Mrs. Hall’s STEM Activity

STEM has come to first grade! On the 100th day of school, Mrs. Kimberly Hall’s first grade class worked on a variety of STEM activities with their fifth grade buddy class. It was an amazing experience to see the students constructing things and discussing their creations.



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Crime Victims Center of Chester County

The Crime Victims Center of Chester County (CVC) visited New Garden Elementary School to discuss internet bullying/safety. They visited third, fourth and fifth grade classes. Topics of discussion included safe places to click on while Internet surfing, things that you should not share online, and what to do if you get an uncomfortable message while online. It was a valuable visit for the students.


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Mrs. McArdle’s Writers’ Luncheon

Every month, writers from across the grades, enjoy a lunch date with our principal, Mrs. Susan McArdle. During this time, the students share a writing piece with the principal and their fellow writers. The writing pieces ranged from narrative to informational. One fifth grade student’s writing piece was a letter to their local congressman asking for protection for exotic animals. Another student wrote about their resolutions for 2016. As you can see, New Garden Elementary School has writers galore.

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New Garden’s Winter Instrumental Assembly

New Garden Elementary School presented a fantastic winter instrumental assembly. Under the direction of Mrs. Elisa Mata, students in beginning strings played Welsh and Folk songs, while the fourth and fifth grade strings played works by Beethoven and Frank Rodgers. Mr. Eric Rutledge’s beginning, advanced and full band played traditional Folk and Hebrew songs.



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Mrs. McCoy’s and Mrs. Decker’s Classes Learn About Penguins

Students in Mrs. McCoy’s first grade class have been researching different types of penguins. To show what they have learned, they created a book with help from Mrs. Elizabeth Decker’s fifth grade students. The fifth grade students were amazed with all of the interesting facts about penguins.

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Ms. Skopowski’s Art Class

Ms. Katherine Skopowski, New Garden Elementary School’s wonderful art teacher, creates FB_IMG_1453663423098-1FB_IMG_1453656741127beautiful lessons that allow FB_IMG_1453656781767the students to express themselves in various ways. There are a plethora of art pieces that span the hallways of the school. Here’s a sample of the great work produced by our students.

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Crime Victims Center of Chester County Visits New Garden

Third through fifth grade classes at New Garden Elementary School received a visit from The Crime Victims’ Center of Chester County. They were taught about the six types of bullying – Cyber, Physical, Verbal, Social, Visual, and Discrimination. 

The students learned why people bully in the first place.  victime7They do it for fun, because they hurt inside, for retaliation, because they are jealousy, to feel superior/status, or because they are insecure.  People also bully for power and control. The message that New Garden is a bully free zone so instead of being a “bystander,” we are encouraged to be an “upstander.” The students completed an activity call “Ha, Ha, So,” that helped them understand what they can do if they are bullied.

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Mrs. Hall’s and Mr. Harris’s Buddy Classes Celebrate “A Dream”

First grade students at New Garden Elementary School came together to celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., his life, and his  dream of equality.


With the help of Mr. Harris’s fifth grade students, the first grade students read an informational book that described the work of Dr. King and how he impacted change. Mr. Harris’s fifth grade students then helped the younger students take their learning and thinking about Dr. King’s influence to another level.


The first grade students wrote about Dr. King’s dream for our world and then the students wrote about the dreams that they have to make the world a better place. A collaboration of thoughts turned into writing pieces that depicted a personal connection to Dr. King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech. The older students then helped the first grade students design an artistic portrait of Dr. King to display alongside their writing. It was a great way to celebrate the life, work and legacy of such an amazing historical leader in history.          pic4                                 Pic2


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