05-05-2017



Dear Ray School Families,

We celebrated Staff Appreciation throughout the week. Please join us once more to thank the Ray School teachers and staff.  We would like to thank our staff for creating an environment of enthusiasm for learning, appreciation for growing and room for making mistakes along the way. We are grateful to our staff for igniting curiosity in our students and making learning fun. You make a difference everyday in the lives of students.

We would also like to thank the Ray School community for supporting Staff Appreciation.  Thank you to the PTO and the volunteers who helped coordinate and organize the events.

 
 


May the Fourth: 3rd Grade Star Wars Edition
Ray School staff and students donned Star Wars gear to celebrate on May 4th. If you're a Star Wars fan, you'll recall the tense moment when Han Solo was frozen into a block of carbonite.  Ms. Dubois' class used "the force" to save other rebel leaders from "carbonite!"  

Using their understanding of liquids, solids, and gases, third grade students sketched diagrams to show how temperature change might have led to Han's frozen state, and later to his defrosting in the next movie.  Then, students applied this knowledge to save Lego figures encased in mysterious frozen "carbonite" (baking soda and water).  Instead of temperature change, our special "force liquid" (vinegar) caused the frozen blocks to transition from solid to both liquid and gas, freeing the captured Star Wars figures. May the force be with you! 

    
 
End of Year Notes
  • Last Sing Along - the last Sing Along for school year is Wednesday, June 14th.
  • Last Day of School - the last day of school will be Thursday, June 22nd at noon.
  • Library - the last day to borrow books is Friday, June 2nd and all books need to be returned by Friday, June 16th as we will be closing the library on June 19th for summer maintenance.

Green Up Ray on Green Up Day!
On May 6th, come by the Ray School to Green Up Ray on your way to the Green Up Day celebration at Storrs Pond. Click here for more information.

HANOVER VOTERS!
Hanover's Planning Board created a video that explains the Zoning Ordinance 
amendments coming up for vote at Town Meeting on May 9. 
Watch it here.

PTO Spring Dance
The spring PTO dance is on Friday, May 12th, from 6 - 7:30 p.m. in the Ray School gym.  Weather permitting we will have a bring-your-own picnic from 5:30 to 6 p.m.  Please see the attached flyer for details.

Annual Spring International Potluck

Please bring a dish for eight people to share on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 starting at 5:30 outside under the tent next to little play space (music room in case of rain). Please label your dish so others will know what they are enjoying! A great opportunity to connect with old and new friends and try many delicious international foods from all over the world.

Please RSVP to Kristin Olmstead at kristin.olmstead@rayschool.org (ESOL Teacher) or Anne Wortmann (Ray PTO) at am@fam-wortmann.dk

Bike/Walk to School Day
On Wednesday, May 10th, we will take part in National Walk/Bike to School Day. Bike 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) @ 6:55am
  • Carter St/Brockway St and Lebanon St. @ 7:10am
  • Wyeth & Dunster @ 6:55 am on to Brook Rd @ 7:00am
  • Dartmouth Green @ 7:15am
  • Balch & Park Street meeting up with the Green walkers @ 7:25am at traffic light
  • Bottom of hill at Camp Brook Road @ 7:40am and on to meet the group at the bottom of MacDonald Drive
  • Bottom of hill MacDonald Drive @ 7:45am
  • Meadow Lane (Verona, Willow Springs) @ 7:25am
  • Kingsford, Rayton, Haskins & Low @ 7:30am
  • Fletcher Circle @ 7:50am
  • Curtis, Woodmore, Dresden, Bridgeman neighborhood meet at Curtis/Reservoir @ 7:55am or take your usual short cut to school

Have a wonderful weekend!
Kevin and Lauren

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