Tuesday, December 20, 2022

Dear Great Falls Families,

It is hard to believe that we will be heading into our holiday break. It has been a busy and productive start to the school year. We are so proud of the progress our students have made in such a short period of time! It has been wonderful to get to know our parent community by seeing so many volunteers on campus as well as attendants at our Parent Connection meetings, parent/teacher/student conferences, and family events. We look forward to offering more opportunities to build a positive home and school connections as we head into the new calendar year! 


Illnesses in School: Superintendent Perry sent out an update to families regarding illnesses in school. As illnesses have been on the rise again recently, it is important to remember the precautions she shared. Superintendent Perry's Info


Dress for Winter: This is a reminder that all students should come to school with appropriate clothing for spending time outside each day. We recommend that students in grades K-5 wear hats, gloves or mittens, boots, and a warm jacket to play outside. K-3 students should also pack snow pants if they plan on playing in the snow and in the fields. Those without the proper winter gear will be limited to the blacktop areas when snow is present in order to keep our students warm and dry. 


School Calendar: 2022-23 Elementary School Colored Calendar


Holiday Break: This year’s holiday break will begin on Thursday, 12/22 and last until Monday, 1/2. Students will return to school on Tuesday, 1/3.


Friday, January 6th: Great Falls Night at the Maine Celtics 

Join the Great Falls staff and students for a super fun event! The Maine Celtics have invited Great Falls to the Portland Expo for a very special night of fun! Every ticket holder will receive a free Maine Celtics hat and $2 from every ticket purchased will be donated to Great Falls Elementary School. Wear your Great Falls gear and join the fun! Tickets are selling out fast and can be purchased at https://fevo.me/greatfalls.


Monday, January 16th: No School/ Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Wednesday, January 18th: Early Release Day/ Students are dismissed at 12:00 p.m.


Wednesday, February 15th: Early Release Day/ Students are dismissed at 12:00 p.m.

Thursday, February 16th: Parent Connection Meeting with the Gorham School Committee 

Join Great Falls administrators, Superintendent Perry, and members of the Gorham School Committee for a question and answer forum. The conversation can include district initiatives and future plans for the Gorham Schools. 

Winter Break: February 20th-24th


If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us at any time at becky.fortier@gorhamschools.org or deanna.etienne@gorhamschools.org. Looking forward to seeing everyone back on campus on January 3rd!


Becky Fortier and Deanna Etienne

Great Falls Administrators