This month we have 2 early release days: May 9th and May 18th. On both of those days, all learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM and there are no afternoon activities or programs for learners. Please note that the May 18th date is our only FRIDAY early release day.  Our walking field trips to the village will happen throughout the months of May and June. The kindergarten learners will be creating a map of our travels and what we learned about community helpers. We will be presenting our work at the Community Partners evening on Tuesday, May 22nd from 5:30-7:30 PM in the GES gym. There is a Community Cook-Out from 4:00-5:30 on the same evening, so you can come and have dinner with us, too. There is no cost for the cook-out. We hope that you can come and learn about all the wonderful connections our school has with various people and businesses in the area. 

On Monday, April 2nd, The Gilford School Board agreed to make Thursday, June 21, 2018 the last day of schools for students. The Board also agreed to add ten (10) minutes to 36 school days between April 9th and June 5th. By doing so, we will satisfy the State's hourly requirement for student attendance. This decision was made in an effort to minimize the impact of the end-of-school year and summer vacation plans and commitments that families and students may have. Bus pick up times during this adjustment period will not change.

 Kindergarten will have their last day of school on June 18th to allow the incoming 2018-2019 learners to visit, just as your child may have visited last year. 

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 blue 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 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 May 18, 2018, 3:10 AM ]

April 9- June 5 Revised school hours. School starts at 8:30 AM for the elementary school. You may drop off your child between 8:20-8:30.

Upcoming May events……….

May 18   Early Release~ all learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM and there are no afternoon programs or activities. This is our only FRIDAY early release day.

May 22  Community Partners evening from 5:30-7:30 PM at GES. Can you come to the Community Cook-Out from 4:00-5:30? This is a free event! Stay and enjoy our Kindergarten map projects at the Community Partners event!  

May 28  Memorial Day~ no school 


posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:38 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated May 12, 2018, 5:33 AM ]

We started our last writing unitpersuasive writing! The children are writing to share their opinion about a topic of their choice. During the last 2 months of school, we will learn how to state reasons to support our opinion and how to really convince an audience to agree with our opinion. They have learned that when you want to change someone's mind about a topic, you might want to write a letter, make a sign, design a petition, create a song, or write a story with facts. They continue to make sure they are recording sounds they hear in words, leaving spaces between words, using capital and lower case letters in the correct places, and starting and ending sentences correctly. The children know that they can use the  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 May 12, 2018, 5:35 AM ]

  We use 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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