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.
Check out the creativity of New Garden Elementary School’s first and second grade students during Mr. Ryan Battin’s music class! Each class created a sound story and performed a small play during class. First, the class read “The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything” by Linda Williams. Next, students added instruments to represent each character in the story. Finally, as the story is read again, the students showed off their acting and musical talents. What a fun activity!
Mrs. Lisa McCoy’s first grade class and Mrs. Beth Decker’s fifth grade class teamed up to learn about Christopher Columbus. The students read about him, cooperatively filled out a graphic organizer with facts, wrote those facts into sentences, and finally made a three-dimensional replica of one of his ships. It was a great learning experience.
Miss Erika Smith recently received a Kennett Education Foundation grant to make New Garden Elementary School a “GoNoodle Plus” school. GoNoodleween is just the first way to celebrate our new school-wide initiative to KEEP MOVING! Miss Smith’s class celebrated “GoNoodleween” to complete their third GoNoodle Ambassador challenge. The October challenge was to celebrate GoNoodle in a fun and creative way to get students to use their imaginations and search through videos at home to come up with GoNoodle inspired costumes to bring school wide awareness to incorporating movement, mindfulness, and fun into the classroom. More information on this fun initiative can be found at https://www.gonoodle.com .
Firemen visited New Garden Elementary School’s first grade students to teach them about fire safety during Fire Safety Week. The students were able to see the inside of a fire truck and ambulance, and learn about some of the important tools that the first responders who ride these vehicles use. The Avondale Fire Company has been coming to the school for several years. During the fire company’s visit, the students learned fire safety rules like stay low in a fire and find a family meeting place outside their home. The firefighters demonstrated various pieces of equipment, including a fire suit and oxygen tanks. Students were able to climb inside of the fire truck and the ambulance. The Avondale firefighters also gave a presentation and the students had the opportunity to ask questions.
New Garden Elementary School’s After School Sports meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Mrs. Shannon Sweeton. The group plays sports and games that work on team building, sportsmanship, and fitness. Some of the games they may play are kickball, dodge ball, and basketball. It is a great way to participate in physical exercise, while learning how to get along with others and meet new friends.
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.