Vol. 4, Issue 15 - December 1, 2023


8th 2nd Grade to the Nutcracker Ballet Field Trip

8th 5th Grade DARE Graduation at  2:00 PM

14th Dining Night Out - Godfather's Pizza 

15th Kindergarten Gingerbread House Activity

19th Preschool Music Program 

22nd Winter Break Begins - NO SCHOOL


4th School Resumes

5th Report Cards Posed Online

15th Martin Luther King, Jr Day - NO SCHOOL 

25th 1st Grade Music Program - Rescheduled 

Dear Families, 

Happy December!  I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and fall break.  We enjoyed welcoming all the students back to the building and had a busy week of learning. 

You may have seen that we have set up our Falling Waters Giving Tree in our front office.  As a school, we have adopted several of our families to support this holiday season.   Please feel free to stop in or call the office (402-332-3938) to select an ornament with a wish-list item.  Our office hopes to receive the wrapped gifts by Friday, December 15th. 

With the holidays approaching, please feel free reach out to myself (jhellbusch@gpsne.org) or our counselor, Mrs. Hall (shall@gpsne.org) if we can offer any holiday assistance.  

-Dr. H

Thank you so much for your donations for our teacher treat trolley.  We are running low on a few items and could use your help to restock so we are ready to roll this December!

And any other snacks are much appreciated!  Thank you!!

Falling Waters Family Support Form

Gretna Kids Connection is hiring a full time Program Director. Interested applicants can find the job posting at: https://gretnaschoolsfoundation.org/who-we-are/careers.html. Please email your cover letter and resume to hradke@gpsne.org.

December PTO Meeting 


Contact the PTO anytime  at fallingwaterspto@gmail.com

Our Falling Waters PTO has some exciting plans for 2023-24!  Follow the PTO on Facebook @FallingWatersElementaryPTO for the latest events.  

10:50 AM 2nd Grade

11:00 AM 4th Grade

11:30 AM 1st Grade

11:40 AM 3rd Grade

12:10 PM Kindergarten

12:20 PM 5th Grade

Parents are able to access their child's lunch account online.  Visit our Food & Nutrition Services website here.  Accounts and payment information can be found here.    

If you should have any questions regarding your child’s lunch account, please feel free to contact our lunch paraprofessional, Mrs. Kelly Leahy at  402-332-3938 or kleahy@gpsne.org.  

Students are welcome to celebrate their birthdays at school!  Please be sure treats are store bought.  Check with your child's teacher if they are a nut-free classroom.

To help your child's birthday celebration run smoothly, please send the treats with your child to school in the morning.

Guests are welcome to join us at lunch. There will be special "Guest" tables set up in the lunchroom for you and your child to eat.  Your child will not be allowed to invite another student to eat with them at the guest table.

We do ask that you limit lunch visits to birthdays only until after Labor Day to allow for us to teach expectations and help students learn the routines and procedures.  Thank you for your help and understanding.

Meal Benefit Applications are available by clicking here.

Be sure to check out our Printable Flyers website.   

Find new information programs and extra curricular opportunities! 

Kindergarten - 5th Grade 

8:30 AM-3:30 PM 



Morning: 8:00 AM-11:15 AM

Afternoon: 11:55 AM-3:10 PM


The Mission of Gretna Public Schools is to accept all unconditionally and maximize their potential.