Welcome to the PTSO!
The PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) includes representatives from both the Acton-Boxborough Regional High School and RJ Grey Junior High School. Our mission is to serve the schools in the following ways:

Communication ─ We interact directly with the home, school, school committee and community through email newsletters
  • Sign up for the Junior High & High School Weekly Chatter, that tell you everything you need to know about the upcoming school week with a separate edition for each school
  • Sign up for Grey Matters, Junior High Principal Shen’s weekly newsletter
  • Update your Email Profile
Financial Support ─ We support programs, projects, field trips, Freshmen Orientation, grants to the Jr. High and High Schools, student scholarships and student directories.
Speaker Forums ─ Our annual speaker series provides forums for students, parents, faculty and the community. The ABRPTSO works closely with the school administration and other community organizations to identify topics of most interest and relevance to our community.
INTERFACE Referral Service ─ this mental-health and wellness referral help line connects people of all ages to mental health providers. Due to our contract with INTERFACE, the service is free to Acton and Boxborough residents. More information is available here.

ABRPTSO Co-Chairs
Kavitha Manikandan and Susan He

School Building Vote at Special Town Meeting - Dec 4 @ 7:00pm

The towns of Acton and Boxborough will hold Special Town Meetings on Monday, December 4. The first article to be voted on will be the allocation of funds for the new school building feasibility study. The Town of Acton has been accepted into the state's school building funding program and stands to receive reimbursement for up to half of the project. The vote on Dec 4 is to allocate funds for the feasibility study only ($1.3M where MSBA will pay 45.3% or $590K of the cost and AB will pay $710K from the districts E&D reserve fund). Please attend Town Meeting on December 4 at 7pm in the high school auditorium if you would like the opportunity to cast your vote. To learn more about this issue, please watch the video presentation and Douglas School tour video.

Community Suicide Prevention Training - Tuesday, Dec 5 @ 7:00pm

Community-wide suicide prevention training, free and open to the public, will be offered on Tuesday, December 5, in the Gallery, 2nd Floor at Village Works in West Acton, 7-9 p.m. Eliot Community Human Services, with a Healthy Teen Initiative Grant from the Acton-Boxborough United Way, will conduct this workshop. The community-wide program that teaches the warning signs of suicide and an effective emergency response called QPR: QUESTION, PERSUADE, AND REFER. QPR teaches three simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life. Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone for help.

Holiday Teacher Appreciation Breakfast - Wednesday, Dec 13

This year's Holiday Teacher Appreciation Breakfast will be held on Wednesday, December 13. We have over 200 teachers and staff supporting our children and this is a wonderful event that enables us to give back to them!
We need volunteers for the following:
  • Buy paper products to be reimbursed by the PTSO
  • Bring food: quiches, stratas, croissants, coffee cakes and fruit breads, bagels, cream cheese, whole fruit and fruit salads, yogurt and granola, etc.
  • Bring juice, ½ and ½, milk, and flavored creamers for the coffee
The idea is to provide the teachers & staff with a variety of breakfast choices which they greatly appreciate. Hot items are always a big hit too!
Food can be dropped off the afternoon or evening of December 12, or the morning of the breakfast (December 13) by 6:30am. Please be sure to label any items you would like returned.
If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up via the Sign Up Genius http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409094ba4aa22aaf94-teacher by December 6.
If you have questions, please email either Kathy McCullen (akmccullen@gmail.com) or Beatriz L de Condes (beatrizdecondes@gmail.com)
Thank you for your support - the teachers and staff enjoy and appreciate this event each year!

Family Learning Series Event - Thursday, Dec 14

This month's Family Learning Series event will be held on Thursday, December 14,
from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. in the Parker Damon Building Library. Author Tracy Johnston Zager will talk about "Breaking the Negative Math Cycle" and will help parents understand her approach to this issue. The intended audience is parents/caregivers and community members. Please see the program flyer for more information.

Free Driver Education Help

A free online driver education service is now available through the library's partnership with driving-tests.org. The program includes practice tests that are based on the Massachusetts Registry of Motor vehicles materials, including 11 car practice tests, 9 motorcycle practice tests, 12 CDL (commercial driver's license) practice tests and online driver's manuals for car, motorcycle, and CDL. In addition, there's a FAQ section with detailed answers to over 100 DMV-related questions.
To access the free program visit: http://actonml.driving-tests.org, or the library's E-Resources page.
No registration is required.

Holiday gifts at the AB School Store!

Show Your School Spirit!!  Gift AB Clothing this holiday season or buy something for yourself to wear! Our AB School Store Order Form is attached for your purchase or e-mail us your selection at ABSchoolStore@abschools.org. Deadline for ordering is DECEMBER 7, 2017 @ 3PM.

2017-18 ABRPTSO Board Open Positions

The AB Parent Teacher Organization has open board positions for the 2017-2018 school year. New members will be trained by current board members.

Membership
(shadow position for 2017-18)
Coordinates online portal for membership dues; Prepares monthly membership reports for ABRPTSO Board; Prepares and sends membership reminders throughout the school year as necessary.

Please contact Padmini Narayan, ABRPTSO Nominations Chair, if you are interested in any of these positions or if you would like to learn more about these positions.

Across the Board

Across the Board: Life at ABRHS is the school's news website containing write-ups and photos of some of the many school activities. Click here to see the latest goings on.


Join the ABRPTSO Now
For just a $40 Contribution

The ABRPTSO will only spend the amount we collect, so our success depends on you! 

One $40 membership contribution per family, per school year. 

This contribution is tax deductible.
The PTSO is a registered 501(c)3.



ABRPTSO Meetings

  • Sep 13, 2017
  • Nov 8, 2017
  • Jan 10, 2018
  • Mar 14, 2018
  • May 16, 2018
Time: 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Location: ABRHS, Room 115N
All are welcome!

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