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Welcome to the Rays of Sunshine. Our weekly newsletter will be posted here. It will include the Principal's message, important updates, and fun things happening around our school.





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February 16, 2024


Important Dates: 

  • February 19th - 23rd: School Closed
  • February 29th - Hanover School Board Deliberative Session
  • March 5th: District Voting Day
  • March 11th - School Closed
  • March 13th - noon dismissal Ray School only
  • March 13th - Hanover School Board Meeting
  • March 27th - noon dismissal Ray School only
Community Interest      

February Break

As a reminder, school is closed next week (February 19-23rd). Have a wonderful break and we will see you back at school on Monday, February 26th!

Visiting Author today and Norwich Bookstore on Saturday! 

Ray School 4th & 5th Graders were treated to a special author visit on Friday, February 16th. Elly Swartz came to share her enthusiasm, writing, and books with our students in a special presentation.
Poster made for our guest author Elly Swartz on yellow paper and blue writing.
She will be at the Norwich Bookstore tomorrow, Saturday 2/17 at 2pm. She would love to see some Ray School students and their families, and is able to sign books and answer questions. This is a family friendly event - please see this flyer.
If you are unable to attend, but were hoping to still order a signed book, please let me know. Elly is willing to send us personalized bookplates that we can place inside her books. Don't hesitate to email Becca Sexton ( with any questions.

Passport to Winter Fun is back!

It's that time of year again! All Ray School students will be receiving their Passport to Winter Fun booklets by next Friday afternoon (February 9th). Additionally, we will explain the details of the booklet and review them with every PE class before they are sent home. 
For those unfamiliar with the program, please read and review the first few pages of the passport with your child. More information about the program can also be found on the Upper Valley Trails Alliance website.
For those families that choose to participate, the front flaps will be due by Friday, February 23rd. They can be returned to the school by February 16th to the school or sent in directly to UVTA by February 23rd.
Stay active, and stay tuned for more information!
-- Ray School PE Team

New Hampshire Statewide Assessment System (NHSAS)

New Hampshire students in grades 3-5 take statewide assessments every year. Students in grades 3-5 are assessed in Reading, Writing, and Math. In 5th grade, there is an additional science assessment.
Our first testing window is NHSAS Writing, occurring March 4-15. Teachers in grades 3-5 will share their specific assessment schedules in their newsletters. Reading, math, and science assessments will occur in April and May.
Please try to book appointments and planned absences outside testing windows if your student is testing this spring. Additionally, please view this parent notification letter from the NH Department of Education that contains additional information about statewide testing for students in grade 3-5. For questions about exemptions, or any other question pertaining to statewide testing, please reach out to Principal Lauren Amrhein.

Valentine’s Day

We were spoiled on Valentine’s Day with delicious treats from our community! Thank you, PTO and families! 
close up image of red, white and pink cupcakes and valentines day cards
wide shot of tables setup with sweet treats for the staff for valentines day.

PTO Updates 

Our next meeting will be March 22, noon at Ray. Minutes from our January meeting can be found by clicking this link.  Interested in volunteering? Please reach out!
February Pizza Nights at Ramunto's to Support PTO
The PTO is hosting grade-level pizza nights this February. Mention Ray PTO at check out and 25% of proceeds will benefit our organization. 
Grades 4th - 5th, Feb 27, 5 - 8 pm
Box Tops for Education Ongoing Fundraiser
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.
Any eligible purchases add up, and BIG current bonuses are:
  • Walmart:  Earn 20 Bonus Box Tops ($2!) when you buy any 2 participating products (ends 2/14)
  • Hannaford: Earn 50 Bonus Box Tops ($5!) when you buy any 5 participating products (ends 2/29)
  • Cheerios: Buy any 2 Cheerios products and earn 4 bonus Box Tops (ends 2/29)
  • ANY products Valentine's Bonus: Buy ANY 2 products and earn 5 bonus Box Tops (ends 2/16)
Qualifying products (at any store): Cheerios, Chex, Annie's, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, and more! See all qualifying products.
Any questions? Please reach out to Renée Sullivan ( Thanks for supporting our school!

Lost & Found

Please be sure to label your student’s items so we can return them! We have many unlabeled items in the lost and found. The Lost & Found will be collected on March 5th and any unlabeled items will be donated.

Image of lost and found items, hats, gloves and water bottles
Image of items in lost and found, jackets, and hoodies
Image of items in lost and found, gloves and hats
Image of items in Lost and Found, boots.