6th Grade Bridge Family Resources

Our 6th grade bridge program is a one-year preparatory program meant to introduce students coming from traditional schooling backgrounds to our Montessori adolescent program. 

Our 6th grade bridge program focuses on engaging students and developing academic skills and cognitive habits needed for success in a Montessori adolescent program, including focused lessons, independent student work periods, and an overnight trip in the fall. Students engage in constructionist models of learning, inquiry-based projects, and experimental invitations to engage in the content of the class. 

For general questions about the elementary program, contact Tami Limberg, Lower Adolescent Program Director, at tlimberg@greatriverschool.org. 

6th Grade Bridge F.A.Q.

Q. What are the school day hours? How does attendance work?
School begins at 8:30am and is released at 3:10pm. If students arrive late at school before 8:45am, they will be marked tardy. Arrivals after 8:45am require a late pass from the office. If the office hasn't heard by 9am to expect your student's absence , all listed parents in Powerschool will receive an automated attendance call. To report an absent or late student, call 651-305-2780 or email attendance@greatriverschool.org. 

Q. How many classrooms are there?
There is one class, with two teachers. The 6th bridge community is one program. Cate and Dexter are both teachers in the program, and students will work with them both!

Q. What are key experiences? What key experiences will my student go on?
A. Key experiences are a *key* part of the Great River experience! All students, fourth grade and up, go on overnight camping with their peers and teachers. These trips are level-specific and frequently, the students' highlight of the year. Our 6th grade bridge students have the opportunity to learn about sustainable agriculture at Philadelphia Community Farm.

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Q. How can I get more involved with the school and meet other GRS families?
A. Our Parent Engagement Group was made just for that! Your 6th grade bridge PEG ambassador is Autumn Koch, who can be reached at peg@greatriverschool.org. 

Q. How do I stay up-to-date with Great River news?
A. We send out a monthly school-wide newsletter (usually on the first Monday of the month), occasional lower adolescent-specific communications via email, and urgent communications via text message and phone calls.  In order to effectively communication with you, we need your current contact information! Here's a video showing you how to update your contact information in Powerschool.

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Q. I have a question and I don't know who to contact. Help!
A. Check out this "Who-To-Call" chart  or email office@greatriverschool.org. We'll try our best to help you!

Q. Do you offer school meals?
We sure do! In our recent construction, we built a brand-spanking-new commercial kitchen and are excited to offer nutritious, locally-sourced, hot meals, starting Fall 2018. We are also starting our brand new coffee shop —- feel free to come eat, drink, & enjoy! For more information on our lunch program and how to order food, click here!

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Q. How do I check my student's grades, attendance, and progress?
A. Great River uses Powerschool software to track students' attendance and grades. You can click here for a video on gaining Powerschool access. 

Q. Do you provide transportation for students?
A. Yes! We partner with Twin Cities German Immersion School to provide families with bussing. To read more about transportation, click here.

Q. How can I contact my student's guides?
A. Email is our preferred mode of communication (click here for the staff directory). Guides do not have classroom phones and typically cannot be reached during the day. If you have an immediate need, contact the Front Office at office@greatriverschool.org or 651-305-2780.