The Gilford PTA will be sponsoring a Kindergarten Play Date on Wednesday, August 22nd at the GES Imagination Station Playground from 6:00-7:00 PM. This is a wonderful opportunity to come and play and meet some of the other families. The kindergarten teachers will not be attending, but we are looking forward to seeing you all at Open House on Tuesday, August 28th. 

If your child will be riding the bus, please contact the bus company to help them determine the bus routes for the fall.  

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 ...
    Posted Aug 16, 2017, 6:13 AM by Mary Godbout
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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 ...
    Posted Oct 15, 2017, 11:38 AM by Mary Godbout
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Volunteering at GES

posted Jul 29, 2017, 5:33 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 17, 2018, 6:45 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. The next volunteer fingerprinting and orientation sessions will be: announced when it has been scheduled. 

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. 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 Aug 13, 2018, 4:15 PM ]

Click on the document below to find out when our class will be having specials each day. 

Weekly newsletters

posted Aug 10, 2016, 4:15 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jun 22, 2018, 8:25 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 14, 2018, 7:57 AM ]

Upcoming summer events……….

August 22  Kindergarten Play Date on Imagination Station from 6:00-7:00 PM sponsored by the PTA  

August 28  Open House from 5:00-6:00 PM at GES

August 29  First Day of Kindergarten! 

August 29-31  We will have kindergarten from 8:30-11:30 AM on these three days. Please check your return (home) bus number carefully as it may be different from your regular bus number for these three days. 


posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:38 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 6, 2018, 4:44 PM ]

Draw pictures about your summer adventures and bring them to share with us in the fall. You can keep a science or nature journal, write a letter or postcard to your family, or hunt for letters and words you can read in the print you find you this summer.  


posted Mar 24, 2013, 5:12 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jun 22, 2018, 8:41 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 Jun 22, 2018, 8:42 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 4, 2018, 6:45 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 Chrome Books 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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