Mrs. Samantha Hamill’s 4th Grade Class

Mrs. Samantha Hamill’s fourth grade class, also know as Team 126, held its annual Opinion Writing Penny War. Two teams of students competed to raise the most money. It was boys vs. girls with each team racing to fill their bucket with pennies. While they were collecting coins, each student did research and wrote an opinion essay nominating a specific charity to receive the money. Their goal was to convince their classmates to vote for their charity. After their essays were complete, each student read their essay to the class. Then each student voted on which charity should receive the money. The boys’ team collected the most pennies; a total of 6,080 pennies. However, the class voted for a girl’s charity to receive Team 126’s donation of $95.23. This student wrote about Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a Foundation for Childhood Cancer. She presented her essay to the class with a ton of enthusiasm and it was not only informative, but also very entertaining. She went above and beyond by also designing a poster to go with her opinion piece. While presenting, this student handed out lemonade and lemon cookies to spice up her presentation!

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Please see the attached flyer concerning STEM CAMP this summer. The deadline for registration is fast approaching. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity.


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New Garden’s Groovy Book Fair

New Garden Elementary School hosted a “groovy” book fair a few weeks ago. Each student received a $5 voucher towards a new book. There were books for every reading level. The book fair is anticipated every year by all.

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New Garden’s Got Talent!

New Garden Elementary School’s 2015 Talent Show was a major hit. In case you missed last year’s Talent Show, here is a review. We look forward to seeing you this year’s talent show in a few weeks.

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Mrs. McCoy’s and Mrs. Decker’s Buddy Activity

Mrs. McCoy’s and Mrs. Elizabeth Decker’s classes met to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. The students used Lucky Charms cereal to complete a graphing activity. With their fifth grade buddy, the first grade students sorted, tallied, and created a bar graph to represent how many of each marshmallow they were given. These two classes are “lucky” to have each other as buddies.

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Storybook Character Dress-Up Day

Storybook Character Dress-Up Day is one of the most anticipated events every year. At the culmination of Read Across America Week, New Garden Elementary School students came to school dressed up as their favorite character. Teachers and staff also joined in on the fun as well. Happy Viewing!

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Fifth Grade Students Learn About the Thirteen Colonies

New Garden Elementary School fifth grade students graders have been working hard studying the thirteen original colonies. At the culmination of their study, the students selected a specific colony to conduct further research. The end result was a graphic display that showed the most important details of the chosen colony. The students evaluated their work, gave peers feedback and presented to others. It was a valuable learning experience.

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Mrs. McArdle’s Writers’ Luncheon

One of the most anticipated events at New Garden Elementary School is the opportunity to attend the Writer’s Luncheon with principal Mrs. Susan McArdle. A student from every class is chosen to share their writing piece during their recess. The writing pieces range from narrative to informational. The students are always eager to share their work and offer constructive feedback to each other.

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First Grade Celebrates the 100th Day of School

Completing 100 days of school is a major milestone for any student. It is especially important if you are a first grade student at New Garden Elementary School. On the 100th day of school, first grade students dressed as if they were 100 years old. The teachers joined in as well. It was a day filled with fun activities centered around the number “100.




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