January 5, 2023 

Good evening,

Happy New Year! I hope you had a safe and healthy holiday season and New Year. My three kids received a family Christmas gift this year: a Nintendo Switch. They’re becoming familiar with the ins and outs of Mario Kart. My wife and I congratulate them when they don’t finish in last place! Meanwhile, she and I regularly battle to come in first…evoking our own Mario Kart experiences from when we were young! I hope you, too, had some quality time with your children over the vacation!

I have treated the January re-start as a way to focus on a few areas: organization and timeliness, as my own work-related examples. With only three school days into this year, I think I’m doing pretty well! I’d encourage you to ask your RJ Grey student if there are areas where they might focus some attention. For some students, I’d want to direct some focus on on-time arrival to school. We know that traffic around campus is not easy…but that’s something we can predict will be challenging every day between 7:45 and 8:00. Our assistant principals spend a lot of time monitoring students who are frequently tardy or absent from school. If you find yourself struggling with getting your child to school on time, or at all, please reach out to us. We’re happy to talk with families about creating evening and morning routines that yield smoother mornings and on-time arrivals. Please know that this commentary applies to only a small percentage of our families, so most of you can disregard this plea, and you can focus on a different new year intention! 

I want to thank our PTSO, and subsequently, all of you, for sponsoring a lunch for the RJ Grey staff in December. We all enjoyed burritos, salad, and chips from Oscar’s the week before vacation. We have a great relationship with our PTSO. They have financially supported us this year with our student plan books, Revolution t-shirts, and student council events. If you haven’t yet financially supported the PTSO this year, feel free to do so on their website. They’re a great partner and we appreciate their support!

The Superintendent’s Office has asked us to share two community flyers with you all. Please check them out if you’re interested:

Here are some dates to be aware of:

  • Monday, 1/9/23: Early Release at 1 pm

  • Monday, 1/9/23: School Council meeting at 7 pm on Zoom

  • Tuesday, 1/10/23: iReady ELA Diagnostic for all students

  • Monday, 1/16/23: No School for MLK, Jr. Day

  • Wednesday, 1/18/23: Winter Band Concert

  • Thursday, 1/19/23: iReady Math Diagnostic for all students

  • Friday, 1/20/23: Hawaiian Shirt Day and Summer Fun in Winter activity after school

Take care and have a great weekend,

Posted by jmarcotte On 05 January, 2023 at 6:55 PM  

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