Weekly Updates

11/17/2022

***Bridgewater Food Pantry Donations: ***Thank you to everyone that donated to the Bridgewater Food Pantry. We were able to help a lot of our Bridgewater Families during this upcoming holiday. Thank you!

***Parent Pick-Up: ***This is a reminder that vehicles should not be parking in the first row closest to the main entrance at dismissal time. We have all of our families wait in this area for dismissal, and it is very dangerous with vehicles backing in and out of parking spots. Again, we request that you please do not park in the front spots closest to the school at dismissal time. Thank you for helping keep everyone safe!

***Pre-K Drop-Off Reminder: ***When dropping your child off at Pre-K we have noticed a large number of families crowding the door and sidewalk in front of the entrance to Pre-K. We are requesting that families wait on the other side of the crosswalk where there is a large sidewalk area until the entrance becomes fewer in numbers and more space is available for families to safely cross the crosswalk and bring their child to their teacher. This will also make it easier for everyone to see one another when driving or crossing the street. Also, everyone should remember to please drive slowly. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation!

***Mitchell Dismissal Reminder: ***This is just a reminder that parents/guardians need to emailgmesdismissals@bridge-rayn.orgfor any daily changes if they do not send a note to school. Recently, we have had parents/guardians that are only emailing directly with the teachers. However, sometimes teachers are not able to check their email until the end of the day or the teacher is not in school which is leading to some confusion at dismissal. Again, we request that you either send in a note with your child or emailgmesdismissals@bridge-rayn.org​. If you send an email you will always receive an email confirmation from our office staff. Please remember to have your ID too. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

***Bridgewater Basketball Information: ***Please click on the link for information related to town basketball. Hope you join and have fun! Bridgewater Basketball Information

***GMSPA December Calendar Raffle: ***Who wouldn’t want to win some extra cash around the holidays? We are very excited to be kicking our fundraising this school year with a December Cash Raffle Calendar and 31 chances to win.

Each entry will cost $5 and the calendar is filled with $1,200 in cash prizes! You can purchase as many entries as you would like and 100% of the money raised goes back to our school for enrichment programs and activities and supplies for classrooms. Feel free to share with grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, neighbors and friends.

The calendars are being sent home with your child this week, we also attached it to this email. Simply detach and fill in the information at the bottom, and return in an envelope marked GMSPA Calendar with payment to GMSPA. You can send in payment with your child or you can mail the envelope in.

We will be randomly drawing a winner each day and will announce the winners from the previous week each Sunday! Winners will be announced on the GMSPA Facebook page, in the weekly emails and through personal emails.

Thank you for your support and good luck - GMSPA.

Calendar Link: GMSPA Raffle Calendar

11/8/2022

***Bridgewater Food Pantry Donations: ***We are still accepting donations to the Bridgewater Food Pantry. Thank you to those that have already donated to this important cause in our town. Many Bridgewater families will benefit from your kindness and generosity. If you would still like to make a donation, please click on the link for a list of items they are requesting. Thank you! Food Pantry Items

***Kindness Week: ***World Kindness Day is Sunday, November 13, 2022. In recognition of this day GMSPA has provided a coloring sheet for the students to complete and staff will be recognizing students with a Kindness Certificate at the end of the week. Finally, we will be having School Spirit Day this Thursday. Everyone is encouraged to wear a kindness themed t-shirt to school or purple or green. From the National Today website: World Kindness Day is an international holiday that was formed in 1998, to promote kindness throughout the world and is observed annually on November 13 as part of the World Kindness Movement. It is observed in many countries including the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia and the U.A.E. World Kindness Day presents us with the opportunity to reflect upon one of the most important and unifying human principles. On a day devoted to the positive potential of both large and small acts of kindness, try to promote and diffuse this crucial quality that brings people of every kind together.

***November Calendar: ***Please click on the link for the Mitchell November Calendar. Mitchell November Calendar

***Grades K-2 Literacy Curriculum Night: ***We would like to invite all of our K-2 parents/guardians to come learn more about our literacy programs and assessments and how to support students at home. This will take place on Tuesday, November 15, 2022 from 6:00-6:45 p.m. in the Mitchell cafeteria. Please click on the link for more details. Mitchell Literacy Curriculum Night Invite

***Pre-K Drop-Off Reminder: ***When dropping your child off at Pre-K we have noticed a large number of families crowding the door and sidewalk in front of the entrance to Pre-K. We are requesting that families wait on the other side of the crosswalk where there is a large sidewalk area until the entrance becomes fewer in numbers and more space is available for families to safely cross the crosswalk and bring their child to their teacher. This will also make it easier for everyone to see one another when driving or crossing the street. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation!

***Mitchell Dismissal Reminder: ***This is just a reminder that parents/guardians need to emailgmesdismissals@bridge-rayn.orgfor any daily changes if they do not send a note to school. Recently, we have had parents/guardians that are only emailing directly with the teachers. However, sometimes teachers are not able to check their email until the end of the day or the teacher is not in school which is leading to some confusion at dismissal. Again, we request that you either send in a note with your child or emailgmesdismissals@bridge-rayn.org​. If you send an email you will always receive an email confirmation from our office staff. Thank you for your assistance and cooperation.

11/1/2022

Our ALICE Drill was a success this morning. The staff and students did an outstanding job during the drill. I am so proud of them for doing such a great job! Please remember that these drills will occur again throughout the school year just like fire drills. Our top priority is the safety and well being of our students and staff. Thank you for your continued support!

**Food Drive…**Today we started our Food Drive to collect non-perishable food items for the Bridgewater Food Pantry. We hope everyone will consider making a donation to this important cause over the course of the next two weeks. These donations will go a far way helping our Bridgewater Families in need.  So, please consider sending your child to school with a non-perishable food item to donate.  We have collection boxes outside the main office and in each grade level hallway.  Thank you for supporting this important cause. Please click on the link to view a list of items requested by the Food Pantry: Food Pantry Items

10/31/2022

ALICE Drill: Tomorrow we will be conducting our first ALICE Drill of the year. ALICE (ALERT, LOCKDOWN, INFORM, COUNTER, EVACUATE) The purpose of the drill is to ensure we are prepared to proactively handle a threat. The teachers have been discussing procedures with students for several days during Morning Meeting to prepare for the drill. These drills are run just like our fire drills. Bridgewater Police and Fire will be here to monitor and assist. Attached please find attached a social story that you can use at home to help prepare your child for the drill. Please know that in the future just like our fire drills we will not be notifying families of our ALICE drills. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we work continuously to keep everyone safe at school. Please click the link for the social story: ALICE Social Story

Thank You Bridgewater Police Department: Today, we are fortunate to have officers from the Bridgewater Police Department coming to visit all of the students at lunch. We also have officers visiting our Pre-K classes and making presentations to our grade 2 classes on road safety. We are fortunate to have such a positive relationship with our local safety officials. Again, a big thank you to the Bridgewater Police department for their visit and presentations. We are thankful for all that you do!

Thank You Bridgewater Fire Department: Last Friday all of our students participated in Bus Evacuation. Students were spoken to on the bus by officers from the Bridgewater Fire Department and then evacuated the bus with assistance from the fire fighters. All students participated as two buses stayed behind after arrival so that all of our parent drop-offs could participate. We even had a couple of our Pre-K classes come out and sit on the bus! Again, thank you to the Bridgewater Fire Department for helping keep our students safe and prepared.

Thank You Badgers Football: We would like to thank all of the team members of Badger Football for collecting items for our students to use and play with at recess. They were able to collect balls, jump ropes, hula hoops, and other fun games. Thank you Badgers for thinking of us! All of the students will enjoy playing with these items while out at recess. GO BADGERS!

Food Drive…Tomorrow we will be starting our Food Drive to collect non-perishable food items for the Bridgewater Food Pantry. We hope everyone will consider making a donation to this important cause over the course of the next two weeks. These donations will go a far way helping our Bridgewater Families in need. So, please consider sending your child to school with a non-perishable food item to donate. We have collection boxes outside the main office and in each grade level hallway. Thank you for supporting this important cause. Please click on the link to view a list of items requested by the Food Pantry: Food Pantry Items

2022-2023 CoVid-19 Information

HEALTH SERVICES

B-R CoVid-19 Protocols

Fortunately, much progress has been made during the pandemic resulting in highly effective strategies such as vaccinations, boosters, and treatment for covid illness. This forward progress allows for the return to a flourishing learning environment, extra-curricular activities, and a school environment fostering positive social interaction among students and staff.

Bridgewater-Raynham Regional School District has aligned it’s Covid19 protocols with updated August 2022 guidance from CDC and DESE/MDPH. Universal Mask wearing, surveillance asymptomatic testing, contact tracing, quarantine due to exposure and test-to-stay are no longer recommended. Masks are required in the Health Office at all schools. (1) Individuals who wish to mask due to increased risk etc. are supported to do so.

Staff or students testing positive for COVID19 are required to self-isolate for 5 days following symptom onset.

The symptoms of COVID19 may be different for every individual. Healthcare providers should be contacted with positive test results to develop an individualized plan of care.

SEEK EMERGENCY CARE - CALL 911 for:

● Difficulty breathing

● Chest pain or pressure

● New Confusion

● Inability to wake up or stay awake

● Blue lips, face, toes, or fingers

● Severe abdominal pain

Following the 5 day isolation, the following criteria must be met before returning to school:

1. Fever-free without taking fever-reducing medications for 24 hours; and

2. Improvement of symptoms; and

3. vigilant mask wearing for the next 5 days

*Note: Return to school should be based on time and symptom resolution. Repeat testing prior to return is not recommended.

Please contact your child’s school nurse with any questions or concerns regarding these guidelines.

TOGETHER, WE ARE BR STRONG!

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1 https://www.doe.mass.edu/covid19/on-desktop.html

Lost and Found
lost and found

We have many items currently in our Lost and Found. Please be sure to have your child check it for any items. We do donate any leftover clothing at the end of each month and discard the water bottles. Thank you for helping your child get their items back.