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posted Sep 26, 2017, 1:06 PM by Danielle Harris

Our new 5th and 6th grade teacher, Mrs. King, has brought a service project to our school this year.It is called SOCKTOBER. She and her students are asking for help with gathering 200 pairs of new (unused) socks to donate to homeless people in our local area. Here is the letter that she has asked me to share with everyone:

Dear Families,

Every night in the United States an estimated 600,000 people live on the streets. This October, SoulPancake and Kid President want 2 million people to prove that even the smallest acts of love, like donating a pair of socks, can make a big difference in the lives of our neighbors who are homeless. For the month of October,  Leeds Central School will be collecting new, unused socks for New Beginnings & RCAM, the local shelters for runaway or homeless youth and their families. Also, if you have a few minutes to spare please watch the video at

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Mrs. King at

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Online Safety for Children

posted Apr 11, 2017, 11:12 AM by Jason Breton   [ updated Apr 11, 2017, 11:13 AM ]

Maine State Police Detective Abbe Chabot with the Computer Crimes Unit will hold a community discussion in reference to guiding our children through the ever-present world of social media.

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, April 25th, 2017 at 6:00 PM

LCS Book Fair

posted Mar 7, 2017, 6:28 AM by Jason Breton   [ updated Mar 7, 2017, 6:28 AM ]

Leeds Central School will be hosting a Spring Scholastic Book Fair the week of March 20th.  The theme is Happy Camper S'more fun with books!  Please come by 8:30-3:30 Monday through Thursday and until noon on Friday.  Join us for our special events:

  • On Wednesday morning the Book Fair Breakfast will be 8-8:40.  
  • On Thursday evening the Evening Book Fair will be 6-7:30.  
The book fair flyer is on our webpage at and includes links to book trailers for some of the books. Our online Book Fair opens on March 18th to April 7th.  Purchases would be delivered to the school the following week.

Baseball and Softball Registration through Leeds Youth Athletic Association

posted Mar 1, 2017, 4:20 PM by Danielle Harris
Click on the link above to register your child for Softball or Baseball by March 21. Paper copies of registration forms can be picked up at the Town Hall. You can also call Dan Mellen at 754-0937 if you have any questions. 

Eagle Award Nominations

posted Jan 5, 2017, 9:58 AM by Danielle Harris

Last year PTC started a yearly award for someone who Soars Above the Rest by going above and beyond for LCS. 

Last year’s award went to a deserving Game Warden who touched the life of one of our student’s and was considered a true hero. 

We are opening up our nominations by asking you (student, parent, teacher, or staff member) to nominate someone who is a teacher, staff, parent, or community member who deserves this award.  

Please use the attached form and return it to Leeds Central School no later than February 17, 2017.

PTC Newsletter 1-5-17

posted Jan 5, 2017, 9:51 AM by Danielle Harris   [ updated Jan 5, 2017, 9:51 AM ]

Happy New Year!

Thank you to those that wore Pink & Red and donated in memory of Mrs. Brewer and Mrs. Trenholm! We are excited to share that there will be TWO $500 scholarships at Leavitt for a Leeds resident graduate! So if you know someone who is graduating in our community, please encourage them to apply in the LAHS guidance office.

Our quick Fun Pass fundraiser raised over $150! Guess what? We will be offering this again in the Spring! THINK: SUMMER VACATION! Great deals.

AAACCHOOO! The season of sniffles calls for LOTS of TISSUES! Classrooms are always in need of boxes of tissues. PLEASE send in some with your child. Thanks in advance!        

We will keep you posted on events as we get dates and such! Field trips, family nights, 6th grade Boston trip, field day, and more will all be finalized soon and happening in the next couple months!

Friendly Reminder: Our school store ( is a year round online fundraiser! All you have to do is go to our school store website and then click on merchant options! Easy for online shopping while raising money for our school! Every 30 days, the company will be sending earned prizes to our students at school!  


January 9th- week of February 13th: After School Clubs! Please remember to pick your child up at 4:05 (unless noted for a different time)

January 11th {moved from 12th}: PTC Meeting at 5:15 PM *Babysitting available!

16th: No School

23rd: No School/Teacher In-Service Day

February 1: ½ Day

February 19th: 10:00AM -2:00PM Sledding at Buckley Hill, Ridge Road sponsored by Leeds Stump Thumpers

February 20-24: Vacation


The time is always right to do what is right. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

PTC Board Members

Lindsey Sawyer-Brown, President                                 

Elizabeth Clark, Vice President                  

Heather Ouellette, Treasurer & Secretary


 Like us on Facebook to stay connected! Just search LCS PTC



E-mail us! Come to our next meeting! Every voice matters!

Principal's Update 12-8-16

posted Dec 8, 2016, 1:12 PM by Danielle Harris

Dear Parents, Friends, and Members of the Community,

Thanks so much to everyone who came to our Grades 4 – 6 winter concert last night to support your children. I hope you enjoyed the concert as much as I did. As always, Mrs. Newcomb put on a fantastic show!

Our PTC Family Ornament Night is tomorrow evening at 6:00 PM. Come hear a story, make an ornament, decorate sugar cookies, and have a family photo taken! It’s sure to be lots of fun!

Did you notice on this month’s lunch menu that our school lunch is FREE FOR EVERYONE on Fridays this month? If your child doesn’t normally eat hot lunch at school, have him or her try it out tomorrow and next Friday! Tomorrow’s lunch is frankfurter on a bun, tater tots, sun dried raisins, baked beans, and milk. I eat school lunch every day because it’s both delicious and nutritious. We have amazing amounts of fresh fruits and vegetables on the salad bar, too. Even if your child pays full price for lunches, you are sure to get your money’s worth! (And for the next 2 Fridays it's FREE!)

Do you know someone who could fill in from time to time as a substitute teacher? Our district is in desperate need and there is a FREE Substitute Teacher Training next Monday, December 12th from  5:30 - 9:00 PM at The Turner Adult Education Learning Center. *** THIS COURSE IS FREE, but you must register.*** Call 225-1010. Check out to explore what MSAD 52 Adult Education has to offer and to download their full brochure.

We are just about ready to send home sign up sheets for our after school clubs that will start in January. However, we do NOT have ANY volunteers to run Lego Clubs for us! This is the easiest club to run because you just put the Legos out on the tables in the library and let the kids play with them. They are so well behaved because they’re eagerly engaged for the entire hour. If you or someone you know can run this club from 3:10 - 4:05 PM for our students one day a week (you choose which day) for 6 weeks from the beginning of January until February vacation, please let me know ASAP. Otherwise, we won’t be able to offer Lego Club this year and that would be very sad.

Finally, I’ve been asked to remind everyone that now that winter is here, please make sure that every single day your child brings a hat, snow pants, boots, mittens, and a winter coat to school. Unless it is raining or the temperature is below 10 degrees, we go outside for recess every day for 30 minutes. That is a long time for your child to be cold or uncomfortable if he or she is not dressed adequately for the weather.  

Wednesday, December 21 will be a half day, with students being released early at 12:10 PM. Please make sure to send in a note with your child or call Mrs. Parker at 524-5151 if your child needs a bus note to go somewhere other than their usual after school location on that day. Classes will resume on January 3, 2017. I hope that you and your family have a wonderful holiday break!


Danielle Harris

DFD Russell Medical Center can help you with their Patient Assistance Program

posted Nov 14, 2016, 10:52 AM by Danielle Harris

If you do not qualify for MaineCare Insurance, you still might be able to get free or low-cost health and dental insurance for your children!

DFD Russell Medical Center wants to help you!

Here is the link to their website and listing of services :


Feel free to contact: 

Tia Knapp, CAC

Community Health & Outreach Worker

DFD Russell Medical Centers

Leeds, Monmouth, Turner

(207) 524-4010


Mailing : 

180 Church hill Rd., Ste 1

Leeds, ME  04263

Thanks to our PTC for a new fence on the playground!

posted Nov 14, 2016, 10:42 AM by Danielle Harris

Thanks so much to the parents and friends who devoted several hours on Sunday morning to install our new fence on the playground! Now we don't have to chase playground balls and basketballs down into the woods! We had seven men, seven women and lots of kids who came out to make this happen. Thanks, also, to everyone who has helped raise money in our PTC fundraisers because that allowed us to purchase the materials.The teachers and students really appreciate this big improvement to our playground!

Principal's Update 11-6-16

posted Nov 6, 2016, 5:58 PM by Danielle Harris

Dear Friends, 

This Wednesday, students will be released at 12:10 PM so that our teachers can hold parent conferences all afternoon and evening. If you do not have a conference scheduled yet with your child’s teacher, please send her an e-mail or call the school and leave her a message right away. We want to meet with the parents of all of our students! Thursday will be a teacher workshop day and Friday is Veteran’s Day, so students will have 4 ½ days off for a long weekend. I hope you all enjoy this time with your families!

Our PTC met last Thursday evening. They are now providing a babysitter for our meetings, so we hope that more parents will be able to attend. The next meeting will be Thursday, December 1 at 5:15 PM in the library at Leeds Central School. The PTC provides support for our teachers and enriching activities for our students and families, so we welcome as much involvement as you can offer! If you’re interested in helping out but can’t attend the meetings, e-mail Lindsey Sawyer–Brown at

The PTC will be having a 50/50 raffle at parent conferences on Wednesday. Bring $1 for one ticket or $5 for an arm’s length and don’t miss out on a chance to donate to your PTC while maybe winning some money for your holiday shopping!

Our latest PTC fundraiser is such a simple and easy one that will continue from now on. When you are going to shop online, please login first through our school store web site, and then link to the merchant you want to shop with from that point. Go to to get started. Our school ID is 150583. You don’t have to spend more that you were going to spend, and our school gets a percent of your purchase price as a direct donation to our PTC. I’ve already picked out two web sites that I’m going to start accessing through this fundraiser. I often shop online at Old Navy and I use Groupon all the time, so making the extra few clicks to link to those merchants through will now raise money for our school. Take a look at all of the merchants (over 400!) that participate and please think of us when you go online to do your holiday shopping!

We had a great turnout for our Trick or Treating on October 28. There were at least 26 volunteers who handed out candy and many children and families who came to partake in the event. I really enjoyed taking photos of everyone in their costumes. It was fun for everyone! Thank you very much to everyone who made donations or handed out candy for this event!

Our next fun family event will be Ornament Night at 6:00 PM on Friday, December 9. Wear your pajamas or an ugly holiday sweater, listen to a story, make an ornament, decorate a sugar cookie (and eat it!), and drink some milk with the staff, students, and parents of Leeds Central School!

On Friday, November 18, we are going to have a “wear red for lung cancer day.” We’ll be doing this in memory of Mrs. Dawn Trenholm who was the secretary at LCS for many years before she died at a very young age from lung cancer, despite never having smoked cigarettes. We will be asking for a $1.00 donation from each student and the PTC will match the funds that are raised. It will all go toward a scholarship for a LAHS senior from Leeds who wishes to go to college, so the money will benefit a student right here in our community.

Also on Friday, November 18, a Leavitt Area High School Pig Roast will be held at Boofy Quimby Memorial Center, 96 Howes Corner Rd, Turner from 5:00 – 7:00 PM. The Exploring River Valley students at LAHS will be putting on a down-home harvest supper that celebrates local foods and farms. Everything on the menu is locally grown and prepared fresh by LAHS students. All money raised supports agricultural education at LAHS. For more information, contact Mrs. Martin is a resident of Leeds, the parent of a child in our school, and a teacher at LAHS.

The student council has declared Wednesday, November 30, to be sports and hunting dress-up day. Please, no weapons, toy weapons, or sharp objects that could be used as a weapon or possibly cause harm to another student! The student council is also conducting their annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. You can help out by sending nonperishable items or a cash donation to purchase perishable items by November 18, 2016.. They are hoping to collect gravy, potatoes, turkeys, stuffing, canned vegetables, rolls, apples, pie crusts, pie filling, and cranberry sauce and to create at least four baskets for families right here in Leeds.

If your family is struggling to feed everyone in your household, don’t hesitate to sign up for our Weekend Backpack Food Program. Volunteers from the community (Sue Jewitt and others) are working with our school counselor (Liz Cook) and our kitchen manager (Danielle Stevens) to provide bags of food to children for weekends and school breaks. The first bags should be coming home this Wednesday to those who already signed up and we want to provide this service to anyone who needs it. Call Liz Cook or Danielle Stevens here at LCS, or contact Sue Jewitt at 524-7151 to sign up. Even though we’re calling it a backpack program, we’re actually going to send the food home in plastic shopping bags. If you have some at home that you could donate to the program, please send them to school with your child. Thanks!

We are still collecting outgrown coats and snow pants for RCAM’s Winter Clothing Drive. There is a collection box in the hallway outside of the library. We are also collecting all of the hats, headbands, mittens, and scarves that any knitters that you know can produce! If you need winter clothing for your child, contact RCAM at 524-5095 or check out their website at

This year I have received extensive amounts of training from Teachers College at Columbia University from the experts who write our reading and writing units of study. My big “takeaway” for parents is that every child should be reading independently and/or being read to every night. If this is something that you think of as “homework” or a “chore,” then the staff at LCS needs to help you! Your child needs to be reading books that are interesting to him or her and that he or she just can’t wait to read each night. If it is above his or her independent reading level, then someone who can read it fluently should be reading it out loud and discussing it with your child. As books get harder to read, they also have more intricate plots, characters have multiple facets, and it becomes necessary to infer in many ways. Some children who may be able to “read” higher level books might not actually be ready for the content or the complexity of that book, so that is why your child’s classroom teacher is always encouraging him or her to find books at or below his or her independent reading level to read at home. Equally pleasurable and beneficial, however, can be books that an adult reads aloud to a child and discusses with him or her. Not only is this going to make your child a better reader, but his or her vocabulary and thinking skills will develop at a very rapid rate. The gift of literacy and a love of reading are the most precious qualities that we can instill in a child. Future success in school and in life depends on being able to read and understand written material. In this age of information, learning is more about how to access the vast amount of information available to us, synthesize it, and be able to do something with it rather than just memorizing facts. With the entire world’s information literally at our fingertips, learning to read what is available to us is a more critical skill than ever before in history. If your child does not love to read and look forward to spending his or her free time each day reading, we need to help you find appropriate books for him or her. There are so many wonderful authors available to our children that there is certain to be something for every child. Please speak to your child’s teacher at parent conferences if you are having trouble with your child wanting to read at home so that we can work together as a team to find just the right books to spark that love of reading. It will make all the difference in the world for the rest of your child’s life!

Have a terrific November and please do not hesitate to contact me if there is anything that I can do to help you or your child with having a positive educational experience at Leeds Central School.


Danielle Harris, Principal

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