March 23, 2023 

Good afternoon,

I hope you are all having a good week. The change in the weather pattern is noticeable - my office windows are open right now and it definitely is making me realize we’re almost into a true spring! 

Earlier this week, on Monday night, my wife and I, along with our three daughters attended (part of) the Bruce Springsteen concert at the Garden. My wife is a long-time fan and has seen him live more than 25 times. In the last 13+ years of us being together, I have become a fan too...I’ve seen him a measly 7 times, I think. When tickets became available for this week’s show, I thought she was crazy to even consider bringing our young kids to a concert…on a Monday night…in March…that starts no earlier than 7:45 pm. But my arm was twisted enough that we did it. 

As a super fan, my wife just couldn’t imagine not letting our kids (who know most of the words to lots of his songs) see him before he retires. He’s 73 and still plays for close to three hours. My kids and I left the show well before the end. On my quiet drive home because they were sleeping, I was wondering about the three of them - who will they adore as a performer some day? What will really get them excited in life? What will they do 25+ times and still be joyous about? Your kids are older than mine, and I bet you wonder that too. As you are raising young adults, I hope you’re starting to see some glimpses of what really makes them happy, what really makes them excited and passionate. I hope you encourage them to pursue that thing that they truly just love! If it’s The Boss, please let me know and we’ll compare notes! And I’ll be clear to share that we all made it to our respective schools on time the next day!

We issued trimester 2 report cards yesterday, so if you didn’t receive one, please check your email. Please reach out to me if you still cannot locate it. As we we enter the final third of the year, this is a good time for students to hit reset on some habits that might have emerged over the winter. Please have conversations with your children if there are report card comments or grades that came as a surprise. And if you have questions, please reach out directly to the teacher to seek additional information as necessary.

For current 8th grade families, this is a reminder that the Parent Portal closes on Monday, March 27. Please head to the Portal to select high school courses that were recommended by 8th grade teachers, and pick some electives too. For current 7th grade families, our Portal opened today for 8th grade courses. You’ll log in and help select Grey Block classes, along with approving the recommended math level. We’ll roll out similar info to 6th grade families in the next month or so.

Finally, our district has approved us advertising an event to support the work of the AB United Way. Please check it out if you’re interested in participating.

Stroll, Walk, Run - West Acton 5K & Fun-Run - Sat, May 13 at 10 AM


Moving together to move our community forward! All are welcome at this family-friendly run/walk event to support Acton-Boxborough United Way's mental health initiatives. Let's come together as a community (rain or shine!) and enjoy the power of connection.


Yankee Timing will be there to provide professional race timing to all participants, and medals will be awarded to the top finishers in each age group. But don’t let that intimidate you — you can go at any pace… run or walk, stroll with neighbors, or mingle with new friends. It’s all about having fun together!


Get the kids involved in giving back to the community with a One-Mile Fun Run! They'll be cheered along the route with bubbles and noisemakers. Fun prizes for the fastest and most spirited!


Fabulous run t-shirts for the first 250 registered. Sign-up now to ensure you receive your preferred size.


Register Today!

Here are some dates to be aware of:

  • Monday, 3/27: Early Release at 1 pm

  • Thurs, 3/30: MCAS ELA Session 1 for 8th grade

  • Thurs, 3/30: Team Trivia Event after school

  • Friday, 3/31: MCAS ELA Session 2 for 8th grade

  • Monday, 4/3: Library closed to students after school

  • Monday, 4/3: RJ Grey School Council Mtg on Zoom

  • Tuesday, 4/4: MCAS ELA Session 1 for 7th grade

  • Wednesday, 4/5: MCAS ELA Session 2 for 7th grade

  • Friday, 4/7: No School, Good Friday

Take care and have a great weekend,

Posted by jmarcotte On 23 March, 2023 at 5:00 PM  

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