Fall Placement Survey
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!
Staff Appreciation Week
Next week is Staff Appreciation Week. We celebrate and appreciate all school staff, remote and in person - specials teachers, classroom teachers, special educators, Spanish teachers, school nurses, related service teachers, strings teachers, reading teachers, academic support interventionists, support staff, school counselors, behavior support staff, Ray Cafe staff, custodians, bus drivers, and office staff. Appreciation does not need to come with big gifts, but rather can come with notes of appreciation, cards, emails, and kind words. We love our Ray School staff!
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 email@example.com.
Ray School Family Survey
The Hanover School Board, in conjunction with the staff at Bernice A. Ray Elementary School, would like feedback from families so that we can celebrate our successes and identify opportunities for improvement. We know that depending on learning placements (in person or remote), you may need to select “Unsure/NA” for certain questions. There is a section for comments in each subcategory and a final place for constructive feedback at the end of the survey. Please complete one survey for EACH of your students at the Ray School this year. The responses are anonymous. Staff will analyze the results of this survey over the remainder of this school year. We will use the results to help guide our ongoing work. A summary of responses will be provided during the Hanover School Board Meeting in May. This survey will remain open until May 6th. Here is the link to access the survey. Please let us know if you have any trouble with the link or if you would like to request a paper survey from the office to complete.
Reminder: NH Statewide Assessment System (NHSAS) Testing Schedule
Please mark your calendars if you have students in grades 3 and/or 4.
- 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.
Spirit Day: May the 4th
We will celebrate Star Wars Day! Students and staff are encouraged to wear Star Wars themed apparel. May the 4th (force) be with you!
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.
Great job again Ray School Haven Helpers! On Friday, 155 pounds of food was delivered to the Upper Valley Haven. They are very grateful. Thanks also to our 5th Grade Haven Helper Student Leaders: Maddie, Isabella, Mathilde and Mimi. Keep up the good work. Together we are making a difference! The top needed items for May are:
- Beans (white, red, black)
- Rice (preferably 1 lb. pkgs)
- Baking items
- Next week is Staff Appreciation Week! We have planned a catered lunch for staff, as well as a gift for each staff member in lieu of our traditional Flower Day.
- To celebrate Flower Day 2021, students are encouraged to wear flowers, a floral print or Ray School gear on Friday next week (May 7)
- Thank you to those who attended our PTO meeting last week. 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/
Community Diversity & Equity Workshops: Part 2!
Many thanks to the nearly 130 members of our community who attended the April 29 workshop. Even if you were unable to attend, it's not too late to sign up for the May 6 workshop on how to be an "upstander." Because we are on ZOOM, there is plenty of room! Keep reading for a quick recap of the first workshop below.
Thursday, May 6, 7:00-8:00 pm, 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 biases have occurred and build real-time skills to interrupt, question, echo, and engage.
RSVP HERE: https://bit.ly/3sBI0NH
Many thanks to Hanover High School Council, Hanover Improvement Society, Ray, MCS, RMS, HHS school leadership and PTO leaders for their support.
Recap of Workshop 1: Introduction to Multicultural Education
Groundswell Change modified the focus of the first workshop to "Introduction to Multicultural Education," based on community interest. The workshop outlined the themes district staff have been exploring in monthly professional development sessions this academic year, and participants were provided with questions and resources to discuss before the May 6 session.
- Multicultural education engages students in critical thinking and provides tools/skills for consideration of multiple perspectives. This is a process and practice that can permeate and cut across all academic disciplines — from English to history to math and science.
- Why is this important? Our world is changing. A multicultural education approach better prepares students for confident engagement and leadership in our increasingly diverse and interconnected world.
- Diversity can be defined in many ways, but quite simply, it means the "presence of difference." Acknowledging difference within the classroom (and beyond) helps educators provide teaching and support that meets student needs, regardless of student's life experience or background, and can promote the highest levels of academic achievement and social-emotional engagement from all students.
- Common norms/ground rules for having difficult conversations: 1) Accept that there will be lack of closure; 2) Use "I" statements"; 3) Acknowledge that everyone is doing their best; 4) Critique ideas not people; 5) Approach with a "growth" not "fixed" mindset.
Don't forget! Lou's and Blue Sparrow Kitchen are providing boxed dinners to make attending slightly easier for busy families.
Blue Sparrow Kitchen
289 Main Street, Norwich, VT • 802.649.7003 • firstname.lastname@example.org
Order online (https://www.toasttab.com/
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. 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. Valid on orders placed for pick-up on Thursday, May 6 only.
Lost & Found
The Lost & Found will be collected on Friday, May 7th. Any unlabeled items will be donated to Listen. Please take a moment to come to the vestibule to see if your student is missing something.