Earth and Garden Club

Greenwood Elementary School’s Earth and Garden Club was the idea of Mrs. Erika Slowik and Mrs. Sarah Thorne-Locke. Both teachers enjoyed the passion of gardening and wanted to revive the garden in the courtyard of the school. At the time it was somewhat of an eyesore. Initially, Mrs. Slowik had started “The Knowledge Garden” with her classes and when Mrs. Thorne-Locke came on board shortly thereafter, they decided to start a club for students with similar outdoor interests. Members of the Earth and Garden Club

The Earth and Garden Club is open to fourth and fifth grade students. Over the years, about 15-20 students have participated, but currently, more than 30 students are enrolled with several more on a waiting list! The purpose of the club is for students to get outside and spend time learning about and exploring nature.

To date, the group has completed several projects including completing arts and crafts, painting and photography, making bird feeders, and caring for native plants. Every spring and fall, the club is responsible for cleaning plant beds, plants seeds and new plants, and for the watering and tending of the gardens. This year, the club has planted five dwarf apple trees near the outdoor play space! Greenwood Elementary School now has it’s very own orchard! We are thankful that we have such wonderful stewards of our environment.

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Chorus Concert Leaves Us Ready for Spring!

The fourth and fifth grade Chorus Concert was a beautiful display of talent under the direction of Mrs. Jillian Urglavitch. Students were well dressed and singing beautiful spring-inspired songs.

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Field Day!

Greenwood Elementary Field Day!

Friday, May 25

The theme this year is books!

Each grade should wear the color t-shirt listed below:

1st Grade: Greenwood t-shirt or Green

2nd Grade: Red

3rd Grade: White or Gray

4th Grade: Blue

5th Grade: Friday Night Live t-shirt

Students should remember to wear sneakers, bring a water bottle marked with their name, a towel and a change of clothes.

Don’t forget to apply sunscreen before school!


We need lots of help to make the day run smoothly. There are two shifts (AM and PM), you do not have to sign up for both shifts, but there will be lunch provided for those who choose to help out for the entire day!

Please remember, you may only volunteer if you have your clearances on file in the office!

To sign up for a slot, click on this link.

The schedule for the day will be:


5th grade, 4th grade, 3rd grade (McCarthy, R. Smith, A. Smith, Thorne-Locke)

(Volunteers please arrive by 8:50 am)

9:05-10:40- Field Day


1st grade, 2nd grade 3rd grade (Miller, Farrell)

(Volunteers please arrive by 12:45 pm)

1:00-2:35- Field Day

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Open House


Monday, May 15

4:30-6:30 pm

Have you been wondering what your child has been working on? Are you interested in seeing what Greenwood has to offer? Visit our Open House on Monday, May 15 from 4:30- 6:30 pm. Check out classroom work displayed throughout the halls, get more information about groups and clubs at both Greenwood and local community programs.

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Calendar Revision

Snow Day Calendar Revision

Due to the winter snow days, the calendar has been revised.  The last student day will be on Friday, June 15, 2018.  School will be dismissed on a half day schedule at 12:30 pm.

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Allie Volunteers Time at Faithful Friends

Allie Ross, a fifth grade student in Dr. Jon Kilpatrick’s class, has recently started volunteering with her mother every Sunday at Faithful Friends, a dog and cat rescue in Wilmington, DE. Allie had been looking for a place that would accept kids as volunteer and her mom was finally able to find the of Allie

This year, the theme of Greenwood Elementary School’s book fair was “Paws for Books” and Allie thought that this would be a great way to give back to the cause near and dear to her heart. She recruited some friends to help and together they organized a donation drive to benefit Faithful Friends. Over the duration of the book fair, Allie was able to collect an abundance of food, toys, and treats for the rescued cats and dogs! Great job Allie!

Student Spotlight Photo Allie and her friends
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March Spirit Assembly

Our March Spirit Assembly helped us feel like spring would finally arrive soon! Things are gearing up for the book fair, March 19-23. Come to the kick off night on Friday, March 16 at 6:00pm to see the movie Coco! Additionally, there are boxes outside of the office to donate money for kids who don’t have access to books. The teacher that has the MOST money in his/her box at the end of the bookfair will have to sit in the “doghouse” for the next spirit assembly!

Additionally, students from the Sing Your Heart Out club showed us what they’ve been working on with their musical director, Ms. Gwen. These first and second graders sound wonderful!

Sing Your Heart Out

Finally, because of the animal themed book fair, a fifth grade student is helping to collect donations for Faithful Friends, a no kill shelter. She will be collecting cat and dog food or other shelter items next week during book fair week!

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Paws For Books- Book Fair!

Mar. 19 – Mar. 23
Scholastic book fair is coming to Greenwood March 19-23 with a preview night during family movie night on Friday March 16th. The theme this Spring is PAWS (animals)

Stock up on books for Spring Break.

You can shop for the book fair online HERE

Lastly, please consider donating used books to our used book sale. They can be sent in with your child and brought to the office.
Thank you,
Any questions please contact Jackie Kennedy.

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Holiday Celebration & Thank You

The students in Mr. David Bickel’s classroom recently hosted their second annual “Holiday Celebration and Thank You” for the school’s staff and teachers. They made invitation cards and delivered them throughout the building as the winter break approached.

On Dec. 21, 2017, the tables in Room 36 were festively decorated and filled with healthy goodies, such as cut veggies and hummus, salsa and crackers, and fresh fruit salad. Guests were greeted at the door by Mr. Bickel’s students, dressed in tuxedo T-shirts. The students poured cider, passed out food, and mingled with their many visitors. On the way out, each guest received a handmade thank-you card.

In preparation for the event, the school’s Occupational Therapist, Sharon Andrews, provided the students of Room 36 with lessons to teach a variety of food preparation skills, such as chopping, measuring, mixing, and pouring. Mr. Bickel’s students would like to thank Mrs. Andrews and everyone who joined them that day for allowing them to express their appreciation to Greenwood Elementary School’ staff in this special way!

student holding invitation to holiday party

Students sitting in front of pretend fireplace

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