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Grey Matters, May 29, 2017; Volume 5, Number 35

posted Jun 4, 2017, 6:50 AM by Andrew Shen   [ updated Jul 18, 2017, 11:07 AM by James Marcotte ]

Hi Everyone,


A few years ago I came upon and shared an article that helped me clarify the origins and differences between Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day, and the focus of each day.  Both are important and share important features (most notably honoring those who serve), and yet still have distinct points of emphasis.  I am sharing the article again should some of you find it helpful and informative.  Along with activities you might have pursued in the spirit of Memorial Day, I hope you and your family also had a chance to decompress a bit, and perhaps enjoyed a slightly less hectic schedule. In that spirit, this week’s Grey Matters will be pretty brief and only offer some updates and reminders.  



Empty Bowls is this Wednesday!.  The Empty Bowls event will start at 5:30pm and run through 7:00pm.  This is 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.  There will be an art show, Select Choir performance, a silent auction, and of course the 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 handcrafted 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.  The ice cream social is $5 per person with a $20 family maximum.   


This week we are entering the month of June.  I wanted to provide everyone a quick summary of some important end-of-year schoolwide dates and events.  Please note that there may be team-specific activities that are not included in the list below.  Also, Spring Trimester report cards (and final grades) will be sent to families in early July.  


Friday, June 9

7th Grade Celebration; 7pm to 9pm (JH Gym)

Friday, June 16

8th Grade Celebration; 7pm to 9:30pm (Cafeteria/Courtyard)

Tuesday, June 20

Variety Show

Wednesday, June 21

School Field Trips - 7th Grade to Kimball Farm, 8th Grade to Canobie Lake

Thursday, June 22

Last Day of School - Yearbook Distribution and Signing; Closing Assembly (Students and Staff Only); Dismissal at 10:40am


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).  If you still need to send it in, please make an effort to do so this week.  Within the next week we will begin reaching out to families for whom we do not have a record of their plans for that day.  


High school graduation is this Friday, June 2.  For those RJ Grey families who also have graduating seniors, a big congratulations to your graduate and to you as well.  Enjoy the moment (once you’ve actually found parking on campus for the ceremony).  Fingers crossed for good weather.  


Have a great week, everyone.