October 21, 2019

Adult Meal Prices to Change

New Adult Meal PricesGFPS Adult Meal Prices will increase on October 22 in order to comply with Federal Regulations.  The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 requires that all Districts evaluate meal prices annually, this includes adult meal prices.

Increases are necessary to ensure revenue from the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program is not used to subsidize adult meals.

Adults purchasing meals from the School Nutrition Department at Great Falls Public School can expect to pay $2.00 for breakfast and $3.75 for lunch.

We appreciate your participation and are pleased to provide nutritionally balanced meals to students and adults.

2019 Red Ribbon Week

Support our students by participating in Red Ribbon Week Theme days! They are not just for kids.  Plan to join in the fun!  To start it off, wear your clothes backwards on October 28, Monday for “Turn Your Back on Drugs” day.

2019 Red Ribbon Week flyer


Symphony Tricks and Treats – FREE CONCERT!

Free Tricks or Treats Symphony

The Great Falls Symphony Presents a FREE family concert on Saturday, October 26 at 11:00 am.  Bring your kids to the historic Mansfield Theater and introduce them to the magic of a live symphony experience!  No tickets are required to attend this concert.  Be sure to arrive early in order to find a seat.  Wear your best Halloween costume to the event and watch as Maestro Grant Harville takes us door-to-door to find some musical “tricks and treats” with the Great Falls Symphony!  The concert is presented in a short, one-hour format without intermission. Visit gfsymphony.org for more information.


CMR Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat



The CMR Drama Department will participate in Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat this year on Saturday, October 26, from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  They will be in costume and will have a badge identifying them as TOTS-Eat participants.  Students will go to Great Falls neighborhoods collecting non-perishable food items and toiletries for the CMR Food Pantry.

If you would like to donate, you can drop off items in the CMR Drama Room 603 in Bill Williamson Hall from 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm.  For more information, please call 268-6117.

severance pay

Severance Pay for Retiring Teachers

Please remember that in order to be eligible for severance pay, a retiring teacher must submit a letter of resignation to the Board of Trustees no later than December 1, 2019 at 5:00 p.m., if terminating employment at the end of the first semester.  You are encouraged to forward your letter prior to this date.  You may wish to refer to Article 8.C of the Negotiated Agreement for further information.  Teacher Retirement System must be contacted and an irrevocable election form completed by October 16, 2019 in order to be eligible to deduct additional contributions from termination pay on a tax-deferred basis. The Irrevocable Election Form is available in Human Resources or Teacher’s Retirement website.  The Teacher Retirement System can be reached at 1-866-600-4045.

Human Resources Office

Flu Shot Clinics

Here are the schedules for the flu shot clinics taking place in the month of October.  These shots are available for all employees and their spouses ONLY, at no cost, regardless if they are on the GFPS insurance plan or not.  There will not be flu shots for children at these clinics.  If you require an egg free flu shot due to allergies, please contact Heather Spurzem in HR (268-6012) asap to let Benefis know that they will need to have one on hand.

Flu Shot Clinic


Fire Station Flu Shot Fridays

Fire Station Flu Shots


Safe Schools Online Safety Training $50.00 Card Drawing 

Safe Schools Safe Training

During the months of September through November, 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:


  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 November 29th with the winners being announced the following week.