Saturday, December 1, 2018

December Letter from the Principal

December 1, 2018

Dear Parents/Guardians of Great Falls Students,

As we enter December, I would like to first take this opportunity to wish each of you and your families a most happy, healthy holiday season! As always, I am pleased with not only how hard they have been working each and every day, but that they are kind. They strive to be “Citizens of the Code” and I could not be more proud!
One of our school goals is to help our students understand the important characteristics that make up ethical, responsible, and involved citizens. Our staff model and teach our students not only how to take responsibility for his/her own behavior, but how to demonstrate responsible behavior that is consistent to our core values, The Code of Conduct.

Over the past few months, our school community has embarked on numerous campaigns that exemplify the Code of Conduct. Here are a few highlights to share:

Holiday Giving: As in past years, we have received many wonderful donations from local churches, businesses, Great Falls staff members, and Gorham residents. These generous donations have made it possible for our school community to provide food, warm winter gear, and holiday giving to families in need.

Backpack Program: We are continually accepting new enrollees into the Backpack Program for families experiencing food insecurity. This may be in the form of short-term support for families experiencing a challenging circumstance or extended support for the school year for those families in chronic need of food support. We are grateful for the many donations that allow us to provide food for our students.

6th Annual Empty Bowl Project: The Empty Plate Project is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. The basic premise is simple: students create handcrafted bowls and then are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world. All K-5 students created a pottery bowl during their art classes with art teachers, Allie Rimkunas and Patricia Kaczmarek. We asked parents to support our act of kindness by making a donation in any amount to purchase their child’s bowl made during art class. The bowls will be distributed at the Family Movie Night on December 14th. Great Falls will be donating all proceeds to the Gorham Food Pantry.
Please remember to check our school website on a regular basis for updates and information. The website may be accessed by logging onto The Great Falls Website.

  • Monday, December 3rd - Parent Connection Meeting 9-10am
  • Tuesday, December 4th - LAST KIDS’ CLUB for session #1
  • Tuesday, December 4th - Parent Pottery Glazing 5-6pm in the Art Room
  • Tuesday, December 4th - Parent Meeting with the School Committee 6-7pm in the Library
  • Wednesday, December 5th - Early Release Day - Students dismissed at 12pm
  • Friday, December 7th - Report Cards will be emailed home
  • Friday, December 14th - Empty Bowl Project and Movie Night - 5:30-7:30pm
  • Friday, December 21st - Full day of school
  • December 22nd - January 1st - Holiday Break
As always, please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions and feedback. I am available through email at and by phone at 222-1050.  Please follow my Twitter page & blog, which can be found at and and most recently our school Instagram page

Kindly yours, 
Becky Fortier
Great Falls Principal