Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, March 11, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Last week was memorable for several reasons! We began our first "Living Anthology" of poems posted all over campus. We welcomed many of you to our spring conferences and celebrated the growth of our students throughout the first two trimesters of school. This past Friday, we welcomed speakers and workshop facilitators including George Couros, author of the Innovator's Mindset, and Massachusetts Commissioner of Education Jeffrey C. Riley to Nashoba Regional High School for a day of Professional Development titled Nashoba Empowers Learning.

Friday's professional development was outstanding! The speakers and workshops challenged our thinking, validated our efforts and pushed us to continue to build a school and school district where we take stock of where we do well with an eye toward where we can be better for all learners. I'm grateful to the NRSD Department of Teaching and Learning for developing the comprehensive list of workshops, to Superintendent Clenchy and the Nashoba Regional School Committee for their steadfast support for adult learning and teacher growth and to all of you for supporting this work. As a parent myself, I recognize the additional challenges that go with scheduling childcare during the week. I hope that you will find that the investment we are making in ourselves pays dividends for years to come.

In other FSS news,

This week, we will hold another lockdown drill. I will preface the drill with an email and text to all of you and will follow the drill with a message as well.

This Friday, we will dismiss students at 12:15 PM for our second day of spring conferences.

Please note that I have added an additional box in the Happenings for the Bolton Parks and Recreation Department below.

From Mrs. Frederick.. Attention chorus students: Nashoba Sings 2019 will be on Monday, April 29th from 4:00-7:30 pm. This district-wide concert brings elementary, middle, and high school choirs from across Nashoba Regional School District together to present a night of concert highlights. All 4th-8th-grade students are welcome to join, even if they are not in chorus. Students will be dropped off at the high school at 4:00 to rehearse, and parents may come back to watch the concert at 6:30!

Students who would like to participate should turn in an Extracurricular Activity Registration Form to Mrs. Frederick by April 1st. Both the registration form and flyer can be found in the Virtual Backpack. Please contact Mrs. Frederick (afrederick@nrsd.net) with any questions!

Family Math Night will be on Thursday, March 21 from 6:00 - 7:30 PM.

It is for students in grades K - 5 and their parents. The Kindergartners and 1st graders are in their rooms and grades 2 - 5 are in the cafeteria. Come play math games with your child, and bring home a packet of games to continue the learning and fun!

April is National Poetry Month. I'm happy to share information with you about the 2019 NRSD Student Poetry Contest sponsored by the Seven Bridge Writer's Collaborative. The contest allows students from grades 1 to 12 to submit poetry they have written during their poetry units in school or ones written at home to be assessed by our guest judge for the year. Winning submissions (1st, 2nd, 3rd, and Honorable Mentions by grades) are published online on the SBWC and Thayer Library sites, students are invited to read/share their poems at an Open Mic where the winners are acknowledged once again. For more information, check out the link in our Virtual Backpack and at the following link. 2019 Student Poetry Contest.

Mary Poppins is coming to Nashoba Regional High School! The Spring production will be on Friday, March 15th and Saturday, March 16th at 7 pm and Sunday, March 17th at 2 pm.

NRHS auditorium, 12 Green Road, Bolton. To order tickets in advance, please visit: www.nashobadrama.com Ticket cost is $14.00 for general admission and $10.00 for students and seniors. It is going to be a GREAT show

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,



Letter Days this month:

3/11 A Day 3/12 B Day 3/13 C Day 3/14 D Day 3/15 XB Day (Early Dismissal 12:15 PM)

3/18 E Day 3/19 F Day 3/20 A Day 3/21 B Day 3/22 C Day

3/25 D Day 3/26 E Day 3/27 F Day 3/28 A Day 3/29 B Day


  • 3/15 Early Dismissal - Spring Conferences

  • 3/21 Family Math Night, 6 - 7:30

  • 3/22 Trimester 2 Report Cards sent home

  • 3/22 Student Council Dance, 7:00 PM

  • 4/2 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, ELA session 1

  • 4/3 MCAS testing - Grades 4 & 7, ELA session 1

  • 4/4 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, ELA session 2

  • 4/5 Early dismissal for students

  • 4/5 FSS Musical "Golly Gee Whiz"

  • 4/6 FSS Musical "Golly Gee Whiz"

  • 4/8 Kindness Week begins

  • 4/8 MCAS testing - Grades 4 & 7, ELA session 2

  • 4/9 MCAS testing - Grades 3 & 6, ELA session 1

  • 4/11 Grade 5 Field Trip rescheduled

  • 4/11 MCAS testing - Grades 3 & 6, ELA session 2

  • 4/15 - 4/19 Spring Break

  • 4/30 - 5/3 Grade 8 trip to Washington D.C.

  • 5/2 MCAS testing - Grades 3 & 6, Math session 1

  • 5/3 MCAS testing - Grades 4 & 7, Math session 1

  • 5/8 MCAS testing - Grades 4 & 7, Math session 2

  • 5/9 MCAS testing - Grades 3 & 6, Math session 2

  • 5/10 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, Math session 1

  • 5/14 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, Math session 2

  • 5/16 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, Science session 1

  • 5/20 MCAS testing - Grades 5 & 8, Science session 2

Further Ahead:

2018-2019 Year at a Glance Calendar

Helpful Links

Florence Sawyer School Website

FSS Virtual Backpack

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.

Eagle Tweets

Parents Advisory Council

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 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

Bolton School Donations Committee

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Happy New Year everyone! We hope you enjoyed your holidays and winter break. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone so much for your participation in both the Square One Art and the Scrips Gift Cards fundraisers. Both programs were very successful this year, and we hope you loved the results as much as we did!

We received almost 300 Square One Art orders, for a 44% participation rate! We had the privilege of unpacking almost $15,000 in orders of your children’s spectacular artwork, featured on kitchen trivets, coffee mugs, tote bags, mousepads, and so much more. We are quite certain that the end result of all of that effort was lots of pleased parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and babysitters who received gifts that will last a lifetime. Your children’s efforts and your commitment to the program meant almost a $5000 benefit to Bolton School Donations Committee that will allow us to provide useful and educational tools for the Florence Sawyer classrooms.

The Scrips Gift Cards program was also very successful. With almost $10,000 in orders, BSDC received more than $800 toward fulfilling the Teachers’ Wish Lists. Don’t forget – we’ll be running this program again in the spring. It’s such an easy way for all of us to contribute something extra to the classrooms!

At this point, we have received the majority of the items ordered from the Teachers’ Wish Lists and delivered them to your children’s classrooms. The teachers were so excited and appreciative of the help, and now that the kids are back from winter break they will no doubt begin to reap the benefits of your contributions! We would love to have some more help on the committee, and then you too can see a little more directly the results of our collective efforts! This isn’t something that requires a large time commitment, and we would love for you to participate whatever your availability. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact us atbsdcfss@gmail.com. Thank you again, and here’s to a happy, healthy, successful 2019 for the Florence Sawyer Community!

NRSD Extended Learning

The NRSD Extended Learning program has opened registration for the April Vacation Enrichment Camp. April Vacation Camp Brochure

Yoga for Middle School Students is being offered for a second time starting the week of Feb. 25 (see attached flyer). Our first session ran at FSS and 12 students LOVED it! Most of them asked for it to be offered again...so we are!

We are also offering S.T.E.A.M. Engine "Cool Circuit" (see attached flyer) which has already been posted on the Enrichment section for middle school students. This is a first-time program and space is limited. It will also start the week of Feb. 25.

Extended Learning 2018-2019

Bolton Parks and Recreation

Bolton Parks & Rec 2019 Learn to Swim Registration and Summer Camp & Activities Fair

On Saturday, March 16, 2019, the Bolton Parks & Recreation Commission will host a Summer Camp & Activities Fair from 11:30 am – 2 pm in the Florence Sawyer School Cafeteria, 100 Mechanic Street in Bolton. Registration for Parks & Rec’s 2019 Learn to Swim program will also be held at this time. Representatives from local camps will be on site. Snacks and refreshments will be served. For more information visit: https://www.townofbolton.com/parks-recreation-commission

Other Community Events

*Community Events, Opportunities, and Announcements -

*Not necessarily school sponsored but of note and interest.

Nashoba Junior Chess Club - The Nashoba Junior Chess Club held its first meeting of the 2018-2019 season on Friday, November 9, from 5:30-7: 30 pm in the Nashoba Regional High School Cafeteria. The club is open to any child in grades K+ 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/. Remaining dates for the 2018-2019 season are 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 3/1, 3/29. - We hope to see you there!