It’s Apple Picking Time!

Students prepared for a trip to the apple orchard for weeks. They could barely contain their excitement when the day of the field trip arrived. Students hustled to their school busses and quickly found seats with their friends. Teachers took attendance and the caravan from Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center to Highland Orchard was on it’s way!

Upon arrival, students were greeted by farmers who were just as excited to see them disembark from their seats. They happily screeched and squealed as they walked past goats sitting atop strategically placed structures. In a single file line, two classes made their way to the hayride while the other classes started in the warehouse.

The hayride began with a trip to the apple orchard. Students were able to choose 3 different kinds of apples to take home and share with their families. They boarded the hayride once again in order to venture to the pumpkin patch. The farmers explained the pumpkin life cycle and also chose a pumpkin for the class to take back to their school. Each class got a pumpkin.

In the warehouse, the enormous apple refrigerator and the apple cider donuts were definitely a favorite. The students each took part in making apple cider as well.

Quite possibly the most memorable part of the trip was the scarecrow making. Students worked together to bring their class scarecrow to life! If you happen to be driving by MDLKC, be sure to say, “hi!” to our classroom scarecrows adorning our front patio.

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Family Reading Night is a Huge Success!

On Thursday September 21, 2018, families gathered at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center to learn about the wonderful reading activities happening at the school.

After being greeted in the front lobby, parents were given a bag of resources for use during the evening, as well as at home. Each workshop gave parents a brief introduction to the reading instruction that their students receive dailly. With approximately 81 families in attendance, the buzz of literacy filled the air!

Parents, students, and siblings alike were able to use Reading Eggs and Mathseeds, sing the alphabet song including the signs the students learn, and write using the Handwriting Without Tears method.

It was a fantastic night of learning and fostering the love of learning between the school and the homes of our youngest learners.

Parents and students listen to teachers explain what the students do during reading.

Parents and students learn what sight word and alphabet knowledge instruction looks like at MDLKC.

Parents and students are learning about what reading looks like at the school.

Parents hear about Writing and Handwriting strategies during Family Reading Night at MDLKC.

Parents and students use laptops to play computer programs provided by KCSD.

Parents are taught how to log on to Reading Eggs and Mathseeds during Family Reading Night at MDLKC.

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Mushrooms on Parade!

Mary D. Lang Kindergarten kicked off the new school year in style! Kindergarten families and staff joined together for an exciting walk through the streets of Kennett Square during the 33rd Annual Mushroom Festival, Mushroom Parade!
Each year the school is represented by families and staff members escorting a vibrant group of 5 and 6 year olds. The students can be seen in their fabulous, “Mary D Lang Lions” t-shirts that are generously provided to each and every student at the school by the school’s Parent Events Committee.
Each year, Kennett’s youngest learners garner huge cheers from the crowds as they parade their way through the center of town. This is surely an event we look forward to every year. ​
Students from MDLKC get ready to walk in the Mushroom Parade

Gregory, Joseph, Aidan, and Thomas get ready to march in the annual Mushroom Parade with MDLKC.

Parade walkers gather to take a photo at the end of the mushroom parade.

The MDLKC family had a magnificent time walking in the 2018 Mushroom Parade.

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One of Our Own Races for a Cure

On Sunday, May 13, thousands lined the streets of Philadelphia for the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This year one of our kindergarten students participated in the event. Shane Kulp, in Mrs. Lawson’s class, walked the course and finished! We are so proud of you, Shane!

Shane walked for a cure in Philadelphia

Shane showing off his medal after he raced for a cure!

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Counting Down to First Grade

Starting on Monday, June 4, the entire Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center family will be counting down to the last day of school! All of the fun activities are completely voluntary. We are counting down from 10!

10. Monday, June 4th Hawaii Day- Wear a Hawaiian shirt, skirt, or lei.
9. Tuesday, June 5th Ice Cream Day- Students will enjoy an ice cream treat!
8. Wednesday, June 6th Bubble Day- We will blow bubbles outside. (Bubbles will be provided)
7. Thursday, June 7th Movie Day- We will watch a short movie.
6. Friday, June 8th Yearbook/Dance Day- If you purchased a yearbook, you will receive it, and we will drop everything and dance throughout the day.

5. Monday, June 11th Exercise/Sports Day- Wear sports apparel and sneakers for a fun-filled day of movement.
4. Tuesday, June 12th Free Fun Day-Students get to pick a fun activity to do.
3. Wednesday, June 13th Game Day- Bring your favorite game that you know how to play.
2. Thursday, June 14th-Outside Day- We will spend extra time outside!
1. Friday, June 15th Mary D. Day- Wear your Langley shirt!

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The End of the Year is Drawing Near

As Spring finally arrives, kindergarten students are blossoming into first graders. To celebrate all of their hard work and accomplishments this year, we have many fun-filled events/activities planned. Mark your calendars … we are creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Thursday, May 24: 6:30 pm. Student Showcase and Open House Parents and families are welcome to Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center to see all of the beautiful work the students have completed this year. We also have an amazing zoo exhibit that you do not want to miss!

Friday, May 25: 6:30 pm. Parent/Child Dance Come on out and dance until you can’t dance anymore! More info will be coming in the BOBB and home with the students.

Monday, May 28Memorial Day (No school)

Tuesday, May 29 P Pod Field Day (am) (Rain date – June 4th)

M Pod Field Day (pm) (Rain date – June 4th)

Volunteers will be needed. Mr. Howanski will be sending home forms soon. All volunteers must have their clearances on file with the office, and please, no siblings.

Wednesday, May 30Kindergarten Visit to Home Schools Students will spend the first hour of school at their home schools. If you drive your child to school, drop-off will be at his/her home school.

Friday, June 1 U Pod Field Day in the pm (Rain date – June 11th) Volunteers will be needed. Mr. Howanski will be sending home forms soon. All volunteers must have their clearances on file with the office and please no siblings.

Tuesday, June 5U Pod Farewell Celebration at 2:00 pm

Wednesday, June 6M Pod Farewell Celebration at 2:00 pm

Wednesday, June 6District-wide STEM Night 6:30 pm at Kennett Middle School  Families are invited to experience all that the STEM program has to offer in the Kennett Consolidated School District. Activities, demonstrations, and a sweet treat are sure to keep everyone entertained.

Thursday, June 7P Pod Farewell Celebration at 2:00 pm

Farewell Celebrations are presented by students. Singing, dancing, poems, and more are sure to showcase a fantastic year of kindergarten! Parents and families are invited to attend.

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Take Us Out to the Ball Game!

Take us out to the ball game!

On Thursday April 26, students from Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center enjoyed a minor league baseball game with their families and friends. To participate, students read 10 books at home and kept a list on a bookmark. When the list was completed, students received two baseball tickets to see the Wilmington Blue Rocks.

Prior to the baseball game, Rocky Bluewinkle made a visit to Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center to get everyone excited!

Rocky’s Reading Challenge offered by the Blue Rocks in partnership with the Delaware State Education Association. This program is designed to show kids that reading can be both fun and rewarding. Nearly 200 area schools signed up for Rocky’s Reading Challenge last season, which means that approximately 30,000 students read their way to Blue Rocks tickets. Information about the program can be found at

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Hats on Parade!

Students at the Mary D. Lang Kindergarten Center had the opportunity to make one of their stories come to life. After reading the story, “Zara’s Hats,” about a little girl who saves her fathers hat shop by creating unique and interesting hats, students brought their own hats to life.

Mrs. Howanski’s class had an awesome time using all sorts of materials to complete their hats. The U-Pod held a parade to highlight all of the hard work the students put into their hats.

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