Parent Notices

November 19, 2018

posted by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


It was wonderful to see so many loved ones for our luncheon on Thursday. A huge thank you to all the volunteers that helped set up the tables and to our wonderful kitchen staff that made such a delicious meal.  Our school is about community, and all of you make this a wonderful place for our learners.


Our school district is currently developing its Strategic Plan and would love to have your ideas and opinions about what visions you have for the future of our school. Please join me on Saturday, December 1st from 9:00 to 10:00 AM for Coffee and Conversation. Bring your ideas and be ready to help shape the future for your children!


As the holiday season approaches, now is a great time to purchase the 2018-2019 yearbook for your GES learner.  All orders completed before November 30th will receive a 5% discount. See the attached flyer for information on how to order.  If you have any questions, please email Katie Bryant at kbryant@sau73.org.


Attachment:

Yearbook Form


I want to wish all our families a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family and friends.


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

Nov 21-23 Thanksgiving Break

Nov 30 Picture Retakes (rescheduled from the school day)

Dec 1 Coffee and Conversation (9-10am) at GES

Dec 5 Early Release

Dec 14 Showcase, 1:45PM
Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, December 18, 2018:
November Yearbook Special.pdf

November 13, 2018

posted Nov 13, 2018, 5:22 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


I hope you are enjoying this Veteran’s Day weekend. Thank you to all the veterans for their service. It was wonderful to see the learners sharing their goals and academic achievements with their families on Friday during learner led conferences.  The staff and learners were excited to welcome families into GES and discuss their progress and goals. A huge thank you to the volunteer steering committee and PTA for providing the delicious meals for staff during the day on Friday.


We have a packed week coming up:

Tuesday, November 13 PTA Meeting @ 3:30, GES Library

Wednesday, November 14 Early Release: Learners are dismissed at 1:00PM

Thursday, November 15 Lunch with a Loved One (Schedule below)


Important Information:

Please attend the next PTA meeting on Tuesday, November 13 at 3:30 at GES for a presentation by Shen Curly on insecurity and low self-esteem in adolescents.

Presentation highlights:       

  • Low self-esteem: helping to define, identify and mitigate in adolescents

  • What low-self esteem is, what it is associated with/consequences, why it is important to identify

  • Some alarming statistics regarding self-esteem and adolescents

  • How to help your adolescent that is struggling with self-esteem, such as developing accurate perceptions of themselves, defining themselves broadly, judging themselves kindly, building competence, preventing inflated self-esteem or narcissism

We are anticipating over 235 guests for Lunch With A Loved One on Thursday, November 15th. The specific time and location is below.  We will greet our guests at the front of the school and you can walk to lunch with your child.  We can’t wait to welcome our special guests.


Lunch Time

Location

Grade 1 Lunch

10:45-11:45

Cafeteria

Kindergarten Lunch

11:10-12:00

Gym

Grade 4 Lunch

11:30-12:20

4th grade classrooms

Grade 2 Lunch

11:55-12:45

Gym

Grade 3 Lunch

12:15-1:05

Cafeteria


As we head into flu season, Nurse Jenn wanted to share this guide for parents.

 

Gilford Middle School is hosting the Lego Robotics Competition on Saturday, November 17th. They are in need of help. Please click here if interested in assisting.


The cold weather is now upon us and we are asking that you please label your child's hats, mittens, sweaters, jackets, etc. in case they get separated from them.


Attachment:

Policy Agenda: 11/13/18 7:30AM

 


Have a wonderful day!

Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

Nov 13 PTA Meeting, 3:30 Presentation from Ms. Curly

Nov 14 Early Release, 1:00PM Dismissal

Nov 15 Lunch with a Loved One

Nov 21-23 Thanksgiving Break


You can find events listed on the calendar on the school website too.



Attachments available for 30 days until Wednesday, December 12, 2018:
Policy Agenda 11-13-2018.pdf

November 5, 2018

posted Nov 5, 2018, 4:18 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


I hope everyone had a great weekend. You know when we have had too much rain when there are ducks on our playground instead of children.It looks like there is more rain coming this week :(


Thank you to all the families that came out for our Enchanted Forest Family Fun night. It was a blast making woodland crafts, dancing, and checking out the books at the book fair. Thank you once again to the Volunteer Steering Committee for making it a great night.  Remember the book fair will be open all this week.


We are excited for our learner led conferences on Friday.  

HINTS FOR FAMILIES

  • Express positive interest and anticipation about the upcoming conference.

  • Be on time.

  • Listen and respond to the learner.

  • Express pride in growth and progress.

  • Ask questions (see below for samples).

  • Be positive, offering to help in areas where improvement is needed.

  • Recognize that learners need to develop independence in communicating progress – the teacher will be there to facilitate and answer specific questions.

POSSIBLE QUESTIONS TO ASK DURING THE CONFERENCE

  • Can you explain this to me?

  • How did you come up with this idea?

  • How have you grown in this area?

  • How can you improve in this area?

  • How can we help you at home?

  • What was important to you about this?

  • If you could do this work over again, how would you change it?

  • What future goals do you have as a learner?



Important Events this week:

Monday, November 5th School Board meeting, 5:30 GHS Library

School Board Budget Presentation, 7:00PM Auditorium

Monday, November 5th World Language Classes begin today

Grades 1-2 (French) 3:15-3:45 Room 660

Grade 3-4 (Spanish) 3:15-4:00 Room 671

Friday, November 9th Learner Led Conferences (No school for our learners, but they  attend their learner led conference with their families)


Important Announcements:

  • If you ordered Gilford Spirit Wear you can pick it up in the GES office.

  • The next Volunteer Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m at the SAU Office. The process takes approximately 20 minutes.  New sessions start every ten minutes. Photos will be taken for ID badge.



Attachments:

Gilford Got Lunch Election Day Food Drive

Rotary Tea Party Flyer


Have a wonderful week!


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

Nov 2- 9 Book Fair

Nov 5 School Board Meeting, 5:30 GHS Library

 School Board Budget Presentation, 7:00PM Auditorium

Nov 5 World Language Classes begin

Nov 6 Voting Day

Nov 7 Volunteer Clinic, 8-9AM

Nov 9 Learner Led Conferences, No School

Nov 10 Gilford Rotary Tea Party, 2-4PM @ Gilford Community Church

Nov 12 No School, Veteran’s Day

Nov 14 Early Release, 1:00PM Dismissal

Nov 15 Lunch with a Loved One

Nov 21-23 Thanksgiving Break


You can find events listed on the calendar on the school website too



Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, December 04, 2018:
SKM_C65918102911250.pdf
GGL.pdf

October 29, 2018

posted Oct 29, 2018, 4:48 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Notification from: Gilford Elementary School

Dear GES Families:


I hope you all enjoyed this past weekend. It was wonderful to welcome so many families to our Artist in Residence Showcase on Friday. What an amazing performance!  A huge thank you to all the volunteers and the Integrated Arts team for all of their time and effort to put on this showcase. The learners showed pride in their community of Gilford and their creative talents!


Important Dates this Week:


  • Wednesday, HALLOWEEN PARADE, 9:00AM

  • Friday, Treats for Troops (8:20-8:40am)

  • Friday, Book Fair Opens, “Enchanted Forest” Family Fun Night 5-7PM


If you ordered Gilford Clothing it in is and will be here on Monday, Oct. 29th  for pick up in the GES office!


Volunteer Clinic:


The next Volunteer Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m at the SAU Office. The process takes approximately 20 minutes.  New sessions start every ten minutes. Photos will be taken for ID badge.


Attachments:

Treats for Troops

Enchanted Forest Family Night


Have a fantastic week!


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

On November 5th at 5:30 in the GHS library, there will be a School Board meeting with a 7:00pm public presentation on the budget in the lecture hall. Please attend to show your support.


October 31 Halloween Parade *New Route includes Bacon Driveand Belknap Mountain Road, 9:00am start

Nov 2 Lunch with Loved One Forms due (handed out in back packs)

Nov 2 Treats for the Troops Collection

Nov 2- 9 Book Fair

Nov 2 Family Fun Night, “Enchanted Forest”, 5-7 PM

Nov 5 School Board Meeting, 5:30 GHS Library

Nov 7 Volunteer Clinic, 8-9AM

Nov 9 Learner Led Conferences, No School

You can find events listed on the calendar on the school website too.



Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, November 27, 2018:
SKM_C65918102512170.pdf
Family Fun Night 2018 Enchanted Forest.pdf

October 22, 2018

posted Oct 22, 2018, 4:15 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


Over the past few weeks the GES learners have been working with our resident artist Lesley Smith a world-class ventriloquist, puppeteer and  singer/songwriter who has decades of experience working in schools and with organizations to inspire and educate on critical life and social skills.  


Through art, technology, music, storytelling and dance our learners have been working to share their perspectives on “Loving Our Backyard.”  This residency has and will celebrate Gilford through the lens of history, culture, arts, environment, values and relationships.

Our Artist in Residence Showcase(s) will be held on Friday, October 26th at 9:30 AM and 1:30 PM.  Please see the attached flyer for details of each performance.

 



Important Reminders:

  • Please return pink Biographical Information Sheets as soon as possible.  The office must have current information on file for emergencies. We still need over 75 forms to be returned.

  • The next Volunteer Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m at the SAU Office. The process takes approximately 20 minutes.  New sessions start every ten minutes. Photos will be taken for ID badge.


Attachments:

Learn to Skate

Artist in Residency Flyer


Have a fantastic week!

Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

October 26 Artist in Residence Presentations (9:30, 1:30)

October 31 Halloween Parade *New Route includes Bacon Drive and Belknap Mountain Road, 9:00am start time

Nov 2 Treats for the Troops Collection

Nov 2- 9 Book Fair

Nov 2 Family Fun Night, “Enchanted Forest”, 5-7 PM

Nov 7 Volunteer Clinic, 8-9 AM

Nov 9 Learner Led Conferences, No School

You can find events listed on the calendar on the school website too.


Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, November 20, 2018:
Loving Our Backyard Flyer (2) (2).pdf
Learntoskate.pdf

October 15, 2018

posted Oct 15, 2018, 4:17 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Did anyone attend the NH Pumpkin Festival this past weekend?


I want to thank all the supportive families we have here in Gilford!  I am overwhelmed by the generosity of so many volunteers. This past week I witnessed a number of volunteers helping in the art room for our Artist in Residence program, chaperoning our 4th grade hike up Mt. Major and carving pumpkins for the Pumpkin Festival. A special thanks to HPI for donating 200 pumpkins. Also, this past Saturday night several families attended the PTA fundraiser and gave generously to support all of our schools. We truly live in a special community.


Here are some additional ways to help your child become better writers:

  • Share any form of writing you do with your child–lists, notes, letters–they all help children realize the importance of writing.

  • Give your child opportunities to tell you about what they know. If your child is an expert at Legos, encourage him/her to tell you about it. The more organized the explanation, the better, as this practice will help him/her develop informational writing pieces.

  • Encourage your child to persuade or argue with reasons and evidence. Need a new pair of shoes? Convince me! Why do you need a new pair of shoes, and how can you tell? What will happen if you don’t get a pair of new shoes? How will your life improve? This sounds silly, but this type of thinking and speaking will dramatically help your child when s/he’s learning to write opinion pieces.

  • Point out the revision process in anything you do together. If you are building blocks, sometimes, you make a different decision about the foundation. If you are cooking, you might add more salt. If you are painting a picture, you might need to start over. These are revision decisions that build flexibility of thought and are critical for writers of all ages and stages.

Important Dates:

  • Early Release this Wednesday. Learners dismissed at 1:00PM

  • PTA Movie Night this Friday at the Gilford Middle School. Come enjoy Coco! Movie starts at 7:00 PM.

  • The next Volunteer Clinic will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2018 ~ 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m at the SAU Office. The process takes approximately 20 minutes.  New sessions start every ten minutes. Photos will be taken for ID badge.

  • Monday Enrichment Classes begin this week. Mondays Yoga with Nurse Jenn Grades 3-4

    Attachments:

Artist in Residence Program Flyer

Spanish Classes offered at Gilford Public Library


Have a fantastic week!


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

October 17 Early Release: All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM

October 19 PTA Movie Night. Come enjoy Coco! Movie starts at 7:00 PM. GMS

October 26 Artist in Residence Presentations

October 31 Halloween Parade *New Route includes Bacon Driveand Belknap Mountain Road, 9:00am start time

Nov 2 Treats for the Troops Collection

Nov 2- 9 Book Fair

Nov 2 Family Fun Night, “Enchanted Forest”, 5-7 PM

Nov 7 Volunteer Clinic, 8-9AM

Nov 9 Learner Led Conferences, No School

You can find events listed on the calendar on the school website too.


Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, November 13, 2018:
Loving Our Backyard Flyer (2) (1).pdf
Spanish.png

October 9, 2018

posted Oct 9, 2018, 4:41 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Notification from: Gilford Elementary School

Dear GES Families:


I hope you enjoyed the holiday weekend. One of our school goals this year is to continue to focus on writing instruction. Here are some ways to support your learner as a writer at home.

Ways to support your child’s writing life:

  • Ask your child to tell you stories, and help them structure the stories into a beginning, middle, and end format. Your interest will inspire him/her to want to add the details that make it a story, and telling stories is an important precursor to writing stories.

  • Tell your child stories–ones from your childhood, ones from your days– He/she will love hearing about your life, and listening to stories will help develop the understanding of how to tell stories.

  • Read. Read more. Stop and gasp when you read something beautiful. Stop and laugh when you read something funny. Stop and groan when you read something goofy. Your child will pick up on craft moves and amaze you because they will show up in his/her writing. Make the question “How did the writer do that?” part of your repertoire as you read with children.

We have a busy weekend coming up! Check out some important events:

Events this week:

Some enrichment classes start this week.

Tuesday  - Crafts with Nurse Jenn (3:15-4:30)

Tuesday -  Who Wants to Be a Mad Scientist (3:15-4:30)

Wednesday -  Out and About (Oct. 10th 3-5PM)

Thursday - Karate with Sensei Beth (3:15-3:45)

PTA Membership Drive ends this Friday, October 12th

PTA Halloween Party at Gilford Youth Center, 6:00-10:30 PM, Saturday, October 13th


Important Reminders:


Please return pink Biographical Information Sheets as soon as possible.  The office must have current information on file for emergencies. We still need over 200 forms to be returned. This information is needed if we need to contact you about your child.


Attached is a yearbook order form. Any questions about the yearbook should be sent to Katie Bryant at kbryant@sau73.org.


Attachments:

Policy Packet for 10-9-2018

GES Yearbook Order form


Have a fantastic week!

Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

October 9 Policy Meeting, 7:30am GHS

October 9 PTA Meeting, 3:30 in GES Learning Commons

October 12 PTA Membership Drive ends this Friday

October 13 PTA Halloween Party at Gilford Youth Center, 6:00-10:30 PM

October 17 Early Release: All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM

October 19 PTA Movie Night. Come enjoy Coco! Movie starts at 7:00 PM. GMS

October 26 Artist in Residence Presentations

October 31 Halloween Parade *New Route includes Bacon Drive and Belknap Mountain Road, 9:00am start time

Nov 2 Treats for the Troops Collection

Nov 2- 9 Book Fair

Nov 2 Family Fun Night, “Enchanted Forest”, 5-7 PM

Nov 9 Learner Led Conferences, No School

You can find events listed on the calendar on the school website too.

Attachments available for 30 days until Wednesday, November 07, 2018:
October Yearbook Flyer.pdf
10-9-2018 Policy Packet.pdf

October 1, 2018

posted Oct 1, 2018, 5:13 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Notification from: Gilford Elementary School

Dear GES Families:



We had our kick off to the Artist in Residence program last week. All our learners were able to meet Sammy the Snail. The Integrated Arts team will work throughout the month with Lesley Smith and the final performances will take place on October 26th.

 

Important Events This Week:

 

  • A reminder that we have an early release this Wednesday, October 3rd. All learners are dismissed at 1:00pm.

 

  • This Friday, October 5th is PICTURE DAY! It is also National Smile Day :)

 

  • Kick Off for Banking is Thursday, October 4th.  

    • Previous bankers do not have to re-register.

    • Registration requests will be sent home Thursday.

 

Important Announcements:

 

  • Please return pink Biographical Information Sheets as soon as possible.  The office must have current information on file for emergencies.

 

  • ConvenientMD is happy to be able to offer free flu shots again this year! Your students’ families can just walk in to any of our 11 locations 8am to 8pm, 7 days a week to get their free flu shot. No appointment needed.  We do charge insurance at no cost to the patient and, we offer flu shots at no cost to patients without insurance as well – with or without insurance, there will be no charge!


PTA Membership Drive: We sincerely appreciate your help and support! Everyone that becomes a member will be entered into a raffle for a local spa.  Membership drives ends October 12th. We are shooting for 100% participation! Click here:

GILFORD DISTRICT PTA 2018-2019 MEMBERSHIP FORM


Attachments:

Gilford School Board Agendas

PTA Fundraiser


Have a wonderful week!


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

October 1 Gilford-Gilmanton Joint School Board meeting  6:00 GHS library
Gilford School Board meeting immediately following Joint SB meeting

October 3 Early Release, 1:00PM Dismissal

October 5 School picture day
October 8 No School-Columbus Day

October 13 PTA Halloween Costume Party(6:00-10:30 PM) @ Gilford Youth Center.
October 19 PTA Movie Night. Come enjoy Coco! Movie starts at 7:00 PM.
October 17 Early Release: All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM

You can find events listed on the calendar on the school website too.

September 24, 2018

posted Sep 24, 2018, 4:26 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


Gilford Elementary School is fortunate to host another Artist in Residence program this year and welcome Lesley Smith as our resident artist.  Lesley is a world-class ventriloquist, puppeteer and singer/songwriter who has decades of experience working in schools and with organizations to inspire and educate on critical life and social skills.  

Through art, technology, music, storytelling and dance our learners will share their perspectives on “Loving Our Backyard.”  This residency will celebrate Gilford through the lens of history, culture, arts, environment, values and relationships.


Over the next five weeks, GES learners will collaborate with the Integrated Arts team to create various representations of our own backyard and share these presentations at one of two performances on Friday, October 26th at GES.  More information will be shared soon with specific details for these performances.


Classroom web pages:  We have taken down our classroom pages as we work to make all of our web pages ADA compliant.  Our staff will continue to use email, newsletters and google classroom to communicate with families.

PTA Membership Drive: We sincerely appreciate your help and support! Everyone that becomes a member will be entered into a raffle for a local spa.  Membership drives ends October 12th. We are shooting for 100% participation! Click here:

GILFORD DISTRICT PTA 2018-2019 MEMBERSHIP FORM

 

School Spirit Wear: The online store is open from Sept 17 - Sept 28. Use this site to purchase clothing.

 

Have a great week!

 

Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Attachments:

Youth Hockey

Learn to Skate

PTA Halloween Costume Party PTA Family Movie Night


Important Dates

September 26 Artist in Residency program  begins October 1 School Board Meeting, 6PM @ Gilford High School
October 3 Early Release: All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM

October 5 School picture day
October 13 PTA Halloween Costume Party(6:00-10:30 PM) @ Gilford Youth Center.
October 19 PTA Movie Night. Come enjoy Coco! Movie starts at 7:00 PM.
October 17 Early Release: All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM

You can find events listed on the calendar on the school website too.



Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, October 23, 2018:
bauer_1st shift approved (1)_LMT.pdf
IMG_7682 (1).JPG
IMG_7925 (1).JPG
Family Movie Night.pdf

September 19, 2018

posted Sep 19, 2018, 5:38 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:

 

We have an early release today, September 19th.  All learners will be dismissed at 1:00PM. Please plan accordingly.

 

PTA Membership Drive:The Gilford PTA has made it exceptionally easy for you to donate now! You simply fill out the form below, and it will lead you to Paypal.  Once you're there, select whatever sponsorship level you're comfortable with and you can pay by credit card or check! You can also chose to become a PTA member for $25 and receive monthly updates!  We will tell you how much money we raised at our event this year because of you, and each month we will send you an update on what was funded through the PTA. In the past we have funded projects such as: technology programs, 3-D printers, outdoor learning centers, summer camps, etc....    

We sincerely appreciate your help and support! Everyone that becomes a member will be entered into a raffle for a local spa.  Membership drives ends October 12th. We are shooting for 100% participation!

 

Click here:

GILFORD DISTRICT PTA 2018-2019 MEMBERSHIP FORM

 

Sincerely, Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal

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