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



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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

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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!

May, 2019

Happy May Day Broadwater families.  It is so hard to believe that May is here and that my career is coming to an end.  I had complete trust in the district in the hiring process for my replacement, and for those of you who attended the reception last night, I think you’ll agree that the finalists were AWESOME!  I know that whoever ends up getting the job will be incredible.  As soon as I know which of the three is selected, I will let you know.  Thanks for your participation, input, and most importantly, your support throughout the years.

Friday, May 3 is Vigilante Day!  School is dismissed at 11:00 on that day and we do NOT serve lunch.  Students may dress for the parade-Vigilante theme-cowboys, miners, etc.

May 3 is also the 50’s bash for our 5th graders!  This popular event is for all 5th graders in Helena.  The bash is from 6:00-8:30.  If your 5th grader has not gotten tickets yet, they are available at this link:

May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week.  Please remember to thank your hard-working teacher.  I always want them to feel appreciated EVERY week, not just during this week. They put in a lot of extra time to make sure your kids are successful.  Thanks so much to our teachers!

On Monday, May 6, HPMP will be meeting at 5:30 at Smith School.  We invite all Montessori parents to join us!

On Tuesday, May 7, Mrs. Kingston’s class will be going to Water Watchers in the morning and Mrs. Higgins’ class will be going in the afternoon.  Please dress for all types of weather!

On Wednesday, May 8, Mrs. Delaney’s class will be going on the Water Watchers field trip.

On Friday, May 10, the Grandstreet students will be performing, “Words by Kids” at 9:20.  Students across the district have submitted stories that the young actors have turned into skits.  Some of our students’ work may have been selected.  We are excited to find out!

On Monday, May 13, our Parent Council will have their last meeting of the school year.  Congratulations to Kelly Connolly and Miranda Briggs, our Co-Presidents for the 2019-2020 school year!  The meeting starts at 6:30 PM and we try hard to keep the meetings to one hour.  As always, free childcare is provided.

Mr. Feuerstein, Mrs. Barta, Mrs. Harris, and Ms. Smaka’s classes will be going on the Tour Train on Wednesday, May 15.  Enjoy!

Our last movie night of the year will be Friday, May 17 at 6:15 in the gym.  I hope you can join us!  Thanks so much to Nann Parrett for organizing these movie nights this year.  They have been great fun!  Remember, all students must be accompanied by an adult.

The week of May 20 is the last week of Book Pals.  Thank you so much to the Lewis and Clark Literacy Council.  This program is one of my favorites, and for 30 minutes a week, these volunteers have really made a difference in the lives of our kids.  THANK YOU BOOK PALS!  If your child has been in Book Pals, please consider having your child write a special thank you note to their book pal.

Tuesday, May 21 and Thursday, May 23 are the last days of after school tutoring for our 2nd and 3rd graders.

On Wednesday, May 22, Mrs. Higgins’ and Mrs. Kingston’s classes will be going to Mt. Helena for the wildflower hike.  They will leave at 12:15 and return by 2:30.  Again, please make sure your children are dressed and prepared for any kind of weather.  Sunscreen and water are always important too!

We do not have school on Monday, May 27.  Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend.

The 5th graders are practicing for the annual 5th grade play.  Their performance will be Wednesday, May 29 at 2:15. 

Field Day is Thursday, May 30 in the afternoon.  We are looking for some parent volunteers.  Are you available to help with a very fun afternoon of games?  Please call me at 324-1123 or email me at if you are able to help.  In the past, the teachers have run all of the field day stations.  Since we all have to be completely ready for our Safety and Security upgrade on June 6, I would like to give the teachers some time to work in their classrooms.  We can only do this if we get some volunteers to help with field day.  Please consider helping!  Thanks!

The fourth grade students will be presenting their play on Friday, May 31 at 2:15.  I hope you can join us.

May is certainly going to fly by!  Think Spring and Beautiful Weather!  😊

Mrs. Sweeney


The Child Development Classes at Capital High School are now accepting applications for their 43rd Annual Playschool to be held April 30, May 1, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, and the 23rd.  Playschool will begin at 12:40 pm. and conclude at 2:15 p.m. on the listed dates in room 115.  Your child will have the best play experience if he/she is between the ages of 3 and 5 and can be left at playschool without experiencing separation anxiety.  Children must be able to take care of their bathroom needs without assistance and follow directions from the teachers.  Students must be immunized and provide verification.  Parents are welcome to stay with their child during playschool.  This can be helpful transition for a child who has never had a playschool experience.  Activity centers will include housekeeping, music, sand play, play dough, manipulative play, block building, books, bead work, art experiences and easel painting.  Children will participate in the play area of their choice during “free play” and then will work in small groups under the supervision of a “student child development teacher”.  The high school “teachers” have planned a variety of exciting activities for your child.  Snacks are provided and this is a free event.

To enroll call Sue Butler at 324-2531 for a registration sheet and return it to by April 10th to CHS, 100 Valley Drive.   Enrollment will be confirmed upon receipt of your registration form.  Enrollment is limited.  So hurry and sign up for playschool. You won’t want to miss out on this event.

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 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.