BINGO- March 3, 2016

Who doesn’t love BINGO! We generally play the first Thursday of every month.   We play for fun and family friendly prizes!  All are welcome to play.  We have changed our rules in the past few months to make sure everyone gets a fair game!  We charge $3 for 5 games.  We only play 5 games (however if you choose to buy multiple packs of games- go right ahead- you just have to play all of the same color games at one time).  We sell baked goods at each event along with beverages and $1 slice pizza!  Come enjoy this evening with your friends and family!

Arrive early to get your bingo cards, blotter/game chips and some food.  Sit down and wait for the fun to come.  We wish you good luck at hitting it big!  Doors open at 5:30 and BINGO calling begins at 6pm- we go until we are done (event usually ends about 7pm)!


Click this link for more information about BINGO

Vine Van Gogh Events- Past and Future!

We never had a chance to share this entry with you!  We are so grateful to the wonderful people at Vine Van Gogh who helped us put together an amazing evening of fun, food and painting at our very first Sip and Paint fundraiser event. We also have to say a special thanks to Jordan and the United Methodist Church for donating their space and time. We had such a success that we are planning our next event for April 21, 2016.

Our last event was on December 11, 2015 and we raised over $1,300 for our school.  We are excited about our April 21st event and will continue to keep everyone in the loop.  We are in the beginning stages of planning this event, so we will have a link to buy tickets soon!

In the meantime- let us share a bit about the venue.  We have included the link below for you to like Alebrijes’ Facebook page!  They are located on the corner of Wall & John Street in uptown Kingston.  They have a great location for this event and will be donating their space and restaurant.  We can not say thank you enough to them! Jose and his wife work very hard at what they do and they are creating a successful business and partnering with GW School for future Sip and Paint events!  We are pleased to inform everyone that we will also have a raffle at this event with some AMAZING baskets and prizes.  We are also offering a food ticket to anyone interested in eating at the event.  Food tickets come at an additional price and include one soft drink.

Look for more information and an upcoming flier- in the meantime- go check out the event album from the past!

Like Alebrijes on Facebook! Show them the support they are giving to us!

Check out Vine Van Gogh

Facebook event album from December 11, 2015

Book Fair Fun: March 15-18, 2016

George Washington Elementary would like to welcome you to come shop with us from March 15th-18th during our Book Fair!  We will be open during school hours.  If you are unable to make it to the Book Fair with your child- feel free to send them in with an envelope marked “Book Fair Money.”  Doing so will allow them to take time during the day to select a book.  The Book Fair will also be open late on March 17th during parent/teacher conferences.  Credit Cards are ACCEPTED for this event!

Click here for the Book Fair Flier!

Penny Social: February 26, 2016

Come join us for an evening of fundraising.  A Penny Social is a benefit auction with a raffle twist.  You  buy 2-part tickets at the door to use the tickets to bid on items that you like (that’s the auction)!  Your tickets and everyone else’s are put in a basket.  Then the winning ticket is pulled out at random by the PTO members.  We are continuing to accept new/like new donations for this event.  The Penny Social begins at 5:00pm and calling will begin at about 7:00pm.

For more information about this event please contact our PTO Chair- Lori Joseph

Snow Date:  March 4, 2016

Click here for the PTO Penny Social Flier

Pop into the PTO Meetings- Second Tuesday of the Month!

The PTO would like to welcome new parents, teachers or administration to our meetings.  We can always use an extra hand or two at our events.  The PTO meets every second tuesday of the month from 6:00pm-7:30pm (or later).  We plan upcoming events, brainstorm fundraisers and continue to be dedicated to our community and students.

We have some exciting things coming our way in the future!

Feel free to contact us!


Family Game Night- February 19, 2016

Come join us for a fun family night.  The GW PTO puts on a family game night most months to offer a fun and FREE event, great for the entire family to enjoy together.  This month we plan to get a friendly game of soccer going.  We hope you can join in on the fun and exercise!

Family Game night runs from 6:00-7:30

We are accepting food and drink donations for this event.

Click here for more information about this event!

Trick or Treat! GW PTO Halloween Candy Fundraiser now on!


We are pleased to offer a new fundraiser this year by offering Halloween Candy for your trick-or-treaters! Sponsored by the GW PTO. You should have received your order forms this week. If you did not, you can download it below.

Place your Halloween Candy order with local candy store “Kingston Candy Bar” to get 50% off of your Halloween Candy. With each purchase that you make, 15% will be donated to the GW PTO for programs and field trips.


The deadline for your order is Friday, October 10th 2014.

Pick-up your candy after school on Monday, October 24th, 2014.


Marcus Steele: Problem Solving and the Montessori Peace Rose.


Marcus Steele

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

The GW PTO Contributes $5,000 to Natural Playscape Project.


The GW Elementary School PTO has made an end-of-year contribution in the amount of $5,000.00 to its partner the Hudson Valley Montessori Educators for the Natural Playscape Project being planned to begin in September, 2013.  The funds were raised by the GW PTO during the 2012/2013 school year.

In January, the GW PTO created its own Natural Playscape Committee that boasts close to 30 members in partnership with the HVME to apply for a $15,000 grant through the city of Kingston’s Community Development Block Grant. Although their proposal was selected in June, the group is still awaiting word as to when their award will be released (tentatively scheduled in August) so that the group may begin its visioning process with the school community. A build of two locations that include an outdoor classroom and augmentation of the existing playground with natural playscape elements will be organized in the Spring of 2014.

For more information on the Natural Playscape project, visit this LINK or join their FACEBOOK fan page.


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!