The Dike Newell School library was recently gifted ten brand new library books by the American Legion Smith-Tobey Unit 21 of Bath. Auxiliary President Sue Laflamme, Secretary Dolly Young and Sergeant at Arms Margie Russell made the presentation to School Librarian Lisa Hardman and the cast of the upcoming Cinderella play who were representing DNS students. Thanks to their generosity the library now has four books by our highly anticipated visiting author coming in May, Peter Brown. The library also received a coding book by technology guru Josh Funke who will be next year's visiting author. His book "How to Code a Rollercoaster" will also support our yearly Hour of Code studies. Students were especially excited to see new materials by favorite authors. Jeff Kinney's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer" and Jory John's "The Big Cheese" caused quite a stir when shown to library classes. Many thanks for these wonderful books, your kindness is much appreciated. The library received: Children Make Terrible Pets by Peter Brown My Teacher is a Monster! by Peter Brown The Wild Robot Protects by Peter Brown You Will Be My Friend! by Peter Brown How to Code a Rollercoaster by Josh Funke Diary of a Wimpy Kid: No Brainer by Jeff Kinny The Big Cheese by Jory John Cat Kid: Comic Club Influencers by Dav Pilkey Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Sleigh! by Mo Willems Pig the Rebel by Aaron Blabey -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
10 days ago, Jennifer McKay
donated books
covers of donated books
students and Legion members holding donated books
students and Legion members holding book donations
Spirit week Wednesday, Thursday and Friday!! Wednesday wear your Valentine's colors - purple and/or red! Thursday wear your favorite team jersey, and Friday it's jammies day!! As a reminder, proper school footwear must be worn each day. Join us as we prepare for winter break by celebrating with Spirit Week!
12 days ago, Jennifer McKay
flyer with spirit week dress up days
Dike Newell students have been learning about the history and traditions of Groundhog day during this week's library classes. We learned that German settlers brought the tradition of Groundhog Day with them when they settled in Pennsylvania. Previously they had watched hibernating animals such as hedgehogs, badgers and bears as there were no groundhogs in Germany. The first official Groundhog Day in the United States was in 1887. We read: "Brownie Groundhog and the February Fox" by Susan Blackaby "Celebrating Holidays: Groundhog Day" by Rachel Grack "Groundhog Day!" by Gail Gibbons -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
22 days ago, Jennifer McKay
young boy holding a Groundhog Day book
young boy holding a Groundhog Day book
young girl holding a Groundhog's Day book
"First graders have made some impressive discoveries in music class this week! Students were able to take a familiar lullaby, identify the notes used in the melody, notate the melody on a musical staff, and play it on the xylophones! What a huge accomplishment!"
29 days ago, Jennifer McKay
Two girls smiling with a glockenspiel
Two young boys cheering and giving thumbs up
Students and glockenspiels in music class
Young boy playing a glockenspiel
Two youun boys using a glockenspiel
Pairs of students sharing glockenspiels
Two young girls using a glockenspiel
Teacher giving instructions in sunlit classroom
Thanks to the generosity of donors at Donors Choose, the Dike Newell School Library now has a cookbook collection. Among the items received were, Pinkalicious Cupcake Cookbook, Minecrafter's Cookbook, Disney Villains Cookbook, The Official Harry Potter Baking Book and Star Wars: The Padawan Cookbook. For more information on Donors Choose, please visit: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/social-emotional-picture-books-for-stude/8152344/ -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
about 1 month ago, Jennifer McKay
three young girls holding children's cookbooks
two young boys holding children's cookbooks
photo of four children's cookbooks
Second grade actors from Ms. Brown's class have been hard at work learning their play "The Bremen Town Rappers." Under the direction of school librarian Ms. Hardman, this play is based on the German fairy tale "The Bremen Town Musicians," and tells the story of four animals whose owners are about to get rid of them as they have gotten too old. The animals decide to escape to Brementown and become rappers. The actors sacrificed many recesses and worked hard to learn their play, their second grade audiences have greatly enjoyed their show. -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
about 1 month ago, Jennifer McKay
six students seated with scripts and animal hats
school librarian standing behind six seated students, who all have various animal hats on their heads
Dike Newell students have been learning about the history and traditions associated with New Year's Eve and New Year's Day during this week's library classes. We discovered that while much of the world celebrates New Year's on January 1st, some cultures go by different calendars and celebrate New Year's Day on a different date. In Norway, eating rice pudding with an almond in it is considered lucky on New Year's Eve, but in Spain eating twelve grapes just before midnight is thought to bring good luck. We also talked about resolutions and why some people make them. Books we read were: It's New Year's Day by Richard Sebra, New Year's Day, by Lynn Peppas and The Night Before New Year's by Natasha Wing. We also watched a video from PBS Learning Media as well as a segment from News Center Maine on the New Year's Eve sardine drop in Eastport Maine. PBS Learning Media: https://mainepublic.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/ae60c378-39ba-486c-a9e9-5ed9f6a97c1d/new-years-day-all-about-the-holidays/ News Center Maine https://www.newscentermaine.com/article/entertainment/events/ways-to-welcome-the-new-year-in-maine/97-6f5a5be1-eee3-4060-91b3-b59550ddf0cc -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
about 2 months ago, Jennifer McKay
Because the power is out at Dike Newell School, we will be dismissing students at 12:15. Student buses will leave DNS at 12:15. All other RSU 1 schools currently have power and will stay open.
2 months ago, RSU1 Info
The countdown is on! Join us next week for some spirit days before our break!
2 months ago, Jennifer McKay
Spirit Week flyer
Thanks to the generosity of donors at Donors Choose, the Dike Newell School Library now has storytelling kits containing cloth characters and props to help bring stories to life and make students more active participants. Storytelling kits are especially useful in reinforcing the concepts of the story as well as allowing for creative thinking. We received kits for: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Five Green & Speckled Frogs Five Little Ducks The Gingerbread Man Go Away Big Green Monster! It Looked Like Spilt Milk Itsy Bitsy Spider The Jacket I Wear in the Snow The Kissing Hand The Little Red Hen The Napping House No, David! Old MacDonald Had a Farm Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes Pete the Cat: Rocking in My School Shoes The Rainbow Fish The Snowy Day Teasing Mr. Crocodile There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly The Three Bears The Three Billy Goats Gruff The Three Little Pigs The Very Hungry Caterpillar For more information on Donors Choose, please visit: https://www.donorschoose.org/classroom/2658360 -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell DiDike Newell Elementary School
2 months ago, Jennifer McKay
Three students holding story theater kits
Four students holding story theater kits
Three students holding story theater kits
Dike Newell students are participating in Hour of Code in their weekly library classes this week. Hour of Code is a free introduction to computer science through fun activities and videos for learners of all skill levels. Schools around the world join the Hour of Code movement as part of Computer Science Education Week. With just one hour, anyone can learn the basics of coding. Here at Dike Newell, we read How to Code a Sandcastle and How to Code a Rollercoaster by Josh Funke as well as Coding in Video Games by Elizabeth Noll and How Do Video Games Work? by L.E. Carmichael. Students then worked in small groups programming Bee-Bot robots to follow challenges given by various members of the group as well as by Ms. Hardman. The lesson ended with a dance activity from code.org. For more information on Hour of Code, please visit: https://hourofcode.com/us/learn For more information on Bee-Bots: https://www.terrapinlogo.com/beebot-ss.html To code a dance party, please visit: https://code.org/dance
3 months ago, Jennifer McKay
Three children sitting on a carpet with a coding mat and robotic bee
young boy holding book "How to Code a Sandcastle" and robotic bee
small girl holding book about coding and robotic bee
First grade students have been participating in Library Craft Club and showing off their creativity. Students were able to use construction paper, stickers, googly eyes, Popsicle sticks, yarn as well as other materials to complete their masterpieces.
3 months ago, Jennifer McKay
picture of a blond boy holding a snowman picture with googly eyes
picture of a curly-haired boy holding up a craft picture with flowers and popsicle sticks
Brown-haired child holding a picture of a snowman with googly eyes
Dike Newell students have been learning about Veterans Day during their library classes. A veteran is a former member of the armed services or military. Branches of the military include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps and Coast Guard. Veterans may have served during times of war or peace. We read Holidays: Veterans Day by Rebecca Pettiford, American Holidays: Veterans Day by Connor Dayton and Celebrating Holidays: Veterans Day by Rachel Grack. We also watched a PBS Learning Media video about Veterans Day at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PqQkskHW3g On Wednesday, November 8th the school held a community meeting centered around Veterans Day headed by the Academic Engagement Committee. First grade teacher Larissa Costello, who also happens to be a Navy veteran, read Veterans: Heroes in Our Neighborhood by Valerie Pfundstein. Music teacher Celina Reed recorded a sing-a-long and led students in a rendition of This Land is Your Land. Interventionist Melissa Raedel put together a wonderful Veterans Day slideshow featuring local veterans. Happy Veterans Day to all Veterans. Link to Mrs. Reed singing This Land is Your Land: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM_VgCzZezI -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
4 months ago, Jennifer McKay
Classroom teacher standing under flag holding Veterans book
photo of veteran woman in uniform with flag in background
Thanks to a grant from Donors Choose, Dike Newell students will have the opportunity to participate in Science Club in the school library. Materials received include rock, fossil and mineral kits as well as science viewers that offer an up close look at sea life, insects, spiders, birds, lifecycles and animals. Students will also have the chance to further investigate topics of particular interest to them. For more information on Donors Choose, please visit: https://www.donorschoose.org/classroom/2658360
4 months ago, Jennifer McKay
2 young boys and 2 young girls holding science kits
Congratulations to the winners of the book raffle in honor of the Dike Newell School's celebration of International Talk Like A Pirate Day. After learning about pirates and the history of the day during their weekly library classes, students were given the chance to enter their names into the prize drawing. Congratulations to Thomas, Henry, Dorothy, Natalie and Xavier. Many thanks to the donors at Donors Choose who supported this project. For more information on Donors Choose, please visit: https://www.donorschoose.org/classroom/2658360 -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
4 months ago, Jennifer McKay
1st grade girl with short brown hair smiling and holding a pirate book
2nd grade brown-haired boy in a red shirt holding a Pete the Cat pirate book
Pre-K student with curly blond hair smiling and holding a Pete the Cat pirate book
The week of October 16th Dike Newell students will be learning about community helpers during their weekly library classes. Community helpers are people who work together to make the community a better place for everyone. Community helpers include police officers, firefighters, doctors, nurses, dentists, veterinarians, teachers, librarians, mail carriers, garbage collectors, coaches, sanitation workers, crossing guards and many more! We will be reading: Community Helpers: Police Officers by Christine Leaf Firefighters by Julie Murray Helpers in My Community by Bobbie Kalman Mail Carriers by Julie Murray Veterinarian by Samantha Bell Whose Hands Are These? A Community Helper Guessing Game by Miranda Paul
4 months ago, Jennifer McKay
cover of a childrens book Titled "Helpers in My Community" with a photo of a firefighter, nurse, and vet
In honor of International Talk Like A Pirate Day, which was on September 19th, Dike Newell will be having a belated celebration on Friday, October 13th. This holiday was originally created by John Baur and Mark Summers. The idea came to them when one of them got hurt during a racquetball game and yelled out "Arrrr!". They decided it would be funny to make a whole day where people talked like pirates. They figured it would never take off, but columnist Dave Berry wrote an article about it and the day became famous. Now a lot of people celebrate the day because it's fun and silly. Thanks to generous donations from Donors Choose, the school library has received pirate themed picture and activity books as well as a sticker and eye patch for every student. Here are some words and phrases you can use to participate in this day: Ahoy! - Hello Aye! - Yes Booty - Treasure Matey - Shipmate or friend Hearties - Friends Shiver me timbers! - Something to say when you are surprised Yo-ho-ho - Something to say when happy Ye - Use this instead of "you" Aft - The back of the ship Bilge - Bottom of the ship Fore - Front of the ship Port - Left side of the ship Starboard - Right side of the ship Buccaneer - Another name for pirate Shanty - Song Doubloons - Gold coins or money Jolly Roger - The flag of a pirate ship Walk the plank - To be forced to walk off a plank of the ship into the ocean Weigh Anchor - Get the ship ready to sail (Information on this holiday is from the Ducksters website) -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
5 months ago, Jennifer McKay
a boy and a girl posing with a pirate book and eyepatches on their eyes
Dike Newell students have been learning about being a citizen during their weekly library classes, as well as how to be a good citizen at home, at school and in the community. We read: All Are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold Being a Good Citizen by Adrian Vigliano Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller I am a Good Citizen by Jenny Fretland VanVoorst We Are Good Citizens by Ann Bonwill -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
5 months ago, Jennifer McKay
first grade student in blue shirt holding two books about bring a good citizen
We love a good celebration, and Friday is a GREAT day to celebration - it is International Day of "The Dot!" The Dot is a tale by Peter H Reynolds that celebrates the creative spirit in each of us. We love the story, and we love the creativity in our school! https://nationaltoday.com/international-dot-day/... We'll be celebrating Friday, so wear your dots!!
5 months ago, Jennifer McKay
Thanks to the generosity of Books on the Bus, Dike Newell School students have been receiving brand new books during their weekly library classes. Students were very appreciative and enjoyed having a book to start their summer reading off just right! For more information on Books on the Bus, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/booksonthebusmaine/
8 months ago, Jennifer McKay
three young students holding books
two young boys holding books
young girl holding book
two young girls holding books