Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, February 22, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

I hope this finds you well, having had some quality time together over the February Break.

I want to remind you that tomorrow is the rescheduled day for our A Cohort student pictures. We are also working with O'Connor's Studios to identify another date for students that may need retakes or were unable to be present for one of our previously scheduled dates. I will send a separate email to families when we have identified that additional date.

With tonight's weather forecast and the conditions we fear we will find in the morning, we are going to postpone our Winter Walk to School dates, tomorrow and Thursday. We will reschedule some new dates for Early Spring and try again.

As I mentioned in our Virtual Coffee, we are excited about the ways in which our connections with students on their at-home days continue to evolve. At the Elementary level, for example, a number of our specialists have stepped up to offer instruction in specific areas such as research skills, coding, and health.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


Families considering a change in their child's current learning model

As we prepare to enter the third trimester of our school year on March 22, the Nashoba Regional School District is asking that any families seeking a change in learning model for their child email me at jbates@nrsd.net by March 5th. All requests for a change in the learning model should include the reason for the request. Requests will be reviewed and changes will be made based on capacity. Please be aware that capacity is limited due to social distancing protocols in the hybrid model and current class sizes in the remote learning academy model. Families will be notified by March 15th of the status of their request.

Parent-Teacher Conferences, March 15 and 23

Our Spring Conferences are scheduled for March 15 and March 23. For this year, given the challenges of the pandemic, our format will be the traditional parent-teacher conferences from Kindergarten through 8th grade. Your child's grade level team will be getting information to you in the coming weeks.

Our Pick-A-Time scheduling software will be used again as it was for the Fall Conferences. In our virtual backpack and using the links below, you can find a letter explaining how to use Pick-A-Time and the link to access the Conference Sign-up.

Pick-A-Time will open on March 1 at 7:00 pm. The scheduling software will remain open until March 11, closing at 11:59 pm.

Random Acts of Kindness Club – Open to students in grades 3-8

Co-Advisors: Ms. Scudiere and Miss Richards

Just a reminder that the Random Acts of Kindness Club, open to students in grades 3-8, will hold its first virtual meeting this Wednesday, February 24th from 3:00-4:00 pm. Interested students, or their parents, should email Ms. Scudiere (escudiere@nrsd.net) or Miss Richards (jrichards@nrsd.net) so that we can invite students into the RAK google classroom.

FSS Winter Walk to School Days Canceled

Due to tonight's weather and the conditions we are likely to see in the morning, this week's Winter Walk to School Days are canceled. We will pick new dates in the Spring.


FSS PAC is excited to announce that we are currently accepting nominations from FSS students and their families for our first-annual FSS Staff Member of the Year Award. If you have a staff member who you would like to nominate for this year’s award, please complete our Google Form, which can be found here: https://forms.gle/LaCYNBn4PwDpnPhk9. ANY Florence Sawyer School Staff member is eligible to receive the award. Nominations are due by April 16th. Please contact Jocelyn Jastrab at jocelyn121@gmail.com with any questions.

Order your Online Directory Membership and FSS Discount Cards!

It is never too late to update your information in the online directory or place your order. This year you can order your online directory membership, purchase discount cards and make donations directly from your computer or through the Membership Toolkit app. Additions and updates can be made the same way you ented information last year. If you are new to Florence Sawyer or did not use this application last year, you can find the instructions in the virtual backpack, the document is called 2020-2021 FSS Directory Membership toolkit set up.

Payments can be made through Venmo (quickest way to get access), Check Made Payable to FSS PAC (mailed to the school at 100 Mechanic Street Bolton, MA 0174) and soon you will be able to pay directly through the membership toolkit app using PayPal. Please ensure if you send a check or pay through Venmo you are including your order information in the memo lines. Due to Covid restrictions and protocol please do not send cash at this time. Feel free to reach out to us at FSSpac@nrsd.net with any questions


Next Meeting: February 9th, 7:00 pm through zoom. email fsspac@nrsd.net for login information

Bolton School Donations Committee (BSDC)

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The BSDC has been busy supporting the teachers and staff of Florence Sawyer this year! Here are some of the highlights:

-In September, teachers, and staff each received a welcome back gift chocolate box from Colonial Candies.

-The committee fast-tracked teacher requests so teachers would have the necessary supplies for remote teaching such as laptop stands and carts, wireless microphones and headsets, webcams, and digital graphics drawing tablet.

-Other purchases included magnets, posters, snap circuits, seat cushions, storage solutions, puzzles, bouncy bands for desks, as well as lots and lots of books!

-The BSDC worked together with the Bolton Community Fund to purchase a bilateral bolster swing for the occupational therapy classroom.

-In December the Square One Art fundraiser raised $2300 for our school fund.

The BSDC would like to thank all of the parents and students for your support in making the Square One Art fundraiser a success. If you would like to volunteer for the committee please contact bsdcfss@gmail.com or sjaberube@gmail.com.

Nashoba Regional Dollars for Scholars

We are a nonprofit organization that raises money and awards scholarships to Nashoba seniors. Last Spring, we awarded over $50,000 to deserving students who began postsecondary education at a college/university, trade school, or other accredited institution of higher learning.

We need YOU, so that we can continue this important tradition that will benefit YOUR children when they graduate from high school! Nashoba Dollars for Schools is currently recruiting for various roles including:

  • Treasurer

  • Awards Chairperson & Committee members

  • Members-at-large

  • Scholarship readers

Qualifications and time commitments are minimal, and we are happy to offer any and all support to assist you! Nashoba Dollars for Scholars meets the first Monday of every month.

For more information about how you can be involved, please come to our upcoming virtual meetings, on February 8th and March 8th at 7 p.m.

Email nashobaregionaldfs@gmail.com for Zoom access information.

Visit: http://www.nashobaregional.dollarsforscholars.org/.

Tom Denney Nature Camp

Tom Denney Nature Camp in Bolton

Registration Open

Kindergarten – 9th grade: Games in the fields and woods! Swimming, Predator and Prey (all-camp tag game), Amazing Race (physical & mental team challenges), Arts & Crafts, Tracking, Hiking, Shelter Building, Campfires & more!

6th -9th grades – Eco Adventures program with Kayaking, Laser Tag, Overnight & S’mores.

9th grade & above – Counselor-in-Training program

Mondays–Fridays in July & August from 9–3 with Before/Aftercare available.

More info or to Register for camp: tdnc.boltonconservationtrust.org 978-429-3004 bcttdnc@gmail.com

2021 Bolton Youth Spring Baseball & Softball Registration is Open

Our program is designed to give all children ages 4-12 the opportunity to have fun learning and playing the great American pastime of baseball and softball. For more information visit our website at https://www.boltonyouthbaseball.org/boltonyouthbaseball, and follow us on facebook @boltonlittleleaguge Deadline for Registering is February 25th.

Save the Dates


2/23 Rescheduled School Pictures Cohort A

2/24 Golden Eagle Assemblies

Looking Ahead:

3/1 Pick-A-Time Conference Scheduling opens (7:00 pm)

3/5 No School for students/ Full Day Professional Development for staff

3/10 FSS School Council, (Virtual) 3:30 pm

3/11 Pick-A-Time Conference Scheduling closes (11:59 pm)

3/14 FSS Celebrates Pi Day

3/15 Parent-Teacher Conferences

3/15 Early Dismissal for students

3/23 Parent-Teacher Conferences

3/23 Early Dismissal for students

3/24 Author Suzy Becker Virtual visit with Kindergarten