Food for Thought
Information, Issues, and Dialogue
Thank you for checking out this newsletter. I hope to write as a way to keep families informed about what we're up to at the Gilmanton School as well as learn from you. I would love to hear from you about what you would like to say, know about, or generally discuss. I will update and add as much as possible, trying to strike a balance between information and being a pest. What I like about this tool is the subscription feature. You do not have to be bombarded, you can come to this newsletter if you find it interesting or useful, but I won't force it on you at all.
Enjoy and contribute in any way you like.
Paula Mercier - Gilmanton School Principal
The SAU office will move soon as well, which is clearly a bit more complicated.
Everything looks wonderful, CCI and our 'job boss' Jake have been wonderful to work with. Jake is a Gilmanton resident and will be sending his youngsters to Gilmanton School soon enough.
The parking pattern will be changing soon as well. Thank you to everyone for your patience, more information on that soon as well.
Finally and most importantly, we are grateful to have this new layer of safety to the school for your children and the staff who work with them every day.
Community Forum September 25th
Picture Day October 1st
Thank You Jake Maxfield Connection!
The Jake Maxfield Connection is a non-profit foundation founded in 2009 shortly after Jake Maxfield died tragically at the age of 21. The mission of the foundation is to provide scholarships, literacy support for young learners, and to promote community service.
How the books specifically are donated is what they call Legs for Literacy where the JMC team runs Reach the Beach and delivers bundles of books at schools along the Reach the Beach route.
Progress On the Addition
Final day to submit high school survey = Friday, August 30th
First Day of School = Tuesday, September 3rd
Community Information Forum = September 25th 6 pm at Gilmanton School
High School Options Survey
The Gilmanton School Board worked with UNH to develop a survey for all the residents of Gilmanton. The School Board is seeking feedback about what is valued in selecting a high school. The envelope says UNH on it, so please keep it, open it, and take the survey. Thank you for your feedback.
Regarding the school being open, it looks like we will be allowed to return on Tuesday, August 13th.
Reminder, we have a board meeting on the 13th as well. It will be at 6pm as usual.
Back to Trimesters Next Year
The staff here at school thought about the advantages and disadvantages to quarters and trimesters. As many of you know we have been trimesters all but last year, at least in the recent past. Watch for an email with more details. As always your feedback is welcome.
Girls on the Run - Saturday June 8th, 2019
Gilmanton School not only had three teams of girls, we had the distinct honor of singing the National Anthem to kick things off.
Above is Kevin Skarupa's video selfie of the crowd.
It was a perfect day for all runners/walkers and spectators!
Raised Beds Being Built
Pathways Being Dug
Time For a Quick Selfie
(that's the beginning of the gazebo in the background)
Great East Music Festival!
"They got exceptional feedback from great judges and made Gilmanton proud with their music and behavior. Gold medals for BOTH band and chorus!! " ~ Mrs. Babcock
Finally - New News
We have certainly been very busy here at Gilmanton School
I have so many pictures to share:
We've started the Gazebo portion of the Outdoor Classroom
Mother's Day Tea
the list goes on
Principal’s Report April
Principal's Report April 2019
School Website - we have gotten the initial product, a committee reviewed and sent some needed updates to the contact at School Messenger. We are waiting for the revised version now. We hope to share more widely soon.
Outdoor Classroom - Joe and I are meeting tomorrow with Henry Vigeant for a site visit, and an introduction for Joe and Henry. Henry will then pull the permit and determine a start date. We have received part of the schoolyard grant, and we are still waiting to hear from the Tanger Outlet Grant.
Destination Imagination - We had two teams go to the regional competition in Nashua. They did wonderfully. One of the teams, 16 Blue Kids , came in third, very close to second. The opportunity to go to Globals became available but in the end they decided not to go, and enjoy the season with all the local success. Congratulations to all the students, their team leaders, and of course the coordinators Donna Rondolet and Judy Wilson.
SEL Progress - The group of thoughtful teachers, counselors, special educators, and administrators have met often to do the initial research in to a Gilmanton School needs and approach to Social Emotional Learning. Right now there are three approaches we are exploring now as a whole staff. I have also had a conversation with Cassie Yackley and the possibility of having her come for a day of professional development with the staff at Gilmanton School about Trauma Informed Care for our school.
Early Release - Our early release this month will be focused on report cards, and curriculum alignment. We are still having conversation about the new report cards and how teachers communicate with students and families about progress and learning at school.
Artist in Residence - Brynn Koulovatos has thankfully secured an artist, Alice Ogden, to work with our students. This artist is a basket weaver who will work with students during art classes on May 28 & 29th and June 3, 6, 7 . They will create woven panels for the outdoor classroom.
Now that the ground is thawing we are excited to begin a major component of the outdoor classroom, the gazebo. The gazebo will serve as a gathering space for classes big and small for outdoor instruction. Thank you to the PTA for the generous funding and Henry Vigeant for the work. We can’t wait to see the gazebo.
The next focus will be the bird observation area of the outdoor classroom.
Thoughts for Alton
All of us here at Gilmanton School
wish to extend our deepest sympathy
to the Alton Community
As we all try to process this tragic event, it may be difficult to know exactly how to talk with children about it. Our school psychologist recommends this article to help know what to say and watch for.https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers I hope you find it helpful.
We are so grateful at Gilmanton School for your support of the school budget, and of course the addition. The security aspect of the addition is going to be such an improvement for our school. I will happily keep you updated on the work through this newsletter. Keeping Gilmanton children safe while they are in our care is a job we all take seriously. There is so much to say, but to begin - Thank you!
Saturday 3/9/2019 at 10am
Warrant Article III
The TRUTH Behind Vaping
Thursday, March 7th, 6-7:30pm
88 Alvah Wilson Road
Deliberative Session on Wednesday!
Introducing Joe Irving
Spelling Bee Champ 2019
Congratulations to all the spellers, and especially the winner for this year Nick! Well done Ms. Drinen and Ms. Burns for organizing and being the pronouncer.
Also we have enriching assemblies the next three Fridays, Animal Encounters, Bryson Lang (Comedy and Juggling), and TIGER from Plymouth State University. We think the students will love each one. Stay tuned.
- Spelling Bee January 30th
- NWEA Testing for 8th graders
- High School Staff Visit, also for the 8th graders
- 8th Grade Parent Night at GHS
- NAEP testing January 29th
- Quarter Two Ends January 31st, Report Cards come out February 8th
- Super Saturday January 12th
- Deliberative Session February 6th for the School Budget
Please stay tuned for a lot more information about our hopes for a building addition that addresses safety needs of Gilmanton School.
Things I Love About Gilmanton -
Happy New Year Everyone!