Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, February 11, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

As you can imagine, we are actively watching the weather forecast for the next couple of days. Tomorrow, we will dismiss all students (including 1/2 day K) early at 12:15 PM following a typical early release day schedule.

  • We will follow an A day schedule with odd periods.
  • Lunch will be served.
  • There will be no after school or evening clubs or activities including athletics and Extended Learning.
  • The fifth-grade field trip will be rescheduled.
  • PAC will cancel this month's evening meeting tomorrow. PAC next meets on March 12 at 9:00 AM

As always, please help us ensure that your children are following your dismissal plans by letting them know what they're doing at the end of the day and by letting your child's teacher or the offices know if there are any changes we need to be aware of.

Last Wednesday, students that had qualified for the 2019 Spelling Bee competed in the auditorium in an exciting and intense event. After 18 rounds of words that would challenge the most confident spellers, 7th grader Chloe Mitchell, the second place finisher last year, outlasted 7th grader Abbie Eska to become the FSS champion. 8th grader Sara Cohen finished in third place. Earlier in the day, 3rd grader Maksim Frost outlasted A.J. Jastrab, the 2018 Elementary Spelling Bee Champion, to win the Elementary Bee. Look for this week's Item for pictures of the event.

On Friday, we recognized our newest Convocation of Golden Eagles in assemblies. They are

Grade 1: Patty Cormack, Jack Grutchfield, Jack Heffel, Caleb Montgomery
Grade 2: Samantha McCammon, Lillia Quercia, Erin Tommasini, Luna Webb
Grade 3: Gabriel Cuevas, Cooper Perron, Caden Rogers, Ellia Tuck
Grade 4: Hannah Dwight, Kate Eriksen, Aisha Iyer
Grade 5: Logan Schweppe
Grade 6: Winston Zhao
Grade 7: Annie Ivanov
Grade 8: Prisca Centofanti

The Sawyer Basketball teams play their final game of the season against Hale MS on Thursday. We are proud of our teams for their commitment to getting better day by day and for representing our school and community with the highest level of sportsmanship. Follow us on twitter at @pk8sawyerschool for updates on school activities.

At the end of the week, the third grade was announced as the winners of the PAC 2019 Winter Boxtops Contest! I'd like to thank PAC for an exciting contest. The third grade will be scheduling a dance party to celebrate their win.

In other PAC news tonight, please note that the Bookfair continues through Friday. Parents can shop the Bookfair or add to the eWallet through this link. scholastic.com/bf/florencesawyer1

I updated the Virtual Backpack and Community Events & Information page on our website and included the links to those flyers/ sites below. Several of the local youth sports programs are ending their spring registration periods soon and Summer Camp information is beginning to come in.

Registration is now open for the Tom Denney Nature Camp! Tom Denney Nature Camp is a unique summer day camp serving girls and boys in grades K-8 at Bolton’s beautiful Bower Springs. They specialize in helping children develop understanding, respect, and responsibility for the environment while growing as individuals through creative play, exploration, and physical skill building. Our wide range of activities include games, arts and crafts, kayaking, campfires, environmental education, field sports, course challenges, hiking, tracking, and more! Register at tdnc.boltonconservationtrust.org or in the link below in the Virtual Backpack.

April is National Poetry Month. I'm happy to share information with you about the 2019 NRSD Student Poetry Contest sponsored by the Seven Bridge Writer's Collaborative. The contest allows students from grades 1 to 12 to submit poetry they have written during their poetry units in school or ones written at home to be assessed by our guest judge for the year. Winning submissions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mentions by grades) are published online on the SBWC and Thayer Library sites, students are invited to read/share their poems at an Open Mic where the winners are acknowledged once again. For more information, check out the link in our Virtual Backpack and at the following link. 2019 Student Poetry Contest.

Congratulations this week go out to 7th grader Jack Slade who correctly solved this week's challenging logic-based Math Problem of the Week. A posted new question is up in both wings.

During the February vacation, we will maintain modified office hours Tuesday through Friday from 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM. I hope that you have a wonderful vacation! Stay safe!

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,



Letter Days this month:

2/11 F Day 2/12 A Day 2/13 B Day 2/14 C Day 2/15 D Day

2/18 to 2 / 22 February Vacation

2/25 E Day 2/ 26 F Day 2/ 27 A Day 2/28 B Day 3/1 C Day


  • 2/12 PAC meeting, 7:00 PM (Weather permitting)

  • 2/12 FSS Basketball at Luther Burbank MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45 (Weather permitting)

  • 2/13 FSS School Council (Weather permitting)

  • 2/14 Grade 3 Glow in the Dark Dance Party 2:15

  • 2/14 Pick A Time Conference Scheduler opens 7:00 PM

  • 2/14 FSS Basketball v Hale MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 2/15 Student-Faculty Basketball 2:15

  • 2/18 - 2/22 No School February Vacation

  • 2/27 Intramural Basketball begins for girls, grades 4 & 5

  • 2/28 Intramural Volleyball begins for grades 6-8

  • 3/1 Lip Sync / Talent Show Info. form

  • 3/7 Early Dismissal - Spring Conferences

  • 3/8 School closed for students. All day professional development for teachers.

  • 3/15 Early Dismissal - Spring Conferences

  • 3/22 Trimester 2 Report Cards sent home

  • 3/22 Student Council Dance, 7:00 PM

  • 4/2 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, ELA session 1

  • 4/3 MCAS testing - Grades 4 & 7, ELA session 1

  • 4/4 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, ELA session 2

  • 4/5 Early dismissal for students

  • 4/5 FSS Musical "Golly Gee Whiz"

  • 4/6 FSS Musical "Golly Gee Whiz"

  • 4/8 Kindness Week begins

  • 4/8 MCAS testing - Grades 4 & 7, ELA session 2

  • 4/9 MCAS testing - Grades 3 & 6, ELA session 1

  • 4/11 MCAS testing - Grades 3 & 6, ELA session 2

  • 4/15 - 4/19 Spring Break

  • 4/30 - 5/3 Grade 8 trip to Washington D.C.

  • 5/2 MCAS testing - Grades 3 & 6, Math session 1

  • 5/3 MCAS testing - Grades 4 & 7, Math session 1

  • 5/8 MCAS testing - Grades 4 & 7, Math session 2

  • 5/9 MCAS testing - Grades 3 & 6, Math session 2

  • 5/10 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, Math session 1

  • 5/14 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, Math session 2

  • 5/16 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, Science session 1

  • 5/20 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, Science session 2

Further Ahead:

2018-2019 Year at a Glance Calendar

Helpful Links

Florence Sawyer School Website

FSS Virtual Backpack

Community-Based Enrichment and Opportunities Site

FSS School Improvement Plan

FSS Girls BB Schedule 2018-2019
FSS Boys BB Schedule 2018-2019

FSS Lunch Menu

2018 - 2019 Parent Student Handbook

NRSD Free/Reduced Lunch Application Online Application

My School Bucks Online Lunch Payment

Powerschool Parent Portal

2018 - 2019 FSS Bus Routes

Helpful Emails and Extensions

Dee Bus Company

Dispatcher Donna Hunter (978) 733-1047

Extended Learning: Director Raina Rago

Extended Learning 2018-2019

rrago@nrsd.net (978) 779-0539, Ext. 3356

Tweetable Eagles

Health Notes

Health Office Updates

Hand Sanitizer Wall Dispensers have been installed around the Sawyer and Emerson Wings for students, staff, and parents, including just outside both main offices, to help prevent the spread of germs. As always, hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs, so we ask you to please remind your children to do this as often as they can throughout their day.

The FSS Health Offices work hard to provide high-quality service for all students. Please find the following forms and informational links.

Parents Advisory Council

Parents Advisory Council

Congratulations to our third grade, the winners of the 2019 Winter Boxtops Contest! Grade 3 will be scheduling a dance party for their impressive win.

The Bookfair is open until Friday! Parents can shop the bookfair or add to a child's e-wallet at the following link scholastic.com/bf/florencesawyer1

Want to be a PAC Buddy or are you in need of a buddy? PAC is happy to announce its new buddy system. Are you new to FSS or just maybe you just have questions about how things run at FSS. PAC will pair you up with a buddy that can mentor you and answer all your questions. Please feel free to email us at FSSPAC@nrsd.net

The following PAC Enrichment dates are coming up.

Author Portrayal - Clara Barton (May 30) Grade 3, Anne Frank (May 30) Grade 7

Special Education Parents Advisory Council


The Nashoba Regional School District’s Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is a parent-led group providing support to parents & guardians of children who have an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan.

SEPAC membership is open to everyone in the Nashoba Regional School District Community. Meeting dates and locations are included in the Nashoba Regional School District Calendar.

To join the SEPAC mailing list, send a request to nashobasepac@nrsd.net

We send out a monthly newsletter via email.

Check out our SEPAC flyer, click here

Bolton School Donations Committee

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Happy New Year everyone! We hope you enjoyed your holidays and winter break. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone so much for your participation in both the Square One Art and the Scrips Gift Cards fundraisers. Both programs were very successful this year, and we hope you loved the results as much as we did!

We received almost 300 Square One Art orders, for a 44% participation rate! We had the privilege of unpacking almost $15,000 in orders of your children’s spectacular artwork, featured on kitchen trivets, coffee mugs, tote bags, mousepads, and so much more. We are quite certain that the end result of all of that effort was lots of pleased parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and babysitters who received gifts that will last a lifetime. Your children’s efforts and your commitment to the program meant almost a $5000 benefit to Bolton School Donations Committee that will allow us to provide useful and educational tools for the Florence Sawyer classrooms.

The Scrips Gift Cards program was also very successful. With almost $10,000 in orders, BSDC received more than $800 toward fulfilling the Teachers’ Wish Lists. Don’t forget – we’ll be running this program again in the spring. It’s such an easy way for all of us to contribute something extra to the classrooms!

At this point, we have received the majority of the items ordered from the Teachers’ Wish Lists and delivered them to your children’s classrooms. The teachers were so excited and appreciative of the help, and now that the kids are back from winter break they will no doubt begin to reap the benefits of your contributions! We would love to have some more help on the committee, and then you too can see a little more directly the results of our collective efforts! This isn’t something that requires a large time commitment, and we would love for you to participate whatever your availability. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact us atbsdcfss@gmail.com. Thank you again, and here’s to a happy, healthy, successful 2019 for the Florence Sawyer Community!

NRSD Extended Learning

Have you ever built a balloon boat? How about a cutting board, or a wooden piggy bank?

NRSD is offering a FREE woodworking course this spring for middle school students. This 10-week enrichment program is open to all students in 6th-8th grade and will be held at the high school after school. Transportation will be provided!

Space is limited and students will be selected through a lottery.

Student applications are due by Monday, February 11.

Application for Introductory Course in Woodworking

Yoga for Middle School Students is being offered for a second time starting the week of Feb. 25 (see attached flyer). Our first session ran at FSS and 12 students LOVED it! Most of them asked for it to be offered again...so we are!

We are also offering S.T.E.A.M. Engine "Cool Circuit" (see attached flyer) which has already been posted on the Enrichment section for middle school students. This is a first-time program and space is limited. It will also start the week of Feb. 25.

The popular Extended Learning February Vacation Camp is back and better than ever, now open to students from K - 8! Spots are limited and tend to fill up fast so please check out the link above. Please find the following Vacation Camp brochure for more information on the camp activities offered.

2019 Extended Learning February Vacation Camp Brochure

Extended Learning 2018-2019

Community Events

*Community Events, Opportunities, and Announcements -

*Not necessarily school sponsored but of note and interest.

Nashoba Youth Boys Lacrosse - Spring Registration is open for Nashoba Youth Lacrosse open to boys in grades K-8 in Bolton, Clinton, Lancaster, and Stow. Registration closes on February 15, 2019.

Nashoba Junior Chess Club - The Nashoba Junior Chess Club held its first meeting of the 2018-2019 season on Friday, November 9, from 5:30-7: 30 pm in the Nashoba Regional High School Cafeteria. The club is open to any child in grades K+ who has a love for learning chess. Instruction with Chess Master, Dr. Toth starts at 5:30 pm and peer games start at 6 pm. Admission is $2 to cover the cost of snacks. 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 http://www.nashobachess.org/. Remaining dates for the 2018-2019 season are 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 3/1, 3/29. - We hope to see you there!