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Swift River Elementary School


Swift River Elementary School

57 State Street
Belchertown, MA 01007

Our Mission: The mission of the Belchertown Public Schools is to ensure that every student meets with success every day. To that end, we pledge to ensure that we have rigorous, standards-based curriculum; instruc

tion designed to meet the needs of diverse learners in every classroom; and access the global learning community via state-of-the art technology in schools that are communities of respect and civility for all.



Swift River Elementary School

One School, One Story


Please click on the link below for the video/audio readings for the chapters of "The Tale of Despereaux."  Happy Reading, Everyone!

The Tale of Despereaux - Audio Readings


Suggested Family Reading Schedule

for One School, One Story – The Tale of Despereaux


Book Cover "When we read together, we connect. Together, we see the world. Together, we see each other.”

--Kate DiCamillo, author of The Tale of Despereaux


Week One    October 21 – October 27

Start at Book One, Chapter 1

End with Book One: Chapter 9; page 49


Week Two   October 28 – November 3

Start at Book One, Chapter 1; page 50

End at Book One, Chapter 15; page 81


Week Three    November 4 – November 10

Start at Book Two, Chapter 16; page 85

End at Book Two, Chapter 23; page 121


Week Four   November 11 – November 17

Start at – Book Three, Chapter 24; page 125

End at   – Book Three, Chapter 31; page 161


Week Five   November 18 – 25

Start at Book Three, Chapter 32; page 162

End at Book Four, Chapter 41; page 215


Week Six   November 28 – December 2

Start at Book Four, Chapter 32; page 216

Read to the end of the book, and also read the Coda


Can you imagine our entire school community – our teachers, librarians, students, staff, and parents – all reading the same terrific children’s book at the same time?

We are planning to share an excellent children’s novel together this fall!  Research supports that reading aloud to children at any age is a great way to encourage a love of reading, develop longer attention spans, teach vocabulary, model fluency, foster empathy, and share quality time together.

Please join us this year as we read aloud, discuss, and explore our chosen book. We will provide a book for each student, as well as a schedule of chapters to read aloud each night together.  Trust that sharing this story will encourage a love for reading and a shared community conversation.  We will begin this program on October 21st, so families, please be ready to help share our enthusiasm by participating in this school-wide event.

To add to the excitement a Kick-off Assembly will be held on Friday, October 21st. Students will learn the title of the selected children’s book and celebrate with a special guest, closing with each student receiving a copy of the book. Additionally,  to make this successful for everyone, each week we will have a “mystery reader” read a chapter that can be viewed on our website during the two months we will be reading together.  Throughout the fall, I will be inviting guest readers within our community to participate in our “One School, One Story” program.

Let's celebrate the importance of reading!

Sincerely, Robert Kuhn



Swift River Elementary School

Grades 1, 2 and 3


 Assistant Principal:

Robert Kuhn

Eileen Farrington

Main Phone:  413-323-0471; 413-323-0472
Fax: (413) 323-0492 Absentee Call-in Line:323-0455
Office Hours: 7:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Nurse:           8:30-3:30 Ms. Janas 323-0474
Guidance:      8:30-3:30 Ms. Sharma 323-0475 (Gr. 2 & 3)
part time                Ms. Ablicki 323-0471 (Gr. 1)

Parent pick up

Dismissal Procedure

Families new to the dismissal procedure please read through these guidelines. The parent pick up room during dismissal time, 3:00PM, will be accessed at the back of the school building using the exterior door nearest the playground. The door will be clearly marked the first week of school with signs and balloons. This will give parents additional parking, between 40 to 50, as well as address safety concerns created by the volume of traffic at the end of the school day. The exterior door will be unlocked at 2:55PM for parent access.

Parents will enter and exit the back parking lot one of two ways, using the State Street access road or the road nearest to Little Fenway baseball field.

As you enter the back of the building you will enter the C side cafeteria which is a short distance from the exit door. The pick-up room will be reversed and parents will be able to sit at the first four tables as you enter.

IMPORTANT: Morning drop off, parents will drop their child off at the front main entrance to Swift River where Mrs. Farrington and Mr. Kuhn stand.

Below you will find a map of the traffic pattern around the school during dismissal time. The location of the Student Pick-Up Room is identified with a star on the map.

Please note, parent(s) that needs to pick their child up earlier than dismissal time will park in front to access the Main Office. Please be aware not to park in the fire lanes, instead use the visitor parking to walk in. Thank you in advance for respecting our process.

Pick up map