Parent Notices

December 18, 2018

posted 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:
IMG_8672.JPG
Duct Tape Flyer (3) (1) (1).pdf

November 26, 2018

posted Nov 28, 2018, 5:57 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


Happy Snow Day! (Photo is the view from my office today) I hope you are all enjoying some family game time. It is also a perfect day to build a snowman!


Here are a few announcements:


Our school district is currently developing a 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! Then you can visit the craft fair at the high school.


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.


Attachments:

Gilford Park and Rec Flyer

Juvenile Arthritis Fundraiser

Yearbook Flyer


Enjoy your day!


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal

Nov 30 Picture Retakes

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

Dec 5 Early Release Dec 11 Duct Tape Fundraiser/Holiday Buffet/Holiday Attire-Food Donations

Dec 14 Showcase, 1:45PM




Attachments available for 30 days until Thursday, December 27, 2018:
Duct Tape Flyer (3) (1).pdf
P&R News Nov. '18.docx
yearbook18.pdf

November 19, 2018

posted Nov 19, 2018, 4:30 AM 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

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