Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, November 4, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

We believe that whenever possible students should go outside and run and play and get fresh air for an extended break. Living in New England, we know that this isn't always possible. As the temperatures start to take a nosedive, I want to review our procedures regarding temperatures for determining when we go outside for recess.

On days when the weather doesn't cooperate, we use the following guidelines based on a chart with a sliding temperature scale provided to all of our district nurses. If the "real feel" temperature is above 20 degrees, we go out for recess. If the "real feel" temperature is below 10, we stay in for recess. If the "real feel" temperature falls between 10 and 20, we make a judgment call based on other prevailing conditions (sunshine, wind, etc.)

Hopefully, we won't need to worry about this for another few weeks. Please remind your children to get into the habit of checking the weather to dress for the conditions.

In other Happenings, we have a busy month ahead at FSS. School pictures and PAC family bingo are Thursday and Friday of this week. The Student Council is working on its Annual Food Drive and other events. Our Kindergartners are touring the public safety building this week and our seventh graders head to Sargent Center (Nature's Classroom) next week. Our "Girls on the Run" program will have their culminating 5K on Saturday the 17th. This weekend, members of the FSS Cross Country team will compete in the middle school championships.

Please note that Monday is Veterans Day and that there will be no school. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank all of the veterans in our extended school community for your service to our nation.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


Middle School Dodge Ball Tournament - November 22

The 8th-grade class is pleased to announce their second annual Dodge Ball Tournament on Friday, November 22 in the Sawyer Wing gym. More details will follow next week.

Student Council Food Drive

On November 26, the FSS Student Council will be collecting for the WHEAT Food Pantry. This collection coincides with our annual Student-Faculty flag football game pitting the 8th graders against the teachers in our Pre-Thanksgiving Day Football Classic. We collect the food as "admission" to the game but please note that all donations are voluntary.

Tweeted Eagles

Golden Eagles

FSTV presents October at FSS

October 2019 FSTV Broadcast

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

Calling All Vendors

The annual Pasta Party scholarship fundraiser will once again offer tables for crafters and other vendors. The tables are $25 donation to the scholarship fund and can be reserved by emailing mmullahy@nrsd.net. If you are part of a small business or crafter who can use this space please consider supporting this great event. Any questions, please reach out to Mary

Wreath and Poinettia Sale

Looking for wreaths and poinsettias for the upcoming winter season? Look no further. Our annual Wreath and Poinsettia sale is underway. Order forms will be sent home with students this week. You can also access a copy of the form in the virtual backpack. Orders are due by Monday, November 25th. The pickup day for orders is Friday, December 6th from 3:30 - 7 in the Florence Sawyer School lobby. The proceeds from this sale benefit the fundraising efforts of the 8th-grade class. Thank you for your support!

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.

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.

After School Ski-Club

Welcome to the 2020 Afterschool Ski Club! Ski Club is designed to be a fun opportunity for students to take lessons, practice and ski/board with their friends at Wachusett Mountain.

Who: Students 3rd-8th grade and Parent Chaperones. Students must be able to ride the chair lift themselves and will be placed in a chaperone group with buddies who ski at their level. Any beginners not able to ride the lift and a green run will be in a chaperone group together and need to sign up for lessons.

When: 6 Fridays starting on Jan. 3th. 1/10 is an early release and we go up early for a longer day on the mountain. Weather cancellations will be attempted to be rescheduled.

Where: Students will ride a bus to Wachusett, departing from and returning to Florence Sawyer School. Gear can be dropped off at school Friday morning, kids will have time to change before leaving school. We are required to pay the bus fees even if parents choose to transport students themselves.

How: Register! At www.wachusett.com/schoolgroups Use the code: SYER The bus fee is an automatic add on, but you may also add lessons, a pass (if you plan on extra days on mountain), a park terrain passes and pre-loaded $ cards for use in the lodge. Lessons for all levels will be offered each Friday, they are a great deal and required for beginners. Prices go up after 12/4/18, so try to register early!

A big change for this year Rentals: We are asking anyone in need of rentals to secure season long rentals. The logistics of splitting up the group, assigning chaperones, and the very long lines is a big hassle for coordinating and for the kids. Picking up weekly rentals at Wachusett eats up nearly the entire first evening and a chunk of time each week of our already short time on the mountain. If this is an issue, let me know and we can work it out. Below is a list of local places you can look into:

R.J. Bradleys-Littleton, Summit Ski and Snowboard, Zimmermans-Nashua, Sport Loft- locations in Acton, Leominster and Boylston, Ski Barn- Westborough

Chaperones! We need chaperones for the season, ideally 2-3 on each bus, a handful in the lodge and a skiing chaperone for every group of kids. Chaperones receive a free ski pass for the night and a free ski weekend during the season.

We will have an informational meeting in early December watch your email for details. There is a FAQ page on the Wachusett website under School Groups.

Email Annie at bear2th@gmail.com with any other questions and to volunteer.

Parents Advisory Council (PAC)

PAC update:

Important Bingo Update!!! Good news! We're able to change our location within FSS so we can accommodate more people! We will accept reservations until November 1st. Once you have returned your payment and submitted a form, you will receive an email notifying that you have tickets to attend. If you have paid using Venmo, you must also submit a form. No tickets can be issued without a form.

We still need volunteers on the night of the event. Please sign up to using the sign-up genius link.





PAC MEETING November 12, 9:00am

NRSD Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC)

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

Upcoming Events
Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP- A free workshop for parents and professionals
When: November 14, 2019 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Road, Bolton

For more Information, click on the link below:

Basic Rights: Understanding the IEP

Bolton School Donations Committee

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The Bolton School Donations committee has ordered nearly $7000 worth of classroom furniture, books, games, many other educational supplies that teachers have requested! The BSDC would like to thank all of the parents who donated through the Scrip program, Square One Art, and the auction.

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!

  1. Go to www.shopwithscrip.com

  2. Click on “Join a program”

  3. Enter the enrollment code E42A612413421

  4. Complete registration and shop!

The BSDC will host an auction on March 21 and is currently accepting donations for auction items. (artwork, concert/sports tickets, lessons, gift cards, gift baskets, etc.) We also offer advertisements in our program booklet for the evening.

To volunteer to help out with the auction or to join the committee contact bsdcfss@gmail.com or sjaberube@gmail.com.

Nashoba Chess Club

The Nashoba Junior Chess Club will hold its first meeting of the 2019-2020 season on Friday, November 1st, from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Nashoba Regional High School Cafeteria. The 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 5:30 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/

Dates for the 2019-2020 season are:

November 1, 2019

November 22, 2019

December 6, 2019

December 13, 2019

January 3, 2020

January 17, 2020

January 31, 2020

February 7, 2020

February 28, 2020

March 13, 2020

March 27, 2020

We hope to see you there!

Repair Cafe - Saturday, November 9

The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley will host a Repair Cafe in the FSS Cafeteria on Saturday, November 9, from 9 am to 1 pm.

Bring your items that need repair, and knowledgeable volunteers will help you try to fix them for free. Volunteers can work on items such as clean mendable clothing, lamps, small appliances, computers and other electronics, bikes, outdoor power equipment, toys, and jewelry. They can also sharpen knives, scissors, and garden tools. You only pay for the needed parts. If you know what parts are needed, please get them ahead of time and bring them to the Repair Café to save time.

Days, Dates and Links

Letter Days:

11/4 F Day

11/5 A Day

11/6 B Day

11/7 C Day

11/8 D Day

11/11 No School - Veteran's Day

11/12 E Day

11/13 F Day

11/14 A Day

11/15 B Day

11/18 C Day

11/19 D Day

11/20 E Day

11/21 F Day

11/22 A Day

11/25 B Day

11/26 C Day

11/27 No School Thanksgiving Break begins


11/5 Minuteman Regional HS visit (Grade 8 only)

11/5 Kindergarten tour of Bolton Public Safety Building

11/7 School Picture Day

11/8 PAC Bingo Night 6-8 pm, FSS Gym

11/9 Bolton Repair Cafe - 9-12 am, FSS Cafeteria

11/11 School Closed - Veterans' Day

11/12 to 11/15 Grade 7 trip to Sargent Center

11/13 School Council meeting, 3:30, FSS Library

11/17 Girls on the Run 5K

11/21 FSS Family Pasta Dinner 5:00-7:00

11/21 "Lacoste Strong" Trivia at NRHS 7:00

11/22 Dodge Ball Tournament

11/25 Community Reading Day

11/26 Student Council Food Drive / Student-Faculty flag football game

11/27 School Closed

11/28 Thanksgiving

11/29 School Closed

Further Ahead:

2019-2020 NRSD Calendar

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.

* A-F Letter day calendar Google Calendar Link ICal Link

* FSS Year At A Glance Calendar Google Calendar Link ICal Link

* FSS Clubs and Activities Calendar Google Calendar Link ICal Link

Helpful Links

Florence Sawyer School Website

2019-2020 Student and Parent Handbook

    FSSPAC - Click the preceding link for information about our Parents' Advisory Council.

    Bolton School Donations Committee

    Virtual Backpack Current Flyers & Forms

    Health Services/Lunches/ Buses/ Extended Learning

    Community Events and Activities Information Site

    Helpful Emails and Extensions

    Dee Bus Company - FSS Bus Routes Dispatcher Donna Hunter (978) 733-1047

    Extended Learning: Director Raina Rago rrago@nrsd.net (978) 779-0539, Ext. 3356

    NRSD Nutrition Services Tom Houle, Director thoule@nrsd.net Ext. 3045