September 13, 2020
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Letter to Bridgewater -Raynham School
Families (9/3/20):

Good Evening BRRSD Families & Staff,
I hope this message finds you and your families well. Please know that we have been working diligently over the course of the last several weeks here in the BRRSD in preparation for the opening of the 2020-2021 academic year. The purpose of this message is to share the follow important information regarding COVID-19 and plans for the reopening of school:
BRRSD Fall Reopening Parent/Guardian Presentation & Video
Assistant Superintendent Mr. Ryan Powers has created a detailed BRRSD Fall Reopening Parent/Guardian Presentation & Video as means of proactively answering questions that BRRSD parents/guardians many have regarding the reopening of school. Links to both Mr. Powers’ presentation & video are posted below.
First Week of School
The first week of school in the BRRSD will run from Wednesday, September 16, 2020 through Friday, September 18, 2020.
Wednesday, September 16, 2020: Cohort A & C students in person instruction / Cohort B
remote instruction
Thursday, September 17, 2020: Cohort B & C students in person instruction / Cohort A
remote instruction
Friday, September 18, 2020: Cohort C special education students in person instruction
for 2.5 hours / Cohort A & B remote instruction
The first week will be different because we want all students to experience a day of in person instruction as a welcome to the new school year. The true Cohort A, B, & C schedules will go into effect during the following week of Monday, September 21, 2020 – Friday, September 25, 2020.
Teacher / Team Assignments
Teacher / Team assignments were released via email on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 after 5:00 p.m. This will be for both Hybrid & B-R at Home remote learners.
Special Education Town Hall Meeting:
Our team from the Office of Student Services has worked to put together this informational video that focuses on providing further description of services for students with disabilities across the district. The content of this presentation came from a survey conducted by our BRRSD Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) and will, hopefully, provide further information and clarity around the reopening plan for our special education students. The Special Education Town Hall Meeting link is posted below.
Special Education Transportation:
We are once again encouraging parents to consider transporting their child to and from school each day if at all possible. We are making this request as transportation routes are being impacted by social distancing requirements. If transportation by a parent or guardian is not a possibility for your family then we are committed to providing transportation, if needed, but we are asking for your consideration and support once again. Also, if your child is eligible for van transportation through their 504 Accommodation Plan or Individualized Education Program (IEP) then you will be eligible for mileage reimbursement if you choose to provide transportation.
Bus Transportation Assignments
Bus transportation assignments will be released via email on Wednesday, September 9, 2020, after 5:00 p.m. This information will be provided in a separate email from that of the Teacher / Team assignments. As a result of Massachusetts & Department of Elementary & Secondary Education (DESE) guidelines, each student that is eligible for transportation and has opted to ride the bus, will be assigned a specific seat and must remain in that seat only. Once again, due to Massachusetts and DESE guidance, we have limited capacity on each bus and will not be able to accommodate any alternate/daycare changes. We hope you understand. We ask that you please review the transportation email as stops may have changed from previous years. If you have any questions and/or concerns regarding bus transportation, you are encouraged to contact our Administrative Assistant of Transportation Mrs. Ellen George at

In closing, we realize this is a very stressful time for families, students, faculty & staff. Please rest assured, however, that all the decisions made over the course of this summer were focused on one clear and concise goal, “Doing right by our students & staff.” With that being said, I ask that we all give this school year the opportunity to be amazing. Please refrain from throwing a label on it prior to its beginning. It may just surprise all of us in big & beautiful ways. Do so not because I ask, but rather, do so because it is what our children deserve. We will all get through this and we will do so together.
As always, if you have any questions and/concerns please feel free to contact me at 508-279-2140 ext. 113 or via email at
Thank you & enjoy your weekend.
Derek J. Swenson, Superintendent of Schools
BRRSD Fall Reopening Parent/Guardian Presentation Link:
BRRSD Fall Reopening Parent Presentation 2020 with Asst. Superintendent Ryan Powers
Bridgewater Raynham Special Education Town Hall - Style Meeting: How SE services will be provided this fall.
Historical Tidbit: 
Why Do We Celebrate Labor Day?

Labor Day, an annual celebration of workers and their achievements, originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

In the late 1800's, at the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States, the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks in order to eke out a basic living. Despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 toiled in mills, factories and mines across the country, earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages.

People of all ages, particularly the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities and breaks.

As manufacturing increasingly supplanted agriculture as the wellspring of American employment, labor unions, which had first appeared in the late 18th century, grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and compel employers to renegotiate hours and pay.

The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later, when in June 1894, the American Railroad Union, led by Eugene V. Debs (pictured with 6 other men in connection to the strike), called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, to add more power to a strike. It crippled railroad traffic nationwide. To break the Pullman strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers.

In the wake of this massive unrest and in an attempt to repair ties with American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories. On June 28, 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed it into law. More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified.
Story Credit: History of Labor Day
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Council on Aging
Building remains closed.
Director will be in the office Monday, Wednesday and Thursday to process bills, stay in touch with state agencies and attend to phone messages.

Food Pantry
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month
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Here is a picture of Holly Richard's Dad with his cute grandchildren. He made this pantry for the Raynham Housing Authority! Thank you for your kindness! It will be much appreciated. Let's all help keep it full of food to share!
town hall
Selectmen’s Meeting

Tuesday, September 15, 2020
7:00p Regular Meeting – with remote Public Access 
Please join our live broadcast on the Raynham Channel (Comcast Channel 98 or Verizon Channel 34) or use the “GoToMeeting” online and/or call in using your phone for the Citizen & Community Input portion of the Agenda.
You can also dial in using your phone.
(For supported devices, tap a one-touch number below to join instantly.)
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Access Code: 220-595-605 

*Announcement: Pursuant to Governor Baker’s March 12, 2020 Order Suspending Certain Provisions of the Open Meeting Law, G.L. c. 30A, §18, and the Governor’s March 15, 2020 Order imposing strict limitations on the number of people that may gather in one place, this meeting of the Raynham Board of Selectmen is being conducted with the Public Body members in person at Veterans Memorial Town Hall with the general public following the proceedings remotely. Every effort will be made to ensure that the public can adequately access the proceedings as provided for in the Order. For real time access, residents can utilize the call-in information listed above, and the Town will post a record of this meeting on the town’s website as soon as we are able.  

1)Call to order – Chairman 2)Pledge of Allegiance 3)Acceptance of the Minutes from Sept 8th, 2020
4)Department Heads/Committees: a)Matt Tanis, Health Agent – Monthly Report
5)Appointment: Special Police Officer – Edward F. Dutra, Jr.
6)Public Hearing: Continuation - Slap Shotz Pub, 524 Broadway – Jeffrey Sinkiewics, Mgr., - Alteration of Premises 7)Completion Old/Continuing Business
8)New Business  a)Collins Center Town Government Organizational Structure Review
      b)Selectmen’s Goals for FY21
9)Town Administrator’s Report & 10)Selectmen’s Report 11)Correspondence: Massachusetts Department of Telecommunications and Cable 12)Press Time & 13)Emergency Business
14)Citizen & Community Input
15)Performance of Administrative duties
  • Approval of Town of Raynham Invoice and Payroll Warrants
  • Approval of Raynham Police Invoice and Payroll Warrants
The 2020 Book for Business & COVID-19 Recovery Resource Guide 
Easy & Accessible with great resources!

  • Area Dining
  • COVID-19 Recovery Resources
  • Business Development Resources

Metro South Chamber of Commerce Works For YOU!

You are kindly invited to attend this FREE Webinar:
Teaching Race in the Wake of the Alleged Murder of George Floyd
by Dr. Pamela E. Barnett, Dean, School of Arts & Sciences, La Salle University

Wednesday, September 30th
1:00p - 2:30p
“Dean Barnett’s research in higher education have focused on advancing diverse student bodies, faculties, and curricula. She served most recently as Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Distinguished Professor of English at Trinity Washington University in Washington DC. One of the few remaining women’s colleges, Trinity enrolls a student body that is majority Pell grant eligible, first generation to college and underrepresented minority.” Currently, serves as Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, La Salle University in Philadelphia.
Organized and hosted by the Global Programs, Minnock Institute for Global Engagement, the Office of Institutional Diversity, and The African- American Studies at Bridgewater State University.

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~ Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi
Professor, Media Studies& Communication Technologies
Academic Director of Global Programs, Minnock Institute for Global Engagement MIGE
Communication Studies Department, Bridgewater State University
REMEMBERING COVID-19, a Record of Raynham during the Pandemic of 2020

For the first time in more than a century the world is in the midst of a global pandemic. Covid-19 has affected the lives of all of us in ways large and small. In an effort to create an historical record of this time in our community, the Raynham Public Library and the Raynham Historical Society invite you to share what changes have been made in your life. All responses become a part of the local history collections of the Raynham Public Library and the Raynham Historical Society.

The following questions are meant as a starting point for your entry. Fill out this Entry-form.

• When did you first hear about COVID-19/Coronavirus? What was your first reaction?
• Did your opinion change once local and federal governments started addressing the outbreak?
• How did your community respond to the virus?
• Tell us what your daily life is like now and how is it different due to social distancing.
• Are you able to connect with friends and family electronically, by phone or in person?
• Are you out of work, working from home or working in an essential job?
• How are you managing the anxiety?
• Do you go outside? If you have to go into a public situation, are you taking precautions to
protect yourself such as masks and gloves?
• Do you have concerns about running out of food or medicine or being able to pay your bills?
• Have you or a family member in your household tried to access medical care for any reason?
• Are you volunteering to help either neighbors or a community organization?
• How do you think this experience will change you and your family?
• Are you reading more, home schooling your children, watching television and movies, exercising
or playing games?
• Are you or your children keeping a diary?
• In 100 years, what do you want people to know about what is happening today?

If you wish to share an original photograph with us, please send it to Use the subject line Covid-19 and limit your submissions to five photographs.

The members of the GFWC Taunton and Raynham Jr. Woman's Club celebrated the 100th Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment honoring the suffragists who fought diligently for the 'right to vote' for all women on August 26th. An 'Iced Tea' outdoor mini luncheon was held at the home of one of the members, and the women who attended wore white and donned purple VOTES FOR WOMEN sashes. As a sign of the times they were presented with masks and a bead kit to make mask holders.
The GFWC Taunton and Raynham Jr. Woman's Club will hold their next business meeting on Monday, September 14th at the USMC League Hall in Somerset and welcome local author Don Sampson as their guest speaker.

Members left to right: Jane Pacheco, Vel Bleau, Robin Gendron, Nancy Clark, Cindy Brogan,
Nancy Martin, Edie Edlund, Suzanne Kaye, Joan Stevens, Joyce Clark, Cindy Leonard, Nancy Brown
Photo & Story Credit: Nancy Brown
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Southcoast Artist Index
Listen in on the conversation as The Artist Index's host, Ron Fortier, speaks with Laurie Wolfe about her life with her late husband and painter Jack Wolfe.

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Manifesting in the Present & Future in 2020

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Only 1 reservation is allowed per day. Here are a few things that will ensure your appointment is safe and will run smoothly:

*Face masks are required to enter the building.

*Park in the parking lot, but enter the building on the west side, ramp entrance.

*Ring the door bell and wait to be “buzzed-in.”

*Practice social distancing.

*Follow markings on the floor.

*Once you have checked out your items, exit via the parking lot entrance.

*Please leave the library by the end of your appointment time.
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At the height of the Industrial Revolution how many hours did the average American work a week?

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Yes, Thrive!!!

I want to thrive, to live each day out loud, caring for those around me, responding with a resounding "YES" and achieve a life that has beauty, caring, trust, and laugh every day.... a good loud laugh!

I couldn't do that without role models. I encourage everyone: listen to wisdom. So many have gone before us:

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~ Maya Angelou

"It takes but one positive thought when given a chance to survive and thrive to overpower an entire army of negative thoughts." ~ Robert H. Schuller

"It's wonderful to move forward technologically, but we cannot forget that we are human beings who thrive on relationships, who thrive on interconnectivity, who thrive on sharing your feelings and emotions."
~ Goldie Hawn
I hope you thrive this week!
~ Jacquie
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