September, 2017

Dear Broadwater Families,


Broadwater Cubs are working hard this year to be “In School, On Time, Every Day!”  This year we are trying hard to improve our attendance and decrease our number of tardies. We have set some lofty goals regarding attendance and tardies. Learning is a treasure; we want every Broadwater Cub to know and understand that.  Let’s be “In School, On Time, Every Day!”  Thank you for helping us reach our goals!  Speaking of goals, you child will be bringing home his/her goals for attendance and discipline this week or early next week.  Please discuss those goals with your child and help them reach for the stars!

We will be using “Homework Folders” again this year!  Every child will be given a plastic reusable folder that will come home every night, Monday-Thursday.  The folder must come back to school every morning!  Please remember to ask your child for his/her folder every night..  Please clean the folder out each night and return any expected homework.  Some teachers may ask for a parent’s signature each night, so please make this a habit!  The use of homework folders will help your child learn organizational skills and responsibility.  With the busy lives that we all lead, I know that you will also appreciate everything being in one place!  Thanks for your help with this!

Please consider joining the Broadwater Parent Organization!  We have a wonderful group of folks and we could always use some more help!  Our first meeting of the year will be Monday, September 11 at 6:30 PM.  The Parent Council will be having a booth at HEF’s Classic Carnival on Sunday, September 10.  The carnival starts at 11:00 and ends at 3:00.  Would you please sign up for a 30 minute spot?  No experience necessary!  Please go to to sign up to help.

Attention Montessori families:  This year, all HPMP meetings will be held at Central-Linc.  They are generally held the first Monday of each month.  This month’s meeting, however, will be a Meet and Greet/Ice Cream Social for Montessori families from all three schools:  Smith, Central-Linc and Broadwater.  Please join us at 5:30 PM on Monday, September 18 at Central-Linc!

Broadwater students will be very aware of our universal expectations for the school year!  We want everyone to BE SAFE, BE RESPECTFUL, BE RESPONSIBLE and BE A LEARNER!  Please ask your child about these!

Fabulous Firsts is back!  First Grade parents are welcome to attend this celebration of reading. The kids really love it when their parents do come, so if possible, please try to attend!  Sponsored by the Helena Education Foundation, every first grade student in the district is given a new book.  Please join us at 2:30 on Friday, September 15.  Learning to read IS a wonderful celebration!

Please remember that school starts at 8:30 AM and ends at 3:15 PM.  We have quite a bit of congestion, so please remember that all students are dismissed to the BACK of the building.  We only have supervision on the playground, not the front yard, so all students are led to the back of the school.  ALSO-if you park in the handicap area, and you do not have a sticker, you will get a ticket!  Even if it’s only for a few minutes….please park in regular spaces only.  Thanks!

Don’t forget that we will be dismissing EVERY MONDAY at 2:30 PM this year.  The teachers will be working in grade level teams to bring the very best instruction to your child.  Thanks for getting this on your schedule.

We have a few field trips scheduled for this month.  On September 26, 5H and 4/5B will be attending Water Watchers all day.  MT-D will attend on September 27.  Please make sure your child dresses for the weather, whatever that may be!

We are watching the air quality every day.  Watch for the flag on the north side of the playground and the south side door to see what the air quality is and whether or not we are inside.

We are looking forward to a wonderful learning adventure this year!  WELCOME!  Don’t forget to check out our website  The monthly calendar is posted as well as “all things Broadwater!”

Mrs. Sweeney


Please read Principal Sue Sweeney’s Welcome Back 2017 letter.

Class Supply List 2017-2018  Class supply lists are also available at most local businesses to help you find all the items you’ll need for a great year.  The ‘Stuff the Bus’ program is also up and running.  You can drop off supplies to donate at any of the local sites, and students will be able to get supplies through this program if purchasing them is a financial hardship.

Stuff the Bus Information




Report cards:  This is just one way we share information with families, so please feel free to ask a teacher if you have any questions or concerns.






Posted on January 6, 2015

Keeping Kids Healthy

There are a number of things families can do to help keep their children healthy and in school:

  • Remind your children to frequently wash their hands; before they eat, after they have recess and after they use the bathroom.  Proper hand washing is the single most important behavior in preventing the transmission of many infectious diseases
  • Avoid close contact  with children and adults who are showing signs of illness
  • Check with your health care practitioner about immunizations for those diseases that can be prevented with vaccination ie: Influenza, Chicken Pox, Pertussis, etc.
  • Remind your student to cough into his elbow or shoulder

In addition, to help keep our school community healthy please keep your student home if:

  • S/He has a fever of 100 degrees or over
  • S/He appears ill and you suspect it may interfere with his ability to be an active learner ie: s/he is coughing repeatedly
  • S/He has nausea and vomiting, cramping or diarrhea

If you have questions or concerns about school health, please feel free to contact our school nurse.

Posted on January 6, 2015

Broadwater Temperature Guidelines

Above 10 degrees–no restrictions

10 degrees to zero–duration of recess may be limited and announced

zero or below zero–indoor recess

Wind chill factor is considered in determining outdoor recess.

Broadwater uses a weather station located at the school as the source of information used to determine temperature decisions at Broadwater School.