Mea Culpa Moment

On this sixth week of school, the administrative team realized the front office voicemail was still set to the summer message.

Oops!

It’s been corrected - thanks to the parents who let us know our error. We appreciate and encourage your feedback while we’re ironing out our new systems!

Please send any and all feedback to office@greatriverschool.org. Thanks for being in this boat with us.

Harvest Fest Appreciation Post!

Thank you so much for your incredible contributions to this year's Harvest Fest! It was the largest and most successful one we've had yet--a worthy celebration of our Great River community!

There were SO many people--students, families, and staff alike--who dedicated time, energy, and resources to make this incredible day possible. Thank you to co-coordinators Monique, Holly, Jennifer and Jessica. You guys were the best team in making sure this event went smoothly! Thank you to Jenny, Jim, and Zack for pulling off such a special music set that included a community sing-a-long, GRS student and student alumni band Why Not, and professional Congolese musicians Saima & Dallas. Thank you also to Jim and Mary for saving the soup! (You guys know what I'm talking about!) Thank you Scott and the forestry occupation for setting up the straw bales and pumpkins and preparing farmstand items for sale. Thank you to Tami and the 9th & 10th graders who performed admirable community service during Harvest Fest. The event would not have been the same without your participation! Thank you to the 6th Bridge students who cleaned and prepped veggies for the soup! Thank you to all the students who harvested the pumpkins and veggies at the farm, and brought your homemade goods to the festival! Thank you to Scott Brown of The Accounting Group for sponsoring the hours of "free babysitting," aka the bouncy houses. Thanks to Stacey for being our official Harvest Fest photographer. Thank you to Charlie and Jennifer for getting the word out about this event, resulting in such a great turnout! We had two amazing chefs who raised our soup experience to new levels--Kristin and Lisa--and many prep chefs too! Thank you so much to all the PEG Ambassadors who put in extra volunteer time before, during and after the event. Thank you so much to the setup and cleanup crews - you guys made the place look so beautiful to start and made sure every last piece of debris was picked up at the end! 


Thank you most of all to everyone who came out to enjoy the event and be part of the celebration! 

Harvest Fest Reminder

A special note for all volunteers and attendees at this years Harvest Festival:
There is speculation that a giant glowing fireball may be hanging in the sky this Saturday afternoon. Please be advised that this is considered a normal occurrence and may cause warmth, light and cheery dispositions by those in its presence. Do not fear, some of us may remember this natural phenomenon from previous times, be sure to soak it up with our GRS community with a hot bowl of soup!

When: Saturday October 13th 2:00-5:00pm

Where: Great River School (outdoors)

What: Celebration of the harvest season with “stone soup” in the cauldron, live music, farm fresh food and crafts from the adolescent key experiences to purchase, lots of activity stations and crafts, bouncy houses and our GRS community to keep you company. 

Also, there are a few slots left to be a part of the volunteer team. Be sure to sign up to be a part of the fun of making it all happen. 

Harvest Fest!!

One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals.” – Jean Vanier

Harvest Festival is this Saturday! We are so excited for this opportunity to celebrate the bounty of the season and our growing community together. Please join us for an afternoon of stone soup, crafts, music and community. 

When: Saturday October 13th 2:00-5:00pm

Where: Great River School (outdoors)

What: Celebration of the harvest season with “stone soup” in the cauldron, live music, farm fresh food and crafts from the adolescent key experiences to purchase, lots of activity stations and crafts, bouncy houses and our GRS community to keep you company. 

Also, be sure to sign up to be a part of the fun of making it all happen. Volunteers and supplies still needed:

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/30e0d49a4a62babf94-20172

Urban Farming Pumpkin Sale

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Great River School Urban Farming will be selling pumpkins and spinning gourds (picked by adolescent students at Buttermilk Farms 👩🏼‍🌾) daily after school until our supply is gone. Pumpkins range from $1-5, depending on size, and spinning gourds are $0.25 or five for a dollar. Exact change is appreciated - thank you!

Harvest Fest Reminder

“There is no secret, but this is certain, that it is only by sharing may we make a feast”

~author unknown

Harvest Festival is right around the corner! We are still in need of donations and day of volunteers. Please check out the Sign-Up and register to make this annual family event a huge success!

This is one of our most accessible volunteer activities. Commitment times start at 1 hour and families can volunteer together (including little ones.) Adolescent students are encouraged to volunteer and 9th/10th grader receive volunteer hours.

View the Sign up Here

Sign up Now to Volunteer at Harvest Fest! 

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On Saturday, October 13th 2-5pm we will have our all-school fall festival, Harvest Fest! The festival features farm fresh food and crafts from the adolescent key experiences, a cauldron of soup made by your contributions, face painting, bouncy houses caramel apples and LIVE music! We are looking for volunteers to donate supplies, help set up/clean up, paint faces and stir the soup! Thank you in advance for your time and energy in making Harvest Fest an event to remember! 

View the Sign up Here


Great River Annual Fund Announcement

Great River School is kicking off the annual fund campaign this year - read below (or text “goats” to 71777 to find out how you can support the school).  

Great River Montessori is a public school with a vision of more peaceful world. Your child is building the foundation of our school in the lower elementary program. Our dedication to the authentic materials of Montessori, to the rigorous training of our guides, and to the innovative programming of our school is a result of strong community support. We are committed to creating the time for your child to develop in alignment with their needs, tendencies and characteristics.  

Great River is able to offer pioneering public Montessori programming, such as experiential key experience trips, through the donations of community members. As we unveil our annual fund thermometer for the year, we’re asking every GRS family to make a contribution to ensure our programming can continue for years to come.

Our preparation for adolescence is a key part of preparing for a successful career at Great River School and going forward. Please join in supporting our innovative school, and your student’s future success!

Students & families are able to create their own fundraisers, shareable with your networks, to support & help fund GRS’s dynamic programming.

Thank you! We are so grateful to be in community with you.



6th Bridge Volunteers Needed!

Hello Bridge families! 

We are so excited for our return at 1-1:30pm Thursday! (9/27. that's soon!)

Our Uhaul is rented to bring back potatoes and pumpkins. 

Our tree for carving greenwood is responsibly harvested and ready to pack. 

Our tents and clothes and hearts are ready for some cleaning, warm showers, and love at home!

We are also looking for volunteers still for unloading and sorting and taking home items to clean and return!

Sign up here

full link for volunteer singup:
https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d49a4a62babf94-6thbridge4

Thanks all!

Farm Trip Update!

Hello Families! 

Many storms, trials, weather changes, and tribulations have been endured, and our group is doing well! Here a few pictures of the projects, the farm, and the community. All is well, and the community is coalescing through learning and living together in the elements. Students have heard creation stories from western science and indigenous North American cultures, have cared for the farm and each other, and have carried burdens light and heavy through their two days. All is well. 

Return is tomorrow! Estimated arrival is 1pm, with unloading lasting until 1:30 - possibly later, depending on the elements and what arises. We will keep you updated with emails in the morning if the time is changing. 

Plan to pick up your student then - at that midday arrival! 

Drop-off Reminder

Great River Parents!

We have had a fantastic first week getting to know your families and working with your talented children. As a reminder, please make sure to only drop/pick up your students on Energy Lane.

Help us be good neighbors by not pulling in, parking, or dropping your students in our neighbors parking lots!

All students can be dropped off anywhere along our Energy Lane sidewalk.

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Thank You from the Parent Engagement Group!

Wow! What a great night we had! Thank you so much to the 75 people who came out for the first PEG meeting of the year. It was wonderful to see all the new faces and have such great energy in the room! We hope you got valuable information and enjoyed the evening!

Thank you so much to all the ambassadors who came early and helped with setup--Heather, Jessica, Andrea, Jennifer, Rhona, Autumn--thank you! Thank you also to Heather for bringing the name tags and biggest stash of donuts I've ever seen! Thank you to Dylan and Astrid for doing childcare tonight. Thank you to Sam for taking the time away from home & kids to give your time to our group. The tour was definitely a big draw and we so appreciated being able to give that experience to the volunteers. Thank you to Charlie, Sydney, Stacey, and Holly for supporting us in getting handouts made, doors opened, and space to meet. 

If you have any questions, concerns, or feedback for PEG, please email us! Our email is: peg@greatriverschool.org. Remember that your classroom and level ambassadors are here for you, to connect you with resources and support at the school. A complete list of ambassadors and a link to our current volunteer signups are available on the PEG page of the school website

For questions about school governance and policy, contact the school board: board@greatriverschool.org. If you are interested in helping with fundraising, please email the Great River Foundation: foundation@greatriverschool.org

Thank you so much and we'll see you soon! 

-Parent Engagement Group

Attendance Information

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Please contact the office about absent or late students before 9am and any pickup changes before 2pm.

If your student is late, but does not stop at the front office, they will be marked absent in our attendance system and you will receive a robocall.

Any elementary student at school before 8:15am must be enrolled in Big Canoe Club.

Happy first week of school, Great River families!

As a reminder, please email attendance@greatriverschool.org to inform the school about any attendance details (student absence, tardiness, or pickup changes)!

The front office is staffed from 8am-3:30pm and is primarily responsible for student attendance and health. Emailing your student's classroom guide or advisor is a kind gesture, but will not inform the school-wide attendance system. If you prefer voicemail, you can always leave a message on the attendance line (651-305-2780). If you have a general question, please email office@greatriverschool.org and we will assist as best we can! Our old email (info@) is being retired and your student's attendance details might be missed.

Teachers take attendance at 8:30am when school begins. If your student arrives at school after 8:30am but before 8:45am, they can go straight to their learning spaces, where they will be marked tardy by their teacher. If your student arrives after 8:45am, they need to stop at the front office for a late pass. If a student is marked absent and the school has not heard from their parents, all listed numbers in Powerschool will receive an automated attendance call, letting you know of your student's absence.

Please contact office@greatriverschool.org with any questions - we look forward to a successful year of growth!

Adolescent students who eat breakfast at school may enter the cafe space through the south main door (not the elementary door) at 7:30am. Their academic spaces will be unlocked at 8am.

Elementary students who purchase breakfast from school may be in the cafe space at 8:10am. The elementary doors will open at 8:15am.

best, the great river admin team

Parent Engagement Group Meeting

Greetings Great River community!

You are invited to join our Parent Engagement Group (PEG) for the September Meeting this Wednesday, September 12, 6:30-8 pm in the Performance Space.

  • Learn about PEG and upcoming volunteer opportunities

  • Meet other Great River parents and your PEG Classroom or Level Ambassador

  • Tour the new campus with Head of School Sam O'Brien

Childcare will be available in Clearwater classroom, located in the elementary wing. You are also welcome to bring children into the meeting space. You can view the parking map here and enter the building through either the north or south entrances.

PEG’s mission is to welcome new families, connect our community through social gatherings, and recruit volunteers for classroom needs and school events. PEG meetings are held every other month. All meeting dates and times can be found on the school calendar.

See you there!

-Parent Engagement Group

Looking for a Notary Public?

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If you have documentation that needs to have your signature notarized, GRS is offering that service at the Front Desk. Ask Holly Bell (new front desk person) if you would like to use this free service. Notarization assures parties of a transaction that a document is authentic and can be trusted.

Remember to bring proper i.d. like a state-issued driver's license, a state-issued i.d. card, a U.S. military i.d. or a passport. Examples of when you may need a notary public are health forms, marriage forms, insurance forms, mortgage forms, name change forms, or car dealership forms.