May 2, 2024 

Good afternoon,

Today is Day 149 of the school year at RJ Grey. With just 31 days to go, there is a lot going on. Interim Reports, marking the mid-point of the final term, were emailed home today. Teachers submit interim reports if there is cause for concern, including low grades on assessments, changes in homework completion, or other reasons. If you have a question about an interim report that your child cannot answer, please be in touch with the classroom teacher. These last few weeks will include additional learning, projects, assessments, and some fun stuff, too. If your child needs a little boost to be ready to tackle the remaining academic work of the year, this is a good time to give that pep talk! Let us know if we can help you with that.

Next week is the nationally recognized Teacher Appreciation Week. I will certainly express my thanks to our teachers next week, and always. I am someone who knew since 6th grade that I wanted to be a teacher. That’s when I had the first male teacher of my career - Mr. Kludjian at the Wang Middle School in Lowell.  I’m sure you all have a handful of teachers from your own career that stand out as memorable. I continue to be in awe of teachers who show up every day, care for 100+ students, and teach them lessons, planned and unplanned, big and small. I truly appreciate our teachers at RJ Grey and I hope you do, too. If you have a minute to share a word of thanks to your child’s teachers this spring, I know they will appreciate it. 

Each spring, we at RJ Grey live in a world of transition. We are welcoming 6th graders, we are saying goodbye to 8th graders, and we make plans for our 7th graders. If you have plans that include sending your child to a school outside of AB next year, please let us know by completing page 1 of this withdrawal form and returning it to our Counseling Office ([email protected]). This includes if your child plans to attend Minuteman High School or a private school. Knowing who we can expect to return to RJ Grey or ABRHS next year makes our planning go more smoothly. Please let me or Kerry Lewis know if you have any questions or need to talk about your plans.

Finally, there is an upcoming webinar that may be of interest to some of you: 

Finding the Words: Talking to Youth about Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Sometimes it can be hard to find the words to talk to kids and teens about certain topics. As parents and caring adults, we may feel nervous about saying the wrong thing or making matters worse. However, research shows that when it comes to topics like suicidality - talking is helpful, not harmful. Join Cartwheel and guest speaker Chris Smith, LCSW to learn practical tips and scripts for how to speak with kids and teens about mental health topics, including suicide prevention. We'll discuss how to break down communication barriers and let your child know that you're available to support them.

Tuesday, May 7 at 7:30 pm on Zoom: Click here to register

Upcoming Dates

  • Mon, May 6: MCAS Math 7

  • Mon, May 6: MCAS Civics Field Test for 8 Gold students

  • Mon, May 6: Library closed after school

  • Mon, May 6: Acton Town Meeting

  • Tues, May 7: MCAS Science/Tech 8

  • Wed, May 8: School Council, 7 pm

  • Fri, May 10: MCAS Civics Field Test for 8 Gold students

  • Mon, May 13: MCAS Civics Field Test for 8 Blue students

  • Mon, May 13: Boxborough Town Meeting

  • Wed, May 15: Spring Band Concert

  • Thurs, May 16: MCAS Civics Field Test for 8 Blue students

  • Fri, May 17: 7th grade dance, 7 - 9 pm

Take care and have a great weekend!

Posted by jmarcotte On 02 May, 2024 at 1:42 PM  

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