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Gilford District PTA

About Us
Gilford District Parent Teacher Association serves GES, GMS and GHS and we need your support!  We are a registered non-profit organization affiliated with National PTA and New Hampshire PTA and whose mission is: "To make every child's potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children."  Per our By-Laws, PTA meets the first Tuesday of every month through the academic year at 7:00 pm in the Michael E. Tocci Library at GES unless otherwise rescheduled with sufficient notice.   

Membership Benefits
In a recent issue of PTA's Our Children magazine, Sherri Wilson recognized that "over 40 years of research clearly shows a positive and convincing relationship between family engagement and student success, regardless of race/ethnicity, class, or parents' level of education. When families are involved in their children's learning at home and at school, children do better in school."   If that isn't reason enough to involve yourself in your child(ren)'s education, here are some more:  to get connected; to discover great resources; to tap into a network of parents and teachers; to be heard, and to advocate for positive change and make your schools the best they can be.  There are tangible benefits, too, that come along with being involved with PTA, including through these great companies:  AARP, Schwan's, Sylvan Learning, Staples, Hertz, Sharp, and MetLife Auto & Home.  Visit for more info.  

Click this link to print out a Membership Form here:
Membership Form that can be turned in at the offices at GES,
GMS or GHS or mailed to us at the address found below.

 All SAU 73 families and community members are welcome. You do not have to be a PTA member to attend, but you do need to be a member to vote. Membership is only $10 per person, per year.  We do appreciate all memberships and additional donations.

PTA Officers & Committee Chairs 2016-17
President  Sharyn Sasserson: 
Vice President - Sara Romano:
Treasurer-  Jeanin ("Nin") Onos:
Membership-Sara Romano:
Secretary - Jill Desruisseaux:
Reflections -  Sharyn Sasserson: 
Fundraising - Gigi Johnson: 
GES Spirit Store - Julie Nelson:
Social Media-Jill Desruisseaux

If you are interested in filling out a grant request for consideration by PTA, click here:  

Please Note: Our next meeting for this year is scheduled for:  
Wednesday, June 7, 2017 in the GES Library at 6:30pm

If you have an idea for a topic or guest speaker, please email us at:

For information about our literacy support presentation, please
visit:Literacy support for parents

For more information about the Math program, please visit:  Eureka Parents Support Page 

Congrats to our District levels winners! Next they will head to be judged at the State level. Good Luck!


2017 Poetry Contest Winners

K- Austin Cota-Robles
1st- Jaelyn Ordway
2nd- no entries
3rd- Anna Burke
4th- Charlotte Dubravsky 
5th- Noah Bolduc
6th- Samuel Leggett
7th- Valeria Ramos
8th- Kayla Loureiro
9th- Sophie Leggett
10th- Nicole Berube
11th- Gabrielle Podmore
12th- Alexa McNamara

GES winner- Justin Hanson
GMS winner- Lily Burleigh
GHS winner- Sean Desautelle

Great job! 

SCHOOL SPIRITWEAR  Help show school spirit and support PTA by purchasing GES gear! Order forms are available by the volunteer desk in the GES office. Want to see samples, check out the GES lobby where clothing samples are displayed.
Questions?  E-mail Julie Nelson at:

Special orders are accepted upon pre-payment.  Thank you for your support, and remember GES celebrates with school spirit day the last friday of every month so help the kids show their Panda pride.


Another Way to Help
  Did you know that you can also help support our local PTA simply by shopping on Amazon?  That's right! Shop instead of the regular Amazon website. AmazonSmile has the same products with the added bonus of .5% of your purchase donated to our PTA. Check it out!

We can be reached at: or at:  
Gilford District PTA
c/o Gilford Elementary School
76 Belknap Mountain Road
Gilford, NH  03249  


(c) Gilford District PTA, 2016.  All rights reserved.




About Us  
GES Volunteer Steering Committee is a group of GES parents who serve at the pleasure of the Principal and coordinate volunteer efforts at the school.  We customarily meet the first Friday of the month through the academic year at 2:00 pm, GES.  All GES parents are welcome to attend meetings.  Meetings are subject to change, however, with notice.

We also maintain an e-mail database so that if you are interested in volunteering at GES but are not sure how, then you may e-mail us and we will add you to our contact list and then e-mail you as volunteering opportunities come up. We use software from, a great program to help you organize volunteer responsibilities and send you reminders in advance of events.  Any questions about this can be directed to or see any member.

Box Tops
Save those box tops from your food containers and send them in with your child(ren). They will make their way to Mrs. Nute who collects them and turns them in for new books for the GES Library.  Save them and send them in with the kids to bring to Mrs. Nute. Every little bit helps and they really do make a difference.

Volunteer Opportunities 
Thank you to all who attended the mandatory program on volunteering and bullying policies. This IS required every year for all volunteers, substitutes, coaches, and anyone offering their time in the schools. Thank you Student Services Director Esther Kennedy for sharing your time with us! If you missed the training, there will be another held Dec 6th at the 7:00PM PTA Meeting.

ART ART ART!!! Kim Valpey welcomes volunteers in her art room. Contact her at if you are interested.

BOOKS BOOKS BOOKS!! We are always in need of people to help re-shelf leveled reading books. This is a great volunteer position for someone who needs flexibility in times for volunteering.  It can be done at your own leisure during school hours. Please contact Gladys Clausen at if you are interested in helping out! 

This is the web site we post all school wide volunteer needs to. Check it out anytime to see if there's a current need!

We will again be collecting Treats for the Troops on Nov 1st from 8-8:40!

On November 9th GES will again be hosting a FAMILY FUN NIGHT for all GES Students and families! Pizza dinner will be served along with games, dancing and crafts! Sign up forms will be sent home with all students!

This very special lunch will be held on November 15th.  You must reserve a space and pay for all additional lunches needed for your family.  Specific times per grade can be found on our Facebook Page under events!

I Love Saving Club for Kids
All GES students are welcome to join the I LOVE SAVING CLUB FOR KIDS, a banking program sponsored by Bank of New Hampshire.  This year, learners in grades K through 4 may bring in deposits directly to the GES library each Thursday morning to volunteer "tellers" and have their names entered for a prize each week.  Deposits are made to the bank for you!  Please use the red bank deposit bags which are issued upon completion of all paperwork and encourage learns to fill out their own deposit slips and help with balancing their books. Contact Patty Hinds in the GES office for questions or if you are interested in volunteering for this program.  To see more information on the bank's program, click here:  Kids Savings Club

More About Us
If you are interested in helping on this committee, please contact any 2016-2017 member (below).  Our email address is:

Chair- Jenn Kelly:
Treasurer - Jessica Lesniak-
Secretary - Heather Javalgi -
Committee Members-
Alison Isabelle - 
Caroline Drouin -
Gigi Johnson -
Alison Thompson-
Danielle Cook -
Gladys Clausen -
Tracy Baron -
Kelly Shumway Boudreau-