Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

By the time you receive this tonight, I will be hosting a trivia game for our seventh graders at Sargent Center/ Nature's Classroom. I appreciate the long relationship we have had with Sargent Center and the program they provide for our students connecting our students with nature and with each other. The group arrived around 10:40 this morning and will be staying through Friday afternoon. I will post as many pictures to our twitter feed as I can.

I would be remiss if I didn't mention and thank the many volunteers that came together for a fun PAC Family Bingo Night last Friday. The PAC board has also written a note of thanks below but I wanted to add my voice to the chorus of appreciation. I'm grateful for the continuing support of our incredible parent groups. Thank you!

I'd also like to thank our Select Chorus and their teacher, Alissa Frederick for performing for our veterans and their families at the Bolton Hometown Heroes event over the long weekend. We are grateful for the sacrifice of all of our veterans in service to our nation.

The next few weeks have many events coming up. Please check them out below, in the "Days, Dates and Links section". In the Community Events and Activities Information Site , you will also find newly added registrations for youth baseball, softball, girls and boys lacrosse, youth wrestling, youth soccer and more. In today's Happenings please find updates below from PAC, SEPAC, and the Bolton Schools Donations Committee.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


Congratulations Lilia Rosadini, Project 351 Ambassador!

Project 351 is a nonprofit organization that develops a new generation of community-first service leaders through the yearlong engagement of an eighth-grade Ambassador from each of the 351 cities and towns in Massachusetts. Youth are selected by hometown educators for an exemplary ethic of service and the values of kindness, compassion, humility, and gratitude. Founded in 2011, Project 351 has engaged 3,381 unsung heroes and quiet leaders as change agents in their community. Together, these remarkable eighth-graders have impacted more than 650,000 neighbors through transformational service.

The 2019-2020 Florence Sawyer School Project 351 Ambassador is Lilia Rosadini. Lilia, a three-term member of our Student Council is a member of the yearbook staff and mural club. She is an extraordinary, thoughtful, well-rounded student, and she leads by example.

Congratulations, Lilia!

Save The Date for the Annual Family Fun Pasta pARTy - November 21

FSS Teachers Present: The Family Fun Pasta pARTy

Thursday, Nov 21, 2019 - 5:00-7:00pm

2 seatings: 5- 6 and 6 – 7

Take out is always available!!

Dinner will be prepared and served by the staff of Sawyer School. Come and be waited on by the teachers!!! More details and ticket information in coming weeks

* To benefit the Bolton Teachers McCrell Scholarship Fund

Calling All Vendors

The annual Pasta Party scholarship fundraiser will once again offer tables for crafters and other vendors. The tables are $25 donation to the scholarship fund and can be reserved by emailing mmullahy@nrsd.net. If you are part of a small business or crafter who can use this space please consider supporting this great event. Any questions, please reach out to Mary

Lacoste Strong Trivia - NRHS - November 21

Following our Family Pasta Party, I will be hosting a trivia game at Nashoba Regional High School at 7:00 pm to benefit our former colleague, former Center School Principal, and current Westford Principal Kevin Lacoste, who was critically injured this summer. For more information, please see the flyer to the right.

Middle School Dodge Ball Tournament - November 22

The 8th-grade class is pleased to announce their second annual Dodge Ball Tournament on Friday, November 22 in the Sawyer Wing gym for students in grades 6-8. Admission is $5 per player and spectator. Hours for the 2019 Dodge Ball Tournament are 6-8 PM. Teams are limited to 6-8th graders. For more information, check out the Dodge Ball Flyer.

Student Council Food Drive - November 26

On November 26, the FSS Student Council will be collecting for the WHEAT Food Pantry. This collection coincides with our annual Student-Faculty flag football game pitting the 8th graders against the teachers in our Pre-Thanksgiving Day Football Classic (Weather Permitting). We collect the food as "admission" to the game but please note that all donations are voluntary.

Tweeted Eagles

FSTV presents October at FSS

October 2019 FSTV Broadcast

Wreath and Poinettia Sale

Looking for wreaths and poinsettias for the upcoming winter season? Look no further. Our annual Wreath and Poinsettia sale is underway. Order forms will be sent home with students this week. You can also access a copy of the form in the virtual backpack. Orders are due by Monday, November 25th. The pickup day for orders is Friday, December 6th from 3:30 - 7 in the Florence Sawyer School lobby. The proceeds from this sale benefit the fundraising efforts of the 8th-grade class. Thank you for your support!

Changes to the NRSD Elementary Report Cards

The primary goal of report cards is to provide information regarding students’ progress with respect to both content standards and habits of learning. Standards are written benchmarks that explicitly state what students are expected to have mastered by the end of the year. Teachers use multiple measures to assess children’s performance in each area. The hope is that, by the end of the year, every family has a comprehensive picture of a child’s learning and growth over the course of the year.

As a school and district community, we encourage students to cultivate a mindset that emphasizes learning as a continual process. It is important that the reporting process mirrors the current practices and messages that students receive in our classrooms. In addition, research indicates that students achieve the greatest growth through targeted and specific feedback.

With this in mind, students’ progress will continue to be reported using an updated standards-scale. The updated scale provides specific feedback regarding students’ progress with respect to the end-of-year standards at a particular grade-level. The report card has also been reorganized to reflect our focus on supporting students’ social, emotional and academic skills. You will see that work habits and comments appear earlier in the new version of the report card. Additionally, in order to focus on student growth and feedback related to the standards, letter grades will no longer be used in grade 5. Standards-based reporting facilitates more informed conversations about each student’s strengths and next steps for learning.

To provide more information regarding the end-of-year expectations for each grade, a 2019-2020 school year parent guide for standards-based reporting will be posted on the Nashoba Regional School District website by the end of the first trimester.

We look forward to our continued partnership in support of your children’s learning. Please feel free to reach out via email or phone if you have questions or would like to discuss this further.

Health Office Reminder

When delivering your child’s medication to the health offices, it must be accompanied by a current physician’s order for the school year and a parent medication consent form, which can be printed from the virtual backpack on the homepage of the FSS website. Allergy action plan/ individualized health care plan forms can also be found in the virtual backpack.

Your child’s medication cannot be administered at school without a current physician’s order and a parent consent form, which need to be submitted at the beginning of every school year. These forms may be faxed directly to the health office secure fax lines:

Florence Sawyer Wing health office: (978)-965-3969 Mrs. Frosthom

Emerson Wing health office: (978)-965-3972 Mrs. Hendley

Please reach out to Ms. Frostholm or Mrs. Hendley with any questions.

After School Ski-Club

Welcome to the 2020 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 chair lift themselves and will be placed in a chaperone group with buddies who ski at their level. Any beginners not able to ride the lift and a green run will be in a chaperone group together and need to sign up for lessons.

When: 6 Fridays starting on Jan. 3th. 1/10 is an early release and we go up early for a longer day on the mountain. 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 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 (if you plan on extra days on mountain), 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 required for beginners. Prices go up after 12/4/18, so try to register early!

A big change for this year Rentals: We are asking anyone in need of rentals to secure season long rentals. The logistics of splitting up the group, assigning chaperones, and the very long lines is a big hassle for coordinating and for the kids. Picking up weekly rentals at Wachusett eats up nearly the entire first evening and a chunk of time each week of our already short time on the mountain. If this is an issue, let me know and we can work it out. Below is a list of local places you can look into:

R.J. Bradleys-Littleton, Summit Ski and Snowboard, Zimmermans-Nashua, Sport Loft- locations in Acton, Leominster and Boylston, Ski Barn- Westborough

Chaperones! We need chaperones for the season, ideally 2-3 on each bus, a handful in the lodge and a skiing chaperone for every group of kids. Chaperones receive a free ski pass for the night and a free ski weekend during the season.

We will have an informational meeting in early December watch your email for details. There is a FAQ page on the Wachusett website under School Groups.

Email Annie at bear2th@gmail.com with any other questions and to volunteer.

Parents Advisory Council (PAC)

PAC Update:

Thank you to all the families who made it out to the Family Bingo night and to those who contributed to this fundraiser. The night was a lot of fun and many prizes were won. I loved seeing (and hearing) the excitement all through the evening. We couldn't have made it all happen without the support of our volunteers who donated baskets, food and time. A huge shout out to Matthew Beyranevand for being our MC, Ryan Bowles for running the presentation and Mr. Bates for his amazing music selection. The raffles were so much fun this year. The creativity in our community was shining through (yes, there was even a sunshine basket) Thank you for donating your time, creativity and organization skills: Missy Peron, Janette Butrym, Kate Larrabee, Amy Balewicz, Kate Tommasini, Jocelyn Jastrab, Jessica Norris, Annie Polk, , Robyn Smith, Lindsay Hart, Kristen Zina, Mr. Levine, Amy Cohen, Randi Shand, Lauren LaRosa, Elizabeth Hart, Kelly McLaughlin, Jennifer Shea, Lauren Mahoney, Kalyn Dudley, Missy Lohin, Abi Mclaughlin, Laura Roberts, Debbie Masucci, Jen Lynch & Jaime Prudente

A very special thanks go out to Jamie Cuevas and Karen Yesue who spent months planning, organizing and coordinating so we could enjoy this night. My final thank you goes out to our Custodial staff. Your assistance with set up, take down and clean up was amazing.

Back By Popular Demand

The Breathe NH Fun Pass order forms have been distributed to the teachers' classrooms. They should be coming home with your students over the next couple of days. This booklet provides discounts at over 100+ favorite New England family attractions at Theme Parks, Water Parks, Ski Mountains, Museums, Trampoline Parks and more! We love this book and use them all throughout the year. Go to BreatheNH.org/Fun-Pass to see a list of all attractions offered. This year you can order through a paper form or online at https://breathenh.z2systems.com/np/clients/breathenh/neonPage.jsp?pageId=23&

ORDER FORMS DUE BY DECEMBER 2nd and books will be delivered to your child's classroom before winter break

Save the date:

Breath NH Orders Due December 2nd

Picture Retakes December 5th

Next PAC Meeting; December 10th, 9:00 am in FSS Cafeteria

NRSD Special Education Parents Advisory Council (SEPAC)






6:30-7:00 ELECTIONS


Elections: If you would like to run for an elected position, please prepare a brief statement as to why you believe you are a good candidate for the position. The Elections portion of the meeting is a voting meeting; therefore, voting will take place during this time.

If you have any questions, please feel free to direct them to the current

Interim co-chairs via email: NashobaSepac@NRSD.net

Bolton School Donations Committee

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Bolton School Donations Update:

Gift Cards Available for Purchase!

Do you plan to buy gift cards for teachers, family, friends, and co-workers this holiday season? Gift cards for many national retailers (T.J. Maxx, Lowe’s, Dunkin Donuts, etc.) can be ordered through the Scrip program. Every gift card purchased will give a percentage of the amount to the Bolton School Donations Committee at no additional cost to you! Look for the Scrip flyer and order form in students’ backpacks this week or order online. Online orders for physical cards will be submitted on Dec. 6th and delivered to you or your child by December 17th. To order online go to www.shopwithscrip.com

1. Click on “Join a program”

2. Enter the enrollment code E42A612413421

3. Complete registration and shop!

The BSDC is also hosting an auction on March 21st to raise funds. Donations for auction items. (art work, concert/sports tickets, lessons, gift cards, gift baskets, etc.) are currently being accepted as well as advertisements in our program booklet for the evening.

To volunteer to help out with the auction or to join the committee contact bsdcfss@gmail.com or sjaberube@gmail.com.

Nashoba Chess Club

The Nashoba Junior Chess Club will hold its first meeting of the 2019-2020 season on Friday, November 1st, from 5:30-7:30 pm in the Nashoba Regional High School Cafeteria. The club is open to any child in grades K-12 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 2019-2020 season are:

November 22, 2019

December 6, 2019

December 13, 2019

January 3, 2020

January 17, 2020

January 31, 2020

February 7, 2020

February 28, 2020

March 13, 2020

March 27, 2020

We hope to see you there!

Days, Dates and Links

Letter Days:

11/11 No School - Veteran's Day

11/12 E Day

11/13 F Day

11/14 A Day

11/15 B Day

11/18 C Day

11/19 D Day

11/20 E Day

11/21 F Day

11/22 A Day

11/25 B Day

11/26 C Day

11/27 No School - Thanksgiving Break begins


11/11 School Closed - Veterans' Day

11/12 to 11/15 Grade 7 trip to Sargent Center

11/13 School Council meeting, 3:30, FSS Library

11/17 Girls on the Run 5K

11/21 FSS Family Pasta Dinner 5:00-7:00

11/21 "Lacoste Strong" Trivia at NRHS 7:00

11/22 Dodge Ball Tournament

11/25 Community Reading Day

11/26 Student Council Food Drive / Student-Faculty flag football game

11/27 School Closed

11/28 Thanksgiving

11/29 School Closed

Further Ahead:

2019-2020 NRSD Calendar

Individual Google Calendars - Add these links to your own calendars

Use the Google Calendar Link to access the calendar from a web browser

Use the ICal Link to access the calendar from other applications.

* A-F Letter day calendar Google Calendar Link ICal Link

* FSS Year At A Glance Calendar Google Calendar Link ICal Link

* FSS Clubs and Activities Calendar Google Calendar Link ICal Link

FSS Website

FSS Virtual Backpack

FSSPAC - Click the preceding link for information about our Parents' Advisory Council.

Bolton School Donations Committee

Current Flyers & Forms

Health Services/Lunches/ Buses/ Extended Learning

Community Events and Activities Information Site

Helpful Emails and Extensions

Dee Bus Company - FSS Bus Routes Dispatcher Donna Hunter (978) 733-1047

Extended Learning: Director Raina Rago rrago@nrsd.net (978) 779-0539, Ext. 3356

NRSD Nutrition Services Tom Houle, Director thoule@nrsd.net Ext. 3045