Friday, December 8, 2017

January Lunch orders Due: Wednesday, December 20th, 2017


Regular Lunch Menu


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 December 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

Thursday, December 7, 2017

SnapWrap Orders Due Friday, December 15th!

The SnapWrap fundraiser has been underway since conferences! We have already received a few order forms here at the school. Remember the deadline for submitting your orders is Friday, December 15th. Orders forms and money can be dropped off at the front office any time before that date.  If you have any questions, email info@greatriverschool.org.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A1 Parent Social Wed Dec 6th 7pm

Dear A1 Parents,

Please note that the location for our Parent Social on Wednesday has changed.  We will now be gathering at Lake Monster Brewing, 550  Vandalia Street starting at 7pm on Wednesday, December 6th.

We hope that lots of you will be able to make it.  This will be a great  opportunity to get information early about  J-Term - an exciting month of theater production that also requires parents to navigate the logistics of a changed school schedule and location.  A1 guides, Tami and Randi, are kindly making time to join us and will lead a talk starting at 8pm about what to expect.  (If you can’t make it on Wed, no need to panic.  Tamil will be in contact with information via email as we get closer to J-Term.  Also, don’t forget that the A1 Ambassador team is always happy to help get answers to any of your questions/wonderings.)

Here is a great blog written by A1 parent Ting about the Macbeth curse.


See you Wednesday!

Heather

Friday, December 1, 2017

BOOK SALE at GRS TOMORROW 9am!!

Great Books at Great Prices for a Great Cause!

You are invited to a community-wide used book sale to support the upper elementary students of Great River School!  This winter, 16 students will participate in the Montessori Model United Nations Conference in New York City!  All proceeds will support this experience!

Used children’s and adult books, concessions, massage and Impact Fundraising Cards will be available for purchase!

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00am until 2:00pm
Hallways of the Elementary Campus
Great River School


Parking will be available in the front lot on Energy Park Drive

Thursday, November 30, 2017

A1 Snowball dance Friday Dec 1 7-8:30pm!

Get your dancing shoes shined up for the A1 SnowBall on Friday December 1, 2017 from 7-8:30.  

There is also a chill room for people to mingle with some cool flamingos.
Concessions are available for sale.
Admission is $5 at the door.  
Boogie the night away to some cool tunes.
Don't Freeze up now!

Wanting to bring a student from another school?  Please fill out the attached form by Friday at 3pm and turn into front office or email to Tami.

(A huge thank you to our student leaders who planned the dance and are making it all possible - Lydia, Eva, Elliot, and Rosa)

Parent Education: Mental Health in Adolescents



December 13th7-8:30 PM at Great River School in the Dining Hall

Adolescents face significant stress as they navigate academic and social challenges in the path to adulthood. The teenage years are notable for ongoing brain development, and also for the emergence of mental health problems. Joining us for this event at Great River School are experts in the field:   

Dr. Katie Cullen, 
MD, child psychiatrist & Division Chief at Child/Adolescent Psychiatry 

Anna Parenteau 

Adolescent Research Coordinator

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Great Books at Great Prices for a Great Cause!


Great Books at Great Prices for a Great Cause!

You are invited to a community-wide used book sale to support the upper elementary students of Great River School!  This winter, 16 students will participate in the Montessori Model United Nations Conference in New York City!  All proceeds will support this experience!

Used children’s and adult books, concessions, massage and Impact Fundraising Cards will be available for purchase!

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00am until 2:00pm
Hallways of the Elementary Campus
Great River School

Monday, November 27, 2017

VISIT THE GRS BOOK SALE THIS SAT DEC 2!

Great Books at Great Prices for a Great Cause!

You are invited to a community-wide used book sale to support the upper elementary students of Great River School!  This winter, 16 students will participate in the Montessori Model United Nations Conference in New York City!  All proceeds will support this experience!

Used children’s and adult books, concessions, massage and Impact Fundraising Cards will be available for purchase!

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00am until 2:00pm
Hallways of the Elementary Campus
Great River School


Parking will be available in the front lot on Energy Park Drive

ParentTeen Transitions Meets Thursday 11/30 6:30pm

ParenTeen Transitions, a GRS parent-led group that focuses on learning together and being mutual supports between parent and teens, has been meeting for the past three years.  We have had speakers on various topics (ex. Teens & Screens, Family Tree Clinic Sex Ed), have screened a film for parent-teen discussion and have had a monthly book club around a teen development theme.  

This year we would like to focus on two things:

1) Creating a parent group to talk about teens struggling with mental health diagnoses as a way to share stories and resources plus having a safe place to connect

2) Starting a Movie Club where teens can come together to watch great coming of age movies (ex. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Dead Poets Society) and talk about them.

This year ParenTeen Transitions will expand our invite to include parents from other St. Paul charter schools (Avalon, SPCPA…).

Our inaugural meeting is November 30, 2017 at 6:30 at the Urban Growler in Saint Paul. If you are interested in participating in ParentTeen Transitions, we’d love to have you at our first meeting to connect with a group of overburdened, but encouraged parents, help us think about how often and what days/times to meet, and develop a list of topics to cover.   

Contact Andrea Erickson at 651-644-9007 or fiddlesticksandfishfur@gmail.com for more information or to RSVP (appreciated, but not necessary).

Volunteers Needed for New School Demo Party!

In early December, we're going to start demo on the other half of the elementary building in preparation for buildout of those classrooms. We've still got some work to do to ready the existing space.

We need volunteers to help organize materials and other tasks involving light power tools (like a power drill).

Please sign-up for one (or more!) of the slots below—and if you have tools you can bring, please do. Many hands make light work! As a "Thanks for your support!" we're also asking for donations of pizza to feed the crews!

Saturday, November 25, 2017

MMUN Used Book Sale Fundraiser!


Great Books at Great Prices for a Great Cause!

You are invited to a community-wide used book sale to support the upper elementary students of Great River School!  This winter, 16 students will participate in the Montessori Model United Nations Conference in New York City!  All proceeds will support this experience!

Used children’s and adult books, concessions, massage and Impact Fundraising Cards will be available for purchase!

Saturday, December 2, 2017
9:00am until 2:00pm
Hallways of the Elementary Campus
Great River School

Monday, November 20, 2017

Spring Driver's Education - February 26th - March 9th


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: 

Class Dates:  Feb. 26, 27, 28, Mar. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9
Class Time:  3:30-6:30pm

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

REGISTRATION:  www.APlusDrivingSchool.net  

NO SCHOOL Thursday & Friday

There is NO SCHOOL this Thursday and Friday November 23rd and 24th for Thanksgiving Break. Enjoy the holidays and we will see you back here on Monday, November 27th!

Get your Star Wars Tickets TODAY!!

LAST CHANCE TO GET STAR WARS TICKETS!!

Hey Star Wars fans and GRS families!
Join us for a private screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Saturday, December 16. This is a fundraiser for GRS (we’ve raised around $2,000 in years past just by all hanging out together at a movie!) The Marcus Oakdale Cinema folks are fabulous hosts and they have fully reclining chairs. This is a very fun event and the more people we can gather, the more money we can raise! Invite family and friends. Share away.

Please get your tickets as soon as possible, but definitely get them by November 20 to guarantee a spot. You can order them online at http://grs.ksquare.us/starwars/

Sunday, November 19, 2017

2 Days Left to Get Star Wars Tickets!!

2 DAYS LEFT TO GET STAR WARS TICKETS! Get them by Monday!!

Hey Star Wars fans and GRS families!
Join us for a private screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi on Saturday, December 16. This is a fundraiser for GRS (we’ve raised around $2,000 in years past just by all hanging out together at a movie!) The Marcus Oakdale Cinema folks are fabulous hosts and they have fully reclining chairs. This is a very fun event and the more people we can gather, the more money we can raise! Invite family and friends. Share away.

Please get your tickets as soon as possible, but definitely get them by November 20 to guarantee a spot. You can order them online at http://grs.ksquare.us/starwars/