Every month, Principal Mrs. Susan McArdle holds a writers’ luncheon. During this time, students share their writing pieces with each other. Students love coming to this event and offering feedback to each other. Many styles of writing are shared each month.
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 Learning Support Specialist Miss Hannah Lee and Third Grade Teacher Ms. Erika Smith. Each week students learn new skills, and continue to practice the tricks they have 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 really enjoy creating and naming their own unique tricks as well.
Why are there so many plants at Longwood Gardens that are not native to this area?
Does that tree produce cones or flowers?
Those are just a couple questions from the curious minds of New Garden Elementary School’s third grade students during their field trip to Longwood Gardens. In the morning, they applied map skills during an orienteering activity and competed in a navigation race using a map and a compass. We are happy to report that all groups made it through the gigantic maze successfully! Next, the hungry explorers got a chance to eat lunch together. The afternoon was spent touring the conservatory, the tree houses, the Peirce-duPont House, and Children’s Garden. It was an educational and fun day spent right here in our amazing Kennett Square!
New Garden Elementary School fifth grade students took a trip to the Museum of the American Revolution recently as a culminating activity to their study of the American Revolution. According to the museum’s website, “From the early stirrings of colonial unrest in the 1760s to the decisive Patriot victory at the siege of Yorktown in 1781, the stories told throughout the Museum of the American Revolution offer a dynamic look at the nation’s founding era.” Students received a guided tour through the exhibits and each exhibit complemented their classroom study. It was the first time many of the students visited the museum and many expressed an interest to return again in the near future. Information about the museum can be found at https://www.amrevmuseum.org/ .
What’s better than a message of encouragement first thing in the morning? On a beautiful morning, Mrs. Gina Brodie’s third graders walked into their classroom to find surprise messages written on their desks. Then each student left kind messages for their teacher and for each other. This year’s theme in Mrs. Gina Brodie’s third grade class is “Be Bold, Be Kind.”
Mrs. Kimberly Hall’s first grade class has just completed their social studies unit titled “Where We Live.” As a culminating activity, Mrs. Hall’s class teamed-up with their fifth grade buddies to create their favorite community helpers. The fifth graders assisted their buddies with write sentences. It was a valuable learning experience for both classes.
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.