Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, November 29, 2021

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Thank you for supporting our Student Council's Food Drive! By Tuesday, we had collected over 2,000 pounds of food to donate, a new school record!

With the weather starting to turn colder, please remind your children to dress for the prevailing and expected conditions. We try to get outside every day.

Finally tonight, I want to let you know that we will be pulling back from our visitor access in school for the time being. Visitors may still come into school for specific and scheduled reasons. Thank you, in advance, for your understanding. I hope to be able to move forward with scheduled and regular volunteers at some point as we progress into the school year.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


Recently Seen at School

NRSD Covid-19 Dashboard

Superintendent Downing has shared the following links to the NRSD Covid Dashboard with you in his communications. I have shared these links here as well and will continue to do so in each new edition of the Happenings.

NRSD Covid Data Dashboard.

Our consent for testing percentages continue to grow. Please click on the following link to complete the consent to test if you have not already done so.

Here is a link to the consent to test.

Picture Retake Day Rescheduled to December 8

We have rescheduled our Picture Retake Day. O'Connor's Studios are experiencing some supply chain issues in being able to get school pictures out to families prior to our previously scheduled Picture Retake date of November 19. We want to ensure that you have adequate time to review the pictures so we have rescheduled the picture retake date for December 8.

FSS Eagles Interscholastic Basketball Information

We are excited to announce that Interscholastic middle school basketball is returning to FSS after our pandemic hiatus! Registration is now open for our interscholastic girls and boys middle school (Grades 6-8) basketball teams. Coach Bob Keene will return to FSS to coach the girl's team and Coach Gary Kozloski has agreed to coach the boy's team.

Student-Athletes can expect practice times after school, most days per week, with one to two games per week. NRSD Athletic Director Tania Rich has reworked the schedule to include more games against closer, local competition.

Online Registration – All students MUST register online and have a current physical exam to be eligible to tryout/participate in a winter sport. FSS Middle School Basketball Registration Link:

Try-Outs/Practices – Basketball tryouts will start the week of Monday, December 6, 2021.

8th Grade Wreath and Poinsettia Sale

It is officially that time of year for the Eighth Grade Annual Wreaths and Poinsettias Sale. Proceeds from this fundraiser will fund the end-of-the-year celebrations for the eighth grade. We greatly appreciate your support of our eighth-grade students. If you wish to order a wreath or poinsettia, please fill out the google form linked here and send in your payment to the Florence Sawyer School. If you have trouble accessing the google form, you can print out our paper form linked here and turn it into the office with your payment. The last day to place an order is November 23rd. Order pick up is on December 3rd, 2021 from 3:30 - 7 pm in the Florence Sawyer School lobby.

Returning Student Registration

If you have not already done so, please complete your Returning Student Registration which was due on September 30. Your child’s individual Returning Student Registration snapcode was emailed to you. Reach out to Debra Helfgott (dhelfgott@nrsd.net) if you need your code resent. Please do not complete a New Student Registration. Additionally, if you are new to the Florence Sawyer School starting this school year, you do not need to complete a Returning Student Registration.

Bolton School Donations Committee Update

Square 1 Art is back this year!

The Bolton School Donations committee has once again partnered with square 1 Art to celebrate creativity and raise funds that directly benefit your child’s teachers. Pick an artwork your child has created this year and create a wonderful keepsake or holiday gift. Simply photograph the artwork using the instructions on the website below, upload the image, and shop! Try to allow 2-3 weeks for your order to arrive so plan ahead for holiday gifts!

Visit https://www.square1art.com/family-portal/ and follow the instructions.

FSS PAC Update

Attention Parents and Guardians! The Online Directory Memberships and Discount Card are Available for Purchase through Membership Toolkit. These are two Fundraisers PAC offers to help support our school's enrichment programs

It's that time of year! The online directory is open for registration. Why join the online directory? Quick and easy access to find parent contact information for classmates and friends for birthdays, holiday cards, and playdates. It's a great way to be able to connect with other families in the school.

Once family information has been added or updated, you can place an order online for the directory membership, purchase discount cards, and make donations that will support Enrichment Programs. Orders can be placed directly from your computer or through the Membership Toolkit app. You can add or update your data the same way you did last year. If you are new to Florence Sawyer or did not use this application last year, there are instructions below (document is saved on the Virtual Backpack) on how to create an account and add your family information.

To be included in the 2021-2022 Florence Sawyer School Directory there a few simple steps for you to take.

1) Add account and Family information if you are new to Florence Sawyer or did not do it last year
2) If you have an existing account, please login and update student information(grade, teacher) and any other information that may have changed.
3) Download the Membership Toolkit app so you can access the directory from anywhere.
4) Go to the “Store”. You will find this on the home page ribbon bar. Once you are in the store you can Purchase a Single Membership to the Directory, a Dual Membership to the Directory, The Florence Sawyer School Discount Card or Make a monetary donation directly to PAC. There are various payment options to meet everyones needs. Access to the directory will be granted once payment is recieved. You can pay mailing a check, or pay us through Venmo at @FSS-PAC. Please ensure if you send a check or pay through Venmo you are including your order information in the memo lines.

Our FSS PAC is announcing a new fundraiser, the 2022 Fun Pass. The Fun Passbook has discounts at over 90 New England attractions.

-Here is our new link to buy the Fun Pass


Diverse Books Drive

The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley is partnering with the Nashoba Area Social Justice Alliance (NASJA) and The Silver Unicorn Bookstore to host a diverse book drive. The goal of this fundraiser is to purchase books that represent every child and expand literacy in young readers. We hope to raise at least $500.00 from the community in order for The Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley to make a matching donation. The book wish lists were curated by each of our district's elementary schools and we hope you will consider purchasing some wonderful books to add to Florence Sawyer's collection! Click here to view and easily purchase from FSS' diverse book wish list: https://diverse-book-fair-florence-sawyer-school.cheddarup.com OR click on this flyer to scan the QR Code and purchase from your smart phone.

Lost & Found

We have a growing collection of lunchboxes, water bottles, clothing and accessories that we have gathered over the past few weeks and months. We have placed these items in an accessible outdoor lost and found area under the arches of the Emerson Wing. The next time you're on campus, please take a second to see if any of these items happen to belong to your child.

NRHS Holiday Concerts

Mark your calendars: The NRHS Holiday Concert is Coming!

Time to get in the holiday spirit! Come enjoy some fun musical selections at the Nashoba Regional High School in December! The NRHS Bands and Choral groups will perform a Holiday Concert on Wednesday, December 15th at 7 pm in the NRHS auditorium (12 Green Road, Bolton, MA). Admission is $5 per person (seniors and students are free), payable at the door. NRSD concerts are family friendly...younger musicians are especially encouraged to attend. Masks for attendees are required. Come and enjoy music at Nashoba Regional High School!

SEPAC - Special Education Advisory Council

Nashoba Regional School District’s Special Education Advisory Council (SEPAC) Welcomes YOU!

As a parent-led group, the Nashoba SEPAC seeks to provide informational resources and support to parents and guardians of children who have an IEP or 504 Accommodation Plan. SEPAC membership is open to everyone in the Nashoba Regional School District Community.

To request more information or join the SEPAC mailing list, please send a request to Charlene Cabral, Chairperson, at nashobasepac@nrsd.net.

To learn more about events, presentations, and meetings, please visit the Nashoba SEPAC page (located under the Families tab) at nrsd.net, Facebook (Nashoba SEPAC - NRSD OFFICIAL), or Twitter (@NRSDSEPAC).

Dates to Remember:

Monday, March 28, 2022, 7:00 PM

Cognitive Connections: Executive Function - a virtual presentation by Sarah Ward, MS, CCC/SLP (please visit the SEPAC website for the link)

Save the Dates

This Month

12/3 grades Close

12/6 Middle School Basketball tryouts

12/8 Picture Re-take Day

12/8 FSS School Council meeting

12/10 Early Dismissal for Students (12:15)

12/15 NRHS Winter Concert

12/17 Report Cards emailed

12/23-1/3 Winter Break