Enjoy your summer vacation!  Have fun with your family, read a good book, laugh, play outside, write about your summer adventures, soak up the sun, look for shapes in the clouds, relax, rest, play a math game, and I'll see you on Tuesday, August 30th for our Open House. 


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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 ...
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  • 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 ...
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Showcase performance

posted Apr 15, 2016, 12:27 PM by Mary Godbout

Watch our awesome author's work in our recent Showcase performance. 

Our Bird Field Trip

Field Trips

posted Sep 30, 2015, 12:26 PM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jun 7, 2016, 2:01 AM ]

We had a great time at the Gilford Public Library on Monday, June 6th. Many thanks to Miss Abby and her coworkers for welcoming us to the library. The library has lots of great reading activities to go along with the books, CDs, and movies you will find there. The children brought home a list of summer events at the library and an application for a library card so they can check out their own books. Choosing and reading books is a great way to keep skills sharp during the summer months. You can also find more ideas in the summer reading brochure attached below. 

Our Specials Schedule

posted Sep 27, 2015, 11:31 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated May 14, 2016, 9:57 AM ]

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. 

Thank you to our many classroom volunteers

posted Sep 4, 2015, 2:53 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jun 16, 2016, 3:10 AM ]

Classroom volunteering times have come to an end, but we want to thank our many volunteers for all the help they have offered during this school year.  Whether you came in to help each week, chaperoned a field trip, or worked at home on projects that I sent home to complete, you helped to make my life easier and provided invaluable support to our children. Many thanks for all that you do!

Important Dates

posted Aug 30, 2015, 8:46 AM by Mary Godbout   [ updated Jun 18, 2016, 4:12 AM ]

August 30  Open House at GES from 5:00-6:00 P.M. 
August 31   First day of school for the 2016-17 school year


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 May 31, 2016, 1:45 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. 
Your child has worked very hard this year, learning to read. Research shows that if students do not read over the summer, they can lose as much as 22% of their reading level. That means 2 month of school, down the drain! You can help prevent this summer reading loss by encouraging your child to read over the summer. Try to read something every day, whether it's a book, recipe, or a menu. Every word counts. Here's to making this a summer of reading!   You can click on the summer reading suggestions below or follow the links on our class website to find some great summer reading suggestions. 

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 May 7, 2016, 5:04 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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