Big Canoe Club at Great River School

Extended Day options for students in grades 7-8 can be found on the Voyageurs Extended Day page.

Now in our 5th year, Big Canoe Club at Great River School offers before & after school care for GRS students in grades 1-6. The BCC program features regularly scheduled recess time, snack, and supervised activities including arts and crafts, outdoor education, games and free play, and quiet homework time. This excellent 'not just day care' program offers:

  • Dynamic, fully engaged and supported staff

  • Daily access to arts, crafts, games, Legos, homework time, indoor/outdoor play, unstructured imaginative play, and environmental stewardship

  • A "no electronic devices" policy that allows children to un-plug and fully engage in recreational activities

  • A small student-to-staff ratio

  • Competitive rates

Children who participate in Big Canoe also have access to student clubs and extracurricular activities; for an up-to-date spreadsheet of all after-school activities, click here.


Before School 7:30 to 8:30 AM
After School 3:10 to 6:00 PM - Pick up anytime before 6:00

(Note: any family dropping a student off before 8:15 must sign up for the morning program)


All families are asked to pay a registration fee of $20.00, which helps cover supplies for the program.

The daily drop-in rate for Big Canoe Club is $30.00 per day ($25.00 if pre-paid at least 24 hours in advance). Families who participate at least three days a week for the entire school year receive lower semester rates shown in the chart below:

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Parents can pay this fee per semester for a ten percent discount, or can elect to spread out the cost in 9 regular monthly installments payable September-May which are outlined in the chart below left. Please note that the monthly installments represent a fraction of the semester total, and do not reflect the number of days of care in that month.


Drop In Care:

Families may be able to arrange drop-in care for special circumstances. Please note that the availability of drop-in care is not guaranteed. Families who reserve and pre-pay for drop in care at least 24 hours in advance receive a discounted rate of $25 per day. To request a drop-in day families must:

  • provide at least 24 hours notice,

  • pre-pay the single day rate of $25.00,

  • note that the Single Day Rate includes before and after school even if student uses just one or the other.

To pre-pay for drop in care click here.

Non School Day Care:

Big Canoe offers care on school half days and some full days. To receive care on a half or full day, families must sign up and pay the additional fee noted below. In 2019-20 Big Canoe will offer care on:

Half Days:

September 18, October 30, November 20, February 26, March 25, April 8

Full Days:

October 16, October 31, November 1, December 2, January 17, February 14, February 27, February 28, April 9, April 10, May 15

To sign up for half or full day care, click here. Please note that you must sign up at least one week before care is scheduled.

Late Pick Up Rate:

Students picked up after our 6:00 program end will be assessed a late charge of $1 per minute. 

How to Pay?

Sign up by contacting the program director. After registration, you will receive an invoice with the option of online payment.

To pay by check, please:

  • Note “BCC” and the student's name on the memo line of the check and enclose in an envelope labeled: Attn: Business Manager

  • Checks can be received at the front office in person or by mail

  • Payment is due before the first of the month

Questions? Want to Register? Need to Contact Us?

Register for extended day care for the 2019-20 school year using this form.
Contact the Program Director at
or by calling 651-305-2780 x13
Emergency contact phone ONLY: 612-562-9828