Upcoming Activities for Grades 5-8

Fall soccer for grades 5-8--sign up for more information!

Soccer for grades 5-8 will begin in the fall, coached once again by our own Mr. Dexter. Games are late afternoon Wednesdays for grades 5-6 and Fridays for grades 7-8. Practice will be once a week on a day to be determined. Sign up with this form if you are interested, and we will let you know details as soon as they are settled! Cost is $135 (includes T-shirt), scholarships are available.

Lego League for grades 5-8:

Calling interested students and parents! GRS will again host 4 lego league teams this fall. We are especially recruiting for a girls' team this year, and we also need parent coaches who can give a few hours of their time each week.

Lego League gives students a hands on technical challenge to solve while working as a team to study the problem and find solutions. Teams practice every Wednesday after school, culminating in an all-day tournament in December. Cost is $200, and scholarships are available. Teams fill fast, so please register soon using this form.

Big Canoe at Great River School

Elementary students can sign up now for extended day care in our Big Canoe program!

Hours are 7:30-8:30 am and 3:10-6:00 pm

The Big Canoe program offers a play-based, supervised, screen-free experience for kids who need to stay at school extended hours. Every day students have the opportunity for large motor activities, and the choice of art, games, project work, and homework/reading time. Parents can pick up anytime before 6 pm.

We also will offer care on school half days and some full days at an extra charge. Look for more information in the school announcements as non-school days approach, or on the GRS website.

Click here for the registration link for afterschool care in the 2019-20 school year.

Price information can be found on the website at http://www.greatriverschool.org/big-canoe-club

Questions can be addressed to bigcanoe@greatriverschool.org

Voyageurs at Great River School

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GRS students in grades 6-9 can sign up now for extended day care through our Voyageurs program!

Hours are 3:10-6:00 pm.

Please note that students in grades 6-9 are not allowed to remain inside the school building without supervision after 3:30 pm. If your student has to stay at school, sign them up for Voyageurs!

Voyageurs offers a supervised, screen-free experience for kids who need to stay at school extended hours. Every day students have the opportunity for large motor activities, followed by the choice of art, games, project work, and homework/reading time. Students can also participate in school clubs or form their own! Parents can pick up anytime before 6 pm.

Click here for the registration link for afterschool care in the 2019-20 school year.

For more information about programming, rates, and other questions please Email voyageurs@greatriverschool.org

Great River School Community Welcome Night

Hosted by Parent Engagement Group (PEG)

All GRS families are welcome to this casual social event. Newcomers, meet other families in your classroom/levels and be welcomed to the GRS community. Returning families - catch up with old friends and welcome new families to our community before the official school year begins. No need to bring anything but yourselves. Hope to see you there.

Date: Tuesday, August 20

Time: 6-7:30pm

Location: Newell Park on Pierce Butler & Fairview Ave N

AUDITIONS FOR THE FALL MUSICAL: INTO THE WOODS

Auditions will be on September 19th, from 3:30-5pm in the performance space.

Come prepared with the following:

  • A permission form signed by a parent or guardian (pick up in the performance space)

  • 16 bars/ 30 seconds of a prepared song to be sung a cappella

  • Comfortable clothes that allow for movement

Auditions are open to students in grades 7-12.

We will rehearse most days after school from 3:30-5:30.

Performance dates are December 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14.

Students will be notified if they receive a callback or second audition. These will take place after school on September 20th 3:30-5:00.

A note from the director:
Considering auditioning for the fall musical this year? Listen to the soundtrack or watch one of the film versions before auditions so you are familiar with the plot, characters, and tone of the musical. This show is particularly musically challenging (though there are non-singing roles available!) and requires dedication, time and lots of hard work. Please be aware of any planned absences before your audition!

Contact Randi at rmcclure@greatriverschool.org if you have any questions.

Fall 2019 School Communications

Hello GRS Families!

We are so excited to welcome you back to Great River next month already. You can expect to see online registration forms in your email inboxes by 8/12 that will include bussing information. We’ll also be sending a back-to-school mailing (via snail mail) by 8/16.

Things that are available now for your perusal:

Email any questions to office@greatriverschool.org - enjoy this last month of summer!

Upper Elementary Key Experience

We are excited to tell you below about our plans for continuing our fall key experience with upper elementary students. This year, we will be engaging in exciting expeditions with two different locations (during different weeks) for the key experience. Three classrooms will be visiting Wolf Ridge environmental learning center, and three classrooms will be going out to Camp Widjiwagan. Both trips will include northwoods, hiking, naturalist walks, star viewing, and adventure in the boreal forests!

We learned over the last several years that both Wolf Ridge and Widjiwagan have appropriate and excellent programs for our students, and that each organization offers unique but different experiences that are high quality. For the coming year and into the future, we plan to rotate our classrooms every other year between Widjiwagan and Wolf Ridge for our fall key experience. If you have questions, please inquire with Jean Peters (Program Director) or Sam O’Brien (Head of School). 

Wolf Ridge
September 30th - October 4th (Mon-Fri)
No School on Monday, October 7th
Shingobee, Crow Wing, and Little Elk
Wolf Ridge Packing List
Wolf Ridge Liability Form
Wolf Ridge Parent Information

Widjiwagan
October 21st - October 25th (Mon-Fri)
No School on Monday, October 28th
Swan River, Blue Earth, Otter Tail
Widjiwagan Packing List
Widjiwagan Health History Form
Widjiwagan Parent Information

Fall Sports - Practice Times

Good Morning, Fall Sports Families,

Below are the times and dates of the first day of official practices for your respective sport:

Boys Soccer: August 12th, 4:30-6:30 at Twin Cities Academy Fields

Girls Soccer: August 12th, 4:30-6:30 at Twin Cities Academy Fields

Volleyball: August 12th, 7:00am-9:00am at Twin Cities Academy Gym

Cross Country: August 19th, 8:00am-9:00am at Como Lake (meet at the pavilion, M,W,F)

Football: Please look for an email from Head Coach Noah Dombrovski.

As a reminder if you haven't yet done so, please print off and fill out the registration forms for your student to participate in the fall sports season. Please have them no later than the first day of practice.

Here is the link to the form:

http://twincitiesacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-Fall-Sports-Registration-Packet.pdf

Thank you,

Victor Vondracek
Athletic Director
Twin Cities Academy/ Great River Tigers
690 Birmingham St.St Paul, MN 55106
Athletics Calendar: https://twincitiesac.org/public/genie/404/school/1009/

Fall 2019 Sports

Hello Great River Families! 

Our fall sports registration deadline is approaching! Friday August 2nd is the deadline for registration forms for fall sports. All practices start the week of Monday August 12th.  Any questions? Email our athletic director Victor at: vvondracek@twincitiesacademy.org

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Contact Victor Vondracek <vvondracek@twincitiesacademy.org> for more info! 

Sibling fee reductions are available. Also, all families qualifying for FRL receive an automatic 50% fee discount. If cost is a barrier to participation, please contact office@greatriverschool.org 

See links below to registration forms!

Registration form: 

http://twincitiesacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/2019-Fall-Sports-Registration-Packet.pdf

Maps to: 

McMurray Fields

TCA


Boxtops for Education Volunteer Wanted

Are you interested in working on our Boxtops for Education program? It's not very time-consuming and gives the school cash to spend on students. This volunteer work would involve checking in periodically to pick up all saved Boxtops for Education and sorting and sending them in a couple of times during the school year. If you are interested in taking this project on, please contact Holly Bell at the front desk by the end of June.

Free YMCA Membership for High Schoolers

YMCA Get Summer

  • Get a FREE summer membership to the YMCA where you can play in the gym, use the pool, work out at a fitness center and more!

  • Open to youth in 9th-12th grade in the fall

  • Nutritious meals also available at some locations

  • Learn about leadership, how to serve your community, and career readiness

  • Registration opens TODAY!

  • Learn more and register HERE!

GRS Nutrition Cookout

Dear GRS parents, staff and community

Happy end of the school year!

We on the school nutrition team are excited about completing our first year of hot lunch, and even more excited about planning and growing the program for next year!  We would like to invite you to celebrate with us, while we share some food and our intentions, goals and aspirations for the coming years.

Saturday, June 15, 1-3 PM at GRS

We’ll be serving a picnic style lunch, including homemade ice cream sandwiches!

Stay for a short presentation about the program, tasting of possible new lunch items, a cooking demonstration, and plans for the upcoming year!  

Bring your family and outdoor seating (lawn chairs, blankets, etc).

We are in need of charcoal and gas grills for this event! If you have a grill you could lend us, please email lkorger@greatriverschool.org.

All our best,
GRS Kitchen Staff


Last Day of School Ceremony - TOMORROW

What: Great River’s last day of school annual ceremony!

An annual tradition to close the year together, thank each other for the work we’ve done, and enter summer collectively. After the ceremony, we’ll have one last handshake line and enjoy a school wide ice cream social

When: June 12th, 10:45am-11:45am

See detailed schedule of the day linked here!

Where: Limestone Cove, South Campus

Who: all GRS students and faculty

Parents and observers are welcome, but space and parking is extremely limited!

Parents cannot park in the pick-up lane to the east  of the school. Parking is available on the south side of Energy Lane and across the street at Bandana Square. We encourage you to take public transportation or bike to our campus. Parents who are unable to join us for the ceremony can watch it live-streamed on our Facebook page.  

How you can help:

We need parent volunteers to scoop ice cream and prevent sunburns. Sign up here!

Yearbook Arrival!

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It’s that time of year! The 2018-19 yearbooks have arrived, and we are working on dispersing them to everyone who has ordered.

If you have an elementary student, their yearbook was brought to their classroom.

If you have an adolescent student (including 6th Bridge) we will have a table set up Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 8:00-9:00am for students to pick up their yearbooks.

We have a limited supply of extra yearbooks available, so we will not be selling yearbooks at the table on Tuesday and Wednesday morning. If you would like to order a yearbook, you still can! We are putting together a waiting list, will order more yearbooks as soon as we get accurate numbers. Click here for the order form.

If you have any questions, or are wondering if you have ordered a yearbook, please email office@greatriverschool.org.


Last Day of School Ceremony - Details

What: Great River’s last day of school annual ceremony!

An annual tradition to close the year together, thank each other for the work we’ve done, and enter summer collectively. After the ceremony, we’ll have one last handshake line and enjoy a school wide ice cream social

When: June 12th, 10:45am-11:45am

See detailed schedule of the day linked here!

Where: Limestone Cove, South Campus

Who: all GRS students and faculty

Parents and observers are welcome, but space and parking is extremely limited!

Parents cannot park in the pick-up lane to the east  of the school. Parking is available on the south side of Energy Lane and across the street at Bandana Square. We encourage you to take public transportation or bike to our campus. Parents who are unable to join us for the ceremony can watch it live-streamed on our Facebook page.  

How you can help:

We need parent volunteers to scoop ice cream and prevent sunburns. Sign up here!

State Park Spring Intensive

Yesterday at Interstate State Park we explored epic potholes, igneous basalt cliffs, learned about lava flows and hiked along sandstone bluffs that were the bottom of an ancient sea. We enjoyed sweeping vistas of the St. Croix River, hauled buckets of basalt gravel to fill in the eroded trail after the snowy winter, and realized how fortunate we are to live in a state with such beautiful state parks! On to Nerstrand Big Woods State Park today!

GRS Public Letter on CTC Practices

Great River Families, 

We are sharing this public letter regarding recent news about the Children's Theater Company. It is important to our staff that we explain our process and reasoning around our community partnerships. Given recent actions and controversy at the Children's Theater Company, we are sharing this statement on our values and process. Click here to read the full letter.

We are glad that our students in Lower Elementary enjoyed the production of Matilda today at the theater, and we will continue to assure that our mission and values are supported at all community partnerships now and going forward.