The first graders will be going on a field trip on Friday, May 5th to the Capital Center for the Arts. We will be watching a performance of Charlotte's Web.  We have been doing lots of STEAM challenges and writing centered around the themes found in this wonderful story.  We have 2 early release days in May!  Friday, May 19th and Wednesday, May 24th all learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM.  May 24th is also the date of our district-wide STEAM Expo which will be held at Gilford High School this year.  Please plan on attending with your children to explore all the great Science, Technology, Engineering, Art integration, and Mathematics our learners use throughout the district.  First graders will be there to present their STEAM projects we have done in connection with our work with Charlotte's Web.  

Learners will continue to bring home individualized spelling word lists until June. The children are expected to be able to read, write (correct letter formation and use of capitals and lower case letters), and spell the words from the high frequency word list in their own work. We will assess their knowledge of these words at the end of the year. 

Our hiking challenge is in effect from now until the end of the school year! Mrs. Bolduc has challenged families to visit 8 different hiking trails found around Gilford. If you would like to participate, use the hiking safety tips and trail guide with your family each time you hike a trail in Gilford. You will find a GES Trailhead stamp located at the beginning of each trail for you to use on your trail guide. If you complete all 8 hikes, return the hiking guide to Mrs. Bolduc and your child(ren) will earn a hiking medal.  

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Specials Schedule

posted Aug 23, 2016, 7:02 AM by Mary Godbout

First grade will have specials from 1:15-2:00 each day. Click on the document below to see which day we have music, computer lab, physical education, art, and library. It will also give you the teacher's name for each specials class. 

Important Dates

posted Aug 30, 2015, 8:46 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated May 4, 2017, 8:11 AM ]

May 5 ~ Field trip to see Charlotte’s Web at the Capital Center for the Arts

May 18-23 ~ Scholastic Book Fair come join us and stock up on some great books for summer reading with your child. There will be a cook out for families on the evening of May 18th. You'll be sure to relish reading and great books! 

May 19 ~ Early Release all learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM and there are no activities or programs for learners that afternoon.  

May 24 ~ Early Release all learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM and there are no activities or programs for learners that afternoon. Come and visit the STEAM Expo at Gilford High School that evening at 6:00-7:30 PM. 

May 29 ~ Memorial Day no school as we celebrate our national holiday

June 2 ~ Showcase come join us in the gym for the last showcase performance of the year. We will begin at 1:45 PM. 

June 13 ~ Talent Show we will hold our annual Talent Show from 1:30-2:30. 

June 14 ~ Last Day of School/ Early Release ~ Class party, step up day and early release! Report cards will be coming home with learners on the last day of school. All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM and there are no activities or programs for learners that afternoon. 


posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:38 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 7:09 AM ]

Our young authors are using the 6 Traits of Writing to develop their writing skills. The 6 Traits of Writing include: ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, and conventions. Click on the file below to find more information about writing with the Six Traits.   


posted Mar 24, 2013, 5:12 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 5:57 PM ]

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 word list

posted Jan 4, 2013, 1:17 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 7:11 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.  Many of these words were introduced to your child at the kindergarten level.  In first grade we will introduce and learn words that have short and long vowel patterns, color words, number words, word families, r-controlled vowel patterns, and more complex vowel patterns (like –ew, -oo, -ou, -ow).  Your child will continue to learn more words in second grade.   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. 


posted Nov 25, 2012, 6:00 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Mar 17, 2017, 3:20 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 continue to utilize Dreambox, our online learning resource, this year as well. Learners can access Dreambox on our ipads or Chrome books in the classroom or through the link on our school website when they are using Dreambox at home.  
  We play lots of games in our classroom to help us learn.   Check here for math games you can play at home too.  You may need dice, coins, or counters to play the games.  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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