Northwest Elementary School 
Principal's Letter


It is my pleasure to welcome you to the start of the 2017-2018 school year.  The staff and I are very excited about the start of school and are truly happy to see everyone back from summer break, along with new faces.    I look forward to another year as we continue to create the school-family partnership that makes Northwest School such a wonderful learning environment where your child will grow academically, as well as, socially.

This year we are starting school with approximately 710 students.  We have added new members to the Northwest Family.  Please welcome Roberta Avery (School Psychologist), Ashley Prindle (Gr. 2), Mike Keddie (P.E),  Amanda Perron (Gr. K) and Tammy Bond (Gr. K).  

At Northwest, we will continue to focus on individual student achievement so that each child can reach his or her own learning potential.  I am excited about our upcoming school year and believe that we can make a difference for our students.  I am dedicated to improving our academic achievement, school culture, and community relations to enhance every student’s educational experience.  

Open House:  There will be an Open House on Thursday, September 14th (6 -7 p.m.)

Summer Principal Challenge:  Please be sure your child passes in their summer work to their teacher by Friday, September 8th.  Ice Cream social details to follow for those.

Things to Remember:  (Very Important)

Arrival:  This will begin Thursday, September 7th   The doors will be open @ 8:15 a.m. for breakfast only.  Please do not drop your child off prior to 8:15 a.m. for his/her safety as there is no supervision.  If your child does not get breakfast, please drop him/her off no earlier than 8:30 a.m. The doors open @ 8:30 a.m for those students not getting breakfast. To ensure the safety of all children, no cars are permitted in the bus lane in front of the school during 8:00- 9:00 a.m. If you chose to use the Mason Street drop off, please remember to drop off your child quickly as there will be cars behind your car. Please contact New Mornings Before School Program @ 669-3591 if you are in need of before school child care.

Breakfast: Please be sure to drop your child off @ 8:15 a.m. to give him/her enough time to eat breakfast in the cafeteria.  This would be so helpful for your child to start the day in a positive and calm manner.  

Tardy/Absent:  As we all adjust to getting back into the routine of school, please remember that getting to school on time is very, very important to the success of your child here at school.  Starting off the day right allows him/her to be fully present for learning and growth.  If your child arrives after 8:45am, he/she is tardy.  Please walk your child into the office to sign him/her in.  

***If your child will be absent, please call 624-6321, dial ext. 10, before 7:30a.m..  State your child’s full name, teacher’s name, and reason for absence.  You may call at anytime before 7:30 a.m. as it will go directly to voicemail.  

Dismissal:  Dismissal is at 2:50 p.m.  The safety of each and every child is our greatest priority.  To ensure the safety of all children, no cars are permitted in the bus lane in front of the school during 2:15-3:15 p.m.  Please refrain from picking up your child in the office 5-10 minutes early.  The children will be walked out the front doors by their teacher @ 2:50p.m.  The teacher will walk all students in grades 2-5 to a designated area on the lower playground before dismissing them to a parent/guardian.  Grade K will be dismissed @ 2:45 p.m. at the kindergarten classroom doors.  Grade 1 will be dismissed to the left of the main entrance.  

Visitors:  All visitors must enter through the main doors and check in at the office.  (Please press the small silver button on the white box to the right of the main doors to be let in).  

Buses:  Children are required to take assigned buses and get off bus at assigned stops only.  

Emergency Contact Information:  It is imperative that your child’s Emergency Contact and dismissal information are accurate and up-to-date throughout the school year.  Please notify the school, in writing, for any of the following changes: job, phone numbers, address, or emergency contact people.  It is very important to your child’s safety that this information is updated when changes occur.  Thank you in advance for your help with this.

Dogs: Dogs are not allowed on school property during school hours for the safety of all children.  This is a district policy for all dogs regardless of size of dog. This does not include service dogs.  

Change of dismissal:  For the safety of your child, please do not call the office during the day to change the way your child is going home.  It is extremely important to write a note and send it to school in the morning with your child.  With over 700 students and one secretary, it is imperative that you adhere to this procedure so your child gets home safely.  Please send a note in and not call the office when there is a change in dismissal. If you must call during the day, please do so before 2 p.m.  This will allow Mrs. Aubin enough time to contact teacher and adjust rosters.

City Year: Northwest has one City Year Americorp member in grade 3-5 classrooms. Northwest is lucky and excited to have City Year members again this school year. The members are outstanding individuals who are eager to support every child in their assigned classroom.  Thank you City Year!

School Picture Day:  September 20th  *An envelope will come home soon.

School Fundraiser Kick off:  September 21st.   *An envelope will come home on this day.  

Rimmon Rocks Fall Bazaar:  Saturday, September 16th, ( 9-3 p.m.)  This event is sponsored by Rimmon Heights.  There will be ARTS, CRAFTS, VENDORS and so much more.  Please stop by and have some fun!  All proceeds raised will help with creating a beautiful and safe place to live on the Westside!  

Again, welcome to the 2017-18 school year.  As always, my door is open if you have any questions, concerns, or just want to talk.  Thank you for letting us be a part of your child’s education.  


Mrs. Larochelle, Principal


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.