Posted on 08/29/2019

Good afternoon.  It’s right around the corner!  I know I speak for my wonderful staff that we are very much looking forward to working with our learners again.  Kirk and I have had their ear these past two days so they’re looking forward to doing what they love and do best:  Teach!

Students will meet as large groups in the morning as they arrive to find out their homerooms, schedules, lockers, etc.  For the first day of school, the 5th Grades will meet in the cafeteria, 6th graders in the “grand stairwell,” and 7th and 8th graders in the gym.

Our big focus this year for our school (and district) is the “Choose Love” movement.  This program was started by Scarlett Lewis who lost her son, Jesse, in the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in 2012.  This focuses on supporting social-emotional learning so that kids can come to school feeling welcomed, supported and safe.  You can learn more about this program by following this link.  There is also a “Choose Love” for Home that is a great resource.

Below are some important links/information for the start of school:

  • The Student-Parent Handbook; please go over this with your child(ren).

  • Vision Student Information System; to check on your child’s progress/grades

  • Bus Routes

  • GMS Calendar

  • And there is a wealth of other information to be found on our school website

  • Homework Group will begin on Monday, September 9th.

    • This program takes place in our library from 2:30-4:00 Monday thru Thursday each week.

    • Students will be able to do their school work in a quiet, supervised (one classroom teacher and one paraprofessional) space and get some extra help.

    • It is not designed as a “hang out.” or child care.  Students who are disruptive and/or not doing school work will be asked to leave.

    • There is no cost nor do students have to stay the entire time.

  • The Gilford Food Service Updates:

    • Governor Sununu signed into law, SB82, or the “Breakfast Bill.”  What this does is after the completion of the free and reduced application, if the student is granted “reduced” status, they will receive breakfast at no cost and lunch will be charged at $0.40 per meal.

    • Last November, the School Board voted to increase the price of lunch meals for this coming year.  A student lunch at GES will cost $2.50 and $3.25 at GMHS.

  • If at ANY time you have ANY questions, please do not hesitate to shoot me an email or give me a call.  I am sure that there is something I may have missed. Besides your classroom teachers, please feel free to contact the following with any questions/concerns:

I hope you get to enjoy the Labor Day Weekend with your families.  Take care and we’ll see you on Tuesday!


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