This year’s Art Club consists of third, fourth, and fifth grade students who have a passion for art and enjoy doing projects outside of the classroom. This fall they made paper-mâché pumpkins, clay leaf prints, and water-color spider webs. Club members even helped decorate for this year’s book fair. The club has more than 50 members, which necessitated splitting the club into two groups for double the fun!
New Garden Elementary School students in grades first through third took part in the school’s Family Night, hosted by Title I. During the evening, students and their parents were engaged in several comprehension and decoding activities. Teachers modeled the activities and shared strategies with parents to increase reading at home. Teachers, students, and parents took this opportunity to talk about reading, practice important reading skills, and build a joy for life-long literacy. Toward the end of the night, students were able to take their activities home and pick out a “just right book” with their parent(s). Family Night is an important night to our students and their families. At New Garden Elementary School we strive to meet the needs of all of our students and provide the best learning opportunities that we can. A special thanks to all the teachers, families, interpreters, and our Kennett High School volunteers for helping make this night a success for everyone!
When there is a need, New Garden always responds. Recently, teachers, staff, and students came to school dressed as superheros for a worthy cause. Everyday 11.5 children are diagnosed with some form of a pediatric brain tumor. This figure equates to approximately 4,200 children each year. In the fall of 2012, a two-year-old little boy named Grayson Savery became part of that statistic. This little boy is currently a second grader at New Garden Elementary School. The Grayson Saves Foundation was established by his family and friends after learning of Grayson’s diagnosis. Through this fundraiser the New Garden Elementary School community raised $340 for the Foundation.
Check out the creativity of New Garden Elementary School’s first and second grade students during Mr. Ryan Battin’s music class! Each class created a sound story and performed a small play during class. First, the class read “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams. Next, students added instruments to represent each character in the story. Finally, as the story is read again, the students showed off their acting and musical talents. What a fun activity!
Mrs. Lisa McCoy’s first grade class and Mrs. Beth Decker’s fifth grade class teamed up to learn about Christopher Columbus. The students read about him, cooperatively filled out a graphic organizer with facts, wrote those facts into sentences, and finally made a three-dimensional replica of one of his ships. It was a great learning experience.