• School Climate Survey - We invite all parents and guardians of students currently enrolled in our school to take a voluntary survey to provide feedback on the climate of our school. The survey covers topics such as academics, communication, safety, and the learning environment. Your participation is important as we solicit the feedback of all stakeholders. Again, our goal is to ensure that we create a positive school environment for our students. Thank you for your support. 
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  • Newsletter - Garfield East is proud to announce that we now have a school newsletter! The Eagle's View is our brand new email newsletter. Copies of the newsletter will be made available in the office; you can also view it below on the Eagle's View tab.
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  • Breakfast & Lunch Information - For information about our Breakfast and Lunch program, including prices and free/reduced lunch application, please see the Chartwells page. Please note that Breakfast will begin at 8:00 AM for our Before/After School Program and 8:25 AM for all other students. You can also look up your child's account and pay their balance at My Payments Plus.
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  • HIB School Report - Beginning with the 2011-2012 school year, our school district has conscientiously implemented the requirements found in the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act with the establishment of Policy and Reporting Procedures, School-based Safety Teams, HIB Initiatives and Staff training. Please see our School HIB Self-Assessment Report.
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  • Uniforms - Information about the district's uniform policy can be found by clicking here. Please refer to the policy when purchasing uniforms for your child. It is important to note that the policy has been changed to allow navy blue uniform bottoms. 
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Summer 2015

The summer break is always a great time for relaxing and rejuvenating. Staff and students all over the building will enjoy the time playing games, going to the beach, or even heading out on vacation. One of the things we want to avoid, though, is the "summer slide". Without practicing skills, students often forget what they've learned over the previous year, and we want to start off the next school year on the right foot. 
We ask all of our students to complete a summer packet, so that they can practice the skills that they've learned over the previous year. This year, we want to provide an incentive for our students to complete their packets, so we will be providing holding a water ice party for students who have turned in a completed packet by the first week of school. A copy of the summer packet can be found below, and you can also obtain a copy from the main office.  
We also would like to remind you that beginning on Wednesday, July 3, we will begin summer office hours:
8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
I always recommend that you call the office first to set up an appointment. You can also always email me at  
I hope you enjoy your summer, and look forward to seeing everyone in September!
Phillip Crisostomo
* For our students attending the Memorial 6th Grade Academy 
"We Enter to Learn, We Leave to Achieve" 


March 18, 2014
As you are well aware, children grow up fast. I've often heard the phrase, "the older you are, the faster they grow". It can be hard to keep up with everything your child is learning!
We hope you'll stay tuned into our school website over the next few weeks. We will soon be posting videos of some of our major events and projects. This will help you have an insight into what is happening here at Garfield East, so that no matter where you are, you will always have a chance to see what is happening inside of our school.
We will also soon be instituting parent workshops, so that you have a chance to learn how to help your child succeed in school. We hope to have some of these workshops online so that you can take this information wherever you go.
As always, if you have any questions about what is happening at Garfield East, I encourage you to email me at I look forward to hearing from you.
Phillip Crisostomo


Garfield East Elementary School
Mission Statement
Our mission at Garfield East Elementary School is to prepare all learners for a changing world through the pursuit of knowledge. The teachers and support staff work cooperatively and collaboratively to guide students to the maximum level of academic achievement in a safe, positive, and nurturing environment. Our school promotes excellence in teaching and learning through a climate of mutual respect, trust, and cooperation. We expect our students to become self-motivated, self-assessing and responsible citizens. We acknowledge that our students are unique individuals; and by setting high academic standards for each of them, they will soar to excellence and understand that learning is an on-going process that never ends.

The Garfield East Elementary School is a part of the Willingboro Public School District. The school houses pre-kindergarten through fourth grade and enrolls approximately 440 students. A safe, stimulating, and nurturing educational environment is the standard at the Garfield East Elementary School. Key educational goals of the school include the following:
  • To provide instruction aligned with the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards
  • To provide an environment that is safe and conducive to learning
  • To promote physical and emotional well being
  • To promote good citizenship
  • To develop productive and motivated students
  • To provide the knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes necessary for a lifetime of learning

Garfield East Elementary students are aware of the importance of respecting the rights of others and being responsible to make good choices. Assembly programs as well as classroom activities are planned to discuss and reinforce character education and appropriate school behavior. The school employs a full-time Child Study Team and guidance counselor/social worker who leads the anti-bullying and character education programs.

The curriculum at Garfield East Elementary School is challenging and meaningful. Balanced literacy, incorporating authentic literature, is an integral part of the school’s reading program. Students are also instructed in the various components of the writing process. The mathematics and science programs provide students with challenging “hands on” experiences that promote critical thinking and problem solving skills. Students are given the opportunity to develop the concepts needed to provide a solid foundation for future learning. The social studies program includes a combination of projects and activities that are designed to enhance the curriculum and increase student understanding. Students work in cooperative learning groups in an effort to develop interpersonal skills that facilitate learning.

School spirit is high at Garfield East Elementary School. The first Friday of every month is “School Spirit Day”. Staff and students are encouraged to wear their school spirit wear and/or our school colors yellow and green! The PTA provides special cultural arts and educational programs for the students throughout the school year. Parents are encouraged to participate as volunteers in the classroom. Parent and community volunteers are encouraged to visit classrooms as “mystery readers” and surprise a class by reading a favorite book!

The students at Garfield East Elementary School are provided with a comprehensive and challenging educational program. Every student receives the standards-based instruction necessary to build a solid foundation for future academic, social, and emotional success. Garfield East Elementary School is particularly proud of the achievement of AYP in both Language Arts and Mathematics and in the designation of a 2005 Governor’s School of Academic Excellence.

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