Big Brothers Program Allows Students to Explore Career Opportunites

The Big Brothers program is a mentoring program that introduces children to the workplace at an early age. The program allows the children to experience the corporate world and have a window into their future careers. Through these one-on-one relationships, children come to understand the educational requirements they will need to achieve success in their future professions. New Garden Elementary School has been fortunate to have partnered with Exelon Corporation over the past two years to offer amazing experiences for students.

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Second Grade’s “Hat Day” to Save the Rain Forests

This past year, second grade students at New Garden Elementary School were diligently studying about the environment. One of the culminating projects from this study was a fundraiser to save the rain forests. Students were asked to donate a dollar, and in turn, was allowed to wear any type of hat for the day. As you can see from the pictures, everyone had fun for a worthy cause.

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5th Grade’s Wax Museum

The wax museum a project that New Garden Elementary School fifth grade students look forward to every year. The project, which includes a full research project on a famous person, helps prepare the students for middle school. After successfully completing the research process, each student “becomes” the famous person he or she was researching. There were a wide range of people researched, from Audrey Hepburn to Pat Tillman. Parents, guardians, family, and friends were invited to come visit on the final day of this fun project.

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Fifth Grade’s Annual Friday Night Live

Every Spring, fifth grade students can’t wait for the annual Friday Night Live event. This is a time where fifth graders stay at school until 8pm. During this time they participate in group activities, have a pizza and water ice party, and end the night with a dance. The day starts off with reading laps where students head out to the lawn to read a book of their choice and then take laps around designated points. Students also received their “Class of 2024” Kennett shirt, drawstring bag with a big “K” on it, a special bookmark, and a book. Many volunteers and New Garden Elementary School staff helped to pulled together this event special.

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June Student/Group Spotlight-Math 24 Club

More than 20 third, fourth and fifth grade students at New Garden Elementary School participated in the District’s Math 24 Tournament. It was a great evening and all of the participants did very well. One fifth grade student, Claire Pruitt; two fourth grade students, Jeremy Hsu and Franco Viterbo; and three third grade students, Anthony Bauer, Jason Gannon, and Enzo Viterbo advanced to the final round to represent New Garden Elementary School. Claire placed third among fifth grade students. Jeremy and Franco placed first and third, respectively, among fourth grade students. Anthony placed first, Jason placed second, and Enzo placed third among third grade students.

Claire and Jeremy will represent New Garden Elementary School at the Chester County Math 24 Tournament later this month. We are proud of all of the participants and look forward to next year.

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PA Department of Health Updates Immunization Policy

In March 2017, the Pennsylvania Department of Health amended its regulations regarding school immunizations. These regulations take effect August 1, 2017 and will impact students for the 2017-2018 school year. The amendments will affect many students in the Kennett Consolidate School District and any student who is not in compliance by August 28, 2017 will face exclusion.

Changes taking effect:

  1. The deadline for immunization verification is now the first day of the 2017-2018 school year, August 28th 2017. Previously, school administrators could work with students and families until well into the school year before a student faced exclusion. This is no longer the case. Any student who has not provided proof of immunization by August 28, 2017 will face exclusion.
  2. Any student who has only received 3 doses of the polio vaccination will need a 4th dose by August 28, 2017. This amendment could affect students of any grade.
  3. For students entering the 7th grade, vaccinations remain the same (Tdap & Meningitis Vaccines), but are now subject to the new deadline of August 28, 2017.
  4. Seniors in the 2017-2018 school year will now need a meningitis vaccine by August 28, 2017. This is the second of two meningitis vaccines that are required for students.

Letters will be mailed to students informing them of their status. If you have any questions regarding where your child stands, you can contact your school’s nurse before June 14.

  • Bancroft Elementary – Ms. Maureen Orlando, or 610-925-5715
  • Greenwood Elementary – Mrs. Tricia Harlan, or 610-388-5993
  • Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center – Mrs. Kelly Hostetler, or 610-444-6285
  • New Garden Elementary – Ms. Patricia Body, or 610-268-6903
  • Kennett Middle School – Mrs. Diane Shannon, or 610-268-5874
  • Kennett High School – Mrs. Kathleen Eginton, or 610-444-6615 OR Ms. Jane Heemer, or 610-444-6615

After June 14, if you have any questions, please contact Diane Shannon, RNC, MSN, School Health Coordinator at

If you do not have access to health insurance, contact the Chester County Health Department:

313 West Market Street
West Chester, PA 19380

The medical certificate must be signed by a physician, certified registered nurse practitioner (CRNP) or physician assistant (PA). If the child will be receiving the immunizations from the Chester County Health Department or other public health department, a public health official may sign the medical certificate.

Again, any student who is not up to date by August 28, 2017 will face exclusion.

New Vaccine Requirements 2017 – English

New Vaccine Requirements 2017 -Spanish

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New Garden’s Annual Talent Show

There’s awesome talent at New Garden Elementary School and this was clearly evident at the annual talent show. The staff kicked-off the show with a lip sync battle, and the subsequent acts showed the diversity of New Garden Elementary School’s student population. It was a fantastic Thursday night at Kennett High School.

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First Grade/Fifth Grade Buddy Activity

Who doesn’t love having a buddy?

Mr. Troy Harris’ fifth grade students love to visit their first grade buddies in Mrs. Kimberly Hall’s class. Last week, the two groups met to talk about spring and how they are “blooming” as students. Their visit started with a riveting reading of “Leo the Late Bloomer” by Robert Kraus. After reading the book the students made inferences and made personal connections with their buddies. The students then created flowers detailing all of the ways they have “bloomed” this school year. Everyone had a wonderful time.

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