Bus update: The afternoon runs of bus 45 & 51, out of DNS & FMS, will be up to 20 minutes late this afternoon. Thank you for your patience.
5 days ago, Kim Burgess
Thanks to the generosity of donors at Donors Choose, the Dike Newell library has nine new Lego kits as well as base kits and two "Lego Idea" books. These materials will be used to support STEAM activities as well as to help students use their fine motor, problem solving and planning skills. Legos also encourage teamwork and promote creativity. Many thanks to all who donated, for more on Donors Choose, please visit: https://www.donorschoose.org/classroom/2658360 -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
5 days ago, Jennifer McKay
students holding Lego kits
students holding Lego kits
What a fun week at Dike-Newell School so far!! The second graders are visiting Maine Maritime Museum, our first grade classes are continuing their visits to Patten Free Library, and in Kindergarten the chicks have hatched! To top that all off, today we began our screening of next year's kindergarten students. Sometimes May brings a little "May-hem" but this week is packed with greatness!!
6 days ago, Jennifer McKay
baby chicks
Dike Newell students have been learning about Screen-Free Week during library classes this week. Celebrated every year at the beginning of May, Screen-Free Week is an invitation for everyone, children, adults and entire communities, to switch off completely from staring at screens and take a well-deserved break from the digital world. After brainstorming alternative activities to using digital devices such as going to the playground, reading, hiking, playing board games, participating in sports and using the free passes from the Patten Free Library to museums, we read: "The Couch Potato," written by Jory John, illustrated by Pete Oswald "TV, Yes or No" by Lin Picou "Unplugged" by Steve Antony For more information on Screen-Free Week, please visit: https://screenfree.org/ -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
12 days ago, Jennifer McKay
girls on the swings
boy shooting a basketball
three young girls on climber
four children and monkey bars
young girl on climber
April is poetry month and at Dike Newell we have been learning all about poetry in this week's library classes. Students discovered that poetry is a type of writing that attempts to stir a reader's imagination or emotions. Poetry appears in a great many forms and styles including nursery rhymes, concrete, haiku, acrostic and free verse. As Earth day was on Monday, April 22nd, we also read "Earth Day" by Rachel Grack as well as "10 Things I Can Do to Help My World" by Melanie Walsh. Students then brainstormed ways to help our planet. -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
26 days ago, Jennifer McKay
young boy holding Earth Day book
young girl holding poetry book and poem
Students at Dike Newell have been participating in Chickadee Award voting during their library classes this week. This award is in its nineteenth year, and is given annually to one of ten picture books nominated by a committee of teachers, librarians, and early literacy professionals. Students read all ten books and then vote for their favorite. The purpose of the Chickadee Award is to encourage children to develop an appreciation for excellence in writing and illustration that will stay with them for the rest of their lives. Voting results from the Dike Newell School: First Place: "One Turtle's Last Straw" - 53 votes Second Place: "Chickadee Criminal Mastermind" - 34 votes Third Place: "Lion Lights" - 21 votes "How to Party Like a Snail" - 18 votes "Big Truck Little Island" - 13 votes "Jack Knight’s Brave Flight" - 11 votes "Tomatoes in My Lunchbox" - 10 votes "Wombat Said Come In" - 9 votes "Everything In Its Place" - 6 votes "Walter Had A Best Friend" - 5 votes -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell Dike Newell Elementary School
about 2 months ago, Jennifer McKay
three students holding books
Second grade acting club students from Ms. Robison's class have been performing their "Cinderella" play for pre-k and kindergarten students this week. Under the direction of librarian Ms. Hardman, the students gave up many recesses to rehearse for their play. Audience members were given crowns to wear and took part in a dance party with the actors after the show. -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
2 months ago, Jennifer McKay
two children holding hands and wearing crowns
boy in prince costume and girl in princess costume
Cinderella cast in costumes
Dig out your coins, it's time to raise some money for our Author's Visit with Peter Brown!! Who is going to get a face full of pie??
2 months ago, Jennifer McKay
flyer for coin fundraiser
Students have been learning about Read Across America during this week's library classes. Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association, Read Across America is the nation’s largest celebration of reading. While originally this event celebrated the March 2nd birthday of author Dr. Seuss, it has over time evolved to become more focused on raising awareness about the importance, value, and fun of reading and sharing diverse books We read two Dr. Seuss books as well as a biography about the author. We then read and examined three recent Geisel Award winning books, and discussed why we thought each had won the award. The Geisel award is given each year for the most distinguished American book for beginning readers published in english in the United States during the preceding year. Winners are recognized for their literary and artistic achievements that demonstrate creativity and imagination to engage children in reading. The award was established in 2004 and first presented in 2006. We read: "Dr. Seuss" By Jennifer Strand "Fox at Night" By Corey R. Tabor "I Did It!" By Michael Emberley "See the Cat: Three Stories About A Dog" Written by David LaRochelle, Illustrated by Mike Wohnoutka "What Pet Should I Get?" By Dr. Seuss "What Was I Scared Of?" By Dr. Seuss -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
3 months ago, Jennifer McKay
Students with a Cat in the Hat hat and whiskers, holding two books
Teacher holding two Dr. Seuss books, in a Dr. Seuss T-shirt
In honor of Poetry Month in April, students are invited to record a poem to be included in a schoolwide poetry video. Any students who would like to participate can stop by the library to receive a poem to read. These poems can be filmed at home and emailed to school librarian Ms. Hardman at: lhardman@rsu1.org. Creativity and costumes are welcome, but not necessary, and feel free to include pets! Ms. Hardman can also film students at school if the needed technology is unavailable at home. All poems must be received by Wednesday, March 20th. -- Lisa Hardman RSU 1 Librarian Dike Newell School
3 months ago, Jennifer McKay
young boy holding book
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
3 months 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!
3 months 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
4 months 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!"
4 months 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
4 months 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
4 months 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
5 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.
5 months ago, RSU1 Info
The countdown is on! Join us next week for some spirit days before our break!
5 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
5 months ago, Jennifer McKay
Three students holding story theater kits
Four students holding story theater kits
Three students holding story theater kits