Upper Adolescent

Message from the IB Coordinator for Grade 11/12 families:

Our Grade 12 students (+ Grade 11 Enviro. Science students) have drafted IB exam plans, and have been given their official IB exam registration form and invoice. A detailed explanation of payment options is included on the invoice. We ask families to please return registration form and payment as soon as possible (final deadline is November 1st). They can be given to Holly at the GRS front desk. Questions to Lindsey Weaver (GRS IB Coordinator): lweaver@greatriverschool.org.


Thank you for considering!

Lindsey

Monthly cooking classes for all ages

Students are invited to join chef and nutrition educators Jenny Breen and Mel Coombs for a month-long culinary exploration. During November students will focus on basic cooking techniques, flavor and elements of cooking and using basic whole food ingredients to make delicious and easy meals. We will eat, and possibly also have leftovers!

Week one: Basics of sauces and condiments (pesto, salad dressing, mayonnaise, pate and salsa) and yummy things to put them on
Week two: Grains and Legumes for soups, salads,and everything in between
Week three: Celebration foods

Classes are offered for students ages 5-10 on Tuesdays, November 12, 19 and 26.

Classes are offered for students ages 11 and up on Thursdays, November 7, 14 and 21

Cost: $75 (scholarships are available; special rate for students already participating in extended day programming, Email bigcanoe@greatriverschool.org for more information)

Space is limited! Use this link to register.

NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY THIS WEEK

There’s egg on our faces - we are so sorry about the confusion with the school calendar! See below for a complete list of upcoming school dates to know about.

Upcoming Elementary Dates of Note:

  • 10/16-18: No school, MEA break

  • 10/30: Half-day, 11:45am dismissal

  • 10/31-11/1: Conferences - No School (signup here)

  • 11/25-26: NORMAL school days

  • 11/27-29: Autumn break - No School

  • 12/2: No School, Teacher PD day

Upcoming Adolescent Dates of Note:

  • 10/16-18: No school, MEA break

  • 10/30: Half-day, 11:45am dismissal

  • 10/31-11/1: NORMAL school days

  • 11/25-26: Conferences - No School (signup coming 11/4)

  • 11/27-29: Autumn break - No School

  • 12/2: No School, Teacher PD day

NO SCHOOL WEDNESDAY-FRIDAY THIS WEEK

There’s egg on our faces - we are so sorry about the confusing calendar communications. See below for a complete list of upcoming school dates to know about.

Upcoming Elementary Dates of Note:

  • 10/16-18: No school, MEA break

  • 10/30: Half-day, 11:45am dismissal

  • 10/31-11/1: Conferences - No School (signup here)

  • 11/25-26: NORMAL school days

  • 11/27-29: Autumn break - No School

  • 12/2: No School, Teacher PD day

Upcoming Adolescent Dates of Note:

  • 10/16-18: No school, MEA break

  • 10/30: Half-day, 11:45am dismissal

  • 10/31-11/1: NORMAL school days

  • 11/25-26: Conferences - No School (signup coming 11/4)

  • 11/27-29: Autumn break - No School

  • 12/2: No School, Teacher PD day

Save the Date - Davanni's MMUN Fundraiser

Davanni's Fundraising Pop Up to Support the Adolescent trip to MMUN in New York
Tuesday, October 15th from 4-8 pm
41 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105

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Come and enjoy community and pizza, while supporting adolescent students attending the Montessori Model United Nations trip to New York this February.

Davanni's will donate a portion of their proceeds to our cause. Discount applies to dine-in and pick-up orders. Please be sure to show the cashier the attached flyer or mention it upon ordering.

Harvest Fest TOMORROW

Regardless of the forecast, Harvest Fest is ON this Saturday! 2-5pm. The weather is looking frightful, so the event will most likely take place in the gym!

PEG’s Top 10 Reasons to Come to Harvest Fest:

1) Join the Great River School as we celebrate Autumn and our community
2) Support our adolescent students’ microeconomic ventures and bring home wonderful wares such as student-made birdhouses and lactofermented pickles.
3) Enjoy a sing-a-long and student-led music by DJ Rena and Energy Park
4) Bring some chopped vegetables, a mess kit, and enjoy stone soup over a wood-fired cauldron
5) Press apples and enjoy apple cider (bring your own cup)
6) Top your own caramel apples
7) Make a leaf crown
8) Get your bounce on in the bouncy house
9) Get your face painted
10) Make a bird feeder
Bonus: see Sam O'Brien in a straw hat and overalls

There are still some needs for volunteers at the event. Sign up here:

Indigenous People’s Day - 10/14

Great River will have school on Indigenous People’s Day - October 14th, 2019. We encourage our community to reflect on and celebrate the vibrant living culture and politics of indigenous Ojibwe and Lakota people in Minnesota, and the indigenous people all across the Americas

Harvest Fest This Saturday

Dear ones, 

Harvest Fest is a time for us to meet together. We work to make a feast of shared soup, and wait together as the soup simmers to temperature. We wait for the soup because it is not an assured outcome. We aren’t selling soup. We aren’t selling rides or tickets or bouncy house times. We are enjoying together free crafts, caramel apples, community-made soup, and a bike rodeo with prizes!

We are asking of each other to gather. We have a consequence in each other’s lives: we share a place where our children build community and learn together. We are gathering to share in the sustenance of our cooperation. Yes, this year it looks that it will be cold. May that cool air lead us to be all the more thankful for our warmth and welcoming each other’s shining faces! Bring a bowl and a spoon to use for eating the soup - and bring a veggie to contribute!

Harvest Fest is happening on October 12th 2-5pm! 
Bike Rodeo is still happening on October 12th 2-4pm! 
Due to predicted weather, both will likely take place inside the school.

We are still looking for setup volunteers! Sign up here! 

What should I bring? 

  • a mess kit (bowl, spoon for eating the soup) 

  • prepared vegetables to add to our soup (bring pre-cooked veggies or tender greens that cook quickly - make sure they are chopped small or pre-sliced for the soup!) 

  • bikes and helmets for minor adjustments and reflective tape decoration

  • an attitude of hospitality 

What if it’s raining or cold or snowing? 

We are still holding this wonderful event rain or shine - we have a warm gymnasium and are prepared to have many activities inside if the weather is chilly.

What will be happening? 

all free of charge: 

  • Bouncy Houses for fun leaping and bounding!

  • Face painting for wonder and whimsy!

  • Live music (including student band Energy Park)

  • Caramel Apple stand

  • Leaf Crowns

  • Cider pressing for fresh cider

  • Bird feeder making

  • Stone soup making

  • A chance to buy from student micro-economies (crafts, fermented foods, student-made bird houses, etc) 

Hope to see you and your family on Saturday,

Sam O'Brien
Head of School
sobrien@greatriverschool.org

PSAT for Juniors

All 11th graders will be taking the PSAT on Oct 30th @ GRS in the media room. Juniors will be at school at 8:15 and ready to take the test by 8:30. Students should come having eaten breakfast, with a good night's sleep, water bottle, #2 pencils and snacks for the break period. While a calculator is not necessary one is recommended (without internet access.) No phones are allowed & students will be dismissed after the PSAT is completed. Questions? Contact the Director of College Access, thichensolson@greatriverschool.org

Call for Apples for the Harvest Fest

Hi GRS parents-

During the upcoming Harvest Fest, we will be pressing apple cider. We had a generous donation from a nearby orchard, but if you or a neighbor have extra apples, bring them to the harvest fest, (you can also drop them off this week), and you can take home a half-gallon of your own cider. Remember to bring in clean gallon milk jugs for taking the cider home!

Thanks, Harvest Fest student planning team

Call for Dry Leaves for the Goats

Dear Great River community,

The goats are back from the summer stay at Philadelphia Community Farm [PCF]. Students care for all three goats, Oz, Rue, and Lucy, in our husbandry occupation and learn about anatomy and use them to graze our agriculture plots. We feed them our leftovers and share their comforting personalities with anyone who need it. We hope to breed them soon as well as be able to milk them. 

We are in need of dry leaves for them, If you would be willing to bring dry, bagged in plastic leaves into the school that would be great.

Thank you,

Ayla and Noah


Save the Date - Davanni's MMUN Fundraiser

Davanni's Fundraising Pop Up to Support the Adolescent trip to MMUN in New York
Tuesday, October 15th from 4-8 pm
41 Cleveland Ave S, St Paul, MN 55105

davanni's flyer Oct. 15.png

Come and enjoy community and pizza, while supporting adolescent students attending the Montessori Model United Nations trip to New York this February.

Davanni's will donate a portion of their proceeds to our cause. Discount applies to dine-in and pick-up orders. Please be sure to show the cashier the attached flyer or mention it upon ordering.

Harvest Fest Volunteer Call

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Have an artistic flare?

Know how to make the perfect caramel apple?

Enjoy welcoming families to GRS?

Harvest Festival is a great opportunity for families to volunteer together! We are in need of volunteers to help out at the welcome table, face painting, leaf crowns and the bouncy house with only a 1-hour commitment.

Sign up now!

Wednesday, October 2 is Walk to School Day

Join Parent Engagement Group (PEG) for a social in the Great Heron Cafe tomorrow after Walk to School Day on October 2nd. Grab a coffee, tea, and a pastry snack to warm your bones and meet other Great River families.

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Does the drop off line get you down? On Walk to School Day, Wednesday, October 2, parent volunteers will make it easier for families to try a “drop and walk”. Students who come to school in family vehicles can receive help from parent volunteers crossing streets near Great River if they are dropped off at Gabe’s by the Park (Energy Park Drive & Lexington Parkway) or on Taylor Avenue & Hamline Avenue south of school. This is for drop off only. No parents will be assisting students cross the street after school.

These are routes that most students are familiar with due to frequent walking field trips in the neighborhood.

  • North of school/Gabe's By the Park

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Gabe's By the Park has given us permission to use their parking lot as a meeting spot the morning of Wednesday, October 2 for Walk to School Day. Gather by 8:00am in the Gabe's parking lot on the northwest corner of Lexington & Energy Park Drive. Karen Solas (ksolas@gmail.com) and Patrick McKennan will walk with students all the way to school, assisting at intersections and driveways. Contact Karen with questions. 

  • South of school/Taylor Avenue at Hamline Avenue

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Be sure to travel westbound on Taylor so your kids can hop out of the car on the passenger side, reducing the number of streets they need to cross. Students may walk along Taylor Avenue to the sidewalk adjacent to Hamline Avenue. Susan Sochacki (susan.sochacki@gmail.com) and Rachel Kane will help students use the rapid rectangular flashing beacon to notify motorists of their intent to cross and make sure that cars are stopping before students cross. Contact Susan with questions. 

Bike Rodeo at Harvest Fest

Bring your bike and helmet to Harvest Fest so you can participate in a bike rodeo. A bike rodeo is a skill-building obstacle course developed to teach and practice basic bicycle riding skills like stopping, balancing, signaling, and turning. The rodeo will also feature bike and helmet safety inspections, a station to decorate your bike with high visibility 3M tape products and a visit by St. Paul Bike Police officers and therapy dog, Sergeant Fuzz. 

Older students and adults can learn about multi-modal transportation and to use the bike racks on city busses courtesy of Move Minnesota. Don't forget to find out about the Midtown Greenway Extension at the Bike Rodeo!

Want to help out with the Bike Rodeo? Sign up here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d49a4a62babf94-grsbike