Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, January 19, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

As always, I hope that this finds you well and safe. Tomorrow, we will begin to add in additional live-time for our students during their at-home days. The times that your child's teachers or grade level have identified are no longer optional. Students are expected to be present in their Google Meet. A more detailed breakdown of the additions to our schedules follows below.

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health has dropped the flu vaccination mandate that had been previously scheduled with a deadline of February 28.

I am excited to announce that I will be offering regularly scheduled virtual "Open Q & A With the Principal" where we can discuss a variety of subjects related to Florence Sawyer School. Our first Virtual Meeting will be scheduled for Monday, February 1 at 7:00 pm. A Zoom link will follow next week with a Google Form to submit questions.

I'd like to thank our School Council for their ongoing work with Massachusetts Safe Routes to School. If you've driven on the FSS Campus recently, you will have noticed student-made signs posted along Mechanic Street to help remind all of us to drive safely. Thank you all for your continued attention to keeping all of our students safe. Please also note that we have a growing number of students walking from campus to the Trinity Church Parking lot or points beyond.

Finally, as Dr. Martin Luther King Day is recognized as a national day of service, I'd like to offer my sincere thanks to so many of you that give so much of your time and energy to our community, the Commonwealth, and our nation. Thank you for the examples you set for our students.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


Student Learning Time

Florence Sawyer School has adjusted the following grade level schedules to comply with the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s amendments to the Student Learning Time regulations, 603 CMR 27.00 The following schedule adjustments are not optional for students. The adjustments include combinations of live time on each student’s at-home days and adjustments to the fully remote Wednesday schedules. These adjustments are in addition to the optional schedule of Virtual Student Support which has been in place all year at each grade level.

Grade One Schedule Adjustments

M, T, Th, F 8:40 - 9:10 Morning Meeting with each teacher

M, T, Th, F 2:15 - 2:45 Afternoon Wrap-up and Read Aloud

Wed 8:30 - 11:00 Instruction with each teacher

Wed 2:00 - 3:00 Working with teachers

Grade Two Schedule Adjustments

M, T, Th, F 9:35 - 10:00 Morning Meeting with each teacher

M, T, Th, F 2:10 - 2:30 Afternoon Wrap-up and Read Aloud (2F & 2H)

M, T, Th, F 2:30-2:50 Afternoon Wrap-up and Read Aloud (2A

Wed 8:30 - 11:00 Instruction with each teacher

Wed 1:30 - 3:00 Working with teachers

Grade Three Schedule Adjustments

M, T, Th, F 8:30-9:00 Meeting with teachers

M, T, Th, F By class Afternoon Wrap-up and Read Aloud

Wed 8:30 - 12:00 Instruction with each teacher

Wed 2:30 - 2:50 Wednesday review with teachers

Grade Four Schedule Adjustments

M, T, Th, F 8:45 -9:00 Working with each teacher

M, T, Th, F 9:00 -9:30 Read Aloud

Wed 8:30 - 12:00 Instruction with each teacher

Wed By class Lesson w/ Mrs. Lento

Grade Five Schedule Adjustments

M, T, Th, F 8:45 - 9:00 Morning Meeting with each teacher

M, T, Th, F 11:30-12:00 Tutorial with each teacher

Wed 8:30 - 11:30 Instruction with each teacher / Scheduled by team

Wed 11:30-12:00 Read Aloud

Wed 2:30 - 3:00 Wednesday Review with teachers

Grade Six Schedule Adjustments

M, T, Th, F 2:00 - 2:50 FLIP - Start with HR teacher & rotate

Wed 8:30 - 9:00 Advisory (+10 min)

Wed 9:00 - 11:50 Instruction w/ each teacher (+10 min per core)

Wed 2:00 - 3:00 Wednesday Review

Grade Seven Schedule Adjustments

M, T, Th, F 2:10 - 3:00 Tutorial - Start with HR teacher & rotate

M, T, Th, F 10:25 - 10:35 Mandatory check-in with each teacher (Remote day 2)

Wed 8:30 - 9:00 Advisory (+10 min)

Wed 9:00 - 12;00 Instruction w/ each teacher (+10 min per core - break)

Wed 2:30 - 3:00 Wednesday Review

Grade Eight Schedule Adjustments

M, T, Th, F 9:10 - 9:30 Remote HR with each teacher

M, T, Th, F By class Remote Spanish with Ms. Kudak (45 min)

Wed 8:55 - 12:00 Instuction with each teacher



Florence Sawyer students will be working with O’Connor Studios again this year for school pictures. O’Connor Studios has been fully vetted and approved for safety protocols by our nurse leader Lesa Gulbicki.

Bring those smiles on the following days:

  • Cohort A in school on February 2nd
  • Cohort B in school on February 4th
  • RLA after school from 2-7pm ( subject to change to 4-7 pm on February 3rd ( google form for sign up’s coming soon)

Re-takes: TBD

Within the next week or so you will be receiving additional information from Joel Bates on safety and protocols and an e-mail from O’Connor Studios on how to order.

We look forward to capturing the beautiful smiles of our students and staff at FSS!

Order your Online Directory Membership and FSS Discount Cards!

We are excited to announce that we will be using The Membership Toolkit application for more than just the directory this year! This year you can also order your online directory membership, purchase discount cards and make donations directly from your computer or the Membership Toolkit app. You can add or update your data the same way you did last year. If you are new to Florence Sawyer , or did not use this application last year you can find the instructions in the virtual backpack, the document is called 2020-2021 FSS Directory Membership toolkit set up.

Payments can be made through Venmo (quickest way to get access), Check Made Payable to FSS PAC (mailed to the school at 100 Mechanic Street Bolton, MA 0174) and soon you will be able to pay directly through the membership toolkit app using PayPal. Please ensure if you send a check or pay through Venmo you are including your order information in the memo lines. Due to Covid restrictions and protocol please do not send cash at this time. Feel free to reach out to us at FSSpac@nrsd.net with any questions


Next Meeting: February 9th, 7:00pm through zoom. email fsspac@nrsd.net for login information

The Messenger Eagle

Several of our Enterprising Middle Schoolers have developed a student newsletter. You can find the following link to the January Edition of the Messenger Eagle

Golden Eagle Awards

We recognized the following students with the Golden Eagle Award in a virtual assembly on Wednesday, December 23.

Kindergarten Callum Cabral, Michael Hutchins, Tucker Lohin, Andrew Moseff, Caroline Pfeffer,

Grade 1 Jackson Daelhousen, Maeve Kotkoski, Verity Maleski, Sydney Napoli

Grade 2 Elizabeth Dumas, Savannah Ferrell, Xavier Martin, Braedan Thresher

Grade 3 Jonathan Burkhart, Amelia Evindar, Audrey Leverone, Aiden Quinn

Grade 4 Jacob Crowdle, Evelyn Hanson, Avisha Mathur, Molly Petit

FSS K-4 Sawyer Star and Golden Eagle Virtual Assembly

Grade 5 Connor Zina

Grade 6 Cohort A Keaton Gaynor Cohort B Sydney Rigby RLA Kate Grutchfield

Grade 7 Cohort A Chloe Hughes Cohort B Ben Wilkenson RLA Deirbhile Nagle

Grade 8 Cohort A Mina Elzey Cohort B Sylvia Varney RLA Weston Bateman

FSS 5-8 Sawyer Star and Golden Eagle Virtual Assembly

Sing-A-Long Link

Also, on December 23, we hosted our first Virtual Sing-A-Long featuring our Maestro Emeritus, Don Ryan. I am grateful to Mr. Ryan and all of the guest performers who kept up our annual tradition.

2020 FSS Sing-A-Long

Trimester 1 Honor Roll at FSS

We'd like to publicly congratulate the following students for their hard work during this first trimester. These lists have been shared with the Bolton Independent and The Item newspapers and will be published in the coming weeks.

Highest Honors

Grade 8

Valentina Ackroyd, Emily Barrett, Weston Bateman, Nicholas Bezerra, Annabelle Biagini, Zander Butrym, Amarah Clark Gaby, Emmalyn Coe, Naomi Cohen, Ryan Combs, Leah Compton-Horan, Riley Dinjian, Natasha Dirsa, John Dixon, Jake Doherty, Catherine Dupuis, Francesca Eagers, Lev Eidelman, Mina Elzey, Erin Farmer, Jennifer Gaetz, Allison Guerin, Laoise Guyer, Graham Hart, Matthew Hershberger, Maya Ivanov, Brennan Kelleher, Roselyn Lai, Sarah Light, Brendan Listzwan, Sophie Maher, Hayden Merrill, Amalia Nagale Violette Paradis, Trevor Payne, Alexis Prybla, Emily Ranger, Curtis Roth, Audrey Russell James Schneider, Peter Smith, Vincent Snoonian, Lily St. Martin, Ryan Sullivan, Siobhan Tabb, Andrew Toth, Sylvia Varney, Ameera Whaid, Beatrice Webb, Winston Zhao

Grade 7

Odile Berzonskis, Emily Beyranevand, Jadzia Bravo, Shaun Carnes, Anne Childs, Katerina Davis, Vanessa Davis, Abigail Fantana, Evan Green, Charlotte Hess, Gavin Hutchens, Sara Iyer, Nathanael Jastrab, Reese Jefts, Isolde Lachance, Owen Mahoney, Isaline March, Paige Mason, Brady Mignault, Olivia Mitchell, Renee Mitchell, Allison Mortimer, Finnian Murphy, Jacob Murphy, Deirbhile Nagle, Gabrielle Palermo, Gage Palermo, Kelly Rickard, Gavin Rogers, Dante Snoonian, Shawn Taylor, Charlotte Thoin

Grade 6

Noah Ali, Casey Becker, Demetri Boermeester, Katherine Bourgeois, Robert Caisse, Matthew Cammilleri, Madeline Cotter, Kelsey Dinjian, Kaitlin Dowds, Antonio Erat, Kate Eriksen, Luke Eska, Keaton Gaynor, Kate Grutchfield, Hannah Hart, Katherine Hoffman, Aisha Iyer, Alisha Iyer, Matilda Jacobsen, Foster Little, Melissa Martinez, Elijah Minnich, Cormac Nagle, Connor Pape, Syndney Rigby, Lily Robinson, Brock Rosadini, Milliam Schneider, Natalie Solemeno, Chloe Sparks, Subeth Sudikar, Lily Vancura, Ethanael Vecchiarelli, Ryley Webb

High Honors

Grade 8

Hunter Berube, Eden Botelho, Chad Cormack, Brendan Downey, Grace Edwards, Nathaniel Gallant, Bryce Gaudet, Jackson Libby, Addison Pong, Tyler Santos, Paul Smith, Alejandro Velazquez, Moira Ward

Grade 7

Grace Cardoso, Alexander Dow, Julia Fiore, Lillian Fountain, Chloe Hughes, Grace Jusseaume, Calleigh McCammon, Eli Molzhan, Sean Sargent, Brendan Trotter, Ella Weadock, Benjamin Wilkinson, Faith Windzio

Grade 6

Anderson Coe, Sadie Gorr, Madeline Larrabee, Catherine Mattocks, Melanie Mehling, Finn Mond, Ceara Montgomery, Tyler Murphy, Tyler Niccoli, Elizabeth Rancourt, Luke Reed, Joshua Sanger, Avery Shea, Daniel Toland, Carlton Traywick


Grade 8

Zachery Dahill, Sage Damelin, Elizabeth Goegel, Natalie Grigoreiff, Colin Huges, Brendan Laird, Ryan Marshall, Mason O'Brien, Robert Payne, Drew Sandstrom, Alexander Tijan, Brayden Weaver,

Grade 7

Ryan Balewicz, Emily Bechara, Chiana Bravo, Joshua Dixon, Anthony Giannetti, Lilly Johnsen, Caroline Mattocks, Alison McQuoid, Gavin Montgomery, Carter Neuschafer, Lucy Romeo, Logan Schweppe, Samantha Sharma, Nikhil Siano, Nathan Thornberry, Ryan Thornberry, Sean Tommasini, Adler Tuck, Robert Wheeler,

Grade 6

Gavin Cotter, Connor Duhame, Hannah Dwight, Julian Fischer, Alexander Hedstrom, John Hedstrom, Allison McGlone, Liliana Roth, Easton Soucie, Jacob Vessels, Maya White, Elena Winiarski

Save the Dates


1/18/21 - No School - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day


2/1 Virtual Q & A with the Principal 7:00 pm

2/2 School Pictures A Cohort

2/3 School Pictures RLA

2/3 Early Dismissal

2/3 Last Day of Related Arts K-4 second quarter

2/ 4 School Pictures B Cohort

2/10 School Council 3:15 (Virtual)

2/12 FSS Golden Eagles & Sawyer Stars Virtual Assembly

2/15 to 2/19 February Break

3/5 No School for students