First Practice!! Plan for Tuesday 12/1/15 – 1-day BKL program


Location:  Ray School (Rear parking lot, near school garden and gymnasium entrance)
Time: 3:30-4:30
Technique: Dryland (wear tennis shoes)




Welcome to the Ford Sayre Nordic 1 Day a week Program! We’ve been loving bumping into families around town and hearing how excited everyone is to get started. We are too! This first email is always a bit long, so bear with us…


Before every practice, you’ll receive an email in this format – a table like the one above with location, time, ski technique (dryland, classic), and (sometimes) upcoming events. It should show up on your phone looking the same way. All emails/posts, current and past, are posted and archived on the site so you can go back and reference them at any time.

We also encourage you to dig into the site to answer your questions. Check out the menu at the left side of the Nordic>BKL 1 Day page of the Ford Sayre website. You’ll be able to find lots of answers to your questions there.


We are trying something new this year! We will begin our dryland (e.g., no snow) practices from the rear parking lot of the Ray School (by the school garden). Grades K/1 will check in to the right of the school garden (closest to the school), and grades 2, 3-4, and 5-8 will check in to the left of the school garden. The Ray School is located at: 28 Reservoir Rd, Hanover, NH (see images below).

Please make sure that your child is under adult supervision at all times before and after practice! No child may be unsupervised on the Ray School property.

Ray School

RaySchool Signin

FIRST PRACTICE: Some tips for a successful first day

  • Practice starts at 3:30 and is only one hour long since we lose our sunlight before 4:30. We do our best to begin on time, so try to arrive early so your child can gear up and find his/her grade level group. We will have signs posted to make it easy.
  • Wear non-cotton layers, wool socks and running shoes (no winter boots), hat, light gloves if it is cold. See our What to Wear When you Ski page for more information.
  • Parking! The rear lot of the Ray School gets crowded, so please park in the main lot and walk down. Drive slowly in the evening light!
  • Sign your child in and out of every practice!
  • Save a few minutes to come say hello at the end of practice to the coaches. They are wonderful and want to meet you! You can read about them online on the Meet Our Coaches page.


Although we wish there was snow on the ground, we are excited to work with your children in dryland conditions. What will we do?  We use this time to get to know your children and work on the FUNdamentals of agility, balance, and coordination. Our activities are game- and adventure-based, and we will be exploring the trails around the Ray School, Oak Hill, and Garipay Field. When dressing for dryland practice, please have your child wear their tennis shoes, lightweight wool socks, mittens, hat, and non-cotton layers.


We rarely cancel practice. However, if school is cancelled, we cancel. If practice is cancelled on a day when school is in session (i.e., no snow, bad ice, dangerous conditions), the decision will be made before noon and will be posted on our page. The notice should come to you as an email, but you should always check the site if you aren’t sure since the site will be real time. Cancellations will also be phoned in to local schools before noon. Please make a plan with your child for days when practice is cancelled. They should have a plan B.


Thank you to those who joined us for our New Families Night on November 4th. A brief handout from the night is posted on the Information for Parents page of our nordic site. Please make sure to read through these materials and let us know if you have any questions!


Reach out to us! We’re always here to field your questions and receive your comments. Let us know if we can help!  Aricca,, Cell: (603) 715-7233

Cheers and see you Tuesday!


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