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October 26, 2018

Dear Families,

As I am sure you have seen in the past many weeks of the Rays of Sunshine, community is incredibly important to the Ray School. The personal connections that students and staff make with guests from around Hanover have a lasting impact, and the partnerships created are invaluable. Our formal Kids and Community program ended this week, but we will have many of our community members continue to visit throughout the year. Community is part of our whole year, not just a few isolated weeks.

This week, our featured guests were Officer Hunt of Dartmouth Safety and Security, Hanover Fire Captain Chris Doolan, Firefighter Wayne Dunham, Parking Control Officer Doug Lantz, Richmond Middle School Counselor Liz Powers, and HHS senior Adam Blackburn. Through PE and classroom visits, more than 18 classes had direct interaction with visitors. Additionally, Doug Lantz made time to visit during recess while each grade was out.

We had our whole school Kids and Community Assembly today. It is an annual tradition, always colorful and fun. Thank you to Ms. Brauch for organizing and leading this event. Many of this year’s featured community members joined, as well as a variety of community members from past years of the program. Below, you will see a long list of today’s assembly attendees, a testament to how well supported this program is from a variety of Hanover organizations:

Hanover Police Department/Communications: Chief Charlie Dennis; Captain Mark Bodanza; Sgts. Matt Ufford, Dan Fowler, and Jeff Ballard; Officers Kuehlwein, Benson, Meenagh, Conde, and Martin; Parking Control Officer Doug Lantz; and Dispatcher Diana Guillette

Hanover HIgh School Students: Adam Blackburn, Glen Passow, and Maya Lynn

Community Members: Dr. Antonia Altomare, Infectious Disease, DHMC; Sgt. Tom Dakai, Hanover Fish and Game; Dr. Eli Deeb, CRREL researcher; Dr. Jeremy DeSilva, Archaeology professor, Dartmouth College; Officer Scott Hunt, Dartmouth Safety and Security; Ms. Liz Powers, RMS School Counselor; Ms. Lauren Amrhein, Principal, Ray School; Ms. Kerry Artman, former PTO chair, current SAU 70 Volunteer Coordinator; Mr. Kevin Cotter, former Ray Interim Principal and current RMS social studies teacher; Mr. Glenn Elder, Etna FAST squad; Mr. Jeff Graham, General Manager of the Hanover Improvement Society; Mr. Mike Lepene, RMS Principal;  Ms. Kelly McConnell, Chair of the Hanover School Board; and Mr. Rick Lemay, PTO Treasurer

The Hanover Fire Department was out helping people, but Smokey the Bear showed up to remind us that the firehouse is a "Safe House" where we can go if we are ever in need. He also showed us some great dance moves while joining in the fun movement breaks.

THANK YOU, members of our community, for sharing your time with us, helping us learn, being amazing role models, and keeping us safe. We are truly fortunate.


Lauren Amrhein





Fresh Picks

Today we had a visit from Frank Gillespie, Registered Dietician of Fresh Picks.  He made kale pesto for students to try as they went through the lunch line. Then, students submitted a vote to indicate whether they wanted to see this item featured in a future Ray Cafe meal. After tallying, we had 276 people that tried it. Of those students, 210 liked it, 33 didn’t like it, and 33 weren’t sure.  What a great way to try in-season veggies!


Lost & Found

Here is a picture of the most recent collection at the Lost & Found.  As you can see it has grown from last week. Please take a moment to look for any lost items 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.



District Transportation Page

Ray Cafe Webpage 

District Calendar

October Calendar

November Calendar



Local Interest

Join Lightning Soccer Club!

LSC, a Norwich based non-profit, is now accepting K-12 enrollment for winter programming. This winter LSC is offering skill building clinics for youth aged 3 to 10 and team training sessions for youth aged 11 to 19. Clinics and training sessions are held indoor at Kimball Union Academy. For more information visit the LSC website.  www.uvlightning.org

Etna Library Halloween Treats

Healthy Halloween treats will be served at the Etna Library on Oct. 31st between 2:30 and 4:30.  All ages are welcome. For more information, call 643-3116 or e-mail etna.library@hanovernh.org.

Dustin Coates at Etna Library

Children are invited to meet master wood-turner Dustin Coates at the Etna Library on Thursday, Nov. 1st at 3:30 and on Saturday, Dec. 1st at 2:00.  Dustin will talk about looking at trees in a new way – seeing the insides of the trees and the grain of the wood.  You may have seen his handsome bowls at the local farmers’ markets. For more information, call 643-3116 or e-mail etna.library@hanovernh.org.

Christmas Market with a Difference

Christmas Market with a Difference is returning for its 30th year. 

Thursday November 1st, 10am–6pm 

Friday November 2nd, 10am–6pm

Saturday November 3rd, 10am–2pm.

Hanover Blue Wave Tae Kwon Do 

Visitors are welcome to observe anytime. Cost is $40 per month. For more information contact HanoverBluewave@gmail.com or call 603-306-9132. www.bluewavetkd.com