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Grey Matters, March 28, 2016; Volume 4, Number 28

posted Mar 27, 2016, 4:31 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jun 24, 2016, 5:25 AM by James Marcotte ]

Hi Everyone,

I am predicting that this week’s Grey Matters will be one of the shorter and more rushed editions this year.  I’ve got to carve out enough time today to adequately prepare for the annual Shen-Nasella Family Easter Egg Hunt which takes place at my in-laws later today.  I am beginning to miss the stage of childhood where my kids’ standards for what constituted a well-executed and thoughtful egg hunt were not particularly difficult to meet or surpass (see photo to the right).  In the past, it was not unreasonable for us to place chocolate eggs in open spaces and in plain view for the kids to find.  Now there’s pressure from both children and grandparents that we position the colored eggs with a bit more thought, and not make things so obvious.  On top of that, Hayden informed me the other night that when he spoke to my in-laws earlier this week he told them that this year we needed four hundred eggs so all the grandkids had enough between them.  Fingers crossed that we won’t have that many tinfoil-ed eggs to cleverly hide, but to be on the safe side we’re going to get to their house a bit early so we’ve got time to set up.   If my passive-aggressive side rules the day, I may, to avoid back pain, just place the Easter eggs at what is eye-level height for me! For those who celebrate Easter, I hope your weekend activities proved meaningful.  

Updates and reminders for this week:

We have MCAS starting on Monday (tomorrow) for 8th grade students.  Here is the link to the MCAS schedule for both rounds of the statewide assessment.  We hope you will encourage your kids to get a good night’s sleep before they are scheduled for an MCAS test day.  Well, we hope you encourage a good night’s sleep every night, but maybe place additional emphasis on it knowing they’ll be taking some assessments that are longer than what they typically experience.  A good breakfast always helps, and we will have some snacks and water for everyone to have before the testing begins.  For students who are absent, we have make up periods scheduled and we will connect with those students at that time.  

As we mentioned last week, the portal is now open for current 8th grade students to register for their classes at the high school next year.  Here again is a link to the Power School Parent Portal. Please contact your child’s current RJ Grey counselor if you might have any questions about the process.  

For current 7th grade families, you will be receiving in the mail later this week (probably Thursday) the scheduling/registration form regarding your child’s 8th grade year.  This form includes math level recommendations, confirmation of current world language choice, and a space to indicate preferences for Grey Block (when students take elective or have a study hall).  Please sign and complete the form and return it to your child’s homeroom teacher by April 8.  For those who may consider an override request regarding math level placement, please make note of the process for doing so (which involves a separate form that can be picked up at the Junior High) and the hard deadline of Friday, April 15 for that request.  

Some quick hits:

  • There is an 8th grade dance being planned by the Student Council, and scheduled for Friday, April 8 from 7pm to 9pm. Stay tuned for announcements throughout the week for purchasing tickets.  Please note that this is separate from the annual end-of-year 8th grade celebration which is a more elaborate evening event in June.  

  • Every Spring sport except Girls Volleyball has something scheduled for next week.  Here’s the link to the Athletics page on the RJ Grey website.  Remember -up-to-date Green Forms are a must and there are no exceptions to that rule.

  • Town elections are scheduled for this Tuesday, March 29th, and the Junior High gym will again serve as a polling station.  Please keep this in mind during morning drop offs and afternoon pick ups.  

  • The Junior High and High School have an early release day scheduled for Thursday, April 7th.  Students at the Junior High will be dismissed at 10:40am, and staff will be participating in professional learning sessions for the remainder of the day.  Regular bus routes will run after school.  

Finally, quick mention that the Take Action Club, in partnership with Project 351, is hosting a clothing drive. Donate new or gently used clothing to the Junior High, ABRHS or the Acton Memorial Library. Please donate between March 28th and April 7th.

Have a great week, everyone.