January 26, 2023 

Good afternoon,

Last Friday afternoon, we hosted our Summer Fun in Winter event in our gyms. Several hundred students attended, played in volleyball games, cheered on their friends, had drinks and snacks, and appeared to have a great time! During the hybrid year, we canceled this event. And while we tried to have it last year, our Covid numbers were pretty high in January, so we put it off. It was great to see a large group of Junior High students having fun, being active, and enjoying being together this year. We’ll host a similar event, this time with short basketball games, in March. We owe a special thanks to Debbie Ahl, our student council advisor, and to our PTSO for help with recruiting some parent volunteers. Additionally, thanks to all families who dropped off food and drinks to keep our kids nourished! Your contributions were greatly appreciated!

Second trimester Interim Reports were emailed home today. If you didn’t receive an email from us, your child has not received an interim at this point. Interim Reports tend to point out areas where a student could benefit from some more focus, studying, or homework completion. Please take a close look at the Interims and have a conversation with your child about the comments. If there is anything that could be clarified by the teacher, please feel free to reach out. We have over a month (March 13) before the end of trimester 2 when we’ll again issue Report Cards. Students have plenty of time to bring up a grade or improve a habit before then.

This morning, I emailed our 8th graders about an opportunity to express interest in serving as student board members of ABSAF.  The Acton-Boxborough Student Activities Fund does fundraising to benefit RJ Grey and ABRHS student activities. If you think your child might be interested in applying to be part of the board, please encourage them to check their email and follow the instructions there.

Finally, we made a few announcements this week, asking students to remember to bring their fully-charged Chromebooks to school every day. We’ve recently had a challenge with running out of loaner devices before noon each day. When I was in middle school, I had to remember to bring my lunch, backpack, homework, and other items. I appreciate that making sure to charge a device is an issue that students only in this current generation face. Yet, their day is significantly impacted by not having a device ready to use throughout their day. If you think your child might be one who would benefit from some reminders to charge their device each night, I appreciate your help! With a limited number of loaners to give, we do expect students will start to face the natural consequence of not having a device to use in class. This won’t be the end of the world by any means, but I appreciate your support as much as possible.

Our Superintendent’s Office has approved the distribution of this flyer, which promotes a Robotics and Coding opportunity for girls in grades 4 - 7. Please check it out if interested!

Here are some dates to be aware of:

  • Monday, 1/30/23: Early Release at 1 pm

  • Tuesday, 1/31/23: 7 Red SOS Lesson

  • Thursday, 2/2/23: 7 Green SOS Lesson

  • Monday, 2/6/23: School Council Meeting at 7 pm on Zoom

  • Tuesday, 2/7/23: 7 Gold SOS Lesson

  • Thursday, 2/9/23: 7 Blue SOS Lesson

  • Thursday, 2/9/23: 9th grade curriculum night at ABRHS, 7 pm

Take care and have a great weekend,

Posted by jmarcotte On 26 January, 2023 at 4:43 PM  

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