Hope to see you at our Open House on Tuesday, August 29th!  You will get to meet your teacher and classmates and try some different types of learning activities to find out what kind of a learner you are.  You family will be able to get important information about the school year and sign up for a November Learner Led conference time.  
   The first 3 days of school will be a half day for kindergarten learners, which will help them transition into the school year. Dismissal will be at 11:30 on these three days. During the first few weeks of school we appreciate your patience as dismissal and buses may be running a bit late.  We need to be sure each child is on the appropriate bus as bus drivers are becoming familiar with new routes. If your child is being picked up after school, we need to be sure we know exactly who your child is leaving with, so we ask that you DO NOT leave the premises until you have spoken with the adult who escorted the "pick ups" outside.  Please be sure we are aware of how your child will typically be getting home and notify us in advance of any transportation changes. If you forget to send a note, please call the school and leave a message. Without some kind of contact from PARENTS we will need to send your child home as usual.  

Recent Announcements

  • Supporting your student        So many families have asked, "How can I support my child from home?" It is very important for students to come to school ready to learn. Establish and keep a ...
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Homework Assignments

  • Reading at Home  Book Club is a great way to make reading part of your daily family life.   Each week you will get a purple bag with reading material and a book club ...
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Volunteering at GES

posted Jul 29, 2017, 5:33 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jul 29, 2017, 9:12 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 this summer prior to volunteering 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. 

Weekly newsletters

posted Aug 10, 2016, 4:15 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 16, 2017, 5:49 AM ]

Each Friday our class newsletter will be posted here. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please send an email message to let me know which address to send your newsletter to each week. 

Important Dates

posted Aug 30, 2015, 8:46 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 16, 2017, 5:50 AM ]

August 23rd (9:00 AM-1:00 PM) potential volunteers may come to the SAU office at 2 Belknap Mountain Road and be fingerprinted.  

August 24th (12:00-3:00 PM) potential volunteers may come to the SAU office at 2 Belknap Mountain Road and be fingerprinted.  

August 29th (5:00-6:00 PM) Elementary School Open House (may be rescheduled due to our construction project timeline)~ Come and find your classroom, meet your teacher and classmates, and sign up for Fall Learner Led conferences. Potential volunteers may come to the elementary school at 76 Belknap Mountain Road and be fingerprinted.  

August 30 First Day of the school year. Kindergarten learners will be attending for a half day of school.

August 31st Kindergarten learners will be attending for a half day of school

September 1st Kindergarten learners will be attending for a half day of school

September 4th Labor Day~ No school for learners

September 5~ Full Day kindergarten schedule begins; PTA meeting at 6:30 PM in the GES Library. All are welcome to attend.

September 20~ Early release~ all learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM. There are no afternoon activities or programs for learners.  



posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:38 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jun 21, 2017, 7:03 AM ]

Can't wait to read your stories about your summer adventures! Make sure you go out and make lots of memories this summer.   


posted Mar 24, 2013, 5:12 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jul 29, 2017, 9:04 AM ]

Reading to your child is a wonderful way to model the reading skills they are learning and practicing.   When you are looking for "Just Right" books for your child to read to you, ask them to use the Five Finger Rule to find a book. 


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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