Events at a Glance
  • 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 3 - PTO Meeting @ 12:00pm
  • 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.

Playground Safety & Cleanliness
Thanks to community support over the years, we have one of the must 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.

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.

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
Immunizations and Physical Exams
Kindergarten and new entering students must provide a copy of the physical examination completed within 12 months of first entry into NH schools. A complete immunization record must also be provided. These requirements must be met for entry into public school. If you have any missing information please send it in to the health office. We are reviewing foms that we have and will contact you if there is any missing data. 

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. Information about this vaccination opportunity will be coming home in backpacks in the upcoming weeks. 

Notes from the Ray School PTO
PTO Meeting
Please join us on October 3rd at noon in the Ray School office conference room for our first PTO meeting of the year.  If you have any questions, please contact Kerry Artman at


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.

  • 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
  • Free Public Flu Clinic September 28 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center 
  • Listen Food Drive - September 29 - October 7 donation bin is in the lobby of the Ray School
  • 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
  • Free Public Flu Clinic November 1 at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center