Cold weather brings snow gear. Please send your child with snow pants, jacket, boots, hat, and mittens or gloves to enjoy their recess time outside. If you would like to send some sneakers (or extra snow gear) to leave in his/her cubby at school, we can keep it at school for the winter months and save some room in your child’s backpack. Please label all your child’s belongings so that if they are misplaced, we can get them back to him/her.
 Remember to turn in your Reflections project by Monday, December 5thIn class, we are learning about Christmas traditions in different countries around the world, as well as other holidays which are celebrated in different countries.  

Here is your child’s job: choose a country and decorate the attached gingerbread person accordingly.  Your child may choose ANY country. He or she may use crayons, markers, construction paper or any other material you can think of to create this special gingerbread person.  For example, Mexico-sombrero and poncho, China- kimono robe, USA- red, white and blue.  Please write the name of the country in the box and return your decorated gingerbread person by Friday, December 9th.

Here are some websites that may be helpful in completing this project.

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.  Thank you for your support! 

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Specials Schedule

posted Aug 23, 2016, 7:02 AM by Mary Godbout

First grade will have specials from 1:15-2:00 each day. Click on the document below to see which day we have music, computer lab, physical education, art, and library. It will also give you the teacher's name for each specials class. 

Weekly newsletters

posted Aug 10, 2016, 4:15 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Dec 1, 2016, 2:43 PM ]

Each Friday our class newsletter will be posted here. If you would like a copy emailed to you, please send an email message to let me know which address to send your newsletter to each week. 

Important Dates

posted Aug 30, 2015, 8:46 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Dec 1, 2016, 2:45 PM ]

December 5 Reflections Program entries are due.

December 6 PTA Meeting at 7:00 PM in the GES library. All are welcome to attend.

December 7 Early Release All learners are dismissed at 1:00 PM. There are no afternoon activities or programs.

December 9 Gingerbread People Projects Please send all your gingerbread people back to school by this date. 

December 16 Report cards go home. 

December 21 Early Release All learners are dismissed at 1:00 PM. There are no afternoon activities or programs.

December 24- January 2 Holiday Break  Enjoy your time with your family during our holiday break. See you on Tuesday, January 3rd! 


posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:38 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 7:09 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. Click on the file below to find more information about writing with the Six Traits.   


posted Mar 24, 2013, 5:12 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Nov 9, 2016, 5:57 PM ]

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. 


High Frequency word list

posted Jan 4, 2013, 1:17 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 23, 2016, 7:11 AM ]

    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.  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. 


posted Nov 25, 2012, 6:00 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Nov 27, 2016, 6:06 AM ]

  We will be using the Eureka Math program in GES and GMS. You can find many resources to support your child's learning on our school website under the parent information tab. Learners are given multiple opportunities to learn with concrete manipulatives, pictorial representations, and finally the mathematical expressions. They learn and share strategies for solving a problem and look at various ways to problem solve to determine which is the most efficient way.  We will continue to utilize Dreambox, our online learning resource, this year as well. Learners can access Dreambox on our ipads in the classroom or through the link on our school website when they are using Dreambox at home.  
  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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