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September 28, 2018






Dear Families,

We held our first Sing-Along of the year on Wednesday for our kindergarten and first grade students. Young student voices combined with the voices of parents, grandparents, and family members to create a truly joyful sound. We finished our time together with the Ray School song: 


Through the traditions here of working hard year by year, we all do our part.

Every year we learn something new that’s special to me and you that lives deep in our heart.

As we learn, we’re beginning to see that the Ray School’s a great place to be.

Though our lives take us far away, no matter. We’ll always say:

“Hooray for Ray!”


The Ray School is a great to place to be, and I am proud of who we are and what we are becoming together. 





Kids and Community

The kickoff for Kids and Community this week was a success! The Hanover Police Department came by for morning arrival on Monday, helping students out of cars and giving high-fives as they entered the building.  Officer Alex and Officer Rob stopped by a few classrooms to make sure students got this week's cards along with some signatures.

Dr. Antonia Altomare, a doctor specializing in infectious disease, also visited classes and talked about ways we can stay healthy. She read stories, talked about proper hand washing, and helped us practice carefully coughing and sneezing into our elbows. She gave all children a bottle of hand sanitizer and had students practice hand washing to the tune of the alphabet song.

In PE, students met Glen Passow. Glen is a dynamic Hanover High School student and former Ray School student,  just featured in the Valley News for his achievement in the National Merit Scholar program. He also visited 4th grade chorus and Bob Stone's class.

Firefighter Blair Weathers and Firefighter Wayne Dunham stopped in for a few PE classes, and firefighters also administered flu shots today. In summary, we had a HUGE focus on community this week!


PTO Fall Dance

The PTO will hold the Fall Dance from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4. There will be live music by The Flames and cake for all. All grades are welcome. There is no school on Friday, Oct. 5th, so come dance the night away! Weather permitting, BYO picnic outside on school grounds.

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 the 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

News from the Cafe

Beginning on Friday, October 12, we will be offering regular pepperoni pizza along with three cheese pizza. Also, please take a moment to check out our new menu page. Nutrislice has been added, which offers some interactive links and nutritional facts for our daily meals.  We hope you find this information helpful. 

Reminder: Volunteers Needed

We are 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.

Reminder: 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.

Reminder: 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


October Calendar

Local Interest

Monday Movies with a Scientist

Please click on this link for information about Monday Movies at the Nugget with a Scientist. The first Monday movie is on October 8th. 

Girls Intro to Hockey Clinic for Ages 8-13

Come see what girls hockey all about with Hanover Hockey Association October 13 and 14 at 11:40AM at Campion Rink, free for girls ages 8-13 with no prior hockey experience! Come dressed to skate! Register at www.hanoverhockey.orgQuestions? Email rebecca.vandolah@gmail.com

Boys and Girls Intro to Hockey Clinics for Ages 4-8

Designed for children with no prior hockey experience, the Hanover Hockey Association Intro to Hockey Clinics are a free, fun way to introduce children to the sport with games that improve both hockey skills and skating ability. Clinics are open to boys and girls 4-8 who are interested in getting on the ice! It is free to register for these clinics, and if your child enjoys it, there is still time to enroll in one or all three of our winter Learn to Play Sessions ($).

  • Sat 10/13 and Sun 10/14 from 10:30-11:30 at Campion Rink
  • Register for the Free Intro to Hockey Clinics at www.HanoverHockey.org

  • For questions or additional information, contact Tracy Purcell: tapurcell80@gmail.com

Girls Who Code Movement

Girls Who Code Clubs are FREE programs for 3rd-5th and 6th-12th grade girls meant for

  • Learning from fun and simple online coding tutorials
  • Build community through interactive activities, and
  • Learn about inspiring role models

Girls work in teams to design and build projects that solve the problems they care about. Tutorials are in Scratch, Python, HTML/CSS, JavaScript and in a block-based app development language called Thunkable.

Dates, Times and Venue: Starting from 10/04 (Thursday) we will have weekly club meetings until 12/13. In total we will have 10 club meetings, every Thursday at 5:30 PM in Conference Room 213, 4 Currier Place, Hanover, NH. (The second floor has limited access after 5 PM. So please give me a call at (603)-443-3435 and I will open the door.)

How to apply: If you have any more questions or want to register, reply to nidhisinghuvm@gmail.com. If your child can’t make the current timings, please let me know and we can figure out some other times that would work.

Dartmouth Child & Adolescent Media Studies

3 to 17-year-old Children Needed for NIH-Funded Research Studies

We are currently recruiting participants for several studies that seek to understand how children and adolescents process information from visual media, conducted by Drs. Diane Gilbert-Diamond and Jennifer Emond at Dartmouth College.

Please contact us to see if your child is eligible for any of the studies. Depending on the study, participation involves 1-4 visits to our lab at Dartmouth College, each lasting 1-2 hours. All participants will be financially compensated for each visit, and additional mileage reimbursement may be available.  Participation is voluntary and confidential.

Whaleback Wednesdays are BACK!

Tired of taking 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 friend's? Whaleback's After School Ski Program is a perfect fit!

  • WEDNESDAYS 1/9/19- 2/13/19
  • BUS TRANSPORTATION from the RAY SCHOOL to Whaleback and back to the RAY SCHOOL for 5:30pm pickup
  • K-5th graders
  • 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 opens 10/5/19 @ whaleback.com
  • Questions? Email rebecca@whaleback.com

***This program is run and managed through Whaleback Mountain***

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.