Dear Ray School Families,

Welcome back from break! Celebrations of learning continued this week at the Ray School as every grade level hit the ground running. 

Fourth Grade Native American Festival
Pictures do not do it justice, but please take a moment to view a sample of the incredible hard work that students completed for their Native American unit. Their art work, research, and projects decorated the halls of the Ray School, celebrating the knowledge they gained from in-depth studies of various Native American cultures. Their unit culminated with a "pow wow" celebration last night as they proudly read their stories, inspired by Native American myths, and families toured the building. A special thanks to Robin Henry and Tina Nadeau for their support in working seamlessly with teachers to create integrated art projects to support the curriculum. We are also thankful  for the many parents also volunteered their expertise and time. Well done, fourth grade staff and students!

The Legend of Ernest Shackleton
During this past winter, Mr. Crawford’s third grade class studied the continent of Antarctica. His students focused their study upon an Irish-born, British explorer named Ernest Shackleton. In 1914, he and his crew of 27 set sail for Antarctica to become the first men to walk across this frozen land. However, it was not to be. Instead, he and his crew were trapped by the ice for over two years. Mr. Crawford’s class re-enacted this dangerous exploit and created a movie which was shared today. Thank you, Mr. Crawford, for stimulating students' wonder and excitement through history and storytelling.

Fourth Grade Science NECAP
As a reminder, our fourth grade students will be taking the annual New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) in science next week. It will be administered between 8 and 11:30 on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The NECAP covers a broad range of learning expectations in science. Please try to avoid absences or early dismissals on these three days. 

Spirit Day
May 4th will be Star Wars Day at Ray. We encourage all staff and students to wear Star Wars gear, but leave the light sabers at home! May the FOURTH (force) be with you! 

Last Day of School
The last day of school will be Thursday, June 22nd. Dismissal will be at noon. 

3rd Grade Cabbage Program
For the last few years, Bonnie Plants has brought a cabbage plant to each 3rd grade student to have an opportunity to participate in their Cabbage Program.  If you have a child in 3rd grade, he or she should have brought one of these plants home already. For more information, here is a link to the program.  Below is the amazing 14.4lb cabbage Lionel grew last year.

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

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.

Summer Social Skills Camp Coyote 2017
We are proud to announce that we will be offering Camp Coyote again this summer at the Ray School. Campers will be organized into small groups by age while learning and practicing social skills utilizing the Michelle Winner Social Thinking program through play and structured activities. Camp Coyote is focused on social skill development and more highly structured, positive social interactions with peers, but is not an academic program. Students eligible are rising kindergartners through sixth graders with a range of social skill abilities. We begin each morning with community building activities and have structured activities, games, and trips to Storrs Pond recreation area. Camp will be held from 9:00am-1:00pm, Monday through Thursday from July 10th - August 3rd at the Ray School. For students who haven't attended Camp Coyote in the past, we do require a two week minimum enrollment. For students who have participated in the past, they can sign up in weekly increments. The cost is $170.00 per week for students who attend the Ray School and Camp Coyote is not part of their extended school year services. Registration closes on April 30th. If you have any questions or would like to register your child, please contact Russell Ward: russell.ward@rayschool.org.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Kevin and Lauren

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