School News

October Updates
Posted on 10/19/2020


Cafe news

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced that universal free school meals and COVID-19 meal service flexibilities (grab and go, parent pick up, etc.) have been extended through June 30, 2021. The Department encourages all students to take advantage of these meals so that children will have nutritious food and to help keep school nutrition programs running.

Chromebook and Hotspots

District IT Manager Michael Schantz has completed the mass dispersal of Chromebooks.  He has given each building a few Chromebooks to help troubleshoot situations like dealing with malfunctions.

For students needing hotspots, families should contact their child’s school.

Nurse phone calls

The nursing staff will be calling all families of sick students - in person or hybrid remote - to determine if the student’s symptoms are Covid related and requiring a test.  If your child is going to be absent, please call the school and leave a detailed message, this could prevent a call from the nursing staff.

If a student does get a Covid -19 test because they are symptomatic, please let the school nurse know and please stay home in quarantine until you know that the test results are negative.


Google Meeting Tips

A parent sent this to me from one of her child’s teachers.  I thought it was good advice for both families and students. 


When on Google Meets students should be “school ready” and ready to learn in a distraction free zone. Please have students be mindful of privacy and what is in view of their background.


School Ready means students are:
* dressed appropriately * sitting up * not distracted by friends, family, or pets

Students should be logging on to their Meet on time and staying the full length of the meeting until they are dismissed by the teacher. Please take note that Google Classroom keeps a record of when students sign on and off of the meeting.


Once students sign off of their meet, they should be working on their assigned classwork until their next class check in time.

Instrument Lesson Students 

Lessons will begin the week of Nov. 2nd  

Upcoming dates:

Wednesday October 21 - No school - Faculty Professional Development

October 28th - Mid-point of Trimester I 

November 3rd - No school - Election day - virtual day-time parent teacher conferences

November 5th - virtual evening parent teacher conferences

November 9th - virtual evening parent teacher conferences


Notes from the Friends of Williams  

Show your school spirit and order your Williams T-Shirt!

T-shirts are $10. Payment can be made via Venmo to "@FriendsofWilliams-PTO". Please be sure to add your students name in the Notes section of your Venmo payment to ensure you receive the correct T-shirt size.


Order Deadline is October 26, 2020. T-shirts will be delivered to your child via their homeroom teacher. For fully remote students, we will reach out to you regarding pick up time. Shirts should be in around November 30, 2020.

Virtual Book Fair - Be on the lookout for information about a Virtual Scholastic Book Fair, coming in November.

Lost and Found: 

The current weather is the perfect recipe for students to forget new sweatshirts and coats as it is cool in the morning and warmer in the afternoons.  Please check in with your children to make sure that they are returning each day with what they left with.  Doubling back to retrieve items is much more difficult now given the limited time students are here in the building.  


Safe Family Fun: 

With local farms taking a break from corn mazes this year, families will have to turn to other experiences to get that Autumn Adventure.  One possible replacement is to head over to the West Bridgewater Rail Trail.  West Bridgewater Rail Trail is a 1.8 mile out and back trail that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips.


Instrument return: 

If your student has an instrument to return to Goulet from the Spring, please have them bring it to the main office.  The company picks up instruments early on Friday mornings.  If the instrument is too bulky, you may come to the school and bring it to the sliding window of the main office.


Google Meet Attendance:

For attendance purposes, it is important that hybrid students check-in with their teacher(s) on their remote days at the times they are scheduled, most importantly that first meeting time.  If a student doesn't check in (and previous arrangements were not made), they are marked Remote Absent (RA).  Teachers are not monitoring who is doing remote work during the day, so that does not dictate whether a student is marked Remote Absent (RA) or Remote Present (RP).  If a student is having technology issues and cannot check-in to a Google Meet, please call the main office at 508-697-6968 so we can make the appropriate change


Flu shots: 

Local pharmacies like CVS and Walgreens offer flu shots, they advertise that the shots are free with most insurances.

Nursing Notes: 

Attached at the bottom of this message is a PDF file that explains the BRRSD’s criteria for dismissal and return of students with a Covid symptom.  For example, if a child goes to the nurse for a fever and gets dismissed by a parent or guardian, what are the circumstances of their return to school.

Mitchell Yearbooks - Grade 4 families, if your student didn't get their 3rd grade yearbook from the Mitchell Elementary School, please have them stop by the Williams Intermediate School main office.  If you're unsure, we can check the list.


Rolling Drop Off or Arrive a Bit Later - Drop off in the morning has gone fairly well.  Just a reminder that we are doing a rolling drop off as our parking lot is small and we do not have the ability to park and wait for the doors to open.  If you are concerned about your child waiting for the doors to open, please feel free to drop off a bit later.  The parking lot is empty by 8:25.  We will be flexible with attendance.  

Instrumental Lessons - Students in grades 5 and 6 will be allowed to take virtual instrumental lessons.  Mr. Kirinsky, has put together a comprehensive letter detailing the program which can be found at the following link.

Health - Attached is a link that many of you have likely seen before.  It is the daily monitoring checklist that the BRRSD health office has put together.  It is a list of symptoms for all parents/caregivers to monitor their children daily, prior to school.

WIS - Daily Monitoring Checklist

I would like to remind families that Williams held a Virtual Open House on Wednesday.  Teachers' Open House presentations can be found either on their Google Classroom pages or have been sent directly to you via email.  I would suggest watching these presentations with your children.  I have included a brief discussion about how the start of school has gone that can be viewed by following this link: Open House Introduction          

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.

From our School Nurse:

Please check out this family resource guide put out by OYYAS (Office of Youth and Young Adult Service providers):

Our school nurses have been working hard to provide you with information and tips regarding the Covid -19 virus. This information can be found on our district web-page. 

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