“Reading Around the World” Reading Incentive Program

Mrs. Kristi Pizzini recently launched the “Reading Around the World” (RATW) Reading Incentive Program. The program encourages students to read for 20 minutes each night and in return they will get prizes. This year’s goal is 1,000,000 minutes of reading outside of the school day. Posters will be placed in the library to track each class’s weekly minutes read. The winning classroom will have a banner to hang outside of its room. Some of the reading prizes include a superhero eraser, bookmark, comic book and a homework pass. There is only one word to describe the faces of the students as they listened to the details of this program…PRICELESS.

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Fifth Grade Visits Myrick Conservation Center

New Garden Elementary School’s fifth grade students recently visited the Myrick Conservation Center. Their visit was divided into two parts. For the first half, students were engaged in a variety of problem-solving experiences. These activities were designed to break down barriers, foster teamwork, and identify potential leadership among students. During the second half of their visit, the students took a sensory journey around a pond. During their journey, the students completed a pond study and learned how the inhabitants of the pond live and thrive in their community.

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Superhero Day at New Garden Elementary School

When there is a need, New Garden Elementary School 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 third 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 $465.74 for the Foundation.

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Positive Messages Await Fifth Graders

What’s better than a message of encouragement first thing in the morning? On a beautiful morning, Mr. Troy Harris’ fifth grade students walked into their classroom to find a wonderful surprise – encouraging messages written on their desks. Smiles soon appeared as students began to read the messages of their peers. Classroom community is definitely being established in this classroom.

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Buddies Again!

Mrs. Kimberly Hall’s and Mr. Troy Harris’ classes have once again teamed up to be buddy classes for the 2018/2019 school year. This partnership benefits each grade. For the third grade students, they get an extra hand with their work and get to know other students in the building. For the fifth grade students, they get to practice being role models for their impressionable buddies.

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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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Big Brothers Program Allows Students to Explore Career Opportunities

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 three years to offer this amazing experience for students.

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New Garden’s First Walk-A-Thon

New Garden’s First Annual Walk-a-Thon

Bulldogs … Get your walking shoes ready!!

The first ever New Garden Elementary School Walk-a-Thon is coming!

Friday, October 12th

This is your chance to have fun with your friends, get fit, and help make New Garden Elementary School one awesome place to learn and have fun! With everyone’s help, we can make this Walk-a-Thon a fun-filled day for the whole school! Represent your grade on Walk-a-Thon Day in your grade’s color!

1st Grade – Blue

2nd Grade – Red

3rd Grade – Green

4th Grade – White

5th Grade – Grey

100% of the funds students raise will go directly to the school PTO to benefit our students. All PTO funds go towards New Garden Elementary School’s student events and school needs, but this year, our Walk-a-Thon’s focus will be to raise money to enhance our playgrounds with new sports equipment and to add some great new features to our blacktops!

Not only are you raising money for a great cause, but there are lots of awesome prizes to be won for students who raise set donation amounts and ALL participants will earn a special Walk-a-Thon Toe Token!


The Walk-a-Thon will take place at the school during school hours on Friday, October 12th. Participation is free and students will walk, with their classmates and teachers, during their designated times. Families and sponsors are welcome, and encouraged, to come and cheer for the Bulldog walkers throughout the day. Parents who are volunteering will need clearances, but spectators are not required to have them.

Grades 3, 4, and 5 will walk from 10:00am to 11:00am

Grades 1 and 2 will walk from 2:00pm to 3:00pm

*In case of severe inclement weather, the Walk-a-Thon will be moved inside and students will participate inside in the gym during their regularly scheduled specials time.


The process is simple. Students will ask family and friends to be “Sponsors.”

  • Sponsorship is a single donation and not based on laps or minutes walked.
  • “Sponsors” are those lovely folks who agree to donate money for your participation as a walker in the Walk-a-Thon. They may be friends, family, neighbors, and parents’ co-workers or business associates. Please do not go door-to-door unless you have an adult with you.
  • Check with employers for employee matching.
  • Cash or checks made out to “New Garden PTO,” will be collected by your child’s homeroom teacher. You are responsible for giving each sponsor one of the receipts found in the Walk-a-Thon packet or online.
  • For friends and family who may be out of town, a sample pledge letter is available online and with your Walk-a-Thon packet.

Donations and extra copies of the information packet and forms can be found at our Walk-a-Thon Page.

Donations are processed through PayPal. PayPal personal accounts are not required for processing. Make sure to include the student’s FULL NAME that you are sponsoring in the notes section on your PayPal payment.

Any questions can be directed towards the wonderful New Garden PTO at ngpto@yahoo.com or Miss Erika Smith at esmith@kcsd.org

Walk-a-Thon packets were sent home with students on Monday, September 17, 2018

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Flu Vaccines Available

Stopping the Flu Starts with You

School season is prime time for classes, homework, sports … and the flu. With the flu virus most active from October to May, getting vaccinated is the #1 way to prevent the flu and the fever, sore throat, body aches, and even serious health complications it can cause. We are partnering with the Chester County Health Department to offer a flu shot clinic to community members.

When: Thursday, October 18, 2018

Where: Kennett High School

Bring an insurance card, if you have one. There is no charge for those who do not have insurance.

For more information, visit www.chesco.org/health/flu. Same day, onsite registration only. If you have health insurance, bring your cards. All insurance types, including medical assistance, are welcome.

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New Garden Students Participate in STEM Activity

New Garden Elementary School students, under the supervision of Mrs. Gina Brodie and Mr. Troy Harris, participated in a STEM activity as part of the Kennett Consolidated School District’s Elementary Summer Academy. The activity, called “Propeller Buggy,” asked each student to create a buggy out of balsa wood, axles, straws, and rubber bands. This week-long project involved a lot of trial and error, as well as many trips to the “repair shop” to fix broken parts.

Once the buggies were complete, Dr. Lydia Hallman, Director of Curriculum and Mathematics and Science Instruction, assisted by testing the students’ work. On the last day of the Summer Academy, other classes watched the students demonstrate the propelling of the buggies. The students became invested in their creations, decorating them nicely, and future Summer Academy students were mesmerized and excited to see an activity that they may partake in the future.

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