School News

May Updates
Posted on 05/03/2021
Friends of Williams News - Send Your Student a HIGH FIVE

There are a lot of amazing things happening within the walls of our schools. Send your student, teacher, or staff member a High Five to celebrate the good they are doing!

It's easy! Just click on this link to tell us who should receive a HIGH FIVE this week. Parent volunteers will create and deliver the HIGH FIVE certificate to students and staff throughout the week. (Full remote learners will receive them virtually for now!)

Volunteer Opportunities

Have you ever wondered about volunteering with FOW (Friends of Williams and BMS School Parents Association) but didn’t know where to start? Here is a list of the positions that make up the board. If you feel you'd be a good fit for one of these roles, have some questions, or just want to learn a bit more, please reach out to The 21/22 board will be voted in on May 19th!

FOW Board Position Descriptions

FOW - Raffle Calendar Fundraiser!

$10.00 per entry with multiple chances to win! Cash prizes, gift cards, and more!  Download the calendar, submit your payment and return the bottom portion to school.  Winners are pulled weekly on Sundays throughout May!

FOW Calendar Raffle Fundraiser Link


Monday May 10th - Grade 4 ELA

Tuesday May 11th - Grade 4 Math

Wednesday May 12th - Grade 5 ELA

Thursday May 13 - Grade 5 Math

Friday May 14 - Grade 5 Science and Technology

Monday May 17 - Grade 6 ELA

Tuesday May 18 - Grade 6 Math

  • Remote students testing may fall on a different day than listed above as that schedule is still being worked on within the district.

BSU - Virtual Science Academy

Registration is now OPEN for Virtual Summer Science Academy through Bridgewater State University.  Is your child entering grades 5 to 7?  Do they enjoy the great outdoors?  Do they love exploring the environment around them?  Outdoor Environmental Adventures is the summer program you have been looking for. 

Fee:  The program fee of $40 is due at the time of registration.  No refunds within 30 days of the program start date.

Grades:  For students entering grades 5 to 7

Location:  Your home, online, and the great outdoors (a nearby waterbody)

Dates:  July 26 - 30, 2021

Time:  There are 2 different sessions that students can choose from. 

Additional information can be found on our website:

To Register:  

Science Academy Registration

School Breakfast and Lunch

The U.S. Department of Agriculture, also known as the USDA has extended school meal waivers through the end of the 2021-2022 school year, allowing the continuation of universal free school meals at any school district throughout the state for the rest of this school year, through the summer, and through next school year.  So just like this year, school lunch and breakfast will be free next school year.

Grade 6 Student Survey

Students in grade 6 will be taking part in a survey sponsored by Prevention Services of High Point Treatment Center. The survey will ask about substance use of students. Students will be asked to fill out a survey online that takes about 5-10 minutes or less to complete.  Students will likely be taking this survey on Friday May 7th during homeroom.

Doing this online survey will cause little or no risk to your child. The only potential risk is that some students might find certain questions to be sensitive. The survey has been designed to protect your child’s privacy. Students will not put their names on the survey.

Your child will get no benefit right away from taking part in the survey. The results of this survey will help your child and other children in the future. We would like all selected students to take part in the survey, but the survey is voluntary. No action will be taken against the school, you, or your child if your child does not take the survey. Students may skip any questions they do not wish to answer. In addition, students may stop taking the survey at any point without penalty. Attached is an opt out form that, if you wish your child not to participate in the survey, please print this out and have your child bring it to their homeroom teacher.  I will collect all the opt out forms and ensure that those students do not participate in the survey.  In addition, there is a sample of the survey for you to view.

Bridging Lives - Survey Final Copy for 2021.doc 

Online Survey - Opt Out Form.docx 

This Week

Grade 7 returned last Monday and for the first time in over a year the building was at just about its full capacity.  This also coincided with the first Super moon of the calendar year, so it appeared as if the students in all the grades had a little bit of zip on their fastballs returning from vacation.  Things in the building went well. Grade 4 students participated in the MCAS infrastructure trial on Wednesday and we had a scheduled fire drill for the building on Thursday.  The weekend is looking pretty good weather wise, I plan on handing my own children rakes as we will be working in the backyard.  I wish you and your family well.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

The district is working on several DEI initiatives this month.  To promote these efforts, they are asking all principals to release the BRRSD's videos to teachers so that they can play it for students in class.  


Here are the videos:
Final week: BRRSD - RAA Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Series - WE EMPATHIZE WITH YOUThis is a book by Jacqueline Woodson. Week 3:
Mr. Powers reads "Hair Love"

Week 2: Mr. Swenson reads "You Matter"

Week 1: Kristine Richards reading One

Optimistically Cautious

The warmer temperatures have improved the spirits of many, especially when compared with the high numbers of just a few months ago.  Please continue your vigilance in being the first  line of defense for monitoring symptoms that may be related to covid-19 infection. We rely on staff, students and families to monitor daily for the presence of any symptoms.   When in doubt -please stay out! 



In Case You Missed it


2021-2022 Final Calendar of Important Dates.pdf 

2021-2022 Final Academic Year Calendar (1).pdf 




Inclement Weather Dropoff

When mornings are exceptionally frigid we will let students that were waiting to get inside come into the cafeteria prior to the 8:10 start of the day.  Students will sit at the socially distanced benches and wait for the start of school.  Once school begins, students will go to class and the tables and benches will be thoroughly disinfected.  We certainly do not want students waiting outside in extreme conditions, so we will occasionally be letting students into the cafeteria as the situation mandates.


Nursing Notes

Do not send your student to school if they are not feeling well.


Please let the nurse know if your child is a close contact to a covid-19 person or if you traveled recently or


The School nurse also has a google classroom! Take a look - the code is tmep5vk. There you will find helpful information and links to BRRSD COVID information and other health topics.
Please check out this family resource guide put out by OYYAS (Office of Youth and Young Adult Service providers):

Breakfast and Lunch

Please note that as of Monday, April 26, 202, the Laliberte Elementary School will no longer be offering curbside remote meal service. All fully remote families, however, can pick up remote meals at the Mitchell Elementary School (circle driveway on 166 Mt Prospect St. in Bridgewater) on school days from 9:45 a.m.–12:30 p.m. until the end of the school year.  Free remote meals are available for children and teens.  No PINs or IDs are necessary and you are encouraged to take breakfasts & lunches for multiple days.  Remote meal service will not be available during April vacation. Here is the Remote Meal PickUp Window at Mitchell Elementary, Circle Drive on Mt Prospect Street:

Friends of Williams Sunshine Fund Collection

We are once again collecting for our Sunshine Fund initiative. Thanks to you, we were able to support several families last year. As a reminder this is a PTO sponsored Sunshine Fund for students, families, faculty or staff at Williams & BMS.

We seek to raise small donations from Williams & BMS community members once or twice per year for the Sunshine Fund; once in the fall, and if needed in the spring. This month will be our 1st collection of the school year. The total monies collected will be held in a FOW account and called upon only as needed. We have had an influx of needs this year.

This money is used in small denominations in scenarios that suggest some sunshine would be welcomed such as student/parent/faculty/staff serious illness, death, fire, or frequent hospitalizations. We will not use these funds as an IN NEED fund or Hardship Fund for such things as heating bills, or broken family cars.

Please consider a donation and return to school via backpack in an envelope labeled SUNSHINE. Please keep your fingers crossed we won’t have to use this money often. If you know of a situation that might benefit from some FOW Sunshine, please contact Lisa Ghelfi,

Thank you,



I would like to anonymously donate to the established Sunshine Fund:

$1_____  $2_____  $3_____ $4_____  $5_____ Other_____

*You many send the bottom portion of the flyer back to school with your child in an envelope marked “Sunshine Fund”. Or you can send your donation through Venmo @FOW-SunshineFund

BR Art teachers K-12 are excited to announce we now have an Instagram dedicated to sharing your artwork:   br_art_teachers.  The account will only be featuring posts by your art teacher and only likes or follows will be enabled.  Also, we will not be sharing your name - just your awesome artwork!!  Please get in touch with your Art teacher with any questions.

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