Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

I'd like to start tonight's Happenings by offering my sincere thanks and gratitude to all of the veterans in our extended FSS Community. You inspire us and we thank you for your service!

As you may have seen in the "Looking Ahead" and "Virtual Backpack" sections, tonight, the Nashoba Regional School District is offering a parent workshop, called Digital Safety Night We hope that you can join us in the cafeteria from 6 to 7.

Thank you, PAC for the incredible Staff Appreciation Week! Thanks also to all of you for your contributions, culinary and otherwise, that went into making the week amazing for us! We are blessed to share in this partnership with all of you.

I'd like to offer a reminder about safety expectations for pick up and drop-off. While the road around each wing of the campus may look wide, please note that it is only one lane. Please do not attempt to pass a car loading or unloading students. Also, by way of a reminder, please note that using a cell phone while in the pickup lane is not permitted. Thank you for doing your part to ensure the safety of students and families on campus.

Regarding safety, we will have two more lockdown drills this year adding an evacuation component into each drill. The purpose of the drills is to help students know that if they had to leave one of our wings, they will know where to go. As always, I will preface each drill with a school messenger notification to all of you prior to and following the drill. We have been pleased with the progress we have made in this area but always want to be cautious of any concerns students may have as a result. Please don't hesitate to let us know if your child may need additional support. We will tell the students when we are holding the drills as detailed below.

  • Wednesday, June 12 - Emerson Wing lockdown and evacuation drill, 11:30
  • Thursday, June 13 - Sawyer Wing lockdown and evacuation drill, 10:37.

This Friday will be Teal Day at FSS as we recognize the progress we have made and the work ahead to ensure our campus is physically and emotionally safe for all students living with Life-Threatening Food Allergies. Students and staff are encouraged to wear teal but, as always, participation is voluntary. 32 million Americans have food allergies affecting 1 in 13 children. I am proud of how far we have come over the years and am grateful for the opportunity to work in partnership with our families affected by LTFA. For more information on how you can help, please see the following resources. Be a PAL Handout Food Allergy 101

Finally tonight, it is with a heavy heart that I mention the passing of Caroline Vattes. Caroline was a volunteer in our library for many years as part of the Bolton municipal tax abatement program. Born in Clinton, in 1923, she served our country in the United States Marine Corps, Women's Reserve. She studied sculpture in Florence and received degrees from Vesper George School of Art, Mass College of Art and Columbia University before beginning a successful teaching career ending with her retirement in 1985. Caroline loved her time working in the library, shelving books and interacting with the students. Nothing in this role made her happier than when she was checking out books for the kindergartners! At 95, she was still volunteering into April of this year. Caroline was laid to rest last Thursday. Her full obituary can be found here,

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,



Letter Days this month and the next:

5/27 No School 5/28 F Day 5/29 A Day 5/30 B Day 5/31 C Day

6/3 D Day 6/4 E Day 6/5 F Day 6/6 A Day 6/7 B Day

6/10 C Day 6/11 D Day 6/12 E Day 6/13 F Day 6/14 A Day

6/17 B Day 6/18 C Day


  • 5/28 FSS Track & Field vs Overlook MS at Nashoba Reg. 3:30 (Postponed)

  • 5/28 Baseball only at home vs Hudson 3:30 (Postponed)

  • 5/28 NRSD Digital Citizenship Workshop for parents 6 to 7, Cafeteria

  • 5/28 Grade 6 Sargent Center Mtg, 6:00, Auditorium

  • 5/29 Softball only at home vs Gibbons MS 3:30

  • 5/29 Chorus Concert, Gr 4 & 5, 7:00, Auditorium

  • 5/31 Baseball/Softball at Hale MS 3:30 (BB at Hale, SB at Center School)

  • 5/31 TEAL Day at FSS for Life-Threatening Food Allergy Awareness

  • 6/1 FSS Intramural Golf Program Student Tournament at Twin Springs

  • 6/1 Bolton Repair Cafe, Cafeteria 9:00- 1:00

  • 6/3 Field Day Grades 4 & 5

  • 6/4 FSS Track & Field, Dist. Meet at Nashoba Reg. 3:30

  • 6/4 FSS Concert, 7:00, Auditorium

  • 6/5 Field Day Grades 6 & 7

  • 6/6 Field Day Grades K-3

  • 6/6 FSS Concert, 7:00, Auditorium

  • 6/7 (Rain Date) Field Day Gr 4 & 5

  • 6/9 FSS Intramural Golf Program Family Day

  • 6/11 FSS Concert, 7:00, Auditorium

  • 6/12 Lockdown Drill/ Evacuation practice, Emerson Wing 11:30

  • 6/12 FSS School Council

  • 6/13 Lockdown Drill/ Evacuation Practice, Sawyer Wing, 10:35

  • 6/13 NRSD SEPAC mtg, FSS Library, 7:00

  • 6/13 (Rain Date) Field Day Gr 6 & 7

  • 6/14 (Rain Date) Field Day Gr K-3

  • 6/17 Grade 8 Recognition Night

  • 6/18 Field Day Grade 8

  • 6/18 Grade 8 Clap Out Ceremony

  • 6/18 Move-up Day Last day of school, students dismissed at 11:30

Further Ahead:

2018-2019 Year at a Glance Calendar

2019-2020 NRSD Calendar

2019 MCAS Testing Schedule

2019 FSS Spring Athletics Schedule

Helpful Links

Florence Sawyer School Website

FSS Virtual Backpack

FSS May Lunch Menu

FSS April Lunch Menu

Community-Based Enrichment and Opportunities Site

FSS School Improvement Plan

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

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.

Tweeted Eagles

Parents Advisory Council

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 Sepac presentation of the movie Life Animated this Wednesday has been canceled and will be rescheduled in the fall of 2019

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

We welcome you to join the Nashoba SEPAC, as we hold our Spring Business Meeting/ Election Meeting. The agenda will be posted to the Nashoba SEPAC Agenda and Meeting Minutes Page, on the NRSD website, 48 hours prior to the meeting start time.

SEPAC in May Due to demand, SEPAC has announced a change of Venue for their May 21 workshop, "Stressed Out Students. This workshop will be held on May 21 at the Center School in Stow and will be recorded by Stow TV. This workshop is open to all parents. See below for more details.

Stressed Out Students, Understanding the Impact of Anxiety on Motivation and Learning

Tuesday, May 21st, 7pm

403 Great Road

Stow, MA

Today’s children and teens are experiencing more stress and anxiety than ever before, which is concerning due to the detrimental impact that anxiety can have on academic, social, and daily life. In this workshop, we will address:

♦ What is the difference between stress and anxiety, and what does anxiety look like?

♦ How does anxiety function and connect with attention and executive function?

♦ How does anxiety impact motivation?

♦ What are some general strategies for supporting these needs in students?

There will be some time for specific questions from the audience. Dr. Angela Currie is a pediatric neuropsychologist at NESCA in Londonderry, NH and Newton, MA, where she conducts neuropsychological and psychological evaluations. She enjoys working with stressed-out children and teens, working to tease apart the various factors that may be lending to their stress, such as underlying learning, attentional, or emotional challenges. Dr. Currie particularly enjoys working with the seemingly “unmotivated” child, as well as children who have “flown under the radar” for years due to their desire to succeed. This event will be broadcast by Stow TV. A recording will be available following the presentation. Sponsored by Nashoba SEPAC

Bolton School Donations Committee

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SPRING SHOPPING! It's that time of year again and the Bolton School Donations Committee is presenting a way to make your life easier!

Do you need gift cards for Mother's Day, Father's Day, birthdays? Teachers? Bus drivers? Neighbors? Colleagues? Relatives? Friends? And yes even for yourself!

Use our Scrip Program to purchase all of the gift cards you need and a percentage of every gift card purchased will go to support our teachers and students. Use them for everyday shopping and help support our school at the same time!

Order forms will be going home in your child's backpack next week. Once you have completed your order form, make your check payable to BSDC and send it to school with your child or drop it off at the office. The order deadline is April 30th. Gift Cards will go home with your children on May 10th.

If you have any questions please contact Sarah Berube, sjaberube@gmail.com or Erika Elzey, ersharp97@yahoo.com

Spring Scripps Flyer 2019

NRSD Events & Activities

NRSD Extended Learning

Bolton Parks and Recreation Commision

Town of Bolton Parks and Recreation Commission Website

2019 Learn to Swim Program

Two 2-week swim lesson sessions will be held beginning Monday, July 8, 2019. The swim lessons offered by the Bolton Parks and Recreation Commission are based on the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program, which teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. The objective is to teach children how to swim and to be safe in, on, or around the water.

Registration will begin on March 16th at the Summer Camp and Activities Fair (see below). Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. A registration form and waiver must be completed for each child. Payment is due at the time of registration and checks are to be made payable to The Town of Bolton.

For more information on swim lessons please visit: https://www.townofbolton.com/parks-recreation-commission/pages/2019-learn-swim-program

Other Community Events

*Community Events, Opportunities, and Announcements -

*Not necessarily school sponsored but of note and interest.