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Grey Matters, September 22, 2014; Volume 3, Number 3

posted Sep 21, 2014, 8:23 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jul 6, 2015, 7:00 AM by James Marcotte ]

Hi Everyone,

I have mixed feelings about the decision my wife and I have made to formally say farewell to the Summer - by closing our pool, putting away “warmer-weather” stuff, and starting to dig out heavier clothing.  Like many of you, I enjoy the Fall season in New England, with the foliage, apple/pumpkin picking adventures, and corn maze adventures (check out the maze photos if you have 30 seconds to spare).  But it also means I am a few weeks away from having to dress very differently during morning drop-offs.  For those new to RJ Grey who drop their kids off in the morning, you’ve only seen me in my light and stylish windbreaker.  Between last December and late March, here is a photo of what parents saw most every morning when we crossed paths.  All I was missing last year were mittens attached to my coat by pieces of yarn.  Maybe this coming Winter will be a bit more forgiving and kinder, but I am not counting on it.  

We had Picture Day last Friday, and things seemed to have gone smoothly.  If your child forgot his/her order form, or your family has now decided that you’d like to order photos, you can still fill out and/or drop off an order form to the main office and we will pass it along to the vendor.  If your child was absent last Friday, we have a make-up/re-take day scheduled for October 28. For any additional questions, please contact Jim Marcotte at  

Two other upcoming calendar items for you: (1) there is no school this coming Thursday, as it is Rosh Hashonah.  For those who celebrate Rosh Hashonah, an early happy new year to you.  (2) We have an early release for students scheduled for Thursday, October 2.  On this day, Junior High and High School students are dismissed at 10:40am, and staff participate in a number of professional development activities and workshops.  The regular bus routes will still run, but at 10:40am instead of 2:06pm (and school starts at 7:30am).  

Back to School Night is this Tuesday evening at 7pm (6:40pm if your child takes the Band, Chorus or Drama electives and you want to meet their teachers).  Your children will bring home a schedule for you to follow.  I know that young teenagers never forget to share things with their parents, but we’ll have copies of each student’s schedule available in the Lobby just in case.  We have four parents of current 7th grade students who have expressed an interest in serving on our School Council.  First, thanks to those four for their willingness to serve and offering their time.  There are currently two open spots, and so we need to ask parents and guardians to vote.  We will distribute ballots at the first class that you visit.  Please read their short bios, vote for two, and then drop it off in the ballot box that will be located by the main office.  Each parent can fill out one ballot (no more than one, please - this isn’t Chicago).  

As I mentioned last week, many of our after school clubs and activities are starting to meet.  Along with the clubs listed on our website,  there are two more new clubs that are being developed as a result of student interest and initiative - an Origami Club and Badminton Club.  The details are still being worked out, but I am pretty sure that when they start (shortly) the Badminton Club will meet on Wednesday afternoons, and the Origami Club will meet on Friday afternoons.  Announcements will come out soon, and for any specific questions contact Ms. Celebi ( for Origami, and Ms. Hanley ( for Origami.  

Finally, those of you who also receive the PTSOs Weekly Chatter may have read about a new service that is available to Acton and Boxborough families that focuses on mental health services.  In collaboration with several town organizations, we are pleased to make the services of MSPP Interface available to members of our community.  MSPP Interface is an initiative of the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP)'s Richard and Joan Freedman Center. In addition to maintaining an extensive, frequently updated website listing of available mental health resources by geography and type, MSPP INTERFACE provides a free, confidential mental health and wellness help line Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm, at 617-332-3666 x1411 or 888-244-6843 x1411. Callers are matched with licensed mental health providers that meet the location, insurance, and specialty needs of the caller.  Each referral is provided with follow-up assistance. For more information, you can download this flyer for an overview, and this flyer that answers frequently asked questions.

We look forward to seeing many of you on Tuesday night.  I’ll be traveling from class to class, and hope to engage with many of you throughout the evening.  

Have a great week, everyone.