Summer Reading kicks off
NOBLEBORO - The NCS Summer Reading Program started with the end of the regular school year. Students in grades 1-8 will log their summer reading, and then reap the rewards when school resumes. Keep track of those reading logs and return them to the office, your teacher or Mrs. Harriman when school starts again in the fall.
For more, click the link under Library Programs in the column to the left of this page. Thanks and happy reading!
Library Caption Contest
The Library Caption Contest is back! You can enter this popular weekly contest by submitting your answer electronically, using the form below.
Or stop by the library and submit your entry on a Post-It Note just inside the library door.
Here is this week's photo. Write the best caption and win a prize. Weekly winners are notified during the morning announcements. See Mrs. Harriman for your prize or for more details.
NCS library's gone to the dogs
NOBLEBORO - Each Wednesday, volunteer Chris Sprague of Nobleboro brings her dog Chance, a 3-year-old Stabyhoun, to school.
For 90 minutes each week, Sprague sits on a comfy blanket with her dog, who was certified last June 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 last fall.
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 especially strong bond has developed between Chance and five second-graders who have been reading to the dog weekly for more than six months. 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 developing 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 breed 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 two years ago and settling in Nobleboro.
"We always knew this was home," she said.
The Book Order is Here!
The spring book order has arrived! The library has dozens of new books, ranging from children's picture books to chapter books, fiction and non-fiction, and even some Young Adult books.
Stop in & find a good one.
COME FLY WITH ME...Fifth-graders made Valentine paper airplanes and then tested them to see whose would fly the greatest distance. It was Patrick for the win! Way to go, Patrick!
Grade 4-5 wraps up
'The Cricket in Times Square'
NOBLEBORO - More than two dozen students in Grades 4 and 5 attended the spring session of Literary Lunch. Skidompha Public Library's Mark Ferrero read "The Cricket in Times Square." Each day students ate lunch in the Nobleboro Central School library instead of the cafeteria, and listened to the read-aloud.
This book, by George Selden, is about a Connecticut cricket who arrives in the Times Square subway station by way of a picnic basket. He lives in a newsstand, and befriends a boy, a mouse and a cat, and joins them in city adventures. "The Cricket in Times Square" was a runner-up for the Newbery Medal and was illustrated by Garth Williams.
Grade 2 reads to classmates
*Video Book Review*
'I Survived Hurricane Katrina'
For more Video Book Reviews from students in Grades 3,4 and 5, visit our Archives.
MAY IS FOR MOM…In May, students created tea party invitations and other art projects for Mother's Day.
the birth of Dr. Seuss
NCS students in Grades K-6 participated in the annual Community Read-Aloud, sponsored by United Way, and celebrated March 2, which was the birthday of children's author Dr. Seuss.
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.
Each child helped by breaking an egg. Guidance Counselor Chelsey Renaud read "Green Eggs and Ham," and Kieve Educator in Residence Zoe Nahatis assisted with the cooking.
Mr. Brown read "Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?" to kindergarten students earlier in the week, which has become a tradition.
On Monday, volunteers from United Way visited five NCS classrooms and the library, reading aloud from picture books and sharing their love of reading. Thanks to all who volunteered.
goes to "Carnivores"
Each year children in kindergarten through fourth grade participate in choosing the annual Chickadee Award winner in Maine. The award is presented to the author of a picture book (fiction or non-fiction), chosen by students statewide.
NCS students voted on their individual favorites, casting ballots at the end of March.
Our favorites were "Miracle Mud" and "Rabbit's Snow Dance," with each receiving 13 votes for a tie. "Carnivores," the overall winner statewide, came in third at NCS, with 12 votes.
Other ballots cast by NCS students included "A Funny Little Bird" with 11 votes, and "Foxy" and "Exclamation Mark" with 4 votes each.
In other balloting, "A Splash of Red" received 3 votes, and "King For A Day" and "Who Says Women Can't Be Doctors?" each received 2.
Kindergartners recreate Chicka Chicka Boom Boom!
Kindergartners listened to the read-aloud "Chicka Chicka Boom Boom," sang the song, and then created their own coconut tree art this year during library time.
They have done many other projects, including making seasonal decorations for Apple Fest, and creating monster bookmarks that fit on the corner of a page.
This class is shaping up to be a terrific group of library patrons! Great job, kindergarten. And remember - library books are due back on Thursdays! Thank you.