Wednesday, April 13, 2022

Letter from the Principal - April 2022


Dear Great Falls Families,

I hope you are enjoying the warming temperatures and longer days. It certainly helps to boost mood and increase energy. We can feel the positive vibes throughout the building. 

American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge

The K-5 Elementary Schools participated in the American Heart Association’s Kids Heart Challenge student exercise event. We are pleased to announce that Great Falls worked together to raise a total of $5,946.00! We are so proud of our school community and families for their efforts. We are pleased to be able to make a huge donation to support heart research as well as to help fund our annual end-of-year K-5 fitness field days held on the campus of the University of Southern Maine.

Week of April 18-22: Spring Vacation

This is the district Spring vacation week. Happy vacation!

Monday, May 2nd: “Step-Up” Presentations

On this day, families will receive a “Step-Up” presentation describing what the next grade for our students will be like. These grade-level presentations will highlight the academic and social aspects of next year. 

Monday, May 9th at 6pm: Parent Connection Meeting 

Following the sharing of the “Step-Up” presentations, a teacher representative from each grade level will be present at our Parent Connection meeting to answer any specific parent questions regarding next year. 

May 2nd - May 27th: Spring NWEA Testing 

Wednesday, May 25th: Great Falls 10 Year Birthday Celebration 4-7pm

Join the Great Falls staff and students as we celebrate the 10-year "belated" birthday celebration IN PERSON on the Great Falls campus. We hope everyone can join in the fun!

Monday, May 30th

Memorial Day - No School

Great Falls Field Days - May 26 - June 3rd

We are very excited to bring a field day opportunity back to our students again this year! We will be hosting the events at the USM Field House. This event will encourage team building and fun as students celebrate the end of the year with their friends and teachers! 

Monday, June 6th - Grade 5 Step-Up Day                                                                                                                  

On Monday, June 6th at 9:00am, an in-person step-up experience will take place for our current 5th graders with advisors at Gorham Middle School. The middle school will share materials and information with our students regarding classrooms, teachers, and what to expect from the middle school experience!

Friday, June 10th - Grade K-4 Student Step-Up Day 

On June 10th, grades K-4 students will also participate in an in-person Step-Up Day. Students will meet their new teacher here at Great Falls and have a chance to become familiar with their classroom community for the 2022-2023 school year.

Monday, June 13th - Last Student Day of School

Students will be dismissed at 12:00pm.  Report cards will be emailed home on this day. 

As always, please feel free to reach out to me at any time with questions and feedback. Please be sure to follow our social media sites for posts and pictures! Great Falls is on Instagram at, Twitter at, as well as Facebook at I am available through email at and by phone at 222-1050.

Have a wonderful spring vacation,

Becky Fortier

Great Falls Principal