One of the most anticipated events at New Garden Elementary School is “Breakfast with Buddy.” This event brings parents, guardians, and family members to the school to join students and Buddy the Bulldog for delicious donuts and refreshing water for the kids and hot Starbucks coffee for the adults. Everyone had a great time!
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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.
In an effort to continuously improve upon a safe & secure environment for our students and staff, the District, in collaboration with local law enforcement, identified priorities related to building security which included the revised visitor procedures listed below. These procedures will be implemented at all buildings beginning Friday, February 1st.
Thank you and we truly appreciate your support and cooperation moving forward.
Building Entrance Procedures
- All visitors must have an appointment.
- Please call the main office to schedule an appointment prior to arriving at the building.
- All visitors will be welcomed with a standardized script, and will need to provide their name and purpose of their visit.
- All visitors shall enter through the main entrance of the school and report immediately to the main office.
- If leaving an item for a student or staff member, please notify the main office and place the item(s) in the collection box located outside the main entrance to be collected in a timely manner.
Visitor Identification Procedures
- All visitors must present photo identification. The photo ID will be secured in the main office and will be returned upon sign out.
- Authorized visitors will be given a red KCSD Visitor lanyard and badge which must be worn at all times while in the building.
*A visitor is considered any person not employed by the KCSD.
Es un esfuerzo continuo por mejorar un entorno seguro para nuestros estudiantes y personal, el distrito escolar en colaboración con las autoridades locales, identificó las prioridades relacionadas con la seguridad del edificio que incluyen los procedimientos revisados para visitantes que se mencionan a continuación.Estos procedimientos se implementarán en todos los edificios, a partir del viernes 1° de febrero.
Agradecemos enormemente su apoyo y cooperación para avanzar.
Procedimientos de entrada al edificio escolar
- Todos los visitantes deben tener una cita.
- Llame a la oficina principal para programar una cita antes de llegar al edificio.
- Todos los visitantes serán recibidos con un guión estandarizado, solicitando su nombre y el propósito de la visita.
- Todos los visitantes deberán ingresar por la entrada principal de la escuela e informar inmediatamente a la oficina principal.
- Si va a dejar un artículo para el estudiante o miembro del personal, notifique a la oficina principal y coloque los artículos en la caja de recolección ubicada, afuera de la entrada principal, para que se recojan de manera oportuna.
Procedimientos de identificación para visitantes
- Todos los visitantes deben presentar una identificación con foto, para inspección en la oficina principal. La identificación se asegurará en la oficina principal y se devolverá al momento de cerrar la sesión y regresar el cordón de visitante.
- A todos los visitantes autorizados se les entregará un cordón rojo y una insignia de visitante de KCSD que se deben usar en todo momento mientras se encuentre en el edificio escolar.
*Cualquier visitante es considerado persona no empleada por el KCSD.
In an ongoing effort to increase school safety, I am pleased to announce the roll-out of the anonymous statewide reporting system, “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS). This system allows students, parents, or community members to submit anonymous and confidential tips 24/7 through a website, app, or by phone. A crisis center then reviews and assesses all submissions before forwarding relevant information to law enforcement and/or the school for intervention. Users may report observed threats, behaviors, actions, and harassment such as bullying.
The S2SS program is a youth violence prevention program started by Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization focused on preventing violence before it happens by educating and mobilizing youth and adults to identify, intervene, and get help for individuals who may be at-risk of hurting themselves or others.
We will be holding a parent information meeting regarding this new initiative on Tuesday, January 22, at 6:45 p.m. in the Kennett High School Auxiliary Gym. We will also be live streaming the presentation for those who are unable to attend in person. A live stream link will be posted on www.kcsd.org. Additionally, a recording of the meeting and other S2SS resources will be made available on our website.
I look forward to meeting you and answering any questions you may have on January 22. If you are unable to attend and have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach me directly at (610) 444-6602.
Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D.
En un esfuerzo continuo por aumentar la seguridad escolar, me complace anunciar el lanzamiento del sistema de informes anónimos en todo el estado; “Safe2Say Something” (S2SS). Este Sistema permite a los estudiantes, padres, o miembros de la comunidad, enviar sugerencias anónimas y confidenciales 24 horas del día/7dias de la semana, através de un sitio web, una aplicación, o por teléfono. Una vez enviadas, un centro de crisis revisa y evalúa todas las presentaciones, antes de enviar información relevante a la policía y / o a la escuela para la intervención. Los usuarios pueden reportar amenazas, comportamientos, acciones, y hostigamientos observados, así tambien como el acoso escolar.
El programa S2SS, es un programa de prevención de la violencia juvenil, iniciado por Sandy Hook Promise, una organización nacional, sin fines de lucro que se enfoca en prevenir la violencia, antes de que suceda, educando y movilizando a jóvenes y adultos, para que identifiquen, intervengan, y obtengan ayuda para personas que puedan correr el riesgo de lastimárse, así mismos, o a los demás.
Tendremos una reunion informativa para padres, sobre esta nueva iniciativa, el martes 22 de enero a las 6:45 p.m. en la gimnasio auxiliar de Kennett High School. También transmitiremos la presentación en vivo para aquellos que no puedan asistir en persona. Se publicará un enlace de transmisión en vivo, en www.kcsd.org. Y también una grabación de la reunión y otros recursos de S2SS estarán disponibles en nuestro sitio web.
Espero conocerlos y responder cualquier pregunta que puedan tener el 22 de enero. Si no puede asistir, y tiene alguna pregunta, o inquietud, no dude en comunicarse conmigo directamente al (610) 444-6602.
Barry Tomasetti, Ed.D.
“Good Choice, Bad Choice, My Choice” is a character-education assembly where students learn about making good choices, and that they ultimately become the choices that they make. Whether it’s always giving your best effort, being kind to a classmate, becoming a leader, or refusing to give up, each person’s choice reflects who they are.
Bulldogs…got their walking shoes ready for the first ever New Garden Walk-a-Thon this past Fall! It was a chance to have fun with friends, get fit, and help make New Garden Elementary School one awesome place to learn and have fun! With everyone’s help, this event raised more than $14,000. One hundred percent of the money students raised will go directly to the school PTO to benefit our students. This year, our Walk-a-Thon’s fundraising focus will be to enhance the school’s playgrounds with new sports equipment and to add some great new features to blacktops!
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.
Come join in a night of family fun as KCSD teachers and administrators play the Harlem Wizards on Saturday, February 9, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in Kennett High School’s Reynolds Gymnasium. The Wizards are a performance basketball team delivering widely successful fundraising events for schools and nonprofits. They are a unique 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.
Tickets to last year’s Wizards game sold out quickly, and a sell-out is expected again this year. Advance tickets are $10 for students and $12 for adults; children under 5 are admitted free of charge.
This year there will be two methods to purchase tickets:
- Beginning Thursday, January 3, 2019, at 4:00 p.m., tickets can be purchased online at HarlemWizards.com.
- For families who prefer to purchase tickets using cash or check, there will be a limited window of opportunity to do so. These tickets will be available in the lobby of Kennett High School and can only be purchased at the following times:
- Thursday, January 3 and Friday, January 4 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
- Saturday, January 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Depending on the volume of advance sales, some tickets may be available at the door: $12 for students and $14 for adults.
All proceeds benefit 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. For more information about MiniTHON and how to donate to the cause, email email@example.com. The Kennett High School MiniTHON committee is hopeful that the entire Kennett community will come together for one great night on February 9. Doors open at 5:00 p.m.!