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  • Supporting your student        So many families have asked, "How can I support my child from home?"  It is very important for students to come to school ready to learn.   Establish and keep a ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2013, 1:04 PM by Mary Godbout
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Homework Assignments

  • Homework  Book Club is a great way to make reading part of your daily family life.   Each week you will get a purple bag with reading material and a book club ...
    Posted Jul 28, 2013, 1:05 PM by Mary Godbout
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Field Trips

posted Sep 30, 2015, 12:26 PM by Mary Godbout

We will be going on a field trip to the Children's Museum of NH in Dover, NH on Tuesday, October 13th.  Please fill out the permission slip and return it to school with the $5.00 fee before Wednesday, October 7th.  You can print the copy of the medical and emergency care form by clicking on the file below.

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 Sep 27, 2015, 11:27 AM ]

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. Classroom volunteering begins on Monday, September 28th.  Many thanks for all that you do!

Important Dates

posted Aug 30, 2015, 8:46 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Oct 1, 2015, 3:00 PM ]

October 2~ School pictures
October 6~ PTA meeting at 7:00 PM in the GES library
October 12~ Columbus Day~ no school for learners
October 13~ Field trip to the Children's Museum of NH in Dover. Bring your own lunch.
October 14~ Early Release Day.  All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 and there are no after school activities.
October 23~ Showcase at 1:45 PM. We will start in the gym and move outdoors to celebrate our Artist in Residence program.
October 30~ Halloween parade at 9:00 AM~ snack party to follow. Learners can bring their costumes to school, but should not plan to wear them for the whole day.  We will still have gym on that afternoon.


posted Nov 8, 2014, 2:31 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Oct 1, 2015, 2:53 PM ]

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posted Apr 3, 2013, 4:38 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Aug 30, 2015, 8:52 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 Aug 11, 2015, 5:09 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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