Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, December 17, 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

One of the questions I'm asked often this time of year is with regard to the process used for the cancelation of school and delayed openings. The Nashoba Regional School District follows a detailed protocol always with the primary goal being our ability to keep students and staff safe arriving to and leaving school. As you know these decisions can be challenging with unpredictable and changing weather patterns. During the evening before a weather event and during the early morning hours, the superintendent's office works together with several agencies to get the best available data. The superintendent is in contact with neighboring superintendents, the NRSD Director of Facilities, and the Bolton, Lancaster and Stow DPW superintendents to make a collaborative decision.

If a decision to impact school is made, an announcement goes out via SchoolMessenger and local radio and TV stations. The information will also be posted on the NRSD website and FSS website. I would ask that in these situations, parents not call the school directly.


Art Club is canceled for tomorrow.

The FSS Band Concert begins tomorrow night at 7:00.

Lip Sync / Talent Show Permission slips are coming home for the Lip Sync/Talent Show on March 1. Song selections are first come, first served.

Please remember to check out our Community Events Page as well. Many of the youth spring sports registrations are now open.

Yi Cheng was one of 8 students that correctly identified the FSS Math Problem of the Week. A new problem is posted in the Emerson and Sawyer Wings.

The FSS basketball teams are on the road this week with two games away from the Eagle's Nest. The complete schedule is below.

This is the last Happenings of 2018. On Friday afternoon, our entire school community will come together in the Sawyer Wing gym, as part of our Annual Sing-A-Long! This is one of my favorite events of the year. We share songs of the season and celebrate our collective successes over the past four months. We will be joined by Maestro Emeritus Don Ryan who will lead us in song, and close out our week, our calendar year and the first third of our school year with Auld Lang Syne! The final verse, "And, there's a hand my trusty friend, and give me a hand o thine," gets me every time.

I hope that you all have a wonderful winter break!

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,



THIS WEEK and after the break:

12/17 F Day 12/ 18 A Day 12/19 B Day 12/20 C Day 12/21 D Day

1/2 E Day 1/3 F Day 1/4 A Day

1/7 B Day 1/8 C Day 1/9 D Day 1/10 E Day 1/11 Early Dismissal X/E Day

LOOKING AHEAD: December / January

  • 12/18 FSS Basketball at Trottier MS, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

  • 12/18 Band Concert (Gr 5 - 8) 7:00 PM

  • 12/20 FSS Basketball at Oak MS, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

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

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

  • 1/2 School resumes

  • 1/2 FSS Basketball at Gibbons MS, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

  • 1/3 FSS Basketball v Whitcomb MS, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

  • 1/7 FSS Basketball at Hale MS, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

  • 1/8 PAC Meeting 9 AM

  • 1/8 Geography Bee, 6:30 PM, Auditorium

  • 1/9 School Council 3:30 PM

  • 1/10 FSS Basketball at Charlton, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/11 Early dismissal

  • 1/14 FSS Basketball v Luther Burbank MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/15 FSS Basketball at Melican MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/17 FSS Basketball v Trottier MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/21 Martin Luther King Day No School

  • 1/22 FSS Basketball v Fowler MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/24 FSS Basketball v Oak MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/29 FSS Basketball v Gibbons MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/31 FSS Basketball at Whitcomb MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 2/7 FSS Basketball v Clinton MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 2/12 FSS Basketball at Luther Burbank MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 2/14 FSS Basketball v Hale MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 3/1 Lip Sync / Talent Show

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

FSS Lunch Menu

January 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

Tweetable Eagles

Parents Advisory Council

Parents Advisory Council

Calling all Artists and Designers!
PAC is looking for some fun new designs for Spirit wear available after the new year. We will choose 2 winners, one from grades K-4 and one from grades 5-8. Winners will receive a hoodie with their design on it.

All entries are due by Wed. Jan 9th, to the office. Please submit them in a large envelope, labeled with your name. Do not fold your design. A few tips: Use solid outlines, designs will be scanned and submitted to printing digitally. Use a simple color palette. Screen printing costs go up with each color and the final product needs to be affordable. You can design a large design and complimentary pocket design if you like. Feel free to combine computer graphics (ex. Text) with your own artwork. Include school-specific details (ex. Florence Sawyer, FSS, Eagles, school colors). You can sign or initial your design, small and in a bottom corner. If you have any questions, email Annie Polk at bear2th@gmail.com.

The Bookfair is coming from February 7 to February 15! We need your help. If you can spare any time to volunteer or want to learn more about the Bookfair, please reach out at FSSPAC@nrsd.net

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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The Bolton School Donations Committee has just had our Fall Teacher Wish List meeting and approved almost $12,000 of requests from our fabulous teachers! Soon the classrooms will be filled with document cameras, fun storage items, and so many books it will be a sight to see, and all to enrich the educational experience of our children!

We work hard as a committee to fulfill these requests and are so grateful for the support we get from the parents in the school. We raise the money through various fundraisers, with which most of you are likely familiar. Your children recently completed their Square 1 Art projects, and we are able to take online orders until next week! Make your selections for grandparents, baby sitters, and all those who need some fine art in their lives, and submit them by November 26 at the latest. Holiday shopping done!! The other program that is perfect for holiday gift giving for teachers, athletic instructors, administrative assistants, and of course for you is the Scrips Gift Cards program. In the Virtual Backpack you will find order forms to purchase gift cards from a variety of stores. Purchase the gift cards through our Scrips program and you receive the card in the denomination you ordered. The BSDC receives a percentage of that amount, at no additional cost to you! Everyone wins! Do your holiday grocery shopping with cards to Stop and Shop, Shaw's, or Whole Foods. Purchase holiday gifts with cards from L.L. Bean and Land’s End. If there are people for whom you never know what to buy, get them an Amazon gift card. Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Subway, Panera, and so many more. Orders for the Scrips program are due by December 10 and cards will be delivered December 17 in time for shopping and gift giving. We thank you in advance for your support and wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving!

NRSD Extended Learning

The popular Extended Learning February Vacation Camp is back and better than ever, now open to students from K - 8! Spots are limited and tend to fill up fast so please check out the link above. Please find the following Vacation Camp brochure for more information on the camp activities offered.

2019 Extended Learning February Vacation Camp Brochure

Extended Learning 2018-2019

Community Events

*Community Events, Opportunities, and Announcements -

*Not necessarily school sponsored but of note and interest.

Nashoba Youth Lacrosse - Spring Registration is open for Nashoba Youth Lacrosse open to boys in grades K-8 in Bolton, Clinton, Lancaster, and Stow. Early Bird Registration ends on January 15. Registration closes on February 15, 2019.

Nashoba Junior Chess Club - The Nashoba Junior Chess Club held its first meeting of the 2018-2019 season on Friday, November 9th, 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/. Dates for the 2018-2019 season are 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 3/1, 3/29. - We hope to see you there!

Welcome to the 2019 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 chairlift themselves and will be partnered to ski with a buddy who skis at their level. Any student not comfortable with the lift will be partnered with a parent. When: 6 Fridays starting on Jan. 4th. 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 the 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, a rental package, 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 strongly recommended. Prices go up after 12/5/18, so try to register early! Chaperones! We need around 10 chaperones for the season, ideally 5 on the bus and 5 more on the mountain. Chaperones receive a free ski pass for the night and a free ski weekend during the season. Chaperone forms are needed by 12/15. We will have an informational meeting in mid-December, watch your email for details. There is an FAQ page on the Wachusett website under School Groups., Email Annie at bear2th@gmail.com with any other questions and to volunteer.