Friday, September 23, 2016

Dear Ray School Families,

For our spotlight this week, we are highlighting fifth grade's STEM problem solving and mathematical planning unit.  


Fifth graders started with a problem: How do we construct a t-stool using the materials we have? They created a plan to build their new classroom seats and got to work measuring, cutting, and gluing. As you can see above, they even used an impact driver to put their stools together. The result of their hard work? A seat that allows busy fifth grade students to keep moving and using core muscles while seated! Way to go, fifth grade!

After School Changes
If your child has long-term after school changes, please fill out the After School Plans form.  This will help us simplify our dismissal process and avoid miscommunication. Please do this each time long-term changes are made.  For individual day changes like a play date, please continue to send in a note with your child.

Celebrate Creativity, Courage, Collaboration, and Community! 

On Monday, September 26th, the Ray School will be celebrating International Dot Day. All students and staff are encouraged to wear dots to school on this day.  We will also be kicking off our second annual “Kids and Community” Program with a Fire Safety Day.

Hanover firefighters will spend the day at our school showing K/1 classes their safety gear and breathing apparatus, while some children from grades 3, 4 and 5 tour an ambulance and/or view a truck. Our day will end with an all school assembly reviewing fire safety practices. The school-wide goal is to review fire safety tips with the students and to build connections with firefighters - who are important community helpers. Thank you Hanover Fire Department for planning to spend the day with us!

“Kids and Community” will feature 25 community members - 5 per week, for 5 weeks - on trading cards. The individuals featured will visit our school each week to meet with groups of children. The goal of this program is to promote “community” by having the children meet police officers, firefighters, dispatchers, town leaders, town employees, school administrators and HHS students. This program was generously funded by the Friends of Hanover and Norwich Schools this year. Thank you “Friends!”

**Please note: The Hanover Police will be on our campus at some point each day for the next 5 weeks. This has to do with building relationships, not a need for increased security. Thank you Hanover Police Department!

Ray Cafe Update

Great news! The salad bar will be available every day next week!

Communications Committee

The Communications Committee of the Hanover School Board is looking for parent volunteers to join.  If you are interested please contact David Sobel at david.sobel@hnsb.org.

Superintendent Search

The Norwich and Hanover School Boards are conducting a search for a new superintendent to replace Dr. Frank Bass upon his retirement at the end of the school year. As part of that search, a Plenary Committee consisting of district staff, board members and community members is being formed to vet the candidates and recommend finalists to the SAU 70 Board.  

The Hanover School Board is seeking a Hanover resident volunteer to join the Plenary Committee.  Those interested are encouraged to send a letter detailing their interest and qualifications to Hanover board chair Kelly McConnell (Kelly.mcconnell@hnsb.org) by Sept. 26th.    

The Board will appoint the plenary committee member at it’s Oct. 5th meeting, and the first meeting of the committee will be held Oct. 12th at 4 p.m. It’s expected that the bulk of the committee’s work will take place between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

If you have any questions about the Plenary Committee, or superintendent search process, please feel free to contact me at justinsau70@gmail.com or 802-649-2482.   

 Thank you,

Justin Campfield

Norwich School Board

Superintendent Search Committee chair

Health Office Updates 
Student Flu Clinic Friday, October 14th.

Walk to School Day

On Wednesday, October 5th, we will take part in National Walk/Bike to School Day. Bike riders come to school on their own schedule. Walkers meet at specific places, and walk to school in a group.  We do not have designated adults to walk from each meeting spot, so please consider taking a walk with your child to ensure safety. Click here for more information and the schedule.

Enjoy the weekend!

Kevin Cotter and Lauren Amrhein

Ray School Dates                   

For Community Information Use

E-mails or links below.

Dot Day/Fire Safety/Kids and the Community Kickoff

Monday, September 26

5th Grade Hulbert Trip

Thursday, September 29 and Friday, September 30

Walk to School Day

Wednesday, October 5

2nd Grade Open House

Thursday, October 6

School Closed - Teacher In-service

Friday, October 7

School Closed - Columbus Day

Monday, October 10

Student Flu Clinic
Friday, October 14

PTO Info

Dartmouth Flu Clinics info

Listen Holiday Basket Program  info

Good Beginnings Event  info

Boys on the Trail info

After School Italian Language & Culture  info

HopStop Family Shows info

Howe Library Special Program info

Hanover Hockey Association info

Twin Valley Flyers Hockey Programs info

Free Hockey Clinic  info

Cub Scouts info

Hanover Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do info

Storrs Pond info

Flag Football info