Parent Notices

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

September 17, 2018

posted Sep 17, 2018, 5:10 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Notification from: Gilford Elementary School

Dear GES Families:


We had a wonderful Make a Wish celebration on September 11th for a family in our school community.  We learned that all of us have the makings of an everyday hero.I am so proud of our learners. They were  great audience members.


We have attached the Gilford Got Lunch Program Application and information flyer. This organization helps provide meals for those in need within our community. Please review and take advantage of this service if needed.


PTA will once again host a family movie night on October 19th at the MS gym. Please see attached flyer for details.


PTA is taking online clothing store orders starting on Monday, Sept 17 until midnight Friday, Sept 28. This school spirit wear is not always available to order, so please take advantage of the days it is available. This school spirit wear is versatile and crosses district wide. We will send an email when clothing is ready for pick up. It is generally back in within a few weeks and ready for pick up at GES.


Here is the link to great school spirit swag! https://stores.inksoft.com/gilford_school


Please see the attached flyer on a FREE Parent Forum. This year the focus is on Bullying, Technology, Kindness, & Respect. Join Carol Todd for an intimate and engaging discussion around what digital responsibility looks like in our youth.


PTA is having a Halloween costume party at the Gilford Youth Center. They will have a live auction, silent auction, dinner, DJ and a limited bar selection.  This is their major fundraiser for the year. Please help make this a success! Tickets are on sale at Gilford Elementary School.



Attachments:

Gilford Got Lunch

Parent Forum: Bullying, Technology, Kindness and Respect

PTA Movie Night

PTA Fundraiser


Important Dates:

September 19th Early Release, Dismissal 1:00PM
Sept. 17 - 28th PTA Clothing Sale (Online only)
Oct. 5th PICTURE DAY! (National Smile Day!)
Oct. 13th PTA Fundraiser- Halloween Party @ Gilford Youth Center. 6:00-10:30PM
Oct. 19th PTA Movie Night:GMS Gym @ 6:30PM


I hope you enjoyed the weekend with family and friends!


Sincerely,


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal



Attachments available for 30 days until Wednesday, October 17, 2018:
IMG_7925.JPG
Family Movie Night.pdf
2018-2019 GGL school Program enrollment info.pdf
2018-2019 school program application WEEKEND BAG.pdf
Parent Forum Flyer - CMTC 2018 Carol Todd final draft 2.pdf

September 10, 2018

posted Sep 10, 2018, 5:43 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


We had another hot, but productive week here at GES. The weather certainly cooled down for the weekend.  Here are some announcements and important dates:


Announcements:


This week Emily Jacques, a current 4th grader, talked with all grade levels during lunch about juvenile arthritis. She has suffered from this disease since she was 2 ½ yrs old. This year she was selected to be the youth honoree for the Jingle Bell Run/Walk 5K race. Part of her job is to create a team, fund raise for the race, and raise awareness for arthritis. Emily’s goal is to reach $1,000 and she is hoping Gilford Elementary families can help her reach her goal as well as have some fun over the next few months. A flyer explaining the details about the race is attached.


Starting this week, the bus company will be doubling up bus runs 3 and 5 in the afternoon. Please plan accordingly.  

Attached is information about head lice. This is good information to have  now that all children are back together again. We currently do not have any identified cases, but would like to have families watching for any evidence of this and alerting the nurse to help confirm any cases.

PTA is having a Halloween costume party at the Gilford Youth Center. They will have a live auction, silent auction, dinner, DJ and a limited bar selection.  This is their major fundraiser for the year. Please help make this a success! Tickets are on sale at Gilford Elementary School.


Attachments:

  • Jingle Bell Run Information

  • Gilford Public Library Flyer

  • Gilford Youth Center Flyer

  • Policy Committee Agenda

  • Lice Information

Important Dates:

September 11th 7:30AM @ GHS Policy Committee( Agenda attached)
September 11th 8:00-9:00AM, Fingerprinting @ SAU
September 11th PTA Meeting, 3:30 PM @GES
September 19th Early Release, Dismissal 1:00PM Oct. 13th PTA Fundraiser- Halloween Party @ Gilford Youth Center. 6:00-10:30PM


I hope you have a great week!


Sincerely,


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal



Attachments available for 30 days until Tuesday, October 09, 2018:
Gilford Youth Center Flyer.pdf
Library Flyer.pdf
Agenda 9-11-2018 (1).pdf
lice info for parents.pdf
Race Flyer (1).pdf

September 4, 2018

posted Sep 4, 2018, 4:20 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


We are off to a great start!  It was wonderful to welcome 343 learners to school last week. All learners found their way to their new classrooms with help from many staff members in the hallways.  Although it was rather hot in the classrooms, the children and staff persevered through it and remained focused on learning. There were learners checking out caterpillars, making nature numbers, reading books and making new friends.  All classrooms reviewed the Learner Expectations (Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible).


Upcoming events:


As a reminder, we have our first early release on September 19th. All learners will be dismissed at 1:00pm. Please plan accordingly.


PTA fundraiser (see attached flyer). PTA is having a Halloween costume party at the Gilford Youth Center. They will have a live auction, silent auction, dinner, DJ and a limited bar selection.  This is their major fundraiser for the year. Please help make this a success!


Announcements:


We heard from the bus company that they will be combining bus 6 and bus 7 for the month of September. You should have received the new bus routes from the bus company on Friday.


When you are picking up or dropping your child off in the parent pick up line, please do not get out of your car and pull all the way up the line so we can try and keep the line moving. Thanks for your help!


Attachments:

PTA Fundraiser Event


Important Dates:

September 4th School Board Meeting

September 11th 8:00-9:00AM, Fingerprinting @ SAU

Sept. 11th PTA Meeting, 3:30 PM @GES

Sept. 19th Early Release, Dismissal 1:00PM

Oct. 13th PTA Fundraiser- Halloween Party @ Gilford Youth Center. 6:00-10:30PM


I hope you enjoyed the long weekend with family and friends!


Sincerely,


Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal

8/22/18

posted Aug 22, 2018, 7:13 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Notification from: Gilford Elementary School

Dear GES Families:


It’s the most wonderful time of the year….when we welcome our learners to Gilford Elementary School for 2018-19 school year!  Our dedicated staff works very hard to meet the individual needs of all learners, and maintains personal connections with our families. You should have received a letter from your child’s teacher prior to the beginning of the school year. Important Updates:

There were some exciting projects happening over the summer. Every classroom has a fresh coat of paint and our Learning Commons (formerly known as the library) has some new furniture, bookshelves and newly painted walls. Also, our front office was renovated to provide a more secure entry into our school. Come and check it out during our annual Open House on August 28th from 5:00-6:00pm.

The most exciting project, for me personally, is the construction of our very own Outdoor Learning Center complete with an evaporator to make our own maple

syrup! A huge thank you to Jason Drouin for volunteering to build it and PTA for funding the entire project. The Gilford Rotary spent 4 hours this past Saturday staining the boards for the building.  The project will be complete before this year’s sugaring season (early March). I am so excited for all of you to check it out!

We truly believe that communication is the key to a successful educational experience. You will receive paperwork the first day of school that will ask for updated phone numbers and email addresses. Please be sure all the information is correct so that the Main Office can direct notices and phone calls to you.

Bus routes have been posted outside the front doors of the school. The bus company’s phone number is 524-1787 if you need assistance regarding student pick-up or drop-off. For those families who plan to transport their children, please arrive by 8:30.  Adult supervision will begin at 8:10. We will again be distributing Student Pickup IDs to every family. We are hoping that families will place these Pickup ID badges in their vehicles when picking up their children for a quicker dismissal. When using the parent pick up line, please do not get out of your car and remember to pull all the way up to the line.  Please read the bus loop, parking and student drop off and pick up guidelines provided in your information packet that is distributed at Open House.

We invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, joining our PTA, or attending and supporting school events.

Please note that all volunteers will need to be fingerprinted prior to volunteering in our schools including chaperoning field trips.  The process for volunteering includes fingerprints and attending an orientation provided by the school district. Once the background check is complete, a volunteer photo identification will be distributed. The volunteer will need to wear the photo ID to the school and on field trips. Please call the SAU office at 527-9215 to check on fingerprinting dates. Please bring a current photo ID to the SAU on the day of fingerprinting. If you have already been through the process, you will be asked to sign an electronic affidavit.

Thank you for your continued support of our school. I look forward to seeing you at Gilford Old Home Day on August 25th and Open House on August 28th from 5:00-6:00 PM.

Sincerely,

Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal

Important Dates:

August 20th School Board Meeting, 6:00PM GES

August 22nd PTA Kindergarten Social, 6:00-7:00PM at Imagination Station

August 25th Gilford Old Home Day

August 28th Open House, 5:00-6:00PM GES

August 29th First day of school (Kindergarten dismissed at 11:30am, 8/29-8/31)

September 3rd No School (Labor Day)

Sept. 19th Early Release, Dismissal 1:00PM

August 20, 2018

posted Aug 20, 2018, 4:39 AM by Alyce Medeiros

Dear GES Families:


It’s the most wonderful time of the year….when we welcome our learners to Gilford Elementary School for 2018-19 school year!  Our dedicated staff works very hard to meet the individual needs of all learners, and maintains personal connections with our families. You should have received a letter from your child’s teacher prior to the beginning of the school year. Important Updates:

There were some exciting projects happening over the summer. Every classroom has a fresh coat of paint and our Learning Commons (formerly known as the library) has some new furniture, bookshelves and newly painted walls. Also, our front office was renovated to provide a more secure entry into our school. Come and check it out during our annual Open House on August 28th from 5:00-6:00pm.

The most exciting project, for me personally, is the construction of our very own Outdoor Learning Center complete with an evaporator to make our own maple

syrup! A huge thank you to Jason Drouin for volunteering to build it and PTA for funding the entire project. The Gilford Rotary spent 4 hours this past Saturday staining the boards for the building.  The project will be complete before this year’s sugaring season (early March). I am so excited for all of you to check it out!

We truly believe that communication is the key to a successful educational experience. You will receive paperwork the first day of school that will ask for updated phone numbers and email addresses. Please be sure all the information is correct so that the Main Office can direct notices and phone calls to you.

Bus routes have been posted outside the front doors of the school. The bus company’s phone number is 524-1787 if you need assistance regarding student pick-up or drop-off. For those families who plan to transport their children, please arrive by 8:30.  Adult supervision will begin at 8:10. We will again be distributing Student Pickup IDs to every family. We are hoping that families will place these Pickup ID badges in their vehicles when picking up their children for a quicker dismissal. When using the parent pick up line, please do not get out of your car and remember to pull all the way up to the line.  Please read the bus loop, parking and student drop off and pick up guidelines provided in your information packet that is distributed at Open House.

We invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, joining our PTA, or attending and supporting school events.

Please note that all volunteers will need to be fingerprinted prior to volunteering in our schools including chaperoning field trips.  The process for volunteering includes fingerprints and attending an orientation provided by the school district. Once the background check is complete, a volunteer photo identification will be distributed. The volunteer will need to wear the photo ID to the school and on field trips. Please call the SAU office at 527-9215 to check on fingerprinting dates. Please bring a current photo ID to the SAU on the day of fingerprinting. If you have already been through the process, you will be asked to sign an electronic affidavit.

Thank you for your continued support of our school. I look forward to seeing you at Gilford Old Home Day on August 25th and Open House on August 28th from 5:00-6:00 PM.

Sincerely,

Danielle Bolduc, GES Principal

Important Dates:

August 20th School Board Meeting, 6:00PM GES

August 22nd PTA Kindergarten Social, 6:00-7:00PM at Imagination Station

August 25th Gilford Old Home Day

August 28th Open House, 5:00-6:00PM GES

August 29th First day of school (Kindergarten dismissed at 11:30am, 8/29-8/31)

September 3rd No School (Labor Day)

Sept. 19th Early Release, Dismissal 1:00PM

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