Miss Erika Smith recently received a Kennett Education Foundation grant to make New Garden Elementary School a “GoNoodle Plus” school. GoNoodleween is just the first way to celebrate our new school-wide initiative to KEEP MOVING! Miss Smith’s class celebrated “GoNoodleween” to complete their third GoNoodle Ambassador challenge. The October challenge was to celebrate GoNoodle in a fun and creative way to get students to use their imaginations and search through videos at home to come up with GoNoodle inspired costumes to bring school wide awareness to incorporating movement, mindfulness, and fun into the classroom. More information on this fun initiative can be found at https://www.gonoodle.com .
Firemen visited New Garden Elementary School’s first grade students to teach them about fire safety during Fire Safety Week. The students were able to see the inside of a fire truck and ambulance, and learn about some of the important tools that the first responders who ride these vehicles use. The Avondale Fire Company has been coming to the school for several years. During the fire company’s visit, the students learned fire safety rules like stay low in a fire and find a family meeting place outside their home. The firefighters demonstrated various pieces of equipment, including a fire suit and oxygen tanks. Students were able to climb inside of the fire truck and the ambulance. The Avondale firefighters also gave a presentation and the students had the opportunity to ask questions.
New Garden Elementary School’s After School Sports meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Mrs. Shannon Sweeton. The group plays sports and games that work on team building, sportsmanship, and fitness. Some of the games they may play are kickball, dodge ball, and basketball. It is a great way to participate in physical exercise, while learning how to get along with others and meet new friends.
New Garden Elementary School’s fifth grade students recently visited the Myrick Conservation Center. Their visit was divided into two parts. For the first half, students were engaged in a variety of problem-solving experiences. These activities were designed to break down barriers, foster teamwork, and identify potential leadership among students. During the second half of their visit, the students took a sensory journey around a pond. During their journey, the students completed a pond study and learned how the inhabitants of the pond live and thrive in their community.
Recently, local author and artist, Ms. Christine Burke, visited Ms. Erika Smith’s third grade classroom! Students had been studying and observing the life cycle of the Monarch Butterfly, which is exactly what inspired Ms. Burke’s book, A Dream Inside. This visit came at the perfect time for Miss Smith’s class, who had just finished reading a story about a character who meets an author at school. Miss Smith attended a book reading over the summer and met Ms. Burke. It was here, that Ms. Burke autographed a copy of her book for Miss Smith’s class. While Miss Smith was showing her students this autographed book to demonstrate their robust vocabulary word, an idea was sparked, and a visit was planned!