Mrs. Bryant will be working with the first grade team to implement Project Lead the Way,  a comprehensive science program with project-based learning. We will work in the computer lab and in our classrooms to investigate animal adaptations. 
    Watch for our One School-One Book program to begin on January 6th! Every family and staff member at our school will receive and read a free copy of this year's book thanks to the generosity of the Gilford PTA.  Each week a certain section of the book will be assigned for readers to enjoy and discuss. There will be comprehension questions coming home with the assigned chapters. Please have your child use complete sentences when answering the questions. Correct answers will be added to the prize drawing each week. There will be a family activity night when you can come to school and enjoy some tremendous activities which will connect with this book.  I will continue to send home leveled reading books for your child to enjoy each week, but please read and discuss this wonderful book with your family as well (and of course count that time as part of your reading homework).
      We have an important event to share with you! The Gilford PTA and Gilford Together committees are teaming up to present a FREE EVENT on January 19, 2017 at 6:30 P.M. in the GES cafeteria.  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. Appetizers provided starting at 6:00 P.M. and discussion following this one hour film. Please RSVP to Kerri Lowe at Partnership for Public Health528-2145 or

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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. 

Important Dates

posted Aug 30, 2015, 8:46 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jan 18, 2017, 3:20 AM ]

January 6-February 18 One School,One Book Enjoy the book with your family!

January 19 Screenagers program free event at GES from 6:00-8:00. Please RSVP to Kerri Lowe.

January 20 Teacher Work Day No school for learners today.

January 25 Early Release All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 P.M. There are no afternoon activities for learners.

February 18 One School, One Book Family Night Join in the fun with sledding, an obstacle course, food for sale, and winter crafts designed around this wonderful book from 4-7 PM.


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 Dec 23, 2016, 2:43 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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