Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Families,


Over the past several weeks, we have continued to evolve in our procedures. Optional masking is going well. The students have been supportive and respectful of staff and students choosing to continue to mask. Pooled testing has continued each Monday and at-home test kits continue to be distributed every two weeks to families that have registered to receive them. Last week, we took a big step forward returning to traditional lunch seating with spaces still available for distancing. This was a transition the students were certainly looking forward to.


Our first-grade classes finished their performances of Jan Brett's "The Mitten" last week. We are grateful that we can have families back in the school buildings for these milestone moments.


On the other end of the grade spans, our 8th graders completed their integrated civics unit "The Race to the Presidency." The Race to the Presidency teaching unit requires students to team up around a candidate and build a platform. The campaign then reaches out to staff members around the school playing the role of special interest groups (ACLU, NRA, Big Oil, NOW, etc) seeking support, financial and otherwise, for their candidate.


The final week of this month-long social studies project included a grueling final debate, moderated by NRSD Assistant Superintendent, Todd Maguire on Thursday followed by the general election and convening of the Electoral College on Friday.


When all the votes were cast, FSTV accurately projected that the Z Party candidates Deirbhile Nagle and Brady Mignault had won the election for President and Vice President. All of our students worked very hard through this project developing an understanding of complex policy and public debate issues in order to prepare and support their candidates. My thanks go out to 8th-grade social studies teacher, Thea Tully for developing this innovative project, all of the FSS staff members who played a role, and our Superintendent/ Superdelegate Kirk Downing who took the time to meet with and get to know each of the candidates through meetings and the debates.


By now, you should have received the link to your child's Report Card for the second trimester. Please reach out if this was not the case. I will publish the Honor roll in next week's Happenings.


Finally tonight, we have a number of events coming up at school in the coming weeks and months. Please check out our Save the Dates section below.



Yours in partnership,



Joel Bates,

Principal

NRSD Covid-19 Dashboard

Superintendent Downing has shared the following links to the NRSD Covid Dashboard with you in his communications. I have shared these links here as well and will continue to do so in each new edition of the Happenings.

NRSD Covid Data Dashboard.


Our consent for testing percentages continue to grow. Please click on the following link to complete the consent to test if you have not already done so.

Here is a link to the consent to test.

From the Health Offices

If you have opted in to receive at-home rapid covid tests from school, please continue to routinely test your child/children each Thursday morning. You do not need to report the results of the routine testing unless your child tests positive.


If your child has cold/covid symptoms and is home sick from school, please use an at-home rapid test to test your child, regardless of the day, and please report negative or positive results to the school nurse.


Thank you for your continued support in helping us keep our school community healthy!

Virtual / In-Person Career Fair - Grades 6, 7, & 8

We have had a slow response thus far to our Virtual Career Fair on April 8 and May 20. As a result, we will cancel April 8 and ask potential presenters who have already come forward if they can meet with students on May 20.


Also, now that we can accommodate visitors, we are happy to offer the option of in-person presentations as well.


We would love to have you share the important aspects of your day-to-day work with our students and the journey you've taken to reach this point in your career. We have developed a template with guiding questions to frame your presentation. We have allowed for 30-minute sessions including Q & A from students. If you would be willing to join us, please reach out to Joel Bates at jbates@nrsd.net

K-2 ASL Club begins on April 26

The Spring session of the K-2 American Sign Language (ASL) Club will be starting on Tuesday, April 26th and run through Tuesday May 31st, starting at 7:45, in Mrs. Scudiere’s Room #160. Please see the K-2 ASL Club information sheet & permission sheet included in the link below. Students who have previously participated will receive new materials so they may continue their learning.


If your child would like to participate in the Spring session of K-2 ASL Club, please complete the extracurricular permission slip and students may drop it off in the FSS Office by Friday, April 15th. Please note that we are limited to 15 students.


If you have any questions, please contact Miss Richards (jrichards@nrsd.net) or Mrs. Scudiere (escudiere@nrsd.net).

Spring K-2 ASL Club Information


Ramadan begins this weekend

April 2nd, 2022 marks the first day of Ramadan for Muslims around the world. The 9th month of the lunar calendar, Ramadan is not a holiday by Islamic standards; it is a holy month of worship. Muslim students in our classrooms will be fasting from sunrise to sunset (about 5:40 am-7:00pm); they cannot consume anything (water, medicine, food, etc.). For Muslims, Ramadan is much more than abstaining from food and drink. It is a month that exemplifies the Islamic values of gratitude, strengthening bonds of kinship, spirituality, and maximizing acts of charity.


We support our students observing their Islamic faith and will make quiet space available in the library during lunches, snack time and as needed.


Spring Sports at FSS

After a two-year absence, we are thrilled to be ready to start our spring interscholastic sports season next Monday, April 4. Mr. Caligiuri returns as our softball coach. I'm happy to announce that Mr. Chris Soucie has agreed to coach our baseball team.


At this time we are still looking for a Head Track Coach. Without someone stepping forward, we may not be able to run this program. If interested, please contact NRSD Athletic Director Tania Rich at trich@nrsd.net


Softball Game Schedule

Softball Registration


Baseball Game Schedule

Baseball Registration


Outdoor Co-Ed Track Meet Schedule

Outdoor Track Registration


Middle School Athletics Handbook
Middle Athletics Rules

FSS GSA - National Day of Silence

Members of our FSS GSA (Gay-Straight Alliance) are intending to spread awareness of and participate in the National Day of Silence* on April 8 with students from 5th through 8th grade.


*From the GLSEN website. The GLSEN Day of Silence is a national student-led demonstration where LGBTQ students and allies all around the country—and the world—take a vow of silence to protest the harmful effects of harassment and discrimination of LGBTQ people in schools.


Started in the mid 90’s by two college students, the Day of Silence has expanded to reach hundreds of thousands of students each year. Every April, students go through the school day without speaking.

At FSS, we support our students' right to have their voices heard, or in this case, not heard. Participation is voluntary. Students will be responsible for all work expectations during the day.



MCAS tests beginning in April

MCAS, the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System returns this spring for students in grades 3-8. Students in those grades will be assessed in ELA and Mathematics with two sessions for each test. Students in grades 5 & 8 will also complete two sessions of the Science/ Technology/ Engineering test as well.


All tests will be taken electronically this year. We recently completed successful infrastructure trials in which the students completed a brief practice test. These trials serve two purposes. They allow us to test our system and network capacity while giving the students a chance to become familiar with the digital testing interface.



Please find the FSS MCAS Calendar for 2022.

Bolton School Donations Online Auction Begins today!

While most of the classrooms were not able to complete class projects this year due to Covid volunteer restrictions, our middle school students went above and beyond! We are excited to present unique art pieces that are certain to become a focal point of any room in your home and a fun movie-themed package for your family! We look forward to gathering for an in-person auction in March of 2023. In the meantime, let the bidding begin!!

Go to https://www.biddingowl.com/Auction/home.cfm?auctionID=29919 to access the auction and view the items. All proceeds will go directly to funding teacher requests for classroom materials. The auction will close on April 2nd at 11pm.

Powerschool Parent Portal

*Powerschool has been migrated to cloud service. This migration has changed our web address for Powerschool. To log on to your parent account you will need to navigate to the new web address https://nrsd.powerschool.com/public. Your current username and password has not changed.


If you are currently using the PowerSchool Mobile app you will need to delete the app and then reinstall it. Once reinstalled you will need to either look up the district – search for Nashoba – or enter the district code – KSCQ. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

If you do not currently have access to Powerschool for your student in grades 6 through 12, instructions on how to gain access are here.


Thank you,

Kathy Leonardi

Nashoba Regional School District

FSS Drama Presents ~ Forgiven - April 8

Perhaps the biggest beneficiary of transitioning our lunches to traditional seating is the FSS Drama Society. Two months ago, we didn't know if we would be able to have guests attend our annual show. One month ago, we weren't certain we would have a venue for the cast to perform.


Today, I am thrilled to announce that in one week on April 8, it is "Curtains Up" for Forgiven, A Fairy Tale in the FSS Auditorium. Admission is free.

🎶 Upcoming Musical Events at Nashoba Regional High School 🎶

Nashoba Regional High School will be hosting two fantastic musical events this spring!

The Senior Showcase Concert will take place on Wednesday, April 27 at 7pm. This is an evening of entertainment featuring our senior musicians. They will be presenting solo and small group performances of their choice. The Concert Choir and Concert Band will offer a combined performance at the end of the concert to present a piece dedicated to our seniors. This concert has free admission.


The Nashoba Symphonic Band, under the direction of David Wayne Bailey, will present its Spring concert, Moments to Remember, on Sunday, May 1st at 3 p.m. The program features the area premiere of the “Afro-American Symphony” by William Grant Still, in a transcription written for the band at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. Also being performed will be “Hymn for the Innocent” by Julie Giroux, Vincent Persichetti's “Divertimento for Band,” and a unique mini-tone poem for band, “City Rain'” by Judith Land Zaimont. Admission is free to one and all (donations are appreciated).


These concerts are family friendly...younger musicians are especially encouraged to attend. Come and enjoy music in the auditorium at Nashoba Regional High School!

NRSD Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC) Updates

Nashoba Regional School District’s Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) Welcomes YOU!


As a parent-led group, the Nashoba SEPAC seeks to provide informational resources and support to parents and guardians of children who have an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan. SEPAC membership is open to everyone in the Nashoba Regional School District Community.

To request more information or join the SEPAC mailing list, please send a request to Charlene Cabral, Chairperson, at nashobasepac@nrsd.net.


To learn more about events, presentations, and meetings, please visit the Nashoba SEPAC page (located under the Families tab) at nrsd.net, Facebook (Nashoba SEPAC - NRSD OFFICIAL), or Twitter (@NRSDSEPAC).

Lost & Found

We have a growing collection of lunchboxes, water bottles, clothing and accessories that we have gathered over the past few weeks and months. We have placed these items in an accessible outdoor lost and found area under the arches of the Emerson Wing. The next time you're on campus, please take a second to see if any of these items happen to belong to your child.

Bolton Youth Soccer Updates

Spring Soccer is almost here!

A quick reminder from Bolton Youth Soccer that registration for the spring 2022 season is still open, so if you’ve interested players or know of a new family who may be interested, please share and sign up as soon as possible as we will begin building team rosters and assigning coaches in the next couple of weeks. First games are scheduled for April 9! >>> Register Players Here

Interested in Volunteering?

Our organization couldn’t run smoothly without the help of our generous volunteers. If you are interested in becoming a member of our coaching staff or helping with field maintenance, we’d love to have you join the team! >>> Volunteer Sign-Up Here

Need New Uniforms?

Also as we all know how fast our kids grow, be sure to check those uniforms from last season. If they need the next size up, or if your child will be playing for a travel team for the first time (Grades 3 and up), go to the BYSA store to order new uniforms.

We look forward to seeing you on the pitch soon!


Bolton Master Planning Committee

What do you wish for in Bolton? What are Bolton’s greatest challenges over the next 15 years? How can we, as a Town, best address those challenges and position ourselves for opportunity? These were just some of the questions discussed among Bolton residents at the Town’s first Master Plan Public Forum. The forum, which took place from 2-4pm on October 17th, drew a crowd of close to 50 residents (not including 15+ committee volunteers) to the Florence Sawyer School. “It’s a great crowd, for a Sunday afternoon, in a relatively small town.” noted Ralph Willmer, a Technical Assistance Program Manager and Principal Planner with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) who was in attendance.


The forum’s purpose was two-fold: to educate residents on the Master Plan process and to collect input from residents on various topics that will be addressed in the plan. Bolton’s Town Planner, Valerie Oorthuys, kicked off the event by presenting an informative overview including a timeline and components of the Master Plan, a progress update on goals from Bolton’s 2006 Master Plan, a draft Vision Statement for the new Master Plan, and some of Bolton’s existing conditions. Residents were then encouraged to participate in eight interactive stations that solicited feedback in a number of ways and on a number of topics. Station topics included: Community Aspirations, an “I Wish” list, Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats (SWOT) analysis, Open Space and Recreation, Transportation and Mobility, Housing, Economic Development and Regional Planning. The afternoon wrapped up with a brief summary of notable points and discussions that occurred at each station and included drawings for a number of door prizes donated by local businesses. The input from this forum will be combined with additional public input sought in future public forums. Those forums are currently being planned for the first half of 2022.


A video recording of the first public forum presentation can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtiIWGNV8Xs


The PowerPoint presentation can be found at: https://www.townofbolton.com/sites/g/files/vyhlif2836/f/uploads/bolton_master_plan_1st_forum_presentation_final_version.pdf


Save the Dates


This Month

3/28 SEPAC Presentation


Next Month

1 April Fool's Day

2 Girl Scouts Special Someone Dance

4 Baseball/ Softball Tryouts

4 Outdoor Track Practice Begins

8 Early Dismissal for students

8 National Day of Silence, Grades 5-8

8 Forgiven: A Fairy Tale, 7 PM in Auditorium

12 - 15 On-Campus Sargent Center (Nature's Classroom) Grade 7

13 FSS School Council Meeting 3:30 FSS Library

18 - 22 No School - April Vacation

26 Softball / Baseball home V, Maynard

28 Suzy Becker Author Visit, Grade k, 9 AM - 1 PM

28 Softball/ Baseball home V Luther Burbank MS

28 Track Meet home (at Nashoba Regional) V Trottier MS


Looking Ahead


May

2-25Kindness Month

1 Track Meet home ( Nashoba Regional) V AMSA

3 Baseball / Softball @ Clinton Middle

5 Baseball @ Tahanto

6 Spring BBQ Dance - Grades 6-8, 6-9 PM

10 Baseball / Softball @ Hale Middle

11F SS School Council Meeting, 3:30

12 Eric Velasqez Author Visit - Grade 2, 12-2:45 PM

12 Family Math Night

17 Baseball / Softball @ Luther Burbank Middle

18 Track Meet @ Westborough High School

19 Softball / Baseball Home V Clinton Middle

20 Early Release

20 Virtual / In-Person Career Fair

24 Baseball Home V Tahanto

26 Softball / Baseball Home V Hale Middle

26 Track Meet @ Bromfield (Harvard)

26 Mrs. Jones' Kindergarten Art Show, 9:15-9:45 AM

30 Memorial Day, no school


June

1 Baseball/ Softball Home V Mountview Middle

1 Track Meet @ Luther Burbank Middle

2 Gr 4 & 5 Band Concert, Auditorium 7 PM

3 Murray/Gragen Kindergarten Art Show, 9:15 AM

7 Grades 4 & 5 Chorus Concert, Auditorium 7 PM

7 Grade 2 Family Picnic, Mem Field 11 AM

8 FSS School Council Meeting

9 Gr 6-8 Band Concert, Auditorium 7 PM

14 Grades 6-8 Chorus Concert, Auditorium 7 PM

16 Grade 8 Boston Trip, 7 AM - 10 PM

17 Grade 8 Breakfast, Cafeteria

17 Grade 8 Recognition Night, 6 PM

19 Juneteenth Federal Holiday

20 Juneteenth observed, no school

21 Last Day of School - Early Dismissal 11:30