Dear Families, 

Thank you for taking the time to complete our annual Family Survey. We are going to keep the survey open through the weekend. If you have not found a moment to complete it and would like to, please do so before Monday at 5pm. We appreciate the feedback on behalf of our students and school. Here is the link to the survey questions. 

Enjoy the weekend, 

Message from the Superintendent
Dear Ray School Families,

I am writing to thank you for your patience as we work our way through what I hope to be our last leadership change for a long time. As I shared in my initial announcement, while Lisa Sjostrom finishes the year assisting with projects at the SAU, Lauren Amrhein will be leading the Ray School. While the Hanover School Board and I will be reviewing operations at the school for the remainder of the year, we have complete confidence in Ms. Amrhein and our outstanding teachers and support staff. As we look toward the 2018-19 school year, I am optimistic that Ms. Amrhein and her team will be able to provide the stable and effective leadership that the Ray School needs.

I know that some of you have expressed concerns about transparency, timing, and leadership stability. I can share that Ms. Sjostrom’s decision to pursue other opportunities was by mutual agreement, and that I am personally grateful to her for both her professionalism and for the good work she did at the Ray School this year. As for the timing of this change, given that many decisions are being made in planning for next school year, Ms. Sjostrom agreed that it made sense to initiate this change sooner rather than later.

Recognizing that our school community has experienced considerable leadership change in recent years, entrusting the ongoing operation of the Ray School to Ms. Amrhein was an easy decision. Ms. Amrhein's familiarity with our students, staff and families, her expertise in elementary curriculum and instruction, and her sincere commitment to the Ray School will serve our students well.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact my office directly at 643-6050, ext 2006, or jaybadams@sau70.org.

Jay Badams

Japanese Festival

Last Thursday night the third grade celebrated their end of unit study of the continent of Asia by showcasing an amazing array of artwork, crafts, musical entertainment, and enthusiastically researched material on the culture of Japan. This is a extremely integrated unit and involves so many individuals.  We thank Robin Henry, Kathy Sherlock-Green, and Carolyn Keck for Art and Music respectively. We also would like to thank the Japanese community in the Dartmouth/Hanover area for bringing authenticity to our learning. Specifically, we’d like to thank Ms. Ariko Matsuoka for her performance on the Biwa on Thursday night and for organizing our Japanese visitors. Studying the continents of our world is central to the third grade Social Studies curriculum at the Ray School. Comparing and contrasting life in Japan to that here in America has been taking place for nearly 30 years. We are so proud of our students.

Bike Safety Assembly
Scott Hunt, Safety and Security Officer from Dartmouth College, taught students how to be safe on their bicycles. He discussed how the human brain is the most important piece of cycling equipment. We need to protect it so we can make safe choices when riding a bike. Students demonstrated how to find a proper fitting helmet by doing the shake test, tightening the chin strap, and doing the two finger check above the eyebrows. Officer Hunt noted that children should wear bright or contrasting colored clothing and outfit their bike with reflectors and/or lights. Additionally, Officer Hunt reminded Ray School students that sidewalks are a great place to ride on when they are not crowded. Students and adults should walk their bikes to the bike racks in front of the school at arrival and dismissal times when it's busy.

Bike/Walk to School Day
On Wednesday, May 9th, we will take part in National Walk/Bike to School DayBike riders come to school on their own schedules. It is suggested that any students biking to school have a parent/guardian go with them if this is something the student does not already do alone and on a regular basis. Walkers meet at specific places, and walk to school in a group. We do not have designated adults to walk from each meeting spot so parents/guardians please walk if your schedule allows to help keep the children safe. Here are some pedestrian safety rules to follow:
  • Walk together and share the sidewalk/road by walking no more than two by two
  • Stop at road crossings and cross together as a group so we do not hold up traffic
  • Walk facing traffic when there isn't a sidewalk
  • When using the Multi Use Path along route 10, please walk/ride on the right hand side, pass on the left, and make sure to alert other pedestrians when you are passing them
  • Please use caution on Rip Road as there is no sidewalk!
Here are the meeting locations:
  • Greensboro Road at Lebanon St. (Rt. 120) @ 6:45am
  • Carter St/Brockway St and Lebanon St. @ 7:05am
  • Wyeth & Dunster @ 6:50 am on to Brook Rd @ 6:55 am
  • Dartmouth Green @ 7:10am
  • Balch & Park Street meeting up with the Green walkers @ 7:20am at traffic light
  • Bottom of hill at Camp Brook Road @ 7:35am and on to meet the group at the bottom of MacDonald Drive
  • Bottom of hill MacDonald Drive @ 7:40am
  • Meadow Lane (Verona, Willow Springs) @ 7:25am
  • Kingsford, Rayton, Haskins & Low @ 7:20am
  • Fletcher Circle @ 7:40am
  • Curtis, Woodmore, Dresden, Bridgeman neighborhood meet at Curtis/Reservoir @ 7:45am or take your usual short cut to school
Please check the date and condition of your child's bike/scooter/inline skate helmets.  Find information on bike safety on the healthykids.org website.  In need of a helmet?  Email clare.brauch@rayschool.org who can outfit your child with a brand new one. Thank you to the Hanover bike/pedestrian committee for working with Ms. Brauch to get new helmets donated for those who need one. They will also be available at the bike rodeo on Sunday, May 6 from noon until 2pm in the Ray School parking lot. New this year, we have added middle-school-appropriate challenges, so bring your bikes, helmets and elementary- and middle school-aged children to this free bike safety event.  Let's make sure everyone's bikes and helmets are ready for walk/bike to school day on Wednesday, May 9!
Emergency Preparedness Lock Down Drill 
On Monday, May 14th, the Ray School will be holding a lock down drill at 10:00am. Teachers will be reminding students about lock down procedures in a developmentally appropriate way. The Hanover Police Department will be on site to assist with the drill. Please note that the building will be locked during this drill with no one allowed to enter or exit the building. A sign will be placed on the front entrance to notify visitors. Once the sign is removed, the drill is over. Please contact Associate Principal Lauren Amrhein with any questions. 

Kendal Volunteer in Art!
This is the third year that our marvelous Kendal volunteer, Debbie, has joined us in the art room.   She is currently helping in Ms. Herald’s fifth grade class.  She worked previously in schools in the DC area and currently paints as a hobby.  She quietly shares her wisdom and offers gentle encouragement throughout art class.  The kids just love having her join us. We’re so fortunate to have community helpers in our school.

Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon
Please join us for our end of year thank you celebration for Ray School volunteers!  A buffet lunch will be served Friday, June 15 from 11:30-12:30 in the multi.  

Thank you for volunteering this year!

Flower Day
flower Day is Tuesday, May 8th.  If you did not receive the information about this already, please click here for more details.

PTO Spring Dance
The PTO Spring Dance will be THURSDAY, MAY 10th in the gym from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.. There will be a B.Y.O. picnic outside starting at 5:30. All grades welcome. No costumes/dress-up required. Come as you are, dance, have fun, and enjoy cake from Lou's.

Gathering Garden
Please take a moment to check out the wonderful work Teal Parker did cleaning up the Gathering Garden.  Click here for more details on the history of the Gathering Garden.

Hanover Planning Board
Attention Hanover Voters! Town meeting is May 8. To learn about this year's Zoning Ordinance Amendments, watch this video.

City Center Ballet's Alice in Wonderland May 4-6, 2018 at Lebanon Opera House
Enter the extraordinary, imaginative world that beloved author Lewis Carroll created through his timeless story, Alice in Wonderland. City Center Ballet is thrilled to bring you this whimsical full-length ballet suitable for all ages. In this 75 minute show, we follow Alice as she plunges down a rabbit hole into a mad dancing adventure filled to the brim with delightful characters, enchanting sets, zany costumes, and wacky puppetry. Student tickets start at $9.

Hanover/Etna/Norwich Spring Cleans Second Annual Neighborhood Yard Sales
Saturday May 12, 9am – 1pm Sustainable Hanover is sponsoring a multiple yard sale event happening in front yards and neighborhoods all over Hanover, Etna and Norwich.  On Friday evening, May 11, a downloadable Google map will be available online to shoppers, identifying locations of the sales. Go to the town of Hanover’s home page and follow the yard sale graphic that will take you to the Google map, ready for download. Bring your friends and family for a great day of bargain hunting and providing new homes for belongings we no longer need. Questions? Email hanoverspringcleans@gmail.com Or call Mary Donin at 603-643- 4721.

Storrs Pond Family Membership
Now is the time to sign up for your Storrs Pond Family membership, please go to www.storrspond.org for more info.

Ray School Calendar