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posted Feb 1, 2019, 4:26 AM by Suzanne Laliberte

Good morning.  It’s official! Well, as official as it can be with New England weather; our annual Winter Carnival event will take place on Friday, March 8 (it’s still officially winter!).  It hasn’t been easy coordinating dates that work best for us, Gunstock and Fay Ice Arena but my administrative assistant, Natalie Wyatt, managed to pull it off! Just a couple of years ago, we went after the February Break and the weather and skiing conditions were perfect; fingers crossed for the same this year.  I know that this date (and the previous two dates this year) do not work for everyone; we tried. If your child is unable to attend, we will absolutely refund your money; just let me know, please.

Congratulations to the following students who have been accepted into the Northern District Band Festival which will take place later this Spring.  Those accepted were Savannah Neuman (Tenor Sax), Drew DeCarli (Baritone Sax), Stratford Kenny (Trumpet), Jesse Powers (Percussion-Mallet/Auxiliary) and Riley Powers (Percussion-Mallet/Auxiliary).

Next Friday we’ll have our 7th & 8th Grade Valentine’s Dance from 7:00-8:30 in our cafeteria featuring Mr. Warnick as our DJ.  After school next Friday (until 4:00), our Volunteer Steering Committee (VSC) sponsoring a 5th & 6th Grade Valentine’s Social. They’ll be cookie and cupcake decorating, face painting and card making with Mr. Witham, “rocking” out with Mr. Warnick, theatre karaoke with Mr. Demko and floor hockey and other sports with Mr. Donovan and Mr. Neveln.  And we could use some more volunteers to help out so if you’re interested (and “district volunteer certified”) please let me know and I will forward your generosity with the VSC.

The following students are taking part in the National History Day project with Mr. Meyers: John Blandford, Patrick Gandini, Landon Lewis, Maria Uicker, Sydney Irons, Allison Kenyon, Savannah Neuman, and Christine Pingol.  This project engages students and teachers from across the country in historical research and skills development. Here at Gilford, these students and Mr. Meyers use their own time (lunches, after school, etc) to prepare themselves for the competition later this Spring up at Plymouth State University.

Students in study halls were faced with a STEM Challenge by Mrs. Baron in the library this past week.  Students competed to build the highest, freestanding tower using just 15 pipe cleaners. They also were challenged with the task to build a structure with pipe cleaners that could support a plastic cup holding 50 pennies (at least 3 inches off the table).  The actual challenge wasn’t so much to complete the best structure but to adapt to the many “curve balls” that Mrs. Baron threw their way. At one point they had to stop and deal with “budget cuts” so they had fewer resources and actually had to use just one hand.  In another situation their company was relocated to another country and they did not know the language so they had to communicate non-verbally. The challenges were more about teamwork and being flexible to last minute changes which made it more interesting for students.

Today is the “World Read Aloud Day.”  Students in the 7th and 8th grade Language Arts classes will celebrate the event by gathering in the library to enjoy read alouds from guest readers from such “dignitaries” as myself, Mr. Beitler and Mrs. Bolduc.  Readers will discuss the passage and why they chose the excerpt/passage to share.

There are a few attachments to this email that I’d like to share:

  • One regarding the upcoming Meredith Rotary Ice Fishing Derby

  • The 2019 Lakes Region Elite Basketball League

  • Registration to become a member of the Parents of Performing Students (POPS) to support the performing arts here in Gilford. There is a meeting of the group on Tuesday, February 5 at 6:00 in the GHS Choir Room

  • A flyer from the Lakes Region Lacrosse Club Board

  • Lastly, a notice about an upcoming fundraiser to support a group of high school students and science teachers taking an educational trip to the Grand Canyon.

Upcoming Events:

Tonight = GMS Theatre Production of “Anything Goes” at GHS (7:00pm)

Tomorrow = “Anything Goes” (2:00pm & 7:00pm)

Monday = School Board Meeting at GES (6:00); Unified Hoops at Spaulding Youth Center (3:30); Girls/Boys A Hoops (3:30/4:45)

Tuesday = Deliberative Session on Town budget at GHS (7:00); Nordic Ski Meet at Proctor Academy (3:00); Boys B/A Hoops at Newfound (3:30/4:45); Girls B/A Hoops (3:30/4:45)

Thursday = 8th Grade NAEP Testing; Deliberative Session on School District budget at GHS (7:00); Alpine Ski Meet (9:30); Boys A/B Hoops (3:30/4:45); Girls A/B Hoops at Winnisquam (3:30/4:45)

Take care and let’s go Pats!!!


Attachments available for 30 days until Sunday, March 03, 2019:
Lets go fishing prgram.doc
LRE 2019 League Flyer.docx
Spag Dinner.docx
LR Lacrosse Flyer.pdf
POPS Membership Form.JPG