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Grey Matters, February 2, 2015; Volume 3, Number 21

posted Feb 1, 2015, 10:46 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jul 6, 2015, 6:52 AM by James Marcotte ]

Hi Everyone,

I am sending out this week’s edition of Grey Matters on Sunday afternoon because I assume that most of you won’t have plans this evening and might want something to read to pass the time.  If you’re one of the few individuals in our area who plan to watch the Super Bowl tonight, and you need something to get the adrenaline running through your veins, here is a video of the last minute and thirty seconds of Super Bowl 36.  I’ll never get tired of John Madden repeatedly saying, “I don’t think the Patriots should be doing this, I think this is a bad idea…”  

The real reason Grey Matters is coming out tonight is, despite the fact that there isn’t a single nook or cranny left where we can shovel additional snow, it looks like Mother Nature isn’t done bestowing upon us more wintry gifts.  My guess is that any decision by Dr. Brand to cancel school for tomorrow (Monday) won’t take place until late this evening or early tomorrow morning.  Along with a message from our automated phone system, you can check for updates on the local news stations as well as Dr. Brand’s Twitter page which, thanks to his school-canceling powers, has completely lapped us in the Twitter follower race (447 to 228).  If we all get snowed in tomorrow, and you’ve got time for some casual reading, check out these two articles that I came across: the first article is related to the topic I brought up last week about cognitive biases, and provides an interesting summary and explanation of the psychology behind pricing something at $11.99 rather than $12. The other article also comes from The Atlantic, and was a really fascinating story about how the avocado went from being a semi-maligned fruit known as an “alligator pear” to one of the most popular fruits in the United States (80 million pounds consumed this year, including the 40 pounds I personally consumed this summer in the form of guacamole).  

On the subject of reading, I wanted to bring everyone’s attention to two resources that are available for our students and families who might want some additional guidance on young adult literature, and other resources for parents of students who might be reluctant readers (count me as a card-carrying member of this club).  The first is our school’s Library website, which is continually updated to include information about new and popular titles.  The other is a Literacy @ RJ Grey website that is maintained by our Reading teacher, Ms. Celebi, and includes a number of links to resources, online apps, and general strategies for those who might be interested in learning more about how to provide encouragement and support in this area.  With February Vacation coming up (in two weeks), it may be a good time to encourage your son/daughter to investigate some titles that may capture their interest.  Even if you’ve got travel plans to Florida, a good book would be nice to have for the plane and/or the beach.  

Our Yoga Club started up again last week.  It’s not too late to sign up, so if anyone is interested in joining, please contact Kate Murray at  Also, a friendly reminder that all of our after school clubs are available to our students, and it’s not too late to sign up and participate. Here is a link to the clubs that are being offered this year, along with the advisors who can provide more information.  

If we do have another snow day tomorrow (Monday), it’s gonna feel like we’re never in school, as we also have our next early release day this coming Thursday, February 5.  Students will be dismissed at 10:40am, and staff will participate in professional development workshops for the remainder of the day.  

Our annual school musical, Once on This Island, is about a month away!  The lights will dim, and the curtain will rise on February 27, 28, and March 1, and then a week late on March 6 and 7.  Later this week, we’ll send out information about where and when tickets can be purchased, and instructions for those who have ABSAF passes.  

Hopefully by now parents of current 8th grade students (especially if he/she is your first who will attend the high school), have made arrangements to attend the 8th Grade Parents’ Night hosted by the High School on February 11 at 7pm (in the High School auditorium).  Information about the registration process, and course options for 9th grade students, will be shared and explained.  

Hoping for a great game tonight, and some cause for celebration.  And if we do end up with another healthy dose of snow tomorrow, good luck to everyone with clearing out driveways, walkways and rooftops.  

Have a great week, everyone.