Welcome to 

Northwest Elementary School! 

Home of the 2016 Principal of the Year 
for New Hampshire!  

Manchester Public Library has a lot to offer for children including over the April Vacation! Take a look at their Children's Events Calendar !

Spring Vacation - April 25th - 29th. 

Cops n Kids Day (see below) - May 3rd

Memorial Day Celebration  - May 27th (morning)

Jump-a-Thon - May 27th ( afternoon)

Memorial Day Weekend - May 28th-30th (No School on Monday, May 30th)

Last Day of School (for students) - June 9th


Cops and Kids Day

May 3, 2016
Northwest and the Manchester Police Department have teamed up for another Cops n Kids event here at Northwest Elementary School. 

Students will watch an informative Police Dog demo and visit a variety of Police stations that include important information on staying safe, programs offered in the community and learn about the different vehicles! 

Parent Appreciated

Did you know that building the habit of good attendance early will put your child on the pathway to graduation? Attending school regularly helps children feel better about being in school and builds confidence. 
On Wednesday, March 16th, City Year corps members greeted Northwest parents with coffee, juice, and light snacks to bring awareness to the importance of school attendance. City Year appreciates you for getting our students to school on time and helping them to be their best learners! 

Be on the lookout for another curbside 
coffee event in April!

Volunteer Opportunites

Monthly Principal Coffee Hour

he first Tuesday of every other  month, the school will be having a Monthly Principal Coffee 
Hour.  All parents and guardians along with any younger siblings are welcome! This is an opportunity for parents as well as teachers to collaborate and make this school the best place it can be for the children! 

When: 1st Tuesday of 
November 10th, January 5th, March 1st, and May 3rd
Where: Northwest School Library

Don't forget to check out the Volunteer Page for more information on how you could help out at Northwest! 

Hour of Code

This past week some classrooms participated in The Hour of Code. 

"Launched in 2013, Code.org® is a non-profit dedicated to expanding access to computer science, and increasing participation by women and underrepresented students of color. Our vision is that every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science. We believe computer science should be part of core curriculum, alongside other courses such as biology, chemistry or algebra."

Students can continue their learning and exploration at: 

Northwest Events Calendar

Kindergarten Registration

Do you have a child who will be ready for Kindergarten in September at Northwest Elementary School? 
Children must be 5 years of age by September 30, 2015 to be eligible for Kindergarten. 

Please stop by for a Registration Packet in the NW office. 

Please be sure to bring with you:
  • 2 proofs of residency
  • current physical
  • current immunizations 
  • birth certificate (or I-94 or Green Card)
  • completed registration forms which can be found at Registration Forms  or on our Download page or stop by Northwest for a packet. 
Once the packet is dropped off, you will be contacted by one of our Registrration team members for more information. We can't wait to meet you! 

Literacy Night

Northwest's Literacy Night was a huge success! Students enjoyed playing a variety of Magic Tree House themed literacy games that ranged from creating ninja bookmarks to digging for parts of speech fossils. 

Thank you for coming out to support City Year and the Northwest community! 

Principal of the Year!


Mrs. Larochelle! 

Shelly Larochelle,
principal of Northwest Elementary School, received the Elementary School Principal of the Year Award from the New Hampshire Association of School Principals. The annual award is one of three that recognizes one outstanding school principal in the state at the elementary, middle and high school levels.

The nomination for Larochelle included high praise from her colleagues, including one who wrote to the selection committee, “Shelly is a principal that truly inspires the passion of being an educator in all of us. . .She promotes a culture that spreads optimism and cultivates a positive learning environment through the school. Teachers want to work with her and beside her.”

Larochelle has spent her entire career in Manchester and at Northwest, the city’s largest elementary school with an enrollment of about 700 students in kindergarten through fifth grade. She began as a classroom teacher in 1995, became the school’s assistant principal in 2001, and since 2008, Larochelle has served as principal. She enjoys her role as an administrator.

“It is fulfilling to see that I have a direct part in making a positive impact on students, teachers, and the school as a whole,” said Larochelle. “I enjoy investing time with students and seeing them mature and grow throughout the school year and beyond. Our hard-working, dedicated faculty and staff make me proud to come to work every day.”

Those who know Larochelle say her collaborative ability to motivate and empower teachers to develop lifelong learners in their students has helped her school reach new heights.     

“My constituents often tell me they chose their homes specifically so that their children could attend Northwest,” said Ward 12 Board of School Committee member Connie Van Houten, who supported Larochelle’s Principal of the Year nomination. “Northwest is one of Manchester’s hidden gems, in large part because of Mrs. Larochelle, who excels well beyond her job description in leadership, integrity, compassion and devotion to her school.”

As a state Principal of the Year recipient, Larochelle will represent New Hampshire in Washington, D.C., when the National Association of Elementary Principals names its 2016 national Principal of the Year in the fall.  

“We congratulate Shelley on this outstanding achievement.  This honor is truly indicative of the high caliber of principals in our school district,” said Superintendent of Schools Debra Livingston.

Larochelle is Manchester’s second Principal of the Year in as many years. In 2015, Memorial High School principal Arthur Adamakos was named New Hampshire Secondary School Principal of the Year. 

This year's finalists for NH Secondary School Principal of the Year included Karen Machado of Manchester School of Technology, and Memorial High School assistant principal Peter Perich was a finalist for NH Assistant Principal of the Year. 

Congratulations to all of them!

Northwest Celebrated Mrs. Larochelle Friday, January 15th! 
Click here to read about the "Shellabration" and visit our picture gallery. 

Parents' Right to Know

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Manchester School District Announcements

School Food and Nutrition

Visit our School Food and Nutrition pages to view monthly breakfast & lunch menus.You can also read health and nutrition tips and learn about wellness initiatives in our schools. Visit www.myschoolbucks.com to manage your student's account balance.

SAU 37 Federal Projects

Visit our Federal Projects pages for information on District and School Improvement Plans. You will also find information on School Choice and Supplemental Education Services.