively stated and easy to remember. In other words, rather than telling students what not to do, we will focus on the preferred behaviors. At Byam we are:

  • Respectful
  • Responsible
  • Ready

We recognize our students displaying these expectations by giving out "roars". Roars are stickers that students receive and then are acknowledged in our weekly announce video. Keep a lookout for roars coming home and ask your student want they did to receive it. As a school, we set roar goals during 3 points throughout the year and celebrate with an all school celebration if we hit our goals. We've giving expectation tours over the past two weeks on the various locations and will begin to implement our passport system next week to continue teaching these expectation. Below is the Byam matrix that highlights our 3 R expectations by location.

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Follow us on Instagram!

Principal Fredette and Assistant Principal Dolan are on Instagram now! Follow them to see photos of fun Byam school happenings @byamprincipal @byam_ap. See you on Insta!

Weekly Announcements

On Wednesdays (and this week Thursday) Byam students view a morning announcements video. This format was developed during hybrid and remote learning but is something we've continued to do so that we can involve students and announce important events, birthdays and acknowledge roars. Below is this weeks' announcements.
Byam Announcements Sept 8th 2022

CPS School Nutrition

Reminder every student should bring a simple snack and snack drink to school every day. (ie: snack examples: crackers, carrot sticks, etc.)

Below is information from School Nutrition Director, Nancy Antolini, regarding school lunch procedures.

September School Lunch Menu

School Lunch menu PDF below. Reminder to pack a drink for your student if they are not buying a milk.

Picture Release

The Chelmsford Public Schools frequently uses images of our community to highlight our communications and outreach. If you would not like your student's images used, please send an email to Principal Fredette at

BSA Information!

The Boo Bash is coming to Byam ~ October 22nd, 4-7pm!

Save the Date 10/22/22, and get ready for some spooky fun! Wear your costume, Trunk or Treat, the Haunted Walk, Trucks, Creepy Pumpkins, Cupcake Walk, Pizza, and Games! More info coming soon!

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Umass Lowell Riverhawks Tickets: 11/14/2022

Save the Date 11/14/2022! More info coming soon!

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Family Photos by Farmhouse Photography: 10/18/2021

Save the Date 10/18/2022! More info coming soon! Back again and in time for holiday cards!

Thank you for joining us at our first BSA Meeting:

Thank you to all who joined us for our first BSA meeting of the 2022-2023 School Year. We loved seeing lots of new faces! There are lots of ways to get involved, from sharing ideas, to signing up to help at an event. Our next meeting is October 5th!

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Stay Connected to the Byam School Association

Our next meeting is September 7th at 7:00pm.

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Students being present to school is vital to student socialization and academic progress. Outside of illnesses and medical appointments, we at Chelmsford Public Schools discourages as little travel as possible during the school weeks.

If your family's schedule required your child to miss school days please contact our clear Stella Murphy either prior to or the day of their absence. This helps decrease the number of outgoing calls our school office needs to do to inquire about student absences.

Seeking Substitutes!

Come on Board! We are seeking additional building substitutes for both teaching and support to grow our Byam School substitute pool. Minimum of one day to maximum of four days a week, dependent on substitute preference. If interested in hearing more information about this opportunity please have interested person email Betsy Dolan at to discuss further. Training and support with technology, sub plans, etc. is provided on site.

Chelmsford SY2223 Printable Academic Calendar Below

About Us

Byam Principal and AP Email Contact:

Principal Fredette:

Assistant Principal Dolan:

Follow us on Instagram: @byamprincipal and @byam_ap

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