Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, October 29, 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

I'd like to start by thanking all of you that were able to come out this past week for our Parent-Teacher Conferences. For those of you coming in next week (on Monday), you can access Pick-A-Time and review your schedule at the following link FSS Pick-A-Time 2018 Fall Conferences. The 8th grade will be providing babysitting during conferences on Monday, November 5. Donations benefit the 8th grade end of the year activities and the Washington, DC trip. Students will also be selling wreaths and poinsettias for the winter season in the Sawyer Wing lobby during conferences.

In last week's Happenings, I inadvertently left Vera Leverone's name off the Golden Eagles List for grade 1. Congratulations Vera; thanks for being a great role model!

In FSS Athletics, our cross country team was victorious in the intra-district race held at Nashoba Regional High School last week. As a result, for the first time in NRSD history, the Florence Sawyer Eagles hold all three district middle school championship cups (cross country, basketball, track) at the same time! Please join me in congratulating all of the runners and coaches Corey Brownell and Gary Kozloski. Basketball signups are now open. Please use the following link. Sawyer Winter Athletics Information and Sign-up Link

Next Monday, November 5, we will hold a lockdown drill with all of our students. The drill will take place in the morning. We will let the students know in advance and practice prior to the drill where they should go and what they should do. When discussing why we do these drills with our students, we try to be developmentally appropriate while also being honest and practical. This perspective is captured in the following post, "My School's New Emergency Plan Includes Lockdown Drills. How Can We Keep Them From Scaring the Kids." from the Child Mind Institute. I will send a school messenger email and text letting you know when the drill begins and follow that with another when it is concluded.

This Friday, November 2, the Annual PAC Family Bingo Night will take place in our cafeteria! Don’t forget to buy your tickets for Family Bingo. Doors open at 6:00 PM. The first 150 kids 12 & under who arrive on Friday will receive a free kids meal card from Chick-fil-A in Marlboro. We will NOT be selling tickets at the door so please get them now. You can find the order form here. Family Bingo Ticket Order Form. We will also be selling raffle tickets for the baskets during lunches this Thursday & Friday. Raffle tickets cost $1 each/$5 for 6 tickets or $10 for 15 tickets.

Friday, November 9, we will host the first FSS Dodgeball Tournament in the Sawyer Wing Gym for middle school students as a fundraiser for the 8th grade trip to Washington, DC. Students can sign up with Mrs. Cavaioli. We thank you for supporting the 8th grade class.

On Wednesday, November 14, FSS will be hosting one of three district Parent Information Nights; The New Look of Nicotine Addiction, Vaping and our Youth What You Should Know. More information follows below.

Sawyer School Staff invites you to dine with us and more at our annual Pasta pARTy scholarship fundraiser. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared and served by your child’s teachers. This year’s dinner, art show, musical display and craft sale will be Thursday, November 15. Order your tickets now using this link...November 15, 2018 Pasta pARTy ticket form

We are seeking Parent Volunteers to assist with our brand new Book Room in the Sawyer wing! As part of our new district-wide literacy initiative, our staff has spent hours sorting through and organizing our collection of books. The book room will be open to all teachers, thus giving every student access to a huge selection of wonderful books to read every day. Now that we're organized, we'd love your help to get it all up and running! Tasks that still need to be completed are: laminating bin labels, applying stickers to books and bookshelves, and (the most daunting task of all!) inventorying our huge collection of books. If you have a few free hours, and, especially if you have experience typing and using Google Sheets/Excel, we would love your help! Please sign up here, or reach out to one of our literacy specialists to get more information: Katie Salois--ksalois@nrsd.net, Liz West--ewest@nrsd.net, or Genie Collins--ecollins@nrsd.net. Thank you in advance to our wonderful Sawyer parents!

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,




10/29 B Day 10/30 C Day 10/31 D Day

11/1 E Day 11/2 F Day

LOOKING AHEAD: November/ December

  • 10/30 SEPAC Presentation (Link Below)

  • 10/31 Halloween (K, 1 Costume Parade)

  • 11/1 National Mock Election

  • 11/2 PAC Family Bingo Night

  • 11/5 Early Release for students / 12:15

  • 11/5 Parent Teacher Conferences.

  • 11/5 Lock Down Drill

  • 11/6 No School / Election Day

  • 11/9 Nashoba Junior Chess Club / NRHS/ 5:30PM

  • 11/12 No School / Veterans' Day

  • 11/13 PAC Meeting / 9:00 AM

  • 11/14 FSS School Council / 3:30 PM

  • 11/15 FSS Family Pasta Night

  • 11/15 Community Reading Day

  • 11/15 SEPAC Presentation (Link Below)

  • 11/16 Grade 8 trip to EMK Center and JFK Library

  • 11/20 Student Faculty Flag Football Game / WHEAT Collection

  • 11/21, 22, 23 No School / Thanksgiving Break

  • 11/22 Thanksgiving Football Classic / Clinton HS @ Nashoba 10:00AM

  • 11/28 Picture Retake Day

  • 11/30 First Trimester Marks close

  • 12/4 Chorus Concert Gr 4, 5

  • 12/ 7 Early Release for students / 12:15

  • 12/11 PAC Meeting / 7:00 PM

  • 12/11 Chorus Concert (6,7,8)

  • 12/14 Trimester 1 Report Cards go home

  • 12/18 Band Concert (Gr 5 - 8)

  • 12/21 FSS Winter Break Sing-A-Long

  • 12/25 - 1/1 No School, Winter Break

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

Running Club 2018 calendar

October Lunch Menu

November Lunch Menu

Teal Pumpkin Project

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

NRSD Parent Information Night - Vaping and Youth What You Should Know

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 6pm

100 Mechanic Street

Bolton, MA

Vape pens and e-cigarettes are not harmless, yet 20% of high school students report currently using them, and 40% have tried them at least once.

Learn more about what these products are, why they are harmful, and how to protect our kids from this latest trend.


For questions about the presentation, please contact Lesa Breault-Gulbicki, Nurse Coordinator of Health and Wellness at lbreaultgulbicki@nrsd.net

Dates & Locations 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at all locations

Wed., November 14 / Florence Sawyer School, Bolton

Thurs., November 15 / Center School, Stow

Mon., November 19/ Mary Rowlandson School, Lancaster

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Parents Advisory Council

Parents Advisory Council

Thanks to all fo the volunteers who helped out on Picture Day last Wednesday! Retake day is scheduled for November 28, 2018.

Family Bingo Night- This is PAC's largest event of the year! Order forms for tickets will be coming home soon or you can find them on the virtual backpack. Tickets will not be sold at the door this year. If you would like to volunteer your time on this amazing night please sign up by following the link here. Family Bingo Night November 2, 2018

PAC Monthly Meeting- Next meeting in scheduled for November 13th 9am in the Sawyer cafeteria. Hope to see you there.

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

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

Nashoba SEPAC has two new events coming up.

An IEP for my Child -Tuesday, October 30 - 7:00 PM - Nashoba Regional High School

Decoding the Neuropsychological Evaluation - Thursday, November 15 - 7:00 PM - The Center School, Stow - (Science Room C131)

We send out a monthly newsletter via email.

Check out our SEPAC flyer, click here

Bolton School Donations Committee

Follow us on Facebook

Become a member of BSDC Meetings are every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30. Contact Sarah Berube @ bsdcfss@gmail.com or sjaberube@gmail.com for more information. Also come visit our table during the Teacher Conferences on November 5 and the wonderful Pasta Dinner on Nov. 15.

Square 1 Art:

For families of kids in grades K-8, the Bolton School Donation Committee's Square 1 Art fundraiser is off and running! Your kids and their art teachers have done their part and now all the fabulous artwork is on its way to Square 1 where it can be printed onto any number of cool products. I got a glimpse of all the artwork as I was compiling it to send in and they are all really great, we have some talented kids in this town! Keep an eye out the week of November 5th for the order catalog. You can then easily order online or fill out an order form and everything will arrive in time for Christmas.


Need Gift Cards for holiday gifts or everyday shopping? A portion of every gift card that is purchased goes directly to donations for staff and teacher classroom supplies. Watch for the scrips order forms coming the week of Nov. 26. Forms will be due back by Dec. 10 and the gift cards will be back to you before the school break.

NRSD Extended Learning

Community Events

Community Events, Opportunities and Announcements - Not necessarily school sponsored but of note and interest.

Nashoba Regional Dollars for Scholars has teamed up with Wilson Farms of Lexington to offer our annual Giving Thanks Pie Sale. Wilson Farms will provide high quality Thanksgiving pies for the sale. Pies are for sale through Friday, November 5th. Each pie costs $16, and will be available for pick up on Friday, November 16th at the high school from 2:30 - 7:00 PM. The pies will be frozen, so you can buy pies for all your holiday celebrations!Additionally, customers will be able to purchase pies for donation to the Stow Food Pantry, and we will deliver the pies directly. The Stow Food Pantry serves Stow, Bolton, and Lancaster. Nashoba Regional Dollars for Scholars provides scholarships to Nashoba Seniors each June. Every pie you purchase today will help fund these scholarships. By donating a pie to the food pantry, you can help provide a lovely dessert for a family in need as well. Thank you for supporting your community!

Order by mail using the attached order form · Nashoba Dollars for Scholars Pie Order form Order online at Nashoba Dollars for Scholars Pie Online Order

Nashoba Junior Chess Club - The Nashoba Junior Chess Club will hold its first meeting of the 2018-2019 season on Friday, November 9th, from 5:30-7:30pm 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 5:30pm and peer games start at 6pm. 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 2018-2019 season are: 11/9, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 3/1, 3/29. - We hope to see you there!