On Wednesday, March 21st, learners will be dismissed at l:00 for our next early release day. This early release day is set aside for our second round of conferences. Unlike the fall, when everyone comes to an individual learner led conference, the spring conference gives families an opportunity to experience kindergarten learning in a different way. You are invited to return and visit our classroom from 1:30-2:30 with your child. We will be working on a family S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) challenge. You will also see some literacy and social studies standards combined in this activity. This is an optional visit and if you need to schedule an individual conference to discuss specific concerns about your child, please let me know and a conference will be scheduled during the second half of the afternoon.

   The kindergarten team would like to make you aware of two schedule changes as the learners approach the end of the school year. Kindergarten learners will have NO school the first two days following April vacation: Monday, April 30th and Tuesday, May 1st. Kindergarten screening for incoming 2018-2019 learners is administered on those days. Kindergarten will also celebrate their last day of school approximately 2-3 days before grades 1-4 to allow the incoming 2018-2019 learners to visit, just as your child may have visited last year. Due to snow days, we do not have an exact date for the last day. Our intention is to give you as much notice as possible and we will get the information out as soon as it is available to us. We appreciate your understanding.

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Volunteering at GES

posted Jul 29, 2017, 5:33 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Oct 13, 2017, 1:38 AM ]

Volunteers are a welcome part of the Gilford Elementary School community.  If you are planning on volunteering in any manner (classroom volunteer, chaperone, etc.), please complete the background investigation and criminal records check. The Gilford Volunteer Policy and Volunteer Requirement documents are posted below. There are several opportunities for volunteers to be fingerprinted this summer noted in the Volunteer Requirement letter sent out by our superintendent. You will need to take action now to be ready to volunteer in our school. You will need to be fingerprinted and have a photo identification taken by our school district. The fingerprints will then be sent to Concord for a thorough background check by the State Police and the FBI. All volunteers should be approved by November 1, 2017. You will be issued a volunteer photo identification ID and you will need to bring that with you each time you volunteer in our school. Many thanks for all you do to help out in our schools and to keep our learners safe. 

Specials Schedule

posted Aug 23, 2016, 7:02 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jul 29, 2017, 6:18 AM ]

Click on the document posted here to learn about when our class will have specials. 

Important Dates

posted Aug 30, 2015, 8:46 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Mar 16, 2018, 2:55 AM ]

Upcoming March events……….

March 18    Family Fun Skating @ the Merrill Fay Skating Rink, Laconia from 1:45-3:15 PM

March 21    Early Release Day~ All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM. Can you come to our family STEAM challenge from 1:30- 2:30 on that afternoon?

March 22   Field trip to Heritage Farm. Bring a bag lunch.

March 30   Report cards will be coming home


posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:38 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 6:31 AM ]

The children are learning to add labels to their pictures and then use those labels in sentences. They are asked to include as many sounds as they hear and write them in the order they hear them. The children know that they are using Size Matters Handwriting skills to write their letters and words.   


posted Mar 24, 2013, 5:12 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Sep 30, 2017, 5:38 AM ]

Reading to your child is a wonderful way to model the reading, speaking, and listening skills they are learning and practicing.   Check out a quick video to learn some great tips for reading with your child in the "Useful Links" part of our class website. 


High Frequency Sight Word List

posted Jan 4, 2013, 1:17 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jul 29, 2017, 6:58 AM ]

    The Dolch high frequency list was published by Edward William Dolch, Ph.D. in his book, Problems in Reading, The Garrard Press, 1948. The Dolch list of high frequency words comprises the 220 words which were common to the word lists used in beginning reading programs.  There is a separate list of 95 Dolch nouns.  Our goal at Gilford Elementary School is to have students use these words correctly when reading, writing, and spelling them.  We will continue to introduce a few new words each week and practice them in various ways.  The words are placed on our Word Wall, a resource used to help students with a visual cue to use these words appropriately in all of their work. Our kindergarten learners will be responsible for learning to read, write, and spell 68 words independently by the end of the school year! Click the document below if you would like a copy of those words.  


posted Nov 25, 2012, 6:00 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jul 29, 2017, 7:03 AM ]

  We will be using the Eureka Math program in GES and GMS. You can find many resources to support your child's learning on our school website under the parent information tab. Learners are given multiple opportunities to learn with concrete manipulatives, pictorial representations, and finally the mathematical expressions. They learn and share strategies for solving a problem and look at various ways to problem solve to determine which is the most efficient way.  We will use Dreambox, our online learning resource, this year as well. Learners can access Dreambox on our ipads in the classroom or through the link on our school website when they are using Dreambox at home.
If you visit the useful links tab (under Classroom Information), you can find websites with math games and resources as well.       

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