GW Fourth Grade Basketball Travelers – Kingston Komets in 2014

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Two of our GW fourth grade students, Cameron Potter and Quentin Bullock, have been traveling every weekend together as members of the Kingston Komets 4th Grade Team.  The Kingston Komets is a travel basketball team through the AAU organization.  Cameron and Quentin have traveled with the Komets from Saratoga to New Jersey.    Through this experience, Cameron and Quentin have demonstrated great sportsmanship and overall qualities of teamwork.   We are very proud of how they represent the students of the GW Montessori School community.

The boys have three more tournaments ahead of them.  Way to go Cameron and Quentin and Good Luck in your upcoming games!

– Melissa Potter

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!

 

Marcus Steele: Problem Solving and the Montessori Peace Rose.

 

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Marcus Steele in front of the GW Elementary School Community/School Garden.

Marcus Steele who is a first grader in Mr. Pettit’s E1 classroom at the GW Elementary School made us all very proud the other day.

I received a phone call from Megan Weiss, the director of ‘Kingston Cares’ (a program of ‘Family of Woodstock’). Her office runs out of the Everette Hodge Center on Franklin Street in midtown, a community center that is run by Kingston’s Parks and Recreation department. Each day, Megan works with our children and families making an impact in the lives of those living near our GW School.  She relayed this wonderful story to us.

On a recent afternoon, a large group of children playing at the center found themselves in an altercation.  As it became more heated, GW student Marcus Steele asked:

 

 

How many of you go to the GW Elementary School?”

Half of the children raised their hand.

…and how do we deal with problems there?” he inquired.

By using the Peace Rose.” answered another.

Then lets do the same here today.” he reminded the group.

The children took turns speaking and listening, some of whom hadn’t ever been exposed to the ‘peace rose’ method.

The problem resolved and the children went back to playing peacefully.

“Problem solving is the foundation of a young child’s learning. It must be valued, promoted, provided for and sustained in the early childhood classroom.  Opportunities for problem solving occur in the everyday context of a child’s life.”  READ MORE

I am pleased to share a tangible example of how the Montessori Peace Rose method works in and out of our children’s school environment.

Bravo, Marcus. You’re an inspiration!

– Rebecca Martin
GW PTO President

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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Ms. Jessie’s 5th Grade Student Victoria Boulay Wins School Spelling Bee and Prepares to Compete in the District.

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Victoria Boulay

 

Victoria Boulay, an Elementary II 5th Grader in Ms. Jessie Hulse’s class at George Washington Elementary School, recently won the school spelling bee. Victoria will compete in the district spelling bee competition on Monday, April 15 at 3:30pm at J Watson Bailey Middle School. When asked what word she won on, Victoria responded, “this may sound ridiculous, but it was ridiculous!”

In addition to studying for spelling bees, Victoria likes to play basketball and volleyball and runs in the YMCA 26th mile program, plays clarinet and viola, and loves socializing and creating videos with friends.

GW Elementary Student Grads Return to Volunteer for TOPS After School Program

The GW Elementary School, a Montessori program in Kingston, NY, is proud of its graduates – and it is always a treat when they return for a visit.

Here, we wish to highlight those who volunteer their time after full days of Middle School to work with the children who participate in our after school TOPS program.

Great job, and thank you!

 

GW 5th Graders Alexandra Nieto (LEFT) and Ana Castillo (RIGHT) greet GW graduate and volunteer Taahira Morris.

GW 5th Graders Alexandra Nieto (LEFT) and Ana Castillo (RIGHT) greet GW graduate and volunteer Taahira Morris.

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GW Elementary School Weekly Tour Launch a Great Success and Touch Upon Core Curriculum.

Students organize a tour of the GW Elementary School. Their auditorium is big and beautiful.

Students organize a tour of the GW Elementary School. Their auditorium is big and beautiful.

Today’s launch of the weekly tours at the GW Elementary School were as informative as they were impressive. Completely prepared with clipboards and notes, the students were organized, professional and really knew their stuff.  There wasn’t a question that they couldn’t answer that had to do with the classrooms, teachers, special classes and more.

What is always remarkable about the GW Elementary School is the calm and respect given to the children throughout and it really shows in the way the students led today.

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The GW Elementary School 5th Graders Lead Weekly Tours of School Open to All

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GW Elementary School 5th graders Aniyah Moseley, Nikemia Pinkard, Angela Quezada and Vanesa Martinez enthusiastically prepare to share their school with the public each week.

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Four of the GW Elementary School’s 5th graders prepare to host weekly tours open to all.  The public is invited each Tuesday beginning on January 15th throughout the school year from 9:30am – 10:30am.

Kingston, NY – The GW Elementary School, a public Montessori program in the Historic city of Kingston, NY is gearing up for a weekly tour led by four enthusiastic 5th graders.

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The GW Elementary School, a public Montessori in Kingston, NY, congratulates fifth grader Anayathsyn Castillo, winner of the DAR American History Essay Contest.

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Anayathysn (Ani) Castillo

 

The GW Elementary School, a public Montessori in Kingston, NY, congratulates fifth grader Anayathsyn Castillo winner of the DAR American History Essay Contest. Ms. Castillo will be celebrated on Sunday, February 3rd at 2:00pm.  

Kingston, NY – The GW Elementary School, a public Montessori program in Kingston, NY congratulates fifth grader Anayathsyn Castillo on being selected as the winner of the DAR American History Essay Contest. Ms. Castillo and her teachers and family are invited to attend the DAR George Washington Tea at 2 p.m. on Feb. 3, 2013.  It will be held at the DAR house on Green Street in Kingston, NY.  There will be refreshments and the winner will be presented with a medal and certificate.  Her essay may be read to the guests who attend.

Anayathsyn or Ani as she is called by her friends and family was inspired after reading “Heroes of the American Revolution” and coming across Lydia Darrah, a female spy.  “I thought it was really neat that during those times, a woman had the courage to become a spy. I was inspired by that.”

Along with being the winner of the DAR American History Essay Contest, Ani is an animal lover who recently raised $341.10 on her birthday to donate to the Catskill Animal Sanctuary in the area.

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