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Grey Matters, April 13, 2015; Volume 3, Number 30

posted Apr 12, 2015, 6:36 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jul 6, 2015, 6:41 AM by James Marcotte ]

Hi Everyone,

I haven’t reversed course on my desire for this year’s long overdue Spring weather to finally make an appearance and make itself at home for the next few months.  However, that excitement did get tempered last week when my wife and I sat down one evening to plug in all of our three kids’ sports schedules, including games, practices, and “skills nights” (still not sure how that’s different from practice).  If anyone out there has figured out how to be at four different locations at the same time, we’d welcome the advice.  My semi-fake complaining aside (and knowing that this “problem” is really of our own creation), looking at these youth sports schedules did remind me of the significant time and energy that all of the volunteer coaches have committed to these programs, and how fortunate the rest of us are for their enthusiasm and patience.  Both those qualities were on display Saturday morning during my 8-year old daughter’s baseball team’s first practice which included a 10-minute team discussion about everyone’s favorite candy.  

The start of Major League Baseball, and Opening Day at Fenway Park is another way that many of us celebrate the arrival of Spring.  This past week’s Poetry Friday offering from Mr. Malloy is a small homage to the hometown team (which is at least off to a decent start).  The poem he read is entitled “John Green Takes His Warner, New Hampshire, Neighbor to a Red Sox Game” by Maxine Kumin.  Click here if you want to read the poem before Monday’s 3:05pm home opener.  

One last reminder that the Discovery Museum is hosting a great event today (Monday) April 13th with columnist Frank Bruni.  Mr. Bruni will be in the RJ Grey auditorium, giving a talk entitled “From Diapers to Diploma: A Healthier Way to Navigate Your Child’s Path to College.” For more information about this event, and for the link to reserve a seat, you can view this event flyer.  For Mr. Bruni’s most recent New York Times column about this issue, click here.

For 7th grade families, thank you for your efforts to return the 8th grade registration form that each of you received last week.  If you still happen to have the registration form, please bring it to RJ Grey as soon as possible, as the deadline was last Friday.  As a reminder, your child’s world language and recommended math level were already listed on the form, and we need(ed) you and your child to identify a Grey Block choice for next year.  For those families who wish to submit a Math Override form, please remember that it is a separate form that must be received by this coming Friday, April 17th (the day before April Break)- forms and requests received after that date can not be honored.  The override form can be picked up at the Junior High Main Office.  Before submitting the form, please complete the required step of communicating with your child’s math teacher to engage in a conversation about their observations and feedback.  

Also for 7th grade families, another reminder about our plans next year to offer a school trip to Washington, DC during the April Break.  We will depart RJ Grey early Sunday morning for a flight to Washington, spend four days there as part of the Close Up Foundation’s Washington Middle School Program, and return to Acton on Wednesday night.  Some of the highlights of the trip include a visit to the National Air and Space Museum, a walking workshop of Capitol Hill, a mock Congress debating timely political issues, and an afternoon at Arlington Cemetery and the National Archives.  Up to 150 students will be able to participate in this program. We will first offer spots to our current 7th graders and then in September open remaining spaces to our newest class of students, as well as those who may not have signed up this Spring. If you are interested in learning more about this exciting opportunity (financial cost, logistics, and programming) for your child, please considering attending an informational session at the junior high school on the evening of April 30 at 6pm in our auditorium (we were originally scheduled for the Library, but now there’s a School Committee meeting taking place).  

Finally, we are coming upon April Vacation.  Along with an opportunity for many of us to take a vacation and maybe visit faraway places, April Vacation also traditionally begins with the running of the Boston Marathon.  We typically have residents of Acton and Boxborough, and members of RJ Grey, who will be running in the marathon.  We wish everyone participating in the event the best of luck, a race free of blisters, and great joy as you cross the finish line.  

Have a great week, and a restful April Break, everyone.