For those wanting to give book donations to help rebuild the Dike Newell Library's collection, please hold for now, as we are waiting to see what insurance will cover as well as where we will be located. We hope to order as much as possible from Follett, as their books will arrive fully cataloged, with barcodes and spine labels attached, making them immediately ready for circulation. They will also ship directly to our new location. Your kind wishes and offers of help have been greatly appreciated, and I look forward to reading with your children again very soon.
In the meantime, I hope you will consider signing your child up for the Patten Free Library's Summer Reading Program, lots of fun events scheduled! For more information, please visit:
Dike-Newell Families - important reminder that due to the fire Friday night, there is no school today, Monday June 13th. We will have school Tuesday through Friday, outdoors at Fisher-Mitchell School. These will be half-days, with dismissal 3 hours early. Please check your email for more important details.
If you need to reach staff today regarding your child, please email. Tomorrow, we can be reached at Fisher-Mitchell School, telephone (207) 443-8265.
Thank you for your support in this difficult time, we look forward to seeing the students this week and connecting with our entire Dike-Newell community.
Thank you RSU1 staff and administration, Bath Elementary PTA, and the many, many others who have offered support, materials, and kindness during this challenging time. We appreciate all of you!
While Covid safety protocols have not made Books on the Bus able to safely return as of yet, Coordinator Sheryl Ritchie has found a way to get books back into the hands of Dike Newell students for their daily commute. On Friday, March 25th, over 200 books were delivered to the school with the promise of more to come as needed. Students will be able to browse the books at school and make a selection that they would like to read.
RSU 1 has participated in Books on the Bus since 2018 thanks to the partnership of Program Coordinator Sheryl Ritchie and the Patten Free Library. The goal of the program is to provide students with access to books and to improve bus behavior. Students are encouraged to, "read, share, borrow or keep" any book they want. For more information on the Books on the Bus program, please visit:
Dike Newell School students will be finishing up reading Chickadee Award books this week and voting on their favorite the week of March 21st. All of the books are available read aloud at:
The Chickadee Award is a picture book award program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. This award is in its seventeenth year, and is given annually to one of ten picture books nominated by a committee of teachers, librarians, and early literacy professionals, with the winner chosen by Maine school children. The purpose of this 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.
For more information, visit the Chickadee Award Website at
Students in Mrs. Bickford's class are flying high after winning an online contest for free STEM kits from HESS! They will be exploring the FUN-damentals of flight through a series of lessons using the HESS Cargo Plane and Jet STEM kits. Congratulations Mrs. Bickford and class!
Drop-off families, we need your help!
DNS teaching staff are arriving to work and finding the parking lot inaccessible, and have nowhere else to park and come into work.
Please do not arrive to drop off your child prior to 8 a.m. - drop off begins at 8:15.
Also, please do not park in parking spaces in the lot and walk your child to the door. If you are driving to drop your child off in the morning, you must stay in the car line please and thank you. We need all the parking spots for staff.
Thank you so much for your help, we appreciate it!
2, 4, 6, 8...100!! Check out the other ways we celebrate reaching 100 days!
Dike-Newell is celebrating the 100th day of school today!
School librarian Ms. Hardman recently hosted the first session of Rock Club. Second grade students from Mrs. Michaud's class were able to view and examine recently purchases kits and specimens including Obsidian, Howlite, Amethyst, Trilobite. Aragonite and a Masasaur tooth. Field guides and the Epic database were available to research various rocks, minerals and fossils. More sessions will be offered to other grades and classes in the upcoming weeks.
Hello DNS and FMS Families!
This month PTA meeting will be an online only meeting.
We would love for you to join us to talk about our upcoming events. We have a lot of exciting things coming we can’t wait to share with you!
Please join us on our Google Meeting using the below link:
If you have any questions please let us know!
Nicole Brassard PTA President
Dike-Newell recently had their water fountains upgraded to bottle filling stations. Students and staff are enjoying this new way to refill their water bottles!
In library class this week, Dike Newell students have been learning about the Maine Chickadee Award as well as reading our first Chickadee Award nominated book. The Chickadee Award is a picture book award program for children in kindergarten through fourth grade. This award is in its seventeenth year, and is given annually to one of ten picture books nominated by a committee of teachers, librarians, and early literacy professionals, with the winner chosen by Maine school children.
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. Fussy Flamingo, written by Shelly Vaughan James and illustrated by Matthew Rivera was this week's selection.
For more information, visit the Chickadee Award Website at
Hey there, you're doing a great job!
And on that note, Monday 1/24 is National Compliment Day - we will have a school-wide community meeting in the afternoon to celebrate, and we are asking everyone to wear something they LOVE so we can practice giving compliments! Your best sneakers? A favorite sweater? The most comfy pants? Whatever it is that you LOVE!
Hello parents! As you are managing the on-going issues around closing of before/after care programs, a quick reminder that students who have not been riding the school bus cannot be added for a temporary period of time to deal with the daycare closures. If your before/after care program has closed temporarily, due to COVID or staffing issues, please make alternate transportation arrangements - thank you!
Upcoming PTA meeting:
Happy New Year!
The PTA is going to kick off 2022 with our first meeting of the year on Tuesday 1/4. This will be an online meeting ONLY.
We are going to try out Google Meeting for this month.
The meeting link is below:
We look forward to seeing you online!
Any questions or concerns please let me know. Our email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
The second vaccine clinic last Friday went very well! Those students who rode the bus and received their second dose, vaccination cards will be mailed home to families. Great work everyone!
Dike Newell Students have been participating in Hour of Code, a worldwide effort to celebrate and promote computer science, during their library classes this week. We read Coding 1, 2, 3 by Janet Slingerland as well as How to Code a Sandcastle by Josh Funk. Students then had the opportunity to practice entering commands into Bee-Bot robots to see if they could program the correct sequence for the Bee-Bots to reach their destinations. Students also viewed Kodable Programming Website for Kids. First and second grade students will have the opportunity to use Kodable during future library classes and a link has been shared on each grade level's library Brightspace pages
To find out about the Hour of Code, visit: https://hourofcode.com/us/learn
To try Kodable, visit:
For more information on Bee-Bots, please visit: .
Dike-Newell School believes that we are a community of caring, and that our school community is connected to our families and larger outside community through caring relationships as well. Students in several classrooms recently demonstrated that caring by making cards for Maine Army National Guard troops for the holidays, which will be sent with Christmas stockings by our local Auxiliary.
The week of December 6th, Dike Newell Students will participate in an Hour of Code during their library classes. The Hour of Code began as a one-hour coding challenge to give students a fun first introduction to computer science and has become a global learning event, celebration, and awareness event.
offers hundreds of one-hour activities in over 48 languages for kindergarten and up. Activities require no experience and can be run on browsers, tablets, and smartphones - some don’t require any computer at all.
Hour of Code is Here
Beyond an Hour of Code: