10-24-2014

Events at a Glance
  • 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 @ 12:45pm
  • November 10 - Rm 25 Animal Inquiry Open House @ 8:15am
  • November 11 - School Closed Veterans Day

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.

African Drumming:
African Drumming at the Ray School!   Beginning the week of Nov. 3, I will be offering African drumming classes BEFORE SCHOOL on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 7:30 - 8:00.  I know this is before the buses arrive, and hope that all who are interested can make the necessary arrangements for transportation.
I'm aiming for groups of no more than 8-10 students; but that may be subject to change, depending on the interest level.  To begin with, we'll start with 4th & 5th graders; if all goes well, I'll run another session later on in the year for younger students, too.
If your child is interested in participating, and you can commit to helping them be here no later than 7:30 on one of those mornings, please drop me an email (becky.luce@hanovernorwichschools.org) and let me know which day works best for you.
I look forward to hearing from  you!
Ms. Luce

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

We are still looking for a few more volunteers for peeling apples this Friday for the Apple Crisp dessert.  Please email victoria.baughman@rayschool.org if you can spare an hour or two on Halloween morning! 

Parents who have not yet set up a Mealtime On-line account, please email Victoria.Baughman@RaySchool.org to obtain a passcode for your child.  
Along with the passcode you will receive a link to Mealtime and detailed 
instructions on how to set up and pay for your students lunches. 

If  you prefer to pay by cash or check, please be sure to include your child's first and last name.  Checks should be made out to Hanover School District.  
Please be sure to keep your accounts funded so they do not fall into a negative balance. 

For more information, please visit the Ray School web site and click on the Ray Cafe page. 
There you will find information on price of lunch, milk choices, monthly menu and other helpful information.


Notes From the Health Office
185 students were vaccinated with the flu vaccine at our school-based clinic yesterday. This number was up from 104 last year. Schools are places where children share lots of germs and where influenza can spread rapidly.  We are happy that so many families took advantage of this opportunity to protect their children and the Ray School population from the flu. Thank you for helping us all stay healthy.

Notes from the Ray School PTO

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
  • Sign up for the second session of Fall Classes at the rec center!
  • Halloween Hoops - Youth Basketball Clinic  October 25 @ Leede Arena
  • Lacrosse Clinic for boys & girls 8-14 yrs old  October 25th contact Ches Gundrum @ fgundrum2013@gmail.com or Chase Schoelkopf @ cschoelk@gmail.com
  • Family Dance at Tracy Hall in Norwich with Cuckoo's Nest and caller Adina Gordon  October 25th  For more information: (802) 785-4607
  • Open Fields Great Goose Egg Auction  October 26 http://www.openfields.org/egg_auction.html   info@openfields.org  802-785-2077
  • Haunted House hosted by the Tri-Kap fraternity at 1 Webster Ave October 26th 11:00am - 3:30pm  free admission
  • Free Public Flu Clinic November 1 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center
  • SKATE!  The Skating Club at Dartmouth is now accepting registrations for the Fall 2 session beginning November 2nd.  Go to www.skatingclubatdartmouth.org for more details and to register.
  • 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.