Student Flu Clinic Friday, October 14th.
Friday, September 23, 2016
Dear Ray School Families,
For our spotlight this week, we are highlighting fifth grade's STEM problem solving and mathematical planning unit.
Fifth graders started with a problem: How do we construct a t-stool using the materials we have? They created a plan to build their new classroom seats and got to work measuring, cutting, and gluing. As you can see above, they even used an impact driver to put their stools together. The result of their hard work? A seat that allows busy fifth grade students to keep moving and using core muscles while seated! Way to go, fifth grade!
After School Changes
Celebrate Creativity, Courage, Collaboration, and Community!
On Monday, September 26th, the Ray School will be celebrating International Dot Day. All students and staff are encouraged to wear dots to school on this day. We will also be kicking off our second annual “Kids and Community” Program with a Fire Safety Day.
Hanover firefighters will spend the day at our school showing K/1 classes their safety gear and breathing apparatus, while some children from grades 3, 4 and 5 tour an ambulance and/or view a truck. Our day will end with an all school assembly reviewing fire safety practices. The school-wide goal is to review fire safety tips with the students and to build connections with firefighters - who are important community helpers. Thank you Hanover Fire Department for planning to spend the day with us!
“Kids and Community” will feature 25 community members - 5 per week, for 5 weeks - on trading cards. The individuals featured will visit our school each week to meet with groups of children. The goal of this program is to promote “community” by having the children meet police officers, firefighters, dispatchers, town leaders, town employees, school administrators and HHS students. This program was generously funded by the Friends of Hanover and Norwich Schools this year. Thank you “Friends!”
**Please note: The Hanover Police will be on our campus at some point each day for the next 5 weeks. This has to do with building relationships, not a need for increased security. Thank you Hanover Police Department!
Ray Cafe Update
Great news! The salad bar will be available every day next week!
The Communications Committee of the Hanover School Board is looking for parent volunteers to join. If you are interested please contact David Sobel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Norwich and Hanover School Boards are conducting a search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Frank Bass upon his retirement at the end of the school year. As part of that search, a Plenary Committee consisting of district staff, board members and community members is being formed to vet the candidates and recommend finalists to the SAU 70 Board.
The Hanover School Board is seeking a Hanover resident volunteer to join the Plenary Committee. Those interested are encouraged to send a letter detailing their interest and qualifications to Hanover board chair Kelly McConnell (Kelly.email@example.com) by .
The Board will appoint the plenary committee member at it’s meeting, and the first meeting of the committee will be held It’s expected that the bulk of the committee’s work will take place between Thanksgiving and the New Year.
Norwich School Board
Superintendent Search Committee chair
Health Office Updates
Walk to School Day
On Wednesday, October 5th, we will take part in National Walk/Bike to School Day. Bike riders come to school on their own schedule. 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 please consider taking a walk with your child to ensure safety. Click here for more information and the schedule.
Enjoy the weekend!
Kevin Cotter and Lauren Amrhein