Sunday, August 28, 2016

Kindergarten Orientation is Tomorrow!

Hello Kindergarten Parents,

The big day has arrived and the Kindergarten staff at Great Falls is looking forward to meeting you and your child! I wanted to share a little bit of what tomorrow morning will look like. We’ve found that predicting new routines often  helps our newest students with their transitions, and hope that you find it helpful to share this with your child.

When you arrive at Great Falls at 9:30 a.m., head into our Gym to check in with our friendly office staff. You will confirm your child's transportation information. Following that, you and your child can head directly to your child's new Kindergarten classroom. Don't worry... we will have plenty of people to help guide you along the way!

You will be able to explore the classroom and drop off your child's school supplies. At approximately 9:45 a.m., you will hear an announcement from me for parents only to head to the cafeteria. The students will remain in the classroom for an activity with their Kindergarten teacher.

While in the cafeteria, Mrs. Sawyer and I will go over some logistical information and answer any questions. Following our time together, you will head back to your child's classroom. The teachers would love some time to talk with you and answer any questions that you may have.

The students will have been escorted to the playground by our amazing and kind recess staff. While your child is on the playground, the recess staff will go over recess safety rules and practice lining up and, of course, play!

At 10:45 a.m., your child will be escorted back to the classroom where they will be reunited with you! The final stop on our orientation day will be a practice bus ride. You will be prompted to head to the front of the school where you and your child can board a bus for a short practice ride.

That will conclude our Kindergarten Orientation! Feel free to stay and play on the playground and meet new friends! We will see everyone back on Tuesday, August 30th for our 1st full day of school.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Family Calendar Link is Posted to Our Website!

Check out the Great Falls website for updated information and more! The Family Calendar Link is posted on the Home Page! 

Friday, August 5, 2016

The Gorham bus routes have been posted!

Check out the bus routes at:

Monday, August 1, 2016

August Family Letter from the Principal

August 1, 2016

Dear Great Falls Families,

On behalf of the staff at Great Falls Elementary School, I am happy to welcome you to the 2016-2017 school year… almost! We still have some summer fun left and the weather has been amazing. I hope you and your family continue to enjoy the wonders of summer in Maine! Our family took advantage of plenty of camping, lake swimming, and outdoor adventures! We also read a ton of great books and had plenty of time to rest and recharge. It was wonderful, but now it’s time to refocus for the upcoming year.

By mid August, our staff start trickling back to Great Falls to set up their classrooms, plan their early units of study, and prep for the exciting start for your child. In the very near future you will receive a summer letter either by email or mail from your child’s new teacher. This letter will serve as an introduction to parents and a reminder to students about information shared at Step Up Day in June.  

Be on the lookout for the school bus routes, which should be posted in the Gorham Times by late August. Until then, it would be greatly appreciated if you would take a moment to complete the Great Falls transportation information by using the Google Form found at Great Falls Transportation Information 2016-2017. Safely transporting 500 students from Great Falls to their afternoon destination is a top priority. Accurate and timely information from you helps us out tremendously.

Should you wish to communicate with your child’s teacher or any other teaching/administrative staff prior to the official start of school, an email directory can be found on our website at Our school office will open on a full time basis beginning Tuesday, August 16th. Feel free to also contact Mrs. Perkins, Administrative Assistant, or Mrs. Murray, School Secretary at 222-1050 with any inquiries you may have.

Until we meet again, I hope you will continue to enjoy the beautiful days of summer with your children, family, and friends!

Becky Fortier
Great Falls Principal
Important Dates:

Monday, August 29th
9:30-11:30 a.m. Kindergarten Orientation (Parents Attend)
6:00-7:00 p.m. Grades 1-5 Open House
Tuesday, August 30th
1st Day of School
Creative Arts Begin
Friday, September 2nd
No School
Monday, September 5th
No School - Labor Day
Tuesday, September 6th
Back at School