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


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need a translator for conferences on Nov 28-29? email office@greatriverschool.org

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¿Necesita un traductor para conferencias el 28-29 de noviembre?
 correo electrónico office@greatriverschool.org


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! Starting soon, our commercial kitchen will serve hot, locally-sourced food to our community and serve as a valuable skill-building space. A teaching kitchen is essential, not only for the production of food, but to provide practical life and economic exchange lessons.

Capital Campaign donations help cover the $210,000 price tag. Become a sustaining supporter today! Text "grs" to 71777 or give online atwww.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!

Donation 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.

Picture Re-Takes and Make-Ups - Monday, November 12th

Picture packets and student IDs were delivered to students in elementary classrooms and adolescent advisories early this week. 

If your student missed our first picture day (October 8th), they will have an opportunity to retake pictures in the morning on Monday, November 12th.

This day also serves as the re-take day for students who do not like their first picture and would like to try again.  If they already ordered pictures and want a re-take, they must bring the originals back with them to give to the photographer.

If you have any questions, email office@greatriverschool.org


Upcoming PEG Meeting

“The greatest gift we can give our children are the roots of responsibility and the wings of independence.”

Join us for the upcoming Parent Engagement Group (PEG) meeting on Monday November 12th 6:30-8:00pm in the new Performance Space. 

This month we will be learning about the role of executive functioning in the Montessori classroom, presented by Head of School, Sam O’Brien. Elementary parent Sinead Carolan will also speak about how to best support Montessori learning at home. Please come with questions and inquiries to make the most of this informative night. 

Winter Sports Meeting

We will be having our winter sports meeting next Wednesday, November 7th, at 4:15, in the cafeteria at Twin Cities Academy.  This meeting will be for those who are registered for high school winter sports.

All parents/guardians of those who are participating in the following sports, should plan on attending:

  • Boys and Girls Basketball

  • Boys and Girls Hockey

  • Cheer

  • Nodic Ski

The meeting should not take any longer than 45 minutes.

With any questions, contact Victor at vvondracek@twincitiesacademy.org


2019-20 Enrollment Application Now Available

The application for enrollment next year at Great River School is now available. 

Applications do not carry over year to year, so even if you are currently on our waiting list, you will need to submit an application for next year to be included in the enrollment lottery for 2019-2020. The deadline for inclusion in the lottery is Friday, March 1st. 

Complete the Application to get on the list for next year! 

The 2018-19 waiting list still stands. Should a spot open in any particular grade level mid year, we will offer off the current year's waiting list.

Thank you for you interest in Great River! If you have any questions, please Email enroll@greatriverschool.org.

Great River Enrollment Team

Email Subscription Error (Resolved!)

Hi families!

Our website host has been having RSS problems, which led to some 6B, LA, & UA subscribed parents not receiving announcements in their email inboxes. We've resolved the issue and announcements should be automatically sent to your inboxes as posted.

If you're ever having tech problems, please reach out to us! That's frequently how we learn of issues and want to make sure all families can access information. 

All our best,
GRS Admin Team

School Meal Orders

Make sure to pre-order lunches & breakfasts for your students at least 1 school week (5 days) in advance. 

For instructions on how to set up your account, click here for instructions on loggin into EZParentCenter. If parents/guardians are unable to make payments online, cash and/or checks (made payable to Great River School) may be dropped off at the front office. Make sure to include the student name(s) and PIN number(s) in an envelope along with checks/cash. Daily cash purchases are also accepted.

If you have any questions or needs, feel free to contact Mary Hunn, Nutrition Services Director, at mhunn@greatriverschool.org.

Spring IB Exam Payments due by November 9

Is your student taking one or more IB exams this spring? If so, you should have recently received an IB exam invoice in the mail. Please pay your student's IB fees by November 9, 2018, or make a plan for payment with Andria Sibert by then. An example of a payment plan would be paying a monthly installment of the IB fees each month between now and June. (See notes about how to do this on your IB invoice) 

Students who qualify for free/reduced lunch also qualify for free IB exams, as long as they follow through with submitting all IB assessments and sitting for exams in good faith. If your student qualifies for free/reduced lunch, please see the notes included with your IB invoice, sign the invoice, and return the invoice to the GRS front desk.

Bring checks marked with "IB" on memo line to the GRS front desk. Students who do not pay IB fees or make a plan to pay IB fees with Andria Sibert by Nov. 9, 2018, will not be registered for IB exams. Questions about payment or about requesting financial support for IB fees? Contact GRS business administrator Andria Sibert at asibert@greatriverschool.org.

Halloween Norms

Halloween is next Wednesday, October 31st! To keep our students and staff with food allergies safe, we ask parents to not send their students with candy or treats. 

Costumes are welcome with a few guidelines - they should:

  • allow student's eyes or faces to be seen- no masks please!

  • allow learning environments to function normally. 

  • adhere to our student-written and board-approved dress code policy.

  • not be centered around violence or include offensive references. Costumes that infringe on anyone's dignity are not allowed at school. 

Happy Halloween!