Raynham Middle School Parent Organization (RMSPO ) hosts teacher appreciation events

Teacher Appreciation Week was May 8 - 12, but this year the RMSPO is honoring and celebrate our amazing Middle School (RMS) staff throughout the month of May given MCAS testing, field trips, and other events going on within the school.

On a few select days RMS teachers and staff will be spoiled with special, unique, and delicious treats! Here are pictures from last week's Panera breakfast on Wednesday and The Friendly Fizz on Thursday.
Thank you to all parents who have supported this and helped us.

Story & Picture Credits: Lisa Beatrice
Historical Tidbit:
Education in 1647

Education for all was an early American ideal. As early as 1647 Massachusetts Bay Colony passed a law mandating that all towns with more than 50 families set up a school. If a town didn't comply with the law, they were fined five pounds.
"That in whatsoever township in this government consist of 50 families or upwards. Where there were families of 100 or more, Latin must be offered in Grammar School to prepare for the University. The town was responsible for making a reasonable appropriation. The profits from the Cape Fisheries, hereto ordered to maintain a Grammar School, shall be distributed to such towns as to have such Grammar Schools, not exceeding five Pounds per annum to any one town." 

Before that time, small classes were held in private homes.
Respectfully submitted, 
Sue Basile
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Raynham Middle School
Special Town Meeting 6:45p
Annual Town Meeting 7p

This packet includes the warrant articles for the Special and Annual Town Meeting of May 15, 2023 with a summary, proposed FY 2024 operating budget, recommendations of the Finance Committee and Capital Planning Committee, and assorted financial information.
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Youth Fishing Derby
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Saturday May 20
8a–noon, register at the fire station at 7a
3 age groups, 5 prizes each group
Refreshments at the Fire Station, Raynham Residents Only.
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June 3
10a - 2p
Raynham Middle School
420 Titicut Rd

Lace up your sneakers and get ready for the Walk Massachusetts Challenge! Walking consistently has numerous physical and mental health benefits. Regardless of how far or fast you walk, whether you use a cane or a walker, remaining active is key to aging well and living independently. Walking is accessible for most people whether done outside at your local park or indoors and in place on rainy days. Walking and the Walk Massachusetts Challenge is a fun way to build community! Just register at www.walkmachallenge.com, choose a challenge, and track your walking during the period between May 1 and Oct 31. With six challenges, there is a challenge for you no matter your ability. The only competition is yourself: to be better than you were yesterday. Meet milestones and be entered to win up to a $50 gift card. And, for each person who completes their challenge, our Council on Aging will be entered to win up to $1,000 for future programming. The more you walk, the more everyone win!

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Climate Can-Do: Bay State Bike Month

From the Berkshires to the Cape, and everywhere around and in between, riders across Massachusetts are celebrating Bay State Bike Month this May! Sunday, May 7th, was National Ride a Bike Day, and May 15th–19th is Bike to Work Week. Visit Bay State Bike Month website to find an event or register your bike - friendly event.

There are so many benefits to riding a bike, both for your health and the environment’s. Bicycles are a pollution-free mode of transport, use minimal fossil fuels, and reduce your carbon footprint! Cyclists decrease the need for the constant construction of roadways, allowing there to be more greenery than concrete. Riding a bike is also a great way to get in some exercise, giving you the serotonin boost you need to start your day! Let this be your inspiration to leave those car keys on the table, grab your bike, and enjoy a beautiful May day with the sun on your face, the wind in your hair, and your pedal to the metal.

Bay State Bike Month is supported by MassBike, a non-profit dedicated to making bicycling an integral part of human-centered communities, policies, culture, and infrastructure. Healthy, resilient communities embrace lifestyles consistent with safe and rewarding environments. To build and sustain these environments, MassBike advocates for policies that encourage and support community wellness, equity, and inclusion, enable sustainable growth, drive economic vitality, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Information gathered from Bay State Bike Month and MassBike.

This Climate Can-Do Article was written by Tess Fiumefreddo, BuzzAround Writing Intern, Franklin & Marshall College. We focus on actions which individuals can do in the face of our climate emergency. We can do!
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BR Youth Road Race

Sunday, May 21st
Grades K–4: 2p; Grades 5–8: 2:20p
Check in at BRRHS cafeteria
One-mile road race for Bridgewater / Raynham children in grades K–8.

The race has been on hiatus for four years due to the pandemic, but The Town of Bridgewater Recreation Commission and Bridgewater State University, are excited to announce its return May 21st, under the direction of Northeast Race Management, and for the first time welcoming Raynham kiddos!

There will be two races, one for grades K–4 at 2p, and one for grades 5–8 at 2:20p. The races will be held on the roadway in front of BRRHS. All participants will receive a commemorative backpack, a finisher ribbon, and a certificate with their name and time. Pre-registration is highly recommended!

For more information and to register, visit BRYouthRoadRace.Com.
The Raynham Library Board of Trustees currently has a vacancy.

If you are interested in serving on this Board, please send a letter of interest and your resume to ddooney@town.raynham.ma.us

The deadline for submitting is Friday, May 26 by 12 noon.
COA Joins in the Memorial Day Parade:

The Raynham Senior Center Crew will be walking in the Memorial Day Parade on Saturday, May 27th.
They would love for others to join them.

If you are interested contact the Senior Center:
The Raynham Memorial Day Parade Committee has announced that due to the Rte. 104 reconstruction project and out of concern for public safety, the route for this year’s Memorial Day Parade has been changed. 

The Parade will step off at 10a on Saturday morning, May 27th, at the Raynham Middle School, proceed down Titicut Road, passing by Katherine’s Way, Mark Drive, Alice Road, and Cynthia Drive, turn left onto White Street, proceed through the White Street and Pleasant Street intersection, turning left onto Pleasant Street. The Parade will then continue along Pleasant Street, passing by Ralph Road and Michael Road and the Merrill Elementary School. Across from the LaLiberte Elementary School upper parking lot, the Parade will turn left onto Darrington Drive, proceed along the full length of Darrington Drive, turn right back onto Titicut Road and then return to the Raynham Middle School where the Annual Memorial Day Ceremony will take place on the patio area in front of the school.

Planning for Memorial Day Parade: residents living along the route are encouraged to decorate their homes and/or yards with red, white, and blue flags and decorations. Parking to watch the Parade will be available at the Merrill and LaLiberte Elementary Schools and at the Raynham Middle School, and viewing will be available all along the Parade route.

Our Memorial Day Parade is the Ninth Annual Parade sponsored by the Raynham Association of Volunteers for Education, R.A.V.E., Inc. through its “Salute To Our Veterans” Committee. Funding for the Parade is provided through donations and RAVE’s fundraising efforts. If you're interested in lending a hand, please contact the Raynham Town Hall at 508-824-2700 or send an email to ravevolunteercoordinator@gmail.com. This is an excellent opportunity to honor and remember the veterans who gave their lives serving our country, so make sure to get involved!

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Historical Tidbit Question:
Where were classes held before 1647?

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The Buzz Around is brought to you this week by: Jen Bellody, Mohamed (Moe) Ibrahim, Janice O'Brien, Jacquelyn Rose & Greg Venezia.
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