Please welcome our new principal!

May 20, 2019

Dear Broadwater Families,

I am excited to introduce myself as the new principal of Broadwater Elementary School. I am honored to have been selected to join the Helena School District, which is known for its dynamic educational experience. Over the past ten years, I have worked in a variety of school districts helping to shape my leadership style and prepare me for this amazing opportunity. I feel so fortunate to work in partnership with Mrs. Sweeney as I transition into the role of building leader.

Here is a little bit about me. I am a Montana native born into a family of educators! I was raised in the Bitterroot valley and graduated from Hamilton High School.  After high school, I attend the University of Montana and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education. I spent the first eight years of my teaching career in Wyoming teaching fifth grade. During my time in Wyoming, I was fortunate to receive exceptional professional development and grow as an educator and leader. In 2013, I earned a National Board Certification as a middle childhood generalist. I then began working on my masters in Educational Leadership through the University of Wyoming. Over the course of graduate school, I continued to teach and had two babies! After graduating, we wanted to raise children close to family and move back to Montana. We moved to Bozeman and I got a job teaching third grade at Hawthorne Elementary! My son Bridger is four years old and my daughter Emerson is two years old. These two are the light of my life and help me be the best educator I can be every day. We are excited to be part of the Helena Community.

Once again, I am so thankful to have the opportunity to bring all that I have experienced and learned with me to your wonderful community. I look forward to getting to know you and your children.

I look forward to meeting you soon.


Laura Conwell



Weekly Video Announcements:

Thomas 4/18/219

Sophia 4/16/2019

Kayla 4/9/2019

Kaden 3/19/2019

Xander 3/11/2019

Nohla 2/25/2019

Willy 2/15/2019

Peyton 2/8/2019

Braiden 2/4/2019

Frannie 1/29/2019

Payton 1/22/2019

Olivia 1/11/2019

Bahar 1/7/2019

Noah 12/14/2018

Keirya 12/10/2018

Evan 11/30/2018

Annabelle 11/26/2015

Jace 11/9/2018

Elliot 11/5/2018

Emma 10/29/2018

Dontae 10/22/2018

Delaney 10/12/2018

Lilybelle 10/8/2018

Peyton 10/01/2018

Ella 9/21/2018

Katerina 9/14/2018

Will 9/7/2018

Addison 8/29/2018


Attendance is important!

June, 2019

Happy June Broadwater families!  This year certainly flew by.  We have a few important events that I wanted to make sure you have on the calendar!

Monday, June 3 is Movin’ On Up Day!  This starts at 10:30 and all of our students move to their next year’s classroom for an hour of fun.  The 5th graders spend time with Mr. Alberts, Miss Skogley, and Mrs. Unruh.  After Movin’ On Up Day, it is our family barbeque.  If you haven’t RSVP’d yet, please call Brittiny at 324-1130.  We need to turn those numbers in soon.  Thank you!  The cost is $3.50 for adults and $2.65 for students.  If your child still has money on their account, they can use their lunch card.  You do not need to send in separate money for your student.

On Tuesday, June 4, our 5th graders will be heading to Fairmont for their end of the year party.  Please do NOT send phones with your child to Fairmont.  Teachers should not be responsible for students’ phones and I would hate to have any thefts occur while they are there.  Remember, there is usually more than one school there.  If a phone has to come to school, we will ask that it stays at Broadwater for the day.

Wednesday, June 5 is our Awards Assembly.  This starts at 9:00.  We will be doing all of the students together so it will be a little longer.  The American Legion Award, which is presented to an outgoing female and male 5th grader, will be presented around 9:30.

At noon on June 5, our 4th and 5th grade BUGS award winners will have a pizza party.  The party is for all  the winners for first and second trimester, as well as the third trimester winners, who will be announced in the morning at the awards assembly.

Our kindergarten students will also be graduating on June 5.  Graduation is at 2:30 in the gym.  Congratulations to our Kinder students!

Thursday, June 6 is our last day of school and our absolutely wonderful Talent Show.  I hope you all can make it.  We are starting the talent show at 9:00.  If your child is performing, they will either be performing in the first half, or second half of the show.  You are welcome to come to part or all of the talent show.

We will dismiss school at 12:00 on Thursday, June 6.  I am terrible with goodbyes, so I will only say, “Until I see you again.”  It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as the principal at Broadwater Elementary School.  This is truly a special place.  The staff, the kids, and the families will always hold a special place in my heart.  Thank you so much for your support these past 11 years.    Ms. Laura Conwell, your new principal, is going to be amazing!  Have a wonderful summer and I hope to keep in touch!

Mrs. Sweeney

2018-2019 Newsletter Updates:  WelcomeBack2018  First Day Letter 2018  September Newsletter   October Parent Letter  November Parent Letter  December Parent Letter January Parent Letter  February Parent Letter March Newsletter April Parent Letter  May Parent Letter   June Parent Letter


 Broadwater Elementary Handbook Revised

Class Supply List 2018-2019  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.  (We do not have an electronic version of the Kindergarten report card at this time.)

Report Card Grade 1 CCSS 2.0 18-19

Report Card Grade 2 CCSS 2.0 18-19

Report Card Grade 3 CCSS 2.0 18-19

Report Card Grade 4 CCSS 2.0 18-19

Report Card Grade 5 CCSS 2.0 18-19

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.