Mrs. Lily Santos: Kenny Award Recipient

New Garden Elementary School proudly congratulates Mrs. Lily Santos for receiving a Kenny Award, presented to her by the Superintendent, Dr. Tomasetti. A Kenny Award is a special recognition given from one Kennett employee to another employee for any outstanding contribution to our school community. Mrs. Santos has worked for the Kennett Consolidated School District for 16 years. “Supporting students with all abilities and having them master the skills needed to overcome these challenges, gives me great joy!” said Mrs. Santos. She provides love, positive relationships and sets high expectations for all of the students she encounters. She loves working at New Garden and enjoys working with so many incredible teachers and support staff.
Lily and SuperintendentKenny Award winner

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After School Sports with Mrs. Shannon Sweeton

New Garden Elementary School’s After School Sports Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Mrs. Shannon Sweeton. The group plays sports and games that focus on team building, sportsmanship, and fitness. Some of the games they may play are kickball, dodge ball, and basketball. It is a great way for students to participate in physical exercise, while learning how to get along with others and meet new friends.

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Battlebots After School Club

New Garden Elementary School’s Battlebots is an engineering and robotics club for elementary students. It utilizes LEGO Mindstorms Robot Kits, allowing members to create and customize their very own robot. The club was started by Kennett High School/former New Garden Elementary School students James Burns, Braden Saathoff and Ryan Myers. The club focuses on STEM concepts, while also providing an entertaining and educational experience. After the students build their robots, they are pitted against each other in head-to-head duels, engaging teamwork and sportsmanship. It’s a chance to build your own creation and test it out in a way you’ve never done before.

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Jump Rope Club with Ms. Erika Smith & Ms. Kelly Faia

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 Smith 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.

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Math Olympiad with Mrs. Mary Ella Verdes

Weekly, several students meet before school to participate in Math Olympiad with Mrs. Mary Ella Verdes. These students are deep thinkers and problem solvers. Math Olympiad is an international contest that promotes:

  • an enthusiasm for problem solving and mathematics;
  • a deeper understanding of mathematical concepts and strengthen ability to use these concepts;
  • a consideration of concepts that students might not otherwise encounter;
  • intellectually stimulating mental activities; and
  • a stronger foundation for assessments and for future mathematics studies.
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New Garden’s Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)

New Garden Elementary School’s PTO supports and plans many activities and events for the school’s students. One event, the Second Annual International Family Night, recently welcomed more than one hundred seventy people to an amazing display of cultures and diversity. A couple of years ago, New Garden’s PTO recognized the richness of backgrounds in our school community and endeavored to bring the school together for a free family event to share in the food, games, and entertainment of the various cultures. This year, fifteen different countries were represented, including the Philippines, Spain, Canada, Ireland, Australia, Germany, Mexico, China and India. New Garden families brought in amazing foods like Koshary from Egypt, Mac & Cheese from America, Taletina Na Safte from Croatia, Cheese Flan from Puerto Rico, and Tarallas, Pizzelles and Meatballs from Italy, to name a few.

In addition to the activities and food, performances by Fusion-Taals, a local Indian dance group, shared the traditional Indian dance Garba as well as intricate footwork and spins of the Indian classical dance form Kathak. Later in the evening, an amazing Enzian Volkstanzgruppe (German Dance Group), shared traditional folk dances and encouraged many families to dance with them. The evening ended with Enzian Musikanten (German Dance Band) playing a mix of traditional German music. Students had an opportunity to take passport photos, as well as, the option to send a postcard to their loved ones from the event featuring all of the different destinations around the world that were represented on this evening. New Garden’s PTO hopes to continue this tradition and for the event to gain further popularity among our school community. La Comunidad Hispana sponsored one of the international tables to share what they do for the broader community of Kennett Square. It was a wonderful evening and everyone became more culturally enriched.

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After-School STEM with Mr. Daniel Hess

The fall STEM Launch Program at New Garden Elementary focused on properties of matter. Throughout the module the students explored what causes changes in solids, liquids, and gases ending in a project where students created their own cooler from ordinary materials to save a popsicle from melting. Students used an engineering design process to map out an efficient way to protect their popsicles from a heat lamp. Also intermixed into this program were discussions and experiments surrounding creating sturdy structures, understanding insulators and conductors, and how muscles and tendons work within the human body.

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Ms. Skopowski’s Art Club

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 are looking forward to helping decorate for this year’s book fair. The club has more than 50 members, which necessitates splitting the club into two groups for double the fun! ​

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After School Sports with Mrs. Sweeton

New Garden Elementary School’s After School Sports Club meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Mrs. Shannon Sweeton. The group plays sports and games that focus on team building, sportsmanship, and fitness. Some of the games they may play are kickball, dodge ball, and basketball. It is a great way for students to participate in physical exercise, while learning how to get along with others and meet new friends.

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Student Spotlight: Reading Olympics

Fifth grade students at New Garden Elementary School have formed two teams to compete in the Chester County Reading Olympics in May. The students have been reading, taking Accelerated Reader quizzes, and practicing every week before school with Mrs. Kristi Pizzini, the school’s library media specialist and Reading Olympic coordinator. Student teams have been reading 45 books from different genres in order to compete at the county level. Help us cheer our teams on to victory.

students preparing for reading olympics

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