Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, January 7, 2019

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Each year, since 2011, the Florence Sawyer School has partnered with Project 351, Governor Baker's initiative to bring student representatives to Boston for a day of service and development of plans for service leadership. I am proud to announce that eighth grader Tatum Dyment has been selected as this year's Project 351 Ambassador! Tatum will join 8th graders from every city and town in the Commonwealth on Saturday, January 19. The ambassadors will meet and work with Governor Baker, and Project 351 leaders and alumni, to design and implement community-based service projects. Please join me in congratulating Tatum for this honor and for her commitment to our community.

I am excited to announce a new club at school. Starting this month, we will be piloting a new club for students in grades K-2 called American Sign Language (ASL). At this time, they are limited to only 20 students. The first club meeting will be on Thursday, January 17. Permission slips are available in the office. Please write to Jayne Richards at jrichards@nrsd.net. for more information. Pilot American Sign Language Club-K-2

Our basketball teams are on the road this week with games at Hale Middle School today and on Thursday at Charlton Middle School.

Tomorrow night, the 2019 Geography Bee will be held in the auditorium starting at 6:30 PM. Interested students signed up to compete last week.

Next month, we will also host the 2019 FSS Spelling Bee. For those students who qualify, a school bee is scheduled for February 6, 2019. Qualifiers from grades 2-4 will compete in a bee during the school day held in the library. Those student qualifiers from grades 5-8 will compete in the auditorium that evening. The winner from the grades 2-4 bee will be invited to the evening event as well. The FSS is once again enrolled in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. School winners will be allowed to compete in a regional event. The winner of the regional event will be invited to Washington, DC for the 2019 National Spelling Bee.

Please note that Friday is an early release day for students with dismissal at 12:15 PM.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,



THIS WEEK and next:

1/7 B Day 1/8 C Day 1/9 D Day 1/10 E Day 1/11 Early Dismissal X/E Day

1/14 F Day 1/15 A Day 1/16 B Day 1/17 C Day 1/18 D Day

LOOKING AHEAD: January/ February

  • 1/7 FSS Basketball at Hale MS, Boys 3:30, Girls 4:45

  • 1/8 PAC Meeting 9 AM

  • 1/8 Drama - Golly Gee WHiz first cast read through 3-5 PM

  • 1/8 FSS Geography Bee, 6:30 PM, Auditorium

  • 1/9 School Council 3:30 PM

  • 1/10 FSS Basketball at Charlton, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/11 Early dismissal (12:15 PM)

  • 1/14 FSS Basketball v Luther Burbank MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/15 FSS Basketball at Melican MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/17 FSS Basketball v Trottier MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/21 Martin Luther King Day No School

  • 1/22 FSS Basketball v Fowler MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/24 FSS Basketball v Oak MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/25 Student Council Dance, 7-9, Cafeteria

  • 1/29 FSS Basketball v Gibbons MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 1/31 FSS Basketball at Whitcomb MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 2/6 Spelling Bee, 6:30, Auditorium

  • 2/7 FSS Basketball v Clinton MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 2/12 FSS Basketball at Luther Burbank MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 2/14 FSS Basketball v Hale MS, Girls 3:30, Boys 4:45

  • 2/18 - 2/22 No School February Vacation

  • 3/1 Lip Sync / Talent Show Info. form

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

FSS Girls BB Schedule 2018-2019
FSS Boys BB Schedule 2018-2019

FSS Lunch Menu

January Lunch Menu

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

Extended Learning 2018-2019

rrago@nrsd.net (978) 779-0539, Ext. 3356

FSTV for the Holidays


Tweetable Eagles

Parents Advisory Council

Parents Advisory Council

PAC meets tomorrow morning at 9:00 AM for their monthly meeting.

Calling all Artists and Designers!
PAC is looking for some fun new designs for Spirit wear available after the new year. We will choose 2 winners, one from grades K-4 and one from grades 5-8. Winners will receive a hoodie with their design on it.

All entries are due by Wed. Jan 9th, to the office. Please submit them in a large envelope, labeled with your name. Do not fold your design. A few tips: Use solid outlines, designs will be scanned and submitted to printing digitally. Use a simple color palette. Screen printing costs go up with each color and the final product needs to be affordable. You can design a large design and complimentary pocket design if you like. Feel free to combine computer graphics (ex. Text) with your own artwork. Include school-specific details (ex. Florence Sawyer, FSS, Eagles, school colors). You can sign or initial your design, small and in a bottom corner. If you have any questions, email Annie Polk at bear2th@gmail.com.

The Bookfair is coming from February 7 to February 15! We need your help. If you can spare any time to volunteer or want to learn more about the Bookfair, please reach out at FSSPAC@nrsd.net

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 following PAC Enrichment dates are coming up.

Author Portrayal - Clara Barton (May 30) Grade 3, Anne Frank (May 30) Grade 7

Special Education Parents Advisory Council


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

Bolton School Donations Committee

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Happy New Year everyone! We hope you enjoyed your holidays and winter break. We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone so much for your participation in both the Square One Art and the Scrips Gift Cards fundraisers. Both programs were very successful this year, and we hope you loved the results as much as we did!

We received almost 300 Square One Art orders, for a 44% participation rate! We had the privilege of unpacking almost $15,000 in orders of your children’s spectacular artwork, featured on kitchen trivets, coffee mugs, tote bags, mousepads, and so much more. We are quite certain that the end result of all of that effort was lots of pleased parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and babysitters who received gifts that will last a lifetime. Your children’s efforts and your commitment to the program meant almost a $5000 benefit to Bolton School Donations Committee that will allow us to provide useful and educational tools for the Florence Sawyer classrooms.

The Scrips Gift Cards program was also very successful. With almost $10,000 in orders, BSDC received more than $800 toward fulfilling the Teachers’ Wish Lists. Don’t forget – we’ll be running this program again in the spring. It’s such an easy way for all of us to contribute something extra to the classrooms!

At this point, we have received the majority of the items ordered from the Teachers’ Wish Lists and delivered them to your children’s classrooms. The teachers were so excited and appreciative of the help, and now that the kids are back from winter break they will no doubt begin to reap the benefits of your contributions! We would love to have some more help on the committee, and then you too can see a little more directly the results of our collective efforts! This isn’t something that requires a large time commitment, and we would love for you to participate whatever your availability. If you have any questions or would like more information please contact us atbsdcfss@gmail.com. Thank you again, and here’s to a happy, healthy, successful 2019 for the Florence Sawyer Community!

NRSD Extended Learning

Yoga for Middle School Students is being offered for a second time starting the week of Feb. 25 (see attached flyer). Our first session ran at FSS and 12 students LOVED it! Most of them asked for it to be offered again...so we are!

We are also offering S.T.E.A.M. Engine "Cool Circuit" (see attached flyer) which has already been posted on the Enrichment section for middle school students. This is a first-time program and space is limited. It will also start the week of Feb. 25.

The popular Extended Learning February Vacation Camp is back and better than ever, now open to students from K - 8! Spots are limited and tend to fill up fast so please check out the link above. Please find the following Vacation Camp brochure for more information on the camp activities offered.

2019 Extended Learning February Vacation Camp Brochure

Extended Learning 2018-2019

Community Events

*Community Events, Opportunities, and Announcements -

*Not necessarily school sponsored but of note and interest.

Nashoba Youth Lacrosse - Spring Registration is open for Nashoba Youth Lacrosse open to boys in grades K-8 in Bolton, Clinton, Lancaster, and Stow. Early Bird Registration ends on January 15. Registration closes on February 15, 2019.

Nashoba Junior Chess Club - The Nashoba Junior Chess Club held its first meeting of the 2018-2019 season on Friday, November 9, from 5:30-7: 30 pm 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 5:30 pm and peer games start at 6 pm. 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/. Remaining dates for the 2018-2019 season are 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 3/1, 3/29. - We hope to see you there!