School News

May Updates
Posted on 05/19/2021

Outdoor news

As of May 18th, students no longer have to wear a mask at recess or when outdoors (recess, physical education, outdoor learning).  Students may continue to wear masks outdoors if they choose to do so.


Now that temperatures are rising, please send your student to school with a water bottle, if possible.  It can be filled at the filling station or at any water fountain.  We do have a limited supply of water bottles and cups in the office as a backup.


Friends of Williams Apparel Store


The Friends of Williams is having a Bridgewater apparel store!  There are custom Bridgewater, MA T-shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants available in both youth and adult sizes.  The schools earn a percentage of each item purchased.  Show your town spirit AND support the students of WIS and BMS!  The store is open now and orders can be placed until Sunday, May 23rd.  Use the link below to check out our store and feel free to share with friends and family.

Friends of Williams Apparel Store

 

Summer Opportunities:

 

Sports “R” Fun Multi Sport Camp will be running this summer!

Sports “R” Fun Camp is a fun daily camp for students to learn and play different sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball, tennis, floor hockey, and other games to get some exercise and energy out during the summer. Any student entering grades 2-8 is eligible. 


The camp will be held at Mitchell Elementary School (Old BMS) this summer.

Families may sign up for camp for any of the three weeks it is running. The weeks are from June 21st-25th, June 28th-July 2nd, and July 12th-16th. Camp runs Monday through Friday from 8:30-2:00.

The cost of the camp will be $150 for one week, $280 for two weeks, and $390 for all three weeks. Payments can be made online at the online school store tab under the Sports “R” Fun page.  A registration form must be completed to enter the camp. For more information and how to register or questions about the camp please email Patrick Connor at pconnor@bridge-rayn.org

Bridgewater State University - Virtual Summer Science Academy Registration

Bridgewater State University is holding its Virtual Summer Science Academy.  Below are the course offerings:

Nature’s Engineers 

Did you know that every living thing has been specifically designed by nature to help it survive?  We can learn a lot from closely examining the time-tested patterns, features, and strategies of the living organisms around us.  In this course, you will become one of Nature’s Engineers by observing these elements of nature and using them to design products and processes useful for people. 

Registration Deadline:  July 3, 2021

Fee:  The program fee of $25 is due at the time of registration.  No refunds within 30 days of the program start date.

Grades:  For students entering grades 2 and 3 only.

Location:  Your home, online, and the great outdoors.

Dates:  July 26 - 30, 2021

Time:  Class will meet on Zoom from 9:00 - 10:00 AM daily.  Additional at-home activities will be assigned each day.  

Supplies:  Your child will need a notebook and a pencil for the course, supplied by you.  Other general household items and/or natural items found outside may be needed as indicated by the

teachers during the class.

To RegisterBSU - Nature's Engineers Registration

Additional Informationhttps://www.bridgew.edu/center/case/science-academy 

 

Space Explorers

The universe is a fascinating place!  Explore the stars, planets, moons, and other objects in our solar system and beyond.  Learn more about what it is like to be an astronaut, astronomer, and aerospace engineer.  In this class, you will become a Space Explorer by observing and analyzing data from simulations, telescopes, and real missions to space. 

Registration Deadline:  July 3, 2021

Fee:  The program fee of $25 is due at the time of registration.  No refunds within 30 days of the program start date.

Grades:  For students entering grades 3 and 4 only.

Location:  Your home, online, and the great outdoors.

Dates:  July 26 - 30, 2021

Time:  Class will meet on Zoom from 9:00 - 10:00 AM daily.  Additional at-home activities will be assigned each day.  

Supplies:  Your child will need a notebook and a pencil for the course, supplied by you.  Other

general household items and/or natural items found outside may be needed as indicated by the teachers during the class.

To RegisterBSU - Space Explorers Registration

Additional Informationhttps://www.bridgew.edu/center/case/science-academy 

 

Outdoor Environmental Adventures

Do you enjoy the great outdoors?  Do you love exploring the environment around you?  Then, this is the summer class for you.  Each day you will watch a brief informational video about a topic in environmental science.  You will then receive instructions to complete an indoor or outdoor project, and head outdoors to explore and perform activities.  You may be asked to explore an area wetland and discover how the soil works.  You may be tasked with identifying organisms utilizing smartphone technology.  You may even be asked to discover what is impacting the natural world around you using Google Earth.  After your exploration, we will “meet up” online each day, to discuss any challenges and what new information is discovered. Each day will be a new adventure.   

Registration Deadline:  July 3, 2021

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.

To RegisterBSU - Outdoor Adventure Registration

Additional Informationhttps://www.bridgew.edu/center/case/science-academy 

 

MCAS News

We have finished the bulk of the testing for this year with only make ups and remote students that need to be tested.  Below is the schedule for remote testing.

MCAS Remote Testing Schedule

Grade 4 - Mrs. Danielson / Mr. Santos                                                                          

Thursday May 27th - Grade 4 ELA

Friday May 28th - Grade 4 Math

Grade 5 - Ms. Boushell / Ms. Vassor

Friday June 4th - Grade 5 ELA

Monday June 7th - Grade 5 Math

Thursday June 10th - Grade 5 Science and Technology

Grade 6 - Dr. Bartolo - Edgenuity

Tuesday June 8th - Grade 6 ELA

Wednesday June 9th - Grade 6 Math

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.

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

ekisloski@bridge-rayn.org or jeanpowers@bridge-rayn.org.)


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):
https://sites.google.com/view/oyyas-resource-guide/home

Breakfast and Lunch

Please note that as of Monday, April 26, 202, the Laliberte Elementary School is no longer offering curbside remote meal service. All fully remote families 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, imsuthrnbel@aol.com.

Thank you,

FOW

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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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