Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, October 7, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Our Fall Conferences are coming up at the end of the month on the 24th and 25th. You may recall that at FSS, we use an online conference scheduler called Pick-A-Time.

This Thursday night at 7 pm, the Pick-A-Time Scheduler will open and remain until October 21. I have included the instructions for Pick-A-Time below.

Also this week, Individual student MCAS reports will be mailed home for students currently in grades 4 through 8.

I hope that you all have a wonderful Columbus Day Weekend.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


Save The Date for the Annual Family Fun Pasta pARTy - November 21

FSS Teachers Present: The Family Fun Pasta pARTy

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 - 5:00-7:00pm

2 seatings: 5- 6 and 6 – 7

Take out is always available!!

Dinner will be prepared and served by the staff of Sawyer School. Come and be waited on by the teachers!!! More details and ticket information in coming weeks

* To benefit the Bolton Teachers McCrell Scholarship Fund

2019-2020 FSS Fall Conferences

The Florence Sawyer School Fall Conferences for grades K-8 will be held on Thursday, October 24, from 1:00 PM to 8:00 PM and Friday, October 25, from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM. We will be using the online scheduling tool “Pick-A-Time” to coordinate appointments with teachers. Babysitting services will be provided by our 8th Grade Class during all posted conferencing hours in the Florence Sawyer Cafeteria. The service is a fundraiser to defray the costs of their End of the Year Activities.

This online sign-up feature will be available beginning Thursday, October 10 at 7:00 PM and will close at 11:59 PM Monday, October 21. You will use your browser to select which teachers you would like to meet and when.

The instructions are as follows:

  • Go to the FSS website at http://sawyer.nrsd.net and click on "Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up" on the main screen.

To Register

  1. Enter your email address and push "Login/Create Account". If you do not have an email address please use your first initial and last name@fakemail.com. You will not receive an email confirmation.

  2. Fill in the required fields and register.

  3. For each child, enter your child’s student ID which is their first name and last name WITH NO SPACE BETWEEN THE TWO. This must be the complete first name not a nickname – Thomas instead of Tom for instance, and their security value, which is their date of birth in this format m/d/yyyy or 5/3/1992 for May 3, 1992. and push "Add"

To Sign In
If you have previously registered for conferences here, all you need to do is enter your email and password. The system will know about your appointments and the children you added to your account. If you have forgotten your password, please contact Deb Helfgott at dhelfgott@nrsd.net or Melissa Clericuzio at mclericuzio@nrsd.net and she will update it for you.


  1. Each colored square represents an available meeting time. The legend shows you what teacher corresponds to what color and the times increase as you go down the page. (Note: you will not see all of the teachers, just the set of teachers that your children have classes with). Click on a square to book that time.

  2. After you set when you want the reminder email to be delivered, click "Create Appointment."

  3. Repeat until you have a time with each teacher you'd like to visit with.

  4. At any time you can click on "printable schedule" and print the resulting web page to get a hard copy of your schedule.

  5. If you want to make changes to your schedule, you can log in at any time with your email and password.

  6. If you have more than one appointment, they will be hidden. Click on the blue circle to the left of your name at the top of the screen to show your appointments. There will be links to modify the time, or cancel the appointment.

If you have any questions please contact Deb Helfgott (dhelfgott@nrsd.net) or Melissa Clericuzio (mclericuzio@nrsd.net), Administrative Assistants or 978-779-2821.

Student Council Dance - (Grades 7 & 8) - October 18

Friday, October 18, the Student Council will host their first dance of the year. Students in grades 7 & 8 are invited to attend. The FSS Student Council is completing an informational flyer not ready at the time of this publication.

FSS at the Providence Bruins

Tickets are still available to attend the October 26th Providence Bruins game! Students in 4th-8th grade are invited to sing the National Anthem, but all Sawyer families are welcome to watch. Families whose orders are submitted after the October 4th deadline will be able to pick up their tickets on the day of the game. For details on ordering tickets, please visit Mrs. Frederick’s website.

Changes to the NRSD Elementary Report Cards

The primary goal of report cards is to provide information regarding students’ progress with respect to both content standards and habits of learning. Standards are written benchmarks that explicitly state what students are expected to have mastered by the end of the year. Teachers use multiple measures to assess children’s performance in each area. The hope is that, by the end of the year, every family has a comprehensive picture of a child’s learning and growth over the course of the year.

As a school and district community, we encourage students to cultivate a mindset that emphasizes learning as a continual process. It is important that the reporting process mirrors the current practices and messages that students receive in our classrooms. In addition, research indicates that students achieve the greatest growth through targeted and specific feedback.

With this in mind, students’ progress will continue to be reported using an updated standards-scale. The updated scale provides specific feedback regarding students’ progress with respect to the end-of-year standards at a particular grade-level. The report card has also been reorganized to reflect our focus on supporting students’ social, emotional and academic skills. You will see that work habits and comments appear earlier in the new version of the report card. Additionally, in order to focus on student growth and feedback related to the standards, letter grades will no longer be used in grade 5. Standards-based reporting facilitates more informed conversations about each student’s strengths and next steps for learning.

To provide more information regarding the end-of-year expectations for each grade, a 2019-2020 school year parent guide for standards-based reporting will be posted on the Nashoba Regional School District website by the end of the first trimester.

We look forward to our continued partnership in support of your children’s learning. Please feel free to reach out via email or phone if you have questions or would like to discuss this further.

Bolton 5K

REGISTER TODAY to join us on October 12, 2019, at 10:30 am at Schartner Farm for a community event you won't want to miss. In addition to the 5K and kids run, there will be local vendors, food trucks, a huge raffle, backyard farmers, the corn maze and more! AND the first 150 registrants get a FREE T-SHIRT, so don't wait!

All proceeds from this event will benefit the Bolton Community Fund (BCF). The ultimate goal of the BCF is to ensure that every single one of our neighbors has their basic needs met, including food and heat. The BCF team will raise then distribute money in the form of grants to those who need it most. Learn more at www.boltoncommunityfund.org.

Register at bolton5kfundrun.eventbrite.com.

Clinton Item Ghost Stories

One of our favorite fall traditions has returned! The Clinton Item has released their annual Ghost Story writing prompt. Students in grades 2 - 4 are invited to submit a story electronically to clintonitem@yahoo.com

Selected stories will appear in the pages of the item and all stories will appear online. The Florence Sawyer School has been well represented in this fun activity in the past.

The Item Ghost Story 2019

Health Office Reminder

When delivering your child’s medication to the health offices, it must be accompanied by a current physician’s order for the school year and a parent medication consent form, which can be printed from the virtual backpack on the homepage of the FSS website. Allergy action plan/ individualized health care plan forms can also be found in the virtual backpack.

Your child’s medication cannot be administered at school without a current physician’s order and a parent consent form, which need to be submitted at the beginning of every school year. These forms may be faxed directly to the health office secure fax lines:

Florence Sawyer Wing health office: (978)-965-3969 Mrs. Frosthom

Emerson Wing health office: (978)-965-3972 Mrs. Hendley

Please reach out to Ms. Frostholm or Mrs. Hendley with any questions.

Parents Advisory Council (PAC)

We have had some families submit payment through Venmo/paypal but have not submitted the paper order form. We need this to be sent in so we know what you are ordering and who they should be delivered to. Please submit your order forms for the FSS Discount cards and school directory as soon as possible.


PAC MEETING October 8, 7:00 PM



PICTURE RETAKE DAY: December 5th. Re-take packages will be back to the students prior to leaving for winter break.

Bolton School Donations Committee

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The BSDC is taking donations for this year’s fundraising auction on March 21st. Can you make a gift basket or donate gift cards? Can you give cooking or golf lessons? Do you have sports or concert tickets to donate? We also offer advertisements in our program booklet for the evening. Every donation helps to make this our biggest fundraiser! We will need many volunteers to help out with the auction. If you would like to join us on the committee or as a volunteer, please contact bsdcfss@gmail.com or sjaberube@gmail.com.

Donations can also be made by check through our Fall Appeal. Checks can be made out to BSDC and dropped off at the main office or mailed to P.O. Box 461, Bolton, MA 01740. All donations are tax-deductible. Please note that donations through PayPal are temporarily on hold.

Our popular Scrip gift card program will be expanding this year. Instructions for e-gift cards and gift card reloads will be coming soon!

Days, Dates and Links

Letter Days:

10/7 B Day

10/8 C Day

10/9 D Day

10/10 E Day

10/11 F Day

10/14 No School - Columbus Day

10/15 A Day

10/16 B Day

10/17 C Day

10/18 D Day


10/12 Bolton 5K, Schartner Farm

10/14 Columbus Day / No school

10/16 FSS School Council

10/24 Early Dismissal for students 12:15

10/24 Fall Conferences 1-8 PM

10/25 Fall Conferences (No school for students)

Further Ahead:

2019-2020 NRSD Calendar

Individual Google Calendars - Add these links to your own calendars

Use the Google Calendar Link to access the calendar from a web browser

Use the ICal Link to access the calendar from other applications.

* A-F Letter day calendar Google Calendar Link ICal Link

* FSS Year At A Glance Calendar Google Calendar Link ICal Link

* FSS Clubs and Activities Calendar Google Calendar Link ICal Link

Helpful Links

Florence Sawyer School Website

FSS Virtual Backpack

2019-2020 Student and Parent Handbook

    Virtual Backpack Current Flyers & Forms

    Health Services/Lunches/ Buses/ Extended Learning

    Community Events and Activities Information Site

    Helpful Emails and Extensions

    Dee Bus Company - FSS Bus Routes Dispatcher Donna Hunter (978) 733-1047

    Extended Learning: Director Raina Rago rrago@nrsd.net (978) 779-0539, Ext. 3356

    NRSD Nutrition Services Tom Houle, Director thoule@nrsd.net Ext. 3045