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Rays of Sunshine, May 27, 2024

Rays of Sunshine

May 26, 2024

 

Important Dates: 

May 27th - School Closed
May 30th - Ray School Book Fair
June 5th - 5th Grade Parent Meeting: Transition to Richmond Middle School
June 14th- Last Day of School for Students, Fifth Grade Sendoff
 

Reminder

No school on Monday, we will see you Tuesday! 
 
End of Year Volunteering
If you anticipate participating in end of year activities (8th grade Storrs Pond, 5th grade sendoff, Buddy Day at Ray, etc), please make sure your Volunteer Status is up to date.  In addition, if you anticipate helping with preseason sports transportation at HHS in the fall, now is the time to submit your paperwork as well.   You can begin the process by filling out this form - once completed, you will be contacted by Teal Parker or Bridget Peters with further instructions.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to our Coordinator of Volunteers, Teal Parker.

From the Library

Woohoo! Next week is Literacy Week. As we wind down our library checkouts, we are eager to get our students ready for Summer Reading! Next week we celebrate Literacy with a few fun events and spirit wear each day. Take a peek at our week at a glance here: bit.ly/LiteracyWeek2024
 
Monday - No School - Memorial Day
Tuesday - HATS OFF to Norwich Bookstore - Wear A Hat to school!
Wednesday - NON-FICTION knocks your socks off! - Wear your craziest socks
Thursday - BOOK FAIR DAY! Wear a shirt with words! Bonus if it is reading related!
Friday - READING IS COZY! Wear your coziest clothes (including pajamas!)
 
As a reminder, all students must be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to seeing everyone on Thursday afternoon at the Book Fair in the Ray School Gym between 4 and 6 pm! 
 
Flyer for the Elementary School Book Fair on May 30th.

ART ROOM NEWS

Clay projects are slowly finishing up and will be going home. Please be on the lookout for these pieces as they are still fragile.
 
Portfolios will go home the last week of school.
 
The last week of school, Ray Schoolers will have more literary visitors! On Monday, June 10th - they meet Jan Reynolds from Stowe, VT. She became a nationally ranked cross country ski racer in high school, and continued in college, and raced biathlon for the U.S. Team, after setting climbing and skiing records all over the world, especially in the Himalaya. She even took a hot air balloon over Everest! She will present VANISHING CULTURES and take us around the world, learning about indigenous tribes. Jan is offering books for sale/autographed as well. Forms will be sent home with the students or you may use this form. Book orders are DUE - FRIDAY, MAY 31. Please return them to Mrs. Henry. For more information on Jan and her career : www.janreynolds.com

Guest Author

On Tuesday, June 11th, students will learn more about the world of Comics with Marek Bennett of Henniker, NH. Marek has written three graphic books based on letters/diary from a Civil War soldier from Henniker. These books will be available for purchase. Please look for an order form from your students or USE this form. Book orders are DUE - FRIDAY, MAY 31. Please return them to Mrs. Henry.  Marek will be sharing his current project, do some demo drawing and talk about a career as a comic/cartoon illustrator. For more information about Marek and his work, please go to www.MarekBennett.com.

Parent Portal Shut Down

We shut down the parent portal on Friday, May 24th so teachers can start working on progress reports. We will reopen the parent portal in the afternoon on Friday, June 21st so parents can access the progress reports. The district will need to shut down the parent portal again between July 8th and July 22nd to close out the school year and prepare everything for the upcoming year.

5th Grade Parent Meeting: Transition to Richmond Middle School

The 6th Grade Team at  Richmond Middle School (RMS) is hosting a transition meeting for 5th grade parents on Wednesday, June 5th at 6 PM in the RMS Auditorium (feel free to park in the north parking lot). Our 6th grade teachers and counselors would like to introduce themselves and share some basic information about the start of school and transition resources. There will be an opportunity for Q & A, and parents will have the option to tour RMS following the formal presentation. 
 
The RMS Counseling team will work with the Ray School staff to identify a time this spring  for 5th grade students to tour RMS and meet RMS staff during the school day. The Ray School and RMS special education and 504 teams are connecting throughout May and June to provide individualized transition support for students, and any other parents who would like to connect with a member of the RMS Counseling team, are encouraged to email Liz Powers or John LaCrosse.

Ray School Community Garden

The Ray School Community Garden has a couple of beds available this summer for family use.  If interested in using one this growing season, please reach out to our Coordinator of Volunteers, Teal Parker at tealparker@hanovernorwichschools.org.

2024/25 School Year Registration

It is that time of year when we start thinking about placement for the upcoming school year. Please take a few minutes to complete this short survey to let us know if your child(ren) will be returning to the Ray School in the fall or not. We work very closely with the middle school so do ask to have this information for current 5th grade students as well. Thank you for helping us make the transition to the upcoming school year a smooth one.

Haven Helpers

Please try to remember PEANUT BUTTER for the HAVEN! We are coming up on our final collection for the ENTIRE YEAR. Please do what you can to help contribute to the HAVEN HELPERS. Thank you!

PTO Minutes

PTO meetings have concluded for the year. Minutes from our most recent meeting can be found by clicking this link. Thank you for all of the support for the PTO, Ray staff and teachers this year!  
 
Need Labels for Camp?
When buying labels for spring clothing or summer camp supplies, consider supporting Ray School PTO by purchasing Mabel's Labels. Simply visit https://mabelslabels.com/en_US/fundraising/support/ and search "Ray School PTO"
 
Ray School Spirit Wear
Have Your Kids Outgrown their Ray School Spirit Wear? Donate them now! The PTO will be collecting all Ray School spirit wear that is no longer wanted. T-shirts, sweatshirts, all sizes and colors welcome. Please wash before donating! Donation bin just inside the front doors, labeled "Ray School Spirit Wear Donate Here!" Email Sarah with any questions.
 
Literacy Event (May 30th)
SAVE THE DATE! On Thursday, May 30th from 4-6:00pm the PTO will be helping with our annual Literacy Event in the Ray School gym. This year we will be hosting a book fair in conjunction with the Norwich Bookstore. We are looking for SAU 70 approved volunteers for the event. You do not need to volunteer the entire time (though you are welcome to if you would like). Please sign up here if you are available to help. Contact Literacy Event Chair Caitlin Herrick (caitlinherrick10@gmail.com) with any questions.
 
Box Tops for Education Ongoing Fundraiser
$301 earned for Ray from Box Tops for Education! Can we make it $500 by the end of school?
Bring your grocery receipt to the main office and drop it off in the *new* Box Tops collection box! A volunteer will scan them for you! Or scan your own receipt through the BTFE App (on your Apple or Google Play device) and select the Ray School.
 
Qualifying products (at any store):
  • Chex *BONUSES this month!* - Buy any 3
  • Progresso *BONUSES this month!* - Buy any 3
  • Bisquick *BONUSES this month!* - Buy any 2
  • Larabar box *BONUSES this month!* - Buy any 2
  • Cheerios, Annie's, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, and more! See all qualifying products.  
Any questions? Please reach out to Renée Sullivan (reneesullivan1@gmail.com). Thanks for supporting our school!

Lost and Found

Please be sure to label your student’s items so we can return them! 
 
Various lost and found items in the foyer of the school.