New Garden’s Winter Concert, featuring the 4th and 5th grade chorus, the Diana Reece Memorial Orff Ensemble and the Jazz Orffusion Ensemble, is the most anticipating event of the winter season. On a Thursday evening, New Garden families, faculty and staff gathered in the multi-purpose room to hear melodic sounds generated by our beloved students. The 4th and 5th grade chorus and the Jazz Orffusion Ensemble performed an arrangement of “Christmas Time is Here” from “A Charlie Brown Christmas.” The Diana Reece Memorial Orff Ensemble performed “Do You Hear What I Hear,” arranged by Doug Edwards. Several students narrated the entire production. The end result of all of this hard work was a standing ovation at the end. The Diana Reece Memorial Ensemble, under the leadership of Mr. Ryan Battin, consists of 18 students. The Jazz Orffusion, under the leadership of Mr. Kyle Scheuing, has 17 students. The 4th and 5th grade chorus, under the direction of Mr. Ryan Battin, has 114 students. Several students’ artwork was used as the cover of the program.
Did you know that New Garden students can play the violin, viola, cello, bass, flute, clarinet, trumpet, percussion, alto saxophone, trombone and baritone? Well… they can and they can do it nicely. New Garden families just recently enjoyed the Instrumental Winter Concert. Mrs. Elisa Mata, accompanied by Mr. Ryan Battin, directed the beginning strings and the 4th and 5th grade strings. Mrs. Michelle Strickland directed the beginning and advanced bands. Over 165 students participate in this music program and they practice diligently weekly. The fruits of their efforts definitely paid off as seen in their magnificent performance. Hats off to them and their instructors.
New Garden Elementary School’s Jump Rope Club is modeled after the American Heart Association’s Jump Rope for Heart event. The goal is for students to learn to take care of their heart by practicing different jump rope skills. Second and third grade students are invited to participate each year in this energizing after-school activity with first grade teachers Ms. Erika Blickenstaff and Mrs. Kelly Faia.
Each week students learn new skills, and continue to practice the tricks they learned in previous weeks. Students learn to jump using the individual, or short ropes, as well as the long rope. Some of the short rope skills include the side swing, skier, bell, jogger, and even a partner jump. On the long ropes, students learn to jump in and out, and also get a chance to try double-dutch. The kids also enjoy creating and naming their own unique tricks.