Parent Teacher Org (PTO)

Northern Stage and Ray School partnering for God of Carnage

Northern Stage’s upcoming production of Yasmena Reza’s darkly comic God of Carnage is perfect for parents…or anyone who knows a parent…or anyone who knows a child! A modern satire about two couples who come together because of a schoolyard altercation between their sons, God of Carnage is 90 only minutes long — perfect for parents on the go!

As a parent, teacher or guardian of a Ray School student, Northern Stage is delighted to offer you $5 off the regular ticket price for each ticket purchased. To reserve your discounted tickets, call the box office at 802.296.7000. The box office is open daily Tuesday-Sunday beginning at 10 AM. Please be sure to mention this offer at the time of reservation to receive the discount.

PLUS!! Northern Stage is reaching into our community and partnering with Ray School, Marion Cross, and Cardigan Mountain School to Pay it Forward. Each school will have a bucket in Northern Stage’s lobby; parents and theater-goers vote with their dollars for the school they want to support! A percentage of collected funds will go to the first, second, and third-placed school. When you go to see God of Carnage, be sure to drop your dollars in the Ray School bucket. Tell your friends, too!

God of Carnage runs Oct 30 – Nov. 17, 2013. Learn more at northernstage.org and call the box office for discounted tickets: 802-296-7000.

Please note: God of Carnage contains adult language and themes.



Attention Trick-or-Treaters!

Please save the date for the Howe Library – Ray School PTO Costume Swap.

Sunday, October 13, 2 – 4 p.m.

Bring a gently-used costume or pick one and leave a food donation for the Haven.

If you cannot make it to the swap but have a costume to donate, there will be a donation box at the Ray School on the week of October 7. Your generosity is appreciated!

Questions? Please contact Sara Tally at 16tally@gmail.com



Please ride the school bus or walk to school on Wednesday, October 9. We encourage all family members to join Walk to School Day. We need parent volunteers to guide groups from all locations – would you be willing to help?

The walking school buses will leave at the following times:
  • The Dartmouth Green @ 7:15 a.m. and travel via Lyme Road. Children from the south end of town should meet at the Green
  • Balch & Park Street meet up witht he Green Walkers @ 7:25 a.m.
  • Bottom of hill MacDonald Drive at 7:45 a.m.
  • Meadow Lane (Verona, Willow Springs) @ 7:25 a.m.
  • Kingsford, Rayton, Haskins & Low @ 7:30 a.m. Parent volunteers will help children cross East Wheelock safely to get to Rip Road. Volunteers will lead the group down Rip Road, meeting the Meadow Lane group at Pine Drive. Please use caution on Rip Road as there is no sidewalk!
  • Fletcher Circle @ 7:50 a.m.; crossing guard on Lyme Road as usual.
  • Curtiss neighborhood @ 7:55 a.m.

Please remember to use sidewalks when available, walk facing traffic and cross the streets together in groups with an adult

If you would be willing to volunteer, please contact Kathi Whitmore at kathi.whitmore@thehartford.com.



If you would you like to find out more about what the Ray School PTO does and ways you can contribute, be sure to join us at our first PTO meeting of the 2013 – 2014 school year.

Thursday, October 3rd from 3:00 – 4:30 in the Ray School Library.

We will talk about available volunteer opportunities, which includes various events’ committee members and chairpersons. Also at this meeting, principal Mr. Laramie will share information from the Ray School Building Renovation Committee and the latest conceptual designs from the architectural firm, Banwell Architects.

If you cannot attend the meeting but would like to find out how you can get involved by volunteering through the PTO, please email Kathi Whitmore at kathi.whitmore@thehartford.com.

Hope to see you there!


2013-2014 Schedule

  • October 3, 3:00–4:30pm
  • December 5, 3:00–4:30pm
  • February 5, 7:00–8:30pm
  • April 3, 3:00–4:30pm
  • June 5, 3:00–4:30pm

All meetings are held on Thursday afternoons or evenings in the Ray School Library. We will post any updates or changes on our homepage and also in the Friday “pink sheets.

All are welcome! Please come share your ideas! See you there.

The PTO Fall Picnic and Dance is on Friday, September 27th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Ray School.
Bring your own picnic dinner (weather permitting) and a healthy snack to share (fruits & veggies) 5:30-6:00 p.m. to the grassy lawn near the gym. Dance to the music of The Flames from 6:00-7:30 p.m. in the gym.
Please bring a can of pasta sauce for the Haven Helper Food Drive.

Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult.
We need volunteers help serve water. Will you help? Please contact Suzi Curtis at suzi.curtis@valley.net.  Thanks!

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The Ray School PTO invites new families to our school to attend the annual Newcomers’ Coffee. New parents and guardians, please join us an informally meet administration, PTO members and representatives of community organizations.

The coffee will be held:
Date: Thursday, September 5
Time: After morning school drop off, around 8:15
Place: Ray School teachers’ room (through the office – enter through the main doors)

This is an excellent opportunity to find out more about local community activities and meet other new families.

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The lost and found bins and rack will be emptied and donated to charity at 11:30am on the last day of school. Please recover your child’s belongings before then. Currently, the rack is bulging with spring jackets and sweatshirts.

A positive start to the school year: The beginning days of school are often hectic, particularly the first few bus rides for new students. The PTO is requesting parent volunteers as school bus monitors. The adults welcome the kids onto the bus, offer a smile, help them find a seat, and make sure they get off at the right school in the morning and the right stop on the way home.

We invite you to volunteer for this important (and fun!) job. Bus monitors are needed to ride the buses to and/or from school the first day of school, August 28th. Additional monitors are needed to ride the kindergarten mid-day buses for the first three days of school (August 28, 29, and 30). Transportation to and from the school for bus monitors can be arranged if needed.

Volunteers should contact Kimberli Smith-Bouchard at 667-1149 orksbouchard@yahoo.com. You will be contacted later in the summer to confirm your participation and be given your bus route. Thanks for helping to start the year right!

Please join the PTO on Friday, May 31st for the spring picnic and “Hip Hop Style” Dance with instructors from Dancer’s Corner. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The picnic is 5:30 to 6:00pm (weather permitting) on the lawn, the dancing fun begins in the gym 6:00 – 7:30pm. This year there will not be a refreshment table. We will be collecting pasta or pasta sauce for the Haven collection. Come and have a good time!