Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Coffee House Fri Nov. 3rd 6:30pm!

Coffee House is coming up on Friday, November 3rd at 6:30-8:30pm in the dining hall! This is a student open mic night featuring student performances (music, poetry, etc.). These students would love your support and a robust audience!

Do you love to bake? We're looking for families to bake brownies for the event, or other goods including gluten free options. We will sell these at Coffee House and all funds will go toward Great River Annual Fund. Please contact: jkesti@greatriverschool.org if you are able to make something.

Sign up for Conferences Potluck!

The Conferences Potluck sign up is now posted! Consider showing support for the fantastic Great River faculty by signing up to provide meals during conferences. We're looking for both food donations and onsite volunteers to prep, cook, and serve. (Note: this is NOT the signup for your student's conference. This will be sent out next week!)

We require all families to volunteer at least 20 hours throughout the year. This is an easy way to contribute and is hugely appreciated by hardworking teachers! 

Thank you for your support! Please SIGN UP here! 

-Great River School

Conferences Meals!  SIGN UP
Please note the drop-off times for all meal donations are from Monday 11/13 to Wednesday 11/15 at 12pm!!

Thursday, Nov. 16th
Breakfast: Pancakes!
Lunch: Build your own sandwich
Dinner: Potluck

Friday, Nov. 17th
Breakfast: Classic Diner
Lunch: Build your own taco or burrito

A1 Odyssey Night Oct. 24th 6-8pm

A1 Students & Families please join us on Odyssey Night, Tuesday October 24th 6-8pm in the upper adolescent commons. The evening will feature a showcase of student higher level work from the Odyssey. A1 students are required to attend for at least 1 hour. Families of 6th graders are welcome to attend if interested.

If any student has an issue with transportation to or from this event, please email: tlimberg@greatriverschool.org.


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Join the Fundraising Team!

Support Great River School's mission by joining our Fundraising Team! We're looking for 5-10 volunteers to join a team of dedicated fundraisers to help GRS meet its Annual Fund and Capital Campaign goals this school year. This is a great opportunity to make a tangible impact on the school you love! Bring your energy, skills, connections and ideas and email give@greatriverschool.org by Friday, November 3rd! 

Great River School Mission & Vision
Great River School, an urban Montessori learning environment, prepares students for their unique roles as responsible and engaged citizens of the world. 

Monday, October 16, 2017

NO SCHOOL Thursday & Friday!

There will be NO SCHOOL this Thursday & Friday October 19-20 for MEA. Enjoy the long weekend and we will see you back at school on Monday, October23rd!

Conferences/No School Nov. 16-17

We will hold Conferences on Thursday & Friday November 16th & 17th. Students will be dismissed at noon on Wednesdays, November 15th and there is no school on Thursday and Friday November 16th & 17th. 

This is a time we reserve to focus on the work and value of your student in their community. We thank you for respecting this time, and for making sure you respect this event by attending! This is *not* a time for vacation or travel that would require you to request a reschedule of a conference. We will send out the conference sign-up in early November.

Need your leaves!!

GRS needs your leaves!  Please drop off clean leaves bagged in the brown paper leaf bags in the garden.  We use the leaves for bedding for both the chickens and goats. They are also a welcome midwinter treat for the goats! The goats and chickens thank you!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

November Lunch Menus: Orders due by Friday, October 20th


*Please note that there will be NO lunch service on Wednesday, November 15th (Noon Release day before conferences).  Any order forms received with this date circled will not be ordered.

Regular Lunch Menu (includes vegetarian option)

Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free Lunch Menu (includes vegetarian option)

All lunches offered, including gluten-free and dairy-free lunches and vegetarian options, meet National School Lunch Program requirements.

How to Order School Lunch:

  1. Print out the monthly menu or obtain a copy from the Front Office. Menus are available through the links at the top of this page. Pre-printed copies are available at the Front Office.
  2. Write your student's name on the menu.
  3. Circle each day for which your student requires a lunch, specifying the vegetarian option if appropriate. There is no minimum number of days for which lunch can be ordered. Milk is included with each meal.
  4. Attach payment if appropriate. Prices are $4 per meal from the Regular menu and $5 per meal from the Gluten-Free and Dairy-Free menu. Checks should be made out to Great River School. Families using Free and Reduced Lunch should submit an order as described above but do not need to pay. (You can apply for the Free and Reduced Lunch program by filling out this form and returning it to the Front Office. Pre-printed copies of the form are available from the Front Office.)
  5. Turn in the menu and payment to the Front Office by the October 20th deadline.

Students who bring a bagged lunch from home may order milk to supplement their meals. For students not eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch, the cost of milk is 40 cents per carton. To order milk without purchasing a meal, please submit a note with the student's name, along with payment if appropriate, to the Front Office by the order deadline.

Questions? Please contact Natalie Yaeger at lunch@greatriverschool.org

Monday, October 9, 2017

Head Lice Reported in A1

Dear Elementary parents,

GRS has received reports of head lice in A1 (last week we reported Head Lice in the Elementary).

While we do not require students to stay home from school until head lice infections have cleared, we're notifying the community of these recent cases so that families can check their students for lice and respond appropriately. Treating hair and washing clothing and bedsheets will limit the transmission of head lice.

Recommendations on treatments are below - one from the Minnesota Department of Health and an alternative from a GRS parent Kara Parker, MD.  


Recommendation from Kara Parker, MD & GRS parent: "Coconut oil and essential oils work great- the coconut oil suffocates them and the essential oils chemically harm (tea tree (mellaluca) and oregano, eucalyptus are strong options). Can also add diatomaceous earth (DE) to cut through the exoskeleton and eggs into the paste and spread through the hair, wear at night, wash in the am."

Friday, October 6, 2017

Head Lice in Lower and Upper Elementary

Dear Elementary parents,

GRS has received reports of head lice in Lower and Upper Elementary.

While we do not require students to stay home from school until head lice infections have cleared, we're notifying the community of these recent cases so that families can check their students for lice and respond appropriately. Treating hair and washing clothing and bedsheets will limit the transmission of head lice.

Recommendations on treatments are below - one from the Minnesota Department of Health and an alternative from a GRS parent Kara Parker, MD.  


Recommendation from Kara Parker, MD & GRS parent: "Coconut oil and essential oils work great- the coconut oil suffocates them and the essential oils chemically harm (tea tree (mellaluca) and oregano, eucalyptus are strong options). Can also add diatomaceous earth (DE) to cut through the exoskeleton and eggs into the paste and spread through the hair, wear at night, wash in the am."

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Fall pumpkins and gourds at Harvest Fest!


Students in A2 and 6th Grade Bridge harvested and transported beautiful gourds and pumpkins back to the school to sell at Harvest Fest! This is a great opportunity to pick up some beautiful fall decor for your tables and stoops. 

A1 Students working on micro-economies will also be selling homemade candles, photo cards, maple syrup and crafts. 

Join us for Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 7th 2-5pm! This is a FREE fun family event for the whole school and promises to be our biggest year yet! Read all about this GRS autumn tradition from Head of School, Sam O'Brien

Featuring:
  • LIVE bluegrass music and folk dancing
  • Stone soup made by students and you - our families! 
  • Bouncy houses (3!)
  • Farm fresh food & crafts for sale
  • Caramel Apple Bar
  • Popcorn
  • Face painting

Thank you to everyone who is volunteering and bringing in supply donations! We are so grateful for your contributions to our community event! 


Winter Athletics Registration/Fall Update

Fall Athletics:

We are in the last weeks of the fall season!
  • Charter Stars Soccer plays their last game on Saturday, Oct. 7 at 1pm at Arlington & Arkwright. They play Maranatha, which promises to be an exciting and competitive game. Come cheer on our Stars!
  • Charter Stars Cross Country has their conference race on Tuesday, Oct. 17 at 4pm at St. Catherine University in St. Paul.
    • A few of our athletes will be running in Sections this year. The race is Thursday, Oct. 26 at 4pm at Battle Creek Regional Park.
  • Charter Stars Volleyball is currently in 1st place in their division! Their next home game is Monday, Oct. 9 at 5 and 6:30pm vs. AFSA. Entry into the game is $2 for students and $5 for adults.
    • The Volleyball conference tournament is on Saturday, Oct. 14 at Bethel University (in the Sports Recreation Center) beginning at 9am. There will be 4 courts of outstanding Volleyball. Entry for the day is $5 per person.
Winter Athletics:

This year High School/Charter Stars sports are:
  • Cheerleading (grades 9-12) - Coach Emily Gustafson
  • Girls' Basketball (grades 7-12) - Coach Paul Rhodes, Coach Corey Frazier, Coach Dennie Williams
  • Boys' Basketball (grades 7-12) - New Head Coach Kaylord Saunders will be joined by returning coach Donovan O'Dowd - see their bios below
  • Coed Nordic Ski (grades 7-12) - Coach McElrath, program hosted by Great River School. Players must arrange their own transportation to and from practices and races and manage their own practice/game schedule. If you have a skier interested in this opportunity, please email Athletic Director Ilse Larsen at ilarsen@twincitiesacademy.org

  • Boys' Hockey (grades 8-12) - Program is hosted by St. Paul Academy. Players must arrange their own transportation to and from practices and games and manage their own practice/game schedule. If you have a player interested in this opportunity, please email Athletic Director Ilse Larsen at ilarsen@twincitiesacademy.org
Register for High School/Charter Stars winter athletics! All registration paperwork is due by Friday, Oct. 27Activity Fees and Uniform Deposits must be paid by the first day of tryouts/practices. Late registrations cannot be accepted because we need to plan the sports season and require accurate numbers to be successful.
Need to look at a team's practice and/or game schedule? Link to our online Athletics Calendar:
  • Click on View Schedules (in the middle of the screen to the right)
  • Select the team(s) and practices you want to view
  • Press the View button
Welcome to our new Boys' Basketball Head Coach Kaylord Saunders - Great River School Associate Dean:
Having spent the last 20 years in the educational/human service field, while coaching athletics as well, Kaylord Saunders, Jr. has served as a Dean of Students (at St. Paul Public Schools), an Associate Director of Athletics/Adjunct Faculty (Sports Management)/Coach of Men's Basketball and Track and Field (at North Central University), and an Assistant Director (Dugsi Academy).  He has been coaching Track & Field at the youth level for the Inner City Athletic Association (ICCA) Breeze , a USA Track & Field Association club in St. Paul. Saunders has also recently coached football and basketball at the high school and NCAA Division II & III levels. 
Coach Saunders graduated from Burnsville (Minn.) High School ('91) where he played football, basketball, and ran track. From there he attended the University of Minnesota where he played two years of football before transferring to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse and finishing up his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology ('97) and wrapping up his football career as member of the Eagles NCAA Division III National Championship team in 1995.
In 2006 Saunders finished his Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership from Bethel University (Arden Hills, Minn.). He also has certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association (NESTA) as a personal trainer with specialization in speed and agility.
As a coach, Saunders worked as a Running Backs & Defensive Backs coach for Concordia University (St. Paul, Minn.) in 2010, after working at Mound-Westonka High School and Zimmerman High School where he was an Assistant Varsity and Head JV football coach in 2007-2009. In the Track & Field world, Saunders served as a sprints and mid-distance coach for St. Paul (Minn.) Central High School in 2011-12. He has also worked with several Twin Cities USA Track & Field youth programs including Minnesota Elite (2010) and currently works with the ICCA Breeze. 
On the Basketball court Saunders has worked in several Twin Cities Metro area high school and middle school programs, including a stint as the Head Ninth Grade and Assistant Varsity coach for Minneapolis Edison High School in 2010-11, North Central University-Assistant Men's Coach 2011-2013, and Chanhassen High School Assistant Girl's Coach 2014-15. 
Saunders works as a personal trainer, focusing on high school, college, and professional athletes looking to improve their physical abilities and take their skills to the next level.
Bio for our Boys' Basketball Assistant Coach Donovan O'Dowd:
Coach Donovan is a recent graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, and a former graduate of Great River School. While at Great River he played for the Stars basketball team. He was a four year starter on Varsity, won All-Conference for three consecutive seasons, and captained the Conference Championship winning team. The team also won the Conference Sportsmanship Award during his tenure. He captained both the Stars and the Gustavus Ultimate Frisbee teams as a student-athlete. Coach Donovan spent the past year working at Great River and coached the Stars Boys' Basketball C-team last winter. He also coached the Varsity Boys' Ultimate team in the spring. Coach Donovan is excited to be back with the Stars program for another season! 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Band & Dance Caller at Harvest Fest!

We're so excited to announce that Clayton Shanilec will be at Harvest Fest with 3-piece band (fiddle, guitar, banjo), including a dance caller! All Great River families and all ages welcome!


Join us for Harvest Fest THIS Saturday 10/7 2-5pm!

Please join us for Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 7th 2-5pm! This is a FREE fun family event for the whole school and promises to be our biggest year yet! Read all about this GRS autumn tradition from Head of School, Sam O'Brien

Featuring:

  • LIVE bluegrass music and folk dancing
  • Stone soup made by students and you - our families! 
  • Bouncy houses (3!)
  • Farm fresh food & crafts for sale
  • Caramel Apple Bar
  • Popcorn
  • Face painting

We need both supply donations and volunteers to make this event a success! Please visit the Harvest Fest signup to volunteer! We hope to see you all there! 

Monday, October 2, 2017

Join us for Harvest Fest THIS Saturday 10/7 2-5pm!

Please join us for Harvest Fest on Saturday, October 7th 2-5pm! This is a FREE fun family event for the whole school and promises to be our biggest year yet! Read all about this GRS autumn tradition from Head of School, Sam O'Brien

Featuring:

  • LIVE bluegrass music and folk dancing
  • Stone soup made by students and you - our families! 
  • Bouncy houses (3!)
  • Farm fresh food & crafts for sale
  • Caramel Apple Bar
  • Popcorn
  • Face painting

We need both supply donations and volunteers to make this event a success! Please visit the Harvest Fest signup to volunteer! We hope to see you all there! 

Friday, September 29, 2017

Walk to School Day Oct. 4!

Wednesday, October 4 is International Walk to School Day. Kids around the world will be walking (or biking) to school on Wednesday, October 4th. Great River students who want to walk to school as a chaperoned group on Wednesday can meet up at Horton Park or near McMurray Field by 8:00am

Find Susan Sochacki (susan.sochacki@gmail.com or 651-775-7166) and other parents in Horton Park near Hamline Avenue and Englewood. Kate McCreight (mccreight4@msn.com or 651-226-8939) will be near Wynne Avenue and Lexington Parkway where the pedestrian tunnel is at McMurray Fields. Please have students use their usual method of after-school transportation.