Monday, March 2, 2015

Events at The Well

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BR-SEPAC Meeting

The Bridgewater-Raynham Special Education Parents Advisory Council (BR-SEPAC) and Friends of Williams Parent Teacher Organization will be holding a meeting for the 2014-2015 school year on March 17, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Following the meeting, at 7 pm there will be a lecture titled, Executive Function in School Students. This lecture will be given by Sarah Ward. Parents, teachers, and professionals! Come learn how to work with and coach students to effectively balance and manage academic work, time, and materials. You will walk away with many simple, ready-to-use strategies and tools for teaching children how to develop independent executive function skills. 

The meeting will be held at the Bridgewater-Raynham High School Lecture Hall located at 415 Center Street, Bridgewater, MA. The BR-SEPAC is made up of parents that represent about 850 children with special needs within the Bridgewater-Raynham School district. The BR-SEPAC works collaboratively with the Bridgewater-Raynham Public Schools and Bridgewater-Raynham School Committee to provide support and information for parents, school personnel, and the community about disabilities and the special education process. 

The Bridgewater-Raynham SEPAC accomplishes this through regular meetings, workshops, presentations, and special events. The meeting is free and open to all. For more information visit our website: or email

Sunday, March 1, 2015

"Raynwater Players" Fundraiser

Zumba tickets also available at the door. Mark your calendars for RaynWater Players spring production, “The Wedding Singer”, May 7-9 at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Events at Bridgewater Public Library Children's Room

Register for Miss Nicole’s Read Together, Grow Together.  6 week session, held on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m., begins on March 10.  Geared towards ages 3-5.  Sponsored by Triumph, Inc.

Register for Miss Nicole’s My Buddy and I: a free playgroup for children and the important men in their lives.  Ages 2-5, siblings welcome.  Sponsored by Triumph Inc.  Registration required.

Saturday, March. 7 @ 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.: Book Sale, sponsored by the FOL (preview for FOL members March 6 @ 12:00-1:30 p.m.)

Tuesday, March 10 @ 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Triumph Inc.’s “Read Together, Grow Together” Drop in story time with Miss Nicole.  Recommended for ages 3-5. Siblings welcome! Registration required.

Thursday, March 12 @ 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.:  National Craft Month.  Drop in craft for ages 3+ with adult. 

Saturday, March 14 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.: Children of all ages are welcome to read to Jasper, a registered therapy dog. Children are invited to bring their favorite book to read (or share pictures from) or choose one from the library. The Read to a Dog program provides a non-judgmental reading environment. This is a drop-in event.

Saturday, March 14 @ 10:30-11:30 a.m.:  My Buddy and I: a free playgroup for children and the important men in their lives.  Ages 2-5, siblings welcome.  Sponsored by Triumph Inc.  Registration required.

Tuesday, March 17 @ 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Triumph Inc.’s “Read Together, Grow Together” Drop in story time with Miss Nicole.  Recommended for ages 3-5. Siblings welcome! Registration required.

Thursday, March 19 @ 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.:  National Craft Month.  Drop in craft for ages 3+ with adult. 

Monday, March 23:  Registration for Spring session (April 7 thru May 14) of story hour begins. Preschool story time, Toddler Time and Book Babies are registration only programs and last for five weeks.

Story times offered:

* Preschool story time and craft* (ages 4-6) ….Tuesdays @ 1:30-2:15 p.m. 
* Toddler Time* (ages 2-3 with adult) ….Wednesdays @ 9:30-10:00 a.m. OR Thursdays @ 10:30-11:00 a.m.
* Book Babies (up to 24 months with adult) … Wednesdays @ 10:30-11:00 a.m. OR Thursdays @ 11:15-11:45 a.m.

 To register, call the library or go online

Tuesday, March 24 @ 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Triumph Inc.’s “Read Together, Grow Together” Drop in story time with Miss Nicole.  Recommended for ages 3-5. Siblings welcome! Registration required.
Thursday, March 26 @ 10:00 a.m. -12:00 p.m.:  National Craft Month.  Drop in craft for ages 3+ with adult.  

Tuesday, March 31 @ 9:30-10:30 a.m.: Triumph Inc.’s “Read Together, Grow Together” Drop in story time with Miss Nicole.  Recommended for ages 3-5. Siblings welcome! Registration required.

For more information, call the library at 508-697-3331.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Special celebration at BSU Observatory

The Bridgewater State University Observatory will hold a special event Wednesday, March 4 in celebration of the new astronomy photography display by Darryl Van Gaal at the facility.

The public is welcome to attend the event from 6 to 8 p.m. to see the artwork as well as take a look through the observatory’s many telescopes. The event will be held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, the Observatory will display its own astrophotography indoors with staff available to discuss astronomy.

For more information, visit

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bridgewater Challenge Cup

Attention local businesses, Bridgewater Youth Soccer is looking for advertisers for it's Challenge Cup Program. We have ads to fit every budget. The program will be distributed to every person that attends the event. It's great local exposure and supports a great cause. All proceeds are used to fund our local soccer programs and set up scholarships for some our graduating seniors. 

If you have any questions or are interested please contact Tricia Gelina at

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Information from the Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District

BRRSD February 2015 School Transition Q & A

Q: Were the roofs in the school district checked for safety prior to the roof collapse at the Mitchell Elementary School on Tuesday, February 17, 2015?

A: Yes. All of the roofs were inspected by BRRSD Officials and Town Public Safety Officials beginning on Tuesday February 10, 2015. It was recommended by the Bridgewater Building Inspector that snow drifts be removed from the roofs as a precaution. The BRRSD immediately contacted 32 different snow removal vendors and were able to receive 3 quotes which is required by procurement regulation. After this process we scheduled the Gibson Roofing Company to begin snow removal as soon as they were available. We worked as quickly as possible to address the snow, but the amount of snow this winter has hit historical highs. That Sunday, we got an unexpected 20 inches of snow which is what caused the roof to collapse. When the contractors, who had been signed up before that, started removing the snow, they saw the damage and then had to cease work so that the building could be inspected by structural engineers, to access the damage. At this point, the building is deemed unsafe for occupancy by safety officials.

Q: Why is there snow still on the roofs?
A: Efforts are still in place to remove the snow drifts from the roofs, and will continue.

Q: Do any of the other schools in the District have roof concerns?
A: One school has a cosmetic roof issue, but not structural. All others have snow drifts that are currently being addressed and will continued to be inspected as we incur more inclement weather.

Q: How long will it take to fix the roofs and can the School afford it?
A: The timeline of the repair is undetermined at this time. Insurance should cover most of the damage and the displacement cost of moving the classes to other schools.

Q: Is the Mitchell safe in its current state?
A: At this time the George H. Mitchell Elementary School has been deemed unsafe for occupancy.

Q: Now that the Mitchell has been deemed unsafe until the roof is repaired, when will my children return to school?
A: School will be closed on Monday, February 23, 2015 to continue snow removal efforts at all BRRSD schools and simultaneously make efforts to make the necessary preparations to reopen on Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

Q: Where will my children go to school?
A: The district plan for school building usage effective February 24, 2015 is as follows:
• Preschool students will move from the Mitchell to the Middle School in
• Grades K, 1, 2, and 3 will move from the Mitchell to the Middle School
in Bridgewater
• Grade 7 will move from the Middle School in Bridgewater to the
Williams School in Bridgewater
• Grade 8 will move from the Middle School to the BR High School

Q: Who will be my child’s principal at their new school?
A: While we are moving physical locations of our classrooms, the staff will not change. Please expect all the same familiar faces you already know to be working at your new school location in their same capacities.
• Mr. Lynch and Dr. Donahue from the Mitchell School will move to the
Middle School.
• Ms. Bastoni will continue to serve as principal to all 7th and 8th grade
students and her office will be based at the BRRHS. BMS Assistant
Principal, Mr. Brian Riordan, will be based at the Williams
Intermediate School.
• The Special Education Coordinator of Preschool – Grade 4, will be
based at the Raynham Middle School with the Pre-school Program.

Q: Who will be my child’s teacher at their new school?
A: Your child’s teacher remains the same. Classroom teachers, nurses, administrative assistants, custodial staff and special education staff will all be moving with their regularly assigned school communities.

Q: Will each class get their own classroom? Will space allow for that?
A: Yes

Q: Will the classrooms be equipped similarly to how they were in the previous school?
A: All necessary resources will be moved. Decorations, etc. may take more time to be added, but the necessities will all be available.

Q: My child has special education services. Will a change in school affect these services?
A: NO. There will be no change in services. The location will be different, the service will be the same.

Q: My student receives medication daily while at school. Will this be affected?
A: NO. There will be no change in services. The location will be different, the service will be the same.

Q: Are there controlled entrances / exits at BMS, similar to Mitchell?

Q: How will children learn fire drills and emergency requirements at the new school?
A: All schools will train children on this within the first week. There will be an orientation the first day for the children so they learn all of the new things they need to know about their new school.

Q: How are the bathroom facilities? Are there any issues for the 8th graders at BRRHS or the elementary children?
A: We will attempt to keep the 8th graders contained in the BRRHS so they have their own facilities. No issues for the elementary children.

Q: Will the cafeterias hold the additional children?

Q: Will the lunch time change for my child?
A: All lunch times will try to be maintained, and if necessary communication will go home to parents on any changes.

Q: My student often buys lunch. Do they need any new information to buy lunch at their new school?
A: NO. The Chartwells computer systems are the same from school to school and your child’s account will be available immediately.

Q: My student eats at a peanut free table for lunch due to allergies. Will the new school have this option?

Q: Where will the children have recess at BMS?
A: Outdoors in the fields when weather permits. They do not have playground facilities, but all of the balls and outdoor equipment will be available for them to play other sports.

Q: What time will school start and end now?
• Preschool times will remain the same
• Mitchell times will remain the same
• 7th Grade will remain the same
• 8th Grade will remain the same

Q: How will this affect my child’s bus to and from school?
A: All bus schedules will remain the same. Please expect the same pick
up and drop off times and locations. BMS students will continue to go on buses with the Williams Intermediate School, even though the 8th
graders will now be dropped off at BRRHS.

Q: What will happen with students who currently walk to school, and now have a farther distance to go due to the new school?
A: If necessary, we will offer bus transportation to students who have issues getting to new schools. Please contact Superintendent’s Office 508-279-2140.

Q: Where is drop off / pick up at the Middle School?
A: The circular driveway on Mt. Prospect Street (Horseshoe Lot) in front of the building. If you want to park and go to the door, then you must park in the Center Street lot and walk to the front door.

Q: For 8th graders and Pre-Schoolers, how will the drop off / pick up process be communicated?
A: Additional information will be supplied to parents prior to the new schools starting on Tuesday.

Q: Will the parking lots be able to handle the additional cars needed to park with the additional students at each of these schools?

Q: My student has personal things in their locker and or the music/art room. How and when can we retrieve personal items?
• Mitchell Student lockers will be emptied and the contents will brought
to their new classrooms. Teachers will help students settle into their
new lockers where these items can be restored.
• Bridgewater Middle School students are invited to BMS on Monday,
February 23, 2015 between 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. to retrieve their
person belongings and learning materials from their lockers.

Q: Will they have new locker at new school?
A: We are in the process determining space availability for lockers at each site.

Q: Why is BMS being relocated?
A: We needed space big enough within Bridgewater that could house 1,000 students, feed them and take care of all their needs. We contact local churches, colleges, private schools, closed schools, etc. in the area, but none were available.

Q: Where is the main office at the Bridgewater Middle School?
A: The main office is accessible via the Center Street Parking Lot where you park to Vote. If you are facing the row of doors that lead to the gym, look to your left and you will see one single door. Use the buzzer and intercom system to gain access if arriving late or dismissing early.

Q: Will enrichment programs continue?
A: They temporarily suspended until space availability can be determined.

Q: What about BASE Program?
A: BASE will still be available at the Williams Intermediate School and at the Bridgewater Middle School. The service will remain the same, only the location is changing. For Pre-School, it will also be available at Raynham Middle School.

Q: Mitchell students are young and small. Is the Bridgewater Middle School conducive to their small size? Can they reach things like toilets and sinks?
A: The Bridgewater Middle School is completely accessible for all student age groups. Accommodations will be made if required.

Q: Will the district be moving student furniture to these new schools so that students are sitting at the proper size desks?
A: YES. Everything is being moved including furniture that is best conducive to learning.

Q: Will the sock hop and Family Fun Nights be allowed to continue at BMS?
A: All school-wide family events will continue.

Q: How will the Mitchell Elementary School and Bridgewater Middle School Students be made to feel comfortable in their new environment?
A: Their administrators, teachers, staff, and classmates will be the same and future school-wide activities will be planned.

Q: What advice do you have for parents for sharing this news in a positive way with our children?
A: Highlight the excitement of going to a new school and the comfort of being with their teachers and classmates. Changes occur and we need to be able to adapt to them. This should be a good learning experience for your children. It may cause a disruption to the routine temporally

Q: What are we going to call these schools?
A: The locations will change but the names will remain the same.

Q: Are we moving art, music, gym and classroom library supplies so that their specials can go on as usual?
A: YES. All of these materials and resources will be moved and specials will continue.

Q: What about technology?
A: Students will have access to technology at their new locations.

Q: I volunteer at school in my child’s class, am I able to do this at the new school?
A: YES. Absolutely!

Friday, February 20, 2015

AAUW Meeting

On Saturday, March 14th, the Taunton area branch of the AAUW (American Association of University Women) will meet at 12:00 noon at Hong Kong City in Taunton.

This will be a luncheon/book discussion meeting. Those attending will discuss: The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley

AAUW membership is open to any graduate holding an associate or equivalent, baccalaureate of higher degree from a qualified educational institution. Undergraduates may become AAUW affiliate members.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Bridgewater Garden Club Meetings

The Bridgewater Garden Club will have a meeting on Monday, February 23rd at 7PM at the Bridgewater Cole- Yeaton Senior Center. The program will be "Getting Ready for Spring led by Suzanne Mahler. Suzanne will demonstrate spring pruning and transplanting. 
The day meeting of the Bridgewater Garden Club will be held on Wednesday, February 25th at 1PM at the Senior Center. Paula Cantave will speak about the history of New England weathervanes . 
All meeting are open to the public For information call 508-697-7617.