The New School Board of Directors 2009-2010
Erin Bridges President
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Denise Anderson Mary Kathryn Brown Wendy Davidson Carrie Eggart Janine Eldredge-Panos Susan Gardner Dorothy Hanby Scott Hancock Holly Lind Amy Merryman Pierce Osborne Scott Rogerson Casey Sarkin Julie Walker
School-Wide Cultural Fair Celebrates New School Diversity This spring, New School students participated in a school-wide Cultural Fair as part culmination of our year-long implementation of a Cultural Appreciation Curriculum. This curriculum is designed to expand our students’ awareness and knowledge of the cultures represented in the diversity of
our students and parents. Each elementary teacher was assigned one country amongst our families’ countries of origin. Flags of the country being studied were displayed outside of each classroom, and teachers enriched their class’ curriculum throughout the year with information about the culture of that country. Our younger students focused on enhancing their awareness of local culture, with Preschool learning about Fayetteville, Kindergarten learning about Arkansas, and 1st grade learning about the United States. In May, our entire student body participated in a Cultural Fair to display and share what each class learned about their assigned culture over the course of the year. Each class spent an entire morning visiting every classroom throughout the school, each one offering objects, images and information of cultural importance about a specific country. We were thrilled with the way this event brought the entire student body together to learn from one another about our collective cultural heritage.
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Pre-K Art Show: Our Pre-Kindergarten students worked hard for two
weeks to assemble a beautiful art show that literally filled our entire gym. This annual spring event offers students with the opportunity to take pride in their creativity by presenting their own work, in a formal setting, to their parents, grandparents and friends.
Sensory Garden Grows: Ms. Ruth’s 2 year olds have been hard at work since our last newsletter, and look how their garden has grown! Thanks to the generous help of the volunteer parents Cliff Hughes, Jennifer Shaw, and Kay Curry, the sensory garden is in full bloom, offering our youngest students the chance to observe how plants grow each day in our own playground.
Kindermart: The annual tradition of Kindergarten creating an economic experience within
school continued this year with another great Kindermart. Students were given a set amount of money and had to choose how best to spend it on various small items. With lots of food and toys to choose from, students were faced with difficult decisions, all the while learning the economics of purchases through this engaging, hands-on experience. Page 2 | 2009-2010 Spring Review | The New School
Spring Highlights 3rd Grade World’s Fair: This year’s World
Expo in China is a little far away, so our 3rd graders hosted their own World’s Fair right here at New School. Each student chose one country to study. Then, they presented their country through an oral presentation to their peers and parents, complete with Powerpoint and costumes. After the presentations, we gathered students and parents enjoyed a potluck style reception with dishes representing each country studied.
4th Grade Pinewood Derby: As the culmination of their unit on physics, 4th grade students competed to design and build the fastest pinewood derby racer, then go car-to-car with their classmates on an official race track set up in our gym. The competition was fierce, and the suspense was enough to get the spectators on their feet. In the end, all of our students had a great time reinforcing the lessons they learned about forces and motion.
Middle School Science Fair: This year’s Middle School science fair proved, once again, that many of our students have a promising academic
future in the sciences. 7th grade students spent all year preparing their hypotheses, collecting data, creating informative graphs, writing up the results of their experiments, and creating a poster-board display for the fair. Official judges for this regional competition visited with each student to hear a brief oral explanation of the experiment and ask follow-up questions. Students who won our fair were given the chance to compete in the Regional Science Fair at the University of Arkansas where 13 of our students won awards. Volume 16 | Issue 2 | Page 3
Performance Highlights Sensational Spring Plays: This spring,
we put on three great plays thanks to our dedicated drama instructors: Andrea Romine, Amy Mason, Betty Butcher, and Mary Newkirk. Our Pre-kindergarten students treated us to Farnahan’s Circus, which we split into two performances to ensure that each student got their time to shine. This year’s big Spring Musical, Annie Jr., featured some of the best Middle School theatre talent we’ve ever seen at New School. With so many strong singers, dancers, and actors, we’re confident that many of this year’s graduates will continue developing and sharing their talents in junior high school.
Piano Recital: Piano stu-
dents of Ms. Kelli Keller and Ms. Jamie Baker performed in a spring recital in our Baledge Arts Annex to showcase the progress they made this year.
Choir and Violin Recital:
Dance Recital: Our dance students, led by dance instruc-
tor Amy Kessler, performed in a spectacular spring recital at the University of Arkansas’ Continuing Education Building. Some of our oldest dance students have been recognized for their exceptional talent not only at New School, but nationally through their acceptances into competitive ballet summer programs. While some of these dancers graduated from New School this year, they will continue to train under the experienced direction of Amy Kessler. We are thankful for the prestige that Amy and her students have brought to our dance program, and for the high standard of excellence they have set for our younger dancers. Page 4 | 2009-2010 Spring Review | The New School
This Spring, our Choir and Violin students teamed up to present a recital for parents, grandparents, and friends in the Baledge Arts Annex. Choir and Violin students also performed at various school assemblies throughout the year to share their talents with other New School students. For this year’s 7th grade graduation ceremony, the choir was invited to perform America the Beautiful and Lean on Me.
End of the Year Day of Graduation and Celebration: Each
year we find ourselves reflecting on another amazing class of New School 7th graders on Graduation day. Throughout their years at New School, the graduating class of 2010 set a new standard for academic achievement as well as creativity and talent in the arts. We’re sad to see them go, yet proud that they will represent our school well as they continue to flourish in junior high school and beyond. On this graduation day, we also celebrated the achievements of our youngest elementary students, who’s path through New School has only just begun. Kindergarten Celebration honored our kindergarten students for the achievement of finishing their first year of “real” school. We look forward to all that they will bring to our school from now until their graduation day in 2017!
6th Grade at Space Camp: This spring, our 6th
grade class returned from another successful four-day trip to Space Camp in Huntsville, AL. Students participated in simulations of space conditions and learned about the NASA program through hands-on activities.
7th Grade in Washington D.C.: New School 7th graders traveled to our nation’s capital for a six-day trip in May to see for themselves important historical landmarks and government institutions. The trip was designed to tie together the lessons they learned throughout the school year in social studies.
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La Fiesta Strikes Again! Raises Over $90,000
La Fiesta 2010 was held on Saturday, May 8th. Close to 400 New School families and friends attended the Cinco de Mayo celebration and raised over $90,000 for The New School. The “South of the Border” themed event was presented by 3 Monkeys Children’s Boutique and included delicious Mexican food, Margarita Man beverages, entertainment by a local Mariachi Band, the dance music of Trajikly White, and extravagant live and silent auctions. Congratulations to Mrs. Denise Anderson, winner of our $5,000 cash piñata raffle. A huge thanks to the 37 New School staff members who donated the popular Gifts of Time that collectively raised $4000 for the event. Our parents generously donated items for our Classroom Baskets, raising over $10,000! Fundraising events, such as La Fiesta, help provide financial aid to deserving students, as well as the low student teacher ratios, excellent classroom resources, and quality programming in the arts that set our school apart.
This year, we thanked each sponsor with a unique pair of maracas, hand-painted by our 4th and 6th grade students. The New School faculty, staff, and students appreciate the generosity of our sponsors. La Fiesta was a huge success thanks to these sponsors and our tireless parent volunteers. Page 6 | 2009-2010 Spring Review | The New School
BIC USA, Inc. Candy & Scott Birch Daryl & Ginger Hickman Jeff & Lisa Gearhart
Scott & Taruna Bolding Sage Partners Shag Salon Subway
Jen Sweeney, Wild Plum Studios, Inc.
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Henkel Grant Pays for New Preschool Bikes The New School was awarded a $1,400 grant from Henkel’s Make An Impact On Tomorrow grant initiative. New School used the grant money to purchase new Preschool playground equipment including new wagons, trikes, scooters and helmets. Through this grant program, Henkel promotes the social involvement of its employees and retirees throughout the world. Thank you to Cindy Bryant and all Henkel Employees for providing this grant opportunity to our school!
Annual Brick Drive The 2009-2010 school year has come to a close and we wanted to let you know about a special opportunity to commemorate your children’s time at The New School. Commemorative bricks are being placed along the garden beds of the dining hall patio, engraved with the names of New School students, families and friends. By purchasing a brick in honor of your children, wherever life takes them, they will forever be a part of The New School. Your children’s special bricks will be seen and appreciated at numerous events by future generations of students and families to come. The engraved bricks are a beautiful addition to the patio and the revenue is directed toward upgrades and improvements to our facilities and grounds.
The deadline for ordering bricks has been extended to July 15th. Bricks are being sold for $500 each. Please find the order forms at the brick drive display in the front lobby of the school or use the link on the school’s website at www.thenewschool.org/brick-drive/ to order your brick(s). If you are purchasing a brick in honor or in memory of someone, a special card will be sent to them acknowledging your purchase.
The Annual Fund Gifts and Pledges
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