Events at a Glance
Notes From the Principal
Last week, Mike Lepene (RMS Principal), Dr. Frank Bass (Superintendent of Schools), Mimi Lichtenstein (Chair of Hanover School Board), and I traveled to Winnetka, IL to conduct a site visit. The New Trier School District, along with other Winnetka and Wilmette public schools, students, and teachers are nationally recognized
for their creative innovation, high academic achievement, and commitment to progressive education. Our tour of their district was, in part, an extension of Hanover High School's strategic plan, but also involved a closer look at their STEaM learning, instructional support models,
and organizational development. It was a worthwhile trip for each of us in our respective roles. A summary of our trip will be posted on each school's website in the coming weeks.
If you're child arrived home with a fire prevention wristband last week you know they attended our school's Town Meeting. Thanks to the Hanover Fire Department and Beth Phillips-Whitehair (1st grade teacher), our students and staff were provided an up-close look at how important fire safety and prevention is.
Several Hanover firefighters came in to speak at a whole school assembly about general fire safety. They discussed how to get help in an emergency (911); what to do if there is smoke in a room (get down and crawl to the nearest exit if they do not feel a surge of heat); and what to do if clothes catch on fire (stop, drop and roll).
Next they explained what their equipment does to protect them, showed us what they look like when they are dressed in their gear, and let us hear the sounds their oxygen makes when activated. This was all done in an effort to educate children that though fire-fighters may look and sound a little scary in all of their gear, they are just ordinary folks underneath who are there to provide help to us when needed.
The firemen also gave each child a bracelet and asked them to wear it at least until they get home AND have DISCUSSED with you a safe meeting place outside of your house, in case you ever need to evacuate your home. They equated this to our school-wide fire-drills. Please consider reviewing this important information with your children in the next few days, and feel free to take your children to the station for a tour.
As always, my office is open to you should you have any questions or concerns.
Happy Halloween and enjoy your weekend!
Ray School News
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and let me know which day works best for you.
I look forward to hearing from you!
5th Grade Informal Band Concert:
The fifth grade band members will present an informal holiday concert for parents on Thursday, December 11th at 12:00pm in the music room with a repeat of the performance for students in the multi at 12:15pm. The snow date is December 12th at the same times.
Hope to see you there!
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 Health Office
It's not too late to get your flu vaccine - DHMC Flu Clinic for Adults & Children Saturday, November 1st 8am-1pm - First come, first served. Limited supply of adult vaccine. Park in the main entrance
parking lot and go to the Information Desk. There will be signs and volunteers to direct you. Adults and children 9 and older, who are not afraid of needles will be immunized in the Auditoria. Children less than 9 years of age, or afraid of needles, will be immunized at reception 3D.
Notes from the Ray School PTO
Our next Ray School PTO meeting is Friday, November 7th at 12:45 in the Ray School office conference room. Hope to see you there!
Of Local Interest
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