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October 19, 2018

October 19, 2018 


Dear Families,

At the Ray School last year, our Faculty Council committee focused on revising recess rules and examining our play spaces. We were able to consolidate the page-long list of rules to short, positive expectations specific to each play space. Additionally, we created a purpose statement for Ray School recess time: 

Ray School’s Recess Purpose Statement

At the Ray School, we believe recess should: 

  • Be fun, playful and joyful 
  • Include everyone
  • Increase problem solving skills
  • Build self confidence and self esteem 
  • Grow friendships, empathy and community

During this endeavor, we also identified that students needed more and varied opportunities to participate in team games. One idea that emerged earlier this year from Bob Stone (5th grade teacher) and Karen Wilson (2nd grade teacher) was a GaGa Ball pit

Bob and Karen wrote a grant proposal to the Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools (FHNS) for this purpose. Their proposal was an extension of the work done throughout last year to be sure we are aligning ourselves with our recess purpose. Additionally, there are many multidisciplinary and cross-curricular skills required for students to design and build a GaGa Ball pit. This is a great opportunity for project-based learning! 

The FHNS committee hosted presentations by teachers from our district’s four schools this past Tuesday. We are excited that they have approved this grant, and the Ray School will be adding a GaGa Ball pit to our grounds this year. 

We know the importance of students having opportunities to collaborate, problem solve, and make connections with peers. Having a GaGa Ball pit at recess will provide students additional opportunities to develop their social-emotional health while also being physically active. 

We are grateful to the Friends of Hanover Norwich Schools for their support of this project.


Lauren Amrhein




Kids and Community

This week we had 5 featured guests: Firefighter Ebben Whitehair, Dispatcher Brian Paine, Sergeant Matt Ufford, Hanover High School senior Rebecca WIlson, and CRREL researcher Dr. Eli Deeb. 

  • Firefighter Ebben and Dispatcher Brian participated in several 1st grade PE classes. 
  • HHS senior Rebecca joined two 4th grade classes for art and one 5th grade class for Spanish. 
  • Sgt. Ufford came several times to visit with students and hand out cards on the playground. 
  • Officers Landry, Ridge, Benson and Conde, as well as Chief Dennis and Captain Bodanza, visited classrooms and recess this week. 
  • Dr. Eli Deeb shared some of the tools he uses with his snow research. Here is a photo of Ms. Sexton, taken using his heat sensing camera. 

Thank you all for taking time from your busy days and important work to visit us at Ray! 

Safety First 

We have witnessed many scary, close calls over the last week in our drop-off loop during morning arrival. Please attend to the drop-off loop safety measures to ensure student and family safety: 

  • Pull all the way around to the end of the drop-off loop. 
  • Children should be ready to get out of the car. If you need more time, please park in a designated parking space.
  • Parents must stay in the car and allow staff members to assist. 
  • Ray staff members will open the car door.
  • Students should exit from the right side of the car only, onto the curb. 

 Finally, please drive slowly in the parking lot and loop. We need to keep our our children (and each other) safe. 

School Start

Adult monitors are present on the playground beginning at 7:40a.m., and arriving early will prevent unnecessary stress for your family. We realize that sometimes there are unexpected changes or delays, but the number of students arriving tardy has dramatically increased. Just today, we had 43 students tardy to school. There are very few cars arriving between 7:40 and 7:50, with a marked increase between 7:50-8:00. Try arriving earlier. You may be quite pleased with what you experience, and your child(ren) will get more social time with peers before the start of school. 


Except for unexpected changes communicated by a parent and/or guardian, students will be dismissed using their usual daily routine. As stated in our Family Handbook, if there is a change to after school plans, parents/guardians should notify the office prior to 1:00 p.m. Our office has been handling many last minute changes to dismissal plans. This interrupts learning time when we call teacher classrooms, requires additional time during a busy period of the day, and can cause delays for buses. Thank you for your help.

International Friends & Family Coffee Social

The teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) invite you for a coffee and conversation social after Sing Along on Wednesday, October 24 from 9:00am to 9:40am in the Ray Café. We are looking forward to a monthly discussion on different topics related to language learning and school life, including customs and holidays. Please bring any questions you have about Ray School schedules, classes, homework, and more. Please contact linda.machalaba@rayschool.org with questions. We hope to see you soon! 

Last Call: Box Tops!

Please submit your clipped, unexpired Box Tops to the collection jar located in the main office by next Friday (October 26)! They'll be mailed in the following week and the school will receive a check in December.

Lost & Found

Here is a picture of the most recent collection at the Lost & Found.  This time of year, the collection seems to grow with the fluctuating temperatures.  Please take a moment to look for any lost items down near the gym when you are at the school. We are still finding a lot of items that aren’t labeled.  If you label your child’s belongings we will do our best to return them.


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Local Interest

Hanover Rock Climbing Team (Grades K - 5)

Does your child love to climb? Does he/she literally climb the walls (and trees, and rocks and anything possible)? Consider joining the Hanover Rock Climbing Team!  Practices are Fridays 5-6:30pm at the Green Mountain Rock Climbing Center in Quechee, VT. This is an informal chance to learn the basics of indoor rock climbing. A parent must attend to belay.  For more information, please contact: kari.gleiser@gmail.com.  

Ford Sayre Ski Sale

  • Sunday November 4, 2018 12:00-2:30, Richmond Middle School
  • Consignment: Friday November 2, 6-7:30, Saturday November 3, 9:00-11:00. Please make sure equipment is in good condition.
  • www.FordSayre.org
  • Think Snow!