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Grey Matters, November 4, 2013; Volume 2, Number 10

posted Nov 3, 2013, 7:12 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jun 26, 2014, 11:15 AM by James Marcotte ]

It didn’t occur to my wife and I that scheduling our kids’ dentist appointments around Halloween would require some parental maneuvering.  Telling my kids they couldn’t stay at their extended day program to eat caramel apples because they had dentist appointments was a….moment. During the drive to the dentist, I had to remind myself that being a dad meant being OK with the stares of death that were permanently plastered on the faces of my children. Many of our students came to RJ Grey on Thursday dressed in costume, and I hope they (and you) enjoyed the day, and that the evening activities were equally delightful.  

A few important calendar notes and comments before getting too far into this week’s Grey Matters.

  • First, for those members of our school community who celebrated Diwali this past weekend, I hope it was rewarding and meaningful experience for you and your families this year.

  • Secondly, a friendly reminder to everyone that there is no school for all Acton-Boxborough students on Tuesday (November 5), due to our staff Professional Day.  

  • Third, school picture re-takes are this Friday, November 8.  If you want to re-take your school photos, please have your child bring in the original package.  If your child missed Picture Day, he/she should also participate in the re-take process.

  • Finally, we do not have school next Monday, November 11 as it is Veteran’s Day.  

Our most recent installment of Poetry Fridays took place last Friday, and our student reader was Dana Dykial of 8 Orange.  Dana chose to read “One Way Ticket” by Langston Hughes, an American writer whose poetry and fiction portrayed the lives of working-class African-Americans in America.  This particular poem was about an individual who longed to move away from Southern states in order to escape Jim Crow laws still in place at the time.  If you’d like to read the poem itself, you can view it by clicking here.   

As you all know, our search for a new Superintendent of Schools is underway.  You can learn more about the search by viewing the Superintendent Search website:  An online survey is now available for all Acton and Boxborough residents and school staff members to complete.  This is an opportunity for members of the community to provide input and feedback regarding the search.  You can access and complete the survey by CLICKING HERE. You can also access the survey via the Superintendent Search website. Another way of providing feedback and input is by attending one of the community forums scheduled for this week.  There is a Boxborough community forum planned for this evening - Monday, November 4 - from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Blanchard School library, and an Acton community forum planned for Tuesday evening (November 5), from 6:30pm to 8:00pm at the Acton Town Library.  You are welcome to attend either of these forums, along with the other forums that have been scheduled and are listed on the flyer that you can view by clicking here.  

FInally, this past week I came across an article on students who sustain concussions (from sports or accidents) and the challenges related to identifying the optimal time and process for helping students re-engage with classroom work and activities.  The article can be read by clicking here.  Amongst our “Back to School Info” that we posted on our website in August, there was a note about our work relating to this issue of student concussions. I won’t repeat everything in that note, but the jist is that a group of RJ Grey staff members spent time this summer wrestling with this very topic, how to appropriately support students who are recovering from concussions, and how best to engage with parents and families on the different dimensions of a student’s recovery from a head injury - the physical, the emotional, and the academic.  If you didn’t have a chance to read the note in August, please consider taking a moment now to view it.  If your son/daughter is diagnosed with a concussion, please contact us as soon as you can, so we can work together on identifying the best approach for supporting him/her during the recovery process.  

Have a great week, everyone.