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 ─ Your donations provide students with extended afternoon library staffing, Agendas & folders for all 900 RJG students, Wellness Initiatives, Window Seat, Student Leadership Conferences, Career Speakers/Author Visits, Senior Scholarships, Freshman Orientation 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 Chair
Deanne O'Sullivan

Calendar of Events

RJ Grey
  • October 19 & October 20 - Picture Day
  • October 20 - PTSO Zoom Meeting - You're Invited!
  • October 20 - Back to School Night
ABRHS
  • Tuesday, October 20 - PTSO Zoom Meeting - YOU'RE INVITED!
  • Tuesday, October 20 - Interim teacher comments emailed
  • Wednesday, October 21 - Senior cap & gown orders due
  • Wednesday, October 28 - 1:30 p.m - Career Speakers online event (for junior and seniors)
  • Thursday, October 29 - Virtual Back to School Night videos will be released

Let's. Zoom. Together.

The ABRPTSO wants to hear from you!!  Come learn about your PTSO and tell us your ideas at our next General ABRPTSO Zoom Meeting this TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20th at 7:30pm.  We need to come together to help our students, families, and staff!
We'll talk about:
  • Student Volunteer Opportunities within the PTSO
  • How best to support our community during these crazy times
  • Where you want your donations to go to make the greatest impact 
Use this link to join the Zoom: https://abschools.zoom.us/j/92093898355
We look forward to Zooming together!  Everyone is invited!  Every voice matters!

Interim Teacher Comments for Term 1 - ABRHS

    Term 1 interim comments will be emailed to parents/guardians and students on Tuesday, October 20. Teachers will be sending an interim comment if they have a concern about a student's attendance, participation, or work completion. Not all students will receive an interim comment. 
    Because interims are sent by email to the parent/guardian contacts listed on the Emergency Contact Information screen on the parent portal, we urge you to check the portal to verify that all parent/guardian email addresses are accurate. Click herefor directions on how to verify parent/guardian email addresses.

Asynchronous Attendance Form & Survey - RJ Grey

Please remind your children that on asynchronous days they need to complete the Asynchronous Attendance Form and survey by 7pm that evening. 

School Pictures this Week - RJ Grey

School pictures will be taken on Monday, October 19th for the Blue Cohort. They will be taken for the Gold Cohort on Tuesday, October 20th. We will have extended hours for Remote students on Monday, October 19th from 2:45 - 4:00 pm. Remote students can also come anytime during the school day on October 20th. Picture forms are being sent home with students this week. Photos may also be ordered online this year. The electronic version of the order form can be found here

Rise to the Challenge - RJ Grey   

Rise to the Challenge is something we started as a way of recognizing student involvement in community service.  We know that many students are already participating in service activities outside of school, and we hope to celebrate those efforts along with encouraging more students to become active in service opportunities.  Students who complete 10 hours of service within the school year will be recognized for their efforts. Please visit the community service page on our website that provides all the details for this program. If you have any questions, please email Debbie Brookes at dbrookes@abschools.org.

Coming Later in October - Virtual Back to School Night - ABRHS

Like everything else, Back to School Night will be different this year. Instead of parents meeting in person with teachers throughout a single evening, teachers are preparing pre-recorded videos that will be uploaded to a Back-To-School Night Website which will be released on October 29th. During the week of BTSN, you will receive a couple of different emails with detailed instructions for navigating the website and your child's schedule to help determine the videos you will want to watch.

Caps & Gowns and Senior Dues - ABRHS

In lieu of a traditional Financial Aid Information Night, the ABRHS Counseling Department recommends that families attend Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority online programming in the coming weeks. MEFA is offering webinars on several topics, including: Understanding the FAFSA; Nuts and Bolts of the CSS Profile; and College Financing (general financial aid information). More information can be found at: https://www.mefa.org/events.

Career Speakers - ABRHS

Juniors and seniors are invited to the first Live Zoom ABRHS Career Speakers Event of the year on Wednesday, October 28, 2020, at 1:30 pm. All students in both the Hybrid and Remote Learning Programs will be working from home, asynchronously, and can attend without missing a class. There are nine great career presentations for students to choose from. All juniors and seniors have been emailed a link to sign up. The registration deadline is on October 21st. Contact Melissa Dempsey with questions at mdempsey@abschools.org.

Fall Extracurricular Activities Fair Online - ABRHS

We are excited to kick off our 2020 Fall Activities Fair on Flipgrid!! If your son or daughter is interested in joining a club or activity, have them go to Good Morning AB and click on the ABRHS Fall Activities Kick Off link to watch these amazing videos recorded by students and advisors describing their clubs/activities. (You must have an AB email address to open the link.) They can also see a complete list of all our Clubs/Activities posted on the ABRHS web page. If you have any questions about a club or activity, please contact Mrs. Chiauzzi at rchiauzzi@abschools.org or Mrs. Dempsey at mdempsey@abschools.org.

Socially Distanced Scarecrows

Ever seen a scarecrow wearing a mask? Enter the Scarecrow Making Contest to benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Central Middlesex. Beginning September 1st, bring your $25 donation to Cucurbit Farm at 32 Parker St. in Acton and pick up your scarecrow starter frame. Then drop off your family friendly scarecrow at the farm stand. Individuals, organizations, and businesses are invited to participate. The scarecrows will be on display for the entire month of October. The public is invited to cast their vote for the winning scarecrow and reserve a time slot in the corn maze. Our goal is 100 scarecrows along the fence and many conversations about mental health. Additional info at cucurbitfarm.com or namicentralmiddlesex.org.

AB Food Service Update

While the return to school this fall is not what any of us envisioned, we want to assure you the Food Service Department is working hard to create a welcoming and safe environment to provide healthy meals for all Acton-Boxborough students. We are excited to provide our students with nourishing and nutritious meals that will support them, both in school and at home.
 
Since March, the Food Services staff have been hard at work! We have prepared and served over 25,000 meals at our curbside pickup. Special thanks to our wonderful Food Services staff and Neighbor Brigade Volunteers that have made this possible for our community. It is our pleasure to serve you.
 
Please visit our website for important information regarding free meals, free/reduced priced meal applications, menus, and other necessary information for the upcoming school year.  Follow us on social media for the latest news and updates. Please reach out with any questions you might have at lunchonline@abschools.org. Your children are the reason we love our jobs and we are here to make sure that they are fueled with good food and ready to learn!

Acton Boxborough Student Activities Fund
Get ready for the holidays with the help of ABSAF!

Thank you to all who purchased Mums to support our fall fundraiser. We hope you are enjoying them this fall season. 

OUR NEXT EVENT IS RIGHT IN TIME FOR THE BUSY HOLIDAY SEASON!
 
Surprise your Family and Friends while 
supporting Acton Boxborough Student Activities Fund (ABSAF)! 
DELICIOUS HOLIDAY TREATS from GINGERBREAD CONSTRUCTION CO!

Make your holiday entertaining (or gifting) a little easier this Thanksgiving while supporting ABSAF! This year we are excited to be selling delicious muffin loaves from the Gingerbread Construction Co., a local, family-owned business located in Wakefield, MA. These products do not use preservatives or shelf stabilizers.
We have 7 varieties to choose from: 
  • Apple Crumb
  • Blueberry
  • Carrot
  • Coffee Cake
  • Gingerbread
  • Chocolate Chip
  • Iced Pumpkin
Please place your order by Monday Nov. 16th Link to purchase and view pictures:   http://absaf.net/buy_muffin_loaves.html
We will have a contactless pick up on Saturday Nov. 21st- (Time and location TBD)
Price: $14 each. All proceeds go to support ABSAF.
Thank you for your support! And Happy Holidays from ABSAF!!

ABSAF contributions support athletic teams (Junior High to Varsity), academic teams (Math Team, Science Team, Speech and Debate Team, and Academic Decathlon Team), performing arts groups (Band, Chorus, and Theater), and community service at ABRHS and RJ Grey. Some examples of how ABSAF funds have been used include: donations to Proscenium Circus (the High School Theatre group), purchase of band uniforms and instruments, new stage curtains and sound system for the Junior High, supplies and equipment for all athletic teams, study guides and league dues for academic teams, athletic uniforms, and transportation to events for all the groups mentioned above.

A-B Community Ed Update

Acton-Boxborough Community Ed continues to offer quality programming for teens. For these classes follow the links for each class or go to our website, AB Community Ed Website to see all our fall offerings. 
 
The Perils Of Student Loan Debt With College Planning, with Jarod Bloom, Sechrest & Bloom, LLC, 10/20


An Overview of the FAFSA - How To Avoid The Common Traps, with Jack Wang, Longhorn Financial, 10/27

College Admissions in the Age of Coronavirus, with Sue Wachter, Acton College Consulting, 11/4

Advanced Math Topics For The ACT, with Acton College Consulting, 11/10-11/17 

ABSAF Seeking Student Board Members

Acton Boxborough Student Activities Fund is also currently looking for students interested in becoming new board members for the 2020-2022 school year. ABSAF is an organization of adults and high school students whose mission is to raise funds each year, which are donated to the Acton Boxborough Regional High School and RJ Grey Jr High to support performing arts groups, athletic teams, academic teams and community service efforts. 
 
ABSAF board members meet the second Wednesday of each month at 7pm via Zoom (except June, July, and December). Active participation and ability to attend meetings and fundraisers are required of board members.  The deadline for submission of nomination interest is October 25,2020. If you are able to make this commitment and are interested in the potential of being a board member, please click on this link: https://forms.gle/cBLytRjBVS9pLhcJ6. The ABSAF Board will review all requests and notify you.  Thank you for your considering serving the AB community through the ABSAF Board!

Wondering about Access to Mental Health Services?

INTERFACE Referral Service is a mental health resource and referral Helpline that helps children, adults and families, in subscribing communities, become connected with mental health and wellness resources.  Part of your ABRPTSO Membership Dues goes towards the funding of this service.
 
INTERFACE Referral Service looks forward to continuing to help residents of Acton & Boxborough find a successful match with an outpatient mental health provider in their area, who is able to see them at a convenient time, takes their insurance or meets their fee requirement, as well as meets their clinical needs.
 
Please call the William James College INTERFACE Helpline at 617-332-3666 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm, for resource information and/or provider referrals from a mental health professional. Please also review the very extensive website at interface.williamjames.edu for additional information about the service, as well as resources on mental health and wellness across the lifespan.

What's Going on at A-B?

AB Snapshots is a site with photos and descriptions of some of the current events and activities at A-B, month by month. Use the link above to access the site now, or use the link on the ABRHS home page any time.

Counseling Department Communications

What else is going on at A-B?
For photos and news briefs about goings on at Acton-Boxborough, check out AB Snapshots  
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Chatter - September 20th

ABRPTSO Meetings

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
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