Belcher Elementary School




Samuel Karlin


Dear Families,

Wow, wow, wow! What a quick summer!  A huge thank you to our custodial staff, Mr. Zimowski and Mr. Carney, for their tireless help this summer getting the school ready for opening day.
Over the course of the school year you may have questions about your child’s experiences at Belcher School. You can always call and leave a message for your child’s teacher or another staff member. Staff members have been directed not to take phone calls during teaching time. Your call will be returned as soon as possible. If you prefer to use email you can also email staff. Every teacher’s email is their first initial followed by their last name at the following exchange You can email me at

At the start of each school year all students will be screened in the areas of reading and math. Teachers will use this information to help plan instruction. Here at Belcher School we are very sensitive to the fact that many of our students are very young. These screenings are short and will be repeated during the year. Once data has been collected those students who may require additional support will receive that support from either a classroom paraprofessional or a reading specialist. If you have questions about these screenings do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or myself.
At any time should you feel your child needs additional help please start by contacting your child’s teacher. At Belcher School we have a problem solving team for students with either academic or behavioral concerns called the Instructional Support Team (IST). Any teacher or parent can refer a child through this process. If you have questions about this process feel free to contact me at the school.
Throughout the year there will be many opportunities for you to become involved with your child’s education. You may want to start by attending one of our PTO meetings. The first one will be September 11, 2017 @ 6pm. PTO meetings take place on the second Monday of each month. All meetings are held at Belcher School.  Free child care will be provided for those families that need.

Have a great school year!!!


Sam Karlin, Principal

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We are looking for crossing guards. If people are interested they can call me directly at the school, 413.594.3526.

TEL: 413-594-3526, FAX: 413-594-3469

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