September 28, 2023 

Good afternoon,

I hope you are all doing well. I hope I get to see many of you at tonight’s Back to School Night (please leave some time at the start to find a parking space). I have attended my own daughters’ Back to School Nights over the past week. As an educator, it is so very interesting to see how other schools deliver the same annual events but in completely different ways. At last night’s event in my hometown, a friend who knows my role asked, “Are you ready for your speech?” This was after we listened to the principal of my child’s school talk to a crowd of parents and guardians. My answer was “No - no one wants to hear from me!” And while there’s a bit of humor embedded in there, I do not give an address at Back to School Night. I am serious in my belief that you come to see your child’s teachers, their classrooms, and their hallways for a brief glimpse into their life at RJ Grey. You will likely see me in the lobby, hallways, and popping into a few classrooms. I view this Eye on the Junior High platform and other communications you’ve received from me as more than enough of what I might even consider saying at an event like Back to School Night. But please do stop and say hello tonight!

The District is continuing its use of Cartwheel Care this year. This service is in its second year at AB and allows us to connect students and families to mental health care quickly. If you would like to pursue mental health services for your own child, please be in touch with your child’s school counselor. Cartwheel Care also offers proactive sessions for parents and guardians at AB. The upcoming session on Addressing School-Related Anxiety and School Avoidance looks to be a good one. If you are interested in attending, please click here to learn more and sign-up.

As the construction continues in the area of Kelley’s Corner and Rte 111, we have been asked to share some news with our families. We are requesting that families no longer use the former Kmart parking lot as a cut-through to our campus or to drop off students. We have been informed that this is private property owned by Stop & Shop and they have requested that it not be used by the public. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this shift in practice. 

The following updates have been approved by our Superintendent’s office for distribution:

Upcoming Dates

  • Thursday, September 28: RJ Grey Back to School Night: 7 - 8:40 pm

  • Monday, October 2: Early Release at 1 pm

  • Tuesday, October 3: iReady ELA Diagnostic (postponed from 9/20)

  • Wednesday, October 4: Webinar: Addressing School-Related Anxiety and School Avoidance

  • Tuesday, October 3: School Council Meeting, 7 pm, RJ Grey Library

  • Monday, October 9: No School, Indigenous Peoples’ Day

Take care and have a great weekend!

Posted by jmarcotte On 28 September, 2023 at 2:05 PM  

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