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posted Jan 13, 2017, 9:06 AM by Alyce Medeiros   [ updated Jan 13, 2017, 10:07 AM ]

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 presentation.

"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 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 Principal