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Grey Matters, November 11, 2013; Volume 2, Number 11

posted Nov 10, 2013, 8:07 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jun 26, 2014, 11:15 AM by James Marcotte ]

It’s Veteran’s Day today and so we begin with a thank you to members of our community who have or are still serving in our armed forces.  We have several members of the RJG community, including parents of current students, who are currently deployed in various parts of the world, and we continue to benefit from their commitment and services.  

Last week, NPR’s This American Life re-aired one of their classic episodes entitled “Fiasco”.  It starts with one of my all-time favorite stories about a small town theatre production of Peter Pan, and the debacle that ensues as a result of some ambitious efforts by the producer and the cast.  If you have a quiet moment, and looking for something to listen to (and especially if you and your family enjoy theatre), I highly recommend listening to it - which you can easily access by clicking here.  Then, once you’ve listened to it, and you are motivated to watch a fiasco-free theatre production, consider attending the RJ Grey Drama Club’s upcoming performances of Snow Angels.  These shows are on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday of this week, all at 7pm, and tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students.  

Last year at this time, This American Life also re-aired an episode that was dedicated entirely to the mysteries of the middle school experience.  I’m beginning to wonder if This American Life sees the month of November as the time to  air episodes about things in life that lean toward the calamitous and chaotic.  Last November’s  episode had a number of stories about this particular stage of adolescence and schooling, including a hysterical look at middle school dances (not totally scientific, but quite revealing nonetheless), and a more serious examination of the role of peer pressure and some of the awkwardness that comes with being young teenagers.  If you are interested in listening to this episode, click here.  

The Thanksgiving holiday is fast-approaching.  Thanksgiving also marks the end of the Fall Trimester, and the first report cards of the year will be sent home with students in the first week of December.  In December, RJ Grey also holds two of its three Parent Conference days.  This year, these (optional) conferences will be held on December 17, December 19, and January 7.  On these days, students have a half-day of school (dismissed at 10:30am), and from 11:30 to 2:30, we schedule meetings between parents and their children’s teachers.  I mention these conferences now because all of you will be receiving an email message from me this Friday, November 15th that provides a more detailed overview and explanation of these conferences (and who may want to sign up).  The following Monday (November 18) everyone will receive an email from our Office Manager Marcia Charter with the actual conference sign up form embedded in the body of the message.  So please stay tuned for those messages to arrive in your Inbox.

Our Winter Sports season begins when we return from the Thanksgiving holidays.  Our interscholastic program includes 7th grade basketball (girls and boys), 8th grade basketball (boys and girls), and cheerleading.  The tryout schedule has been set and can be viewed on our athletics website by clicking here.  Please remember that any student who wishes to participate in the tryouts must have a completed “Green Form” on file with the school nurse.  If you submitted a Green Form this year,  you should be fine.  If you submitted a Green Form at some point last year (say, last Spring), you may need an updated form.  Please contact our nurse Erin Livie at if you have questions about this.  Also, if your child does end up participating in one of the programs, and the athletic participation fee would create a hardship for your family, please do not hesitate to complete an athletic fee waiver form that can also be found on the athletics page of our website.  

Finally, a reminder that along with our interscholastic sports, RJ Grey offers a wide variety of after school extracurricular programs and activities, including some new additions such as “The Radix Endeavor” and “News Flash”, the latter being a club that plans to produce periodic video and digital news features on school-related activities.  To view the activities being offered, please visit the Clubs & Activities page of our website by clicking here.  

Have a great week, everyone.