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Grey Matters, May 18, 2015; Volume 3, Number 34

posted May 17, 2015, 8:38 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jul 6, 2015, 6:39 AM by James Marcotte ]

Hi Everyone,

If I was a bit more clever, had a bit more time, and it wasn’t so nice outside, I might have tried to make this week’s Grey Matters double as a giant word puzzle, and deciphering it would lead you to the hidden phrase, “Free Tom Brady”.  After this intro paragraph, this week’s updates will be free of any references to deflated footballs, or at least more probable than not.  Other than science teachers who teach lessons on air pressure and the Ideal Gas Law, I am not sure who else benefits from the non-stop news coverage this particular story is generating.  Instead, I encourage everyone to turn their attention to the great weather we continue to have, and start thinking about summer.  Here’s an article in today’s Boston Globe Magazine that highlights some New England beach options.

A few activities and events this week that we want everyone to know about, and consider attending.  First, a follow up to last week’s brief announcement about some work by our students to raise funds for the relief effort in Nepal (which, sadly, experienced another large earthquake last week).  Over the last two weeks, students in 8 Gold and 8 Green have been organizing a series of fundraisers to support Save the Children, which has had a dedicated presence in Nepal for four decades and has a fund specifically earmarked for earthquake relief. Students began collecting donations in the cafeteria during all lunch periods and have already raised over $900 for the cause.  This past week, students had an opportunity to buy a Bingo card in their homeroom, and every morning a few numbers were announced during the morning announcements, with the BINGO winner receiving a gift card to Orange Leaf.  

The capstone event to these efforts takes place this Thursday, May 21 from 2:30-3:30.  RJ Grey will host an after-school where students can pay admission to the gym to watch their teachers perform impromptu performances, answer pop culture trivia questions, and hit each other with pool noodles.  And I can now confirm that students will have the opportunity to see their teachers, and their Principal, get (whip cream) pied in the face.  This, for only $3 a ticket, so we encourage students to come and participate in the event.  

Two performing arts related events this week:

  • The Spring Chorus concert is this Tuesday, May 19th at 7pm in the auditorium.  Please email Mr. Charig ( with any questions.  

  • The Drama Club is presenting its Spring Drama Showcase in the auditorium on Thursday, May 21 at 7pm.  Click here to view the flyer.  Pick the kids up from the Nepal fundraiser at 3:30pm, have a little dinner, and then come back and enjoy the Drama Club performances!  

We also want to turn everyone’s attention to this year’s Empty Bowls Ice Cream Social, something that has taken place for the past three years.  On Thursday, June 4, from 5:30 to 7pm, families can enjoy an evening of Art, Singing and Ice Cream! Students will showcase their art and singing talents and invite families to a charity ice cream social. 7th grade students made hand-crafted ceramic bowls in their art classes and families that participate will get to take home a hand-crafted bowl as a reminder of the vast number of hungry families around the world and right here in our own community. The money raised from this event will be donated to the Acton Community Supper and Acton Food Pantry. This organization helps to feed many hungry families in the greater Acton area. Last year this event helped to raise an amazing $1000 for the charity! As another treat, the Select Choir will perform throughout the evening in our outdoor courtyard. This event is also an opportunity for 7th grade students to display other artistic works in a non-competitive, communal environment.  If you have any questions, please email Sara Haskin at  

Some friendly reminders about our two upcoming dances, one for each grade.  The 7th grade dance will be on the evening of June 12th.  Here is a message from Tina Connors, who has graciously offered to help organize the event: “The Student Council is going to have a 7th Grade Dance this year!  This event will be much more low-key than the 8th Grade Dance but will still be a fun end of the year get-together.  The 7th graders will have a nice time to socialize with music, games and food.  We need your help to make this happen.  If you can help out the night of the 7th Grade Dance or donate food or drinks for the dance, please use this SignUpGenius link to let us know how you can help.  Thank you!!”  If you have any questions, please contact Tina Connors at

And again, the 8th grade Dance is scheduled for Friday, June 19th and Judy Nolan is choreographing that particular event.  If you are willing to provide some help with food, set up, or clean up, please contact her at:

We continue to accept registrations for next year’s RJ Grey trip to Washington DC!  At the end of last week, we had a little of 60 students (all current 7th graders) sign up for the 4-day adventure.  If your child is still interested in attending, and you would benefit from a little more information, I would encourage you to do two things: (1) check out the Close Up Foundation’s website; and (2) contact Marc Lewis at  

I don’t know if any of us needs a reminder that we have the Memorial Day long weekend coming up.  We don’t have school next Monday, and then right after that we enter the month of June. A bit hard to believe, but exciting nonetheless.  

Have a great week, everyone.