December 29, 2019 ~ Building Community One Positive Story at a Time
What a FANTASTIC last school day of 2019.
First Staff Holiday breakfast and then a Christmas Sing-a-long, featuring Mrs Chickering, Mrs McSweeney and so many more teachers.

A big shout out to Michelle from Dunkin Donuts and Crystal from Dippin Donuts and all the parents that donated all the yummie foods/drinks for this. The staff all LOVED it!

Happy holidays to all our staff and LaLiberte Families. See you in 2020!
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Historical Tidbit:
Mistletoe for the New Year:
A Prediction of Happiness & Long Life
Picture: European Mistletoe

There are 2 types of mistletoe: European (Viscum album) and North American (Phoradendron leucarpum).

The word "mistletoe comes from two Anglo Saxon words: 'Mistel' (which means dung) and 'tan' (which means twig or stick)". It translates to 'poo on a stick' - not very appealing, but children think it's hilarious.

In Norse, Mistletoe was a symbol of love and friendship. The Legend: It was the sacred plant of Frigga (goddess of love, fertility, wisdom). Despite having the gift of prophecy, she was unable to save her son Balder (god of truth, summer sun) from his fate - death. Loki (a mischievous, evil god) tricked Hoder (the blind god of winter) into killing Balder with an arrow whose tip was made of mistletoe. 

For 3 days, each of the elements (air, fire, water, earth) tried to bring Balder back to life, with no success. As Frigga wept over her son, her tears fell upon the mistletoe arrow. Balder was brought back to life by his mother's tears as they transformed into pearly white berries. In her joy she kissed everyone who passed beneath the tree on which the mistletoe grew.  She vowed that anyone standing beneath mistletoe will come to no harm, but instead receive a token of love...a kiss.

In Scandinavia it was considered a plant of peace, under which enemies could declare a truce or warring spouses would kiss and make up.

In the United Kingdom, A York Minster Church would hold a special Mistletoe Service in the winter, where wrong doers in the city of York could come and be pardoned.
Picture: North American Mistletoe

In France, the mistletoe custom was reserved for New Year's Day: "Au gui l'An neuf" or "Mistletoe for the New Year". This is similar to our modern custom of kissing at the stroke of midnight when the new year arrives.

Mistletoe has meant many things to many cultures over the centuries. It wishes you peace, love, friendship and a long life - Happy New Year, Everyone! 

Respectfully submitted, Jill A. Silvia
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Preschool Programs at the Library
Baby Bookworms
Mondays, 10:30a
Songs & stories followed by play and socializing. Intended for newborns to 18 months.
Toddler Time
Wednesdays, 10:30a
Stories, songs, and activities to help kids get ready to read, followed by play and socializing.
Ages 18 months to 3 years
Finance Committee Vacancies
As of December 19, 2019 - 4:28PM
The Town of Raynham's Finance Committee has 2 vacancies that need to be filled.
If you are interested, please send in a letter and resume to:
Town of Raynham
558 S. Main Street
Raynham, MA 02767
Attn: Deb Dooney, Executive Assistant

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265 Bedford St, Bridgewater

(508) 378-9971

There are still some left! Get yours now! The New Year 2020 is right around the corner!
Calendars can be picked up at the shelter during adoption hours: Tues-Thurs 12-5, Fri 12-2 and Sat 12-4
(please call for New Year hours)
If you would like one mailed, contact
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(508) 822-1463
Thank you for your support!
Cooking Club
1st Monday of month (Jan 6) 6:30 pm
Share recipes, cooking ideas, learn new techniques.
Council on Aging Meeting
Mon, Jan 6th
Rayham Senior Center
Drawing Classes at RSC
Basic Drawing Class
Wednesdays, Jan 8th - Feb 12th
10:00a – 12:00p
Laurie Halls returns for a six week beginners drawing class. The cost is $36 for six weeks and you must sign up in advance at the Senior Center.

Intermediate Drawing Class
Tuesdays, Jan 7th - Feb 11th
9:30 – 11:30a
Laurie Halls will have an Intermediate Drawing Class as well. The cost is $36 for six weeks and you must sign up in advance at the Senior Center.
Happy Holidays from your Friends at

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Come check out our great gifts for the holidays! Farm themed toys, doggy shirts & sweaters, bird feeders, garden decorations and oh so much more!

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BRRHS Winter Pops Concert
Performed on December 18, 2019
at BR HIgh School Auditorium
Video courtesy of The Raynham Channel
Merrill Kindergarten Concert Dec 2019
Mrs. Trott & Mrs. Olsen's Classes
Bridgewater Raynham Public Schools
Video courtesy of The Raynham Channel

Call and schedule your appointment today!!

From your friends at
Bridgewater Square Chiropractic!
63 Main Street, Bridgewater • (508) 697-0050
Taunton River Watershed Tide Calendar Released
The Taunton River Watershed Alliance (TRWA) is pleased to announce the release of its Annual Taunton River Tide calendar. For our tenth year running, the TRWA has published a yearly calendar with tidal data for the Taunton River along with the winning images of the TRWA’s Calendar Photography Contest.
This year the calendar features the work of 19 area photographers and nature enthusiasts. Pictures are of the wildlife and scenery within the Taunton River Watershed, 562 square miles in all of or part of 43 Southeastern Massachusetts cities and towns.
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Raynham Police Recognize Community Member who
Helps Provide Holiday Cheer to Families in Need

Chief James Donovan and the Raynham Police Department would like to recognize Candace Dalton, who grew up in the area and has worked with School Resource Officer Louis Pacheco over the past few years to donate gift cards that are then passed out to students and families in need.

Each year, Dalton buys gift cards from stores like Walmart and gives them to SRO Pacheco to distribute to students and families as he works in the schools throughout the year. The gift cards can help families in need buy food, small holiday gifts or other items.

“We would like to recognize and sincerely thank Candace for her donations each holiday season, which help SRO Pacheco assist families throughout the year,” Chief Donovan said. “It’s easy to see that she genuinely cares for the community and wants to help make the holidays brighter for families in need.”

The Raynham Police and Fire Departments also hold Secret Santa and Stuff the Cruiser fundraisers to help families during the holiday season.

“Candace’s donations add a little something extra to our holiday fundraisers and we are truly thankful to her for helping us help our community,” Officer Pacheco said.
Disabilities Education Screening Information
If you are concerned about your child’s growth and development and suspect that your child may have a disability or delayed area of development, please contact Tracy Taccini, Preschool Secretary of Special Education, 508-977-0504 x100. If you wish to have your child participate in a screening for the purpose of potentially enrolling within the district’s nationally accredited preschool program, BR's preschool program currently has 6 classrooms that are integrated where children with and without disabilities are educated together.
A spot for the 2020 - 2021 school year may be reserved for any child who passes the screening.
The goal is to locate and help all children with disabilities residing in the State, including those who are homeless, wards of the State, and or attending private schools.
Paul Tzovolos M.Ed., C.A.G.S.
Director of Student Services

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In Scandinavia, what does mistletoe represent?

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Starting Over

Now that we have a minute to breath...
it's a great time to weed out any old bad karma... habits or relationships, and this opens up space in your life for new positive habits & relationships.

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” ~ Martin Luther King Jr.

“It’s never too late to become who you want to be. I hope you live a life that you’re proud of, and if you find that you’re not, I hope you have the strength to start over.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald

“You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you.” ~ Barbara Shur
Starting over can be scary, but it's a scarier and sadder life that does not grow, learn, evolve, progress & create!
You are beautiful as you become a better you!
~ Jacquie
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