Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, October 15, 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Please find the new Happenings 3.0! I hope that this format will allow users to have a greater level of readability and compatibility with mobile devices. After looking at a number of digital newsletters, I think this format will better meet our collective needs. As always, I look forward to your feedback.

I'd like to thank all of our parent volunteers, teachers, the Bolton Police and Bolton Fire Departments and Assistant Principals for coordinating our second annual Walk To School Day!

By now, you should have received your child's MCAS report in the mail. If not, please reach out to the office. For more information on the MCAS assessments and Florence Sawyer School's MCAS performance, please go to the following link, FSS MCAS Data Dashboard.

This Wednesday, October 17, is the date for Fall pictures at school. Please see the PAC box below for more information.

Please note that Friday is an Early Release Day for students with a 12:15 PM dismissal time. Friday is also the date of the first Student Council Dance from 7 - 9 PM. Student Council Dance Flyer

Providence Bruins game: Tickets are still available to attend the October 28th Providence Bruins game! Students in 4th-8th grade are invited to sing the National Anthem, but all Sawyer families are welcome to watch. Families whose orders are submitted after the original deadline will be able to pick up their tickets on the day of the game. For details on ordering tickets, please visit Mrs. Frederick’s website.

Several of last week's items are reprinted below.

Our Pick-A-Time Online Conference Scheduler opened on Thursday, October 11 at 7:00 PM for you to schedule your fall parent-teacher conferences, which take place on October 26 or November 5. We have created a letter which reviews the steps for using Pick-A-Time. It is located in the Virtual Backpack and you can find the link to it here. FSS Pick-A-Time Instructions

You can access Pick-A Time at the following link FSS Pick-A-Time 2018 Fall Conferences . Pick-A-Time will close for appointments on Wednesday, October 24 at 11:59 pm.

Pasta pARTy vendors wanted. Our annual ( and very popular) staff Pasta Dinner fundraiser is scheduled for November 15th from 5 - 7 We are looking for crafts people/vendors who would like to set up a table to sell items during the event. We ask for a donation of $15 per table to our scholarship fund. Please contact Mary Mullahy at mmullahy@nrsd.net to reserve your space or to ask any questions.

With Halloween several weeks away,, I wanted to take this opportunity to remind you about the great work being done at FARE (Food Allergy Research and Education) and, in particular, with the Teal Pumpkin Project. The link below, and to the left, provides information and resources from the Teal Pumpkin Project.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,




10/15 F Day 10/16 A Day 10/17 B Day

10/18 C Day 10/19 Early Release XB Day

LOOKING AHEAD: October/ November

  • 10/17 Picture Day

  • 10/18 Parent Information Night 1:1 Chrome Books

  • 10/19 Early Dismissal (12:15PM)

  • 10/19 Student Council Dance (gr 7-8)

  • 10/25 Purple Pinkie Day

  • 10/26 No School (Parent Teacher Conferences)

  • 10/27 Bolton Parks & Rec Halloween Party

  • 10/28 FSS Sings at the Providence Bruins (link Below)

  • 11/2 PAC Family Bingo Night (SAVE THE DATE)

  • 11/5 Parent Teacher Conferences.

Further Ahead:

2018-2019 Year at a Glance Calendar

Helpful Links

Florence Sawyer School Website

FSS School Improvement Plan

Running Club 2018 calendar

October Lunch Menu

Teal Pumpkin Project

Register for Walk to School Day

SS Sings at the Providence Bruins Game Flyer

FSS Virtual Backpack

Community Based Enrichment and Opportunities Site

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

Martial Arts Program

rrago@nrsd.net (978) 779-0539, Ext. 3356

News From PAC

Parents Advisory Council

Picture Day is this Wednesday, October 17th. Pictures are being taken indoors this year! Every child will receive a class photo regardless of ordering. Remember, if you have more than two children in the school, each child's package after the second child in HALF OFF! Bring those beautiful smiles!!! 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 Novemberer 2, 2018

Pete's Corner- Have you seen the beautiful library located in the Sawyer Wing on the first floor? Come check in out. In fact, FSS if looking for parent volunteers to catalog books. If you would like to help please reach out to Kangulo@nrsd.net. Thank you.

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

Nashoba 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

The Bolton School Donations Committee wants to wish everyone a happy fall. We’ve got some really exciting things going on so PLEASE take a look at our more extensive write-up in the Virtual Backpack. BSDC Information page

You’ll find lots more information about the Fall Mailing, which will arrive in your mailboxes soon. We’re also really excited to see all the projects the kids come up with for Square One Art, which you’ll have the opportunity to order! Finally, there is more detailed information about the Scrips program, which allows you to purchase gift cards from many businesses, at the same time raising money for the school. All of these projects help to raise money to allow us to fund the purchases requested by our children’s teachers to enrich their educational experiences. We would greatly appreciate your support and are always eager to welcome new volunteers! If you have any questions contact one of our Co-Chairs, Sarah Berube (sjaberube@gmail.com) or Janette Butrym (jette72@hotmail.com). Thank you in advance for your support!

NRSD Extended Learning

Extended Learning

NRSD Extended Learning Director Reina Rago is developing interesting programs for all students in the middle grades to compliment the programs offered to students in the K-5 Extended Learning. Please find the link to the Extended Learning Middle School Opportunities page. The first of two programs this year are linked below.

Martial Arts


Community Events

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

Apple Blossom Barn Dance-Girl Scouts- October 20, 2018

Come Join us for Dancing, Food,and Fun! Caller-Don Heinold

6:00-8:00 pm Live Music by Worcester Folk Orchestra Sponsored by Bolton Girl Scouts

Bolton Halloween Parade and Party -

Saturday, October 27, from 3-5 PM. Sponsored by the Bolton Parks and Recreation Department