03-24-2017



Dear Ray School Families,

We are fortunate to have so many volunteers and visitors from our community that enrich the lives of our students through the their presence at our school. Sam Drazin, an educator who struggled with his own hearing disability, came to speak to fifth graders at The Ray School on Thursday, March 23rd. The purpose for Sam’s visit was multifaceted; he was here to discuss his own experiences and to put forth the ideas of disability awareness, inclusiveness, and understanding. Sam’s presentation was both informative and thought-provoking for our students as he promoted acceptance and respect for all people.


    


It is thanks to The Ray School PTO that Sam was able to come to Ray and share his personal history. For more information, please check out his organization: Changing Perspectives.


2017/18 Associate Principal
Please join us in our congratulations to Lauren Amrhein who will serve as our next associate principal for the Ray School, effective July 1, 2017. Lauren has played an integral role this year in supporting the learning and self-discovery that characterizes the Ray School's classroom experience. Her work with students, teachers and parents has been particularly helpful in supporting the educational mission of the Ray School this year.


Spring is Here!
Even though it is officially Spring Time, please remember to have your children have appropriate outdoor clothing for recess.  This time of year we can have freezing cold temperatures in the morning and warm sunny afternoons.  It is also a good idea to check Lost & Found regularly for missing items.

Summer Social Skills Camp Coyote 2017
We are proud to announce that we will be offering Camp Coyote again this summer at the Ray School.  Campers will be organized into small groups by age while learning and practicing social skills utilizing the Michelle Winner Social Thinking program through play and structured activities.  Camp Coyote is focused on social skill development and more highly structured, positive social interactions with peers, but is not an academic program. Students eligible are rising kindergartners through sixth graders with a range of social skill abilities. We begin each morning with community building activities and have structured activities, games, and trips to Storrs Pond recreation area. Camp will be held from 9:00am-1:00pmMonday through Thursday from July 10th - August 3rd at the Ray School.  For students who haven't attended Camp Coyote in the past, we do require a two week minimum enrollment.  For students who have participated in the past, they can sign up in weekly increments. The cost is $170.00 per week for students who attend the Ray School and Camp Coyote is not part of their extended school year services.  Registration closes on April 30th.  If you have any questions or would like to register your child, please contact Russell Ward:  russell.ward@rayschool.org.

Have a great weekend! 
Kevin and Lauren





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