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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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 rescue.photo 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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Spotlight on Greenwood Elementary School’s Band and Orchestra

Greenwood Elementary School’s Band is comprised of fourth and fifth grade students who play a woodwind, brass, or percussion instrument. The students meet once a cycle in small groups to learn the various aspects of tone production, music literacy, and rhythmic etudes on their instrument. Students start their first lesson learning how to assemble their instrument and advance throughout the year to being able to play beautiful music. The students also learn the historical importance of the various composers and events during their lives, as well as their connections to other art forms. When concert time is near, the students take all that they have learned in their lesson groups and rehearse together as one large ensemble, allowing the students to combine their part with the other instruments in the band to create complex harmonies and rhythms. The musical literature that the band explores includes folk repertoire, multicultural music, movie soundtracks, and classical arrangements of both traditional band and orchestra composers.

elementary school band performing for an audience

Greenwood Elementary School’s Orchestra is composed of students in third through fifth grades who play instruments from the string family; violin, viola,cello, and bass. The students meet in small groups once per cycle, and as a large group ensemble to prepare for concert performances. Students begin by learning the basics of sound production on their instrument, and then progress to establishing the correct right and left hand technique and then to more complex bow strokes and fingering patterns on all strings. In addition, a large emphasis is placed on learning to read music and having exposure to basic theory skills. The musical repertoire that is used in their development and concerts comes from many genres including: classical, American fiddle, mariachi, rock, and movie soundtracks. The instrumental program is a year-long commitment with concerts presented in January and May.

elementary school orchestra performing in front of an audience

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