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

Ms. Caitlin’s 3rd & 4th Grade Snowshoe Adventure!

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Miss Caitlin’s 3rd and 4th grade class took advantage of this winter’s abundance of snow and bundled up and headed outside to try snowshoeing. The Forsyth Nature Center offers snowshoeing adventures and came to GW to instruct our class on the ins and outs of snowshoeing. First we were given a mini lesson on the history of snowshoeing and then a few basic tips on how to snowshoe. Next we were off and running. We walked around and got the feel of it and within minutes we were climbing snow banks, making trails, and having races. It was a great time and great exercise too. We can’t wait to do it again next year.

 

 

BRIDGING THE GAP: George Washington Elementary School Students Visit Hudson Valley Senior Residence

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George Washington School students visited the Hudson Valley Senior Residence in December and will continue to do so throughout the school year.

The Hudson Valley Senior Residence is adjacent to our school, and a different class will take a turn visiting the residents each Friday throughout 2014, bridging the important gap between our youth and elders.  Residents from the center are planning to come and work with the students in their classrooms.

The program kicked off  before Christmas break with Mr. Tom and Ms. Nicole’s E1 classes visiting with the Seniors and building Gingerbread houses.  The seniors loved working with the students and the students enjoyed working with the seniors.  Tom’s student’s also sang songs with the residents.  Some favorites for both kids and seniors were “Hound Dog” and Frosty the Snowman.”

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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.

GW Elementary School’s “Walk Around the Block Event” in pictures.

Here are photos from last week’s ‘Walk around the Block’ event. Thanks to Nancy Donskoj for sharing them with us!   The children earned $908.00! A great success and especially for a first year.

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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!

 

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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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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