Events at a Glance

  • October 17 - PTO Dance @ 5:30pm
  • October 23 - Student Flu Clinic
  • October 29 - Picture Re-take day
  • November 4 - Room 19 Animal Inquiry @ 6:30pm
  • November 6 - Room 26 Animal Inquiry @ 6:00pm
  • November 7 - PTO Meeting @ 12:00pm

Notes From the Principal

The Ray School budget committee toured the renovated replacement classrooms during their recent meeting.  Jon McKeon, site foreman from Trumbull-Nelson, provided the tour to give a closer view of the continuing work.  The new 4th grade classrooms are nearing completion and we hope to transition to the replacement classrooms after Thanksgiving.

Apple cider donuts was the order of the day.  Each year, I make something for our fabulous Ray Cafe staff as a thank you for their hard work.  From boeuf bourguignon to popovers to homemade five cheese mac 'n cheese to apple cider donuts, I try to improve my epicurean skills each year (you will have to ask if I am improving)...

Your child will soon take the adaptive Track My Progress  assessments in math and reading.  This helpful information provides students and teachers with specific learning targets and standards progress.  The results are immediate and through differentiated instruction, teachers can provide accurate and specific feedback to students and parents.  Each assessment is approximately 20 minutes in length.  

Ray School News

Picture Re-take Day:
LifeTouch will be back on October 29th to re-take your child's picture if you are unhappy with the original one.  If you are having your child re-take his or her picture please send in the complete original packet by the 29th to be handed back to the photographer.  If your child missed the first picture day, please contact Gwyn Dessert in the office at 603-643-6655 to have a form sent home with him/her.  We had some mix ups with the class pictures and are working to fix this.  If your child received the wrong class picture please return it to the school.  If your child did not receive a class picture, please contact Gwyn in the office to ensure you get one.

Haven Helper Update:
The Haven Helper Program is off to a terrific start.   We have 13 fabulous 5th grade Haven Helper Student Coordinators who will be motivating students to bring in nonperishable food items during the year. They will also gather the food and bring it to the lobby where parent volunteers then transport the food to the Haven.  Each month, a different grade collects food, plus we will have some all school wide collections during the year.  To start us off the 5th grade will be collecting food in October.  The special request for this month is PASTA and PASTA SAUCE but all food items are accepted. Thank you for making this program such a success.  The Haven truly appreciates and even depends on our contributions each month.  THANK YOU!

Notes From the Ray Cafe

Thank you to Suzi Curtis and Sara Dennis for volunteering your time yesterday morning in the Ray Cafe.
With your help we seeded over 50 pomegranates to serve as part of a delicious and nutritious school lunch!  

The next opportunty for volunteers in the cafe is on Friday October 31st
We will be making apple crisp for the dessert and will need 3 or 4 volunteers to peel apples! 

Check out this youtube video for the fastest way to peel an apple using a cordless drill.

Please email victoria.baughman@rayschool.org if you can spare an hour or two on Halloween morning! 

Notes From the Health Office

Student Influenza Clinic Thursday, October 23
In partnership with the NH Department of Health and Human Services, the Ray School will be offering student influenza vaccinations. The date of this clinic is Thursday, October 23rd, during the school day. It's not too late to sign your child up for this clinic. Forms are available in the main office. Forms are due Tuesday, October 21st. Please note, if you would like your child to receive the influenza vaccination, fill out the consent form completely and return both copies to school. Injections and nasal mist will be offered, however you must answer several questions to determine if your child is eligible for the nasal mist. Remember to indicate your preference on the form. At the clinic, children will be given the vaccine by trained medical professionals. 

You can find answers to frequently asked questions about school influenza vaccine administration on the health office website. I have linked CDC fact sheets for you to review both injectable and nasal mist vaccinations. Please call the health office if you have any questions. 

Volunteers Still Needed for Influenza Clinic
The health office is still looking for volunteers to help with the student influenza clinic here at the Ray School. No nursing skills required. Responsibilities include checking students into the clinic and helping to observe them after receiving the vaccination. Timing is 8-1130 and 12-2pm. Please contact the health office if you're interested or have any questions. (643-6655x250 or email laura.perras@hanovernorwichschools.org)  Your help would be greatly appreciated. 

Notes from the Ray School PTO

PTO Fall Picnic & Dance
Friday, October 17th
Picnic 5:30-6pm (weather permitting)
Dance 6-7pm, dance to the music of The Flames

PTO Grants
Grant funds are available for projects that have a significant and positive impact on Ray School students and enhance student learning at the Ray School. Funds may be used for a variety of purposes, such as equipment, supplies, curriculum or training materials, and to support enrichment programs and events. In past years, grants were used to purchase a new oven, provide a French breakfast, support the new Art Club, and create a new reading handbook — enriching our students' experience at the Ray School! For guidelines and application form, please email Kristen Nigriny, knigriny@hotmail.com.  Application deadline is Wednesday, October 29th.

Of Local Interest
Please use the contact information provided for additional information regarding these events.

  • Hanover Hockey House (limited travel) Team  For more information contact Tris Wykes (ctwykes@aol.com) (kids born 2004-2005); birth year 2000-2003 contact Derek Callaway (derekcallaway@gmail.com).  Register at www.hanoverhockey.org
  • Ford Sayre Skiing Programs, Registration Open for Winter 2014-2015,  www.FordSayre.org
  • Math tutoring by Wayne Hinson contact 802-457-7120 or wayne2434@gmail.com
  • TopSoccer for children ages 4-21 with disabilities - Contact Deborah Thompson (802) 457-9289 or thompson.deb@myfairpoint.net
  • CraftStudies @ the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen after school classes contact 603-643-5384 or www.craftstudies.org/children.html
  • FREE GIRLS hockey clinic through Hanover Hockey Association October 18th and 19th at Campion Rink.  Register at Hanoverhockey.org or call Dwight Sperry for more information 603-729-6030
  • Northern Stage is looking for boys 6-10 years old to audition for the roles of Young Scrooge and Tiny Tim for this year's production of A Christmas Carol. Auditions will be Sunday, October 19 from 3-4 p.m. at the Northern Stage business office. Please prepare a simple song and be ready to read from the script. Email rbrawley@northernstage.org for an appointment time, to submit an audition video if you cannot attend the audition or for any questions.
  • Easy-as-Pie 5K and Family Run to benefit the Child Care Center of Norwich - October 19 to register or more information 802-649-1403 or www.childcarenorwich.org
  • Community Open House  October 22 @ RMS hosted by CRREL and the Restoration Advisory Board to present information about the ongoing environmental restoration program.  For more information contact darrell.a.moore@usace.army.mil or  978-318-8152
  • Parenting Your Young Child  October 23 Please call or email Mary Nyhan with questions and to register (MaryN@the-family-place.org or 802-649-3268)
  • Join your neighbors at the Solarize Hanover event, Oct 23, 6:30-8:00 p.m. HHS. Save money on solar panels through group purchasing power.
  • Sign up for the second session of Fall Classes at the rec center!
  • Halloween Hoops - Youth Basketball Clinic  October 25 @ Leede Arena
  • Open Fields Great Goose Egg Auction  October 26 http://www.openfields.org/egg_auction.html   info@openfields.org  802-785-2077 
  • Free Public Flu Clinic November 1 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • Howe Library Grades 3 & 4 Winter Watercolor Painting and Writing Workshop with Ann Kearney November Sundays: 2,9,16 & 23 from 2-4 PM Call 640-3268 to sign up.
  • Howe Library Grades 2-4 Fairy Tales in French: Have fun learning French and acting out The Three Bears with Madame G. Wednesdays November 5 & 12 from 2:45-4PM Call 640-3268 to sign up.