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
  • November 3 - No School - Professional Learning for Staff
    November 4 - Full Day of In-Person Learning for Gold Cohort
ABRHS
  • Tuesday, November 3 - No School - Election Day & Professional Learning for Staff (see Cohort Calendar for the altered schedule for the week)
  • Thursday, November 5 - School Picture Retakes
  • Friday, November 6 - School Picture Retakes
  • Wednesday, November 11 - No School - Veterans Day

Back to School

Remember Back To School Night? Well, it will be different this year!  
 
The JH and HS will be reaching out to families with details on how it will all work.  You won't miss out on getting your new directory though!  It's free, and it's easy to get.  Just go to PowerSchool to download, view, or add it to your smartphone.  We promise that it will be easier than navigating the crowds that night :)  
 
So get your popcorn ready, and enjoy the videos from your student's teachers!  
 
Thank you for your support of the ABRPTSO!

Updated Morning Drop-Off - RJ Grey

 An important reminder to families who drive their children to school in the morning - we have adjusted our drop-off procedures.  Please review this document to familiarize yourself with our plans.

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.

Attendance Info - RJ Grey

Please click on the link to familiarize yourself on what to do if your child will be absent, tardy or dismissed early.

School Picture Make-Up Days Scheduled - RJ Grey

School pictures have now been taken. If your child did not have their picture taken, we have scheduled December 15th and 17th for make-up days as well as retakes.  

Interested in Minuteman High School? - RJ Grey

Are you the parent of a student who might want to attend Minuteman High School? Learn about their 19 career and technical education majors -- ranging from Automotive Technology and Electrical Wiring to Engineering and Biotechnology to Horticulture and Health Assisting. By joining a virtual parent info session, you will hear from some of our current parents and the experience they and their children have had while attending Minuteman. Join a virtual parent information session on the following dates to learn more: 

Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 PM (https://zoom.us/j/92754102549), or 
Wednesday, November 18 at 7:00 PM (https://zoom.us/j/92373137761)

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.

Danny's Place Presents: Nature Connection via Zoom - RJ Grey   

Calling all 7th + 8th graders - are you a nature/animal lover? Join us on the first Wednesday of each month for a chance to learn about a timely nature topic and as a result, learn more about yourself. Plus: you just might see a furry or feathered friend!

The first session is Wednesday, November 4th at 3:30pm. Sign up for this free program here: dannys-place.org/nature-connection-event

Proscenium Circus to Present "Online Encores"  

From the comfort of your own home, relive memorable Disney performances by Proscenium Circus, the student theatre troupe at Acton-Boxborough Regional High School. In November and December, Proscenium Circus is offering Online Encores, streaming two audience favorites: Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" and "Mary Poppins."
 
Virtual tickets are just $10 per show for the entire family. 
 
Come and be our guest for Disney's "Beauty and the Beast," streaming Saturday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 8, at 4 p.m.
 
Then, continue the fun with Disney's "Mary Poppins," streaming Saturday, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m. 
 
We invite you to revisit these classic Proscenium Circus performances by purchasing tickets today at https://www.abdrama.org/online-encores.

Virtual Back to School Night - ABRHS

The Back-To-School Night Virtual Website is live for viewing.  Detailed information was sent home in a letter on Thursday 10/29. The website will be available until 11/6. We hope you have time to view the presentations from your child's teachers.

Parents/Guardians of Color Advisory Group - ABRHS

Acton-Boxborough Regional High School is forming a Parents/Guardians of Color advisory group to raise the level of awareness in our school community about cultural learning differences, gain a better understanding about the experience of BIPOC families in our school community and promote an understanding among parents, educators, and others about culturally sensitive issues relating to the education of students of color.  Parents and guardians from all our AB communities of color are encouraged to participate.  We plan for quarterly meetings of this group (November, January, March and May) in the evening over Zoom.  The first meeting will be on November 17th at 7pm.  Please indicate on this Google form if you are interested in learning more. Questions?  Please contact Evelyn Abayaah-Issah, ABRHS Parent at eaissah@abschools.org or Lindsay Rosenman, ABRHS School Counselor at lrosenman@abschools.org.

School Picture Retakes - ABRHS

Photographers from Prestige/Lifetouch will be at school on Thursday and Friday, November 5 and 6, for school picture retakes. They will set up in Room 115N and students can go at any time during the school day, no appointment needed. All Covid precautions will be in place. Please email Genevieve Hammond, yearbook advisor, with any questions: ghammond@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.

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. 
 
Make & Bake Two Pies (Ages 16+), with Adrienne Dunne, Monday 11/23 

Drivers Ed, Monday & Wednesday starting 11/23, 3:30-5:30 pm

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

Acing Your College Interview, with Leah Abraham, 11/7

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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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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