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