Sunday, November 29, 2015

Welcome Back! This week at NCS

Please remember: Picture retakes are Monday morning, November 30.   If your child is going to have a new portrait taken, simply send the first Lifetouch package back to school. Students participating in retakes (and anyone absent on the original picture day) will be called to the art room, and they should bring the first package to the photographer at that time.

This is the last week to order Lions apparel and gear.  All order forms must be in the school office by Dec. 4th.  (This is a firm deadline!)

Twenty-one NCS students have been invited to attend a State House Reception for student art work on Friday, Dec. 4 at 2pm.

Parent/teacher conferences continue this week on Thursday, December 3.

Coming soon!   NPTO BOOK FAIR (Mon, Dec. 7-Fri, Dec. 11) in the library.

Coming soon!  NCS WINTER CONCERT, Thursday, December 10 @ 6:30--a concert for all grades, chorus, Jr. and Sr. bands.  

Here are some nice pictures from our Thanksgiving event:  THANKSGIVING GUESTS

Two home games are scheduled this week--currently scheduled for Monday, Nov. 30 and Wednesday, Dec. 2.   Boys will play first on both of these dates. The games begin at 3:45.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Short Week! Happy Thanksgiving!

It's a short week, but we're still doing important work.   Some families have parent/teacher conferences this evening.   A group of parents will meet in the lobby today, Tuesday, Nov. 24, to share/organize a boosters group for basketball.  
go, go, go LIONS!

Several things will be happening as soon as we return from our Thanksgiving Break:

Monday, November 30--PICTURE RETAKES:   Anyone interested in retakes should bring their original Lifetouch picture package to school on Monday.  If there are any changes to be made, be sure to make note of that.  Otherwise, the photographer will expect that you want the same package.   If your child was absent on the first picture day, you should plan that they will have their photo taken on Monday also.  

Thursday, December 3--PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES:  More conferences are held on this date.  If for some reason you have not taken the opportunity to sign up for a conference, we encourage you to do so now.   Look for your child(ren)'s teacher on the following link to schedule a time.   CONFERENCE SIGNUPS

Friday, December 4--END OF TRIMESTER 1:  Believe it or not, we're nearing the end of the first 1/3 of school.  Report cards and online reports (grades 5-8) will be available the following Friday, December 11.

Monday-Friday, December 7-11--NPTO SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR:  Get your book bucks out!   The fair will be open to students right before school begins and after school.The fair will be open the evening of the Winter Concert. 

Thursday, December 10--NCS Winter Concert:  All grades, Kindergarten-Senior Chorus and band members participate in this concert. It's a great way to share in your child's musical accomplishments, as well as enjoying the beginning of a festive season.   Look for more information on an earlier blog entry (Nov. 12).

As the weather changes, remember to send children to prepared for warmth and comfort at recess--hats, mittens, coats. 

Art News!

The Lions Club will be visiting our school to present awards to 8th grade winners of the Peace Poster Contest.   Winners:  Natalie--1st; Heaven--2nd; and Madison--3rd).  Hooray!

Twenty-one students from Nobleboro have been invited to the State House in Augusta on Friday, December 4th at 2pm. Students and families will be greeted by the First Lady to celebrate their art work and the arts in general.  

Parent Information

Maine Law requires that schools keep attendance records and also to be mindful of whether an absence is excused or unexcused.   An excused absence falls under one of these categories:  

  1. illness
  2. medical appointment that could not be scheduled outside of the school day
  3. a pre-approved planned absence
  4. observance of a religious holiday, when it falls within school hours
  5. a family emergency.

The request that a parent/guardian confirms the absence meets state requirements. The 9:00 am time is something our school has established as a way of making sure your responsibility is met, and we've accounted for it.  This helps families and schools protect from truancy.

Honestly, we are happy to hear from you.  You may email the school (cc'ing the teacher is also helpful) or call the office 563-3437.  It's okay to leave a message if the voicemail kicks in.  

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Lions Apparel and Picture Retakes

NCS lions apparel and gear can be ordered until December 4, 2015.  This date is firm.   Here is the link to the order form:   NCS LIONS APPAREL

LIFETOUCH PICTURE RETAKES:   All families that ordered Lifetouch pictures should have received their packages (minus the class composite).  If you would like a retake, or if your child was absent on the first picture date, please make a note of this:   RETAKES will be held Monday morning, November 30th. In order to take advantage of retakes, your child should bring their existing package to school and turn it in to the photographer on the 30th.

Using the code information on your picture package, you can also look online for different package options.   Please call the office or Lifetouch if you have questions. 

Thanksgiving Feast Details

A few BIG thank you's are in order even BEFORE the Thanksgiving feast:

  • Thank you to all K-4 families for responding to our invitation. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow!  K-2 families should be in the lobby by 11:25 to give you time to go to your K-2 class and pick up your child.  Gr. 3 & 4 students will arrive in the lobby at 11:30 to meet parents any time 11:30 on.
  • If you offered to contribute a favorite dessert or beverage (water or cider), we very much appreciate your kindness and generosity.  Please leave your items at the office either today (Thursday) or at the beginning of the morning tomorrow (Friday).   If you will be expecting your serving plate to be returned, please tape your name to the bottom.
  • Mrs. Mercer and Mrs. Instasi have been busy preparing for a delicious, seasonal meal. (Actually, we are thankful for the tasty food that they provide daily.)
  • Several classrooms have made table decorations.   Staff and student servers, the 8th grade set up and clean up crew, under the direction of Mr. Brown and Mrs. Stiles, are instrumental in this year's effort to bring a festive meal to students and K-4 families. Thank you!

Thursday, November 12, 2015


This picture--recently posted in the library window--reminds us that a favorite time of year is approaching at NCS. 

K-4 grade parents should have received an invitation to the ANNUAL THANKSGIVING FEAST. Please respond by Friday, November 13th so we can make plans.  If you have not yet responded, the following link will provide both the details and an easy way to RSVP!  CLICK HERE

Another family event will be coming up a few weeks later--the NCS WINTER CONCERT. Read on for concert information and other recent music-related accomplishments.  


Our next family and music event is the NCS Winter Concert. Please be sure to mark your calendar: Thursday, December 10 at 6:30 pm and plan to join us  

All students in grades K-5 perform in this concert, as well as Jr. and Sr. band and Chorus.   Students are encouraged to "dress up" for this special school event.  Your child will receive ore information as the concert app   (Reminder, both bands and senior chorus have a dress code as described on their band/chorus handbooks.)

Students work hard on their concert music and look forward to sharing it with family and friends.   We hope you will join us for the evening.   Your child will receive more information as the week approaches. 

Monday, November 9, 2015

November 9-13

November seems like a short month at school. All of a sudden we are in a new sports season, the annual community Thanksgiving Feast is next week, and the trimester ends the week after the 11/25-27 Thanksgiving break.  (Don't blink!)

Here are some things to be aware of this week:
  • Basketball season has arrived.  The first junior high basketball home games are today!  Girls play first at 3:45, followed by the boys game at about 5 pm. If you love basketball (or NCS), we hope you'll come and cheer for our team players. Today's game is at home v. Wiscasset.

    Be sure to check our web page regularly for game information during the basketball season.  If there are changes, we put the info on the web page asap.
  • NPTO (Nobleboro Parent-Teacher Organization) will meet in the library on Tuesday, November 10 at 6pm.  Parents welcome!
  • NO SCHOOL this Wednesday, November 11 in observance of Veterans Day.
  • K-4 parents are reminded that you are invited to the Thanksgiving Feast.   We need to hear from you by Friday, November 13.   If you have not had a chance to respond yet, here's the link:   Annual Thanksgiving Feast INFO/INVITE/RSVP  Older students will take part in the feast too.  If you would like to contribute, please sign up for a dessert or beverage donation.
  • We will accept nonperishable donations for the local food pantry on November 20th. If you prefer to make a financial gift, look for the jar in the lobby.   
Speaking of food, there will be a change to next week's lunch menu:  Monday=ziti with garlic butter sauce; Tuesday=chicken burgers; Wednesday=Brunch for lunch; Thursday=hot dogs; and Friday=a delicious Thanksgiving dinner.

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Art Work on Display in Augusta

The Art Room is pleased to announce that the following 20 students at Nobleboro School have been selected to have works shown at the State House in Augusta.  

Kindergarten:  Logan, Brady and Garidyn
1st Grade:  Otto, Claire and Rowan
2nd Grade: Skyler and Finn
3rd Grade:  Clover, Shuhan, Grace and Bronwen
4th Grade:  Gwen and Lincoln
5th Grade:  Marley and Garrett
6th Grade:  Quinn Madalyn and Leah
7th Grade:  Maddy Y

There will be a ceremony to celebrate their accomplishments with details to follow in a subsequent blog.

Monday, November 2, 2015

November is here!

Here are some things to be thinking about in November:
Chess Club is starting today.   The first meeting 11/4 is brief: 2:40-3 pm.   

The flu vaccine clinic is this week, Wednesday, 11/4 at 3pm for students that returned a permission form.  Remember, children must be accompanied by an adult.

Eighth grade families are invited to Lincoln Academy's Family Night on Wednesday, 11/4.  It begins in the Dining Commons at 6:30 pm.

Seventh and 8th grade students will attend the District III Honors Music Auditions on Thursday, 11/5.  Best wishes to Zak B, Heaven W!

Wednesday, November 11--NO SCHOOL in observance of Veterans Day.

Parent/Teacher conferences begin later this month.  If you have not yet signed up, this link will be very helpful to you now:   PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE SIGN UPS

Friday, November 20th is our annual NCS Thanksgiving Feast, a very happy event! Students in grades K-4 are encouraged to invite family guest(s).   All other students take part, too, by making decorations by classroom, helping and, of course, eating together. Please complete this invitation link by 11/13/15--especially if you have a K-4 student--to RSVP and/or to let us know if you're able to contribute a beverage or a favorite dessert:  NOV 20 INVITE & INFO

Last Fiday's pumpkin day was a success!   Read on for photos.