March 23, 2018

“Never be limited by other people’s limited imagination." - Mae Jemison

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Ray librarian Joanne Sergeant has been reading our younger students books about interesting, influential and inspiring women and posting related quotations on the old-fashioned blackboard in her cozy teaching corner.  Why Mae Jemison this week?  Ms. Sergeant commented: "I love that, even as a young child, Jemison was interested in science and asking questions." She
pulled out Mae Among the Stars, a read-aloud book suited for K-1 students. Jemison's mother had continuously reinforced: “If you dream it, if you believe in it, and work hard for it, anything is possible.” Mae utterly internalized this message. Born in Alabama in 1956 and raised in Chicago, Jemison studied chemical engineering, became a medical doctor, served in the Peace Corps, and explored her passion for dance before applying for a job at NASA. In 1992 Jemison flew for eight days on the Space Shuttle Endeavor, becoming the first African-American woman to travel in space. (She was also a professor of Environmental Studies at Dartmouth.) To learn more about Jemison's personal philosophy and convictions, including how she overcame a fear of heights (!), check out this 2015 "Lessons Learned" article from Fast Company.

Ms. Sergeant also highly recommends
Shaking Things Up: 14 Young Women Who Changed the World,” a beautiful book of 14 poems about revolutionary young women who sparked change in the world, each poem coupled with an illustration by a different female artist. Feel free to contact Ms. Sergeant at any time to talk about any aspect of children's books. She is truly our Ray community librarian, welcoming and encouraging your questions as well as your children's: joannesergeant@rayschool.org.

Thank You, PTO! 
Thanks to all who participated in Make A Plate this year! Lots of creativity packed the Music room on Tuesday afternoon. Overall we have 182 colorful creations that should be transformed into dinnerware by the end of April.  

Open House at the Montshire
On Thursday night, Ray families delighted in discovery, friendship, and hands-on fun at the Montshire Museum.  See for yourself!

RMS "Spring" Concert Series: Please join us next week!

Tuesday, March 27: 6/7 grade bands will perform in the RMS auditorium at 5:30 PM
Wednesday, March 28: Bridge Concert at HHS. 8th grade band will perform at the high school along with the high school bands at 7:00 PM
Thursday, March 29: 6/7/8 grade chorus concert will perform at the RMS auditorium at 5:30 PM

Community Forum on Bullying: 3/26 at 6:30PM

Next Monday evening, March 26th, Superintendent Badams plans to host a community forum on bullying at 6:30PM in the HHS Library. Dr. Badams plans to give a brief presentation about state laws, SAU policies and procedures, parent and student resources, and some of the promising approaches to bullying prevention. He also is planning to use the occasion to get better acquainted with our school community.

May 2: Students Only at K-1 Sing-Along

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.  

Last Call! 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

Kitchen Items Wanted

It's Spring cleaning season!  If you discover any kitchen items you no longer need, we'd welcome them for use in our Life Skills kitchen.  In particular we are seeking pot holders, measuring cups, standing mixer, blender, cookie sheets/baking sheets, pots and pans, cooking utensils.  Please drop off items in the front office.  Thank you!

Community Events/Interests

(1) Wednesday, 3/28, 6:30pm:  Sustainable Hanover Committee  (information flyer).  Last year Hanover voted to transition to 100% renewable electricity by 2030 and renewable heating and transportation fuel by 2050. Are you wondering what has happened since then?  Please join us on March 28th at the RWB Community Center for updates including solar soon to be installed on municipal facilities; Dartmouth's and Kendal's efforts to become more energy efficient; and the national awarded to the Co-op for significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  The meeting will kick-off with a presentation by Dan Kalafatas, CEO of 3Degrees.  There will also be a presentation on the proposed Community Solar Zoning Amendment for Hanover's May Town Meeting.  Meet members of the Sustainable Hanover Energy Sub-Committee.  Meet neighbors creating neighborhood groups. Find your neighborhood and how much renewable energy already surrounds you. View displays on the many local entities working toward 100% renewables.

(2) Free Junior Squash Clinic open to any and all 9-16 years olds! Is your child interested in playing or learning more about squash? Did you know that Squash is played at 62 of the top colleges in the U.S.? Try our free Junior Squash Clinic for 9-16 year olds @ the Dartmouth Squash courts on Monday April 2 at 6:30 -7:30pm. and/or Thursday April 5 from 5:00 - 6:00pm. We will be offering a regular clinic at the same times on Mondays and Thursdays during the months of April and May. All equipment provided, please wear non-marking sneakers. Please e-mail to register your child/children: gary.n.gargan@dartmouth.edu.

(3) Dartmouth College Research Study 
(information flyer).  3-6 year old boys and girls are needed for a study on how children process information presented on visual media. 

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