Daily Announcements

GW Honors Sgt. Art Matthews


Veteran's Day!

GW’s Colorful M&M’s

We come in all colors!

GW’s Colorful M&M’s

We come in all colors!





Christian Arias

Ronald Coleman

Raniyah Green

Tianna Parker

Chibueze Ike

Gerald Thompson

Jevohn Washington



Student Accident Insurance


AXIS NJ Voluntary Enrollment Form 2015-2016-Final.pdf




We are excited to begin a new year and would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Hillside families.  I hope that you have had a safe, restful, and enjoyable summer.


The first day of school for students is Tuesday, September 8, 2015.  George Washington School begins at 8:45 a.m. and dismissal is 3:05 p.m.  George Washington has the Breakfast After the Bell Program so we do not have any morning care.  Students should not arrive prior to 8:45 a.m.  Students enter through the back parking lot of the school on Winans Street. 


George Washington uniform consists of navy pants and white shirts.  Blue jeans are not part of the school uniform.


Breakfast and lunch will be served on the first day.  Lunch applications will be sent home on the first day of school.  Student status will remain as it was last year until the new lunch forms are processed and verified.  The cost of lunch for students is $2.40.


The PTA welcomes your cooperation and support.  PTA membership and information will be distributed at Back to School Night in September.


We are looking forward to a wonderful school year and to working closely with you to ensure the success of our students.



Dr. Sharon Ann Festante


  Recipes of Our Cultures
You can click on the link below to print your copy

Recipes of Our Cultures.pdf

George Washington Character Education All-Star Challenge 


Each month the students are working towards earning points on their classes team scoreboard.  They can earn points by showing good character and following the school and classroom rules. They are also working toward their own personal monthly goal based on earning a certain number of points.


The following character traits are being taught on a monthly basis:  responsibility, respect, kindness, compassion, self-control, honesty, fairness, trustworthiness, citizenship and teamwork. The team with the highest points at the end of each marking period will earn a school dance as a reward. The second and third place students who have scored their monthly goal will also be invited to attend. ​


Please encourage your child to continue to do their best to earn these points.  Check back for updates!




School Communication Questionnaire

ltr communication to parents.doc


Welcome to
5th Grade

 Free & Reduced Meal Application can now be completed on line at


George Washington School starts at 8:45 a.m.  Please be aware, there is NO supervision at George Washington prior to 8:30 a.m.  If you need morning care prior to 8:30 a.m., you can contact the Boys and Girls Club of Union County at 908-687-2697 or the school office at 908-352-7664 ext. 7400.  Thank you.

Birthday Celebration

You may send either STORE BOUGHT mini cupcakes or cookies and water, with the ingredients on the package, in celebration of your child’s birthday.  Please send one item in the morning and your child’s teacher will allow the birthday student to pass out the item.  As a courtesy, please include napkins.  Our intent is to make all students feel special, safe and important.


 Drinks, goodie bags, balloons, etc. will NOT be distributed.  Thank you for your cooperation.


PARCC Common Core link


Lunch Menu

Nov 15 Hill Elem Lunch Menu.pdf

                   Welcome to George Washington Elementary School! 

We are excited to begin a new year and would like to take this opportunity to welcome our new Hillside families.  We are looking forward to a great year!

Our goal is to provide opportunities for all students to develop physically, emotionally, and educationally.

We are proud of the quality of education George Washington students receive and realize that success is in large part due to the support of the parents and the community.  The school recognizes its position in the partnership it enjoys with the families it serves.

All learning does not take place within the confines of the schoolhouse doors.  Indeed, the school stands second to home as the place exercising the greatest influence on what kind of person the child is now and will become.

Therefore, it is through the demonstration of mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation between the school and home that our children can effectively learn and grow.

Again, we are looking forward to a wonderful school year and to working closely with you to ensure the success of our students.

     Sharon Ann Festante, Ed.D.


Breakfast Menu

Nov 2015 Breakfast Menu GW.pdf

Frequently Asked Questions

frequently asked questions.doc
George Washington participates in the Breakfast After the Bell program. All students will be offered a FREE school breakfast regardless of their meal status.  Students will consume their breakfast in the classroom.  Therefore, students will not be allowed on school property or into the building until 8:30 a.m. Please make the necessary arrangements for your child(ren’s) supervision in the morning.  Thank you for your assistance in ensuring all our children remain safe. 

Dress Code - Students

On June 27, 2005, The Board of Education voted unanimously to make the wearing of school uniforms (navy blue bottoms and white tops) mandatory for all students in grades K-8. Therefore students are required to wear their uniforms each and everyday, on P.E. days the students may wear navy blue sweat pants and a white shirt. To be exempt from the uniform policy, parents/ guardian must submit a letter to the Superintendent of Schools requesting exemption from the uniform policy for good cause. In the event that your child is allowed exclusion from wearing a uniform, keep in mind that dress must dress must be clean and neat.  Dress may not be destructive or disruptive to the school environment, present a threat to safety and health, or violate the law.

The following items of attire should not be worn in school:

  • Bare midriffs, halters, tank tops and articles of clothing which display excessive nudity.  The shirt and/or blouse must meet the pants and/or jeans, trousers, slacks, skirts.
  • Excessively short shorts.  Mid thigh to knee are acceptable.
  • Any article which is excessively soiled.
  • Any articles which display indecent writing, pictures or slogans.
  • Non-prescription sunglasses.
  • Any article which could cause damage to self, other persons or property.
  • Hats, bandanas, sweat bands or head coverings (unless religious) may not be worn in classrooms.
  • Backless sandals, flipflops


Failure to comply with the dress code policy as it pertains to uniforms may result in exclusion from all school activities. (i.e. Field trips, dances, etc).


Bullying can have serious effects, including problems with feelings and schoolwork. If you think your child may be the victim of a bully:

• Respond with care and love, stay calm
• Note details about the bullying, what, when, where and who.
• Share your concerns with the principal or your child’s teacher, they are here to help.
  Effective January 5, 2011 the State of New Jersey approved a “New Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) Law”.  To view the entire law visit:
 Effective August 31, 2011 the State of New Jersey approved the "Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act"  To view this entire law visit:


Hillside Uniform Exchange
Giving and Getting School Uniforms
You do not have to donate a uniform to receive one. We do not have every size.
If you have uniforms to donate, please bring them!
This is a FREE program!

Click on the link for new updated information

Uniform exchange flyer.pdf

Si usted necesita algún documento en el idioma español,por favor contacte a la escuela.

Welcome to the Hillside Public School’s Genesis Parent Portal

The Gradebook module in the parent portal is now available.  Gradebook gives parents real-time access to view their child's class assignment grades. The web site, parents.hillsidek12.org, will provide you with the information you need to access  your child's attendance and academic records. Information will continually be updated. In order to create user accounts and passwords, you must email:

  • your first and last name
  • your child/ren’s names
  • your email address

 Please email this information to ppereira@hillsidek12.org.  Upon receipt of your information, you will electronically receive instructions to set up an account.

Report Cards will no longer be routinely mailed. If you do not have internet access, contact your child’s school.  Arrangements will be made for you to receive a hard copy of the report card.

Any questions or concerns please call the main office.

Visit the Hillside Public Library at www.hillsidepl.org

Parents it is very important that we have current contact numbers for your children. Many times the phone numbers we have are disconnected or changed, in the event of an emergency we need to be able to contact you.

Please remember to call the school at 908-352-7664 Ext. 7400 when your child will be absent.
Thank you!

School Nurse

My job is to help keep your children healthy so
they can do their jobs which is to learn. Read more...

Safety and Security Information

Safety- VERY IMPORTANT • Do not park or drop off children in the school lot. • Please have your children arrive at school close to the bell (8:45) and return home promptly at 3:05. • Always have identification with you when picking up your child during the school day. Please note that only the listed guardians or emergency contacts on the emergency card will have the authority to remove a child from the building. • All doors remain locked during the school day. Please ring the front entrance bell for assistance. • Do not park your car by the yellow lines in front of the building. This space is reserved for bus arrivals and departures as well as municipal vehicles (fire, police) in case of emergencies. Tickets will be issued by the Hillside Police Department for violators of this rule.

District Anti-Bullying Coordinator

George Washington's Co Anti-Bullying Specialists:

Lisa Moscoso
Kelly Kurdyla
908 352-7664 ext 7400
1530 Leslie Street, Hillside, NJ

As per the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act (ABR) (P.L.2010, c.122), the Hillside Public Schools has posted its Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act grades to the school district's HIB webpage, and to each individual school's webpage. Please feel free to contact Dr. Sharon Festante, Anti-Bullying Coordinator if you have any questions.

HIB Self-Assessment Grade

Report forms, Policies and other information is located at, 
District HIB Information 
Contact Board Office if rules of pupil conduct are required in language other than English

Wednesday, December 23
School Event
Early Dismissal- 12:45 PM

Thu, Dec 24 - Fri, Jan 1
School Event
School Closed

Thursday, December 24
Christmas Eve

Friday, December 25
Merry Christmas

Thursday, December 31
New Years Eve