Friday, February 16, 2018

Spring Driver's Ed Starts February 26th!

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

Need to miss a few classes--NO PROBLEM.  Easy Make-Up classes!

CLASS DATES:  
Feb. 26,27,28, March 1,2,  5,6,7,8,9
CLASS TIME:  3:30-6:30pm
REGISTRATION:  www.APlusDrivingSchool.net

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Board Elections - Apply today!

Greetings Great River Families, Faculty and Community!

The 2018-19 election cycle is upon us! It is time once again for the election of the Great River School Board, the team that directs the strategy of Great River School. The Board is comprised of parents, faculty and members of the community who serve on a volunteer basis.  

This is an opportunity for each of us as community members to participate in the direction of the school. 

The Timeline for the 2018 Elections is:

  • February 16: Board Applications due (Board Application)
  • February 26: Candidate bios and ballots available on GRS website
  • March 11 - 16: Election Week (Conferences March 15-16)
  • March 16: Votes tallied confirming eligibility of voters
  • March 28: Election results submitted to Board
  • Summer 2018: Outgoing, current, and incoming board members meet together at Annual Meeting

For the 2018-2019 Board, two faculty and one parent seat are up for election. It is also possible to volunteer for the Resources Committee, or the Student Experience Committee.

If you are at all interested in running for a seat on the Board, or joining a Board committee, contact Julie Gleason at jgleason@greatriverschool.org.

NO SCHOOL on Monday for President's Day

There will be NO SCHOOL this coming Monday, February 19th for President's Day

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

BoxTops Submission Deadline

BoxTops Submission Deadline approaching!  If you've been collecting BoxTops to send into school, now is the time to do it.  They will be picked up from the collection box in the front office on Friday, February 23rd, at the end of the school day. Our fall submission got the school a little over $120, and we're hoping to beat that with the Spring one.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

March Lunch Menus: Orders due by Wednesday, February 21st

Regular Lunch Menu (includes vegetarian option)

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

**Please Note- there will be no lunch service for the Noon Dismissal on Wednesday, March 14th.  Any orders for this date will be removed.

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 February 21st 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

Tax Letters for GRS Donations Coming Soon!

If you gave a tax-deductible donation to Great River in 2017 (this includes our annual fund *and* capital campaign), your official tax letter will arrive in your mailbox shortly. Thank you so much for your generosity! 

Also, a reminder that on March 14th we have the Soiree (click for details)!
If you're interested in helping with the Soiree, email soiree@greatriverschool.org or signup as a volunteer (click here).  

Monday, February 12, 2018

Seeking Soiree Donations

Do you have season tickets to a sports team, theater or concert series and know you will miss a game/show/concert or two? Or do you have cabin you'd donate a weekend at to benefit Great River School? The Great River School Soiree will feature a small silent auction this year with experiences and tickers rather than things this year. We'd love to hear from you if you can donate tickets or an unique experience.

The Great River School Soiree, the biggest fundraiser of the year, is coming up in a little over one month. Please email soiree@greatriverschool.org with any donation ideas or questions. You can also leave donations of gift cards at the school office at anytime. 

Menchie's Fundraiser for 6th Grade Dogsled Trip
Sixth graders in Crow Wing River classroom are raising money to pay for their class trip to dogsled near Two Harbors in March. They are close to their goal and hope you will help them by visiting Menchie's Frozen Yogurt at 750 Cleveland Avenue in Highland Park on Monday, February 19 between noon and 9pm. 20% of purchases made will be donated to the trip. Be sure to let Menchie's staff know you are supporting Great River School. Any left over funds will help by new materials for their classroom. Thank you for supporting these ambitious students. 

NO SCHOOL this Thursday through Monday

There will be NO SCHOOL this Thursday, February 15th through Monday, February 19th for the Faculty Retreat and President's Day.

Invitation to host a Great Gathering!

A re-posting of a message sent to the community from our Head of School: 

Dearest Families, 

Our public school is a small and independent* district in the state of Minnesota. We are comprised of the students who attend each day, and the people (us!) who love those students. Our community is not solely geographic, and we rely on each other to support the society we are building each day at school with our students. That society seeks to be full of justice, fairness, and humanity in the promise that our students will bring a more just, fair, and humane world to reality. 

 One way we can support that reality for our students is getting to know each other in humane ways. Be together, know eachother. Perhaps gift the school with resources. I invite you to consider hosting a Great Gathering

These are social events - like a sledding party, or a hike, or a cookout, or sharing a talent or skill - that give us a reason to gather. These gatherings are an opportunity to be yourself, invite others to join you, and in our gathering we also raise financial support for the school. These gatherings do not have to be fancy, and we can host with friends or neighbors. 
Host at a public park! Share your hobby or skill with others! Click here to sign up to host!

Reminder that on March 14th we have the Soiree (click for details)
If you're interested in helping with the Soiree, email soiree@greatriverschool.org or signup as a volunteer (click here).  

Thank you and be well,
Sam O'Brien

Friday, February 9, 2018

NO SCHOOL next Thursday through Monday

There will be NO SCHOOL next Thursday, February 15th through Monday, February 19th for the Faculty Retreat and President's Day.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Great River School Co-Ed Volleyball Registration Announcement

Who: Attention GRS 5th through 8th grade Great River students! Did you know that we have a co-ed volleyball team? That’s right a volleyball team that is made up of all genders. We are looking to recruit some more players for this team.
When: The volleyball season will be starting the week of February 26th. The first game will be on March 2nd. The season will be going until the first week of May. The season will consist of weekly games on Fridays at 4:30pm with practice held once a week after school at Hancock Recreation Center. The day of practice is still to be determined.
Where: Games will be held at other schools around the metro area each Friday. Practices will be held at Hancock Recreation Center.
If you have any questions, please send an email to Michael Rausch at
We have some amazing coaches that will be spending time with your students as well.
We are happy to have Great River School guides Alexis Dickey and Kayla Kronfeld as our coaches this year.
Below are some of the amazing benefits to playing an organized sport:
·       Burns calories and fat: One of the primary benefits of volleyball is that it helps you burn calories. Harvard Medical School reports a person can burn between 90 to 133 calories during a half-hour game of volleyball.
·       Tones and shapes the body: The physical activities involved in playing volleyball will strengthen the upper body, arms and shoulders as well as the muscles of the lower body. Playing volleyball also improves the cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
·       Increases metabolic rate: Playing volleyball enhances your energy level and improves your overall performance in other sports and workouts.
·       Improves hand-eye coordination: Volleyball is all about hand-eye coordination. When you serve, you must follow the ball with your eyes, and strike the ball at the right point. On defense, you must react to where the ball is going and get in position to make a play.
·       Builds agility, coordination, speed, and balance: Due to its quick changes of pace and direction, volleyball places a large number of demands on the technical and physical skills of a player.
·       Heart healthy: By getting your heart rate up, your body will circulate more blood and nutrients throughout your body, which improves your overall health.
·       Builds muscular strength: Volleyball requires strong core muscles for nearly every play.
·       Increases aerobic ability: You expend the same amount of energy playing an easy, slow-paced game of volleyball for 20 minutes as you would jogging one mile.
·       Improves interpersonal skills: Volleyball requires that teammates work cooperatively, and at a fast pace. A June 2008 study of individuals who engage in regular team sports found that team members developed better networking skills than those who were less involved in team sports. Leadership and cooperation skills as well as practice handling wins and losses appropriately provide valuable characteristics that transfer to dealing with others in many other situations.
·       Boosts mood and increases drive to succeed: Your involvement in volleyball can improve your mood, reduce stress and encourage pride in your accomplishments as a team member. The activity can also improve your self-confidence, self-esteem, your body image and make you feel happier about life in general.
Come on out for volleyball. Have some fun, get some exercise, and come burn up some of that energy that has been bottled up during the long Winter months. To sign up, please click the following link: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1IN2YyIrw1hJslPkSOK3IWy4JzLNDrVoXMwN-YmyQc3Q/edit

Monday, February 5, 2018

Great Gatherings @ GRS!

PLEASE CONSIDER HOSTING A GREAT GATHERING TO RAISE MONEY FOR GRS!!!

What is a GREAT GATHERING??

A Great Gathering is an event, a class, or party hosted by you with the goal of bringing our GRS parents, students, and friends together to have fun AND to raise money for GRS. Sometimes, people jointly host Great Gatherings with another friend or family. At the GRS Soirée on March 14thpeople sign up to participate in Great Gatherings that interest them and pay a fee to be part of the gathering. The amount raised from each gathering becomes a donation to the school.  At last year's Soiree, the money raised from Great Gatherings came to a total of more than $4000!  Great Gatherings take place in homes, at a park, at school, at a brewery/winery, on a ski slope, or just about anywhere else you can imagine(Click here for a list of  2017 Great Gatherings), you pick the date (between April 2018 and March of 2019), and the time.   You also set the number of participants for the event and the price of your event, which goes directly back to GRS!  Snacks and drinks /alcoholic beverages may be provided by the hosts and you may be asked to bring extra $ to cover supplies.  These events are a great way to build our GRS community and raise money, so please consider hosting a Great Gathering this year!

To Sign Up to Host a Great Gathering click here by February 28th

Questions about Great Gatherings or help with making an idea into a Great Gathering, contact Great Gatherings ChairMichelle Walseth at 1363mitch@gmail.com.

Friday, February 2, 2018

iRace - GRS Community Ask

What is a story about you that has been told by someone else?  Has anyone ever tried to define you or make assumptions about you based on your appearance, race, skin color, or stereotypes from the media?  The iRACE planning team would like to showcase members of the GRS community on iRACE day (3/28) by giving them a chance to tell their personal stories.  In particular, if you have a story to tell related to your own race/ethnicity, please consider telling that story during our day.  These sessions are shorter, with 15-20 min. to tell your story, then 10-15 min. for questions from the audience. We will be offering two half-hour sessions back-to-back in the afternoon, and would love to hear your voice!  If interested, please email ACZ by Friday 2/9(achristensen@greatriverschool.org)

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Board Elections!

Greetings Great River Families, Faculty and Community!

The 2018-19 election cycle is upon us! It is time once again for the election of the Great River School Board, the team that directs the strategy of Great River School. The Board is comprised of parents, faculty and members of the community who serve on a volunteer basis.  

This is an opportunity for each of us as community members to participate in the direction of the school. 

The Timeline for the 2018 Elections is:

  • February 16: Board Applications due (Board Application)
  • February 26: Candidate bios and ballots available on GRS website
  • March 11 - 16: Election Week (Conferences March 15-16)
  • March 16: Votes tallied confirming eligibility of voters
  • March 28: Election results submitted to Board
  • Summer 2018: Outgoing, current, and incoming board members meet together at Annual Meeting

For the 2018-2019 Board, two faculty and one parent seat are up for election. It is also possible to volunteer for the Resources Committee, or the Student Experience Committee.

If you are at all interested in running for a seat on the Board, or joining a Board committee, contact Julie Gleason at jgleason@greatriverschool.org.

Come join us tonight!

Have dinner at Delicata Pizza and Gelato TONIGHT! 
10% of sales will be donated to Great River. Complimentary wine tasting with GRS parent Laura Southwell. Mingle with GRS families. Buy your Soirée tickets. It'll be a good time.

Donate tickets or experiences to the Soiree silent auction. 
Do you have season tickets to a local sports team or a subscription to a local theater? Would you be willing to donate some tickets to the silent auction fundraiser at the Soiree? We'll have a small silent auction featuring tickets, concerts and experiences. Email soiree@greatriverschool.org  with donations or questions. Thanks for your support!