February 17, 2018

"This is the best day of my entire life!"  It's not often you hear two children utter the same exact exclamation within two days of each other.  This week proved the exception.  On Wednesday teachers went all out for Valentine's Day, creatively sneaking in literacy and math amidst all the hearts and sugar.  On Friday we celebrated our inaugural Buddy Day Winter Olympics.  Students participated in 12 different Olympic and Paralympic events including wheelchair curling with bright yellow, red and blue pompom balls, speed skating on paper plates, sledge hockey on scooters with tiny plastic sticks, and bobsled relay on improvised sleds made from gym mats on scooter boards.  At 11:30 a.m., as the festivities wound down, one teacher expressed utter exhaustion, her head pounding from the nonstop cheering, and utter joy that 450+ children had the opportunity to spend three hours involved in pure fun and play.  Thanks to to P.E. teacher Clare Brauch, master organizer, and to our entire faculty and staff for pulling off the morning together!



Haven Helper: Cereal Collection!

For the month of February (and into March a wee bit!) Fifth Graders are our Ray School Haven Helpers.  Student Leaders in each 5th grade classroom have posed a challenge:  which classroom can collect the most cereal. They are closely monitoring the bins and recording inventory numbers on a chart. Please add "Haven cereal" to your grocery or To Do lists!  Thank you for supporting those in need. 

Author Visit! Natalie Kinsey-Warnock

Vermont Author Natalie Kinsey-Warnock will visit the Ray School on Friday, March 2nd. Natalie has written numerous children's books, including, but not limited to: True Colors (2013), Nora's Ark (2005), Gifts From The Sea (2005), From Dawn 'Til Dusk (2002), The Fiddler of the Northern Lights (1996), The Bear That Heard Crying (1993), When Spring Comes (1993), and The Canada Geese Quilt (1989). If you would like more information, please see Natalie's website.

Ray faculty and staff thank our amazing PTO for the 30-foot-long table of sweets and appreciation on Valentine's Day.  This was hands-down one of the best afternoons of our entire lives too!  Special appreciation to Jodi Richardson and Jacki Smith for organizing the Sweet Fest.  Recipes please :)

Community Events/Interests
VINS OwlFest

Owl Festival

The Owl Festival is a two-day event this year. VINS Members and Non-Members are encouraged to register for either Saturday or Sunday. (This event is free for VINS Members).

Sat & Sun, Feb 24 & 25

9:00am - 5:00pm

Included with admission to VINS*

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Calling all owls and owl lovers! Join us for a day of all things owly at the VINS Nature Center. Gather with live owls from all over the world, discover their life stories, create adorable crafts, get your face painted and delight in delicious food. Learn about current owl research and about VINS’ owl rehabilitation. Spice up your experience by dressing as your favorite owl! You never know whooo you’ll run into. #owllove #vinsraptors

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