Florence Sawyer School Happenings
Monday, September 9, 2019
This Thursday, we will hold the second of our two Back-To-School Open Houses. A schedule for the K-4 Open House is below. It was wonderful to meet or reconnect with so many of you this past Thursday at the Open House for grades 5-8. I mentioned in my overview presentation that I am curating all of the materials presented for your reference. You will be able to find them on a separate page on our website. I will share the link to that page in next week's Happenings.
An area where we consistently strive to enhance our partnership with you is through clear, timely and useful communication. I realize that in a school community that serves preschoolers through eighth-graders, not everything that I write may apply to your family. To that end, you may have noticed that I have now divided this newsletter into sections with separate headings to make it easier for you to decide whether it is something you want to pay attention to. Additionally, I'm excited to announce that, in addition to our traditional paper copy calendars, we have developed stand-alone Google calendars for our A-F letter days, Clubs and Activities and the popular Year-At-A Glance. You can find the calendar links below in the links section. I'd like to take this opportunity to thank two of our parents, Amy Cohen and Thomas Marshall for their help in moving this project forward.
Yours in partnership,
2019 FSS Open House for Grades K through 4
6:00 - 6:30 Presentations in Sawyer Wing classrooms with teachers - Grades K-2
6:35 - 6:55 Presentations for all parents K-4 in Aud. with specialist teachers (art, music, etc.)
7:00 -7:25 Presentation from FSS administration for all parents K-4 in Aud.
7:30 - 8:00 Presentation in Emerson Wing classrooms with teachers - Grades 3 & 4
Open House Childcare Available
You do not need to have preregistered to take advantage of this service but it is helpful for us to be able to plan for an appropriate number of volunteers.
Parking at FSS Evening Events
Families can find additional parking in the lot and on the blacktop facing the Sawyer Wing gym.
A Reminder from the Office
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.
Parents Advisory Council (PAC)
We have a couple of exciting announcements to share with you. The Florence Sawyer Discount cards are in and we will be selling them this Thursday at the K-4 Open House. We will have a table set up in Florence Sawyer so be sure to stop by and get your cards. We take Cash, Check, Venmo and Paypal for payment. Do not worry if you can not make it, we will be sending order forms home with the students this week.
PAC is changing the way we collect information for the school directory. This year you can submit the information on line at https://fsspac.membershiptoolkit.com. Please ensure this information is updated no later than September 30th to be included in the directory. Instructions can be found here and on the Virtual Backpack. The instructions have great tips and reminders to ensure your data is included in the directory. You will still order your directories as you have done in the past. We had a delay with the printer and were not able to get the forms in last week. They will be coming home this week and will be posted on Facebook and in the Virtual Backpack.
We have a lot of great events in the works for this year and we would love to have you join us for first planning meeting of the year on September 10th at 9:00 am in the Florence Sawyer Cafeteria. Our meetings will typically be the second Tuesday of the month and the times will alternate between 9:00am (September meeting) and 7:00pm(October Meeting). We have a lot of great opportunities to Volunteer! If you have questions about PAC you can email us at FSSPAC@nrsd.net or join our Facebook page at FSS PAC Florence Sawyer School Parents Advisory Council.
Days, Dates and Links
9/9 A Day
9/10 B Day
9/11 C Day
9/12 D Day
9/13 E Day
9/16 F Day
9/17 A Day
9/18 X/A Day Students dismissed at 12:15
9/19 B Day
9/20 C Day
9/23 D Day
9/24 E Day
9/25 F Day
9/26 A Day
9/27 B Day
9/30 C Day
9/5 Open House Grades 5 - 8, 6:00 - 8:00
9/9 Select Chorus Begins
9/11 FSS School Council, 3:30, Library
9/12 Open House Grades K-4
9/18 Early Dismissal for Students, 12:15 PM
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.
Virtual Backpack Current Flyers & Forms
- 2019-2020 District Calendar
- 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
- September Lunch Menu
- NRSD Free and Reduced Lunch Application 2019-2020
- School Messenger-Text Messaging Service
- Extended Learning 2019-2020
Helpful Emails and Extensions