March 4, 2019

Budget building blocks, pen, drawing YOU’RE INVITED!

Public schools need public input!
YOUR INVOLVEMENT IS IMPORTANT AS WE BEGIN
TO PREPARE THE
2019-2020 BUDGET!

               COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT OPPORTUNITIES

LEGISLATIVE UPDATE ON EDUCATIONAL BILLS
Monday, March 4, 2019, 5:30 pm at the District Office Building, 1100 4th St. S.

You are invited to join the GFPS administration and Board of Trustees in an update from your LOCAL LEGISLATORS regarding the education bills that have been considered thus far in the 66th Montana Legislature.  This is during the transmittal break so it is a perfect time to review so the Board can begin to make budgetary decisions for the 2019-2020 school year.  Come join in the conversation!

TOWNHALL MEETING
Tuesday, March 12, 2019, 5:30 pm at the District Office Building, 1100 4th St. S.

You are invited to join Superintendent Lacey and the Board Budget Committee in a presentation regarding 2019-2020 revenue and expense projections and frequently asked questions.  Participants can ask additional questions and provide input.  In order to prepare for the meeting, you are invited to review these websites for background information:  “School Budgeting “101” , “This is Great Falls Public Schools”

BOARD BUDGET COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, March 21, 2019, 1:00 pm at the District Office Building, 1100 4th St. S.

The Board Budget Committee, made up of Trustees Jeff Gray, Jan Cahill and Kim Skornogoski, will review revenue and expense projections as well as public input to formulate a recommendation to the full Board.  They will consider options such as running an operational levy, a technology levy, a safety levy (depending on legislative action) or no levy.  The public is invited to attend and public comment will be on the agenda.

 REGULAR BOARD MEETING
Monday, March 25, 2019, 5:30 pm at the District Office Building, 1100 4th St. S.

Along with the regular agenda, the Board will consider the recommendations of the Board Budget Committee and take action to prepare for the 2019-2020 budget.  In order to run a May levy election, the Trustees are required to set an amount, if any, at this meeting.  Public comment will be on the agenda.


DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME

Prepare to “spring ahead” for Daylight Saving Time as it returns at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10. You’ll need to set your clocks and watches ahead an hour either before you go to bed Saturday night or when you wake on Sunday morning.  Please note:  The GFPS/Tribune calendar indicates daylight savings time on March 17.  That is incorrect and we apologize for the error.


In-District Teacher Transfer Information

The first round of In-District Teacher Transfer Openings is scheduled to be posted on Monday, March 11, 2019 and close on Friday, March 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.  Any changes to the schedule will be indicated in the March 11, 2019 NEWSBITS.

Any teacher currently employed with the District may apply for these positions. 

Check the on-line application system (Applitrack Link To In-District Job Postingsfor a full list of all current in-district teacher job openings on or after Monday, March 11, 2019.

If you are interested in applying for any of these openings please hand-deliver your
In-District Transfer Form to the Human Resources Office by the deadline.  You may obtain the form(s) in any school office and one form must be completed for each position for which you are applying.

Please contact your building administrator or the Human Resources Department if you have any questions.

Please be reminded that once a teacher accepts a position via the transfer process, that teacher cannot apply for another transfer position that year.


Judges NeededScience and Engineering Fair logo elementary school middle and high school

Is your child looking for an opportunity outside of school to showcase his/her science or engineering talent?

If so, see below for information regarding participation in the 2019 Montana Region II
Science and Engineering Fair.

  • Registration opens February 4, 2019 and closes March 1, 2019.
  • Students may register at www.gfcmsu.edu/sciencefair/
  • This above website will give you information regarding registration cost (just $5.00 per student), schedule of events, project rules and criteria.
  • This is a great opportunity for students to be exposed to a broad range of scientific inquiry.
  • Since there will be no GFPS STEAM Expo this year, we hope students will take advantage of this opportunity.

Please visit the link below if you are interested in judging:
http://gfcmsu.edu/sciencefair/judges.html


Angels in Action

What is Angels in Action?
Angels in Action is a non-profit program for GFPS families who are facing a crisis.  This program will provide employees a modest donation to help off-set the cost of expenses experienced because of the crisis.  Angels in Action is completely funded through donations from GFPS employees and individuals, businesses and volunteers who wish to contribute.
Learn more about the Angels in Action program.


Communicating with Parents of English Learners

Communicating with parents who speak no or limited English is a challenge, but we have resources to support you.
Please call or email Irina Mills or Carol Paul for information on emailing/texting parents with Google Translate to set up conferences or communicate about a student.
We also have interpreters for Parent-teacher conferences! Please call at least a week in advance to request an interpreter for Parent-Teacher Conferences.
We look forward to working with you!

Carol Paul
Title Coordinator, Great Falls Public Schools
1100 4th Street South
Great Falls, MT 59405
carol_paul@gfps.k12.mt.us
406.268.6779

Through language, . . . students learn how to become strategic thinkers, not merely strategy users.  Peter Johnston

For texting using Google Translate, this is helpful
https://smartphones.gadgethacks.com/how-to/stop-people-with-caller-id-from-seeing-your-phone-number-when-you-call-364211/


ATTENTION ALL NON-TENURED TEACHERS

Delta Kappa Gamma will be awarding $500 to one first-year, one second-year and one third-year teacher to help offset the cost you have contributed to your classroom and teaching.

If you are interested, please contact Sharon Kelley at  sharon_kelley@gfps.k12.mt.us<mailto:sharon_kelley@gfps.k12.mt.us> for an application form.

Thank you for joining the teaching profession and we appreciate you!

Delta Kappa Gamma


Safety Starts with You! on yellow background

Safe Schools Online Safety Training $50.00 Card Drawing

During the months of February and March, Montana School Boards Association invites you to participate in Safe Schools online safety training. Safe Schools offers online video safety training to all Great Falls Public Schools employees. Please follow the instructions below to access the video trainings:

Instructions:

  1. Make sure you are using Google Chrome Browser
  2. Go to the Safe Schools Link http://www.greatfalls.mt.safeschools.com
  3. Sign-in with your first name_last name
  4. Password will be your first name_last name
  5. Click “View More Courses”
  6. Choose a safety training to view
  7. Once you have viewed the safety video, please go to the provided Google Doc’s Link https://goo.gl/forms/WmxZXuuAovGasgZw2
  8. Sign into your google account to fill out a 2 question survey on the training. You will be entered in a $50.00 gift card drawing upon completion of the survey. The drawing will end March 31st with the winners being announced the following week.