Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Driver's Education at GRS

DRIVER’S EDUCATION (Students who are 14 years of age and older)
This 30-hour program will be conducted by a certified instructor from the A+ Driving School and will fulfill the state driver’s education requirement.  The course will address the “how to” and “whys” of safe driving.  The format of the class will be lecture and active discussion.  After completion of the program, students will be able to set up and participate in behind the wheel sessions to meet the six hour state requirement.
Classes will meet at GREAT RIVER SCHOOL!  All registration can be done through:  www.APlusDrivingSchool.net


Class Dates:  Oct. 23,24,25,26,27,30,31, Nov. 1,2,3
Class Time:  3:30-6:30pm

Total Package:  $375
Payment Option:  class = $240  BTW = $165

REGISTRATION:  www.APlusDrivingSchool.net  

Friday, August 11, 2017

Fall Sports Registration!!! LAST CHANCE MONDAY 8/14!!!!

REMINDER: Charter Stars High School sports start next week! See below for practice times and locations.

Cross Country - grades 7-12
Boys' Soccer - grades 7-12
Girls' Soccer - grades 7-12
Volleyball - grades 7-12

Middle School Soccer (grades 5-8) starts once the school year begins.

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Haven't registered yet but want to play one of these sports? You have one last opportunity to register!
Have you registered but still have outstanding forms? Email them to ilarsen@greatriverschool.org or fax them to 651-205-4799. Outstanding forms must be turned in before you/your athlete can practice!

Cross Country
Boys' Soccer 
Girls' Soccer

Ilse Larsen
High School Athletic Director - Charter Stars
Great River School | Twin Cities Academy High School

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Looking for Athletics Help (Paid Opportunity)

Charter Stars athletics is looking for experienced/interested athletes/parents/school staff to run the scoreboard and keep the scorebook for our home Volleyball (fall) and Basketball (winter) games this school year. Come be part of the exciting home game atmosphere!

Our home games are at Twin Cities Academy, 690 Birmingham St., St. Paul 55106. 

Interested A2 or A3 students, as well as parents and school staff, are encouraged to apply. You need to have:
  • A working knowledge of the sport
  • A willingness to become the scoreboard or scorebook "expert" for your selected sport
  • Transportation to and from home games
This is a great opportunity to earn money towards your/your student's activity fees! We pay $10 per game. We track your hours during the season and you receive a paycheck once the season is over. 

Email Ilse at ilarsen@greatriverschool.org to get more info!

Early Registration Ending Soon!

Early registration for these Charter Stars High School sports teams closes at 5pm Tuesday, August 8! 
  • Cross Country - grades 7 thru 12
  • High School Boys' Soccer (JV & Varsity) - grades 7 thru 12
  • High School Girls' Soccer (JV & Varsity - grades 7 thru 12 **Note the first practice is now Wednesday, Aug. 16**
  • High School Girls' Volleyball (C, JV, & Varsity) - grades 7 thru 12
If you/your student wants to play one of these sports, you have one final opportunity to register. 
Monday, August 14
Twin Cities Academy
690 Birmingham St., St. Paul 55106
8am to Noon
Registrations must be done in person and must be completed that day

To register on Monday, Aug. 14, you need to have the entire registration packet completed and signed. You must also have your Sports Physical on file already or have one to hand in. If you/your student has asthma, carries an inhaler, has food allergies, and/or carries an Epi Pen,
you also need to turn in an Asthma Action Plan and/or an Allergy Action Plan on Monday.

Only complete registrations can be accepted on MondayEvery team has tryouts next week and if your athlete can't participate in those tryouts, he/she can't be placed on the team.
Activity Fees and Uniform Deposits (when applicable) are due by Monday, August 21!

Middle School Soccer (grades 5-8, coed) registration takes place after the start of the school year. A valid Sports Physical must be on file (dated more recently than 11/1/2014 for fall sports), see info below.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Welcome Night Thursday, August 10

The Parent Engagement Group (PEG) would like to invite all new and existing families to Welcome Night. Hopefully you received the email invitation on Monday. This will be a great opportunity to meet new people and reconnect with friends before the school year starts. Our very own Sam O'Brien and Rachel Damiani will be there to welcome everyone.

When: Thursday, August 10 @ 6:30 PM
Where: Horton Park (Minnehaha & Hamline)
What: Games, snacks, and an opportunity to break out by level.

See you there!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Supply Lists and Packing Lists Available!

Classroom supply lists and trip packing lists are now available on the GRS website. 

Attention A1 (7th & 8th Grade) Families!

Want to know what to expect at GRS this coming year? Wonder what the Odyssey is all bout? What to pack? Please join your A1 PEG Representatives for a social gathering to get your questions answered.

When: Tuesday, August 15 @ 7:00 PM
Where: Newell Park(900 Fairview Ave. N. St. Paul)

This is an opportunity for all A1 parents and students to meet and mingle before the school starts. Dessert will be provided. Bring your own beverages. Your A1 level reps (Heather Thomas & Marietta Olson Dreher) will be there to share information and experiences and help families prepare for A1.

Hope to see you there!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Don't Forget to Register for Fall Sports!

To register for Charter Stars high school sports:
These Charter Stars high school sports start practices on Monday, August 14!
  • Cross Country (grades 7-12) - 7 to 8:30am at Como Lake Pavilion August 14, 16, 18. Participants will run around Lake Como and should wear appropriate clothing, running shoes, and bring a water bottle.
  • Boys' Soccer (grades 7-12) - 5 to 7pm August 14 thru 18 at Eastview Rec Center. Wear shirt, shorts, soccer cleats, shin guards, and bring a water bottle.
  • Girls' Soccer (grades 7-12) - 5 to 7pm August 14 thru 18 at Eastview Rec Center. Wear shirt, shorts, soccer cleats, shin guards, and bring a water bottle.
  • Girls' Volleyball (grades 7-12) - 7am to 9am daily starting August 14 at TCA (690 Birmingham St., St. Paul 55106). Players should wear shirt, shorts, and sneakers and bring a water bottle.
Charter Stars High School sports registrations are due by this FRIDAY, August 4
Free Sports Physicals this week!! See this link for locations, dates, and times.
Email coachilselarsen@gmail.com to have your email added to a team mailing list or if you have questions about these athletic opportunities.

LIST League (Middle School coed soccer) registration will take place after the start of school.

Fall Ultimate registration is not run through school so check in with a teammate if you are interested in playing.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Host an AFS high school exchange student!

AFS is looking for host families for 6-12 weeks for students who are coming this fall. Host families provide a bed, food, & loving support. Students come with their own health insurance and spending money. Families of all types; married, single, single parents, young children, no children, can host. Will you be that person, that family who makes a world of difference in the life of a young person?

Please contact Lisa Boynton at: lboynton@afsusa.org or 651-356-1848 to learn more or http://www.afsusa.org/host-family/

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Free Meals for Kids this Summer

Greetings Families!

A neighborhood church, St. Stephanus in Frogtown, is serving meals though St. Paul Public Schools every evening this summer. Please pass this on to any families who might have kids in need of a meal this summer.

Additionally, St. Stephanus is partnering with Second Harvest, Frogtown Neighborhood Association, and Valley Outreach (Stillwater) to distribute food rescued from local grocery stores to residents of Frogtown on Friday afternoons. Their second distribution provided fresh food to more than 125 households (about 6,000 lbs of food)!

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!!