10-03-2014

Events at a Glance
  • October 8 - Walk to School Day
  • October 9 - 2nd Grade Open House @ 5:00pm
  • October 10 - School Closed for Teacher Inservice Day
  • October 13 - School Closed for Columbus Day
  • October 16 - K/1 Open House & Parent Information Night @ 5:30pm
  • October 17 - PTO Dance @ 5:30pm

Notes From the Principal
It's been a very busy, but productive week at the Ray School.  With Grade 4 students traveling to and from Camp Brook, Grade 5 students visiting to the water reclamation plant, and Grade 2 students visiting their habitat study center - the forest - there has been great learning for all, including the principal!  I visited each of the habitat study centers with students and watched as they followed the scientific method using inquiry as their compass.  

Many thanks to the 30 or more parents and community members who attended this week's Principal Forum.  It was an informative session filled with many great questions on school goals, Common Core State Standards, and revised report cards. We even toured the school to see the wonderful renovations and caught a glimpse of the new grade 4 classrooms.  

I hope you enjoy your weekend.

Ray School News

Parent Volunteers Needed in Physical Education Class
Ms. Brauch and Mr. Condon are in need of some help to assist with assessing students during fitness testing. Students in grades 3-5 will participate in the Personal Best Day challenges of the pushup, curl-up, back saver sit and reach, and trunk lift Fitness Gram fitness tests on the following days. If you can help with ANY of these classes, please email Ms. Brauch at clare.brauch@rayschool.org. Your child need not be in the class in order to help out. For more information on the FitnessGram fitness tests, please visit the Ray School Phys Ed website.
Monday, October 6
Force & Sexton's classes 8:30-9:15am
Ujlaky & Scribner's classes 9:15-10:00am
Crawford & Lumsden's classes 10:00-10:45am
Simmers & Amrhein's classes 10:45-11:30am
Bell & Clifford's classes 12:30-1:15pm
Tuesday, October 7
Stone & Feuer's classes 8:30-9:15am
Wednesday, October 8
Hjelt's class 10:00-10:45am


Playground Safety & Cleanliness
Thanks to community support over the years, we have one of the most desirable playgrounds in the area. For safety and consistency, we request that school time playground rules need to be followed during after school hours.  Please remember that children must have adult supervision at all times. Children are NOT allowed to climb the trees on school property and equipment is to be used ONLY for activities for which it was designed.  For example, the colorful baskets near Little Playpace are for shooting balls, not for climbing. A complete list of the playground rules can be obtained in the school handbook. Appendix D.  If you do use the playground over the weekend or after school hours, please take the time to clean up after yourself and your children.  Thank you for helping us keep the playground safe and clean for the children.


Notes From the Ray Cafe
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
Student Influenza Immunizations
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. Hopefully you will find a letter and consent form sent home in your child's backpack today, or early next week. If you would like your child to receive the influenza vaccination, please 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. 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 will also be linking CDC fact sheets for you to review both injectable and nasal mist vaccinations. Please call the health office if you have any questions. 

Lice Report
A case of lice was reported in fifth grade. Please be diligent in checking your child's head for the presence of lice. If you find lice, please let the health office know, and inform families of any recent playdates or sleepovers. 

Notes from the Ray School PTO

Ray School PTO at the Hanover Fall Fest
Today, Friday, October 3rd, is the 2nd annual Hanover Fall Fest at Storrs Pond from 3:30 - 6:30. There will be games, an inflatable bouncy house, food, live music and more. The Ray School PTO will be there, so stop by and have some fun. See you there!
Remember to check out the Ray School PTO on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rayschoolpto. To be sure that you will see posts, select "Get Notifications" under the"Liked" drop down.

Howe Library - Ray School PTO Costume Swap
Attention Trick-or-Treaters and CHaD Hero Participants!
Sunday, October 5th
1-3 pm
at the Howe Library Children's Room
Bring a gently-used costume or pick one and leave a food donation for the Haven.
Are you and your kids participating in the 
CHaD HERO races and need a costume? Or do you have last year’s superhero costumes to donate?
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 September 29th. Your generosity is appreciated!
Questions?  Please contact Maribel Souther at marchez96@gmail.com


PTO Directories
Be on the lookout  for a draft of the Ray School Directory in the lobby, from now through Friday Oct. 14. Please check your entry for accuracy!  We now have the capacity to add additional phone numbers and emails if so desired; be sure to add any information you would like listed.

The PTO is again beyond grateful to Mary Dyke for her expertise and generous assistance with preparing the directory!


Wednesday, October 8 is WALK to School Day
The Ray School will provide walking chaperones from the following parts of town. We will NOT be providing bike riding chaperones for the elementary students like RMS does. Please remember to walk safely by using sidewalks when they are available, walk facing traffic and share the road when a sidewalk is not available (Rip Road), cross all roadways together as one large group, and wear bright colors so drivers can see you on these foggy mornings!

Wyeth & Dunster at 6:55am on to Brook Rd at 7am; P.E. teacher Clare Brauch will lead this group to the Dartmouth Green to meet with the group at the Green.
Dartmouth Green at 7:15; Clare Brauch will walk with the group from the Green down Lyme Road and on to the Ray School via Reservoir Road.
Balch & Park Street meeting up with the Green walkers @ 7:25am; Suzi Curtis will lead this group
Bottom of hill at Camp Brook Road @ 7:40am and on to meet the group at the bottom of MacDonald Drive at 7:45am; Aricca Van Citters will lead this group
Meadow Lane (Verona, Willow Springs) @ 7:25am (parents will need to walk children to the Pine Drive junction)
Kingsford, Rayton, Haskins & Low @ 7:30am; Holly Hjelt will help children cross East Wheelock safely to get to Rip Road. Group will walk down Rip Road, meeting Meadow Lane group at Pine Drive @ 7:35am.
Please use caution on Rip Road as there is no sidewalk! Lieutenant Evans will help keep children safe on Rip Road. Please walk no more than two by two, on the left hand side facing traffic, share the road with cars, and wear bright colors!
Fletcher Circle @7:50am; Barbara Fittro will lead this group.
Curtiss neighborhood @7:55am will walk as usual.

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

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
  • Listen Food Drive - September 29 - October 7 donation bin is in the lobby of the Ray School
  • 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
  • Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School has openings in its 2, 3-day, and afternoon classes. Contact Linda Shemanske at 603-643-4640 or go to www.hampshirecooperative.org
  • Hanovery Nursery School openings in 4 yr old class - contact Kelly Ciombor at 603-643-3315 or www.hanovernursery.com
  • CraftStudies @ the Hanover League of NH Craftsmen after school classes contact 603-643-5384 or www.craftstudies.org/children.html
  • Hanover Hockey is offering free introductory clinics.  October 3-5  Registration is on the Hanover Hockey website (hanoverhockey.org).  Please email Ali Ashare with questions (alix.ashare@me.com)
  • The Mysteries of Hadden Hall at the HOP by Revels North  October 4 Learn more at www.RevelsNorth.org/hop-stop or contact Hop Outreach at hop.outreach@dartmouth.edu / 603.646.2010
  • The Great Mouse Detective - free film at the Nugget October 4 - pick up your tickets at the Howe Library Children's Desk
  • Spanish & Crafts with Carmen Rentel at the Etna Library  October 4 call 643-3116 or e-mail etna.library@hanovernh.org
  • Parenting Your Young Child  October 9, 16 & 23 Please call or email Mary Nyhan with questions and to register (MaryN@the-family-place.org or 802-649-3268)
  • 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
  • Free Public Flu Clinic November 1 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center