Dear Great Falls Families,
During this time of year, I cannot help but think about how grateful I am for the people and relationships that are a part of my life each and every day. Great Falls School is such a special place to be with staff and students who not only value the importance of kindness and compassion, but seek ways to keep these important virtues alive and well in our school community and beyond.
Whether it is a full school initiative such as Socktober, where we held a sock drive to collect over 1,000 new socks for local shelters, or the 4th and 5th grade King Arthur’s Flour campaign, where students made 200+ loaves of bread for the local food pantry, Great Falls students always go above and beyond with kindness!
Next up, thanks to art teacher, Allie Rimkunas, all kindergarten through fifth grade students will be taking part in the Empty Bowl Project. The Empty Bowl Project is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: students create handcrafted bowls which they are asked to keep as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. The money raised is donated to an organization working to end hunger and food insecurity. Great Falls will be donating all proceeds to the Gorham Food Pantry. A form will be sent home soon asking you to support our act of kindness by making a donation in any amount to purchase your child’s bowl.
The bowl pick up date is Friday, December 11th from 5:30-7:30p.m. during our annual Great Falls Family Movie Night. The admission to the movie will be a non-perishable food item, which will also be donated to the Gorham Food Pantry. Thanks to you, this event is our largest community contribution as we typically donate a substantial sum of money and food to support the efforts of our local food pantry.
Kindness truly counts at Great Falls and I thank you for fostering a kindness habit with your children at home. The holidays serve a perfect way to help your children pay attention to those around them. Be watchful for everyday moments when a little kindness can make a big difference for someone!
As always, please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions and feedback. I am available through email at firstname.lastname@example.org and by phone at 222-1050. Plaese follow my Twitter page & blog, which can be found at https://twitter.com/MrsBFortier and http://greatfallsprincipal.blogspot.com/ where I will be making frequent updates.
Kindly yours, Becky Fortier