March 9, 2018
Thank you, Ray PTO, for your generous funding of Burlington's Taiko Drummers who on Monday launched our Grade 3 classes into preparations for the grade-wide Japanese Festival.  From the Burlington Taiko website:  "Taiko—Japanese for big drum- is a relatively modern revival of ancient Japanese drumming traditions. The drums originally developed in India, where they were used in religious ceremony to represent the voice of the Buddha. Moving across China and Korea with the spread of Buddhism, taiko arrived in Japan around 500 AD. Taiko quickly became part of Japanese culture; spiritual healers played taiko to dispel evil spirits and drive insects from the rice fields; Samurai employed taiko to instill fear in the enemy and courage in themselves; villagers used taiko to in their prayers for rain and in thanksgiving for a bountiful harvest."  Monday's grand finale: an all-school concert with an assortment of big drums, propulsive sound, lock-step choreography, and the dancing lion!  


Important Note:  Next Week's Schedule
  • School is closed on Monday, March 12th for a Teacher Inservice day.  The majority of teachers and ed assistants will spend the day at the Montshire Museum, participating in a Next Generation Science training with professionals from the Montshire and from the Vermont Science Initiative.  
  • School dismisses at 12PM on Tuesday, March 13th and Thursday, March 15th school for parent/teacher conferences.  On these half days, students will eat lunch at school and buses will be running to bring students home -- 3 hours earlier than usual.  The half days are only for the Ray School, not RMS or HHS.
Daylight Savings Time
Reminder: Turn your clocks ahead one hour on Sunday morning, March 11.

Science Night at the Montshire!  Thursday, 3/22, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

The Montshire Museum of Science invites Ray School families to an evening open house to celebrate science and our partnership with the Montshire! As a member of the Museum’s School Partnership Initiative, we’re excited to have the Montshire all to ourselves for this special event. Drop in anytime between 5:30-7:30 p.m. for a chance to explore the Museum and meet members of the Montshire staff who are collaborating with our faculty. Many Ray teachers will also be on hand. Free admission to all Museum exhibits. We hope to see you there!

K-1 Sing-Along: May 2 Students Only

On Wednesday, May 2, our morning sing-along is for K-1 students only.  This is Kindergarten Registration day, so we are aiming to diminish parking and hallway traffic for our visiting families.  

Grade 6 Enrollment

For current Ray 5th grade families: To start the enrollment process for Richmond Middle School, please complete the “Grade 6 Foreign Language and Music Request Form” located on the RMS website: Enrollment Materials. Please complete the form by Monday, March 26. Questions? Email Associate Principal Amanda Yates: amandayates@hanovernorwichschools.org

Make A Plate!  Tuesday, March 20
Join us in the Music Room on Tuesday, March 20 from 2:45-5:15 p.m. to create an original design to be transferred into a melamine keepsake plate.  Please fill out and return your registration form (click to open and download) to your child’s classroom teacher by Friday March 9th.  Pre-registration is preferred.  If you know in advance that your child will be unable to attend Make A Plate, please contact Teal Parker at parkeraxt@gmail.com as soon as possible to discuss alternate arrangements. We want everyone to have the opportunity to participate!

Community Events/Interests
(1) Howel Classic Mini-Golf 
Head over to the Howe Library on Sunday, March 18, 11 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The 18-hole mini-golf course is for kids of all ages.  Admission includes pizza, burritos and other treats.

(2) Horizons Day Camp on Lake Fairlee with 90 acres of inviting fields, woodlands, and trails has spots available between July 2 and Aug. 24. Counselor-led sailing, archery, swimming, theater, canoeing, kayaking, arts & crafts, hiking, and more!  Convenient bus transportation from Marion Cross School and Campion Rink. Visit alohafoundation.org/horizons/ or call 802-333-3400 for more information or to enroll.

(3) After School Spring Robotics groups (4/3/18 - 6/15/18) for students in Grades 3 - 8 are forming including new programming and Arduino classes.  Please visit the website for more details and/or to register.  Open House on Tuesday March 20th

Ray School Calendar