October 29, 2017

        "Define community."  
        Your thoughts?  Your child's?  
        Participants in our Kids & Community initiative were asked to lend their ideas.  Their answers vary (see the back of K&C trading cards).  Is community "people helping people," as suggested by Firefighter Brian Ellstein?  Or "a place where you feel like you can be yourself," as forwarded by Hanover High School Student Kate Rooney?  Or do "common interests" bind people together, as suggested by Rick Lemay, Vice President and Branch Manager at Mascoma Savings Bank?  Or how about the "common promises" we make to one another, such as the vow to presume positive intent, to include those who might easily be left out, to above all be kind, or "to look after each other," as defined by Gail Enger, Hanover Dispatcher?  
        Friday afternoon, Kids & Community culminated in an all-school assembly marked by rousing song, energetic dance, and "buddy" volleyball.  More than 30 Kids & Community participants took time out of their busy lives to attend, volunteers from this year and the prior two years including Elaine Hawthorne, retired 3rd grade Ray teacher, Hanover Police Chief Charlie Dennis, and Julia Griffin, Hanover Town Manager.  (Complete participant list follows.)  Children cheered community members as if they were rock stars and community was everywhere in practice, community as a verb rather than a noun. If practice makes perfect (or, at least, better), ours is paying off.  We are "doing" community joyously.  
        A huge hats off to and to PE teacher Clare Brauch for leading the assembly and to Kindergarten teacher Beth Phillips-Whitehair for spearheading the initiative.  Miss Beth gets the last word: "Community is the gift of people who cheer us on when we're up and help to hold us up when we're down.  A heartfelt thanks to all the community members and community service helpers who continue to support our school and the greater community. You're all heroes in my heart!"


Kids & Community participants at Friday's celebration:
Hanover High School

Aisling Kelly

Cate Rooney

Patrick McDevitt

Hanover Police Department

Chief Charlie Dennis

Captain Mark Bodanza

Sgt. Chris Swain

Officer Tyler Reidy

Officer Mike Alterisio

Officer Patrick Cunningham

Officer Tim Scott

Officer Michael Benson

Officer Dan Fowler

Officer Joe Landry

Dispatcher Gail Egner

Dispatcher Michael Cahill

Hanover Fire Department

Blair Weathers

Jay Whitehair

Wayne Dunham

Troy Leatherman

Lt. Rob Diehm

Community members

Suzanne Sylvester, RMS 6th graders teacher

Glenn Elder, Etna Volunteer firefighter/EMT

Jeff Graham, General Manager,Hanover Improvement Society

Dr. Jay Badams, Superintendent SAU 70

Dr. Tom Trimarco, Emergency Physician and EMS Medical Director, DHMC

Julia Griffin,Town Manager, Hanover

Kelly McConnell, Hanover Board Chair

Elaine Hawthorne, retired Ray School 3rd grade teacher

Kerry Artman, former PTO Chair, volunteer coordinator SAU 70

Liz Burdette, Asst. Director Hanover Parks and Recreation

Lisa Sjostrom, Ray School Principal

Amanda Yates, RMS assistant principal

Lauren Amrhein, Ray School Associate Principal

Thank You, Volunteers!
Thanks to our community volunteers who assisted with the student flu vaccine clinic this week.  Nearly 200 students received the flu vaccine!
Laura Perras, School Nurse
Kerry Artman, District Volunteer Coordinator

5th Grade Fundraiser (click for poster
Starting October 30th, we will be selling tickets for our 5th grade movie fundraiser.  This year's movie is Cars 3, and tickets cost $5.00.  Proceeds benefit the 5th grade scholarship and activity fund.  The movie will be screened on Saturday, November 11th.  Doors open at the Nugget Theater at 10:30am and the movie starts at 10:45am.  Tickets will be sold in the entryways, including the front lobby as children enter in the morning (7:50-8:00am) and at dismissal (2:45-2:50pm).  Cash is preferable.  You also can purchase tickets at the theater the day of the movie.  All students should be accompanied by an adult.  We look forward to seeing you at the movies!

Lost and Found!
Is your child missing that new or old favorite jacket?  Did a lunch bag suddenly go missing?  How about sneakers or a pair of boots?  Be sure periodically to swing by the Ray "Lost & Found" located in the gymnasium hallway.  Zoom in on this photo, newly updated, to see if anything looks familiar.  

Community Events/Interests
Click to learn about a host of local opportunities ranging from contemporary dance to paper mache to upcoming kid-friendly performances.  Most weeks we will highlight one or more community events of timely importance.  This week we feature Christmas Market with a Difference, and Skiing at Whaleback Mountain.

Christmas Market with a Difference returns for its 30th year at Church of Christ at Dartmouth College: Thursday November 2, 10am–6pm; Friday November 3, 10am–6pm; Saturday November 4, 10am–2pm.  20 nonprofit organizations will be selling fair trade, handcrafted items made by artisans from around the world.  The "difference" is that 100% of the proceeds go to the participating charitable organizations and their artisans. Find jewelry, apparel, linens, baskets, toys, cards, specialty foods and more. Find out more at: www.facebook.com/ChristmasMarketWithADifference or www.ccdcucc.org/christmas-market-with-a-difference. HHS students will be volunteering at this event.

Skiing/Snowboarding Opportunity:  Whaleback Mountain on Wednesday Afternoons

Dear Ray students, join your classmates and grab your gear for one afternoon per week of skiing or snowboarding at Whaleback Mountain.  Whaleback is offering a 6-week afterschool program for students in K-5th grade on Wednesday afternoons beginning Wednesday January 3, 2018 and running through Wednesday February 7, 2018. Students will have the option to participate in a lesson, or free ski/ride (with parental permission and recommended “Blue Ability Level”).  Bus transportation will depart from The Ray School after school and bring students to the mountain.  Students will have a 90-minute lesson with Whaleback instructors (or 90 min to free ski/ride).  Students will be grouped by ability and age/grade.  The bus will depart from the mountain promptly at 5pm returning to The Ray School by 5:30 pm for parent/guardian pick up.  

Whaleback is looking for a few more volunteer chaperones (on and off snow).  All volunteers will receive an extra ticket per volunteer day to come back and ski/ride at the Whale.  Opportunities to receive a complimentary season pass are available.  For more information contact rebecca@whaleback.com.

Need gear? Whaleback offers session rentals for a low price.  We will hold fit nights in December so students’ equipment will be ready and waiting for them at the mountain when they get there.  More information to follow.  Have gear?  A parent volunteer will collect labeled gear on Wed mornings at drop off and bring to the mountain, where it will be waiting for the students.  They will collect the gear after lessons and return to The Ray School with the bus.

Program Fees 6-wk Session

  • Lift Only:  $85*
  • Passholder Lift Only:  Free*
  • Lift & Lesson:  $180*
  • Lift, Lesson, & Rental:  $240*
  • Passholder Lesson Only:  $95*

*Bus fees will be determined and added to total program fee based on total number of participants.

We want all students to have the ability to ski/ride.  Scholarships are available for families who are experiencing financial hardship. Applications are online. Online registration is open @ https://www.whaleback.com/after-school-programs/

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