Great River School, an urban Montessori learning community, prepares students for their unique roles as responsible and engaged citizens in the world.

Founded on leadership, service, and peace formation; Great River fosters independence, critical thinking, respect, responsibility to self, to others, and to the earth.

Chinook Book Sale

The Chinook Book, a coupon book focused on the Twin Cities, helps you save money at local businesses that do good things for the environment and the community.  This is the ONLY fund raiser we ask students to help with during the year. If you shop at a Coop, go to a local coffee shop or local theaters, this book can save you over $20 very quickly.  Help support GRS through this easy activity.  They make great gifts or acknowledgements.

Books, Apps (can be used on more than one phone or tablet) or a Combo pack (both book & App) are available now.

  • Books sell for $20 (GRS receives $10)
  • App (for both Iphone and Android sells for $14 (GRS receives $7)
  • Combo pack (both book & App in one package) sells for $30 (GRS receives $15).

Books are available from any GRS student or at the front desk.  Flyers and order forms have been shared with all students, so be sure to ask yours.  Sale ends October 10, 2014.

GRS Spirit Wear

BirdRoyalShow your GRS spirit on your back, your head and even your legs! GRS Spirit Wear orders are being taken now through October 10, 2014.

Available are T-shirts, sweatshirts, sweat pants.  New this year are GRS leggings, shorts, and a GRS hat.  Check out the Designs for Fall 2014 and the Fall Price List to make your selection. Then, use this Fall Order form to order your items and send it in today.  Items will be available in late October or early November.

Harvest Festival – Saturday, 9/27

P1020040The weather forecast promises a great day for our Annual Harvest Festival, this coming Saturday, from 4 to 6:30 pm.  Please join us for stone soup, games, face painting, pumpkin decorating and your opportunity to purchase items from the A2 Fall Key Experience on the farm including:

  • potatoes
  • wooden crafts (including Little Free Libraries)
  • felted crafts
  • candles
  • canned goods – salsa & tomatoes
  • pumpkins and more

You can also purchase a Chinook Book and order GRS Spirit Wear!

Volunteers, both adults and students, are needed to help make the day a grand success. Please sign up here to help with food, games, and clean up.  It takes a village, so jump in now as the good slots go fast!  (Note that there is a tab for adult volunteers and one for students.)

October Lunch Menus Posted

Order October Lunches now!  Deadline for October Lunch orders is Thursday, September 25th.

Lunch Menus and Order Process Here.

New Bus Stop Added, Please Update Bus Form

Thank you again for your feedback as we have been working to finalize the bus route this year.  The information you have provided has allowed us to fine-tune our route based on community need and we have added an additional stop to the route starting Monday, September 15, at Selby Ave & Griggs St. N.  This stop will be the third AM stop before the Berkley Ave & Snelling stop.

This stop will add an additional 6 minutes to the route; the first stop will be at 7:38 a.m.  Please take note of the new times for both:

If you are interested in switching to the new Selby and Griggs stop, please fill out the online form again by clicking this link.

If you haven’t updated this form but and are riding the bus, please fill out this form.  The information from this form is used to confirm the students who will be at each stop with our bus providers at Minnehaha Transportation and to tell the GRS teachers where each student should go after school.

If you have any questions, please let me know. Thank you!

- Stacey

Stacey Kreger, M.P.A.
School Systems Manager
W: (651) 305-2780 x.16

Great River School Key Experience Blog

Lunch is Here!

Lunch is available at Great River School — early this year!  Since we have so many students traveling in September, GRS has traditionally not started the school lunch program until October. But not all of us are traveling, so this year we are rolling out school lunch earlier.  Yum!  Read all about the process at our Lunch Program tab of the website. 

It is important that families fill out the Application for Educational Benefits, and turn it in at the front office.    This form not only supports families needing Free and Reduced Lunch benefits, it also can provide assistance for school services such as athletic fees or before and after-school care.  Bonus:  If your family does not use these or need these services and your family is eligible, Great River School will receive more state funding; all you need to do is fill out the form and turn it in at the front office.


Bus Routes: Finalized for 2014-15

Please complete the Busing Confirmation Form to confirm your student’s spot on the bus.

Working with families who have requested busing and our transportation provider, GRS has developed a route to meet the needs of the community.  We appreciate the feedback we received, and we added a stop to the route.  There are open spots on the bus.

If you want to request one of these spots or,
If you want to change the stop you previously confirmed, please complete the Busing Confirmation Form.

Welcome back to Great River School!

The entire faculty of Great River School is at work and looking forward to GRS students arriving next week!  The first day of school is Tuesday, September 2nd.

Fall Key Experiences Packing Lists

Academic material lists for 2014-2015:


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If it becomes necessary to close or delay school for inclement weather, please find information on WCCO TV Channel 4 and 830 WCCO Radio and wccoradio.com or KSTP.com School Alert System.