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September 21, 2018

September 21, 2018 

Dear Families, 

Next week we are kicking off our annual Kids and Community program at the Ray School. You may notice various emergency vehicles parked at the school.  Many firefighters and officers will be stopping by over the next five weeks to visit with students. In addition, we have some other local community partners that will be making an appearance. Our guests will join classes for lunches and recesses, story times, and specials classes during the day. Ask your children about the Kids and Community cards they receive weekly. Each card includes a picture and some fun facts about the featured community members. You may learn something new, too!  

Enjoy the weekend,



Picture Day

Picture day will be Friday, October 19th with retakes on Monday, November 19th.  If you would like to place your order online please go to https://lifetouch.com/.  Our Picture Day ID is VJ018024Q0.

From the Cafe 

On Monday, students will be encouraged to take a “Taste Bite” of roasted butternut squash along with their purchased meal. We continue to offer fresh and local produce on the salad bar and will even have freshly picked raspberries included with our Wednesday lunch.

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. Parents, please wait in the Ray Cafe and lobby area until all classes have passed by on their way to the music room. You will then follow and join your children in the music room. 

ESOL Coffee Hour

The teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) invite you for coffee, snacks and conversation after Sing-along on Wednesday, September 26, from 9:00am to 9:30am in the Ray Café. They plan to discuss different topics related to language learning and school life. Please bring any questions you have about Ray School schedules, classes, homework, etc. Please contact linda.machalaba@rayschool.org with questions. Hope to see you there!  

Walk to School Day

On Wednesday, October 10, we will take part in National Walk to School Day. Please meet at the specific places listed below and walk to school in a group. We do not have designated adults to walk from each meeting spot, so we ask that available parents/guardians walk with a group to help keep all children safe. Buses will drop students off in the Garipay parking lot on Reservoir Road. Bus riding students will have a choice to walk from Garipay or get off at the Ray School. There will be adults helping students cross Reservoir Road from Garipay lot. 

Meeting locations:

  • Greensboro Road at Lebanon St. (Rt. 120) @ 6:45am
  • Carter St/Brockway St and Lebanon St. @ 7:05am
  • Wyeth & Dunster @ 6:45 am on to Brook Rd @ 6:50 am
  • Dartmouth Green @ 7:10am
  • Balch & Park Street meeting up with the Green walkers @ 7:20am at traffic light
  • Bottom of hill at Camp Brook Road @ 7:35am and on to meet the group at the bottom of MacDonald Drive
  • Bottom of hill MacDonald Drive @ 7:40am
  • Meadow Lane & Rip @ 7:25am
  • Kingsford, Rayton, Haskins & Low meet at end of Rip @ 7:20am
  • Verona, Willow Springs meet at end of Rip @ 7:20am
  • Fletcher Circle @ 7:35am
  • Curtis, Woodmore, Dresden, Bridgeman neighborhood meet at Curtis/Reservoir @ 7:40am or take your usual short cut to school

Here are some pedestrian safety rules to follow:

  • Walk facing traffic when there isn't a sidewalk available
  • Share the sidewalk/road by walking no more than two by two
  • Stop at road crossings and cross together as a group so you do not hold up traffic
  • When using the Multi Use Path along route 10, please walk/ride on the right hand side, pass on the left, and make sure to alert other pedestrians when you are passing them
  • Please use caution on Rip Road as there is no sidewalk!

Volunteers Needed

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. 

We are also looking for a few parent/guardian volunteers to assist us with morning drop-off from 7:40 - 8:00 a.m.  Please sign up for any dates that work for you.  Thank you for considering!

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 rayschoolpto@gmail.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. 


District Transportation Page

Ray Cafe Webpage 

District Calendar


Lost & Found

September Calendar: Final Week


October Calendar: First Three Weeks 


Ford Sayre Junior Alpine

Our program provides FUN, team-based, age-appropriate training with a focus on mastery of fundamental skiing skills, followed by the development of racing skills. We are fortunate to have a long-term, dedicated team of highly qualified coaches, all of whom are expert skiers and many of whom are accomplished ski racers at the national and even international level. Most important, they all love working with kids!

We ski, train and race at the Dartmouth Skiway, Whaleback, and at mountains throughout New Hampshire and Vermont. Our youngest athletes have zero ski racing experience and for these young skiers the focus is on learning to love skiing all the fun terrain our mountains offer.  The kids and their coaches can be found exploring the trees, groomers and ungroomed trails. 

The youngest age group (6-8 year olds), DEVO meets Saturdays and Sundays, from 8:30-12pm, starting late December until mid March.   The U10 program meets Saturdays and Sundays, from 8:30-1pm mid December until mid March.

We want to welcome new 8/9year olds to our U10 group—racing experience is not a requirement!  New U12s and U14s are also always welcome! 

Come join us and be part of this terrific winter community of skiers and families!  

Blind Cinema:  Do you have a storyteller at home?

Picture yourself sitting in front of a movie screen, blindfolded. No sound but a voice in your ear, describing the action on screen. Adults listen, while the children sitting behind them narrate what they see. This is Blind Cinema. Blind Cinema is already a sold-out event for the adult audience members at the Hop on Sunday, September 30.  A few more young narrators, aged 9-12 years, are what is needed!   If you have a budding storyteller at home, who would like to give an adult a chance to see the world through their eyes, and who would delight in working with and learning from an international artist from Belgium, then visit  https://hop.dartmouth.edu/online/blind-cinema  and grab one of the remaining spots for the youth narrators.  Questions? Contact Katie Kitchel: ktkitchel.blindcinema@gmail.com

Hanover High School Apparel

Always wanted some Hanover apparel?  Now is your chance to show your support for Hanover High School.  For a limited time only, families now have the chance to order Hanover High School apparel online.  The Hanover High Apparel Store is new this year and open for a limited time only. The store will close on September 23.  This is a chance to order your Hanover High School gear for you and your family (youth sizes available too). Here is the link for the online store   We hope students, staff, parents, and the community will take advantage of this opportunity to order Marauder gear and show their Hanover spirit.  All items will be shipped to Hanover High School for pick-up or can be delivered to the Ray School if needed. If you have any questions, please contact Megan Sobel at megansobel@hanovernorwichschools.org.

The Fifth Grade Passport: Exploring Vermont Resorts

Skiing and snowboarding are magical sports and that can change lives, supporting healthier decisions and experiences that can last a lifetime. There is no better time to fall in love with snow-covered mountains of Vermont than during a student's 5th grade year. To help our youth get to the hills, we offer participating fifth graders up to 88 days of skiing and riding at Vermont’s alpine and cross country resorts for just a $10 processing fee with the Fifth Grade Passport.