Florence Sawyer School Happenings
Monday, November 4, 2019
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,
Middle School Dodge Ball Tournament - November 22
Student Council Food Drive
(L-R) Rowan Larrabee, Lilah Horesh, Peter Eriksen, Jack Delaney)
(L-R Logan Bird, Aria Mahadeo, Sage Toman,) Kaia Merrill (not pictured)
(L-R) Alina Chaudry, Katelyn Bessette, Chase Rancourt, Claire Metterle
FSTV presents October at FSS
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
Wreath and Poinettia Sale
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 email@example.com with any other questions and to volunteer.
Parents Advisory Council (PAC)
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.
SAVE THE DATE:
SCHOOL PICTURE DAY: November 7th
FAMILY BINGO NIGHT: November 8th
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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:
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!
Go to www.shopwithscrip.com
Click on “Join a program”
Enter the enrollment code E42A612413421
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.
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
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
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
11/29 School Closed
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FSSPAC - Click the preceding link for information about our Parents' Advisory Council.
- PAC Help Needed
- FSS 2019-2020 School Directory Input Information
- Directory Discount Card Donation Forms
- FSS 2019-2020 School Directory Information Input Directions
- BINGO 2019 Flyer
Bolton School Donations Committee
Virtual Backpack Current Flyers & Forms
- Nashoba Dollars for Scholars Pie Order Form
- Pie Order details
- Pasta Party Ticket Form
- SEPAC-Basic Rights Workshop
- 2019-2020 District Calendar
- 2019-2020 CalendarRevision Message from the Superintendent
- 2019-2020 A-F Calendar
- Extracurricular Activity Permission Slips
Health Services/Lunches/ Buses/ Extended Learning
- 2019-2020 Welcome Back Letter from Health Services
- Health Screenings Opt-Out Parent letter -2019-2020
- 2019-2020 SBIRT parent letter
- 2019-2020 NRSD School Bus Medical Emergency Information Form
- Medication Consent Form-Medication Administration Protocol
- NRSD Allergy Action Plan
- 10 Tips for LTA Students
- NRSD LTA IHCP for middle and elementary school
- NRSD School Bus Medical Emergency Information Form
- LTA NRSD Letter
- MySchoolBucks Lunch Account Information
- NRSD Free and Reduced Lunch Application 2019-2020
- School Messenger-Text Messaging Service
- Extended Learning 2019-2020
- Wednesday Early Release Days
Helpful Emails and Extensions