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Grey Matters, June 2, 2014; Volume 2, Number 36

posted Jun 1, 2014, 7:24 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jun 26, 2014, 11:06 AM by James Marcotte ]

After the Red Sox had lost their 10th straight game last week, my 9-year old son and I were lamenting the team’s struggles, and in an effort to stay optimistic he says, "It's OK. They can just win the next 10 games." My more cynical self took over (I myself was 9 when the ball went through Bill Buckner’s legs), and I replied, “Hayden, if they win the next 10 games, I’ll buy you an iPad.”  As of this Sunday morning, the Red Sox are now at six wins in a row, with four to go (which he reminds me of once an hour).  The loyal fan in me will root for them to keep winning.  My bank account hopes they have one very minor setback in the next four days.  

We are now entering the month of June, and the home stretch for the school year.  Here are a number of reminders and notes to keep in mind: 

(1) Thanks to those families who have submitted their field trip permission form and payment for the end-of-year field trips to Kimball’s (7th grade) and Canobie Lake (8th grade).  If you still need to send it in, please make an effort to do so this week.  Towards the end of the week, we will begin reaching out to families for whom we do not have a record of their plans for that day.  

(2) All library books and materials need to be returned to the RJ Grey Library by Wednesday, June 4.  We set this due date knowing that it often takes a bit longer to really get everything returned (and sometimes requires more than one reminder, occasionally four or five…), and to identify what resources and texts we may need to replace for next year.  Please know that if a student needs texts for a school-related assignment, we can make arrangements to provide him/her those materials.  Our experience has been that at this time of year, the books that are still out are more for pleasure reading.  

(3) Arts Happening! is taking place this Thursday evening, June 5.  This is a great event for students and families, including any younger siblings and relatives.  Arts Happening is an evening of arts and ice cream this year.  It will include on-going events which will include both musical and dramatic performances, creation of musical 'portraits', an opportunity to make art, and a fundraising Empty Bowls Ice Cream Social. All proceeds will go to the Acton Community Supper and the Acton Food Pantry. Bring your family to enjoy an evening filled with amazing arts and ice cream, while helping to feed hungry families in our area. For more information, visit the Arts Happening website by clicking here

(4) Our 8th Grade End-of-Year Dance/Celebration is Friday, June 13th.  We usually have over 350 students attend, and so we need many volunteers to make the event special and successful.  Parents or guardians of 7th and 8th graders are needed for the following volunteer jobs:

  • Clean Up (10 more people needed to begin at 9:30pm)

  • Food Donations/Appetizers (5 more donations needed)

Please contact Judy Nolan at if you can help with either of these jobs.  As a side note, many thanks to Judy and the other parent volunteers and organizers who have taken on this important event.  

I have had a few inquiries from students and families about next year’s calendar and the first day(s) of school. For those continuing to make summer plans, the first day of school for 7th and 9th grade students will be Wednesday, September 3.  The first day of school for 8th and 10th-12th grade students will be Thursday, September 4.  So everyone starts after Labor Day this year.  As for the rest of the 2014-2015 calendar, there are a few modifications being made due to the recent contract that was reached between the School Committee and the teacher’s association, and I would imagine the finalized version will be released within the next few weeks (I’ll send out a link when I get a copy).  

Finally, I want to make mention of Maya Angelou’s passing last week at the age of 86.  We included a session of Poetry Friday last week to mark Dr. Angelou’s passing, and Mr. Malloy read “Alone”, one the many poems she authored during her distinguished career.  Click here if you’d like to read the poem.  

Have a great week, everyone.