9-19-2014

Events at a Glance
  • September 23 - Newcomer's Coffee @ 9:00am
  • September 23 - 2nd Grade Parent Information Night @ 6:00pm
  • September 23 - 4th Grade Parent Information Night @ 5:00pm
  • September 30 - Principal Forum @ 9:00am
  • October 2 - Ms. Beth's Class Pot Luck @ 5:30pm
  • October 2 - Room 4 Pot Luck @ 5:15pm
  • 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
Ray School News
Safety in the driveway
For the safety of the children please remember that the speed limit in the driveway is 5 MPH.  You are only allowed to park on the right hand side of the driveway during school events.  When people are parked on both sides of the driveway, emergency vehicles CANNOT access the building.  When walking from the parking lot to the school, please use the crosswalks.

Pink Sheet Event Inclusion
The Pink Sheet is a school-to-home Friday news bulletin that notifies parents of recent and upcoming Ray School events and other school news.  We publish information that directly supports/enhances our K-5 population. If you would like something published in the Pink Sheet, please send it to Gwyn Dessert, Office Secretary at gwyn.dessert@rayschool.org, by noon on Wednesday for the upcoming Friday release.

Sing-Along
Sing-Along for parents will be on Tuesdays from 8:30- 9:00 am.  As in previous years, we will seat the children first and ask parents to wait in the second half of the music room until all students have a spot.  We look forward to singing with you.

Notes From the Principal
The beginning weeks of a new school year are always busy and exciting.  To welcome families to school and provide parents with important information about student learning experiences, teachers have prepared comprehensive Open House events.  From all accounts, it has been a very busy week for parents and teachers.  With more Open Houses and curriculum information nights planned, we hope you find the events informative as we partner with you in our educational journey.

The postponed Principal Forum is slated for Tuesday, September 30 at 9:00am in the main office conference room.  Thank you for your patience with this postponement.  I do hope you can join me!

I thought I'd share a couple of educationally related items with you.  A former colleague of mine, Amy Lyon, has partnered with Dr. Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania to produce a video on perseverance and grit.  It's a fascinating and important consideration in developing 21st century learners.  I also recently read an article in AMLE (Association of Middle Level Education) regarding perseverance and grit.  In the article, Rick Wormeli furthered the discussion by sharing what research tells us about promoting perseverance and grit with students.  Those instructional suggestions included:

• Cultivate trust. 
* Make connections. 
• Be happy.
• Provide descriptive feedback. 
• Show growth. 
• Provide constructive responses to relearning and reassessing. 
• Provide meaningful work. 
• Clearly articulate the goals. 
• Provide multiple tools and models. 
• Make sure students experience success.

For more on perseverance and grit, visit Amy Lyon's website, http://www.bitofgrit.com/home.  You could also read Rick Wormeli's article, “Perseverance and Grit” by Rick Wormeli in AMLE Magazine, January 2014 (Vol. 1, #5, p. 41-43), www.amle.org; Wormeli

I wish you a wonderful weekend!


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
Lice Report
There are no new cases of lice this week. Please continue to check your child's head, weekly, for the presence of lice. Please inform the health office if you find lice on your child. If you have any questions please feel contact the health office. 

Clothes for Cold Weather
Frosty mornings are upon us. Please make sure your child is wearing warm clothing on these cold mornings. 


Notes from the Ray School PTO
Newcomer's Coffee
The Ray School PTO would like to invite new families to our school to attend the annual Newcomer's CoffeeNew parents come to informally meet administration, PTO members and representatives of community organizations. The coffee will be held next Tuesday September 23rd starting after sing-a-long (around 9:00am) in our office conference room. It is an excellent opportunity to find out more about local community activities and meet other new families.

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

Parent Volunteers Needed for WALK to School Day on Wednesday, October 8
Please mark you calendars for Wednesday, October 8th which is National Walk/Bike 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.

If you would be willing to volunteer, please contact Kathi Whitmore at kathi.whitmore@thehartford.com.

  • 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 and a Hanover police officer will walk with the group from the Green down Lyme Road and on to the Ray School.
  • Balch & Park Street meeting up with the Green walkers @ 7:25am
  • 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; we need volunteers to help children cross East Wheelock safely to get to Rip Road. Group will walk down Rip Road, meeting Meadow Lane group at Pine Drive.
  • Please use caution on Rip Road as there is no sidewalk!
  • Fletcher Circle @7:50am; crossing guard on Lyme Rd as usual
  • Curtiss neighborhood @7:55am will walk through 'dip' or down Dresden Road 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.

  • Preschool soccer program at Hampshire Cooperative Nursery School (ages 3-5). Sign up now at www.hampshirecooperative.org first practice September 18
  • Hanover youth hockey - used skate/ equipment sale Sun Sept 21 Campion Rink.  Drop off gear at 7:30 sale starts 9:00 am contact jeffreybgraham23@gmail.com
  • Learn to Skate, Basic Skills, Freestyle, Speed Skating and Hockey Power Skating lesson registration is now open at www.skatingclubatdartmouth.org Lessons begin Monday, September 21
  • 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
  • Speed Skating, Basic Skills, Preschool Learn to Skate, Hockey Edge Power Skating and Freestyle Skating September 21 (registration required)  www.skatingclubatdartmouth.org
  • 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
  • Opera North vocal auditions September 20th & 21st contact 603-448-4141 or www.opernanorth.org
  • Flag Football for boys and girls grades 2 – 4.  Sign up on online.  First meeting will be Tues., Sept. 23rd, 5- 6pm at HHS track.
  • 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)