February 9, 2018

And they all came tumbling down!...  The Grade 5 Olympic Tumbling Showcase knocked our socks off.   A standing ovation, 5th graders!  It wasn't just the impressive physical skills, the somersaults, handsprings, flips and human pyramids. 
It wasn't just the creative ways students chose to represent Olympic sports.  It was also the "in-it-togetherness," the way children collaborated so that everyone could shine, not a select few.  
Here's what some of our 5th graders had to say of their tumbling experience. 

I learned it can be hard working as a team since everyone has different minds, and different goals and different abilities... 
We weren't just tumbling.  We were acting too.  We had to decide who would win and lose in the figure skating and how to act that out.  We thought about what it would really mean to come in last place in the Olympics, like coming in 100 out of 100.

Andrew:  We all came up with the routine together.  No one took charge.  I learned how much skill a lot of my classmates have that I didn't realize before.  

Immy:  This happened every single time I performed, even in front of our class, I'd totally forget the routine, but once I got on the mat, everything started flowing and just worked.  
This whole thing was a group bonding experience.  The different groups all saw Olympic sports so differently.  Seeing all of the different interpretations was really cool.  

Ian:  We created a Talking Council in my group to share our ideas.  We got the the idea from Reading Groups with Mrs. Wilson.

Reese [with broken foot]:  At first I wasn't going to do the show, but do the spotlight.  Then Mr. Condon realized the spotlight was too small so during recess, right before the show, I practiced with my team.  We fit in stuff I could do like forward rolls and hops.  
We gave thought to routines, personalities, tumbling, also acting and choreography so we could tell a story.  

Note:  I spoke with 20 children, all thoughtful and articulate; due to space constraints, only a few are featured here.  Thanks to all!  And also to Ms. Brauch, Mr. Condon and Ms. Mackintosh for their able leadership. 

Passport to Winter Fun

We have collected 306 front flaps! It's not too late to turn yours in. Many of you have already logged 20 days of physical activity which means you are eligible for two activity prizes. If you've lost your green prize sheet, it can be found on the Ray School Physical Education website. You have until March 31 to use your activity prizes. When you reach 30 days, or by March 14, please turn the back flap into the physical education teachers to be eligible for a polar bear achiever award. Thank you again to the Ray School PTO who made this opportunity possible! 

Sincerely, Ray Physical Education Team

100 Days
Last Wednesday marked our 100th day of school = 100 days of learning = cause for celebration!  Each grade level joined the fun.  For instance, K/1 students made hats, necklaces and banners and attempted 100 jumping jacks and tried to stay quiet for 100 seconds--harder than it may sound!  Grade 2 students created hats at home with 100 objects of their choosing.  Some children replicated a single object (e.g., 100 gummy bears) while others included a mixed variety.  Students wrote informational "hat paragraphs" which teachers then read aloud as students strutted their stuff in a fashion show in the Multi.  3rd Grade teachers challenged students in each classroom to create/wear 100 pigtails. Mr. Crawford provided a vibrant example (see photo).  In Mrs. Richardson's class, with the help of a student with 32 pigtails(!) and another with 21, pigtails totaled 144 in all.  On Thursday and Friday, many students used pigtails as an inspiration for multiplication and division math problems. 

Box Tops Update: 2/16 Deadline

Please turn in all Box Tops by February 16: they'll be counted and sent in to General Mills the last week of February. And then... keep collecting! The next submission will be in the Fall. We also have new collection tins at the mini Coop (by the registers) and the Hanover Coop (service desk). Thanks for participating! The money earned through the Box Top drive supports great things at Ray!

Date Change: RMS Transition Info Meeting for Ray School 5th Grade Parents

Out of respect for the Jewish holiday of Purim, which begins on Wednesday, 2/28, Richmond Middle School has shifted the RMS TransitionInfo Meeting from Wednesday to Monday, 2/26 from 6-7PM in the Ray School multipurpose room.  RMS School Counselors John LaCrosse and Liz Powers, as well as Principal Mike Lepene and Associate Principal Amanda Yates, will host a Q&A session to answer questions about a range of topics including scheduling, choosing classes, the elective program, and the structure of middle school teams. We hope to see you there!

Haven Helper: Cereal Collection!

For the month of February (and into March a wee bit!) Fifth Graders will be the Ray School Haven Helpers. The Student Leaders in each 5th grade classroom have suggested a challenge to see which classroom can collect the most cereal. They have made a chart and will be closely monitoring the bins. Please do what you can to support the Cereal Collection for the Haven!

The Upper Valley Music Center in Lebanon, NH is happy to announce our 2018 Summer Camps! Our programs include programs for ages 5-17; partnerships with Crossroads Academy, AVA Gallery and Art Center, and CATV(8); experiences for those who are just beginning their musical journey and those who want to develop their skills. Read more online at www.uvmusic.org. We look forward to making music with you this summer! 

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