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.


Don't Let a Tick Make You Sick!

Dear Families,

As our groups return from trips afar and outdoors, we want to make you aware of Tick-borne infections that are common in the midwest. Below is a series of links and resources you can follow up with. If your child has been camping or hiking outdoors with a group at Great River, we encourage you to make thorough checks of your student upon their return. Here’s a link that guides how to find signs of ticks and infections.

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/tickbornediseases/index.html

https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/symptoms.html

We are aware that our trips and camping students travel in areas where both deer ticks and dog ticks carry infectious bacterial and viral pathogens. Infections can include Lyme’s disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever/Rikettsia, and other serious health concerns that should be treated immediately per doctor's advice.

These infections have been identified in ticks in the areas where we travel - Buttermilk Falls Farm, our State Parks, and the areas in the metro where we camp and hike.

If you have questions about ticks and tick-borne infections, here are some resources & places to call*:

1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636)

OR

National toll-free Poison Help hotline (1-800-222-1222) (24 hour support)

*Please call 911 for any urgent medical emergency

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!

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.

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 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!

Pool trip for elementary students - swimwear expectations and sunscreen for June 7th!

Hello Elementary families,

As the end of year and Great River’s June 7th trip to our local pool approaches, we want to make sure families all are aware of the following expectations for swimwear and sunscreen:

-Sunscreen: If you want to bring your own sunscreen for outdoor trips, please do so. Otherwise, we will apply sunscreen as a preventative measure on exposed skin. If you want to opt-out of sunscreen at GRS, please email office@greatriverschool.org with “Sunscreen Opt-Out” in the subject line. See more on GRS's sunscreen policies here.

-Clothing for Swimming : In accordance with our school gender equity policy and student-written dress code, all students are expected to wear swimsuits that covers their top, middle and bottom. This is true of all swimming the school does on field trips and key experiences. See below for examples of appropriate swimwear for school.

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School-appropriate swimwear

  • Swim shirt & shorts

  • One-piece suits that cover top, middle, and bottom

  • Burkini

Not appropriate for school trips or swimming

  • Swim Shorts only (without shirt)

  • Bikini

  • Swimwear showing navel


If students need a swim shirt for their trip to the pool, we will have GRS spiritwear available to lend for the day. If you have any questions about these expectations, please email us at communications@greatriverschool.org.

In partnership, 
Great River Elementary Team

Buttermilk Falls Farm - Gratitude & Being in Ongoing Relationship

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To all our friends and family at GRS,

We wish to express our genuine appreciation for the deep joys and wonders presented throughout this year of the Great River School - Buttermilk Falls CSA & Folk School partnership. We've seen hundreds of students at the farm this year where they planted, harvested, hiked, wrote, ate, dug, built, sang, served, played and participated with open hearts. The farm is better for it, and we know that the children are, too. Hands in the dirt, senses saturated with nature, hearts opened to animals, other people and the sacred task of stewardship in cooperation with others all make it so. Thank you! 

-Christina & Carter along with Monty and our interns and apprentices 2018-19

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We invite families and friends to join us for SOLSTICE-ST. JOHN'S at the farm on Sunday, June 23 from 4-7. 

POTLUCK meal, FAIRY walk, FIRE ritual/hopping, MUSIC with singing, HERB crafting, ANIMAL tending, GARDEN blessing

Bring: A main dish or dessert with ingredients listed. We'll have drinks, a roast turkey, bread and a garden salad to share. 

in case of rain, this festival will be postponed. Check our website day of for directions and weather information. 

BUTTERMILK FALLS
599 280th Street Osceola, WI 54020. 

If you'd like a CSA share, flower share, maple share or farm membership for frequent visitors, please visit the website before June 5 to sign up.  We deliver the school this year, along with many other neighborhoods in Mpls-St. Paul, and also have home delivery available. https://buttermilkcsa.squarespace.com/join-the-farm

We also plan to be at the Linden Hills Farmer's Market on most Sundays from 9-1 this summer and fall, so visit us there if market style shopping suits your family.

Great River Yearbooks

The Great River School yearbook team is busy completing the 2018-19 yearbook, which we expect to be available during the last week of school!  The GRS yearbooks are designed by students, including the yet-to-be-revealed cover. 

Click here to pre-order online! You can also pre-order your yearbook at spring conferences, April 11th and 12th. 

Unsure if you've ordered? Ask us at conferences or email office@greatriverschool.org to ask!

Como Pool Trip - 6/7

Dear Elementary Families,

On Friday, June 7th, 2019, the lower and upper elementary students will be taking our annual field trip to Como Pool. Classes plan to leave GRS at approximately 9:30 am and will walk to the pool, arriving by 10:00 am.  We will spend the day swimming and enjoying the outdoors and begin our walk back to school at approximately 1:30 pm, arriving back at school around 2:00 pm.

Please send your child to school wearing their swimsuit and good walking shoes on this day.  We advise that all students apply sunscreen prior to their arrival at school . In addition, please make sure your child has the following items in a lightweight bag or backpack they can carry independently:

  • A hearty lunch/beverage that does not require heating (no glass). If your child receives or orders lunch from school, a Field Trip Lunch will be sent with them on this day.

  • A change of clothing and a towel

  • Additional sunscreen (labeled with your child’s name)

Please do not send money, pool toys or personal life jackets with your child, as they are not allowed.  Children are allowed to bring swim goggles.  If your child needs a life jacket, US Coast Guard approved life jackets will be available at the pool.

To cover the expense of this trip, we are asking for a voluntary donation of $10 or more per student. Checks can be made out to Great River School and should be returned to your child’s guide with this slip by Friday, May 31st.  No child will be turned away due to insufficient funds. Thank you for making this experience a reality for our students!

Thank you, but chaperones are not needed for this trip.

Sincerely,

The Lower and Upper Elementary Guides of Great River School

Affinity Groups at Great River School

Hello Great River Families!

Announcement below about events for students for end of the year events specific to affinity groups.

See a frequently-asked-questions document about affinity group events at Great River School here.

What: Affinity group events designed for students who share marginalized experience.

Why: Research has repeatedly shown that students do better when in a supportive, reflective environment. Affinity groups and teachers sharing identities with students are two concrete ways we can support our students as they journey into adulthood.

When:  There are multiple year-end events for school-wide GSA* and BIPoC** student affinity groups. school-wide affinity event May 22nd for PoC students, & May 29th is a year-end GSA event.

Who: These are affinity events open to all students, and designed for students who have a shared experience.

As with all interactions at Great River, we hold students to the standard of being honest and respectful with each other.

Next year, there are plans for additional affinity groups including:

- student mental health, family experience (divorce, adoption, multi-home experience)
- specific identity groups
- race and ancestry
- gender expression
- family income
- physical ability  

Great River is also working to set up partnerships for students at our school to connect with city-wide organizations at other high schools such as Black Student Union and Asian Student Union.

*GSA: Gender & Sexuality Alliance - student group centered on support & solidarity of queer adolescents
**BIPoC: Black, Indigenous, and People of Color - acronym recognizing that “Black”, “Indigenous”, and “People of Color” are phrases that center the experience of peoples in North American society and history.