Read Across America Week at New Garden

Storybook Character Day was the culmination of an exciting Read Across America Week at New Garden Elementary School. Throughout the week, students participated in a multitude of fun activities centered around literacy. However, Storybook Character Day was by far the students’ favorite. The other theme days were:

  • Monday – “I’m Not Going to Get Up Today” and students wore pajamas.
  • Tuesday – “Beyond Zebra” day and students wore stripes.
  • Wednesday was “wacky” as all students were encouraged to wear their wackiest outfit.
  • Thursday was “Fox in Socks” day and students wore their favorite socks.
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Fifth Grade Philadelphia Trip

Fifth grade recently took a historical tour of Philadelphia. They visited historical places such as Betsy Ross’s house and the Liberty Bell. It was a day filled with fun and history. Students were also given a task to think about while in Philadelphia. Students had to use what they learned on this trip to think of a new name for the Philadelphia Flyers. This is the only sports team in Philadelphia that does not have a historical connection. This was a powerful learning experience.

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Second Grade’s “Coming to America” Program

Wearing t-shirts adorned with international flags and symbols, New Garden Elementary School’s second grade students presented songs, reports, and brochures reflecting their study of Coming to America. It was a month devoted to a study of foreign countries and the life-changing journeys of immigrants coming to America.

With a focus on non-fiction text, the students secured interesting facts and data, and shared this information with their peers. During music classes, the children practiced a variety of songs from the countries they studied and, with the help of parent volunteers, painted white t-shirts with the flags of many different lands. The culminating activity was a presentation for parents followed by snacks. The multi-generational smiles throughout each classroom were a fine tribute to a job well done!

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Math Escape Room

What better way to review math concepts and encourage fifth grade students to work collaboratively than to challenge them with an “escape classroom.” Using their detective reading skills, the students solved math clues that “unlocked” doors and allowed them to move throughout a series of math questions. By the time math class was over, approximately half the students had “escaped.”

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Who Doesn’t Love Bingo Night?

Bingo Night at New Garden Elementary School was a major success with more than 300 families coming out to play Bingo and win prizes. Five baskets were raffled off and many students went home with nice gifts that they won. Thank you to the many teachers who participated in the evening’s activities by either calling numbers or playing Bingo.

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New Garden’s Book Fair a Overwhelming Success

“The more you read, the more you know.”

Students always love going to the book fair, and to nurture this love, the New Garden Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) gave every student $5 towards any book. Every student had a great time choosing their book.

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Harlem Wizards at Kennett High School

Many New Garden Elementary School families came out for a night of family fun as KCSD teachers and administrators played the Harlem Wizards in Kennett High School’s Reynolds Gymnasium. The Wizards are a performance basketball team that is not primarily focused on winning games, but instead on entertaining the crowd with a variety of basketball tricks and alley oops.

All proceeds from the game benefited Kennett High School’s MiniTHON, a club based on Penn State’s THON that raises funds to support Four Diamonds, an organization dedicated to funding research for childhood cancer and helping affected families with the cost of treatment.

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Fourth Graders Lend a Helping Hand

Among the many things first graders have to learn, logging onto a computer program is just one of them. Recently, Mrs. Samantha Hamill’s and Mrs. Heather Jernegan’s fourth grade classes helped two first grade classes learn how to log onto Aleks. It will take several attempts before the first graders will be successful but at least the fourth graders were there to lend a helping hand.

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Students Celebrate Citrus Month

What an exciting day it was at New Garden Elementary School! Thanks to Discovery Kitchen, students participated in Citrus Month. Chartwells, the District’s food services company, periodically brings the Discovery Kitchen to the school to introduce healthy food choices. This time, Discovery Kitchen provided students with a sample of citrus beet salad. Many teachers and members of the staff also enjoyed the citrus beet salad.

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