Monday, February 13, 2017

Parent/student/teacher conferences are held on the afternoon of Wednesday, March 15th and the full day on Friday, March 17th. 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 can vary depending on the teacher. You will be able to register for student conferences beginning on Wednesday, March 1st at Thank you!

Getting Ready for Kindergarten!

Calling All Incoming Kindergarten Students 
Joining Great Falls in 2017!

Please join the staff on Tuesday, March 7th at 6:00 p.m. at Great Falls Elementary School for a meet and greet! This will be the time for you to schedule your child's kindergarten screening appointment as well as obtain the registration packet needed for school enrollment.

Tuesday, March 7th
Parent Information - Great Falls Gym at 6:00 p.m.     
Registration & K Screening Appointments at 6:30 p.m.           
April 5th-12th                   
Screening by appointment: You will make your appointment for the screening on March 7th at your school.

By Friday, August 18th
You will receive notification of your child's kindergarten teacher by mail.     
Monday, August 28th
Kindergarten Orientation:
Students and parents will attend together to learn more about a typical day, have a short bus ride, and play on the playground.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Star 360 Winter Results

Today your child will be bringing home their Star 360 assessment results. Even though there is a space at the bottom of the reports for a signature, you do not need to sign and return the documents. The copies are for you. 

Star 360 assessments are computer adaptive and automatically adjust each question based on how the student answered the previous prompt. This reduces testing time and limits frustration and boredom. By using Star 360 three times per year, we are able to compare students’ progress in reference to normal expected growth and toward criteria for mastery of our state’s standards.

Once again, this is one measure and it serves as a “snapshot” to check on student growth in the areas of reading and math. We use many additional pieces of evidence throughout the year to determine the profile of each child. Feel free to contact your child’s teacher or an administrator if you have any questions about the Star 360 results.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

February Letter from the Principal

February 2, 2017

Dear Parents,

Great Falls will, once again, participate in the American Heart Association and Jump Rope for Heart student exercise event! Throughout the years, our students have made tremendous donations supporting the American Heart Association!
Before our students ask for donations for the American Heart Association, they will learn (or review) the components of heart health, which are diet and exercise. Diet and exercise are critical elements of both the Physical Education Standards and the Health Standards. This donation drive gives Great Falls an opportunity to connect these concepts in a thoughtful way.  The students will also learn how the Heart Association uses donations to help save lives through their education efforts and research.

In addition to providing money for the AHA, this student exercise event provides funds that allow us to enhance learning beyond the classroom.  It is our goal to provide children with a fun and engaging field day in June where students participate in wellness experiences outside of their regular PE classes.
Wednesday, February 8th  - AHA Packets will go home with students.

Friday, February 17th - Kick Off Assembly Featuring Student Jumpers!

February 8th - March 3rd - Students will collect donations for the AHA.

March 6th - March 10th - Students will participate in the Jump Rope for Heart student exercise event during PE class.

Donations are due back by Friday, March 16th
Thank you for supporting this amazing cause!

Becky Fortier, Principal

Great Falls Elementary School