School News

January Updates
Posted on 01/11/2021

Important dates
January 13
- NO SCHOOL - Professional Development for Teachers January 18 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day
January 29 - Mid-point of trimester II
Clothing and Toiletry Drive

The BR-Wandering Heart Clothing and Toiletry drive ends on Friday January 15th, donations may be brought to the main office.  Thank you to those that were able to donate, it is appreciated.


On February 2nd the semester ends for Grade 6 students that are enrolled in the fully remote Edginuity program.
Health Office Notes

The Flu Vaccination deadline has been extended by Commissioner Riley.  Please have documentation of your flu vaccination or letter of Medical or Religious exemption completed by February 28th.


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. The code is tmep5vk. There you will find helpful information and links to BRRSD COVID information, Flu vaccination information and other health topics.

Children’s Book Club

The group Raising Multicultural Kids is working students from Bridgewater State University to start a virtual bedtime book club for children in surrounding districts.  The Kids Bedtime Book Club will take place every Monday and Wednesday, from December 9th until May 10th.  The Bedtime series will focus on racially and culturally diverse stories.  To register for this free program follow the link below:
Kids Bedtime Book Series

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

Cafe news

The USDA has decided that all Student Meals are FREE for the entire school year - this includes both breakfast and/or lunch.

School Meals are available to students learning in-school and remotely.  Both Breakfast and Lunch (Grab and Go) are available at all schools for in-school learners. 

Remote Meals (Grab and Go) are available for pickup by families at either the Mitchell Elementary or LaLiberte Elementary between 9:45am-12:30pm on school days.  Families may pick up several days worth of meals at the same time if they choose to do so.

Names or Student PINs are not required for student meals served in school or remotely.

A La Carte Items such as chips, ice cream, beverages, etc... are only available at B-R HS (food court) and Williams Intermediate at this time, and are not free.

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.
Google Meet Behavior:
From last March to the present, parents, students and faculty have been pushed to utilize technology like they have never done before.  There are some real positives that have arisen from these efforts.  We wanted everyone to understand and follow Google Meet etiquette by using the following general guidelines.

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:

  1. dressed appropriately
  2. sitting up
  3. not distracted by friends, family, or pets.
  4. 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 record of when students sign on and off of the meeting.
  5. once students sign off of their meet, they should be working on their assigned classwork until their next class check in time.
  6. teachers should not leave the Google Meet until every student has logged off.
  7. students should not be returning to the Google Meet after being dismissed by the teacher and logging off.

Morning Drop Off
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.
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

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.

More from our School Nurse:

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

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