Monday, August 19, 2019

Dear Great Falls Families,

I am excited to welcome you to the start of the 2019-2020 school year. At this point, you should have received communication from your child’s teacher along with their school supply list. If for any reason you have not received communication from your child’s teacher, feel free to email our staff directly.

The Great Falls office is officially open full-time. Do not hesitate to call with any questions you may have. The official start of our school day is 8:50 AM and the official end of our school day is at 3:10 PM. Drop off time is still 8:30 AM but students being picked up by their parents or guardians will now be dismissed at 3:05 PM in the cafeteria.  

Our staff is very excited about the start of our new school year! They have been in the school building, setting up their classrooms, and preparing for the arrival of your children. We are greatly looking forward to our annual Open House. This event will take place on Wednesday, August 28 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM for all students in grades 1-5. This is a wonderful time to bring in your child’s school supplies and leave them in the classroom or in your child’s desk. 

Kindergarten orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 28 from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM. During this event, kindergarten parents will arrive at Great Falls with their child. Upon arrival, you will report directly to your child’s classroom for further information. We have a morning planned that will include a welcome from the teacher, a classroom tour, information from administrators, orientation to our cafeteria, and a practice bus ride. 

Students in grades K through 5 will attend their first full day of school on Thursday, August 29. The bus routes will run as scheduled and your child will arrive at school as they would on any other day. Please be sure to update your transportation information by completing the survey found on our website. You may also call our secretary, Julie Murray if there is any information we need to have. Your child will be sent home at the end of the day with the information we have in our system.

Here are a few important dates you should know for the start of the school year:

Tuesday, August 27 - ALICE Parent Meeting at Gorham Middle School 6:00pm
Wednesday, August 28 - Kindergarten Orientation 9:30-11:30am
Wednesday, August 28 - Grades 1-5 Open House 5:30-6:30pm
Thursday, August 29 - First full day of school for grades K-5 from 5:30-6:30pm
Friday, August 30 - No School
Monday, September 2 - Labor Day - No School

Please know that our assistant principal, Mrs. Sawyer, and I are always interested in talking with you. Give us a call or email if you have any questions or concerns. Great Falls is ready for another positive, successful year! 

Becky Fortier
Becky Fortier
Great Falls Principal

Monday, February 25, 2019

Spring Conferences 2019

March 1, 2019

Hello, Great Falls Parents!

It is just about time for Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences! Here is some important information for you to have:

WHAT: The general purpose of conferences is to connect in a one-on-one setting with your child’s teacher, as well as an update on academic progress and “skills for life.” These progress checks include student sharing of their work products, goal setting, and the presentation of other assessments and work by the student or teacher. As your child will be present, it is understood that issues which are private and confidential require a different forum for communication. It is expected that issues that are of a serious concern would have been discussed prior to and outside of these conferences. IEP meetings, even in close proximity to conference dates, do not take the place of student-led conferences.

WHEN: Conferences are held on the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, March 13th and on Friday, March 15th. Technically, however, there is a 2-week window during which your particular conference may be scheduled. The available dates and times during this window of time vary depending on the teacher. You will be able to register for your child’s conference beginning on Monday, March 4th at

HOW: The PTCfast online program is used for scheduling conferences, unless teachers know that there is a family who does not have Internet access at home.  Teachers will be sending out notices and passwords for parents to use to set up conferences. The procedure is user friendly and quite efficient, especially when a family has more than one child in our school.  This program allows you a maximum choice in dates and times, choosing the one that works best for your schedule. When you pick a day and time, you will receive a confirmation and a reminder prior to the conference. If you need to change the day and/or time, you simply return to the site and do so, unless it is beyond the cutoff time selected by the classroom teacher.

Parents’ quick guide to

Step 1:  You will receive a letter or email from your student’s teacher containing a link to the class’s conference website.  Enter the link into your browser.
Step 2:  Enter the class code your student’s teacher has sent to you into the box on that screen-- you can copy and paste it if that's easier!
Step 3:  You will see the list of available time slots your student’s teacher has available.  If someone else has already selected a time slot, you won’t be able to check the box and the time slot will be red. Check the time you would like for your conference. Reminder emails will be sent out closer to the conference.

Please make sure to contact us if you run into any difficulty with this process.  We don’t anticipate that you will, but we are, of course, happy to help. Great Falls takes pride in having a very high participation rate in Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences. We look forward very much to seeing you around school when you come in for your child’s conference!


Becky Fortier
Great Falls Principal