School is back in session:
Summer Reading logs are due
NOBLEBORO - Students who participated in the NCS Summer Reading Program (Grades 1-8) should turn in their reading logs now to their teacher or Mrs. Harriman. These sheets document the time and book titles children read over the summer vacation.
Anyone who lost their summer reading log is free to list book titles on a sheet of paper with the student's name and grade for review by staff. Students who took part in Skidompha Public Library's summer reading program may use that reading to participate in the NCS reading challenge as well. Get credit where credit is due!
A celebration is in the works, so be sure to turn in your reading log in order to get full credit and join in the fun!
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 3-year-old Stabyhoun, to school.
For 90 minutes, 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 a few years ago and settling in Nobleboro.
"We always knew this was home," she said.
ART BLOOMS - Last year's third-graders made spring flowers using lots and lots of colorful paper hearts.
*Video Book Review*
'I Survived Hurricane Katrina'
For more Video Book Reviews from NCS students, visit our Archives.
The Fall Book Order is Here!
The fall 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.
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.