Hello GES Families,
Looking for an activity for
our upcoming Early Release on January 25th? Gilford Library is hosting a Winter Tracking
event, which will help us track some of our favorite friends from Gooseberry
Park. Please contact Gilford Library at 524-6042 for more info. Remember to read chapters 4 thru 7 and keep
answering those trivia questions!
The Gilford Parent/Teacher
Association(PTA) and the Gilford Together coalition are sponsoring a parent
program "Screenagers', which will address the daily average of 6.5 hours
of nonacademic screen(smart phone and computer)time use by our youth. This one
hour video will be at the Gilford Elementary School at 6:00
p.m. on Thursday January 19; and will be followed by a discussion of
the film. Appetizers will be provided for all those that attend this important
"In this film, physician and filmmaker,
Delaney Ruston, explores her personal struggles with her own children and
family concerning social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction.
With poignant and unexpectedly funny stories, along with surprising insights
from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, 'Screenagers' reveals how
tech time impacts child development and offers solutions helping kids navigate
the digital world and find balance." A commentary on the decrease in
parental interaction with a concurrent increase of social media is discussed;
and the need for a better balance between the two is addressed.
The Gilford Together coalition is a group of
parents, community advocates, and school administrators who are addressing the
issue of illicit drug and alcohol use within the community. The coalition is
chaired by Rae Mello-Andrews(Gilford School Board) and Serene Eastman(NH Dept.
of Correction), and meets on the third Tuesday of each month at the
Gilford Community Center conference room. The recently released report
"The Voice of New Hampshire Young Adults" showed that New Hampshire
youth(18 to 25 years old)have experienced "a higher rate of illicit drug
dependency and abuse than other states in the Northeast and the rest of the
nation." New Hampshire also is leading the country on rates of binge
drinking. To read the report, go to http://www.dhhs.nh.gov/dcbcs/bdas/ and scroll down to the study link.
All are welcomed to participate in PTA and
Gilford Together meetings and activities, which address issues affecting our
teenagers and young adults. Further activities will be the "Mock Bedroom
High and Seek" on Feb. 16 and the "Anonymous People showing"
on March 16.
Hope to see you next week.
Danielle Bolduc, GES