Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, September 12, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

We are looking forward to welcoming families in grades 5-8 tonight to the second of our FSS Open Houses.

The format for our Grade 5-8 Open House is intended to give families the flexibility to meet the teacher during the scheduled blocks below. Understanding that many of you have met the teacher teams and are aware of the grade level expectations through prior experiences, teachers will not have formal presentations but will have information available in the classrooms.

We will also make all of the presentations available online next week for families who may be unable to attend.

This is a reminder that this Friday is our first Early Dismissal day for students. Students will be dismissed at 12:15. Please ensure that your children and their teachers are aware of any changes to their normal Friday routine. Friday will be a D Schedule day using only the even numbered periods.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


Grades 5-8 Open House Schedule , Tuesday, September 13

Please find the schedule of our Open House below

  • 6:15 - 6:25: Auditorium - Welcome from Administration Team
  • 6:25 - 6:30: Auditorium - PTO
  • 6:30 - 7:00: Auditorium - Specialists Presentations
  • 7:05 - 7:10: Travel to Classrooms (upstairs) Maps available in Lobby
  • 7:10 - 8:00: Meet the teachers (see details below)

7:10- 7:25

Grade 5 - Meet the teachers in the classrooms

Grade 6 - Stay in the Auditorium

Grade 7 - Families visit classrooms

Grade 8 - Families visit classrooms

7:30 - 8:00

Grade 5 - Families go back to the auditorium for presentations

Grade 6 - Families visit classrooms

Grade 7 - Families visit classrooms

Grade 8 - Families visit classrooms

Open House Babysitting Available

The 8th grade students will be providing babysitting in the Florence Sawyer cafeteria for the 5-8 open house. If you are planning on having your child attend the babysitting, please fill out this link here. This service is offered by our 8th grade students as a fundraiser for 8th grade activities. Please note, there is no food or drink allowed (except water). We are asking families to donate $10 per child (maximum of $20 per family) to help support our fundraiser.

Get involved in our new PTO!

Thank you to all who have expressed interested in assisting with the Bolton PTO! We will be in touch shortly to provide more ways to get involved. In the meantime, we have scheduled two information sessions at the end of September and would love for you to join us on Zoom or in person. Tuesday, September 28th at 8 PM on Zoom (https://wpi.zoom.us/j/3069539802) or Friday, September 30th at 9 am at the Bolton Bean.

As a reminder, the Bolton PTO was formed at the end of the last school year through the merger of the Bolton School Donations Committee (BSDC) and the FSS PAC. Have no fear, all of the activities that you know and love will still continue under the Bolton PTO! To kick off this new era, we are looking for new volunteers to join the new organization in the Fall. Please use this form to share your interest and we will be in touch with more information! For questions, please contact Laura Roberts, lroberts@wpi.edu. Thank you!

Walking to Trinity Church parking Lot

We have resumed the practice of walking to Trinity Church Parking Lot following our dismissal. Students, with parental permission sent to FSSattendance@nrsd.net will be escorted to Trinity Church parking lot following the dismissal of our buses. Families should expect students to arrive at Trinity Church Parking Lot between 3:15 and 3:20 depending on the departure of our buses.

School Lunch Program

The universal free lunch program has been extended through the 2022-2023 school year. As a result, school lunches will be offered at no charge to all students this school year. Please be aware that this offer extends to one lunch serving per day. Should a student request a second lunch serving, their account will be charged accordingly.

All students must register for a lunch account on My School Bucks to receive their daily lunch. Families can register by selecting “Lunch Menu and Payment” under Quick Links on the homepage of our website nrsd.net.

Dropping off students

If you are driving your child to school, please always arrive before 8:35 but not before 8:25. We cannot guarantee supervision before 8:25. Students arriving after 8:35 are recorded as tardy. Excessive tardies can significantly impact a student's day and progress.

Families dropping off students at the Sawyer Wing should drive around the building to the right side. Our NRSD Facilities team installed a new sidewalk along the right side of the building for better separation from the cars.

Families dropping off at the Emerson Wing should drive around the building and drop off on the right side.

Dismissal Procedures

Please be clear with your child about your plan for them at the end of the day. We will dismiss students at 3:05.

  • Students being picked up will be directed to go to the rear of the Sawyer or Emerson Wing where staff members will help them find your car. Please do not get out of your car unless it is necessary.
  • Students riding the buses should know what their bus number is. We dismiss buses simultaneously from each wing on our campus. Those buses then travel to the other wing to pick up more students and leave campus.
  • Students participating in the Extended Learning Program will be dismissed to the coordinators, who will record attendance to ensure all students are accounted for.

Middle School Cross Country Registration

FSS Cross Country is back! Students in grades 6-8 are invited to register for the 2022 season. All students MUST register online and have a current physical exam to be eligible to participate in a fall sport.

Please find the NRSD Middle Level Athletics Handbook

To register go to, 2022 Sawyer Cross Country Team Registration

The following letter explains the Online Registration Process

You can follow the team's schedule at the following site. NRSD Athletics Schedules

Save the Dates

This Month

September 13 - 5-8 Open House 6:30

September 14 - FSS School Council 3:30 - FSS Library

September 16 - Early Dismissal for Students - 12:15

Next Month

October 6 - Grade 1 Field Trip

October 10 - No School

October 13 - FSS School Council

October 21 - Early Dismissal for Students - 12:15