GW Elementary School Children’s House Celebrate End-of-Year with Kona Snow Cones!

The GW Elementary School Children’s House ordered in snow cones for the children in Pre-K this year. Thanks to the GW PTO for raising funds for the teacher’s stipend program that allowed the teachers to organize field trips, materials or special events like this one!

Click on image to view photos of the day!

Click on image to view photos of the day!

Ms. Julie and Ms. Bonnie’s EI Students Visit the Hudson Valley Senior Residence.

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The classes at GW have been taking turns visiting their next door neighbors at the Hudson Valley Senior Residence.

Ms. Julie and Ms. Bonnie’s class visited on March 28 and had a wonderful time performing our repertoire of songs and singing games for the residents.  Each child also prepared a piece of writing about themselves in order to “break the ice” as he or she met individually with each person.

There was an instant connection between the children and the seniors, and the warmth and appreciation felt by both the children and the seniors is apparent in these photos. Back at school, the children wrote letters to their new friends and look forward to hearing back from them and having them visit the GW Elementary School, too!

Friday, May 16th is a day for a 4th Grade Yard Sale! A Lemonade Stand! A Clothing Drive!

The GW Elementary School will be buzzing with activity on Friday, May 16th.  Look at all that is happening in just one single day! We need gently used items for donation for both the yard sale and clothing drive, so bring in your donations anytime between now and the events.  Join us for the fun and support our children!

 

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

Yard Sale!

The George Washington Elementary School Fourth Graders Host Their Annual Yard Sale.  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 to “Six Flags Great Adventures” and their ‘Moving Up” ceremony, that occurs each year.

We are accepting donations. Please bring your items, in good condition, to the main office between now and the time of the event.

For more information, contact Valerie Hannum at: vhannum@kingstoncityschools.org

 

Miss Caitlin's E1 Class is looking to raise $300 through 'Alex's Lemonade Stand' in memory of Anjeahlina Mann, the sister of one of her students who passed to child cancer in 2011. They surpassed it by raising over $600! Way to go!

Miss Caitlin’s E1 Class is looking to raise $300 through ‘Alex’s Lemonade Stand’ in memory of Anjeahlina Mann, the sister of one of her students who passed to child cancer in 2011.

3rd and 4th Grade Students to host Lemonade Stand with all proceeds going towards combating childhood cancers.

Ms. Caitlin’s class is hosting its 3rd Annual “Alex’s Lemonade Stand” on the same day from 12:00pm – 3:00pm to help combat childhood cancers. Ms. Caitlin believes that, “a big part of teaching children is to provide opportunities for them to give back as a very important life lesson.”  This year, the group hopes to raise $300.00.

The community can also make a donation to their goal by visiting the Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation site.

For more information, contact Caitlin Sanzi at: csanzi@kingstoncityschools.org

 

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The George Washington Elementary School PTO Host Clothing Drive Fundraiser. The proceeds from the event to occur from 9:00am – 4:30pm will go towards supporting field trips, school supplies and the GW Natural Playscape project.

The GW 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.   The drop off  location will be in the front of the school. All items not sold at the 4th Grade Yard Sale will be donated.

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 about the clothing drive, please contact PTO Parent Jody Fromson at  jlmedu@aol.com

Mr. Tom and Ms. Sharon’s Maple Ridge Trip Fall, 2013.

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Tom and Sharon’s E1 class took their students to the Maple Ridge Community.  This trip was a perfect match for the Core Investigations work we are doing in class about diversity in schools.  Our 25 students teamed up with 22 1st through 4th graders at Maple Ridge.

The day began with a sharing of what school was like in each school.  Then we sang “This Land is Your Land” and “Willoby Wallaby.”  The we went on a nature hike, with everyone also getting a ride on the horse cart.  This was followed by a tour of the barns and free play time where the students played in the sandbox, monkey bars, or played kickball.

Another highlight of the day was lunch.  Our students joined the entire community and ate lunch with their partners.  After singing “Five Little Pumpkins” students were asked what they enjoyed about there trip.

On the bus ride home, which was funded by the GW PTO, we reflected on the day, and then wrote about it and shared our writing in the class.

We look forward to hosting the Maple Ridge students at GW sometime soon.

Ms. Julie and Ms. Bonnie’s EI Classes Raise and Release Monarch Butterflies.

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The children wave to the Monarchs. Tears were shed!

A number of E1 classrooms have been raising monarch butterflies and this week they have been emerging from their chrysalises! We were able to purchase monarch eggs from a business in Pennsylvania, and this allowed the children to witness the entire process of metamorphosis, from egg to caterpillar (also called a larva) to chrysalis (also called a pupa) to butterfly.

Julie and Bonnie’s class engaged in an in-depth study of the monarchs, that included a shared writing activity that resulted in a long narrative, written from the point of view of the caterpillar, pupa, and butterfly, as it grew and changed form. Children kept journals where they chronicled their observations, enjoyed singing a monarch butterfly song, learned new vocabulary, acted out the life cycle, read and made books about monarchs, and made life cycle posters, reports, and even head bands showing the life cycle.

If you ask us what any of the following words mean, we’d be happy to tell you!  metamorphosis, chrysalis, silk button, migrate, pupa, transparent, larva, journey, life cycle, abdomen, fluid, proboscis, nectar.

This project culminated in releasing the monarchs, one by one, after we’d made wishes for their well-being. We talked about being happy and sad at the same time, and there were a few tears shed as they took off for their journey south!

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Ms. Julie reading about Monarchs to the children. “How will you feel when you release the butterflies” she asked. “Both sad and happy.” the children replied.

 

The Monarchs. Ready to go!

The Monarchs. Ready to go!

 

The children gather and make wishes for the butterflies on their new journey.

The children gather and make wishes for the butterflies on their new journey.

 

Out in the world.

Out in the world.

 

Up, up and away!

Up, up and away!

 

School Pictures: Classroom Schedule Now Available.

Parents,

You have by now received an order form (envelope) for class pictures which will occur next week.  PLEASE RETURN THEM TO YOUR CHILDS TEACHER BY MONDAY, OCTOBER 7th.

We have a terrific new vendor who has been very personable and helpful – giving our students about 5 minutes each to get a great individual photo. She is also bringing lots of fun props for the kids during their class photo to help loosen any of those shy or skeptical.  We think it’s going to be the best year yet.

The background is going to be a ‘gray stone’ color which we know will look good no matter your child’s skin tone.

Below are the class schedules so that you can prepare. We also have a sign-up sheet in the main lobby – as it would be great to have a few extra hands during each day. Please inquire with Mary in the lobby if you have any questions or you are free to help on any of the days.

Feel free to contact Rebecca Martin-Grenadier, PTO President at: gwlovesmontessori@gmail.com for any further information.

Thanks!

 

Due to specials during the days, A NEW SCHEDULE IS COMING SOON! 

School pictures will take place on 10/8, 10/9 and 10/10 all throughout the day. 

 

Multi-Age Classrooms at the GW Elementary School Montessori Program: Children Working Together

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“One of the special things about the Montessori Children’s House is watching how our mulit-age classrooms work together.  Often our older children partner with the younger ones to give lessons or teach new skills.  Here a kindergarten student, Brittany, is teaching Marvin, an new 4-year old student how to hold his pencil while tracing a picture on the shadow box.”

Ms. Sherri, Children’s House (PK-K)

 

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The GW Elementary School Host Moving Up Luncheon

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A tradition at the GW Elementary School has been to recognize the students who are moving on to the middle school by providing them with a formal luncheon.

In addition to our Moving Up Ceremony, the luncheon is an opportunity for our 4th and 5th grade students to celebrate their achievements throughout their years at GW.  This wonderfully catered and decorated event, is not only a celebration, but also a true reflection of a “real world” dining experience in which the students can demonstrate their mastery of Grace and Courtesy.  It has been a great event that the students look forward to every year!

 

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GW Elementary School Hosts Successful Student Fund Raisers

The GW Elementary School students, teachers and parents held several fundraisers recently with great success! Congrats to all for your hard work!

 

 

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

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

 

The Latin Festival was a big success earning $765.00 to go towards new furniture in the lobby and the Natural Playscape project.

The Latin Festival was a big success earning $765.00 to go towards new furniture in the lobby and the Natural Playscape project.

 

Miss Caitlin's E1 Class was looking to raise $250 through 'Alex's Lemonade Stand' in memory of Anjeahlina Mann, the sister of one of her students who passed to child cancer in 2011. They surpassed it by raising over $600! Way to go!

Miss Caitlin’s E1 Class was looking to raise $250 through ‘Alex’s Lemonade Stand’ in memory of Anjeahlina Mann, the sister of one of her students who passed to child cancer in 2011. They surpassed it by raising over $600! Way to go!

GW Elementary School Visits Maple Ridge Community in Ulster Park.

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Arriving at Maple Ridge

On Monday May 6th Tom and Caitlyn’s E1 classes visited the Maple Ridge Community in Ulster Park.  Students from the GW Montessori School were teamed with 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade students from the Maple Ridge Elementary School.

Arnold Meyer, the principal of the school, welcomed the GW students.  The weather for the trip was fabulous, so the students started by gathering on the outside circle benches for a snack.  The group then celebrated the birthday of a GW student using the Montessori birthday materials.  The students were then divided into four groups based on grade, and toured the property.  Students visited with farm animals, visited gardens, and hiked through a nature preserve and along streams and a pond.

After a game of kickball, students went to main dining hall where lunch was provided by the Maple Ridge Community.  Maple Ridge students eat with their families, so the GW students went with their Maple Ridge partners and ate at the table with their partner’s family.  Finally after lunch the parents of the students, including one parent from GW, braided the Maypole to the music of Principal Arnie on the accordion.

The trip was a great success and GW Montessori looks forward to expanding the connection to the Maple Ridge community next year.

Mr. Tom (Tom Muro)

 

Arnie Meyer greats the GW bus

Arnie Meyer greets the GW bus

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