Florence Sawyer School Happenings

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

I want to start tonight by extending my thanks and the grateful thanks of all within the FSS community to all of our veterans for their service to our nation!

We have several events on campus and beyond this week. Tomorrow, the FSS School Council meets after school in the library. Tomorrow night, the Nashoba Regional School District is hosting the first of three parent information nights on vaping at FSS. Details can be found below. This Thursday is our annual Community Reading Day during the day with the Annual Pasta pArty taking place Thursday night. On Friday, our 8th graders will travel to Columbia Point, in Boston to visit the JFK Library and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. This is a dynamic field trip where students will assume roles as Senators and argue for and against the passage of landmark legislation.

The FSS Robotics teams were in action recently! All 4 teams competed. One team, the Space Kidettes (18300) won the Play of the Day award for a great robot mission. The Space Kidettes are Chad Cormack, Abby Fantana, Allison Mortimer, Mac & Murron Polk, Sean Tomassini, AJ Tuck

Next Tuesday, we will hold our annual grade 8 Student-Faculty Flag Football Game (weather permitting) in conjunction with the Student Council Food Drive! Nonperishable items will be donated to United Way of Tri-county Wheat Community Cupboard & Cafe in Clinton. All non-perishable items are welcome. We are asking students to bring in items by Tuesday, November 20 to their homeroom. Student council will have boxes for classrooms for donations. Wheat Kitchen Food Drive

We are thrilled to announce that Newbery Honor award-winning author Steve Sheinkin will be coming to Florence Sawyer School on December 6 to speak to students in grades 4-8. Mr. Sheinkin is famous for writing nonfiction books in a way that makes them accessible and exciting to young readers.

Some titles of books he has written for middle schoolers include Port Chicago 50, Undefeated: Jim Thorpe and the Carlisle Indian School Football Team, Lincoln’s Grave Robbers, Bomb, and for elementary readers Time Twisters, King George: What Was His Problem? and The Whole Hilarious Story of the American Revolution.

There are many interesting books for students to explore. More information can be found at http://stevesheinkin.com/books/. Students who purchase one of his books can bring them in by December 4 and have them set aside for signing by Mr. Sheinkin.

Winter is coming! The 8th-grade students are selling wreaths and poinsettias for the upcoming winter season. Order forms were sent home. There is a link to the form here and is also located in the Virtual Backpack. Order are due by November 26. The pickup date for orders is December 7 from 3:30-7 in the Florence Sawyer School lobby. All proceeds benefit 8th-grade end of the year activities. Thank you for supporting the 8th-grade class!

Yours in partnership,

Joel Bates,



THIS WEEK and Next:

11/12 No School 11/13 D Day 11/14 E Day 11/15 F Day 11/16 A Day

11/19 B Day 11/20 C Day 1121 - 11/23 No School Thanksgiving Break

LOOKING AHEAD: November/ December

  • 11/13 PAC Meeting / 9:00 AM

  • 11/14 FSS School Council / 3:30 PM

  • 11/14 NRSD Parent Information Vaping Awareness Night (See Below)

  • 11/15 FSS Family Pasta Night

  • 11/15 Community Reading Day

  • 11/15 SEPAC Presentation (Link Below)

  • 11/16 Grade 8 trip to EMK Center and JFK Library

  • 11/20 Student-Faculty Flag Football Game / WHEAT Collection

  • 11/21, 22, 23 No School / Thanksgiving Break

  • 11/22 Thanksgiving Football Classic / Clinton HS @ Nashoba 10:00AM

  • 11/28 Picture Retake Day

  • 11/30 First Trimester Marks close

  • 12/4 Chorus Concert Gr 4, 5

  • 12/ 7 Early Release for students / 12:15

  • 12/11 PAC Meeting / 7:00 PM

  • 12/11 Chorus Concert (6,7,8)

  • 12/14 Trimester 1 Report Cards go home

  • 12/18 Band Concert (Gr 5 - 8)

  • 12/21 FSS Winter Break Sing-A-Long

  • 12/25 - 1/1 No School, Winter Break

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

November 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

NRSD Parent Information Night - Vaping and Youth What You Should Know

Wednesday, Nov. 14th, 6pm

100 Mechanic Street

Bolton, MA

Vape pens and e-cigarettes are not harmless, yet 20% of high school students report currently using them, and 40% have tried them at least once.

Learn more about what these products are, why they are harmful, and how to protect our kids from this latest trend.


For questions about the presentation, please contact Lesa Breault-Gulbicki, Nurse Coordinator of Health and Wellness at lbreaultgulbicki@nrsd.net

Dates & Locations 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at all locations

Wed., November 14 / Florence Sawyer School, Bolton

Thurs., November 15 / Center School, Stow

Mon., November 19/ Mary Rowlandson School, Lancaster

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Parents Advisory Council

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.

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

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

Nashoba SEPAC has an event coming up...

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

Bolton School Donations Committee

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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 to visit our table during 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.

NRSD Extended Learning

Community Events

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

A Christmas Carol is coming to Nashoba Regional High School! Join Nashoba Drama as we kick off the holiday season with Charles Dickens’ classic, A Christmas Carol. A Christmas Carol recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner, Jacob Marley, and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. After their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man. Performance dates are November 16 & 17 at 7:30 pm and November 18 at 2:00 pm at NRHS auditorium, 12 Green Road, Bolton. To order tickets in advance, please visit www.nashobadrama.com

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: 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/. Dates for the 2018-2019 season are 11/30, 12/7, 12/14, 1/4, 1/18, 2/1, 2/8, 3/1, 3/29. - We hope to see you there!

Welcome to the 2019 Afterschool Ski Club! Ski Club is designed to be a fun opportunity for students to take lessons, practice and ski/board with their friends at Wachusett Mountain. Who: Students 3rd-8th grade and Parent Chaperones. Students must be able to ride the chairlift themselves and will be partnered to ski with a buddy who skis at their level. Any student not comfortable with the lift will be partnered with a parent. When: 6 Fridays starting on Jan. 4th. Weather cancellations will be attempted to be rescheduled. Where: Students will ride a bus to Wachusett, departing from and returning to Florence Sawyer School. Gear can be dropped off at the school Friday morning, kids will have time to change before leaving school. We are required to pay the bus fees even if parents choose to transport students themselves. How: Register! At www.wachusett.com/schoolgroups Use the code: SYER The bus fee is an automatic add-on, but you may also add lessons, a pass, a rental package, a park terrain passes and pre-loaded $ cards for use in the lodge. Lessons for all levels will be offered each Friday, they are a great deal and strongly recommended. Prices go up after 12/5/18, so try to register early! Chaperones! We need around 10 chaperones for the season, ideally 5 on the bus and 5 more on the mountain. Chaperones receive a free ski pass for the night and a free ski weekend during the season. Chaperone forms are needed by 12/15. We will have an informational meeting in mid-December, watch your email for details. There is an FAQ page on the Wachusett website under School Groups., Email Annie at bear2th@gmail.com with any other questions and to volunteer.