Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We are excited to announce that we have reimagined our Back-to-School Open House to accommodate the busy schedules of our families better and to provide a more personalized experience.

This year, our Open House will adopt a flexible Drop-In Model. You can come by at your convenience (with your child if you choose) during the Open House hours (6:30 - 7:30) to explore our campus, tour classrooms, and speak directly with teachers and staff.

What to Expect:

  • Flexible Timing: Drop in anytime between 6:30 and 7:30 to suit your schedule.

  • Classroom Visits: Visit your childโ€™s classroom(s) and get a first-hand look at where they will be learning.

  • Curriculum Insights and Informational Materials: Collect information about our academic programs, extracurricular activities, and grade-level expectations.

  • Meet the Educators: Teachers will be available to answer your questions, share classroom goals, and discuss teaching methods.

  • Event Details:

  • Date: Thursday, September 21

  • Schedule:

    • 6:00 - 6:30 Welcome from Administration and PTO

    • 6:30 - 7:30 Visit your childโ€™s classroom(s) at your convenience

      • Related Arts teachers/ Specialists will be available in the Sawyer Wing in their teaching areas

We believe this format will allow for a more relaxed, personal interaction between families and staff and will allow you to get all the information you need to prepare for the new academic year.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Back-to-School Open House and are excited for the upcoming school year.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


Welcome Back to School From the Sawyer and Emerson Wing Health Offices!

FSS would like to welcome Nurse Audra Maria to our team! She is the new elementary school nurse for grades PK-5 and is located in the Emerson Wing Health Office, with our preschool, Kindergarten, and 1st grade students. All medical documentation and questions concerning students in PK-5 should be directed to Nurse Audra, at amaria@nrsd.net, or at X5107.

Nurse Karin Frostholm will continue her role in the Sawyer Wing Health Office as the middle school nurse for grades 6-8, and all medical documentation and questions concerning students in these grades should be directed to Nurse Karin at kfrostholm@nrsd.net, or at X5103.

We look forward to working with you to help keep our school community healthy and engaged in learning this school year!

Please continue to instruct your child on the importance of proper handwashing, and the proper way to cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing!

As a reminder, following are the circumstances in which your child should stay home from school:

  • If your child is unable to participate fully in school activities because of illness

  • When your child has a contagious condition or a rash with an unknown cause

  • When your child has had a fever of 100ยฐF or more within the last 24 hours when not taking fever-reducing medications

  • If your child has had vomiting or diarrhea within the last 24 hours or is unable to eat normally

  • If your child has been diagnosed with strep throat and has not been taking antibiotic medication or at least 24 hours

  • If your child requires medication for fever or ongoing pain relief

  • If your child has red/pink eyes with drainage

  • If your child has chicken pox, he or she must stay home until all lesions have scabbed over

  • If your child has active head lice he or she must be treated and be seen by the school nurse prior to returning to school

As always, please contact your school nurse if you have any questions about whether your child should attend school, or whether they can return to school. Please also contact us if your child has a change in their medical condition, or is prescribed a medication that needs to be administered in school.

We are here for you! Donโ€™t hesitate to reach out to us, and we are looking forward to a great school year!

Nurse Karin and Nurse Audra

Substitute Teaching Opportunities at FSS

Are you ready to embark on an exciting journey in education? Are you interested in supplementing your income, but would like a work schedule that is within your control? Are you interested in a position that matches your child's school day schedule? Florence Sawyer School is thrilled to offer you the opportunity to join our dynamic team of substitute teachers!

๐Ÿ“š Why Choose Florence Sawyer School?

๐ŸŒŸ A Welcoming Community: Join a warm and welcoming community of educators and staff dedicated to creating a positive learning environment for all students.

๐ŸŒŸ Varied Opportunities: Experience teaching in diverse grade levels and subjects, gaining valuable insights into different teaching styles and classroom dynamics.

๐ŸŒŸ Flexibility: Enjoy the flexibility of choosing your assignments and schedule, allowing you to balance work with your other commitments.

๐ŸŒŸ Professional Growth: Build your teaching portfolio and expand your skill set as you collaborate with experienced educators and staff.

๐ŸŒŸ Make a Difference: Have a meaningful impact on the lives of young learners and contribute to their educational journey.


  • 2 Years of College are required for Substitute Teachers.

  • Certified Teachers for assignments of eight weeks or more.

For more information, click here.

Florence Sawyer School Virtual Backpack

We have created the Virtual Backpack as a convenience for our families to capture forms, flyers, calendars, and other information that might have traditionally come home in a backpack.

Included on the Virtual Backpack page is a Community Events and Activities page where you can find non-school sponsored activities such community events, youth sports, community information for families, and other activities for children. We do our best to keep the CAEP updated.

Bolton PTO News!

Please join the FSS PTO and the chorus for a fun night at the Worcester Railers Hockey game. The 4th and 5th grade chorus has been invited to sing the National Anthem on opening night! This is FSS 3rd year attending and it's always a great school event. $5 from every ticket will go back to the PTO for our students and teachers.


PTO Spirit Wear has Arrived

Celebrate back to school in style with some new FSS Spirit Wear! Children's t-shirts and tote bags will be available tonight and next week at the Open Houses and at the school store. All other items can be purchased here:


Order now! We will stop taking orders on October 6th. Items will be delivered to classrooms/homerooms in November. Get your holiday shopping done early and support FSS teachers and students!

Bolton 5K Festival

The annual Bolton 5K Festival is coming up on Saturday, October 7th at Schartner Farms. Sign up now and lock in your t-shirt order! We can't wait to bring our community together - again - for a day of amazing activities including: 5K Run/Walk, Kids Fun Run around the Schartner corn maze, local food and craft vendors, raffle, auction and kids activities. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Bolton Community Fund, helping neighbors in need right in our own backyard. Please reach out to board@boltoncommunityfund.org with any questions.

Register for the 5K here.

Register for the Kids Fun Run here.

Save the Dates

This Month

August 30 - Students return to School

Next Month

September 4 - Labor Day -No school

September 14 - Open House Curriculum Night - Grades 6-8

September 15 - Early Dismissal for Students

September 21 - open House - Curriculum Night - Grades K-5

Looking Ahead

October 9 - Federal Holiday - No school

October 20 - Early Dismissal for students

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