Great River School Archery

For: Students grades 4-12 of any ability level

Practice: Mondays March 4-April 29 

  • Grades 4-6 will practice from 4-5 pm and work on building skills

  • Grades 7-12 will practice from 5-6 pm and work on building skills with the option of team competition

Before practice students in grades 4-6 may join Big Canoe for supervised play time; students grades 7 and up may quietly work on homework in the central block of the school..

Coaches: Seth Wait and Mike Rauch, assisted by Sam O'Brien

Cost: $125 (includes T-shirt; scholarships are available; please Email for more information)

Sign up: please fill out this form.

School Nutrition Volunteers Needed

As our school nutrition program rolls out, we’re finding ourselves in need of parent volunteers to support us as we grow! We’re asking parent volunteers to commit to a weekly shift through the end of the year and are offering different scheduled shifts to work with all schedules. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the GRS community!

Current Volunteer Needs:

  • Elementary Meal Maestro

    Help organize the elementary meal carts and deliver meals to classrooms daily. Tasks would include - sanitizing bins and bags, portioning utensils and dishware, assembling sandwich orders, loading up carts, and delivering to classrooms.

  • Dish Director

    Help dishwashing the trays, silverware, plates, and kitchen equipment used for school lunches.

  • Point of Sale Powerhouse

    Help get students through the lunch line. Tasks would include utilizing our POS system EZSchool to enter in student information as they receive lunch.

  • Waste Management Wizard

    At the end of lunch periods help students, parents, faculty, staff, and visitors put waste in the appropriate receptacle and inform them about what can be recycled, composted, or what needs to be sent to the landfill. Help with other tasks in between.

  • End of Day Zero-Waste Wizard Spend time outside near the dumpsters for recycling, compost, and landfill near the north main entrance on Energy Park Drive. Your job is to help GRS staff supervise and divert items to appropriate waste stream containers based on whether it’s recycling, compost, or landfill.

Click here to sign up for kitchen shifts and here to volunteer to help our zero-waste initiative!

Email any questions to

Changes to upcoming Big Canoe care due to GRS schedule changes

Big Canoe will now offer care on Feb. 15 and March 1 from 11:45 am - 6 pm at a cost of $30 per day (usual discounts/scholarships apply; inquire for details)

Date: February 15 11:45-6 pm

Students will take a trip to Highland Rec Center for sledding and playground time, then return to GRS by 3 pm. 3 pm-6 pm students will participate in the usual Big Canoe activities. Cost: $30 (usual discounts/scholarships apply; inquire for details) Payment is due on or before the scheduled date(s).

Date: March 1 11:45-6 pm

Activities TBD Cost: $30 (usual discounts/scholarships apply; inquire for details) Payment is due on or before the scheduled date(s).

Please send a bagged lunch with your child. Snacks will be provided by Big Canoe.

To sign up, please fill out this form.

Help our school with matching donations from your employer!

Does Your Employer Offer Matching Donations?

Many employers will match any charitable donations you make dollar for dollar. This is great for us and great for you, and your employer gets a write-off too!  Will you take two minutes to find out if you could double your donations to Great River School Foundation?

1. If you know your employer matches charitable donations, fill out their matching form and submit to HR.  You will likely need to update with an end of year total for a final match, but it’s good to start the process early

2. If you aren't sure if your employer matches donations, see sample email below that you can cut and paste into an email to your company HR department.

Thank you for taking the time to help our school!

Great River School Foundation


Sample email to your HR Department:

Hello {HR PERSON}-

I am wondering if we offer matching charitable contributions for employees? If yes, I would like to find out how to put that into effect for 2019 for a matching donation to my child's non-profit public school: Great River School Foundation, a 501c3. Is there a matching form I can fill out? If not, perhaps we can consider this for future years as I've heard many companies match donations.

Thank you!

{Your name}

Great River School (GRS) Foundation is a 501c3 created to support the long-term financial needs of Great River School’s mission: to prepare students for their unique roles as responsible and engaged citizens of the world. By building relationships with individuals, corporations and foundations, the GRS Foundation creates enduring support for students, faculty and the school’s urban Montessori learning environment. The Capital Campaign is a current focus for the GRS Foundation, with a goal of raising $250,000 by March 2020 to enhance our learning environment.      

LIST League Volleyball (Grades 5-7)

Practice begins Tuesday February 26!

Please contact if you have any questions. 

Coach: Kayla Kronfeld
Cost: $120 (team fee and T-shirt), scholarships are available; please inquire
Practices: Tuesdays from 4-5:30 pm at Great River School
Games: Wednesday afternoons/evenings at participating schools
Sign up: Please fill out this form to register for volleyball.

The first practice will be held on Tuesday, February 26. The first game is March 6. LIST league sports are co-ed sports experiences designed for all abilities. Beginners are welcome!

Lost & Found to be Donated!

This is just a reminder that all unclaimed Lost and Found Items will be donated on Saturday, February 9th at 2 pm. We extended the deadline due to the cold weather days last week.

Can't find what you are looking for?  Check BOTH Lost and Found Locations:

Adolescent Lost and Found
Located inside the foyer outside of the Heron's Nest Cafe.

Elementary Lost and Found:
Located along the west hallway inside the elementary main entrance and just north of the Big Canoe room.

GRS Closed February 8th

In line with SPPS, Great River will be closed tomorrow, February 8th, due to dangerous windchills and poor road conditions. We expect tomorrow's Jterm performance to continue, as the roads will be clear and the wind speed slower by the evening. Stay tuned over the next 48 hours to changes to the school calendar in order to make sure we meet state requirements for instructional days this year!

GRS Upper Elem Winter Social!

You're invited!

Who: GRS Upper Elementary families
What: Winter social, hosted by your PEG ambassadors
When: This Sunday, 2/10, 1-3 pm
Where: Como Park fire pits (see the map HERE)

Join us at Como Park this Sunday from 1-3 for an upper elementary social! We'll have a bonfire, hot chocolate, and some games. Bring your sleds and whatever other outdoor entertainment you'd like! Please also bring mugs for hot chocolate to reduce waste. If you have firewood to contribute to the bonfire, that's welcome as well. We look forward to seeing you there!

Normal school hours today - JTerm play is on!

Great River will hold normal school hours today February 7th, 2019. All performances and theater events will be held normally. Jterm play is on!

Athletic practices for today have been cancelled.

If you have changes to the pickup or travel for your student, please email

 GRS will generally follow SPPS regarding any decisions on weather cancellations for future school days, and generally make our own decisions for early releases. Watch for future communications in your email, on text and our school Facebook page.

Big Canoe Childcare Offered March 1

The official word is that GRS will have school on February 28 and not on March 1. So Big Canoe will be offering childcare on March 1:

Time: 8 am- 5 pm

Cost: $50 (usual discounts/scholarships apply; inquire for details) 

Students will visit the Science Museum of Minnesota for the day, including time to explore the exhibits and the movie "Cuba" in the Omnitheater.

Please send a bagged lunch with your child (free/reduced student lunches will be provided)

To register, please click on this link. Payment will be billed and is due on or before March 1.