Thursday, June 22, 2017

Happy Summer! Progress Reports and Supply Lists

Happy Summer!

We are working to finalize progress reports.  Elementary families can expect theirs to arrive in the mail by the end of next week. Adolescent report cards will be sent by email before the 4th of July.

Supply lists will be sent out (via email) by July 28th.

Enjoy your break!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Last Chance to Register for Summer Disc Camps

It's not too late to register for summer Ultimate Frisbee and Disc Golf camps! 

GRS will host two weeks of ​​camps ​for all skill levels, from beginners to veterans, for young people ages 11 and up​. Camps begin next week!

Camps will be led by GRS Guide Andrea Christensen Zdenek alongside former GRS Guide Dave Zdenek. Both are experienced Ultimate players and coaches.

These camps are open to non-GRS students, so please share widely!

A camp registration form is available here (scroll to second page). Please print and complete the form and return to GRS Front Office. Checks should be made payable to Great River School.

G​irls' Ultimate Camp
Dates: 6/26-6/30 Mon-Fri, 9am-12pm
Cost: $150*
​This weeklong girls' Ultimate camp will go over the basics of the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, including drills and skills for throwing, cutting, running, etc., as well as providing opportunities for scrimmages. This will be an empowering and celebratory week of physical fitness and wellness, specific strategies and techniques, and overall lots of fun in the sun!​

​Disc Golf Camp
Dates: 7/10-7/14 Mon-Th, 9am-4pm
Cost: $300*
This camp will teach campers the fundamentals of disc golf, including driving, putt & approach, as well as different kinds of discs and grips to use in different ​situations on the course. We will be traveling to a different disc golf course each day locally, using Metro Transit (Wabun, Highland, Acorn, Kaposia). The courses will increase in length and difficulty each day as each camper expands their skills and understanding of the sport of disc golf!

*Eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch? Scholarships are available! To apply, email summer@greatriverschool.org.

Questions? Contact Andrea at achristensen@greatriverschool.org.

Thursday, June 8, 2017

All Lost and Found items will be donated on Monday, June 12!

Has your student misplaced any belongings in the final weeks of school? Did they return from a Key Experience lighter than when they set out? If so, please take a few minutes to look through our Lost and Found! 

Lost and Found locations are as follows:
  • White bins in the lobby by the Front Office (to save you the work of rummaging through bins, these items may be displayed on tables in the main entrance vestibule prior to donation days) 
  • Blue shelves in the Lower Elementary hallway
  • Outside the doors of the Upper Elementary classrooms
  • Missing something valuable? Keys, phones, and other valuables are often turned in to the Front Office itself and are held for safekeeping if the owner cannot be identified.
All items left in Lost and Found will be collected and donated at 9 AM on Monday, June 12. 

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Date Correction: Book Arts Exhibition - Thursday, JUNE 8th

Please join the Book Arts Spring Intensive for our exhibition on Thursday, June 8 from 1:30pm-3:00pm in the Upper Adolescent Commons. See a wide array of handmade books and paper made by adolescent students in their Spring Intensive this week!  Try out paper marbling! Lemonade and cookies will be served.
Questions? Email, Emily Blue at eblue@greatriverschool.org.

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Girl's Varsity Ultimate State Championship - Thursday at 8pm!

The Girl's Varsity Ultimate Team is facing off against Apple Valley this Thursday night in the state championship game at Benilde-St. Margaret's Stadium, 2501 Minnesota 100, St. Louis Park, MN 55416. The game begins at 8pm. (This is a rematch from last year, we're in it for the three-peat). Be there and be loud to show your support for Great River and cheer on our squad to a third championship title. 

Let's Go Stars!! 

Book Arts Exhibition - Thursday, JUNE 8th

Please join the Book Arts Spring Intensive for our exhibition on Thursday, June 8 from 1:30pm-3:00pm in the Upper Adolescent Commons. See a wide array of handmade books and paper made by adolescent students in their Spring Intensive this week!  Try out paper marbling! Lemonade and cookies will be served.
Questions? Email, Emily Blue at eblue@greatriverschool.org.

Thursday, June 1, 2017

YMCA: Free Summer Memberships for High Schoolers

The Greater Twin Cities YMCA is offering free memberships to 9-12th grade students for the entire summer. They have 36 locations in the cities, and some centers are even offering free dinner.

This is an effort to give kids a safe environment to and promote a healthy lifestyle

Learn more to take advantage of free summer memberships to the YMCA!

Robotics Day Camp!


Wednesday, May 31, 2017

GRS All-School Picnic at Como Pavilion is this Friday!


Able to come a bit early or stay a bit late? We need a few families to help with set-up and clean-up. Sign up here if your family can lend a hand!

Hamiltunes Fundraiser

Love Hamilton? Come sing along in support of Great River's No Mythic Robotics team! Sign up for your part here and purchase tickets.

All funds raised benefit Mythical Robotics, the umbrella over robotics programs for students from 5th grade through their senior year at Great River and Avalon: Lego Leagues, Lego Camp, First Tech Challenge, and First Robotics Competition. 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Join GRS Families for Budget-Friendly Saturday Matinees!

The GRS National Honor Society is proud to present a fundraising movie night this Saturday. Movies will be shown at GRS in the West Campus "multiplex." Attendees can choose between a total of eight features. 

Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for kids 12 and under. Double features are discounted at $7 for adults and $4 for kids. Tickets will be available at the door (cash, check, or credit cards accepted). All proceeds will be donated to TwinCities Tutoring, which brings free tutoring in all subjects and at every grade level to immigrant and low-income communities throughout Minneapolis.

Refreshments will be served before and during the movies. Bring blankets and pillows to get comfy!

Showtimes and features:

Saturday, May 27th @ 2pm

  • Kubo and the Two Strings
  • Hidden Figures
  • Howl's Moving Castle
  • Labyrinth
Saturday, May 27th @ 5pm
  • Doctor Strange
  • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Ghostbusters (1984)
  • Shaolin Soccer
Follow more announcements and tell us you're coming on the Facebook event page!

Questions? Email senior ZoĆ« Friberg at zfriberg@greatriverschool.org.




Announcing Summer Ultimate Frisbee Camps for All Experience Levels

GRS will host two weeks of ​​disc camps this summer ​for all skill levels, from beginners to veterans, for young people ages 11 and up​. 

Camps will be led by GRS Guide Andrea Christensen Zdenek alongside former GRS Guide Dave Zdenek. Both are experienced Ultimate players and coaches.

These camps are open to non-GRS students, so please share widely!

A camp registration form is available here (scroll to second page). Please print and complete the form and return to GRS Front Office. Checks should be made payable to Great River School.

G​irls' Ultimate Camp
Dates: 6/26-6/30 M-Fri, 9am-12pm
Cost: $150*
​This weeklong girls' ultimate camp will go over the basics of the sport of Ultimate Frisbee, including drills and skills for throwing, cutting, running, etc., as well as providing opportunities for scrimmages. This will be an empowering and celebratory week of physical fitness and wellness, specific strategies and techniques, and overall lots of fun in the sun!​

​Disc Golf Camp
Dates: 7/10-7/14 M-Th, 9am-4pm
Cost: $300*
This camp will teach campers the fundamentals of disc golf, including driving, putt & approach, as well as different kinds of discs and grips to use in different ​situations on the course. We will be traveling to a different disc golf course each day locally, using Metro Transit (Wabun, Highland, Acorn, Kaposia). The courses will increase in length and difficulty each day as each camper expands their skills and understanding of the sport of disc golf!

*Eligible for Free and Reduced Price Lunch? Scholarships are available! To apply, email summer@greatriverschool.org.

Questions? Contact Andrea at achristensen@greatriverschool.org.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Save the Date for All-School Picnic Next Friday, June 2

GRS All-School Picnic at Como Pavilion is next week! 
See the flyer here!

Date: Friday, June 2nd
Time: 5-8 PM
Place: Como Midway Pavilion (view map)

This is a potluck picnic! If your last name begins with...bring:
  • A-L: Main dish
  • M-S: Side dish, salad, veggies, or fruit
  • T-Z: Dessert
Bringing a potluck dish to share is not required but it is appreciated.

We're earth-friendly! Bring your own plates, utensils, and water bottles, plus Frisbees or play gear.

Able to come a bit early or stay a bit late? We need a few families to help with set-up and clean-up. Sign up here if your family can lend a hand!

Lost and Found items will be donated this Friday!

Have you or your student misplaced a sweatshirt, water bottle, or other item lately? If it hasn't turned up yet, please take a few minutes to look through our Lost and Found. 

In order to limit overflow, we will gather up remaining items for donation this Friday morning. Items lost after 9 AM on the donation day are held until the following month. 

Lost and Found locations are as follows:

  • White bins in the lobby by the Front Office (to save you the work of rummaging through bins, these items may be displayed on tables in the main entrance vestibule prior to donation days) 
  • Blue shelves in the Lower Elementary hallway
  • Outside the doors of the Upper Elementary classrooms
  • Missing something valuable? Keys, phones, and other valuables are often turned in to the Front Office itself and are held for safekeeping if the owner cannot be immediately identified.
We do our best to return items that are labeled with your child's name.

Plan ahead! Items lost in the last weeks of school will be collected and donated by 9 AM on Monday, June 12, 2017.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Still Openings for the Tap Room Tour Great Gathering this Friday!



No plans for your Friday night? Don't fret! You can still sign-up for a Tap Room Tour for tomorrow, May 19. It will be a fun-filled evening of yummy snacks and tasty beers. Visit 3-4 breweries in the St. Paul area, some new and some repeats from years past.

Date: Friday, May 19
Time: 6:00-11:00 PM
Cost: $35 (all proceeds go to GRS!)



Contact Kelly for more information or to sign-up: kelly@ksquare.us

(This adults-only tap room tour is restricted to those 21 and older.)