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

  • Monday, September 28th - No School for Yom Kippur

What's Happening with the ABRPTSO?

First day of school has come and gone.  We hope everyone is off to a great start! What has the ABRPTSO been doing??  If you were not able to join our Zoom meeting last week, please calendar our next meeting: Tuesday, October 20th at 7:30pm.  Parents, guardians, school staff and students are all members of the PTSO.  Join us and have a vote!
 
Brainstorming: How can we support our students, staff and parents this year? How can we help generate school spirit? And we would also like to hear from you! Soon we will be asking you to complete a short parent survey. Please take the time to let us know how we can support our community.
 
Making donating easier: You can soon make your donations using PayPal! We are so excited to offer this convenience to all AB families.
 
Planning website updates: We want to make it friendlier and easier to find all the information you need! Paypal button for making your donation, easy to find info on open volunteer positions, and finally yes, info on our Electronic Directories!
 
In these unprecedented times our community needs to come together. The ABRPTSO is here to help guide you along the way. We thank everyone for gathering to support our seniors who graduated last year during their rolling rally and to collect their diplomas. We look forward to supporting every student during this coming year. Our hats are off to you with gratitude. Here's to a successful school year!!

School Directory - Action Required

Parents/Guardians: kindly update the Emergency Information and District Parent Permissions in PowerSchool, if you have not done so, before accessing the class schedule for your student(s) this year. 
 
The PTSO publishes a school directory each year. Your permission to include your student's information is required by the first day of school each year. Basic information such as Student's name, address, phone number and parent/guardian's name(s) are published in the School Directory. The Student Directory is shared with ABSAF. If you do not want your student'(s) or your information published in the directory, kindly ensure that the "Parent Group Permissions" under District Parent Permissions are appropriately updated.

HELP WANTED!

The PTSO is looking for a TREASURER!
Interested?  Email Nominations Chair Sonal Goel at sonalgoel@gmail.com

We are also looking for Chatter Publishers!  If you like to be in the KNOW - contact Communications Chair Laura-Jean Hickey at hickey-lj@outlook.com

Visit our website to learn more about us!

Volunteer Positions  - Week of Action

Next week, September 21-27 is Acton-Boxborough United Way's Week of Action. There are many ways to engage as community members and families, with both in-person and remote volunteer opportunities, including Chalk the Walk for Racial Justice.

Understanding the College Application Process for Senior Parents and Guardians (Fall College Night)

Fall College Night will be held on Tuesday, September 22nd at 6:30 pm via Zoom. This presentation will include information about the pros and cons of early decision and early action and the impact of COVID-19 on the college process for students in the Class of 2021. In addition, counselors will review the procedures for students to follow in submitting applications and requesting transcripts, school reports, and teacher recommendations. This workshop offers students and parents a chance to review the steps and to have any general questions answered.  Questions can be submitted in advance via this Google Form.

Note from the Athletic Director

This weekend is the last weekend to register for athletics. We will be running Golf, Soccer, Field Hockey, and Cross Country.  You can register here.  Physicals need to be dropped off in the athletic office Monday 9/14/2020.  Tryouts are listed on the website and will start 9/21/2020.  Please see the link of important information regarding athletics here or on our website.

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!

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. 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 http://interface.williamjames.edu for additional information about the service, as well as resources on mental health and wellness across the lifespan.

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. 
 
Registration remains open for tennis opportunities this fall!  They begin on Tuesday, 9/22.  Click on any link for full details and online registration for that session.  Or register by phone at 978-266-2525.

Junior High Tennis Program (Gr. 7 & 8):  Players of all levels are welcome, including complete beginners.  Courts are formed based on a level so that kids are challenged appropriately.  Practices occur on Tuesdays and Wednesdays with matches on Thursdays and Fridays.  With COVID protocols, this year's program is strictly limited to 16 children per day (4 to a court).  In the event we are rained out, a makeup will be scheduled at the end.


Locking Down For The Fun of It! (Grades 6-12), with Ellen Neelands, Open Door Education, 10/2-10/16 

Tonight's the LAST NIGHT TO ORDER YOUR FALL MUMS THROUGH ABSAF!!!

 
$10 each or 3 for $25
Orders must be placed by Monday, 9/21.  Click here for order form.

A central location in Acton will be set up for contactless pick up on Saturday 9/26
All proceeds 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.

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  
Join the ABRPTSO Now
For just a $50 Donation

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Check out how the PTSO benefits our community! The PTSO will only spend the amount we raise, so our success depends on YOU!

One $50 membership donation
per family,
per school year. 

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


Current Newsletter

Chatter - September 20th

ABRPTSO Meetings

Time: 7:30 - 9:30 pm
Location: Click on Meeting date for Zoom link
All are welcome!

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