Plans for NCS
Celebration under way
NOBLEBORO - The deadline to submit reading logs has passed, and we now are gearing up for the Summer Reading Celebration in the NCS gymnasium.
Sixty-nine students in Grades 1-8 met their summer reading goals and will be invited to the upcoming celebration. These students will receive $10 in Book Bucks, generously donated by the NPTO, and will participate in a fun activity with Mrs. York. They also will receive accolades from their teachers, Mrs. Hassett, and their peers, and receive a surprise treat!
Stay tuned for more information about the Summer Reading Celebration.
Spring Fair draws a crowd
NOBLEBORO - The annual Scholastic Spring Book Fair was held May 23 through Friday, May 27 at the NCS Library. This popular book fair offers bargains through its "Buy One, Get One" sale. For every item purchased, another item of equal or lesser value can be had for free!
The book fairs are hosted by Nobleboro PTO.
BOOKS & BRUNCH...Eighth-graders attended the "Books & Brunch" program at Lincoln Academy on April 15, and met author Gary D. Schmidt, seated. He signed copies of his book, "Lizzie Bright and the Buckminster Boy," which students had read, and discussed the writing process. Students, staff and community members also enjoyed a Maine-themed lunch of clam chowder, chicken, rolls and blueberry pie in the LA Library. Thanks, LA!
JUST KEEP SWIMMING...Students in kindergarten read "Memoirs of a Goldfish" in May during library time. They also made drawings inspired by the illustrations in this humorous and popular children's picture book.
REWARD...A few favorite library books have gone missing! Have you seen them? Anyone who locates and returns any or all of these books will collect a prize from Mrs. Harriman.
No overdue book penalties will apply. Check your bookshelves and please return one today!
Library Caption Contest
The Library Caption Contest is back! You can enter this popular weekly contest by stopping by the library to see the photo of the week. You may then submit a caption electronically, using the form below, or simply write it on a Post-It note and stick it to the photo, which changes weekly and is located just inside the library door.
Weekly winners are notified during the morning announcements. See Mrs. Harriman to collect your prize or for more details
NCS library has
gone to the dogs
NOBLEBORO - Each week, volunteer Chris Sprague of Nobleboro brings her dog Chance, a Stabyhoun, to school.
For 90 minutes, Sprague sits on a comfy blanket with her dog, who is certified by Therapy Dogs International. They listen while students read picture books aloud. The children show pictures to Chance, and sometimes explain the meanings of words.
"I always wanted to work with children, ever since I was young," said Sprague. After she read about therapy dogs being used with children through reading, she was intrigued.
"I did a lot of research," she said, and she soon decided it would be a good fit for her and her furry friend, who adores children. She contacted NCS Principal Ann Hassett, and through a collaboration with the school library and classroom teachers, the new program was launched a year ago.
Before they start each session, Sprague spreads out a special alphabet blanket, and then slips a red bandana with a therapy dog badge around the pup's neck.
"For me, the amazing part is once you put on that red scarf, he knows he's working," Sprague said of her dog. "Once we start, he doesn't get up, he doesn't move. He is really there listening."
An bond has developed between Chance and three second-graders and two third-graders, who have been reading to the dog weekly. The children greet Chance with smiles and pats, prompting a lot of tail wagging and an occasional lick on the cheek. The youngsters go on to read for 20 minutes and then reward Chance with a dog treat for being such a good listener.
"While they're reading they're giving him a pat or giving him a snuggle and showing him things and really including him in what they're doing," Sprague said.
She notes she has been able to witness their reading skills develop over the year, which is a wonderful bonus.
"I've seen these kids get more comfortable. They don't come in shy anymore, and they're reading with more confidence," she said. "There definitely is less hesitation."
Sprague got her dog from a Pennsylvania breeder when he was just 8 weeks old. The Stabyhoun hails from the Netherlands, and there only are about 250 dogs of this type in North America. She first discovered the breed after seeing two of them in Vermont.
"Watching them with their humans, they were very well-behaved and well-mannered, and that is what we wanted," she said.
She and her husband Ted owned and operated The Newcastle Inn for eight years, then sold it and moved to Vermont. They continued as innkeepers there for 17 years before returning to Maine a few years ago and settling in Nobleboro.
"We always knew this was home," she said.
NCS pupils reap rewards
from summer reading
A record number of NCS students participated in summer school and the NCS Summer Reading Program this year. Their effort was recognized with a celebration in the gym Oct. 7.
Seventy-eight children in Grades 1-8 took part in a relay race organized by PE teacher Mrs. York, then received a certificate and Book Bucks to spend at the book fair from Mrs. Hassett, our school principal. The Book Bucks are provided by NPTO.
CHICKA CHICKA...Last year's kindergarten class watched a short video called "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!" and read the book aloud during library. They then made their own coconut trees and ABCs!
the birthday of Dr. Seuss
NCS students in Grades K-6 participated in the annual Community Read-Aloud, sponsored by United Way, March 2, and celebrated the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss on March 3.
Kindergartners in Mrs. Powell's class enjoyed green eggs and ham in the library to commemorate the event. They wore striped stovepipe hats just like the Cat in the Hat, and played "One Fish, Two Fish" tic-tac-toe while they waited to eat.
Guidance Counselor Ms. Renaud cooked the ham, Mrs. Harriman cooked the eggs, and Kieve Educator in Residence Kelci O'Neill read "Green Eggs and Ham."
NCS's own Mr. Brown read "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?" to kindergarten students earlier in the week, which has become a tradition.
On Wednesday, volunteers from United Way visited five NCS classrooms and the library, reading aloud from picture books and sharing their love of books. Thanks to all who volunteered.
TREE TIME...Kindergarten students created holiday art prior to the winter break in December. We read books about winter and talked about how various holidays are celebrated around the world.
Students re-create Mayflower
NOBLEBORO - Children in kindergarten, Grade 4 and Grade 5 channeled their inner Pilgrim and created 3-D Mayflower ships during library time in November.
The 33 original artworks were then used to grace the tables as centerpieces for the annual NCS Thanksgiving feast on Nov. 20.
Students decorated their ships, making portholes, planking and fancy sails, then created masts from drinking straws and a sea of blue construction paper and glitter.
*Video Book Review*
'20,000 Leagues Under the Sea'
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