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]

“Watercolor and Watershed” Grant Award for EII Students with Bryan and Susan Perrin.

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Recently, the GW Elementary School E II students were awarded a grant to host a project called “Watercolor and Watershed” with artists Bryan and Susan Perrin out of Stone Ridge, NY.

Students were introduced to at least 3 different watercolor application techniques, color blending, paintbrush skills, paper qualities and image composition through hands on projects based on a curriculum exploring local and living watershed ecosystems. The project was taught over 3-4 classroom or art-room sessions. The artists gave a prep/ training session with participating teachers.

“Goals will be measured by the variety of work created and the discussion generated during the workshops with the artists and in classroom activities developed with the teachers. These may include essays, journaling, hypotheses/conclusion style papers and the like. Students can present learning in a school-wide assembly, with each participant sharing something different that they learned and the finished work can remain in their classrooms and/or the school as a teaching tool before going home with the students. An art exhibit with an opening event will be hosted by the school for parents and the community.

This project is made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by Arts Mid-Hudson. GWES will provide space suitable for project (art room or other classroom with access to sink) and the following arts supplies for each student: watercolor paper (ideally 2 or 3 of varied grades), plain paper, watercolor paintsets, brushes, sticks(harvested from nature or purchased), twine.

Bryan and Susan Perrin are teaching artists who run a small nature and arts center. Bryan is a watercolorist and environmental educator with a lifelong interest and research in aquatic and nature studies. Susan is a multi-media artist using and reusing objects from our environment- both urban and rural.”


GW Elementary School Natural Playscape Committee First Build a Great Success!


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The GW Elementary School Natural Playscape Committee hosted it’s first build on Saturday, October 18th from 10 – 2.

It is remarkable to see what putting in new trees and plants can do to a space. It is the beginning of a remarkable transformation.

The group plans to paint the swing set this fall, with more information shortly. In the Spring, hills will be built with slides, tunnels and other terrific opportunities for the children.

For more information, contact GW Elementary School Natural Playscape Co-Chairs Kelly Storrs  [email protected]  or Ann Loeding [email protected]




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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.



GW Elementary School Natural Playscape Committee Hosts First Volunteer Work Day October 18th.


The George Washington School Natural Playscape will have its first volunteer work day on Saturday, Oct. 18 from  10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (rain date, Sunday, October 19. Postponement to Sunday will be announced on the GW NATURAL PLAYSCAPE WEBPAGE.

We will plant bushes and small trees along the fence at the playground, and if the weather permits, will put a new coat of paint on the existing play structures. Please bring shovels and wheelbarrows if you got ’em! We’ll keep you fed and watered throughout the day. We of course welcome children, but we hope they will be there to help with planting and mulching – they will not be allowed to actually play on the playground while we are working. Please stop by for a few minutes or a few hours as your schedule allows. If you can’t help this time, we will be planning several work days next Spring.

This work day is the first step in our efforts to transform GW’s playground into a more natural, park-like play space for the kids. The Natural Playscape involves improvements using natural materials, e.g. boulders, logs, and living plants, to create green spaces that expand and enhance the school’s usable outdoor recreation area. The students and teachers helped create the design that will eventually introduce seating, climbing and crawling elements, and slide hill, a tree fort and student murals and sculptures. The existing playground equipment will be repaired and receive a fresh coat of colorful paint. Landscaping will include care of the existing trees, and new plants and bushes around the perimeter of the sites to add contour, and screen the adjacent street and parking lots.

The project will provide children with outdoor play and learning areas that challenge and engage them, and help us re-vision the entire school yard as a more natural site where native materials like wood, stone, and foliage replace the built environment of blacktop, steel and chain link. A Natural Playscape allows for the same sort of vigorous physical play as more traditional playgrounds, but also stimulates other senses (vision, touch, sound, smell) and encourages safe, creative play.

The GW Natural Playscape Committee thanks Dr. Padalino, Tom Clapper and the Kingston City School District crew, Kingston Department of Public Works, Kingston Parks & Rec, the GW PTO, GW Principal Valerie Hannum, and the students, teachers and parents of the GW community.

Please forward this email to anyone in the GW community who you think may be interested in our project. You may contact me or Kelly, [email protected],  with questions or suggestions.


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.


GW Elementary School Student Tour Guides: Ready to Greet the Public in 2014/2015

The GW Elementary School is proud to announce its student tour guides. The GW PTO launched the tours in 2012 where they went from four to ten to now sixteen student ‘guides’.  The children look forward to meeting the community in 2014/2015.

The guides went through a process with criteria requesting that the children ’apply’ to lead the school tours. Sixteen students replied to the request, writing letters of interest to share why they would be a good choice for the job.

The exercise was used to correlate the College and Career Readiness Anchor Standards for Writing, a core curriculum component.

The GW Elementary School Tours” will take place every Tuesday during the school year (with the exception of holidays) from 9:30am – 10:30am and are open to the public beginning on TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30th. All guests are asked to meet outside of the main office 10 minutes prior to start time.  Guests will be met by a school professional to answer any questions after each tour.

For more information, contact the GW Elementary School’s front office at:845/943-3518 or contact GW PTO Chair Rebecca Martin-Grenadier at [email protected]