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November 30, 2018

Dear Families,

We are fortunate to have a school property conducive to outdoor learning. Two of our kindergarten teachers have partnered with the Wellborn Institute to bring place-based ecology education (PBEE) to the Ray School. Jackie Atherley and Leslie Connolly have embraced the idea of outdoor classroom learning and are acting as mentors and guides to other teachers in the school who are interested in bringing PBEE to their classrooms. 

At our last Hanover School Board meeting, Leslie and Jackie presented the research showing the benefit of outdoor learning and play in many areas: cognitive development, academic performance, social skill development, social and emotional health, physical health, and sense of stewardship. They shared the the link to the video Best Day Ever: Forest Kindergarten, which I encourage you to watch if you have not already seen it. 

Classes are held outside in all kinds of weather. Most recently, with the arrival of snow, students (and teachers!) bundled up to explore the winter forest. They listened to a story while sitting on their tree stump seats, found animal tracks, built structures made of sticks and branches, made countless nature observations, and then ended their time in our Colonial House with snacks next to a warm fire. 

For our kindergarten students, fresh air and exploration leads to great learning and what can be described as “the best day ever.” That is, until the next outdoor classroom day! 





Lauren Amrhein




Haven Helpers

Great work Grade 1! Last Monday, 218 pounds of stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce, pie filling and more was delivered to the Upper Valley Haven just in time for Thanksgiving. Thank you for your support!

For December, we are holding a school-wide collection for the Haven.  They have a special request for children's underwear. Please consider donating during this season of giving.  Bins will be in the front lobby and decorated boxes will be at the holiday concerts. 

Holiday Concerts

Be sure to mark your calendars with the dates and times of our winter concerts. You can find those dates below on the December calendar. 

Ray Art

Wondering where your student's artwork might be?  If you happen to go to Hanover's Celebrate the Season events (see Local Interest section below), you will find a full display at the Mascoma Bank.  The artwork will be up for the entire month of December. Be sure to stop by and enjoy the gallery-like atmosphere on all three floors. 

Dressing for Winter

Now that winter weather has arrived, students should come to school prepared for snowy recess time. When there is snow on the ground, students should wear snow boots, snow pants, jackets, hats, and gloves/mittens. We encourage families to label all snow clothing in case it gets misplaced. If students are not wearing full snow gear on snowy days, they will remain on the basketball green top during recesses. Additionally, please be sure to pack a pair of sneakers or shoes that students can change into while inside the building. Thank you for your help. 

Sneakers in Good Condition Needed

Do you have sneakers that your children have outgrown? We are in need of sneakers that are still in good condition for students to borrow for PE class time. Please bring them to the gym or leave them with Gwyn in the main office. 

Lost & Found

Please take a moment to check out the Lost & Found.  Any un-labeled items will be donated on Tuesday to the Listen Center.





Local Interest

Celebrate the Season

Bundle up and join this magical, dazzling, family-oriented holiday night presented by the Hanover Improvement Society and hosted by the Hanover Area Chamber of Commerce in concert with Hanover and Norwich businesses. Join in on complimentary evening of community and festivities. Celebrate the Season for 2018 will take place on December 7 & 8. http://www.hanoverchamber.org/celebrate

Ford Sayre Alpine Recreational Skiing/Snowboarding Program

Spots still available! This program offers children of all abilities the chance to discover the excitement of downhill skiing and snowboarding in a fun and safe environment on Wednesday afternoons at Dartmouth Skiway. Questions? Email AlpineRec@FordSayre.org

Whaleback Registration is open!

Tired of bringing your kids and their equipment back and forth to the mountain? Are your kids looking to learn to ski or ride or just want to hit the slopes with their friends? Whaleback's After School Ski and Ride Program is a perfect fit!

  • Wednesdays 1/9/19- 2/13/19
  • Bus transportation from the Ray School to Whaleback and back to the school for 5:30pm pickup
  • Open to ALL GRADES!
  • All abilities from never-evers to experienced rippers! Children grouped by ability!
  • Thanks to Golf & Ski Warehouse, all 3rd graders can purchase an UNLIMITED YOUTH PASS for just $45!
  • Need based financial assistance available.

Registration @ whaleback.com   Questions? Email rebecca@whaleback.com

Etna Library Children’s Program

On Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2:00, Etna Library will host master wood-turner Dustin Coates with a children’s program about seeing the insides of trees. For more information, call Etna Library (www.hanovernh.org/etna-library) at 643-3116 or e-mail etna.library@hanovernh.org.