Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, October 22, 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

On Friday, we recognized a large number of students awarded with Sawyer Stars and several with the Golden Eagle Awards. Students, parents, and staff can nominate anyone in the Florence Sawyer School community for a Sawyer Star as a way of acknowledging the small everyday kindnesses that contribute so much to our positive school culture.

Congratulations to our newest Golden Eagles

Grade 1: Juliana Bush, Aerith Marte, Max Roberts, Vera Leverone

Grade 2: Seamus Finn, Gavin Murphy, Connor Finn, Sydney Prybyla

Grade 3: Anthony Lazaro, Lillie Bateman, Margaux Kantor, Anderson Takle

Grade 4: Brock Rosadini, Liliana Roth, Foster Little

Grade 5: Anthony Giannetti

Grade 6: Stella Evindar

Grade 7: Connor Acierno

Grade 8: Michael Dean

Tomorrow, we encourage students and staff to wear red or Red Sox gear for Red Sox Spirit Day! As always, this event is completely voluntary. All teams are supported at FSS, even the Yankees.

This Thursday morning, our Student Council, in partnership with the Rotary Club of Nashoba Valley, will host our Annual Purple Pinkie Day! Purple Pinkie Day was established by Rotary International to raise awareness of and to combat polio in the remaining countries where it has not yet been eradicated. Students who choose to donate a dollar (roughly the cost of a shot) on Thursday morning can have their pinkie painted purple. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation doubles every donation for Purple Pinkie Day.

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.

Sawyer School Staff invites you to dine with us and more at our annual Pasta pARTy scholarship fundraiser. Enjoy a delicious meal prepared and served by your child’s teachers. This year’s dinner, art show, musical display and craft sale will be Thursday, November 15th. Order your tickets now using this link...November 15, 2018 Pasta pARTy ticket form

Several of last week's items are reprinted below.

Pick-A-Time will close for appointments on Wednesday, October 24 at 11:59 pm. Conferences are 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 .

We are seeking Parent Volunteers to assist with our brand new Book Room in the Sawyer wing! As part of our new district-wide literacy initiative, our staff has spent hours sorting through and organizing our collection of books. The book room will be open to all teachers, thus giving every student access to a huge selection of wonderful books to read every day. Now that we're organized, we'd love your help to get it all up and running! Tasks that still need to be completed are: laminating bin labels, applying stickers to books and bookshelves, and (the most daunting task of all!) inventorying our huge collection of books. If you have a few free hours, and, especially if you have experience typing and using Google Sheets/Excel, we would love your help! Please sign up here, or reach out to one of our literacy specialists to get more information: Katie Salois--ksalois@nrsd.net, Liz West--ewest@nrsd.net, or Genie Collins--ecollins@nrsd.net. Thank you in advance to our wonderful Sawyer parents!

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,




10/22 D Day 10/23 E Day 10/24 F Day

10/25 A Day 10/26 No School - Parent Teacher Conferences

LOOKING AHEAD: October/ November

  • 10/23 Red Sox Spirit Day

  • 10/25 Purple Pinkie Day

  • 10/26 No School (Parent Teacher Conferences)

  • 10/27 Bolton Parks & Rec Halloween Parade and 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 Virtual Backpack

Community Based Enrichment and Opportunities Site

FSS School Improvement Plan

Running Club 2018 calendar

October Lunch Menu

November Lunch Menu

Teal Pumpkin Project

Register for Walk to School Day

SS Sings at the Providence Bruins Game Flyer

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


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Become a member of BSDC Meetings are every second Tuesday of the month at 6:30. Contact Sarah Berube @ bsdcfss@gmail.com or sjaberube@gmail.com for more information. Also come visit our table during the Teacher Conferences (Oct. 26 and Nov. 5) and the wonderful Pasta Dinner on Nov. 15.

Square 1 Art:

For families of kids in grades K-8, the Bolton School Donation Committee's Square 1 Art fundraiser is off and running! Your kids and their art teachers have done their part and now all the fabulous artwork is on its way to Square 1 where it can be printed onto any number of cool products. I got a glimpse of all the artwork as I was compiling it to send in and they are all really great, we have some talented kids in this town! Keep an eye out the week of November 5th for the order catalog. You can then easily order online or fill out an order form and everything will arrive in time for Christmas.


Need Gift Cards for holiday gifts or everyday shopping? A portion of every gift card that is purchased goes directly to donations for staff and teacher classroom supplies. Watch for the scrips order forms coming the week of Nov. 26. Forms will be due back by Dec. 10 and the gift cards will be back to you before the school break.

PAC News

Parents Advisory Council

Thanks to all fo the volunteers who helped out on Picture Day last Wednesday! 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 November 2, 2018

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



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

Community Events

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

Bolton Halloween Parade and Party -

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

Nashoba Junior Chess Club - The Nashoba Junior Chess Club will hold its first meeting of the 2018-2019 season on Friday, November 9th, from 5:30-7:30pm in the Nashoba Regional High School Cafeteria. The club is open to any child in grades K+ who has a love for learning chess. Instruction with Chess Master, Dr. Toth starts at 5:30pm and peer games start at 6pm. 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 2018-2019 season are: 11/9, 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 3/1, 3/29. - We hope to see you there!

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