Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, October 18, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We have our school pictures scheduled for this Wednesday. Please let your teacher know if your child didn't bring home a form last week. O'Connor's Studios will take candid photos in the Sawyer Wing gym as we did last year. Whole class photos will be taken outside. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank our incredible PAC for their effort in coordinating our school pictures.

I was asked to inform you that Wednesday's lunch will be a chicken patty sandwich and french fries and not the popcorn chicken that was listed on the monthly menu.

Please note that this Friday is an early dismissal for students at 12:15 pm. Friday evening, the FSS Student Council will host their first dance of the year, open to seventh and eighth graders.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


From the Nashoba Regional School District Nutrition Services Department

October 5, 2021

Dear Families,

The NRSD Food and Nutrition Department is asking for your patience and support as we navigate new challenges. As you may be aware, we are currently faced with unprecedented shortages of food and packaging materials, massive delays or cancellations of deliveries, and department labor shortages. Nationwide shortages and delays have affected availability of certain food items, leading to substitutions of menu items we've been able to offer regularly in the past. These supply issues are occurring throughout the country and are especially challenging for school systems, due to the quantity of meals we serve and the nutrition standards we follow.

All of this means that we may need to make quick substitutions to our menu(s) based upon what we are able to acquire. We know that this affects students, and we are doing our best to provide updates about menu changes when possible as soon as we identify an issue.

Please know that our number one priority continues to be providing healthy, nutritious, and appetizing meals for your children. We love seeing them every day and appreciate your support and patience as we continue to offer meals at no charge for all students. The good news is that free breakfast and lunch will continue throughout the school year, so please stick with us while we face yet another challenge. Your participation helps our program stay strong, and we look forward to serving you!

Questions? Don't hesitate to get in touch with John Overcash, Director of Food and Nutrition, 978-779-0539 ext. 3045, email jovercashjr@nrsd.net or Lauren Brasili, Program Coordinator 978-779-0539 ext.3060, email lbrasili@nrsd.net.


John Overcash

Director of Food and Nutrition

Nashoba Regional School District

Bolton School Donations Committee

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Every year the Bolton School Donations Committee purchases thousands of dollars worth of teaching materials that FSS students and teachers use every day! One of our most important fundraisers, the BSDC auction will be held this year on Saturday, March 26th at the Chocksett Inn in Sterling. Stay tuned for more details! Another way to support BSDC is through the Scrip gift card program.

What is the Scrip program?

Gift cards to many national retailers (T.J. Maxx, Lowe’s, Dunkin Donuts, etc.) can be ordered online. The BSDC receives a percentage of the gift card at no additional cost to you! Gift cards will be available for pick up in the school office. Deadline for gift card orders is Saturday, December 4th.

  1. Go to www.shopwithscrip.com

  2. Click on “Join a program”

  3. Enter the enrollment code E42A612413421

  4. Complete registration and shop!

Important Dates:

Last day to submit gift card order- Saturday, December 4th

BSDC Auction: Saturday, March 26th

Questions? Contact ersharp97@yahoo.com

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.

Substitute Teachers Wanted

The Florence Sawyer School is looking for substitute teachers. If you've ever thought to yourself, I'd like to spend some time working with really good students in a really good school for not a lot of money, this may be the perfect opportunity for you. For more information or to apply, please reach out to Joel Bates at jbates@nrsd.net

Purple Pinkie Day - This Friday, October 22

The FSS Student Council, in partnership with Nashoba Valley Rotary Club, is proud to announce its annual Purple Pinkie Day. Purple Pinkie Day is a fundraising drive for inoculations for the Polio vaccine in the last remaining nations where Polio still exists. The idea behind the Purple Pinkie Drive comes from the practice of coloring an inoculated child's finger purple to indicate they have received the vaccination.

On the morning of October 22, any student wishing to donate 1$ can drop it off at one of the Student Council tables in front of either wing on our campus. Students donating will receive a certificate indicating their support to eradicate polio.

This year, we will not be marking students' fingernails with purple markers as we've done in the past.


Lunch clarification

Under the DESE/ USDA National School Lunch Program, all first meals at FSS continue to be free. Students requesting an additional meal following the first are charged accordingly.

Please find the Lunch Menu for October:

SEPAC - Special Education Advisory Council

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).

Dates to Remember:

Monday, March 28, 2022, 7:00 PM

Cognitive Connections: Executive Function - a virtual presentation by Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP (please visit the SEPAC website for the link)

Nashoba Junior Chess Club << Dates Updated >>

The Nashoba Junior Chess Club is back, with some changes and modifications.

Time: 5:30-7:00pm.

Where: Pavilion at the Bolton Town Common.

When: Due to scheduling conflict with the location, Chess Club will be meeting every other week this Fall.

REVISED schedule for the Fall 2021 season is:

Thursday October 14, 2021

Thursday October 21, 2021 CANCELLED

Thursday October 28, 2021

Thursday November 4, 2021 CANCELLED

Thursday November 11, 2021​ NEW

Admission is $3 per child

Each child will be required to wear face mask when playing the game.

Fall Dates for the 2021-2022 season are:

Chess Club is open to any child in grades K-12 who has a love for learning chess.

Instruction with Chess Master, Dr. Toth starts at 5:30pm and peer games start at 6pm.

We kindly request the presence of a parent or caregiver at all times if your child is under 11 years old.

Additional information can be found at www.nashobachess.org

We hope to see you there!

If you have any questions, please email Lisa at LisaV.Costanzo@gmail.com.

Superintendent Forum -October 27, FSS 7:00 pm

As you may have seen in Superintendent Downing's update to the community, he will be hosting Superintendent Forums across the school district as part of his entry plan. The dates follow. Families can attend any of the forums.
  1. September 15th, 7:00-8:00 pm, Special Education Parent Advisory Council

at Nashoba Regional High School Library

  1. September 29th, 7:00-8:00 pm, Center School Cafeteria

  2. October 13th, 7:00-8:00 pm, Luther Burbank Middle School library

  3. October 27th, 7:00-8:00 pm, Florence Sawyer School library

  4. November 10th, 7:00-8:00 pm, Nashoba Regional High School cafeteria/library

  5. December 8th, 700-8:00 pm, Online virtual event, details to follow

Bolton’s Halloween Parade Saturday, October 30, 2021


Drop off: 12:00-2:00 PM, @ Town Common

Age Groups: 5-7, 8-10, 11-13

Prize for each age group


A pre-parade sing-a-long with Jeannie Mack features interactive Halloween songs

about pumpkins, trick-or-treating, witches, jack-o-lanterns, ghosts.... just to

mention a few. It's not too scary for the littlest kids and yet there's lots of ways

for the older kids to join in, too! Throughout the show Jeannie weaves in a few

short Halloween rhymes along with some silly Halloween jokes that add to the



The Parade will begin promptly at 3 PM and travel down Main Street to Mechanic

Street. Roads close at 2:55 PM so please arrive early!


Members of Bolton’s local businesses, volunteers, politicians, and various community groups will line Trick or Treat Lane with buckets of candy and trinkets for kids to collect along the way!


Parking is available at Florence Sawyer School, Memorial Field, Town Hall, Houghton Building, and Trinity Church. Please DO NOT PARK at the Town Common as we will be lining up the children there for the parade. The parade route will be closed to traffic starting at 2:55 p.m. so please plan accordingly.


Starting on October 1st, we will be accepting candy donations located at the Bolton Bean, Library, Town Hall, Florence Sawyer & Emerson Schools.


Want to volunteer at the event or host a spot on Trick-or-Treat Lane? Grab some friends, get together, get creative, get some candy and help make Trick-or- Treat Lane even greater this year! If you are interested, please email

parks@townofbolton.com for more information.

Save the Dates

This Month

10/12 Pick-A-Time opens at 7:00 pm

10/13 FSS School Council

10/14 Boys and Girls XC at home Vs AMSA

10/19 FSS XC Meet at Westboro

10/ 22 Early Dismissal for students,12:15

10/22 Student Council and Nashoba Rotary present Purple Pinkie Day

10/25 Pick-A-Time closes

10/27 FSS XC at Nashoba for District Meet

10/28 Early Dismissal - Parent-Teacher Conferences

10/29 No school - Parent-Teacher conferences

Looking Ahead

11/7 Daylight Savings Time ends

11/10 FSS School Council

11/11 Columbus Day - No School

11/24 No School

11/25 Thanksgiving

11/26 No School

Returning Student Registration

If you have not already done so, please complete your Returning Student Registration which was due on September 30. Your child’s individual Returning Student Registration snapcode was emailed to you. Reach out to Melissa Clericuzio (mclericuzio@nrsd.net) if you need your code resent. Please do not complete a New Student Registration. Additionally, if you are new to the Florence Sawyer School starting this school year, you do not need to complete a Returning Student Registration.