Tomorrow will be an exciting day for many employees of the school district. Thanks to DHMC, SAU70, and many advocates in the community, employees are receiving their second dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine on Saturday morning. While we are hopeful that staff will not experience adverse reactions, we know that some people have been unable to work for some time after receiving the second vaccine due to significant vaccine side effects. The SAU has asked that staff who are unable to work on Monday to notify the district by 3 pm on Sunday, April 25th. If we do not have enough staff members to maintain cohorts, distancing, and protocols on Monday, we will need to close some or all schools. If we need to make that decision to close, we hope to let you know by Sunday evening.
A request this weekend: We still have quite a few families who haven’t completed the survey to help us plan for staffing and placement in the fall. We do realize that some people may be unsure of their plans for the fall, but there is an option to mark ‘Undecided’. Here is a link to the form. Please complete the form as soon as possible. Thank you for your help!
Enjoy the weekend and we will see you next week!
As a reminder, here is a copy of the Specials rotation schedule for the rest of the school year.
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 breakfast and lunch orders for next week. Orders must be placed by 4pm on Sunday for the upcoming week.
If you are having trouble with your MealTime account or have a question regarding the Cafe, please contact Chris Cantlin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
NH Statewide Assessment System (NHSAS) Testing Schedule
Please mark your calendars if you have students in grades 3, or 4.
- Fifth grade (Hareld/Stone) will test next week, the week of April 26
- Third Grade: Weeks of May 10 & 17
- Fourth Grade: Weeks of May 24 & May 31
Here is a link to the NHDOE Assessment Notification Letter. More information about specific testing times for classes will be communicated by teachers in upcoming weekly newsletters. For our remote learners, testing will occur during the same weeks and will occur in-person per the NHDOE.
Bike to School Day
On Wednesday, May 5th, students will be taking part in National Bike to School Day. Bike riders come to school on their own schedules. It is suggested that any students biking to school have a parent/guardian go with them if this is something the student does not already do alone and on a regular basis. Please follow these National Highway Traffic Safety Commission safety rules. The complete document for parents and children regarding bike safety can be found following this link.
- Wear a Bicycle Helmet.
- Adjust Your Bicycle to Fit.
- See and Be Seen.
- Use Verbal and Non-Verbal Communication.
- Use bike lanes or bike paths, if available. Children younger than 10 years old are not consistently able to make the decisions necessary to safely ride unsupervised in the street, so ride on a sidewalk.
- Please ride single file!
- "Watch, Wave, Walk" - Watch for cars. Wave to the driver to make sure they see you about to cross the street. Walk your bike across the street then get back on your bike and start riding again.
- Students will review bike safety in physical education class during the week of April 26-April 30.
The law in NH requires that children under the age of 16 wear helmets when bicycling. As reported by safekids.org, properly fitted helmets can reduce the risk of head injuries by at least 45 percent, yet less than half of children 14 and under usually wear a bike helmet.
Next week is the last week to bring food in for April. In March, we delivered 141 pounds of food. Let’s see if we can double that amount for April. K-1 continues to do an outstanding job bringing in contributions. Please bring in canned tomatoes, oatmeal, shelf stable milk, canned fruits and applesauce. Of course, any and all items are always welcome! Thanks for your support.
- Thank you to those who attended our PTO meeting last night. Minutes can be found here.
- Our next meeting will be Thursday, May 20 at 7 pm via Zoom. All Ray parents are welcome to attend. https://sau70.zoom.us/j/
- We have thank-you events planned for Staff Appreciation Week (May 3 - 7), including an updated Flower Day. Please look for communication from the PTO and/or Room Parents about the week's events
You’re Invited: Community Diversity & Equity Workshops
Race, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, socio-economic class, and disability can be difficult to navigate—even for the most experienced educator or parent—but with the ongoing pandemic and its disproportionate impact on Black and other marginalized communities, our deepening economic divide, and continuing acts of racial violence have made it clear we all need additional tools to skillfully address these issues with our children and with each other.
SAU 70 District Equity Committee is pleased to offer two community workshops, facilitated by Groundswell Change, to help us get started. The workshops have been developed with input from district families, Hanover High School alumni/a, and members of the larger community, with the shared goal of creating a welcoming and more inclusive place to live and learn. In addition, we have partnered with Lou's and Blue Sparrow Kitchen, who will be offering special menu options for workshop participants. We hope this can help take dinner off your "to-do" list that evening! More information will be emailed to families who register.
Grounding in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (To attend, you must click and RSVP.)
Thursday, April 29, 7:00-8:00pm, followed by 30-min Q&A
Ready to get started in diversity and equity work, but not sure how? This workshop is for all of us who want to learn more about—or would love a refresher on—foundational language and concepts, along with key takeaways on how to engage your friends, your children, and others in important conversations around race, identity, social power, and other issues as it relates to diversity and equity.
Being an "Upstander" (To attend, you must click and RSVP.)
Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:00pm, followed by 30-min Q&A
We've all been there — that moment when someone says or does something that feels harmful or overtly biased. Even the most skilled among us have a hard time knowing how to respond. This workshop is for all of us who want to gain the tools and courage to speak up "in-the-moment" when we believe incidents of racism, sexism, and other bias have occurred and build real-time skills to interrupt, question, echo, and engage.
We are partnering with two local restaurants to help provide special dinner offers for families who participate in the workshops!
Blue Sparrow Kitchen
289 Main Street, Norwich, VT • 802.649.7003 • email@example.com
Order online (https://www.toasttab.com/
Several menu options available for pickup the day of the event between 3-6 pm. If an alternative pick-up is needed, folks can just give us a call. Each dinner option includes an entree, salad, and cookie. An optional 8oz cup of our homemade ice cream can be added.
- Organic black bean stew with house chorizo and roasted tomatoes, with green salad and cornbread, and choice of cookie
- Organic black bean stew with lime, tomatoes, peppers & corn, with green salad and cornbread, and choice of cookie
- Red pepper, spinach & Grafton aged cheddar quiche, with green salad and choice of cookie
- French ham and Grafton aged cheddar quiche, with green salad and choice of cookie
- Chicken salad with red cabbage and miso dressing, with green salad and house focaccia
- Curried chickpea salad (vegan), with side of green salad and house focaccia
Lou's Restaurant & Bakery
30 South Main Street, Hanover, NH • 603.643.3321 • MeetMe@LousRestaurant.com
Order online (http://bit.ly/orderfromlous) from the Dinners-to-Go menu for pick-up on the day of each workshop.
Each family dinner option includes an entree (Lasagna, Chicken Pot Pie or Chicken Enchiladas), sides (cheesy garlic bread or Mexican rice), garden salad, and dessert. As a special bonus for workshops participants, use the code SWEET for 6 chocolate chip mini scones or SAVORY for 6 cheddar, bacon & scallion mini scones to be added to your order. These are delicious for breakfast the next day.
Valid on orders placed for pick-up on Thursday, April 29 and Thursday, May 6 only. Anyone who uses the code will be sent an updated confirmation with the scones.
Last Day of School
The last day of school is tentatively scheduled for June 14th with a half day dismissal.
Next Year's School Calendar
This calendar for the 2021/2022 school year was approved on Wednesday evening at the Hanover School Board meeting. The first day of school for students will be August 30th.
Lost & Found
Here is the most recent picture of the Lost & Found. As you can see it is pretty much over flowing so please take a moment to stop in to see if something belongs to your child. The Lost & Found is conveniently located in the vestibule so easy to get to.
Spread the Word: COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Upper Valley Residents With Limited English Proficiency
- May 1, 2021
- 9 am to 1:00 pm
- Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, Main Hospital Entrance
The Upper Valley Public Health Region has been operating COVID Vaccination Clinics to supplement the State of New Hampshire’s Fixed Site Clinics since December 2020. A number of appointments will be held for the Limited English Proficient population on Saturday, May 1st at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, for whom interpreter services will be ready to assist. Our mission is to get vaccines to members of our communities who may have difficulty managing the State’s registration system and/or travel to the Fixed Site Clinics. This includes people for whom English is not their first language.
Who can get a vaccine?
Anyone aged 18 and older who lives in our region. You do not need to be a New Hampshire resident to register. We will provide the 1st dose of Moderna vaccine and will hold a 2nd dose clinic in 4 weeks. We cannot provide 2nd doses of vaccines on May 1st. Only first doses will be provided on May 1st.
Please call the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Hotline at 603-650-1818 to register for this vaccine clinic. You will be asked to provide your name, date of birth, and address. Language interpretation will be available for registration and at the vaccine clinic.