Philadelphia…Here Comes the Fifth Grade!

One of the traditions of New Garden Elementary School’s fifth grade is the trip to Philadelphia to discover the city’s rich history. The students visited Betsy Ross’s house, learned about William Penn, and visited the a Quaker Meeting House. Here are photos from their day in the city.

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Delaware Children’s Theater Visits New Garden

New Garden Elementary School had the privilege of seeing a performance by the Delaware Children’s Theater. The shows centered around Alice, who was upset because her teddy bear stopped talking to her. Along the way, she recruits the assistance of the Mad Hatter (who was really no help at all) and other characters from Fairy Tale Land, including the pink fairy and a real-life princess! Not only was the performance a special treat, but a former New Garden Elementary School student was part of the show. For more information about the Delaware Children’s Theater, as well as a schedule of upcoming shows, visit

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Student Spotlight: Austin Guyer

Mrs. Joan Viscuso has many wonderful things to say about January’s Student Spotlight. Her thoughts are below.

When thinking of a student to recognized, it is easy to think of Austin Guyer. He is so helpful to me and to all of his classmates. Whenever something has to be done and Austin sees that there is a need, he jumps right in to take care of what needs to be done. Austin jumps right in to help his friends when they are in need as well. In addition to explaining how to do things and helping to put things away, Austin is a positive influence.

“I would be lost without Austin,” Mrs. Viscuso says. “I have never had a student who almost reads my mind and gets the jobs done. He always does things without asking for anything in return. Perhaps Austin didn’t know I was watching his awesomeness, but I was!! Thanks Austin for being you and for being a role model to others.”

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Third Grade’s Authors’ Toast

Mrs. Gina Brodie’s and Ms. Carol Davidson’s third grade classes held an “Authors’ Toast,” where they toasted someone who has inspired their writing. After the toast,  they walked around and read each others’ narratives and wrote positive comments on a form. Everyone had a great time.

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New Garden Elementary School Students Raise Money for Those in Need

What started as a dream turned into a life-changing experience for two students at New Garden Elementary School.

Charlie and Brandt smiling.

Fifth grade students and best friends, Brandt Berger and Charlie Westphal have always known they wanted to make a difference and help others. So when they began talking about what they could do, Brandt and Charlie decided to call upon their school and classmates to join together and change the world.

Together, Charlie and Brandt developed the Sunglasses Fundraiser, a two-week event that invited students to donate money to a homeless shelter. As a reward, students who donated were allowed to wear their craziest sunglasses to school the next day.

“We just wanted to help people,” Brandt says. “Helping people is one of the greatest things we can do.”

Brandt is right—one the most valuable lessons children can learn is the importance of helping others who are less fortunate. At New Garden Elementary School, this value is taught every day. From schoolwide fundraisers to inspirational morning announcements, the New Garden Elementary School staff and Principal Mrs. Susan McArdle are dedicated to creating an environment that encourages students to be the best that they can be.

“Brandt and Charlie are inspirational young men,” says Mrs. McArdle. “When they reached out to me and explained that they wanted to organize a schoolwide fundraiser to help others, I was honored. I sat down with them and gave them the framework of how a fundraiser works, and they were off!”

With the help of their classmates, Charlie and Brandt raised $289.34 to be donated to His Mission Inc., a homeless shelter located in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania.

Charlie and Brandt’s service project is now inspiring other students to help the less fortunate. Two students, who were inspired by Charlie and Brandt’s Sunglasses Fundraiser, are now organizing New Garden Elementary School’s next service project, happening this January.

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Mrs. McArdle’s Writers’ Luncheon

Every month, Mrs. McArdle holds a writers’ luncheon. During this time, students share their writing pieces with each other. Students love coming to this event and offering feedback to each other. Many styles of writing are shared each month.

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Students Celebrate “Crazy Holiday” Day

Four fourth grade students, Sara Frey, Maggie Schultz, Tess Nicalos and Ellie Carter-Soriano, decided to organize a fundraiser called Crazy Holiday Day. Students were encouraged to wear their craziest holiday attire and donate a dollar to the Kennett Food Cupboard. Their efforts paid off; the students raised $684.30. Amazing! “We never expected to raise this much money,” said one student! The students said that they really enjoyed organizing this event and helping others.

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Student Spotlight: Claire Pruitt

Claire Pruitt is a 5th grader in Mr. Harris’s class. He describes her as a high achiever, good natured and an excellent citizen. Claire is active in many extra-curricular activities at New Garden. Last Spring, she played a “centipede’ in New Garden’s spring production of “James and the Giant Peach.” She is eagerly awaiting the spring of 2017 to star in whatever production New Garden may have. Outside of school, she currently has a starring role as an evil minion in the “Enchanted Sleeping Beauty.” Other extra- curricular activities include “Reading Olympics,” in which she is the captain, 24 Math Club, chorus, where she will be a part of a group solo singing “Journey in Peace” and she takes violin lessons with Mrs. Mata. If that wasn’t enough, she plays lacrosse for the Blue Demons. Academically, she has read over 3,000 minutes this school year for the Reading Around the World program.  She aspires to one day become an actress or a baker. She loves New Garden because the teachers and the students are so nice to each other. Her words of wisdom to her peers are, “Never give up! Show perseverance!”


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Students Enjoy Scarecrow Day

First grade students celebrated the beginning of Fall with New Garden Elementary School’s annual Scarecrow Day. Students were invited to dress-up like scarecrows for a festive and fun-filled school day.

Throughout the day, first grade teachers Mrs. Kristen Selover, Mrs. Kimberly Hall, Mrs. Melissa Ricketts, Mrs. Lisa McCoy, and Ms. Tessa Pulli hosted Fall-themed activities for students to participate in as they traveled to different classrooms.

Mrs. Selover read aloud a Fall favorite, The Little Scarecrow Boy, and discussed character traits with the visiting students.

Mrs. Hall conducted an exciting science experiment to predict what would happen when baking soda and vinegar were mixed inside of a pumpkin.

Students who visited Mrs. Ricketts’ room learned all about bats as they researched the interesting mammals.

Mrs. McCoy read aloud The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything and invited students to join her in a discussion about the sequence of the story.

Ms. Pulli invited students to create shape monsters as a shape exploration activity.

It is safe to say that overall it was a great day!

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