Monday, January 30, 2017

Rewards and Challenges of Parenting and Teaching

Parenting and teaching are closely related endeavors with similar yet distinct responsibilities. Because home and school are a big part of a child's life, here are some thoughts on ways to support your child's success:
  • Teach that learning is their "job."  Do you ever wonder what you can do to get your child interested in a particular subject or task? Here is an important lesson about school (and life): No one is always excited about everything! It's true that we absorb more when we find the subject matter interesting. However, children also should know that sometimes we all have to work to master the things we may find less interesting.
  • Parental expectations have a big impact when it comes to a student performance. If you don't expect your child to do well, your expectations may be met! Remind and encourage your child to try to do his/her personal best.
  • Thinking skills. Encourage and expect your children to think about problems at length before asking for help. Consider this: each time you tell a student the answer to a question, you deprive your child of the opportunity to figure out the answer on their own. Keep in mind, it is appropriate to help a student who has made a legitimate, but unsuccessful, effort to learn something without assistance. 
  • Prioritize.  All children need down time. Playing (both alone and with others) is good for intellectual and social skills. However, as a priority, studies show that children who are encouraged to work first and play second tend to grow up with a well-developed work ethic. Try to set a regular time/place to study. As your child gets older, it's normal to expect that designated study time will get longer.
  • Be sure your child has all the tools needed to do his or her best. Stability, your encouragement, a bedtime, and breakfast are a great foundation.
Parenting is the most important and sometimes can feel like the most difficult job there is! Here are some local resources that can help to support you in the process. 
G.E.A.R. Parent Network also offers tools for parenting and support. Here are some opportunities for further learning in the midcoast area.  All of these groups are offered FREE to parents/grandparents/caregivers and educators:
  • ADHD 101--What we want to know but forgot to ask!  Wednesday, Feb 1 @ Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library 11am-1pm or Thursday, Mar 23 @ Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick 5:30-7:30 pm
  • THE MOTIVATION BREAKTHROUGH: 6 Secrets to Turning on the Tuned-out Child Thursday, Feb 23, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, 5:30-7:30 pm.
  • POSITIVE BEHAVIORAL SUPPORTS & TANTRUM MANAGEMENT: Self-Preservation & Success in Parenting Children with Behavioral Health Needs Tuesday, Mar 7 @ Medomak Valley High School, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • GRANDPARENTS RAISING GRANDCHILDREN--Oh, My! Tuesday, Feb 7 @ Medomak Valley High School, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • NON-TOXIC HOUSEKEEPING CLASS  Thursday, Feb 9 @ DHHS District Operations, Rockland, 9-11 am
Pre-registration is recommended: 1-800-264-9224  It's also possible to join these workshops remotely from your computer or mobile device. 

For more information, please feel free to contact Chelsey Weeks, the school counselor.

Monday, January 16, 2017

January 17-20

Kieve after school activities begin this week. The first date is Tuesday for Grades 3 & 4 @ 2:40-3:40. Space is limited and students should be signed up ahead of time.


As of this moment, the after school schedule  is:
Thursdays=Grades 1 & 2 (recently changed to Thursdays)
Tuesdays=Grades 3 & 4
Wednesdays=Grades 5 & 6
Mondays=Grades 7 & 8  (recent change to Mondays)

Come to school prepared to be active and to be inside or out--perhaps both!

Another highlight this week:   Lady Lions will play at St. George on Wednesday at 3:45. See last week's blog for the Lady Lions news.   GO LIONS!  

Grade 6 has a Dream!

  • We have a dream that one day the struggling women of the world can live in peace, without being controlled by terrorist groups who are willing to harm them.
  • We have a dream that women like Parvana and her family (characters in a book we read) will be allowed to walk freely without accompaniment or concealment. Also, that they could have the same rights and privileges men have today.
  • We have a dream that all refugees from around the world who live in crowded camps where there is scarcely any food, of all skin colors and races, will be able to find new homes, make new families and live their lives at last.
  • We have a dream that all of the people who live in the vicinity of these camps will open up to these people and help them through this tough time, all the while helping them rebuild their lives.
There was an issue a few decades back where there was segregation and discrimination across America. White and colored people were separated on buses, playgrounds, schools, and even water founds. After long years of time and effort, Martin Luther King, Jr. was able to help put an end to this. He spoke to thousands and led marches and boycotts and even won the Nobel Peace Prize. He is one of the reasons why this country is the way it is today. Sadly, at age 39, he was shot on his hotel balcony. Now, every third Monday of January, we take a day to honor all he has done for this country.

Submitted by Izzy & Paige

Friday, January 13, 2017

You need to know about this!

Meet our new friends, Noah and Katrina, Kieve educators in residence at NCS. Noah and Katrina will be with us through mid March. They've been getting acquainted with students and are now ready to begin KIEVE AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES

This year's after school activities will include leadership team building, science, outdoor activities to name a few. Students, come to school prepared to be outdoors and also dressed in clothing comfortable for physical activity, whether inside or out.

Kieve after school activities are fun and free to Nobleboro students. The link below will take you to the schedule and sign up form. Space is limited, so please sign up on the link above or below:

Katrina and Noah would also like to mention that there is a Community Climb Night happening at Kieve this evening, Friday, 1/13th, 6-9 pm.  It's free to the public, with a suggested donation of $5/family. 

Moving on to some LIONS basketball news!!!!  

The Lady Lions won this week's semi final game. Next we'll be hitting the road and heading to St. George on Wednesday, January 18th for the Busline League South Division Final Game at 3:45.  

A fan bus for students in grades 6-8 will be going to the game. We'll leave right from school, the game will wrap up at about 5:15, then the bus will stop in Thomaston at Athen's Pizza for dinner before returning to school. Your 6-8 grade student must turn in their permission slip to Mrs. York by TUESDAY.  

There is no school on Monday in observance of MARTIN LUTHER KING HOLIDAY. Enjoy your long weekend!  We look forward to a great week when we return on Tuesday.     

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Playoff news

GO LIONS!   Here is the latest playoff information:

The boys basketball team played St. George yesterday (that was Monday, 1/09) and lost to the higher seeded team.   Our boys played hard and improved their basketball and team skills along the way!

Congratulations to the girls basketball team.   They won Monday's game and now proceed to the semi-final game tomorrow--that's Wednesday, 1/11/2017--vs. Jefferson's girls team.   Wednesday's semi-final game will be played on the Lady Lions' home court at 3:45.    See you there!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Note for 8th grade families

On Wednesday, January 25th LINCOLN ACADEMY will host the first 8th Grade Info Night for incoming families. This is a nuts-and-bolts session for families to find out more about course registration, the LA curriculum and talk to Guidance Counselors about individual questions.


 Cats Clash over Orange Ball  by John Rice and Brenden Lane

On January 9th the battle of two predators--the Lady Lions and the Appleton Wildcats--will duke it out at Nobleboro Central School for the chance to move on in the Busline League basketball championship. According to Coach Brown, "I think we have lots of good players who can get the job done. We have beaten this team twice, but anything can happen."  The Lady Lions have a record of 10-2.  Come at 3:15 pm to get a good seat!

The boy's game will be played today at St. George at 3:45.

Their skills will determine there fate!
NCS Basketball Playoff Games - Monday 1/9/17:
  • Nobleboro girls  are home vs. Appleton at 3:30
  • Nobleboro boys are away @ St. George at 3:45.  The boys bus will leave at 2:30.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Welcome Back!

What luck (for Mrs. Courville) when Mrs. Schuster was called for jury duty. Today grade 3 began a 4-week unit in skating. Here we are practicing our moves before we hit the ice. 

Physical Education teacher Michelle York and Mrs. Schuster make arrangements for students to have ice time in January. It was amazing to see what these children accomplished in just one lesson!

Basketball season will be coming to a conclusion soon. We hope you'll be able to join us for a game and cheer for the LIONS.  Students have a holiday in January. There is no school on Monday, January 16th. Other highlights scheduled later in the month include a visit from LA's choral group and the NCS geography bee. See the NCS home page for January's schedule.  FAMILY CALENDAR

Wed. 1/4--2 HR DELAY

There is a 2 hr. delay today, Wednesday, January 4, 2017.    Buses will arrive at school at 10 am so please plan accordingly.   School will begin at 10:10 today.