Message from PEG:

Thank you to everyone stopped by the book fair during conferences! Thanks to you, the book fair garnered over $1600 in sales, which means $800 in credit that GRS has to put toward stocking the elementary classroom libraries--not to mention all the books that were purchased from teachers' wish lists and gifted directly to the classrooms. The guides and students from these rooms are thrilled!

Don't forget, you can still purchase books from our Usborne representative, via her website here. Books will be shipped directly to you, and 50% of sales will continue to go to GRS! The virtual sale will continue throughout the school year, and we look forward to another in-person sale during spring conferences.

Elementary Work Share Announcement!

Dear Elementary Families,

You are invited to come and join your child in their classroom for a work share. These special afternoons give the students an opportunity to show adults what takes place in their classrooms on a daily basis. Our students are proud to share their work, and adults get to see the Montessori experience through their child’s eyes. We encourage you to participate in this meaningful one-on-one time with your child.  

Please note that these events will take place from 1:30-2:30pm.  All students will dismiss at the regular time.


Upper Elementary work share will take place on January 15 and 16. No sign up is needed!

Tuesday, January 15:

Otter Tail
Crow Wing
Little Elk

Wednesday, January 16:

Shingobee
Swan River
Blue Earth

Lower Elementary work share will take place the week of January 22-25. Sign up here!

Tuesday and Wednesday, January 22 and 23:

Minnesota
St. Croix
Zumbro

Thursday and Friday, January 24 and 25:

Rice Creek
Spring Brook
Minnehaha



December Lunch Reminder!

The December menu is now live in EZ Lunch, so get your orders in! As a reminder, Great River Nutrition will need one week prior notice to change lunch orders. This means that if you try to remove or add a meal on Monday that was set for Friday, you will not be able to do so (set your orders by the *Thursday* of the prior week!).

If you are new to using EZ Lunch, continue reading!

EZ Lunch is the system Great River uses for pre-ordering and purchasing school meals.

Here’s an easy 5-min video  tutorial for you to see how to use our system!

If you prefer to read, more walkthroughs for EZ School Lunch can be found here:

How To Set Up Your EZ School Lunch Account

How to Add Another Student to a Parent Account

How to Pre-Order Meals and Add Money

How to Add a Credit Card

How to See Transaction History


Volunteer Opportunities Available

Looking for ways to build your GRS community?

Want to show your children's guides support?

Need to fill your 20 hours of service?

Then join us during conferences Wednesday 11/28 - Friday 11/30 to volunteer!

Choose between:
Book Fair: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d49a4a62babf94-conference6
Teacher Meals: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d49a4a62babf94-conference7

Not only will you be able to help our community, but, you’re bound to meet some pretty amazing people!

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need a translator for conferences on Nov 28-29? email office@greatriverschool.org
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Big Canoe Childcare Offered November 28-30 and December 7

We are offering childcare on the upcoming conference days and professional development day. Each full day will include an offsite field trip and play/game time at Great River School. Space is limited, so sign up soon to be sure of a spot!

Wednesday, November 28: Early release day: school lets out at 12 pm
New! Big Canoe will offer after school care from 12-6 pm. The cost is $30. 

Thursday, November 29: Conference Day
Big Canoe will provide care from 8 am - 5 pm, cost is $50 

Students will visit Tamarack Nature Center for programming and play and will return to Great River by 3 pm; parent pickup by 5 pm. Please send a bagged lunch with your child (free/reduced student lunches will be provided)

Friday, November 30: Conference Day
Big Canoe will provide care from 8 am - 5 pm, cost is $50
 
Students will visit Lebanon Hills Regional Park for hiking and outdoor play and will return to Great River by 3 pm; parent pickup by 5 pm. Please send a bagged lunch with your child (free/reduced student lunches will be provided)

Friday, December 7: Professional Development Day
Big Canoe will provide care from 8 am - 5 pm, cost is $50

Students will visit the Fort Snelling Base Camp for activities and challenges and will return to Great River by 3 pm. Please send a bagged lunch with your child (free/reduced student lunches will be provided)

Please use this form to register. This childcare is available to children in grades 1-6. Please email bigcanoe@greatriverschool.org with any questions. 

Conferences & Volunteer Signups!

Conference times are: Thursday, November 29th noon-8pm and Friday, November 30th 8am-4pm

If you have more than one student and want to secure conferences close together, sign up as soon as you can. If you have flexibility in your schedule, please leave the evening conferences for families that cannot make it during the work day.

Students in grades 5-12 are with the student and parent(s)/guardian, the student's advisor or classroom guide

Students in grades 1-4 are with parent(s)/guardian and the teacher only.

7th-9th grade Special Education students should sign up with their Special Ed Case Manager (Sarah Lawrence-Lupton, Brooke Derrickson, or Danny Ross). Their advisor will join the meeting as well.

11th and 12th grade students are welcome to schedule a separate meeting with Teresa Hichens-Olson to discuss college planning.

If you do not know your student’s advisor contact office@greatriverschool.org.

Multiple Households/Families - if your child splits time between two households and both parents want/need to attend the conference, please schedule it together. If this is not possible, exceptions may be made if time slots are available. For an exception, email the program director at your level.

Jean Peters - Elementary Program Director

Tami Limberg - Lower Adolescent Program Director (includes 6th Bridge, and 7th-9th grade)

Andrea Christensen - Upper Adolescent Program Director (10th-12th grade)

If you have specific concerns that you want to discuss with a guide who is not your student's advisor, please contact them directly to discuss via phone or email, or set up a meeting before or after conference days. All guides will be able to talk with you about students' overall academic standing. Guides will be booked all day on both days in conferences with their own advisees. Check our Staff Directory for Office Hours.

  • PEG (Parent Engagement Group) is looking for volunteers. Conferences will be taking place on Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30, and there are two great ways families can help. Please remember that GRS asks each family to contribute 20 hours of volunteer time per year, and consider signing up to help!

Email peg@greatriverschool.org with any questions. Thank you!

1. We're looking for parents to help staff the first ever book fair at GRS! The book fair will support the development of elementary classroom libraries—families can purchase books directly for the classrooms from teacher wish lists, or they can purchase books for themselves that will add credit for GRS to make book purchases. The fair will be held during the two days of conferences, Thursday and Friday 11/29 and 11/30. Please consider signing up for a slot to help support this important initiative that will directly impact elementary classrooms! Volunteers will receive a brief training video to view.

2. With the new kitchen still in process, we're not able to offer our traditional (and beloved) show of appreciation to faculty and staff with community-made meals during conference days. Instead, this fall GRS will be bringing in food to sustain the teachers during their long conference days. But we still need some donations, along with help setting up, serving, and cleaning up after these meals! Please consider signing up to donate or for a shift for Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast, or Friday lunch—see the signup for times.

Board Games Wanted!

From Ocean, adolescent Spanish guide:

The Intro Spanish class will be building Spanish-language board games for our next unit, to explore both Spanish-language grammar and culture. We'll use these games for years to come! I am so excited to begin this new unit.

We are in need of old board games (to take apart!). Anything you no longer use at home, especially games that have lost pieces or broken, would be SO appreciated! The more source material for us to work with, the better the final products will be!

Please deliver the games to my Spanish classroom (207) or to the front desk (clearly labeled "FOR OCEAN"). Gracias!

GIVE TO GRS WEEK!

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GIVE TO GRS WEEK! Our new gymnasium will allow students space for movement-based work and non-competitive play. Donations to the Capital Campaign help support the installation of a bouldering wall, gymnastics mats, a trampoline, sound panels for music and dance programming, as well as traditional sports equipment for basketball, volleyball and other sports.

Become a sustaining support of the Capital Campaign at the Builder level ($42/month) to receive a personalized paver on our new campus. Text "grs" to 71777 or visit www.greatriverschool.org/give.

Give to GRS Week!

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Give to the max to support Great River School as we kick off our Give to GRS Week!

If you've ever wondered, "Wow! How does a public school have the resources to (pick one: go on week-long camping trips/teach students about sustainable agriculture/provide skill-building intensives from community experts)???", it's because our amazing community steps up every year and provides financial support.

We're asking all supporters to donate at www.greatriverschool.org/give to ensure our award-winning programming continues for generations to come.

Check our Facebook page for daily updates!

Donations and volunteers needed for conference days!

Conferences will be taking place on Thursday, November 29 and Friday, November 30, and there are two great ways families can help. Please remember that GRS asks each family to contribute 20 hours of volunteer time per year, and consider singing up to help!

Email peg@greatriverschool.org with any questions. Thank you!

1. We're looking for parents to help staff the first ever book fair at GRS! The book fair will support the development of elementary classroom libraries—families can purchase books directly for the classrooms from teacher wish lists, or they can purchase books for themselves that will add credit for GRS to make book purchases. The fair will be held during the two days of conferences, Thursday and Friday 11/29 and 11/30. Please consider signing up for a slot to help support this important initiative that will directly impact elementary classrooms! Volunteers will receive a brief training video to view.

2. With the new kitchen still in process, we're not able to offer our traditional (and beloved) show of appreciation to faculty and staff with community-made meals during conference days. Instead, this fall GRS will be bringing in food to sustain the teachers during their long conference days. But we still need some donations, along with help setting up, serving, and cleaning up after these meals! Please consider signing up to donate or for a shift for Thursday dinner, Friday breakfast, or Friday lunch—see the signup for times.

PEG Meeting Tomorrow!

Please join us for the upcoming Parent Engagement Group meeting this Monday, November 12th at 6:30-8:00. Come to meet some new faces, get to know your PEG classroom ambassador, and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities. We are also excited to welcome Head of School Sam O'Brien who will speak on Executive Functioning and the Effect of Montessori on Home Life. You will also hear from elementary and adolescent parents on their experiences integrating the Montessori philosophy at home. Childcare is available in the Clear Lake classroom for ages 5 and up, or bring your children (any age) right into the meeting. Meeting will be held in
the Performance Space.

Upcoming PEG Meeting!

Please join us for the upcoming Parent Engagement Group meeting next Monday, November 12th at 6:30-8:00. Come to meet some new faces, get to know your PEG classroom ambassador, and learn about upcoming volunteer opportunities. We are also excited to welcome Head of School Sam O'Brien who will speak on Executive Functioning and the Effect of Montessori on Home Life. You will also hear from elementary and adolescent parents on their experiences integrating the Montessori philosophy at home.

Childcare is available in the Clear Lake classroom for ages 5 and up, or bring your children (any age) right into the meeting. Meeting will be held in the Performance Space.

Sign up now for Grades 6-8 LIST League basketball

Practice begins Wednesday, November 14! 

Please contact voyageurs@greatriverschool.org if you are interested in joining basketball or have any questions. We can only field a team if enough students sign up before the season starts.

Details:
Coach: Laura Stickney
Cost: $120 (team fee and T-shirt), scholarships are available
Practices: Wednesdays from 4:30-6:30 pm at Hancock Recreation Center
Games: Friday afternoons/evenings in various locations
Sign up: Please fill out this form to register for basketball.

The first practice will be held on Wednesday, November 14. The first game is Friday November 30.