Thursday, June 30, 2016

Kick back and read!

Did you realize that reading for just 20 minutes/day amounts to 1.8 million words per year?!? Compare that to 5 minutes/day--282,000 words per year.  The rate for a student who is only exposed to one minute per day drops significantly--only 8,000 words.    Let's get back to 20 minutes a day--1.8 MILLION WORDS PER YEAR!!!!! 

For some of our reading aficionados, summer vacation means extra time to read, read, read. For many others, well let's just say that some of us intend to set aside time to relax and read during summer. But, summer schedules are sometimes less structured than the rest of the year, and it's easy to deviate from the best intentions.  Enter The Learning Library for families with students in grades 1-5 (that equals this past year's Kindergarten-Grade 4 children).

This summer, in July, we offer an enjoyable and convenient way to keep children reading. It's called The Lending Library. It's an opportunity for these families to continue reading--even better--to support reading at your child's appropriate reading level.  

This is how The Lending Library works:  We are open T, W, Th mornings in July. Students, accompanied by a parent, drop in for reading material. Mrs. Hingston will assist you in choosing a leveled reading book geared to your child's current reading skill. Read the book and return for another one.  (For some people, that means dropping by once a week, but you may drop by more often if you'd like or need to.)  We invite you to take advantage of this opportunity to keep your family reading.

Update:  The Lending Library concept is off to a great start. We've been open this week; it's been wonderful to have visitors. Here's good news: It's not too late to be a part of this! You're welcome to drop in, but it's also helpful to Mrs. Hingston to plan. Here's a link to let us know you're planning to make this part of your summer routine:   THE LEARNING LIBRARY  It takes just a few minutes to visit.

More summer reading and learning offerings for ALL NCS students can be found here:  NCS summer institute

Wednesday, June 15, 2016


Congratulations to our 8th grade class!  Here's a pic from last night's promotion celebration.

For the rest of us this week:

Friday, June 17th is the last day of school.   We have plenty planned for the morning!   Talent show and field day are planned, plus last day details.  Lunch will be served before dismissal at noon.

TO PARENTS OF STUDENTS GOING INTO GRADES 1-4: This is a great way to keep a little consistency during the summer.   If you'd like to take advantage of this reading opportunity by dropping in for appropriate level reading help, LENDING LIBRARY LINK SIGNUP

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

NCS students celebrate!

Tuesday, June 14:   Students surprised Mrs. Powell today. Everyone gathered to celebrate Mrs. Powell's birthday and to give her their best wishes for a wonderful retirement!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Counting down AND still working!

Happy Monday! 

Parents, please note that homework club will be held on Monday and Tuesday this week. Tuesday, June 7 is the LAST homework club of the school year.  Students should plan to have all work in by Friday or in accordance with their teacher's instructions. 

Things to remember:

Included with our summer "continuing ed" programs, is a lending library for students entering grades 1-6.  K-5 families should have received an email, but here is the link again to participate: SUMMER LENDING LIBRARY

Auditions for the talent show are Wednesday after school 2:40-4:30.   Students who have signed up should also be on the permission form: TALENT SHOW PERMISSION FORM

Our fingers are crossed for good weather this week, particularly Wednesday-Friday for these events:  Gr. 7 & 8 & CAL to field day at Lincoln Academy, Grade 6 to Hurricane Island, Grade 8 on class trip on Friday. Your student will be able to give you the details!

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Looking ahead at June 6-10th. . .

Looking back:  It was a short school week--just 4 school days--yet we certainly accomplished a lot!  Here are just a few highlights:
  • The Lady Lions wrapped up their 2016 softball season. They won the first playoff game against Wiscasset on Tuesday.  On Wednesday the girls went up against formidable Oceanside. The Lady Lions started the game solidly and stayed tough. Pitching was strong on both sides, defense was excellent, and hitting was strong all around.  We considered it a good game week, despite a 2 run loss to Oceanside.
  • It was a pleasure to meet new kindergarten students and their families during at Kindergarten Registration.
  • This year's Kindergarten and 1st grade play was a success!   NOW. . . 
Looking FORWARD to June 6-June 10:  Grades close soon. Older students may want to take advantage of Homework Club on Monday and Tuesday. Some special days to note this week:

Wednesday, June 8th:
  • Grade 6 leaves for a unit at Hurricane Island.  Meet at school at 7:15 am.  (Students will return to NCS Friday at about 5pm.)
  • Grades 7 & 8 will travel to Lincoln Academy for Field Day.  7th & 8th graders should come to school on Wednesday prepared to be outdoors. Bring a bag lunch or be sure that you've ordered one from the kitchen ahead of time.  Students return by dismissal. (Rain Date: Thursday)
  • Grade 5 will go to the FARMS kitchen.
  • Talent Show Auditions are after school on Wednesday. Interested students sign up outside the music room AND parents complete this permission form:  TALENT AUDITION PERMISSION
Friday, June 10:
  • 8th grade class trip!
Watch the NCS family calendar on our website for all school events.    

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

It's getting busy over here at NCS!

Last week, in addition to learning, grade 2 went to the FARMS kitchen, the students surprised Ms. Preston at the spring concert and art show, and the junior high had an opportunity to visit the Moving Wall on display in Thomaston.

This week's highlights include:

  • Kindergarten registration 
  • grade 4 to the FARMS kitchen
  • grade 5 DARE students attend a Seadogs game
  • grade 6 visits the Gulf of Maine Research Institute
  • The softball team won Tuesday's playoff game--go LADY LIONS!  They will be at Oceanside today at 3:45.
  • Kindergarten and Grade 1 play on Friday
  • Grade 3 final senior buddies meeting at the Nobleboro Historical Society.