Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, June 17, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

It has been a wonderful school year! Tomorrow at 11:30, we will dismiss students for the summer. Please note the dismissal time and the fact that lunch is not served tomorrow. Before our final dismissal, we have several events I want to bring to your attention.

Tonight at 6:30, we will recognize our 8th graders in our annual Recognition Night event in the auditorium. This is always a bittersweet event for us and particularly so with this wonderful group of students. We are excited for them and will take pride in all of their future accomplishments but we will miss them.

Tomorrow, beginning around 9:00 am, we will begin our Move-Up Day activities. During Move-Up Day, students will meet their teachers for the coming school year and hear about the expectations at the next grade level.

Immediately following the Move Up Day Event, we will ask all students to join us in the Sawyer Wing gym for a final all-school assembly and the presentation of a very special award.

I'm proud to announce that tomorrow, we will be presenting the first ever Florence Sawyer School Award for Exemplary Service to retired FSS/ Emerson teacher, assistant principal, principal, coach, mentor, colleague, and friend Ken Tucker.

The Florence Sawyer School Award for Exemplary Service has been established to recognize an individual or individuals who have through their efforts, energy, and enthusiasm moved our school forward.

Florence Sawyer, the person, was a strong believer in the idea that commitment in the service of children is the noblest of callings. In Ken, she would have found a kindred spirit. His tireless efforts on behalf of this extended school community are profound. His progressive approach as a school leader shaped by a Hall of Fame coaching pedigree embraces a child-centered philosophy where growth for all is not only possible it is expected. His efforts to reshape the then Emerson and now Florence Sawyer Schools as schools where every decision is considered first through the lens of "what's best for kids" exists to this day and is reinforced through the many programs and procedures that he championed.

Immediately following the award presentation, we will send all students (except the 8th graders) back to their classrooms to line the hallways in both wings so that our 8th graders can take one final lap around the school buildings.

The remainder of the student day will be spent with their current classroom teachers where they will receive their report cards.

If tomorrow's dismissal time creates an unusual change in your child's routine, please ensure that your child and your child's teacher are aware of the plans.

I'd like to thank all of you that took the time to fill out a parent survey over the last two weeks. The survey will remain open for one more night. Here is the link to the 2019 Parent Survey.

I expect to launch the FSS Summer Website this week. On the Summer Site, you will find welcome letters, supply lists, and other resources to help you prepare for the coming school year.

As the school year comes to an end, it is time for a lost and found reminder. If you are coming into school to pick up projects and drop off gifts, please swing by the lost and found to see if there is anything that belongs in your home. The lost and found looks quite daunting but well worth the look if you think you are missing anything or not. You might be surprised!!

On the last day of school, all of the lost and found at the Emerson Wing will be moved to the Florence Sawyer Wing Foyer. Summer hours are Monday through Thursday 8-2pm. Please note the school district is closed on Fridays. You will have until July 15th to collect items. After July 15, any items remaining in lost and found will be donated.

Finally tonight, I want to extend my sincere thanks to all of you for your support of our school and the support that you provide for your children. Our students are amazing! They are dedicated to their work and getting better day by day. They are kind to one another. They are talented and funny and creative and they are the reason that our school culture is a positive place to learn and grow. They are all of these things because this is how you are raising them and this is what we expect of them and I believe that our school approaches our best when we continue to develop and grow our partnership.

Now it is time for a well-deserved break. I hope that summer brings you and your children boundless joy and new experiences.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,



Letter Days:

6/18 Dismissal at 11:30


  • 6/17 Grade 8 Recognition Night 6:30

  • 6/18 Field Day Grade 8

  • 6/18 Florence Sawyer School Award for Exemplary Service 10:00

  • 6/18 Grade 8 Final Lap/ Clap Out 10:15

  • 6/18 Move-up Day Last day of school, students dismissed at 11:30

  • 8/29 First day of school for students

Further Ahead:

2019-2020 NRSD Calendar

Helpful Links

Florence Sawyer School Website

FSS Virtual Backpack

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


Health Notes

Health Office Updates

The FSS Health Offices work hard to provide high-quality service for all students. Please find the following forms and informational links.

Parents Advisory Council

PAC would like to thank all those that volunteered with us this year. Whichever way you helped, we APPRECIATE YOU! Remember, it takes a village and our FSS village ROCKS!

Congratulations to GRADE 1 for winning the most recent Box Top contest! Well done on earning an extra recess! Remember to save all your box tops for the Fall contest.

Want to order FSS apparel for back to school?? Here is the link to do so:

Florence Sawyer School Apparel

New PAC Officers for the 2019/2020 School Year

Co-Chair Tonya Melillo

Co-Chair Annie Polk

Secretary Cristina Rickard

Treasurer Jaime Prudente

Book Keeper Kate Tomasini

Board Members

Amy Balewicz

Jocelyn Jastrab

Stacey Dupuis

Jamie Cuevas

E-mail FSSPAC@nrsd.net

Special Education Parents Advisory Council


The Sepac presentation of the movie Life Animated this Wednesday has been canceled and will be rescheduled in the fall of 2019

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

We welcome you to join the Nashoba SEPAC, as we hold our Spring Business Meeting/ Election Meeting. The agenda will be posted to the Nashoba SEPAC Agenda and Meeting Minutes Page, on the NRSD website, 48 hours prior to the meeting start time.

Bolton School Donations Committee

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The Bolton School Donations Committee welcomes Jenn Rogers as a new committee member. We would also like to recognize Patricia Iannacci, 1st-grade teacher and committee member, who has faithfully served for the past 9 years! Her input and advice on the purchase of teaching materials and fundraising have been invaluable. We would like to give a big thank you to all of the parents, teachers, and volunteers who participated in the auction last year along with the Square One Art and Scrip fundraisers. This year we were able to purchase over $20,000 worth of teaching materials! Books for all grade levels, specialty desks and stools, document cameras, robots, computer software and learning tools such as manipulatives were among the many purchases donated to the school. We are looking for more committee members and volunteers for this upcoming 2019-2020 school year. If interested please contact Sarah Berube at sjaberube@gmail.com or Janette Butrym at jette72@hotmail.com

NRSD Events & Activities

NRSD Extended Learning

Bolton Parks and Recreation Commision

Town of Bolton Parks and Recreation Commission Website

The Bolton Parks & Recreation Commission, with support from the Bolton Cultural Council will host four Summer Concerts in July. Concerts will take place on Sundays at 6 PM at the Town Common. In the event of rain, the concerts will be held at the Florence Sawyer School, 100 Mechanic Street.

Sunday, July 7th, 6 pm - Crocodile River Music (African Drumming)

Sunday, July 14th, 6 pm - Folk Soul Ensemble (American Roots)

Sunday, July 21st, 6 pm - Retro Stew (Acoustic Quartet)

Sunday July 28th, 6 pm - Nashoba Valley Concert Band

RAIN LOCATION: Florence Sawyer School, 100 MECHANIC ST

Presented by the Bolton Parks & Recreation Commission, with support from the Bolton Cultural Council.


2019 Learn to Swim Program

Two 2-week swim lesson sessions will be held beginning Monday, July 8, 2019. The swim lessons offered by the Bolton Parks and Recreation Commission are based on the Red Cross Learn to Swim Program, which teaches aquatic and safety skills in a logical progression. The objective is to teach children how to swim and to be safe in, on, or around the water.

Registration will begin on March 16th at the Summer Camp and Activities Fair (see below). Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis. A registration form and waiver must be completed for each child. Payment is due at the time of registration and checks are to be made payable to The Town of Bolton.

For more information on swim lessons please visit: https://www.townofbolton.com/parks-recreation-commission/pages/2019-learn-swim-program

Tom Denney Nature Camp

Tom Denney Nature Camp is a fun camp in Bolton with lots of games outdoors! Kids love it because the counselors play all the games with them.

July & August from 9–3 weekdays.

Before/After care available.

We play in the rain!

Campers welcome from all towns.

Kindergarten – 9th graders: Games in the fields and woods! Swimming, Predator and Prey, The Amazing Race, Arts & Crafts, Tracking, Hiking, Shelter Building, Campfires to cook hot dogs and marshmallows & more!

6th – 9th graders: Eco Adventures program: Kayaking on the pond, Laser Tag in the woods, Thursday Overnight, Swimming, Games, Hiking, Campfires with S’mores.

High Schoolers: Counselor-in-Training program. Gain experience and have fun with your friends.

Register now at:




*Community Events, Opportunities, and Announcements -

*Not necessarily school sponsored but of note and interest.