Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Monday, May 16, 2022

Principal's Message

Dear Families,

Superintendent Kirk Downing, detailed in his weekly communication The last two weeks we have had an increase in positive COVID-19 cases reported to us through at-home testing and we have identified several cases through our weekly COVID safety checks. We have consulted with the Nashoba boards of health and they say we should continue with weekly COVID safety checks and home testing as the primary tools to help us manage the health of the district. The local boards of health have not instituted a masking mandate at this time. However, the CDC recommends that individuals wear properly fitted masks in public indoor buildings like schools. We will follow the mandates of each town’s board of health if/when they decide to implement a masking mandate.

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,


NRSD Covid-19 Dashboard

Superintendent Downing has shared the following links to the NRSD Covid Dashboard with you in his communications. I have shared these links here as well and will continue to do so in each new edition of the Happenings.

NRSD Covid Data Dashboard.

Our consent for testing percentages continue to grow. Please click on the following link to complete the consent to test if you have not already done so.

Here is a link to the consent to test.

From the Health Offices

If you have opted in to receive at-home rapid covid tests from school, please continue to routinely test your child/children each Thursday morning. You do not need to report the results of the routine testing unless your child tests positive.

If your child has cold/covid symptoms and is home sick from school, please use an at-home rapid test to test your child, regardless of the day, and please report negative or positive results to the school nurse.

Thank you for your continued support in helping us keep our school community healthy!

2022-2023 Student Placement Process

We have started our placement process for the coming 2022-2023 school year. Our teachers work hard to create balanced classes with consistent peer groups. We want you to know that we value your input and will take it into consideration over the next several weeks as the teachers and administrators work through this process. The following form will allow you to share your perspective with your child's current team of teachers.

Please know that this form is optional. Our teachers have worked hard to get to know your child as a learner and school citizen and are confident that they can create well-balanced classrooms for the coming school year with the many data points they have collected. If you are choosing to complete this form, please do so before Monday, May 16.

Thank you in advance for understanding that we will not be considering any correspondence indicating specific teacher requests. FSS Student Placement Input Form

Family Math Night at FSS 2022

We were excited to welcome families back to campus for one of our favorite fun nights, learning with each other and playing a number of fun and engaging math games. Below, are images from the 2022 Family Math Night.

Outdoor Track is Back - Images from our First FSS Track Meet since 2019

Track and field had their first meet on Thursday, May 12th with the Sawyer Eagles winning over the AMSA Eagles!

The boys were victorious in the long jump event with Dante Snoonian (8th) jumping 16’ 3”! Tony Giannetti (8th) and Eabhan Ambrose (8th) helped out their team in the discus event throwing 78’8” and 73’3’ respectively. Brady Migneault (8th) earned points for his impressive 5:32 in the mile. And jumping hurdles was Daniel Toland (7th); running them in 18.78!

The girls helped out as well with Margaux Kantor (6th) and Avery Tambello (6th) earning points for their run in the 100 meter dash. They both ran 15.3s!

The entire team did well overall and looked great out on the track and field! Congratulations to the Sawyer Eagles on a great win!!

FSS Career Fair postponned

We will postpone the Career Fair to dates to be determined in the Fall. I'd like to thank those of you that offered to share your professions with our students. Please keep us in mind for the Fall.

Spring Sports at FSS

FSS Athletic Competitions his week:

Track - Meet on Wednesday at Westborough

Softball - Tuesday at Luther Burbank MS, Thursday home vs. Clinton MS

Baseball - Tuesday at Luther Burbank MS, Thursday home vs. Clinton

Softball Game Schedule

Baseball Game Schedule

Outdoor Co-Ed Track Meet Schedule


The BSDC would like to thank the parents and students in the 6th, 7th, and 8th grades who worked on the class projects for the online auction. Thank you also to all who bid on the items. The auction raised $1600 for the 3 class gifts!

The BSDC recently fulfilled $7800 in teacher spring requests! Some of the items purchased for the classrooms include power tools for engineering, additional ukuleles for the music department, area rugs and seat squares, new swings for the OT department, a new table for the preschool class as well as games and of course many many books!

Thank you again for your support of the Bolton School Donations Committee!

MCAS Mathematics Tests

MCAS testing concludes this week. Students needing to make up sessions of the tests will make them up next week.

Today: Gr 5 & 8 - Science, Technology, Engineering Session 1

Tuesday: Gr 5 & 8 - Science, Technology, Engineering Session 2

Wednesday: Gr 3 & 6 - Mathematics Session 1

Thursday: Gr 3 & 6 - Mathematics Session 2

Please find the FSS MCAS Calendar for 2022.

FSS PAC Night at the Worcester Red Sox

FSS PAC is hosting a fundraiser at the Worcester Red Sox (WooSox!) baseball game. If you missed the Railers game you definitely don't want to miss this especially because Friday night at the WooSox is fireworks! There are two seating options to choose from.
Join the school community for a night of family fun and an end-of-school-year celebration on June 24th at 6:45 pm.*

Ticket Link: $5 from every ticket will go back to the school to support enrichment. https://fevo.me/florencesawyer.

* This is not a school-supervised event. Families should have no expectations of school-based supervision at this event.


Our thanks go out to PAC for recognizing Diversity Month in April, a time to recognize and celebrate the beautiful community of our unique cultures, backgrounds, and rich traditions that comprise us all. By celebrating differences and similarities students can gain a deeper understanding of each other.

The Parent Advisory Council (PAC) goal has always been student enrichment. It's important to help make sure our kids feel enriched not just academically but also emotionally and culturally. PAC has purchased almost 50 diversity and inclusion posters to display around the school so that all students can see all of their differences embraced.

FSS PAC Scholastic Book Fair

The Florence Sawyer School PAC is excited to announce that we will be holding a Scholastic Book Fair from May 16th-20th. Students will be able to visit the fair with their classes during the week and the fair will be open Friday, May 20th (a half day) from 3-7 pm for families to visit and shop. Scholastic offers families the opportunity to create an ewallet for their student to use at the fair in order to avoid bringing cash. You can set up your ewallet here:


Bolton Parks and Recreation

Bolton Parks & Rec Is Very Excited to Announce Our 2022 Swimming Lessons & Summer Programs!

For more information and to register for our Summer Programs and Swimming Lessons:

Here’s the link for Summer Programs.

Here’s the link for Swimming Lessons.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact, Lisa Shepple, Coordinator, Parks@townofbolton.com.

Second Annual Bolton Pride Parade

The Bolton Pride Parade Committee is pleased to announce the second Bolton Pride Parade on Sunday, June 5. Please join us in honoring and celebrating our LGBTQIA+ community. Following the parade, we will hold a rally on the town common with public speakers, tables hosted by local organizations, vendors, music, yoga, music and dance performances, a cash raffle to benefit Out Metrowest, and food/ice cream trucks!

Sunday June 5, 2022

2:00 pm Walking parade from Emerson school to the Town Common

2:30-6:00 pm Rally on the Town Common
*parking at Emerson and Florence Sawyer schools

Check out the Bolton Pride Parade and Rally event page on Facebook for more information.

NRHS Pops Concerts in May

Mark your calendars: NRHS Pops Concerts are Coming!

Come enjoy some fun musical selections at the Nashoba Regional High School in May!

NRHS Pops Concerts:

  • NRHS Choral groups will perform on Wednesday, May 25th at 7 pm

  • NRHS Bands will perform on Wednesday, May 18th at 7 pm

NRHS Pops Concerts are held in the NRHS auditorium (12 Green Road, Bolton, MA). Admission is $5 per person (seniors and students are free), payable at the door. These concerts are family-friendly...younger musicians are especially encouraged to attend. Come and enjoy music at Nashoba Regional High School!

Powerschool Parent Portal

*Powerschool has been migrated to cloud service. This migration has changed our web address for Powerschool. To log on to your parent account you will need to navigate to the new web address https://nrsd.powerschool.com/public. Your current username and password has not changed.

If you are currently using the PowerSchool Mobile app you will need to delete the app and then reinstall it. Once reinstalled you will need to either look up the district – search for Nashoba – or enter the district code – KSCQ. The app is available on the App Store and Google Play.

If you do not currently have access to Powerschool for your student in grades 6 through 12, instructions on how to gain access are here.

Thank you,

Kathy Leonardi

Nashoba Regional School District

Bolton Master Planning Committee

What do you wish for in Bolton? What are Bolton’s greatest challenges over the next 15 years? How can we, as a Town, best address those challenges and position ourselves for opportunity? These were just some of the questions discussed among Bolton residents at the Town’s first Master Plan Public Forum. The forum, which took place from 2-4pm on October 17th, drew a crowd of close to 50 residents (not including 15+ committee volunteers) to the Florence Sawyer School. “It’s a great crowd, for a Sunday afternoon, in a relatively small town.” noted Ralph Willmer, a Technical Assistance Program Manager and Principal Planner with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) who was in attendance.

The forum’s purpose was two-fold: to educate residents on the Master Plan process and to collect input from residents on various topics that will be addressed in the plan. Bolton’s Town Planner, Valerie Oorthuys, kicked off the event by presenting an informative overview including a timeline and components of the Master Plan, a progress update on goals from Bolton’s 2006 Master Plan, a draft Vision Statement for the new Master Plan, and some of Bolton’s existing conditions. Residents were then encouraged to participate in eight interactive stations that solicited feedback in a number of ways and on a number of topics. Station topics included: Community Aspirations, an “I Wish” list, Strengths/Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats (SWOT) analysis, Open Space and Recreation, Transportation and Mobility, Housing, Economic Development and Regional Planning. The afternoon wrapped up with a brief summary of notable points and discussions that occurred at each station and included drawings for a number of door prizes donated by local businesses. The input from this forum will be combined with additional public input sought in future public forums. Those forums are currently being planned for the first half of 2022.

A video recording of the first public forum presentation can be found on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VtiIWGNV8Xs

The PowerPoint presentation can be found at: https://www.townofbolton.com/sites/g/files/vyhlif2836/f/uploads/bolton_master_plan_1st_forum_presentation_final_version.pdf

Find out about Daisy Scouts at Bolton Library on May 24

Preschool and kindergarten girls interested in Daisy Scouts are encouraged to attend a Launch at the Bolton Library on May 24.

For more information, see the linked Daisy Scouts Flyer

Save the Dates

This Month


2-25Kindness Month

16 Grades 5 & 8 MCAS Science Tech Engineering Session 1

17 Baseball / Softball @ Luther Burbank Middle

17 Grades 5 & 8 MCAS Science Tech Engineering Session 2

18 Grades 3 & 6 MCAS Math Session 1

18 Track Meet @ Westborough High School

19 Softball / Baseball Home V Clinton Middle

19 Grades 3 & 6 MCAS Math Session 2

19 Kindergarten Welcome Event 4:00

20 Early Dismissal for students

24 Baseball Home V Tahanto

26 Softball / Baseball Home V Hale Middle

26 Grades 3 & 6 MCAS ELA Session 1

26 Track Meet @ Bromfield (Harvard)

26 Mrs. Jones' Kindergarten Art Show, 9:15-9:45 AM

27 Grades 3 & 6 MCAS ELA Session 2

30 Memorial Day, no school

Next Month


1 Baseball/ Softball Home V Mountview Middle

1 Track Meet @ Luther Burbank Middle

2 Gr 4 & 5 Band Concert, Auditorium 7 PM

3 Murray/Gragen Kindergarten Art Show, 9:15 AM

7 Grades 4 & 5 Chorus Concert, Auditorium 7 PM

7 Grade 2 Family Picnic, Mem Field 11 AM

8 FSS School Council Meeting

9 Gr 6-8 Band Concert, Auditorium 7 PM

14 Grades 6-8 Chorus Concert, Auditorium 7 PM

16 Grade 8 Boston Trip, 7 AM - 10 PM

17 Grade 8 Breakfast, Cafeteria

17 Grade 8 Recognition Night, 6 PM

19 Juneteenth Federal Holiday

20 Juneteenth observed, no school

21 Move-Up Day Activities

21 Last Day of School - Early Dismissal 11:30