posted Jan 2, 2018, 4:13 AM by Suzanne Bowen

Good morning, parents and staff.  I hope you are enjoying the time with your families and the fresh snow; the cold, probably not so much….

Not to be out done by their bandmates, we have several members of our choir who also got accepted into the Lakes Region Junior High Festival.  They are Anna Cook, Caitlyn Costa, Josh Dery, Kaleena Dyer, Zoe Lehneman, Owen Nelson, Mackenzie Roys, and Colby Smith.  That makes 15 of our students who earned this honor!  And if you were able to make our Holiday Concert last week, you’ll know why so many of our performers were accepted; it was quite a concert.

Our middle school Volunteer Steering Committee is partnering with the Gilford PTA to sponsor a Grade 5 & 6 movie night here at GMS on January 12 (6:15-8:00).  More details about the event will be forthcoming.

January is a busy month for our 8th Graders as they (believe it or not) prepare for their transition to high school.  Key dates are as follows:

  • January 16 & 17 = GHS counselors will give presentations to 8th grade classes

  • January 18 = GHS Incoming Freshman Parent Night at GHS (6:30)

  • January 22-26 = Students are recommended, by their 8th grade teachers, for high school courses.

  • February 1 & 2 = GHS counselors will meet briefly with each of their incoming freshman.

Next week’s happenings:

  • Wednesday

    • Nordic Skiing (2:30)

    • Boys/Girls A Basketball (3:30/4:30)

  • Thursday

    • Winter Sports Pictures (2:30)

  • Friday

    • Boys A/B Basketball at Alton (3:30/4:30)

    • Girls A/B Basketball (3:30/4:30)

This week’s tip from The Middle Years*  “Operation ‘reset’”  Winter break gives your child the gift of extra time.  Encourage him to use it wisely with a mix of relaxation and preparation for the new year.  Refresh: Suggest he do enjoyable activities he hasn’t had time for.  Perhaps he’ll read a graphic novel that’s been sitting on a shelf or create a workout routine to do with a friend.  Catch up:  Ask your tween to think about how he can hit the ground running (when he returns from break).  If he has assignments due when school begins, he could work on them a little each day.  Or he might empty his subject folders by filing returned papers at home and start with a fresh slate in January.

I wish you all a happy (and safe) new year!


*Resources for Educators, December 2017