Red Sox Day

Lura Libby School hails October 23, 2013 as RED SOX DAY in honor of the Sox playing in the World Series game tonight. Staff and students wore their Red Sox gear or red, white, and blue clothing to show their support for the team. Go Red Sox!

2013 Pi Day

                                                      Celebrating Pi – 3.1415

The Cushing Community School and Lura Libby School held a whole day of math activities for students in kindergarten through fourth grade on March 14 when we celebrated Pi Day. Activities were planned and implemented by teachers, administrative assistants and educational technicians. Parents also volunteered to help us with different aspects of the day. We began the day with an all school assembly. All of the children received a Pi pencil. Next, all teachers involved the children with various math activities for the day. Activities included:

o Seeing Symmetrically - creating symmetrical shape.

o Shapes, Snacks & Song - children in kindergarten, first, and second grade made geometric shaped grilled cheese sandwiches to learn the names of the shapes.

o Estimation Jar - a jar was filled with counters, and children estimated the number of counters in the jar.

o Games - some teachers taught and played Yahtzee, and Mancala.

o Jeopardy - based on NECAP questions.

o Books were read - involving Pi with a relating activity.

Our Food Director, Charles Butler, provided a special salad bar for Pi day lunch with 3 savory salad toppers, 1 low, or non-fat milk, 4 dried fruits, 1 chocolate chip cookie, and 5 fresh crisp veggies. We ended the day with another assembly, and the children who had the closest estimate in the Estimation Jar activity won a math game. It was a very interesting and educational day full of exciting experiential learning activities. A big thank you to organizers, teachers Michelle Ford and Donna Hardt.

Family Literacy Night

Family Literacy Night Success at CCS and LL

March brought a Family Literacy Night to both CCS and LLS. It was a great opportunity for students and parents to share in literacy activities for a few hours. Families were pre-registered and given a schedule of sessions based on choices they chose during registration. Most sessions involved families making things or using materials that they were able to take home. All families received a literacy take home pack when they arrived, which included a book among other useful items. One session was a sit down dinner that also included more literacy information and activities. There was a book swap station for families to pick free books to read together at home. The night was complete with several great door prizes. These successful events were organized by Amanda Knowlton at Lura Libby School and Darcy Simmons at Cushing Community School. Thank you to all of the families that attended.

Food Pantry Collection



Food Pantry Collection

Prior to Thanksgiving, Lura Libby students and staff brought in donations for the Thomaston Food Pantry. This was an activity that focused on our local community and reflected our theme, It’s a Small World. A total of 207 pounds of non-perishable foods was collected, along with toiletry and cleaning goods. It all culminated with the “Passing of the Food”. All members of Lura Libby School lined the hallways passing the food to the front door, where it was loaded and brought to the Food Pantry at Watts Hall.


Kindness Counts


The staff at Lura Libby School feels that being kind to others is very important.  Because of this we created an award called Kindness Counts to honor those students who are kind to everyone.  The awards are given out at a school-wide assembly.  The Lura Libby School Community is very proud of the award recipients.




Family Literacy Night


Family Literacy Night


On Thursday March 31 from 5:00-7:00, 51 families, totaling 145 people, came to Lura Libby’s First Family Literacy Night. Families were pre-registered and given a schedule of sessions based on choices they chose during registration. Families were able to pick from a variety of activities such as human spelling, a musical read a loud, interactive white board writing and game making. Most sessions involved families making things or using materials that they were able to bring home for their own use. All families received a literacy take home pack at the door that included information on the importance of early literacy in the home as well as book. Families enjoyed a healthy dinner, browsed displays of classroom literacy programs and visited a book fair. The library was open for families to check out books together as well. The night concluded with several great door prizes. Thank you to all of the families that attended.


Food Drive


During the holiday season we know that it is important to contribute to our community, and they can COUNT ON US to follow through with our traditional food drive for the Thomaston Food Pantry. Students and staff collected a record 141 pounds of canned and boxed goods for our neighbors.


Here we see our kindergarten class stretching down the hallway, passing the items from our collection basket at the front door. The food chain made its way to the circle door where Mrs. Watts and Mrs Smith supervised the packing of the goods in to the delivery van. The van made its way to Watts Hall where Morgan and Aubrey carried the boxes to the second floor. Though the boxes were quite heavy, they both had smiles on their faces. Finally, they were rewarded with a great hug from Gwen Ranquist, otherwise known as Aubrey's Nanny. Nanny is a volunteer at the pantry.


Mrs. Bassett and her students count the food donations and then box like items. Finally, they weigh all of the donations. This was part of a math lesson that incorporated measurement and statistics.


Lura Libby Community, you did a superb job!



2013 Fall Fest

2013 Fall Fest

The annual Fall Fest was held on Saturday, October 26, 2013. We had many enjoyable games and crafts, along with the return of a bounce house. As part of the 100 Mile Club, Nurse Hall set up a challenging obstacle course with everything from a sack hop to hula hooping to pushing a ball with our noses. Thomaston Grocery provided us with juice and Flagship Cinema sent over popcorn. Thank you to Mr. John Vigue and Mrs. Georgia Meservey. We can’t wait until next year to do it all over again.














2014 Fall Festival






Lura Libby School held its annual Fall Fest this past Saturday.  The event was organized by the Friends and Family of Lura Libby group.  There were many family members of students, staff from the school, students from Oceanside West, and other community members who volunteered to help make this event a success.  The day featured two shows given by "Tricky Rick" the magician. Students left wondering, "how did he do that?"  There was an outdoor obstacle course.  Many students completed the course multiple times to try and beat their record. There were multiple outdoor carnival-style games like a ring toss and pumpkin croquet, to name a couple.  Each student who attended received a pumpkin to decorate. There were multiple craft stations.  Snacks were provided. There was a spooky sensory room for those who dared to enter.  There was also a family photo booth area so that families could have a memory of the day.  Students received a goody bag before leaving the event, and many door prizes were drawn.  It was a fun family event for all who attended.

The Friends and Family of Lura Libby would like to thank the following business for supporting the Fall Fest: Flagship Cinemas, Thomaston Grocery, Hannaford, Rock City Coffee, Dunkin Donuts, Beth’s Farm, Dena’s Barefoot Book Nook, Clay Brook Landscaping, and Domino’s Pizza.  




















2014 Family Fun Night

  Family Fun Night





May 22nd was Family Fun Night at Lura Libby School. Families worked together to create spring crafts. Bird feeders, planters, and butterflies were created using recycled materials. The gym and art room were buzzing with excitement. A big thank you to everyone who sent in milk jugs and soda bottles. Also, a gigantic thank you to Lowes for donating birdseed, soil, dowels, wire, clothespins, and grass seed. The evening was a success due to the generous support from our families and the community.










2014 Family Literacy Night




  Family Literacy Night



On April 29th, Lura Libby School teachers and staff presented a Family Literacy Night for students and their families. Over 40 families attended this event, which included a dinner of soups, made by the staff, bread, fresh fruit salad and milk.


Families participated in activities that included The Case of the Missing Nursery Rhyme, where families helped to solve mysteries, based on popular nursery rhymes. Children and parents wrote spring themed poetry. The families competed against each other in the ever-popular Jeopardy where questions about grammar, spelling, and reading were on the board. They played games and made clocks for an interactive reading session with the book The Grouchy Ladybug.  The students made a fishing game to practice sight words and letter sounds. Families were introduced to the many offerings from the Internet with free books you can down load. Families were read stories that facilitated movement, and were moving and grooving throughout the entire event.





















2014 Flu Vaccine Clinic

2014 Flu Vaccine Clinic




RSU#13 school- located flu vaccine clinics were held in all 10 schools this fall. The Maine CDC makes free flu vaccinations for all children, staff and volunteers available. This is the sixth year that flu vaccine clinics have been held in RSU#13 schools and over 600 doses of flu vaccine were given. Pictured here are flu clinic program director Nurse Lynne Hall and Camila and Sophie, who took the pledge to be flu-free this year.


2014 Food Drive & Turkey Trot










Students and staff at Lura Libby School held a Food Drive for the local food pantry that began on November 12th and concluded on November 24th. On November 24th the school community participated in the annual "Passing of the Food." The entire school of students, teachers, and staff members created a single-file line that began at the food collection baskets at the front door and continued all the way to the circle door entrance. All items were passed down along the line where they were loaded into the car of the event coordinator, Trish Mellor, who delivered the items to the Food Pantry.

















Students and staff at Lura Libby School participated in a school-wide wellness walk on Tuesday, November 25th. It was the school's 2nd annual Turkey Trot. Students walked from Lura Libby School, past Thomaston Grammar School and Oceanside High School West, and then back to Lura Libby School again. It was a beautiful day for some group exercise.














2014 Spring Fine Arts Night


2014 Spring Fine Arts Night




Students at Lura Libby School in Thomaston have been busy learning. This year’s Fine Arts festival, under the direction of Beverly Pacheco, presented that theme through their program Monday May 12,2014 called “A World of Learning.”


Kindergarteners presented “ The Little Wonders “songs that focused their learning around insects. Grades 1 and 2 presented songs of “Fun and Fables” that included Beautiful Butterfly, Oh Susanna, Don Gato, and Happiness Runs. Grade 2 shared a special rendition of ‘Blackbird” by the Beatles as an integration for an art residency.


Lura Libby Second Graders participated in a 4 week "Leaps of Imagination" project. The project integrated literacy, art and music. The children were immersed in folk tales, which led them to create amazing collagraphs (an intricate print making process). The folk tale Beautiful Blackbird inspired writing, art and song. The children performed the song "Blackbird" at our spring Fine Arts Festival. It was a wonderful way to celebrate this learning process. Thank you to Nancy Harris-Frohlich and our artists in residence: Alexis Immarino, Susan Beebe, Sarah Rogers and Sandy Weisman for providing us with tis special experience.


“I can make a Difference” was presented by Grade 3 and 4 as they entertained with Count on Me by Bruno Mars, Roar, by Katy Perry, and Kind-Hearted Hand. The song “Over the Rainbow” was dedicated to their teacher Susan Davenport.  The students were accompanied by Sybil Wentworth.

















2015 Fall Festival





Lura Libby School held its annual Fall Fest on Saturday, October 24th.  The event was well attended by Lura Libby School students and their family members and friends.  The event was sponsored by the Friends and Family of Lura Libby group.  The event organizer was art teacher and parent group liaison, Janelle Eddy.  There were outdoor events including an obstacle course that featured a lobster buoy pull, running through hoops, lifting weights, running around various obstacles, carrying birdseed on a spoon, and more.  This obstacle course was designed and put together by school nurse, Lynne Hall, along with staff and student volunteers.  Other outdoor events were a family photo booth where families could have their photo taken by the principal, Ainslee Riley, and a hay maze.  Inside the school there were multiple activities as well.  Each child who attended received a free pumpkin donated by either Beth’s Farm Market or School House Farm and they were able to decorate those pumpkins.  There was face painting, a snack station with apples donated by School House Farm and popcorn donated by Flagship Cinemas, a craft station, and a spooky room for students to enter, if they dared to do so.  There were gifts for all who attended and door prizes were drawn, including door prizes donated by Domino’s and Oakland Park Lanes.  Many parents, Lura Libby School staff members, and students from Oceanside assisted by volunteering at the event.  It was a fun family event for all who attended! 

















2015 Family Literacy Night





Smiles were plentiful at the Lura Libby Family Literacy Night on April 30th. Families took part in literacy games such as Jeopardy, I Have… Who Has, Scattergories, and Word Battleship. Also available were literacy activities, which included painting a scene to go along with Miss Rumphius, making a mouse puppet for If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, and going on a scavenger hunt. The pizza dinner was a big hit, as was the Scholastic Book Fair! Some of the favorable comments on the family response sheets were: “The book fair this year was awesome!” and “Great activities!” Thanks for your feedback and thank you for attending.
















2015 Food Pantry Collection








The annual Passing of the Food event took place on November 20 at Lura Libby School in Thomaston. Students and staff collected non-perishable goods for the Thomaston Food Pantry and symbolically passed the items through the hallways. The items were packed in boxes and readied to be delivered to the pantry. This service project supports Lura Libby’s theme of Kindness Counts. We are thankful that we can assist members of our community at this time of year. The Thomaston Food Pantry is located in Watts Hall on Main Street. It is open on Tuesday and Thursday from 9:00-11:00. It is closed on holidays and on school storm days. Donations of any amount are appreciated throughout the year.










2015 Lura Libby Luau



Lura Libby Luau

On Saturday, March 21st the Friends and Family of Lura Libby School held its 2nd annual Lura Libby Luau event from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  There was light snow that fell throughout the luau.  The luau was the perfect distraction from that.  Approximately 150 people attended the event.  There was a touch tank from Mid-Coast Children’s Museum, a room with various games, an arts and crafts area where attendees could create a fish in a bottle, a fish decoration, get their face painted, and enjoy a snack.  There was a photo booth where families could dress as though they were in Hawaii and have their photo taken.  Photos will be sent to them as mementos of the event.  There were beach themed door prizes as well.  It was a wonderful family event.  Everyone had a great time.  We are lucky to have an excellent parent group at Lura Libby School to plan these fabulous events.































2015 Pi Day



Pi Day at Lura Libby School was celebrated on Friday, March 13th. The actual Pi Day was on March 14th, a day that we did not have school. March 13th was a ½ day early release due to a workshop day. Students at Lura Libby School had a wonderful time celebrating math for the day. They rotated through stations throughout the day. Stations varied by grade level. Stations included: Fractions Using a Parachute, Catapult Building, Circle Collages, Pattern Butterflies, Mancala, Jeopardy, Math Scavenger Hunt, and so much more. It was a wonderful day of learning and fun.



























2016 Fall Fest






Fall Fest at Thomaston Grammar School



The annual Fall Fest was held at Thomaston Grammar School on Saturday, November 5th.  It was sponsored by the Friends and Family of Thomaston Grammar School group.  It was a fun event for families and there was a great turnout.  Students and their family members were able to take a horse drawn carriage ride from TGS to OMS and back again.  They were able to tour a Coast Guard boat with members of the Coast Guard on site to lead them through the tour.  Outside they were also able to have a photo taken by Principal Riley in the Fall Photo Booth and take part in an outdoor obstacle course.  Inside students were able to have their face painted, get a snack, make multiple crafts, and purchase items at a bake sale.  There were many volunteers, including students from Oceanside, staff members from TGS, and parents of TGS students.  The event was a great one for the school community.  As students visited stations, they had their cards punched.  Completed punch cards could be turned in to try to win a donated door prize for their family.  Thank you to the following local businesses/organizations for their generous donations: The Prison Showroom, Thomaston Grocery, Paint It Shore Self, The Thomaston Yoga Studio, Athens, Lowe's, The First, and Lifeflight of Maine. Thank you to the Coast Guard for sending their boat and members of the Coast Guard.  Thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers.






















2016 Fine Arts Night




 Lura Libby School Fine Arts Night


Lura Libby School held its annual Fine Arts Night on Wednesday, May 25th.  It was a packed house that evening, and the students were able to showcase both their musical ability and their artistic talent.  Lura Libby School students made us proud that night.


The musical portion of the evening was led by music teacher Beverly Pacheco and was entitled A Spring in Your Step . . . A Song in Your Heart.  There were two concerts held that evening.  We began with the kindergarten through second grade concert.  Songs were chosen to align with learning occurring in classrooms.  Songs in kindergarten focused on weather such as "Sing a Rainbow" by Arthur Hamilton and "I Love Mud" by Rick Charette.  Songs in 1st grade focused on organisms and going out into the garden such as "The Littlest Worm," a camp song, and "I've Been Working in My Garden," a traditional tune.  Songs in 2nd grade focused on Maine animals such as "Fish Fun" by Cristi Miller and "Owl Song" by the Whizpops, which 1st graders joined in on.  The second concert was for students in grades three and four.  For both classes songs focused on our school theme of Kindness and school rules, Be Safe, Be Kind, and Try Your Best.  This concert began with 3rd graders showcasing what they have learned on ukeles, playing songs like "Baby Bumble Bee" by Mike Jackson.  Then 4th graders showcased their playing of recorders for songs like "Dix Ans" by Paul Corbiere.  Then the two classes joined together to sing songs such as "Shine!" by Roger Emerson and John Jacobson.   

The art teacher, Janelle Eddy, made the art portion of the evening possible.  She had artwork on display from all students in kindergarten through 4th grade.  There was a gallery walk down the entrance corridor, which included many magnificent student works of art that were on display.  It was a wonderful evening for all who attended!























2016 Great Kindness Challenge Week









Great Kindness Challenge Week was the week of January 25th.  This was a week in which many schools across the United States focused on Kindness.  This was our third year participating in this challenge.  When we completed this challenge in 2014, we began giving monthly Kindness Counts Awards to students who exemplify kindness daily and the giving out of Caught Being Kind Tickets to students when they are observed engaging in a kind act.  We now do those things regularly and they have become important school traditions, and we hold monthly assemblies to recognize these students.  Awardees’ parents/guardians are invited to attend the assembly and award winners have lunch with the principal.  At Lura Libby School there is now a group of student called the Kindness Ambassadors.  This group of students had to apply to join the group.  Ten students were chosen based on their ideas of how to spread kindness throughout the school.  Applications were open to interested students in grades two through four.  The Kindness Ambassadors meet monthly with the principal to discuss ways to spread kindness, plan assemblies, and more.  On Friday, January 22nd both schools held kick-off assemblies/kindness rallies to get students revved up for the week ahead.  These assemblies were led by the Kindness Ambassadors at Lura Libby School and by some grade three and four student volunteers at Cushing Community School.  During this week students at Lura Libby School participated in a Read-a-Thon to raise money for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.  A student brought this idea to the Kindness Ambassadors and the group decided it was a good cause to focus on for this week.  Each classroom also worked together to write a kindness poem to be shared at the Kindness Counts Assembly.  In addition, students made posters and completed other classroom-based activities centered on the theme of kindness.  At Cushing Community School each classroom came up with their own service project idea.  They also completed other kindness activities including, but not limited to, making Valentine’s Day cards to various organizations (animal shelter, children’s hospital, nursing home, etc.), taking a nature walk to be kind to nature, completing anonymous hearts with kind thoughts about other students, creating kindness posters, and more.  There was a wrap-up assembly held on Friday, January 29th at both schools that included sharing of student work from the week in the area of kindness, singing of the song A Kindhearted Hand, and awarding January Kindness Counts certificates and Most Caught Being Kind tickets for the month certificates.








2016 Pi Day
















   Pi Day Celebrated at Lura Libby School 


Students and staff at Lura Libby School celebrated Pi Day a bit early this year to coincide with the scheduled early release day on May 9th.  The official Pi Day is May 14th.  The school shut-down for the morning and celebrated math.  The event kicked off with an assembly in the gym.  Then students rotated through stations run by staff members with mixed grade level groups.  The participated in many activities including: Pattern Block Fun, Origami, Jelly Bean Math, Windsock Making, Grid Art, Math Jeopardy, Hula Hoop Math, Pizza Pie Math, and more.










2016 Playing Around






For recess this year we have a brand new playground.  Students have been having a blast on the new equipment!  They can climb, swing, spin, slide, and more.  Our 8-person spinner is a big favorite, as is our 2-person see-saw, the overhead bridge, and the climbing wall, to name a few.  We also have new 4-square courts where 4 games can be happening at once.  Students can play on the playground, swing on the swings, play in the sandbox, play basketball, play 4-square, and more while outside for recess.  A great time is always had by all!




































2017 TGS Fall Fest




Thomaston Grammar School Fall Fest​


On Saturday, September 25th Thomaston Grammar School held its annual Fall Fest from 9 a.m. to noon.  Families were able to tour a Coast Guard boat, take a Hay Ride from St. George Carriage Company, have a family photo taken, paint rocks for our school's painted rock art installation, make a craft, make their way through an outdoor obstacles course, have a snack, and more.  It was a wonderful, fun family event.  If students completed their activity punch card they were entered into a drawing for some prizes donated by the Maine State Prison Showroom, Hampton Inn and Suite, Rock Harbor Hotel, and Green Leaf Roofing.  It was the warmest Fall Fest we have ever had, with temperatures in the 80s.  A fabulous time was had by all!
































2018 Family Literacy & Math Night






Thomaston Grammar School Family Fun Night


TGS held a camping themed Family Fun Night on Thursday, March 15th.  193 people were in attendance, which represented 77 of our families.  It was a great turnout for this wonderful family event!  Maine author, Wendy Ulmer, ran a session where she read her book, A Campfire for Cowboy Billy, and participants created a wishing star.  Mrs. Howard led kindergarten and first grade families through fun literacy activities that enabled them to practice their literacy skills.  Miss Cates and Miss Leach read participants the book A Camping Spree with Mr. Magee and helped students make marshmallow treats. Mrs. Wilson and Mrs. Markwith read The Legend of the Dream Catcher and led families through making their own dream catchers.  Dream catchers were so popular that Mrs. Brewster led a session that involved making them as well.  Mrs. Snow read the book Little Campers and led participants through an activity to learn how to make a campfire, in this case an edible one. Mrs. Sanfilippo led her participants in using clues and illustrations in Whose Tracks Are These?  They learned how to identify woodland tracks and made their own animal track casts.  Mrs. Ford assisted participants in coding their Sphero through the “campsite” to avoid dangers and obstacles.  Miss Cushman and Ms. Richter ran the session Board Games Around the Camp Fire where participants rotated through camping themed board games. Miss Currier and Miss Wotton helped to run the Scholastic Book Fair that evening.  Miss Flanagan, Mrs. Kangas, and Mrs. Smith helped to set up and serve dinner.  Mrs. Bassett, Miss Anthony, and Mrs. Brackett ran the welcome table.  Mrs. Mellor was the organizer of this fabulous event.  Mrs. Riley was happy to attend as a participant and photographer.  What a wonderful night! ​





























Chewonki Presentation at Lura Libby School

LLS students and staff enjoyed two fantastic programs presented by Chewonki educator, Jessica Woodend. Attentive kindergarteners and first graders learned all about Animal Adaptations and were fascinated by the walking stick, skink, lizard and screech owl. Jessica ‘s program Birds of Prey held students’ interest in Grades two, three and four. The live raptors were magnificent! All programs involved hands-on activities and focused on caring for wildlife. These presentations were provided through grants from Georges River Education Foundation and Fast Track Grants funded by the Perloff Foundation.



























First Annual Turkey Trot

First Annual Turkey Trot

Lura Libby School held its First Annual Turkey Trot on Monday, November 25.  The school nurse, Lynne Hall, thought this would be a great idea to go with our 5210 Let's Go! Bronze Site of Distinction status, and as part of our 100 mile club to promote walking and running.  All students began their walk at Lura Libby School and walked to the Thomaston Grammar School and then took the path to Oceanside High School West before returning to the Lura Libby School.  It was a long, yet refreshing, walk on a cold November day.  Students had a great time getting some exercise and spending time with the entire school community at this fun event.  It is listed here as the First Annual Turkey Trot because people enjoyed it so much that it will become a new tradition at the school to recur again next year.














Food Pantry Collection







Lura Libby School Collects for the Thomaston Food Pantry

Students and staff at Lura Libby School held a Food Drive for the local food pantry that began on November 4th and concluded on November 20th.  261 pounds of non-perishable items were brought in for this event.  This morning the school community participated in the annual "Passing of the Food."  The entire school of students, teachers, and staff members created a single-file line that began at the food collection baskets at the front door and continued all the way to the circle door entrance.  All items were passed down along the line where they were loaded into the car of the event coordinator, Trish Mellor, who plans to deliver the items to the Food Pantry.  














Great Kindness Challenge








Lura Libby School participated in the Great Kindness Challenge for the second year in a row.  The week is officially the week of January 26th.  But, due to an unusual amount of snow days during that week and the week after, both schools decided to continue it through February 13th.  

As part of The Great Kindness Challenge week Lura Libby School decided to support an organization in our area.  On Friday, January 23rd, Grace from the Humane Society of Knox County came to talk with Lura Libby School students at a school-wide assembly.   A list of items that are needed at the animal shelter went home with students.  There were collection baskets in the school to collect donated items.  

On January 26th, as part of The Great Kindness Challenge week, we had an assembly that focused on kindness and bullying prevention.  Our presenter was Mr. Andrew from Mid-Coast Martial Arts, along with some assistants.  He discussed the types of bullying and shared strategies with the students for dealing with bullies.  He shared some power phrases for students to use when communicating with a bully.  He focused on the importance of treating others with kindness and respect.  

On January 26th Lura Libby School began a "Bucket Filling Campaign" as well.  Each student has a "bucket" with their name on it on display outside their classroom.  Students and staff "filled students' buckets" by filling out paper raindrops with kind comments about that student.  Students were excited to read the kind things that other members of the school community had to say about them.

On January 29th Lura Libby School held its Kindness Counts Assembly where Kindness Counts Winners and Most Caught Being Kind Tickets for the months of December and January were awarded.  

The school began giving Caught Being Kind tickets out to students during the Great Kindness Challenge last school year.  They then decided to continue those tickets throughout the school year.  When students are "caught" going above and beyond being kind, they are given a Caught Being Kind ticket.  This year the school started announcing the names of all students who got a ticket that day on the announcements at the end of the day.  A new award was created to honor the student who received the most tickets during the month.  At the monthly school-wide assembly, all students who received a ticket that month have their names called and stand individually to be recognized.  The student with the most tickets for that month is called to the front of the assembly to receive an award and a round of applause from the school community for this accomplishment.

Our school has an ongoing focus on kindness.  Part of that focus on kindness includes monthly Kindness Counts Awards.  To make that award even more meaningful for students we instituted a Lunch with the Principal, Ainslee Riley, for students who win the Kindness Counts Award, which is awarded to students who exemplify kindness on a daily basis.   We want students to understand just how proud we are of them for showing kindness to others on a daily basis.  Students are presented with a certificate and we also send a copy of what was said home with the student so they can have it.  Students are very excited to attend their special lunch with the principal.  At that lunch they are presented with a Kindness bracelet and a Kindness sticker that they wear for that day.  The principal shares with students the fact that this is her favorite award because being kind is not always easy, yet they are able to be kind day in and day out and be excellent examples within our school community.  We should all aspire to have kindness in our hearts and in our minds at all times, as these students do.  These lunches have become one of the principal's favorite events each month.  She enjoys sharing how proud she is of these students, as well as having an opportunity to talk with them and get to know these future leaders even better than she already does.  The school community has come to hold this award in high regard and students aspire to achieve it. 

Other events occurred in individual classrooms and school-wide to celebrate the Great Kindness Challenge week, which turned into three weeks due to the continued snow.  Just because the Great Kindness Challenge is over does not mean that these positive behaviors stop.  At Lura Libby School, students and staff are working hard to continue this theme of Kindness throughout the school year.  The day begins with classroom circles with a focus on Kindness and members of the school community work to remind one another to be kind and reward one another for being kind throughout the day.













Lura Libby Luau


Lura Libby Luau


The Friends and Family of Lura Libby group hosted the Lura Libby Luau at Lura Libby School on Saturday, February 8th from 9:00-12:00.  It was a fun way to keep warm on a cold winter day. Many Lura Libby families and other families in the area attended this event.  


There was a craft room where students could use creativity to turn an ordinary paper cup into a parrot or create a 3-D fish.   There was a room for students and their guests to sing along, play instruments, and listen to a ukulele being played. There was a Barefoot Books room with story telling, puzzles, drawing and more. The multi-purpose room had events involving fun physical activity such as hula hooping, jump roping, completing an obstacle course while on wheeled platforms, and more.  There was a Snack Shack where students were treated with a snack of fruit salad including grapes, pineapple, and watermelon.  They also served water and animal crackers.  Students could take a break from all of the fun and relax with a snack.  There was a Hawaiian-themed family or friends photo booth where families and friends could get decked out with Hawaiian garb and props and have their photo taken as if on the beach in Hawaii.  Photos will be mailed home to families as a keepsake of the fun day.  


Gifts were given to students and other children upon entry and there were door prizes raffled off at the end of the event.  It was a fun family event for all who attended.


















Pi Day 2014




  Pi Day



  PI DAY at the Lura Libby School

Due to an unexpected snow day, the students at the Lura Libby and Cushing Community School celebrated Pi Day a month later than most math enthusiasts.  Pi Day, the celebration of the  irrational number Pi is actually March 14th (Albert Einstein's birthday).  Students spent the day rotating through a variety of math stations.  They played math games, listened to a story about Pythagorean Theorem, created art with shapes and patterns, ate yummy geometric shapes, and sang songs.    Pi Day at the two schools is a day for children to recognize that math is all around us, and how fun math actually can be!



















Read Across America




  Read Across America



 Ryan T. Higgins, Author/Illustrator, Visits Lura Libby School

Ryan T. Higgins visited Lura Libby School on March 5th. Ryan is an author and illustrator living in Kittery, Maine, with his wife and two children. His books include Twaddleton’s Cheese, Wilfred, and Up With Roger.

Ryan is a true vision of modern illustrator. He shared that he does most of his drawing with the computer, but admits he still likes pencil and paper drawings and often scans pictures he has drawn into his computer. He drew a picture for each group with their input; a character created from a combination of a few animals. In the end, all children were given a picture of their group’s character to color for themselves.

Ryan talked mostly about his newest book, This Book Does Not Have Words. He explained how he wrote it and drew the characters. He talked to the students about how important it is to edit and revise their stories to make them better and explained that he averages about fifty revisions.

Ryan noted that he used to be a regular kid, just like our students. Yet, he always loved drawing and writing. He just got better and better by working on these drawings and writing pieces at home during his free time. He encouraged students to make books of their own.

Ryan was greeted by one student with, “I love your book!” Even though most students had listened to the book in library classes and classrooms, they really enjoyed listening to Ryan read it as the pictures appeared up on the white board. Ryan stated that they could always take his book out of our school library and can listen to it on his website. He mentioned that there is another book to listen to on the website, too, and students excitedly said that they were definitely going to find that!

Ryan shared his ideas for his next book and the students gave him more suggestions. One group encouraged him to write a novel. He shyly admitted that he had one in mind and hoped to do that one day.






  Dr. Suess Week

Lura Libby School celebrated Dr. Seuss’s birthday with a week of exciting activities. The students’ excitement was contagious. 

Monday saw students and staff wearing Cat in the Hat hats. The hats were funded with a grant from Office Depot.  Topsy Turvy Tuesday was celebrated with everyone wearing pajamas to school, and on Wacky Wednesday, we donned colorful mismatched clothes. Ryan T. Higgins, our Maine author/illustrator, spent the day meeting with each grade level, reading his book and demonstrating his illustrating techniques. Thursday celebrated Thing One and Thing Two, with people dressing as twins. On Fedora Friday, everyone was encouraged to wear his or her favorite hat. 

We thoroughly enjoyed the activities, and all had fun.




















School Supply Drive

School Supply Drive



On August 27th and 28th The Friends and Family of Lura Libby School held their first-ever School Supply drive. With the donations received the parents group was able to create a supply closet for the teachers and staff members to access all year. 


The Friends and Family of Lura Libby would like to thank the following organizations and individuals for their donations: Domino’s Pizza, KDK llc. Apparel and Embroidery, Dragon Cement, Lyman-Morse Boat Building, Jeff’s Marine, Slipway, Rockland Ford, Shepard Toyota, Christie and Bob Richards, Thomaston Town Office, F & A Market, Residents of the Knox Hotel Apartments, Thomaston Baptist Church, TD Bank, former and current staff members, parents, and family members. The outpouring of support from our community truly warms our hearts!


The next parents group meeting is September 16thfrom 6pm-7pm in the Lura Libby School Library. All are welcome to attend.


TGS News







Thomaston Grammar School's Carnival-Themed Fall Fest

This year’s annual Thomaston Grammar School Fall Fest was awesome!  The carnival-themed event, which was sponsored by the Friends and Family of TGS group, had a wonderful turnout.  Approximately 150 children attended along with a parent or other family member.  There was a photo booth where students and their friends and/or families could get photos taken by Principal Riley.  Families had a great time using the backdrop and props to make it look as though they were at a carnival.  From there, students were able to play a variety of games, and keep playing until they won, in order to earn some fun prizes.  There was a balloon artist who put on a spectacular show midway through the event.  He even transformed some TGS students into things like a butterfly and a viking.  He also made marvelous balloons creations for each child who attended the event.  Students could get their faces painted.  There was free fresh-popped popcorn for all and baked goods and cotton candy for sale for those who wanted it.  There were also some great door prizes.  A fun time was had by all!