DTSDE Perspectives on the Schools – 2015 Parent Survey

Parent survey is now open! We want to hear from you!

Download the 2015 DTSDE Parent Survey, return to the school with your child, and GW will forward them to the district.

Deadline for submission: June 12, 2015.



Get your pictures in the yearbook!

The GW Yearbook Committee invites parents and teachers to submit photos for the yearbook. If you’ve got great photos of school and community events or you and your friends just having fun, we’d like to see them. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.

Here is how you can submit photos online:

  • Go to: https://images.schoolannualonline.com/login
  • If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 401854590
  • Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
  • Enter information about the photo and provide contact information incase the committee needs additional information.
  • Click “Save Details”.

It’s that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is 04/01/2015.

Stay tuned for more information on how to order a copy of the yearbook!

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair

The GW Elementary School PTO will host a “Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair” on Friday, 12/19 from 3:00pm – 5:00walkaroundtheblockpm following the Walk Around the Block.

Join us for community building and friendship. Free hot cocoa, storytelling, ornament and card making, painting, and cookie decorating!

The event will take place in the school cafeteria.

We are seeking baked goods from parents and accepting donations all day on Friday, 12/19. Please see PTO Chair Lori Joseph to drop off your donation at the stage in the school auditorium.

Volunteers for the event are also requested. The sign-up sheet is located on the PTO school bulletin board in the main lobby.

  • Set-up: 2 – 4pm
  • Craft tables 3 – 5pm
  • Clean-up 5 – 5:30pm

For more information, you may contact Ilana Berger, [email protected] or Amy Bronwen Zemser, [email protected].

School Picture Re-Take Opportunity: Monday, November 10th

School pictures went home yesterday, and we hope you are all pleased with the results!  It’s our first year working with Memory Makers, and we look forward to a long standing relationship with this great local photography studio. Of course, there are always things in need of improvement and we plan to get parent and teacher comments in the coming year to make pictures even more spectacular in 2015.

For those looking to take advantage of re-take day scheduled for Monday, November 10th, children must come with their entire photo order except the class photo which they can hold onto. The package will be replaced with the new image which will also be changed on both the administrative and yearbook disks.

Both Ms. Hulse and Ms. Luby were absent on picture day, so they will be having their picture taken and it will be added to their children’s class photo.

Children who missed picture day will be receiving a flyer today  with information on re-take Monday. If you would like to be included on that list, please contact Maryann Richardson in the front office at 845/338-1978 today (Friday) or, contact GW PTO Co-Chair Lori Joseph at [email protected]


The GW PTO Host Clothing Drive Fundraiser on November 7th Rain or Shine!


The George Washington Elementary School PTO Host Clothing Drive Fundraiser. The proceeds from the event to occur on Friday, November 7th 2014 from 9:30am – 2:30pm rain or shine and will go toward supporting field trips, school supplies and the GW Natural Playscape project.

Kingston, NY – The George Washington Elementary School, a public Montessori school in Kingston, NY, and their PTO invite the public to drop off their used items at a one day collection of  clothes, blankets, linens, towels, bath rugs, shoes (bagged separately) and children’s toys on Friday, November 7th, 2014 rain or shine.  The drop off  location will be in the front of the school located at 67 Wall Street in Kingston from 9:30am – 2:30pm.

Sponsored by “Fashion Republic” all donations will be processed and shipped to people in need. Their 30,000 square foot warehouse in Cranford, NJ ship to Poland, Republic of Georgia, Ghana, Liberia, Honduras, Nicaragua, Haiti, India, Mali and other locations all over the world.

The GW Elementary School PTO is paid per pound, and all of the proceeds will go toward supporting field trips, school supplies and the GW School Natural Playscape Initiative.

If you would like more information, please contact GW PTO Parent Jody Fromson at  [email protected]

GW Elementary School Hosts Book Fair and Welcomes the Golden Notebook from Woodstock, NY

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The GW Elementary School welcomes the GOLDEN NOTEBOOK  who is our new book vendor for our Fall and Spring book fairs this school year.   This is a fundraiser, and 20% of all sales will be donated to the GW PTO for our activities and programs.  The children will be browsing the options during the school day and filling out a ‘wish list’ for their parents. We are open late so that parents are able to come in after school to purchase books.  Thursday, October 23rd is Parent/Teacher Conferences – so we are making sure to be available later to accommodate families who will be coming in that day.

Because the Golden Notebook provides staff, we don’t need many parent volunteers which is great! Below the book fair hours is a schedule of needs from volunteers. If you are able to help on any of the posted days, please contact Rebecca Martin-Grenadier at [email protected]

As we generally do, the book fair will occur on the Auditorium Stage.  The dates and hours are as follows:

Golden Notebook Book Fair Hours

Wednesday, October 22nd 
9:30am – 4:00pm

Thursday, October 23rd
9:30am – 5:00pm

Friday, October 24th
9:00am – 12:30pm

We are seeking parent volunteers for the following times:

Tuesday, October 21st
10:00am – 1:00pm
(two parents)

Wednesday, October 22nd
11:00am – 2:00pm
Help Children fill in wish list 
(one parent)

Thursday, October 23rd
11:00am – 2:00pm
Help children fill in wish list
(one parent)

Friday, October 24th
12:30pm – 1:30pm
Breakdown of Book Fair
(two parents)

For more information, contact Rebecca Martin Grenadier, Chair of the GW PTO at [email protected] or the Golden Notebook at 845/679-8000.



The GW Elementary School BLT (Building Leadership Team) Host Parent Seminar Series on Montessori



The GW Elementary School BLT (Building Leadership Team) will be hosting four parent seminar’s as a  series.

Their first is titled:  “Montessori: Peace and Discipline” and will occur on Wednesday, October 29th from 3:15pm – 4:15pm. Childcare provided.

Take advantage! This is a great opportunity for our GW Community and the children.


POSTPONED: October 7th, 2014 PTO Meeting to October 21st.



Parents and Teachers,

The October 7th GW PTO meeting is being postponed to to Tuesday, October 21st.  We’re sorry for the inconvenience.


The GW Elementary School 4th Graders Host Yard Sale on Friday, October 3rd (Rain Date Friday, October 10th)

The GW Elementary School EII hosted a yard sale and earned over $500 for their moving up ceremony!

The George Washington Elementary School Fourth Graders Host Fall Yard Sale on Friday, October 3rd (rain date October 10th).  
Join the children on the GW Elementary School front lawn from 2:00pm – 4:00pm for a yard sale. All proceeds will be designated toward the 4th grade school field trip in 2015.

We are accepting donations through Thursday October 2nd. Please bring your items, in good condition, to the main office.

For more information, contact Valerie Hannum at: [email protected]

Welcome GW Families New and Returning: Pot Luck, PTO Meeting Dates in 2014-2015 and new co-chair Lori Joseph.


Welcome new and returning families!

School starts on Wednesday, September 3rd.

There are so many great new things being planned this year.  For now, here is a brief update of what’s happening this week and a few other key items.


Rebecca Martin-Grenadier
GW Elementary School PTO


Back to School Night

The GW Elementary School will be hosting a “Back to School Night” Pot Luck Dinner (please bring a special dish to share) for Montessori’s Children’s House, E I and E II on Monday, August 25th 2014.

Parents are invited to visit their child’s classroom from 5:00pm – 5:30pm. The potluck dinner will be from 5:45pm – 7:00pm in the school cafeteria.

GW PTO Meetings in 2014/2015

This year, the GW PTO has scheduled its monthly meetings to occur on Tuesday  from 6-8pm. The dates are below so please place them in your calendar.

We are changing the format so to accommodate entire families WELCOMING all parents, children and grandparents alike.  To make it easy for you, we will provide CHILDCARE (at least two childcare providers each month), POTLOCK (bring a dish to share) and FOOD TRUCKS (when applicable).

JOIN US to become better informed on the goings-on in the school and district, to have fun and to build our GW community strong during the 2014/2015 school year.

Meetings will be held on Tuesday’s at 6:00pm in the GW Elementary School Art Room. Childcare in the school cafeteria.

September 9th
October 7th
November 4th
December 9th
January 13th
February 3rd
March 3rd
April 7th
May 5th
June 2nd

Welcome GW PTO Co-Chair Lori Joseph 

I am pleased to introduce the GW Elementary School PTO Co-Chair Lori Joseph who will also act as Secretary.

The GW PTO’s Co-Chair role is to support and shadow the PTO Chair so to become Chair the following year.

Lori is a mother of three and a dedicated PTO member. Welcome and thank you for your service to our school community.