April 7, 2018

        Want to charge kids up about learning?  One surefire way:  Ask them to publicly display their mastery and creativity.  Nothing galvanizes student effort like the anticipation of a culminating event, ideally with a real live audience:  a play, enactment, debate, poetry reading, art display, choral concert, you name it.  We do this so well at Ray!  Two extraordinary cases in point this past week...  
        At Wednesday evening's Grade 5 Open House, students proudly shared research and exquisite artwork about animals the world over:  sloths, lions, jaguars, tapirs, lemurs, kiwis, great white sharks, you name it.  Kids were the experts and ran the show, sharing findings in the creative forms of diaries, newspapers, field scientist notebooks, care-and-feeding manuals, realistic fiction stories and interviews.  Preceding the research showcase, guests were delighted by stellar performances by our saxophone, flute and clarinet ensembles, as well as by Spanish Autobiografia narrations.  Thanks to our five Grade 5 teachers, along with Mr. Maurer, band director, and Spanish teacher Ana Utell for preparing children for this stunning event.  
        The next day, K-1 students from Tia James' and Leslie Connolly's classrooms presented "Songs of Seeds," a joyous culmination of a Life Science study of the needs of living organisms for energy and growth.  Our youngest scholars paraded, acted, taught and sang (in Spanish as well as English!) about the distinct parts of seeds and how they germinate and grow.  Whimsical hand-made masks, carried on sticks, and colorful backdrops set a happy stage.  Behind the scenes, eight teachers collaborated in a mighty interdisciplinary effort to create this rich experience for our children.  A huge shout-out to Art teacher Robin Henry, Spanish teachers Silvia Holman and Alma Garcia, Music teacher Kathy Sherlock-Green, and Ed Assistants extraordinaire Deb Hanna and Deb O'Rourke who joined the two classroom teachers.  The outcomes for students?  Along with gaining an embodied appreciation of gardens, every child had a chance to shine; children strengthened relationships with other teachers in the building; and they got to "do brave things," Mrs. Connolly says.  Ms. James adds: "Children are a foot taller when the show is over!"  
        Join us next Thursday (4/12) for two more public celebrations of children's efforts:  Meadow Night at 5:30 p.m. in Mrs. Jarecki's Grade 1 classroom and the Grade 4 Native American Night starting at 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 31:  RMS Transition Presentation & Tour
Parents of 5th graders:  You are cordially invited to a presentation by 6th grade teachers about 6th grade at Richmond Middle School on 5/31 from 6-7 PM in the RMS auditorium.  Following the presentation and Q & A, School Counselors John LaCrosse and Liz Powers will lead middle school tours for interested parents.

Community Events/Interests

Thayer School of Engineering: Open House and Exposition!
View flyer.  This upcoming Friday, April 13, 5:30-8PM, bring friends and family to a fun, hands-on Engineering Open House & Exposition at Thayer School of Engineering.  Tour the labs and the amazing machine shop, view student projects and a Formula Hybrid race car, play with robots, eat "scientific" treats, and more!  Free and open to all.  

May 4: Youth-In-Action: Day-in-Action!
Friday, May 4th is the annual fundraiser for Youth-In-Action. Anyone in the local community can hire Hanover High students
($10/hour for each student) to help with spring chores from 11- 3 on a Friday afternoon.  If your windows or yard need cleaning, your garden bed needs widening, or you need a hand moving furniture from basement to attic, here's your chance! Please sign up HERE or email Beth yia@hanovernorwichschools.org for more information.

Hanover/Norwich Spring Cleans!  2nd Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale
Calling all residents, neighborhoods, groups and organizations. May 12 is the second annual neighborhood yard sale day in Hanover and Etna. And this year we welcome Norwich too!  The Sustainable Hanover Committee is organizing a multiple yard sale event that will take place in front yards and neighborhoods all over Hanover, Etna and Norwich on May 12, 2018 from 9am - 1pm. Each resident/group/neighborhood is responsible for conducting their own sale, and all monies collected will be retained by the sellers, minus a nominal $5 fee to help defray advertising costs.  Get your yard sale on the list to take advantage of publicity we will provide. To sign up and for further information, please contact: Mary Donin at 603-643-4721 or send an email to hanoverspringcleans@gmail.com.

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