Parent Notices

February 18, 2019

posted Feb 18, 2019, 4:36 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


This past week was a busy one for our learners. We celebrated our 100th day of learning on Tuesday and had our first blizzard bag day on Wednesday. Thank you so much for your support in completing and returning the work in the blizzard bag folders.  


On Friday, most classrooms were able to tap their classroom’s maple tree. The temperature did not cooperate with us, therefore no sap was flowing out of the tree. We need temperatures above 32 degrees during the day and below 32 degrees at night.  As I explained to our learners, this week doesn’t look good for sap flow either, however, over February break we should see some sap filling the buckets. It will be exciting for them to come back and check out how much sap we collected. The learners were excited to check out our very own sugar shack for the first time on Friday!


Coming up this week:

  • Please finish reading Confessions of An Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cueva.

  • The PTA will be meeting in the library at 3:30PM on Tuesday, February 19th.

  • Thursday, February 21st come to Family Fun night at GES from 5:30-7:30 PM to enjoy some tremendous activities which connect with this book. Imaginary friends are welcome!  There will be a talent show, “Moon” grilled cheese and soup for dinner and lots more fun!

  • Heart Challenge during specials this Friday.


February is Social and Emotional Learning Awareness Month and we are kicking it off by asking our learners to complete a “Choose Love” challenge each day next week.  We will be introducing the “Choose Love” program over the next several months. You can check out the program at Choose Love!


Our staff has been working with Dr. Bethany Bilodeau, CEO of C.O.R.E. Vocational Services Inc on social emotional behavior strategies in the classroom. She recently wrote a blog on sleep hygiene that I thought families would be interested in reading. It is attached.


Attachments:

Sleep hygiene

Choose Love Calendar/Overview of program


Have a fantastic week!



Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

2/19    PTA Meeting, 3:30PM GES Library

2/21    Family Fun Night - 5:30-7:30PM

2/22       Kids’ Heart Challenge (Event held during specials block)

2/23-3/3   Winter Break - No School



Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, March 19, 2019:
sleep hygiene.png
Sleep Hygiene.pdf
SKM_C65919021113170.pdf
SKM_C65919021113160.pdf

February 11, 2019

posted Feb 11, 2019, 4:06 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


I hope you all had a wonderful weekend. Here are some important reminders and events happening this week.


Thank you to all the families that contributed to our food drive for the 100th day of school (Feb. 12th). We will be delivering well over 500 items to Gilford Got Lunch.


The PTA will be meeting in the library at 3:30PM on Tuesday, February 12th.


This Wednesday is an early release day. We will dismiss all learners at 1:00PM.


The Volunteer Steering Committee has been busying planning the Family Fun Night being held on February 21st from 5:30-7:30pm.  We will be bringing our One School, One Book to life! We are planning on serving “moon grilled cheese” and soup for dinner along with “stardust” for dessert.  There will be an obstacle course learners can do with their “imaginary friends” and a photo booth. Children will have a chance to make their own imaginary friend and try out the discovery box.  We will also have a talent show. Learners can sign up that night to show how they are “visible” in this world. Start talking with your child about what makes them special and encourage them to show it off that night!


Attachments:

Parks and Rec Newsletter


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

2/12    PTA Meeting, 3:30PM GES Library

2/13       Early Release -Learners dismissed at 1:00PM

2/14      Valentine’s Day - classroom celebrations

2/21    Family Fun Night - 5:30-7:30PM

2/22       Kids’ Heart Challenge (Event held during specials block)

2/23-3/3   Winter Break - No School



Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, March 12, 2019:
P&R News Feb. '19.pdf

February 4, 2019

posted Feb 4, 2019, 4:03 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


It looks like we will be getting an early spring according to Punxsutawney Phil. I, for one, am ready for warmer temperatures.  


Physical Education Teacher, Lisa Osborne is organizing the annual Heart Health Challenge for February.This is a fun and exciting event where our children learn about their heart while helping others to raise money for the American Heart Association. Our learners will have fun, learn how to stay healthy and make a difference in the lives of others!  Our Heart Challenge event will be held the Friday before February vacation. Kids Heart Challenge envelopes were handed out on Friday. The teachers are sending the envelopes home either last Friday or Monday this week.


Things for you to know:

-The donations go to the American Heart Association

-Donations can be collected online (directions to register are ON the envelope)

-Donations can be collected using the envelope (cash/ checks)

-Please wait to bring in your envelope until you are done collecting donations

-All envelopes are due by Feb 22nd

-Questions? Email: lbrace@sau73.org


The POPS committee is having a meeting this Tuesday, February 5th. Please see attached membership flyer. The high school learners who are going on the science trip to the Grand Canyon are hosting a community dinner fundraiser on February 10th at the Gilford Community Church. (See attached Flyer)


Attachments:

School Board Agenda 2-14-19

Gilford Public Library early release information

Spaghetti Dinner

Gilford POP information (Parents of Performing Arts)


Have a great week. Go PATS!


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

2/4       School Board Meeting, 6:00PM GES Library 2/5 POP (Parents of Performing Arts) Meeting, 6PM GHS Choir Room

2/5    Deliberative Session (Town), 7PM @ GHS

2/7       Deliberative Session (School), 7PM @ GHS

2/8    Showcase at 1:45PM 2/10 Spaghetti Dinner - 5-7PM

2/12    PTA Meeting, 3:30PM GES Library

2/13      Early Release -Learners dismissed at 1:00PM

2/21    Family Fun Night - 5:30-7:30PM

2/22      Kids’ Heart Challenge (Event held during specials block)

2/23-3/3   Winter Break - No School



Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, March 05, 2019:
2-4-2019 Agenda.pdf
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Spag Dinner.pdf
POPS Membership Form.JPG

January 24, 2019

posted Jan 24, 2019, 11:47 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


This week your child brought home our One School book, Confessions of An Imaginary Friend by Michelle Cuevas. With all of these snow delays and school cancellations, I hope you had some extra family time to read together.  Each week there will be comprehension questions. We will send home the next set of questions on Monday. If you would like to read ahead over the long weekend, please read Chapters 13 - 24.  We have a family fun night planned for February 21st from 5:30 to 7:30pm. We will have food, crafts and fun activities planned.


Just a reminder that we will not have school tomorrow (Friday, January 25th). Our district staff will be working on a Portrait of a Learner.


We are continuing to collect food for Gilford Got Lunch.  Gilford Got Lunch is a program that provides food to local families who are in need of assistance both during the school year and over the summer.  Our goal is to collect 100 food items per grade:

  • Kindergarten: boxes of pasta

  • First grade: canned fruits/vegetables

  • Second grade: plastic jars of peanut butter

  • Third grade: plastic jars of jelly

  • Fourth grade: canned soup

Please note that Gilford Got Lunch cannot accept glass jars or any expired or outdated food. Also, items need to be 20 ounces or less.  Our tentative 100th day of school will be February 13th. Let’s start collecting and see if we can collect 100 items per grade. We will share our progress at Showcase on February 8th!

The next Volunteer Clinic/Orientation is scheduled for:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 ~ 8:00 a.m - 9:00 a.m. at the SAU office


Attachments:

LRE Basketball League

Let’s Go Fishing


Have a great day!


Sincerely,


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

1/25     No School - Teacher workshop day

1/25   Parents Night Out (GYC) from 5:30-8:30

1/29    Volunteer Clinic, 8:00am-9:00am SAU office

1/30    Early release dismissal 1:00PM

2/4       School Board Meeting, 6:00PM GES Library

2/5    Deliberative Session (Town), 7PM @ GHS

2/7       Deliberative Session (School), 7PM @ GHS

2/8    Showcase at 1:45PM

2/12    PTA Meeting, 3:30PM GES Library

2/13     Early Release - Learners dismissed at 1:00PM

2/21    Family Fun Night - 5:30-7:30PM

2/22     Kids’ Heart Challenge (Event held during specials block)

2/23-3/3   Winter Break - No School



Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, February 23, 2019:
Lets go fishing prgram.pdf
LRE 2019 League Flyer.pdf

January 21, 2019

posted Jan 22, 2019, 4:14 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


I hope you are staying warm today!  As a reminder, please send in winter clothes for your child every day. The health office is running out of winter coats, hats, mittens for children to borrow.


McDonald’s in Laconia will be holding an arthritis fundraiser and educator celebration on January 21st from 5pm-7pm during which 20% of all proceeds will be donated to the Arthritis Foundation. Yes, that's right, tonight!  As McDonald’s is a sponsor of the Excellence in Education Awards, Mr. Johnston has invited representatives from the area schools who have won EDies in the past few years. A presentation will be made at 6pm. We would love to see you there!

If you have a blizzard bag at home, please return these bags (incomplete) back to school. We will keep them here at school until the next blizzard bag day is called. We hope this will keep bags from going missing and provide the opportunity for families to get in the habit of returning bags to school.


We are continuing our commitment to supporting our  local community by collecting food for Gilford Got Lunch.  Gilford Got Lunch is a program that provides food to local families who are in need of assistance both during the school year and over the summer.  Our goal is to collect 100 food items per grade:

Kindergarten: boxes of pasta
First grade: canned fruits/vegetables
Second grade: plastic jars of peanut butter
Third grade: plastic jars of jelly
Fourth grade: canned soup

Please note that Gilford Got Lunch cannot accept glass jars or any expired or outdated food. Also, items need to be 20 ounces or less.  Our tentative 100th day of school will be February 13th. Let’s start collecting and see if we can collect 100 items per grade. We will share our progress at Showcase on February 8th!

The next Volunteer Clinic/Orientation is scheduled for:

Tuesday, January 29, 2019 ~ 8:00 a.m - 9:00 a.m. at the SAU office


Attachments:

Cal Ripken Registration

Cal Ripken Baseball

Sincerely,

Danielle Bolduc

1/21        No School - Martin Luther King Day

1/21        McDonald’s Fundraiser, Laconia 5 to 7PM

1/25        No School - Teacher workshop day

1/25    Parents Night Out from 5:30-8:30

1/30    Early release dismissal 1:00PM
Attachments available for 30 days until Wednesday, February 20, 2019:
Welcome Letter GCRB.pdf
2019 Reigistration.....pdf

January 14, 2019

posted Jan 14, 2019, 4:22 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


I hope you are staying warm on this very chilly Saturday! We are excited to begin our One School, One Book literacy program that involves an entire school with families and staff simultaneously reading the same book. We will announce the book's title this Friday during our school wide broadcast. The youngest child in your family will bring home the book this Friday. I am looking forward to reading along with all of you over the next five weeks!


Notes from the Nurse:As of this week we do have confirmed cases of the Flu and are following recommendations regarding the treatment and recovery of Influenza. Just like with any other illness, we ask that parents uphold our school policies and keep children home when they have fevers over 100 degrees, have contagious symptoms of active coughs, vomiting, or diarrhea. It is extremely important that Influenza illness symptoms like fever, body aches, nasal congestion, sore throat, fatigue, and cough be reported to the school nurses.  Children can return to school when they are fever free for 24 hours or more without the use of fever-reducing medications, and their symptoms have subsided. If you are unsure of whether to keep your child home or need medical advice, please contact Nurse Jenn directly. Please see Flu information in the attachment.


Also, please continue to help us educate your child on transmission prevention by role modeling and encouraging good hand-washing techniques and by coughing in your sleeve.  Our custodial staff is alerted and actively involved in our efforts to reduce transmission of illnesses. Please make sure the school office has your correct phone numbers on file, and additional emergency contacts are up to date.  ~Jennifer Johansson MSN BSN RN ext 612



Announcement:There is still room in Gilford Youth Centers Parents Night Out on January 25th from 5:30-8:30! A fun filled night with pizza, craft, bounce house, games and movie for the kids to enjoy while you parents get a night off. Still spots available... make sure you pre-register your kids today at gilfordyouthcenter.com

Tickets are also available for GYC's 3rd Annual Family Sweetheart Gala on February 16th from 6-8:30. Come dance the night away with a catered dinner with your dearest loved ones! A fun Family Event for all!


Attachments:

Flu Advice LRGS Softball Sign ups/Winter Clinics


Stay warm this weekend.


Sincerely,

Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

1/15        PTA Meeting, 3:30 GES Library

1/21        No School - Martin Luther King Day

1/25        No School - Teacher workshop day

1/25     Parents Night Out from 5:30-8:30

1/30     Early release dismissal 1:00PM



Attachments available for 30 days until Monday, February 11, 2019:
Copy of LRGS Winter Warm UP_Evaluations (UPDATED 2019) - Google Docs.pdf
Flu advice 2019.pdf

January 7, 2019

posted Jan 7, 2019, 4:31 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


Happy New Year! It was wonderful to welcome back the learners this past week. They came in ready to learn after a nice long break.


Upcoming Events:

  • There is a school board meeting at 6:00pm on Monday, January 7th at Gilford Elementary School. A few second grade learners will be presenting how they use data to create learning goals. We will also thank the PTA for their gift of the Outdoor Learning Center.


  • Just a reminder that we have an early release this week. All learners will be dismissed at 1:00PM on Wednesday, January 9th.


  • There is a budget public hearing this Thursday at 7pm in the high school auditorium.


If you have bus or pick up changes for your child,  please send a note to teacher or email ges@sau73.org and teacher about the change.  If email is sent and you do not receive a response by 2:30 please call 603-524-1661 to confirm change is made.


Have a wonderful week!


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Attachments:

Gilford Public Library Events Spanish - Public Library

School Board Agenda


Important Dates:

1/7           School Board meeting, 6PM @ GES

1/9           Early Release - Dismissal 1:00PM

1/10 Budget Public Hearing, 7pm @GHS

1/15         PTA Meeting, 3:30 GES Library

1/25         No School - Teacher workshop day

1/30     Early Release - Dismissal 1:00PM
Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, February 05, 2019:
Jan_Feb Kid's Events School Calendar.png
1-7-2019 Agenda.pdf
Spanish (1).png

December 18, 2018

posted Dec 18, 2018, 4:34 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


I hope everyone enjoyed the weekend. Gilford Elementary had a very impressive showing at the Jingle Bell 5K Run this Sunday. Many GES staff, Gilford Police and Firefighters showed up to support Emily and the Arthritis Foundation. Congratulations to Emily Jacques, Kaitlyn Jacques, Bella Bryant and Mason Joubert. They all placed in their age divisions!


Important Event this Week:

Friday - We will have a school wide Pajama Day.  There are many classroom parties on Friday as well.


News from Gilford Youth Center:

We are excited to announce our upcoming programs! Gilford Youth Center will be offering:

Nerf League - Staring Dec.30th

Junior Chef (Around the Globe) - Starting Jan.8th

Globetrotters Basketball - Starting Dec.22nd

Space is limited!

More information and registration for programs are available at gilfordyouthcenter.com


I hope you all have a wonderful holiday with your families!


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal

December 13, 2018

posted Dec 13, 2018, 10:53 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


We are looking forward to our next showcase tomorrow at 1:45pm. I hope to see many families there.


Our report cards will be distributed this Friday, December 14th.  Our learners in all grade levels have completed reading benchmark assessments, writing and math assessments. The results of these common assessments will be shared with families on our first trimester report card. Our specialists will also assess every learner.


Along with sharing academic information, I thought it was important to share additional information with families about our school’s goal of spreading kindness. This year we are helping to give our learners the tools they need to plant the seeds of kindness which we hope will spread to our families and our community. With your help:

  • Our second graders collected 242 pairs of socks for Isaiah 61 Cafe.

  • We filled 55 stockings for families in need.

  • All 76 gifts on our GES Angel Tree have been purchased. (There are still gifts needed across the district. Click here to help)

  • 140 food items were collected for Gilford Got Lunch.

  • 65 learners received  positive office referrals for demonstrating self-control, responsibility, teamwork, hard work, positive attitude, and honesty.

  • $365.35 was raised from this week’s duct tap event. The coin wars brought in $859.20 for a grand total of $1,224.55 raised for the Arthritis Foundation.

  • Many families will be running the Jingle Bell 5K Race this weekend in Concord raising money for the Arthritis Foundation.


THANK YOU: A huge thank you to all the Police and Fire Fighters that came to serve our Holiday Buffet on Tuesday! It was delicious.


LOST AND FOUND:

Please check the lost and found for lost gloves, hats, and coats. All items still left here will be donated during the holiday break. If you are visiting us for showcase, please check out the lost and found tables!


SHOWCASE SIGN OUT SHEETS:

If you are planning on dismissing your child after showcase on Friday, please be sure to sign them out in the office BEFORE you go into showcase.  This will help streamline the process. Thank you for your understanding and help.


Have a wonderful day!

Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal Attachment: GYC Parent Night Out



Attachments available for 30 days until Saturday, January 12, 2019:
PARENTS NIGHT OUT (1).png

December 3, 2018

posted Dec 3, 2018, 4:58 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


I hope you enjoyed your weekend. We gathered some great insights during our coffee and conversation time this past Saturday. I am always open to your ideas on how to build a better future for our learners. Here are some important announcements coming up this week:



You're Invited! We invite you to attend a meeting with our staff from all three schools on Wednesday, December 5th , early release, in the GHS auditorium from 1:30 - 2:30 to help create a Portrait of a Learner. Part of this time will be dedicated to you taking a survey to help decide what the Portrait will be. The New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEAS&C) requires high schools to have a Portrait of a Learner, which is a statement of what we believe a learner should be in order to be college, career, and life ready. Though there will be strong connections between our mission, vision, core values and the work habits that are being developed in our schools, the Portrait of a Learner will include attributes that we want our learners to possess after their experience in the Gilford schools.  As families, your input is important in helping us prepare your children for the future. Please consider attending.


Spanish class: The 3rd/4th grade Spanish session scheduled for Monday, December 10th will be rescheduled to Wednesday, December 12th. Sorry for the inconvenience.


Attachments:

Duct Tape Fundraiser

Holiday Attire-Food Drive


Have a wonderful week!


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal


Important Dates:

Monday, December 3rd School Board Meeting GES Library, 6:00PM

Wednesday, December 5th Early Release Learners dismissed at 1:00PM

Portrait of Learner GHS Auditorium, 1:30-2:30PM

Tuesday, December 11th Duct Tape Fundraiser for Arthritis Foundation

Holiday Buffet - Served by our police and fire departments

Holiday Attire-Food Drive for Gilford Got Lunch

Friday, December 14th Showcase, 1:45PM


Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, January 01, 2019:
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Duct Tape Flyer (3) (1) (1).pdf

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