This has been a week of great joy in returning to school, but also of great sadness as we watched the attack on our democracy unfold. Our Ray School community is strong, and we took care of each other so we could take care of our students.
We trusted our staff to gauge students’ level of worry and concern and then engage them in compassionate and thoughtful ways. Our staff allowed children to take the lead in conversations and reflections, built around community norms of discussion and developmentally appropriate exploration and explanations. We shared this resource about talking to children about violence, and staff used journaling and discussion prompts like:
- How do you feel right now? What might help you with these feelings? What do you need?
- What do you think should happen after an election?
- How should leaders talk to each other?
- What is an appropriate way to speak to each other to get our point across?
- What do we see happening now?
- What should happen now?
- What have we learned together in our classroom and school community that will make the future better? What roles will we play in making our futures better?
We continue to feel the great importance of the diversity, equity, and inclusion work that we are engaged in with Groundswell Change, and we feel fortunate to live in a community where civic engagement and social justice are valued. We continue the journey together.
Just as we have supports for our staff and students at school, we are also available as a resource to you if you need support in speaking with your students at home. Please do not hesitate to reach out.
We hope you enjoy the weekend, and we will see you on Monday. It is an honor to be able to do this work in our classrooms with our in-person and remote students, the future leaders of our country.
- School Closed Monday, January 18th
Monday, January 11th, is rotation day #2 and the upper grades (3-5) will have Technology and the lower grades (K-2) will have Library.
We recognize the extreme challenge and the safety concerns that our current dismissal process is creating. We are working on a plan for a staggered dismissal time that we hope will alleviate the congestion in the afternoons, and we hope to release this plan next week and begin is shortly after. Please stay tuned for an email about staggered dismissal, to arrive next week.
If you need to set up an account to pay for your student’s meals, please use this link for MealTime. You can find your student’s ID# in the top right hand corner of their screen in your parent portal account.
Please use this link to place orders by 4pm on Sunday.
Fridays in January are Ray School Spirit days! We encourage staff and students to wear a Ray School sweatshirt or t-shirt each Friday.
Attention 5th Grade Parents: Memory Book
The deadline for 5th Grade Memory Book photo submissions is fast approaching. Please refer to the email from your child's 5th grade teacher earlier this week requesting toddler photos, Ray School related event photos and more. A link to the Picaboo photo uploader is provided in the email. If you have any questions, please contact Janice Starkey. firstname.lastname@example.org
Trimester 3 Learning Placement
We will be sending out a survey during the first week of February for families to select a learning placement for our third and final trimester. The change will be effective at the beginning of March, the start of the next term. Please keep in mind that students will remain in their current learning placements until March, as outlined in our re-entry plan.
- Minutes from our December meeting can be found here.
- Our January meeting will be Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 pm. All are welcome to attend. Zoom link: https://sau70.zoom.us/j/
9451476797 Meeting ID: 945 147 6797
Lost & Found
Please remember to label your student’s items so we can return them easily! Not too much right now, but lots of gloves & mittens that would love to have a home with all the new snow we have.