September 13, 2019
Kindness. A word we hopefully hear all the time, but perhaps we do not think frequently about how much power kindness can hold.
Kindness is our core value for the month of September. In morning announcements, morning meetings, learning buddy time, and school meetings, we are focusing on what kindness is, how to be kind in ways big and small, what we are doing at Ray to show kindness, and how kindness makes us feel.
In Mrs. Monmaney’s fourth grade classroom, students watched a video about random acts of kindness. They were asked to discuss the body language of people before receiving a random act of kindness, during the act, and after. One pair of students insightfully shared that during a random act of kindness, some people in the video looked shocked or confused. They went on to say that people should not be shocked when something kind is done for them. Kindness should not be confusing or shocking, it should be the norm! Why? Because after every act of kindness in the video, the person looked joyful and went on to share kindness with another person. Additionally, the people that did a random act of kindness looked happier after, too.
This Friday and last Friday, students attended a welcome back gathering. Last week, our kindergarten, first, and second grade students joined together in the gym. This week, our third, fourth, and fifth graders gathered in the music room. During both school meetings, students discussed kindnesses they experienced at school and things they planned to do to be kind to others.
I hope that some of the ideas about kindness are shared with you at home. As fourth graders said, shouldn’t kindness be what we practice, see, and feel everyday?
We will continue this month and throughout the year in the spirit of kindness. Have a wonderful weekend.
Reminder: Band Sign Ups
Grade 5 parents are reminded to complete the Band Sign Up form as soon as possible, preferably by Sunday, September 15th.
Ellis Music Rental Night
Ellis Music will be in the music room on Wednesday, September 18th at 6:30pm for any student who will be renting an instrument this year.
First Kindergarten/First Grade Sing-Along
We will have our first family Sing-Along on September 27th.
Reminder: Birthday Book Club
The Birthday Book Club is a fun way to celebrate your child's birthday and enhance the collection of the Ray School's library. If you would like your child to participate or would like more information, you can pick up a form in the front office or e-mail Marjorie Wu at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reminder: Box Tops 4 Education
Box Tops are going digital! Here's what you can do to earn free money for our school:
- Download the new Box Tops 4 Education app on your smartphone/tablet.
- Scan your grocery receipt within 14 days of purchase. The school is automatically credited for your participating product purchases!
- Keep clipping and sending in Box Tops from participating products. We can earn double the money while products transition to the digital clipping packaging. Thank you for your support.
Lost & Found
The Ray School Lost and Found is located next to the gym. Please label your children’s items (sweatshirts, hats, gloves, coats, etc). All labeled items will be returned to their owners. Below is a picture of unlabeled items collected to date.
Calendar Items (link to calendar)
Open Houses and Curriculum Nights
September 17th: Fifth Grade, 5:30-6:30pm
September 18th: Kindergarten/First Grade, 6:00-7:00pm
September 26th: Second Grade, 5:00-6:00pm
October 8th: Third Grade, 5:00-6:00pm
- District Transportation Page
- Ray Cafe Webpage
- BoardDocs: Remember to select “Hanover School Board” in upper right hand corner after you click “Public Access”
- CATV On Demand: Watch Hanover School Board Meetings
- District Calendar
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