Florence Sawyer School Happenings
Saturday, June 13, 2020
This will not be my final happenings of the school year but with our school year "officially" ending on June 17, it is a time when I find myself reflecting on the year that "was" and "wasn't."
Our first trimester presented us with the typical tests ensuring that the school year got off to a smooth start and that above all else our students were happy and confident and able to make the physical and emotional adjustments back to life in the routine of school. Then followed the challenge of EEE and mosquitoes and the adjustments to our schedules, sports, and our time outside.
The second trimester saw a rise in flu cases and the rapid response of our amazing custodial team and the changes they made and the resources that the district committed in the cleaning and sterilization of our classrooms and public areas.
Quothe the bard, "What's Past is Prologue." I needn't go into detail on the events of our third trimester of which you are intimately familiar.
Throughout this school year, I have been and remain overwhelmingly grateful for the way our extended school community pulls together for our students and each other, modeling the lessons of resilience and flexibility with a seemingly unbreakable spirit. In 2020, we are all teachers. In 2020, all of our teachers, from our homerooms to your homes, have met these challenges and risen to this unprecedented occasion and I just want to say how incredibly proud I am of all of you and how proud I am to be the principal of the Florence Sawyer School.
I don't know yet what our school will look like, or feel like, in the fall but we will work hard this summer to prepare to meet the moment. We will take stock of what we are doing well and remain open to where we can be better. I am confident that as our collective history continues to demonstrate, we will get through it together and be the better for it as a result.
Yours in partnership,
Grade 8 Recognition Night - June 16
Recognition Night will take place in two phases. We will start the first part of the celebration at 6:30 pm. Parents and students are invited to drive to school through a reverse parade of faculty waving and wishing them well. Parents will then park in designated areas around the Sawyer Wing facing the gym area. Students and parents will remain in their cars. Mr. Bates will greet everyone with a brief congratulatory address, followed by the recognition of each eighth-grader. When each name is called, the student may leave his or her car with parents and walk to a personalized chair to receive a bag with their certificate of recognition, class t-shirt, and other recognition keepsakes. The student may then pose for a photo with his or her parents and return to their car when the next name will be called. When the final photo has been taken, Mr. Bates will wish everyone well and dismiss the cars.
The second part of the celebration is a recognition movie featuring well-wishes from the students and staff, awards, and photos through the years. The movie will premiere at 8:00 pm that evening in the grade 8 Advisory Google Classroom, to all parents through School Messenger and for the community on our Youtube channel and on our website.
We regret having to ask that our celebration be limited to families of 8th graders and that families limit themselves to one car only to ensure enough space. Further, we thank you in advance for understanding that the playgrounds and fields will be off-limits during this celebration and that additional photos with staff and friends cannot be permitted to ensure everyone's safety.
Our eighth graders are a wonderful group of children and they will be dearly missed. We wish them every success in high school and the years beyond.
Report Cards & Virtual Moveup Day.
Also, at noon on Wednesday, students will be able to virtually meet their new teachers. Our teachers at each grade level have been working on virtual "move up day" videos for the students to watch and learn a little bit about the teacher with a sneak preview of the learning to come next year. The videos will be available in our Remote Learning site and I will provide a link in our next edition of Happenings.
With the recent reopening of playgrounds, we have adjusted our closure parade route today and have included the map to the right for your reference.
We will have cones to guide traffic onto campus, through the staff parking lot, in front of the Sawyer Wing, and back out onto Main Street.
We ask that students and parents remain in cars during the parades. I would further ask that to ensure the safety of all that during this parade window, please refrain from using the playground areas.
Closure Parade Schedule
Tuesday, June 16
Pre-K - 9 - 9:30
Wednesday, June 17
Grade 1 - 11:30 - 12:00
Grade 2 - 9:00 - 9:30
Grade 3 - 10:00 - 10:30
Grade 4 11:00 - 11:30
Grade 5 10:30 - 11:00
Return of textbooks/ school materials
Chromebook Return for Non-Returning Students
All returning FSS students in grades 6 and 7 AND entering NRHS 9th graders should keep their Chromebooks through the summer for continued use in the fall. Please be mindful of the proper care of Chromebooks through the summer weeks.
Any student not returning to FSS in the fall AND any 8th grader not attending NRHS in the fall, should return his/her/their Chromebook, charger, and case, to the FSS at a time during this final week of school. It is important that we receive Chromebooks of non-returning students prior to the last day of school, June 17th. Thank you for your cooperation.
Picking up student materials
Safe Routes to School Awards
Final Math Problem of the Week
I have one big box and a few smaller boxes. The weight of the big box is nine pounds. The weight of the big box and five smaller boxes is the same weight as eight small boxes. How much does each small box weigh?
When you figure it out, send your answer to Dr. Levine at firstname.lastname@example.org to be eligible to win an "I solved the FSS Math Problem of the Week" mug.
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