We had a busy week leading up to February break with concerts, visiting performers, the 100th day of school, Valentine’s Day, a tumbling show, and more.
On Monday, the Villalobos Brothers visited the Ray School. In the morning and early afternoon, our third, fourth, and fifth graders met the members of the band to talk about the band’s family background, how they started playing, and how traditional culture affects the music they play. Our students also had the opportunity to ask questions.
In the afternoon, the Villalobos Brothers performed two concerts: one for our K-2 students and one for our 3-5 students. In the days leading up to the performances, our Spanish teachers focused their classroom discussions around Mexican culture and how folk traditions are passed down from generation to generation.
This day was made possible through grant funding. The grant was submitted by Ana Utell (Spanish teacher) and Bob Stone (5th grade teacher) and was funded through the Bridgman Trust Fund after approval from the Hanover School Board.
The Villalobos Brothers brought with them a message of love, humanity, creativity and social justice, encouraging our students to pursue their passions and have a positive impact on our world. For more information about the Villalobos Brothers, see their website, and be sure to attend their concert when they return on June 27, 2020 to perform on the Dartmouth Green!
The second grade participated in the annual 100th Day Hat Fashion Show. Students were tasked with creating a hat with a collection of 100 items and writing an informative paragraph about the creation of the hat. They walked the “runway” in the multi to showcase their creations.
Parents and students were treated to a medley of songs that showcased the hard work and learning of our strings and band students. Thank you, Bob Maurer (band teacher) and Hannah Rommer (strings teacher), for the terrific work with our students that led up to this performance.
Congratulations to our fifth grade class and PE teachers, Steve Condon and Cybil Satterwhite, on an entertaining tumbling show that highlighted gymnastic and tumbling skills, creativity, and collaboration.
It is difficult to believe we were able to fit all of these exciting celebrations and more into one week, but somehow we managed! We hope that you enjoy next week’s February break. We will see you all back at school on Monday, February 24th.
We continue to have reports of lice at the Ray School. Please check your child’s hair for the presence of lice or nits. It is important to remember that head lice is a nuisance and not a serious disease or a sign of poor hygiene. Regular surveillance by parents is one way to detect and treat early infestations, thereby preventing the spread to others. February break is a great opportunity to check your children’s hair, and treat accordingly.
Scheduled for Tuesday, March 10th. Details coming after winter break!
Thank you PTO!
Our generous PTO treated staff to Valentine’s Day desserts. Thank you to the PTO and parents that donated the delicious sweet treats!
RMS Transition Meeting for 5th Grade Parents
5th Grade Parents are invited to a Q & A in the Multi on March 16th at 6 PM. The RMS School Counselors and Admin Team will be available to begin discussions about middle school transition. We hope to see you there!
Parent Workshop - OutrightVERMONT
Valentine’s Day served as a reminder to many of us that the gender norms we grew up with no longer match the lived reality of many of our youth. Negotiating labels, identities, and life prove challenging - we would like to help. Wednesday, March 11th, representative from OutrightVERMONT will offer training for our staff toward our goal of ensuring that our school is safe, supportive, and affirming to all students regardless of their perceived or actual gender and sexual identity. As a part of that program we will offer a parent/community training at RMS that evening. We hope to continue our dialogue of inclusivity and support in our community. Please plan to join us and look for more information as we approach the date. Check out some great resources here: http://www.outrightvt.org/. If you have any questions please contact Tim Boyle or Chris Putnam-Pouliot.
New Hampshire Fire and Life Safety Calendar Contest
Wayne Dunham of the Hanover Fire Department has encouraged our third graders to participate in this statewide contest. Our entries will be submitted at the end of the month. We are very proud to support our community by using our artistic talents and thoughtful ideas. One of our third graders was a winner last year and featured in the calendar for the month of August.
The special item for FEBRUARY will be BEANS in recognition of Heart Healthy month. Bins will be in the front lobby for collecting and Buddy Classrooms include Mr. Crawford and Mrs. Butters. Thanks again!
The next deadline for submitting clipped Box Tops March 2nd. Please send in all of your unexpired, clipped Box Tops to the front office by Feb 26. And if you don't want to have the app on your phone, feel free to send in your grocery receipts to the front office and we'll scan them on my app. We've raised ~$450 so far this school year! Keep scanning and clipping to earn more!
Lost & Found
Please take a moment to stop in and take a look. There are many unlabeled items! Any unlabeled items will be donated at the end of the month.