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Grey Matters for May 23, 2016; Volume 4, Number 35

posted May 22, 2016, 12:21 PM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jun 24, 2016, 5:22 AM by James Marcotte ]

Hi Everyone,

I experienced, and I think survived, a minor collision of worlds this past Saturday.  Around mid-day, I found myself at AB’s Lower Fields for the first time as a parent, watching my oldest son’s travel soccer team competing against a 5th grade AB team.  I resisted the temptation to bring a wig and sunglasses to try and preserve my anonymity, especially for when I might find myself getting caught up in some over-animated cheering for Hayden and his team.  Rest assured that at no time did I consider sidling up to the teenage referees/current RJ Grey students and dropping hints about doctoring their report cards (for better or worse depending on the calls that were made).  That never crossed my mind. Truth be told I have also developed, after eight years at Acton-Boxborough, some affection for things related to the school and its students, so I also genuinely wanted to celebrate some of the good play and effort by the opposing team. I think the Universe was aware of my division of loyalty, and steered a really well-played game to a 1-1 tie.  

In last week’s Grey Matters I mistakenly, and for the second straight week, sent out the wrong date for an upcoming school event.  I introduced to everyone the third annual Empty Bowls event, which will take place this year on Thursday, June 2 from 5:30pm to 7:00pm.  I am sorry for the continued mistakes, I am now going to be triple-checking all dates and times that I list for the rest of the year.  

Over the past few weeks, I’ve made mention of the 8th grade End-of-Year Dance/Celebration and how we rely heavily on the many volunteers who help make the event a special way to end the year. First, many thanks again to Kristen Kina for coordinating the many moving parts associated with the event. The Sign Up Genius is now and up and running, and we hope there will be parents who are available to help ensure this event is a great one for our students.  Similar to past years, it would be great to see parents of 7th graders volunteer "pay it forward" this year so that parents of eighth graders can focus on their own children's participation in this important event.

I wanted to make sure families are aware that the school district will be adopting the ALICE protocol for our approach to school safety planning.  Dr. Brand and our school resources officers Detective Keith Campbell and Officer Mike Eracleo will be hosting an information session for community members interested in learning more about the ALICE program, and our plans to implement this protocol at the start of the next school year.  The information session will be on Tuesday, May 31 at 7pm in the RJ Grey Library.  Click here for a downloadable flyer.  

Thanks to those families who have submitted their field trip permission form and payment for the end-of-year field trips to Kimball’s (7th grade) and Canobie Lake (8th grade).  These are daylong trips scheduled for the second-to-last day of school.  If you still need to send it in, please make an effort to do so this week.  If any families would benefit from some financial assistance for this final field trip, please don’t hesitate to contact Jim Marcotte at  

Finally, for those of you whose children might be open to some continued pleasure reading over the summer (it’s coming up quickly), two resources for you: (1) our RJ Grey Library website includes a number of links to book lists and search engines that provide suggestions based on specific interests; and (2) the High School has released its updated Summer Reading List (click here to view) that it encourages all of its students, including rising 9th grade students (those are your kids, 8th grade parents!), to look at if they’re stuck for suggestions.  Please note that the High School does not have any required summer reading for 9th grade English, but they do want to encourage students to find something to enjoy and read.  They also want to note that a number of the titles on the list are ones that families could read together.  

Have a great week, everyone.