May 26, 2015
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Did You Know You Can Contribute to the GFPS Foundation without Costing You a Penny?

That's right. You can contribute to the GFPS foundation by using Amazon Smile for your purchases. It won't cost you anything extra to use instead of to make purchases. Just designate Great Falls Public Schools Foundation as your charity and Amazon will contribute 1% of your sales. Or use this link to directly benefit the foundation every time you make a purchase: Amazon Smile

Employee Wellness Class Update...

Zumba class will be cancelled this Thursday May 28, 2015.

Dr. Fred Anderson is Retiring

Retirement Party for Odetta Arcand!

Retirement Party
For Odetta Arcand
On Thursday May 28th
At 3:45 in the West Library
Come help us celebrate!

Retirement Celebration for Sandy Houle

It’s hard to IMAGINE
It’s hard to BELIEVE
But Sandy’s finally ready

Please Join us
May 28th, 2015
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Longfellow’s Cafeteria

To celebrate
and her many years of accomplishment
with Great Falls Public Schools

Cake & Punch to be served

Katie Kotynski is Retiring!

New PIR Classes Have Been Added

We have added several classes to PIR. To sign up, visit

• Ceramic Coil and Slab Vessels
• Ceramic Animal Rattles
• CPR and First Aid (four sessions)
• Digital Resources for Meet Common Core (EMS only)
• High School Mentor Training (Grant Teachers Only)
• Language Difference vs. Disorder
• Montana Counselor Tour Part II (HS Counselors only)
• Multi-Sensory-Phonics for Classroom and Small Groups
• Office 365 (third session)
• Oral Tradition of Storytelling

Swim Lesson Registration at GFHS Pool

Summer swim lesson pre-registration is set to start Monday, May 18th at the Bison Pool from 4 P.M. to 7 P.M. each day Monday through Friday until June 4th The pool is located in the R.W. Swarthout Field house complex at Great Falls High, 19th street and 5th Avenue South. Session 1 begins on June 15th, Session 2 begins on July 6th and session 3 begins July 27th. Classes are one half hour in length Monday through Thursdays and will be offered in seven different ability levels in addition to a special needs classes, Mom and tot classes and adult classes. Prices range from $55-$60 per session. Classes are offered in the mornings and evenings.

For more information contact GFHS Pool Manager, Bob Stingley at 268-6281. Registration forms are available online at: Swim Lesson Registration Forms

Staff Purchasing Reminders & Tips

From time to time as staff members, we get pre-approval and buy certain items for school use with our personal money. By district policy, the maximum limit for a staff reimbursement is $150. Once a purchase has been pre-approved by an immediate supervisor, the purchase should not include personal items on the same receipt. To avoid the reimbursement process totally, many merchants accept hand carry purchase orders. This means that staff members won’t have to use their own money and go through the burdensome process of getting a check from the district to be reimbursed for their purchases. The Purchasing Department (Mary - #6040/Kayla - #6043) will work with you to identify the merchants who accept hand carry purchase orders.

Fall Print and Graphic Orders 2015-2016 School Year

All Fall orders need to be titled as "Fall" for the due date. That is for both the Print Center orders and Graphic orders.
Graphic orders for the 2015-2016 school year that must be created need to be submitted no later than June 30th. Any submissions beyond then may not be returned until approximately early October. Please try to prepare for the new school year early so we can get your orders done on time.
Fall Print orders CAN NOT be submitted electronically. With having such a high volume of orders for the fall, we do not want to risk any orders being lost in the system. Please send all fall orders as you would in the past.
Please feel free to give Central Reception a call with any questions or concerns.


MSUN Online Courses

Lesley University Graduate Program in Great Falls

Integrated Teaching through the Arts Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.

 Program is designed for all K-12 educators
 Project based – no GRE required
 Skills that transfer to your everyday lessons!
 Move up on the Salary Schedule as you go!
 Financial aid and payment plans are available.
 Regionally and nationally accredited
 Financial Aid Counselor to assist Student Loan Process!
 Deferred Student Loan payment 6 months after completion of your degree!
 Nineteen weekends total! The entire program is completed in less than two years
 $5000 Loan Forgiveness is available! $50 application fee waiver!

Face-To-Face Teaching one weekend a month: Saturday & Sunday 8am – 5pm

Contact: Cathy Kuntz
406.899.7308 ckuntz [at] lesley [dot] edu