Setting goals with first graders?  Yes!  Our learners have looked at the work they have done since the beginning of the year and have set learning goals for the first trimester. We will collect data and look at strategies to reach our goals. The children will bring home the four goals they have for the first trimester at the beginning of October. We are anxious to show you our progress towards these goals when we meet for learner led conferences on November 10th.  

     The annual Gilford Elementary School Halloween parade will begin at 9:00 on Monday, October 31st.  Learners are encouraged to bring their costume for the parade. We will have a small snack party after the parade. Our STEAM challenges this month will focus on the reflective properties of light and how to use light to keep our trick-or-treaters safe. Our moon journal entries will help with the next STEAM challenge on Wednesday, October 26th. Help your child look at the moon each evening and draw what they see.   

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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 Oct 21, 2016, 3:24 AM ]

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 Oct 21, 2016, 3:28 AM ]

October 21   Showcase: Join us for our Showcase performance at 1:45 PM in the gym.

October 25 School picture day (part 2): Our class picture will be taken this morning. We were unable to do this on our first school picture day. Bring your smile! 

October 26   Early Release:All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM and there will be no afternoon programs or activities for children. The PTA Reflections program work session will be in the GES art room from 1:00 - 3:00. All learners attending the work session must have a signed permission slip returned to classroom teachers by Friday, October 21st. Families are responsible for transportation home from this event. 

October 28 Hike in Weeks Woods: The first graders will be going on a hike to Weeks Woods from 9:30-11:00. Please dress for the weather and wear comfortable walking shoes.  There is no cost for the trip and no rain date.  

October 31   Halloween Parade and classroom party:Bring your Halloween costume for our annual Halloween parade. The parade will begin at 9:00 AM and we will have our class party when we return.  

November 1 PTA Meeting Come to the PTA Meeting in the GES Library at 7:00. All are welcome!

November 10 Learner Led Conferences No school for learners on this day. Please bring your child to the scheduled conference.

November 11 Veteran’s Day No school for learners . 

November 16 Early Release:All learners will be dismissed at 1:00 PM and there will be no afternoon programs or activities for children. 

November 23-25   Thanksgiving Break:No school as we celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday. 


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 Aug 23, 2016, 7:26 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. 


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 Oct 15, 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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