September 14, 2018
I had the privilege of attending Camp Keewaydin this week with many of our fifth grade students. They were hiking, climbing, picking apples, fishing, canoeing, painting murals, swimming, cooking, playing games, and learning. Students created skits about the soil cycle, the water cycle, decomposition, and more and presented those skits around an evening bonfire. They reflected on human impact on the environment and charted the food that they wasted each meal, striving to waste less each time. They wrote in science journals and thought deeply about how they could be ambassadors for our earth. They built a fifth grade community through night walks, team building activities, and evening reflections in cabins. They were adventurers, scientists, and friends. While a few students were unable to attend, I have no doubt that this learning will continue and every fifth grade student will feel the benefit of this week as learning and team building continues throughout the year.
Thank you, Ray School staff volunteers, fifth grade teachers, educational assistants, and families for making this week a success. It was truly incredible to see this group in action. In a world that often feels dominated by technology, this week of outdoor adventure was inspiring and invigorating.
Enjoy the weekend,
We are looking for four parents to assist the Health Office during the Ray School student flu vaccine clinic. The time commitment is 8:15-11:30 on Friday, September 28th. Please sign up here if you are interested. A medical background is not required to volunteer.
PTO/Howe Library Annual Costume Swap
Please join us for the PTO/Howe Library Annual Costume Swap on Sunday, September 30th from 2-4pm at the Howe Library, Children's Program Room. Bring a costume to swap or just take one home. Donations for the Haven are also being collected. Interested in volunteering for this event? Please email email@example.com. If you can't make it to this event but would like to donate a costume, please drop your costume off at the Howe anytime between 9/23-9/30.
Reminder: Principal’s Coffee
Our first coffee will be on Tuesday, October 9th, from 7:45-8:15a.m. in the Ray Cafe and will occur monthly for the remainder of the year. These events will be informal to allow for a meet-and-greet atmosphere, good discussion, and flexibility to come and go as you please.
Reminder: Sing Along
Our first Sing Along with parents of kindergarten and first grade students will be on Wednesday, September 26th from 8:20-8:50am.
Reminder: District Calendar
For families with students in several SAU 70 schools, you can use this link to see the District Calendar. The calendar includes events occurring in all four schools.
Reminder: Morning Arrival and Drop Off
Our morning drop off loop has been running well and we appreciate your help. A few reminders:
- Adult monitors are present on the playground beginning at 7:40a.m., and arriving early will prevent unnecessary stress for your family.
- If you are dropping your children off, please remember to pull all the way around to the end of the drop-off loop.
- Please do not drop your children off at the beginning of the loop. This causes congestion that is avoidable.
- Ray staff members will open the car door, a signal for your child to get out of the car.
- Parents should stay in the car and allow staff members to assist.
- Students should exit from the right side of the car only.
- We do not allow parking or drop-off on Reservoir Road to maintain safety and security of our playground perimeter.
- Please monitor your driving speed in the parking lot. We need to keep our students safe.
- We aim for a gondola-style drop off to avoid traffic backups.
Reminder: PTO Membership
Dues from membership are used to enhance students’ experiences and build community at Ray. As an added bonus, when you join and pay dues you will receive a school-wide directory later this fall. Last year we had over 60% of families join and we are hoping we can continue to increase that percentage this year. If the $30 membership is unmanageable, please inform Gwyn Dessert. Our goal is to include as many families as we can in the Ray School PTO. We do not want anyone to be left out due to financial constraints. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
September Calendar: Screenshot of the Next Two Weeks
Please note that the calendar is updated once building use requests have been approved. You can use the link above to access the entire calendar.
Upcoming Film- Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope
Resilience: The Biology of Stress & The Science of Hope is “an award-winning documentary by James Redford that explores the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. The film contains a wealth of information about how developing brains respond to stress and offers practical steps everyone can take to promote resilience in children." This film will be presented at the Briggs Opera House in White River Junction on Thursday, September 20th from 6:30-8:00pm. Parents and family members, educators, community members, youth leaders, and all who interact with children will find valuable information in the film. There will be a panel discussion after the film. All are welcome. Admission is free. Trailer Resilience: The Biology of Stress and The Science of Hope
Ford Sayre Ski Program Online Registration will open October 2018. The annual ski sale will occur on Sunday, November 4th. Check it out at www.FordSayre.org.
HHS Saturday Night Lights Presents, It’s Criminal
Please join us on Saturday, September 15 at 6:00PM in the HHS auditorium, for a screening of It's Criminal, an award-winning feature documentary, which follows a Dartmouth College class that brings students to a jail to work with incarcerated women on writing and performing a play. The film delves into privilege, poverty, addiction, abuse and injustice and asks viewers to think about who is imprisoned and why. In addition to exploring disparities, It's Criminal also captures how the students and prisoners struggle and ultimately succeed in overcoming their fears and prejudices to form hard-won bonds of friendship, showing that empathy is a powerful force that can bridge the divide. Immediately following the film, there will be a Q&A with the two Dartmouth professors featured in the film, Ivy Schweitzer and Pati Hernandez, two formerly incarcerated women who share their stories in the film, Charlotte Gunderson and Kim Vasquez, and the film's director, Signe Taylor (parent of Lyla Stettenheim, HHS '18). To learn more and see the film's trailer, please visit:https://www.itiscriminal.com/. This event is sponsored by the HHS club, She’s the First. In lieu of an admission fee, donations can be made to She’s the First We hope you can come!
Chris Seibel, School Clinician, Hanover High School
National Park Access for Fourth Graders
Did you know that every 4th grader is eligible for a pass to all national parks for free? Check out this website.