New Garden’s First Spirit Week of the School Year

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New Garden just finished up their first Spirit Week all centered around the theme of kindness. For example, Monday was “Kindness Ties Us Together” day. Students were encouraged to wear ties and bowties on this day. Thursday was “Peace, Love and Kindness” day. Student wore tie dyed clothing… and so forth. The week ended with New Garden’s first Spirit Assembly of the school year. There were so many smiling faces in the halls and classrooms all week. 

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Fall Into Literacy Night at New Garden

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Family Literacy Night was held at New Garden last week and was a huge success. It was a fun way to discover ways to support children as they learn to read and write. Some of the stations included such topics as phonological awareness, decoding strategies and word building. A team of New Garden teachers, Mrs. Davidson, Ms. Lopez, Mrs. Riblett, Mr. Harris, Mrs. Griffith and Dr. O’Loughlin, all worked together to teach and reinforce new learning strategies. Each child also received free books to enjoy at home.

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New Garden Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

New Garden Elementary School celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month, which occurred from September 15th to October 15th. According to some research done by some enthusiastic fifth graders, the observation of Hispanic Heritage Month started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.

Every grade level at New Garden, either decorated their classroom door or a section of the hallway, with something then gleaned from research about this special topic. Books were read and grade levels collaborated together to complete relevant projects. As you peruse the creativity below, you will see there was much learning and discovery going on at New Garden.

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Mrs. Sarah Hannagan’s Classes Makes Sundials

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Mrs. Sarah Hannagan’s 5th grade classes have been studying Earth Science. To further peak their interests, over the weekend, students were asked to create a sundial. A sundial, the earliest type of timekeeping device, indicates the time of day by the position of the shadow of some object exposed to the sun’s rays. As the pictures detail, you can actually use one of these sundials to tell the time of day.

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First and Fifth Grade Buddy Classes

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Recently two classes, Mrs. Melissa Ricketts and Mr. Troy Harris, partnered to become buddy classes for this school year. Once a month, these two classes will come together to complete a fun activity. On their initial meeting, Mr. Harris’s class helped Mrs. Rickett’s class learn how to log on to the computer and to a computer program called Reading Eggs. The first graders also read a book to the fifth graders. As the pictures show, it was a mutually beneficial time. The fifth graders had the chance to be excellent role models for the first graders. Another activity is planned for later this month. Both classes are bubbling over with excitement for this next activity.

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Look at New Garden First Graders!

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The New Garden PTO recently gave every first grader a New Garden tee-shirt to wear. It was a nice gesture to welcome these young learners to the Bulldog family. Every Friday at New Garden, is Spirit Day, and everyone is encouraged to wear their New Garden gear or blue and white. The New Garden PTO also gave every new student a tee-shirt as well. Look at the smiling faces! It’s quite evident that New Garden is where minds are blooming! Many thanks to the PTO!

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