Florence Sawyer School Happenings
Monday, October 7, 2019
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,
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.
Enter your email address and push "Login/Create Account". If you do not have an email address please use your first initial and last email@example.com. You will not receive an email confirmation.
Fill in the required fields and register.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Melissa Clericuzio at email@example.com and she will update it for you.
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.
After you set when you want the reminder email to be delivered, click "Create Appointment."
Repeat until you have a time with each teacher you'd like to visit with.
At any time you can click on "printable schedule" and print the resulting web page to get a hard copy of your schedule.
If you want to make changes to your schedule, you can log in at any time with your email and password.
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.
Student Council Dance - (Grades 7 & 8) - October 18
FSS at the Providence Bruins
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.
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
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.
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.
SAVE THE DATE:
PAC MEETING October 8, 7:00 PM
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY: November 7th
FAMILY BINGO NIGHT: November 8th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.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
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)
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.
Virtual Backpack Current Flyers & Forms
- pickAtime Parent Instructions
- 2019-2020 District Calendar
- 2019-2020 CalendarRevision Message from the Superintendent
- 2019-2020 A-F Calendar
- Extracurricular Activity Permission Slips
Health Services/Lunches/ Buses/ Extended Learning
- 2019-2020 Welcome Back Letter from Health Services
- Health Screenings Opt-Out Parent letter -2019-2020
- 2019-2020 SBIRT parent letter
- 2019-2020 NRSD School Bus Medical Emergency Information Form
- Medication Consent Form-Medication Administration Protocol
- NRSD Allergy Action Plan
- 10 Tips for LTA Students
- NRSD LTA IHCP for middle and elementary school
- NRSD School Bus Medical Emergency Information Form
- LTA NRSD Letter
- MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Information
- NRSD Free and Reduced Lunch Application 2019-2020
- School Messenger-Text Messaging Service
- Extended Learning 2019-2020
- Wednesday Early Release Days
Helpful Emails and Extensions