Great River School partners with Twin Cities Academy to provide students with athletic opportunities. Fall sports being offered include soccer, football, volleyball, and cross country.

Parents/guardians of interested students must fill out this registration form and submit to info@greatriverschool.org by August 3rd. A physical is required every three years - click here for a list of local, free sports physicals. 

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by Mary Hunn, RD, School Nutrition Director

In addition to all our students and staff, we look forward to parents and family members, as well as community members, to come eat, drink, and enjoy! We will soon be serving breakfast, lunch, after school and elementary classroom snacks, ala carte choices, and coffee shop foods and beverages. 

Construction of the commercial kitchen and dining hall area has begun and we hope to have it finished by the end of the August! Once everything is set-up and functioning, we'll be serving hot, fair-sourced meals to your students by October 8th.  Our twelve elementary classroom kitchenettes have also begun construction and we hope to start use by the first day of school.

Our brand new coffee shop is being built during the summer and will be slinging beverages in its permanent space by winter break. In the meantime, a temporary coffee shop will function as a pilot program for the school. There will be future work on the final design and layout of the permanent coffee shop with students engaging in the operations, as well as the instructional space for students in the commercial kitchen.  

Curious about what food spaces are open to you or your student? Look below! We hope to share a meal, hot beverage, or snack with you soon. 

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Another first for NoMythic – we qualified for Minnesota State Robotics Championship this year! This was one of the most competitive fields we’ve seen this year. On May 29th, we played hard and had a blast. We ended the day in 9th place. We were selected by the second alliance, and our alliance won second place overall. Nice work!

 

For younger students with an interest in robotics, Lego Camp is a day camp for 4th-8th-grade students who are interested in learning how to build and program a robot. Click here for more info or to register. 

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Upper Elementary students shared a presentation with Lower Elementary classrooms about the importance of recycling.

 

Some classrooms felt inspired to organize a community cleanup event around the school grounds. 

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written by Randi McClure, director, for the Cabaret program

 Thea Aitchison (A2) as Sally Bowles, singing "Maybe This Time" 

Thea Aitchison (A2) as Sally Bowles, singing "Maybe This Time" 

Choosing a musical can be challenging. You spend months planning followed by 8 weeks of intensive rehearsal all for three performances where you put it all out on the line. I have always been more inclined towards smaller shows, ones that stretch actors outside of their comfort zones and ask them to try on characters they may have nothing in common with. When I was in high school I loved roles that let me peer into the complexities of adult life, both the ecstatic highs and wrenching lows. Theater teaches us what it means to be human.

 Alice Erickson watches over the lightboard 

Alice Erickson watches over the lightboard 

In the summer of 2017 I was feeling stuck. Every idea seemed too saccharine, too intimidating, or too something else. It was mid August when the idea of Cabaret just wouldn’t go away. It was after watching the white supremacist march in Charlottesville, VA that I couldn’t get Cabaret out of my head. Here were Nazis. In America. In 2017. The idea of directing anything other than Cabaret seemed impossible. The idea of directing anything else seemed cowardly.

I was nervous about picking Cabaret. It’s not what one might call an ‘easy’ show. There were Nazis, tumultuous and sometimes violent relationships and a good deal of it takes place in a seedy nightclub. However, few musicals speak of love, loss, and disillusionment as beautifully as Cabaret.

 Finn Scharen (Herr Shultz) & Sarah Erickson (Fraulein Kost) sing "It Couldn't Please Me More (The Pineapple Song)"

Finn Scharen (Herr Shultz) & Sarah Erickson (Fraulein Kost) sing "It Couldn't Please Me More (The Pineapple Song)"

The play was inspired by Christopher Isherwood’s novels ‘The Berlin Stories’. Isherwood was a young English novelist who traveled to Berlin to experience the “Golden Age” of jazz, cabarets, and relaxed ideas around of sex and homosexuality. He lived there during the rise of the Nazi party and the people he met inspired his stories of Sally, Herr Schultz and Ernst; they were all based on real people living in the Nollendorfplatz in 1929. Knowing that all of our characters were based on real people gave our rehearsal process a kind of weight. We wanted to do right by these people.

Directing Cabaret has been a profound experience. Watching these young actors research their characters, overcome fears and doubts, and dedicate themselves to finding the truths in their roles fills my heart with such deep affection. With an entirely student-run technical crew and a mostly student filled pit band this show truly belongs to the students that have created it. I feel honored to have worked with this group. I hope you enjoy the show.

Sincerely, Randi McClure

 

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written by Kayla Kronfeld, volleyball coach and A1 guide

The 5th/6th grade season wrapped up with a game at Twin Cities German Immersion. The athletes rocked it this season! They went from getting comfortable with postures and passes to nailing serves and spikes! The 5th/6th graders have worked hard to have a team that communicates and runs to the ball--they are doing a wonderful job. Many of the athletes are intending to join a Volleyball Camp this summer and we look forward to having them join us with new knowledge and experience next season!

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We can sure see the GREAT construction that’s happening as we speak! And a big part of this are our Brand New School Food & Nutrition Programs starting in September!

We appreciate all the input, thoughts, and ideas we’ve heard from many parents and family members, staff, and students. The top three priorities that we are focusing on are: 1) Have Good Quality Food, 2) Serve Healthy Food, and 3) Offer a Variety of Choices. These meet our goal of providing nutritious and appealing food in a positive environment in line with our mission. And we are on our way to success with the following activities taking place ---

The new construction area in the middle of the two initial buildings will have a commercial kitchen that includes instructional space for students, a coffee shop/café with a seating area, and a cafeteria that is a part of the gymnatorium (gymnasium + auditorium). We will have three serving areas; two in the cafeteria and one in the coffee shop. The middle and high school students will have access to these areas before school, throughout the day, and after school. The coffee shop will also be open all day; and elementary students will have access before and after school. We invite parents and family members, as well as community members, to come eat, drink, and enjoy!

The elementary classrooms will have kitchenettes that will provide a learning environment. Lunch and snacks will be set up, served, and cleaned up in the classrooms.

We plan to have the kitchen, cafeteria, and classroom kitchenettes initial construction done by the first day of school, as well as a simple coffee shop to start the year. There will be future work to add instructional space for students and the final design and layout of the coffee shop with students engaging in the operations.  

Upon the completed initial construction --- fresh, healthy, scratch-cooked food made by our chef and production assistants will be ready to eat! We will have a variety of breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and coffee shop foods and beverages. Both hot and cold food options, a salad and fruit bar, vegetarian choices, gluten free foods, and other special diet options are all in the works. The elementary classrooms lunches will be sent from the commercial kitchen to each classroom. “To-Go” food using compostable supplies will be available for high school students, as well as all students, to take to their learning environments.

School meal accounts will be set up and all students will have pin numbers to enter into the laptop at the cafeteria and coffee shop cashier areas. Elementary guides will use a manual process to check off the served food in their classrooms. Orders will be taken in advance for elementary students; and middle and high school students will be encouraged to make orders in advance for planning purposes, but the cafeteria and coffee shop options will always be available unless we happen to run out of particular items.

Real, Meaningful Work --- including teaching nutrition education and culinary skills by engaging students in preparing food for our community, building awareness of local farming and environmental sustainability, implementing health and wellness dimensions and role modeling --- and more work will be in the works!

The Name of our Coffee Shop is…….

A GREAT name! We are hearing from everyone --- parents, family, community members, staff, and students. So far, the following ideas for names have been shared:

  1. The Heron Café

  2. The River Side Café

  3. The Coffee Shop

  4. Great River Café

  5. GRS Café/Coffee Shop

  6. The New Café

  7. Blue River Café

  8. Java Jive

  9. The River Cafe

Please let us know your input, thoughts, and ideas anytime --- and Thank You always. Send your ideas to Mary Hunn at nutrition@greatriverschool.org. We’d love to hear from you!

 

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written by Mary Hallman, Platte River guide

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Platte River students wrote poems and made two May baskets for the elderly at the Lyngblomsten Senior Living Center.  We walked over on May Day to deliver these, and had a terrific time interacting with the residents.  Each student read a poem and left it with the basket for their new friend.  I was not allowed to take pictures, but the coordinator did and then sent these to me.  It was a very rewarding experience!

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Students from both of Ocean's Intro Spanish classes came together on Wednesday, April 25th to put on a giant Spanish-language Mercado. 6 weeks beforehand, each group of students received the profile of a family of four refugees (invented by Ocean but based on real families in the news).

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Students learned about the sponsorship model, where groups of people in a country band together to pool resources, knowledge and power to support incoming refugee groups, a model that is particularly popular and successful in Canada but can also be done here in the United States.

Each student group also had many moving parts: a 'main' store, a 'side' store, a 'free service' — and on the day of the market, using only Spanish and many of the grammar skills they've been learning in class, they had to balance the tasks of selling their wares to the other groups while buying things to support their own refugee family. There were no winners or losers, but after the fact students engaged in a reflection activity about how well they were able to support their refugee families and how the mercado went.

While the mercado had academic value, the best part was watching 9th graders realize that they can indeed communicate using the skills they've learned this first year. Plus, it's fun when Spanish class switches things up! GRS looks forward to many more hands-on experiences from the Spanish department next year — Ocean says there will be a lot of this kind of learning next year in their classes.

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