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National Bullying Awareness and Prevention Month

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It's hard to believe, but it is alreadyOctober, which is also

Bullying Awareness 
and Prevention Month! 

We at Great Falls recently made a promise to one another to create a culture of respect and safety for ALL students and staff. We pledge to create a positive school climate and ensure our school is a safe and welcoming place for EVERYONE.

It is important for parents, staff and students to Recognize, Report, and Refuse bullying. Throughout October, students in grades K-5 will be participating in Steps to Respect lessons that focus on building friendships and developing the skills needed to be good citizens. The lessons are designed to prevent bullying and help students build more supportive relationships with each other. The messages we share are below.
Bullying Is:
A person being hurt, harmed or humiliated with words or behavior.Sometimes repeated behavior, but it can be a single incident as well.Being done intentionally.One sided. Bullying is not conflict.Unfair. There is an imba…

Every Day Counts at Great Falls School

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Every Day Counts at Great Falls School

We want to welcome you as our partner in your child’s education. We value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement 
and collaboration for the success of your child. Our goal every year is to ensure that every Great Falls student 
attends school every day possible. Positive attendance is a key ingredient to keeping kids on track and engaged. 
Being present daily in school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten.  Families play a key role in making sure our students understand why attendance is so important for success in school in life.

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when 
students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is 
less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent. Absences can add up quickly.

A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two day…

October is Bullying Prevention and Awareness Month

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As we enter the month of October, let's not forget the importance of Bullying Awareness and Prevention. It is important for parents, staff and students to Recognize, Report, and Refuse bullying.


Bullying Is:
A person being hurt, harmed or humiliated with words or behavior.Sometimes repeated behavior, but it can be a single incident as well.Being done intentionally.One sided. Bullying is not conflict.Unfair. There is an imbalance of power.When the person being hurt cannot ignore, walk away from, or stop the problem. Remember, don't ever be a bystander, be an Upstander instead!
                                  If you see something that is wrong, DO something to make things right. 
Don’t ever join in bullying!Support the victim. Show your concern and offer kindness!Stand with the victim and say something.Reach out to others in friendship.Report bullying to an adult.  Click HERE to watch a video made by some UPSTANDER 5th graders at Great Falls.
The BEST way to stay bully free is…

September is Attendance Awareness Month!

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Dear Great Falls Families,
As we begin the school year, I want to welcome you back as a partner in your child’s education. We value, appreciate, and seek out your involvement and collaboration for the success of your child.


Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school every day possible. Positive attendance is a key ingredient to keeping kids on track and engaged.

Being present daily in school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten. Families play a key role in making sure our students understand why attendance is so important for success in school in life.


Some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. But, we also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically. Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year. Absences can add up qu…

Mindset at Great Falls

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The importance of developing a growth mindset, as both learners and teachers, has become clear to the members of the Great Falls School community. 
In a fixed mindset individuals believe their basic abilities, their intelligence, their talents, are fixed traits. They believe we each have a certain amount and that’s that.
In a growth mindset individuals understand that talents and abilities can be developed through effort, teaching and learning, and persistence.
People who have a growth mindset don’t necessarily think everyone is the same, but they do believe each of us can improve at anything if we work at it. 
We will continue to share resources and information around improving mindset to support the great work at Great Falls, as we continue to develop growth mindsets in our students and ourselves! 





Great Falls is such a motivating place to teach and learn.
Each of the photoson this page can be found in our school~

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A Year of Great Events

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Take Out Your Calendar and Prepare for a Year of Great Events!


September 
It's Attendance Awareness Month! http://awareness.attendanceworks.org/
 September 8 is International Literacy Day, marking the importance of literacy to individuals, communities and societies.

October
Global Read Aloud begins in October. Join classrooms all over the world in a shared read aloud experience.
October is also National Bullying Prevention Month. Be kind and appreciate diversity!

November
 November Is Picture Book Month! http://picturebookmonth.com/Picture books are for every age and often teach us powerful lessons. Read a classic such as The Giving Tree, or Blueberries for Sal, or try a new author like Mo Willems!

December
The Winter Solstice occurs around December 21st. It is the shortest day of the year. People all over the world participate in festivals and celebrations. Learn more about how different cultures and peoples celebrate.

January
January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day - The Day of Service …

Keep Them ENGAGED!

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Keep your child's brain developing over the summer break, especially when it comes to math and reading skills!  Students need to stay engaged in fun learning activities, and keep their bodies tuned, so their minds stay sharp!    Every child needs to play outside every day and find fun ways to exercise indoors if the weather keeps them in. Keeping the mind exercised can be a little more challenging, so here are a few ideas to keep children thinking all summer long!

READ TOGETHER EVERY DAY!

Play Games: Traditional games keeps young minds sharp and are a lot of fun! Card games such as Blink, Crazy 8s and Go Fish~
Board games such as chess and checkers~ Car games such as Buzz, I Spy and 20 Questions~ are all fun and easy to play.

READ EVERY DAY! Take a Summer Reading Challenge: Make reading a competitive event. Most children respond well when they set goals and earn rewards. Reading as few as five books will ensure growth in reading skills! This site offers just a few good book list…