We have a busy and short month this November!   On Monday, November 16th we will go to the Capital Center of the Arts to see Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type.  Remember to bring a bag lunch as we will be returning to school after our scheduled lunch time.  We will also work on our next STEM challenge with our vertical team on that afternoon.  We will have our next Early Release Day on Wednesday, November 18th. All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 and there are no after school activities or programs. We'll end the month with our Thanksgiving celebration.  Enjoy the Thanksgiving Break (November 25-27)with your family. I certainly am thankful for all the wonderful learners in our class! 


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Field Trips

posted Sep 30, 2015, 12:26 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Nov 20, 2015, 2:27 AM ]

We enjoyed our visit to the Capital Center for the Arts to see the presentation of Click, Clack, Moo, Cows That Type.

Our Specials Schedule

posted Sep 27, 2015, 11:31 AM by Mary Godbout

Click on the page below to check out when we will be visiting with our integrated arts team this year. We have specials from 1:00-1:45 every day.  In addition to our daily schedule, we will be meeting with the integrated arts team on Monday afternoons from 1:55-2:50 each week. 

Volunteers needed

posted Sep 4, 2015, 2:53 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Oct 22, 2015, 4:01 PM ]

We welcome volunteers in Gilford Elementary School and appreciate the many ways you help our students grow and learn.  If you were unable to come to the volunteer orientation meeting on September 9th, please plan to attend the December PTA meeting for a repeat of the information.  Many thanks for all that you do!

Important Dates

posted Aug 30, 2015, 8:46 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Nov 20, 2015, 2:27 AM ]

November 20~ Spirit Day! Wear your blue and white or GES clothing
November 25-27~ Thanksgiving Break~ no school for learners as we enjoy Thanksgiving with our families.


posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:38 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Nov 7, 2015, 4:40 AM ]

Our young authors are using the 6 Traits of Writing to develop their writing skills. The 6 Traits of Writing include: ideas, organization, sentence fluency, word choice, voice, and conventions.   One of the tools we use to get our story ideas ready to write is called a "storyboard".   On the storyboard, the author quickly sketches out the basic idea of the story and then refers to it as he or she is writing.   Click on the file below to find more information about writing with the Six Traits.   

Reading Suggestions

posted Mar 24, 2013, 5:12 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 11, 2015, 5:07 AM ]

Reading to your child is a wonderful way to model the reading skills they are learning and practicing.   When you are looking for "Just Right" books for your child to read to you, ask them to use the Five Finger Rule to find a book. 

Dolch word list

posted Jan 4, 2013, 1:17 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 28, 2014, 2:47 PM ]

    The Dolch high frequency list was published by Edward William Dolch, Ph.D. in his book, Problems in Reading, The Garrard Press, 1948. The Dolch list of high frequency words comprises the 220 words which were common to the word lists used in beginning reading programs.  There is a separate list of 95 Dolch nouns found in beginning reading progams.  Many of these words were introduced to your child at the kindergarten level.  In first grade we will introduce and learn words that have short and long vowel patterns, color words, number words, word families, r-controlled vowel patterns, and more complex vowel patterns (like –ew, -oo, -ou, -ow).  Your child will continue to learn more words in second grade.   Our goal at Gilford Elementary School is to have students use these words correctly when reading, writing, and spelling them.  We will continue to introduce a few new words each week and practice them in various ways.  The words are placed on our Word Wall, a resource used to help students with a visual cue to use these words appropriately in all of their work. 

Math Games

posted Nov 25, 2012, 6:00 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Nov 6, 2015, 3:32 AM ]

We play lots of games in our classroom to help us learn.   Check here for math games you can play at home too.  You may need dice, coins, or counters to play the games.  If you visit the useful links tab (under Classroom Information), you can find websites with math games and resources as well.   

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