Students Harvest a Healthy Assortment

Annually, students in Mrs. Gorcyca’s kindergarten classroom get to experience gardening firsthand.

Students and their parents met Mrs. Gorcyca at Anson B Nixon Park this fall and helped harvest the vegetables to be donated to the Kennett Community Food Cupboard. This year the student/parent teams harvested 70 pounds of fresh vegetables for our local Kennett community. What a memorable learning experience!

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P-4 Likes Bread and Butter

I like bread and butter, I like toast and jam… That’s an old song but what isn’t old is the fresh butter students in P-4 made right before Thanksgiving. What a yummy lesson!

Mrs. Drago had each student participate in the churning of the cream into butter by shaking a container full of the sweet, thick liquid. Students at the beginning of the churning process shook the container with ease. As the butter, began to form, the shaking got a little more intense. The reaction to the churning process was priceless… BUTTER!

After all of their hard work, each student was rewarded with a slice of bread to enjoy the fruits of their labor.

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Magic and Miracles at MDLKC!

As she does every year, Mrs. Reynolds came up with a theme for the 2019-2020 school year. The theme for each school year jumpstarts our school year, is taught to the students, drives instruction, and influences every part of our school day. This year there was no way Mrs. Reynolds could have known just how powerful her choice, Magic and Miracles (M&M) would actually be.

In August, Mr. Brian Pudelka, husband to Mrs. Amiee Pudelka, kindergarten teacher, passed away after a hard fought battle with cancer. Our Kennett community was tremendous in supporting the family throughout this process. When it came time to start healing, one Kennett family anonymously decided that they wanted to do more. They decided the Pudelka family needed some extra “magic!”

On October 23rd, Mrs. Amiee Pudelka and her two boys received the magic. The school gathered in the multi-purpose room not knowing they were about to be a part of the biggest surprise our school has seen to date. There was a previously scheduled assembly so the stage was set for the secret surprise to be carried out. After the assembly, Mrs. Reynolds called on a few students and asked them to share their most magical place they like to visit and/or be. Students answered in acceptable ways home, school, the playground, etc. Unbeknownst to the teachers, they also became part of the big reveal. Ms. Bogino answered, Disney World, Mrs. Drago answered Virginia Beach, then came Mrs. Pudelka. Mrs. Pudelka answered with “Dutch Wonderland.” At this point the surprise was about to be revealed but first, Mrs. Reynolds brought in Mrs. Pudelka’s son, Jonathan who attends New Garden. Ecstatic but puzzled, she embraced him. He was asked the same question. “Where is your magic place?” He answers, “Disney world.”

At this point, only the P-Pod teachers knew where any of this line of questioning was going. I am sure you are on the edge of your seats reading this. The big reveal…

Mrs. Pudelka and her sons hug Mickey Mouse

Mrs. Amiee Pudelka and her sons meet Mickey Mouse to be told they are going to disney world!

Mickey Mouse entered the gym and the crowd went wild! There were cheers and jeers! There were smiles all around. Magic and miracles were coming alive right in our gym. The students were amazed, they were thrilled, they were completely unaware of what was about to be announced.

Mrs. Reynolds announced to the whole school that a family in our Kennett community was sponsoring an all-expense paid trip to Disney World! When Disney World found out what was being planned for the Pudelka family, they joined in and donated vouchers for all of their meals.

What a year to remember for MDLKC! Our community truly is the greatest place on earth, even compared to Disney World.

Our gratitude and appreciation goes out to the kind and very generous gift the anonymous family donated. They truly personify the meaning of our theme… Magic and Miracles (M&Ms).

P-Pod and Mickey

P-Pod celebrates Magic and Miracles with Mrs. Pudelka, her sons, and Mickey Mouse.

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Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center is on a Winning Streak!

In August, teachers and staff members are busy preparing for another school year. There are bulletin boards to prepare, copies to be made, letters to send out, and information to share. One local company, ServPro of Kennett/Oxford, took those annual tasks and added a level of competition to them, a classroom decorating contest. The prize? Rita’s Italian water ice for the whole grade level. Mrs. Lawson entered the contest and won!

Lego themed classroom

The beginning of the transforming of P-6 into Legoland

On Friday September 13th, every student and faculty member at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center was given their choice of cherry or blue raspberry Italian water ice. The water ice was provided by Rita’s of Kennett Square.

In September and October, Instructional Assistants Joanne DiEmedio and Deirdre Gallagher both won pretzel trays from the Avondale Pretzel Factory. Sharing is caring at MDLKC, and we love being winners together.

What a way to start the school year!

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Supply Lists are Available

The Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center supply list is available and will be arriving soon by mail. For a jump start on your shopping, the supply list is available below and at the Kennett Walmart.

Supply List 2019-2020

Supply List for the 2019-2020 school year.

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Parent Orientation for the Class of 2032

Welcome to the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center, Class of 2032! Our principal, Mrs. April Reynolds will be holding Parent Orientation on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 6:30 pm. Get ready for MAGIC and MIRACLES at MARY D!

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Class of 2031 Dances the Night Away!

In late May, Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center students and their parents entered the school’s gym to find that it had been transformed into their favorite board game, Candyland. The scene was set for a wonderful family dance experience!

Lollipops lined the walls, gingerbread houses adorned the gym, and there was even a life-size game board! The kindergarteners twirled, whirled, and sang their hearts out as they made their way around the sweet scenery. Students were able to sit on Gumdrop Mountain, take photos in front of a Candyland backdrop, and hold up signs declaring they are members of the class of 2031!

The dance was all the buzz on Monday at school!

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Storyteller Visits Mary D. Lang

Mr. Clem Bowen, renowned storyteller from Southern Chester County, shared his vibrant stories with the students at Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center before the end of the year. His stories captivated the students as he took them on adventures through space and the animal kingdom using only his voice and a few props. The students responded with laughter and cheers as they participated in the stories. Thank you, Mr. Bowen for always presenting lively tales.

Clem Bowen storytelling

Mr. Clem Bowen captivates the audience at MDLKC.

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Mrs. Murphy Brings Home the Gold

Lisa Murphy, Kindergarten teacher, wins gold at the Kennett Run.

Mrs. Murphy wins 1st place in her age group at the Kennett Run.

The Kennett Run has been a community tradition for 30 years. This year, the race was even more spectacular for life-long Kennett community member and Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center teacher, Mrs. Lisa Murphy, who won gold in her age group. Congratulations, Mrs. Murphy!

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Student is Promoted to Principal

Leaving with a fabulous new purse is how most people see themselves a winner at a Designer Bag Bingo event. For one Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center family, their prize came with a lot of responsibility – an entire school.

Abigail Elia, in Mrs. Lawson’s Kindergarten class, would become the Principal for the Morning. Thanks to her mother placing tickets in the raffle bag and a little March luck, Abigail had a morning to remember. She started off her day reading the morning announcements, then gave a tour of our school to an incoming family, she led our April spirit assembly, performed walk-throughs with Mrs. Reynolds in different classrooms, and ended the day by doing the goodbye announcements for the students.

It was a busy yet memorable day for Abigail who may one day lead her own school teaching students to love learning.

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