October 30th, 2019 Wednesday Newsletter

Be A Saint - Pray, Learn, & Love
The Week Ahead
October 30:
   Report Cards
October 31:
    Kindergarten & 1st Grade to The Villa Nursing Home
    Chess Club 2:40-4pm
November 1:
    No Spirit Day - No Out of Uniform Passes
    Solemnity of All Saints' Day
    School Mass 12:15pm led by 4th Grade
    All Saints' Mass 7pm
    Parish Night of Prayer 8pm
November 3:
   Day Light Savings
November 4:
    Spirit Day
November 5:
    6th Grade to Westwood
November 6:
    3rd Grade to Westwood
    Conferences 3-8pm
November 7:
    No School - Conferences
November 8:
    No School - Teacher Prep Day
Black and Orange Day
Thursday, October 31st
As part of Good Shepherd's celebration of Halloween, students may wear black and orange clothing to school instead of uniform. Students may also choose to wear special Halloween shirts, hats and accessories. (Remember: Nothing violent!)
November Lunch Menu
We've added up all the money we raised, as well as the forthcoming company matching grants, and we are about $15,000 short of our marathon goal. 

We are issuing a new goal to raise another $10,000! For every $20 that is turned in by November 14th, the student will receive a raffle ticket to be entered into a drawing to SLIME a teacher! A few teachers will be drawn at random to be slimed by the winning students!

Thank you to all students and parents for your support of our school marathon!

Fall Conferences & Teacher Appreciation Potluck

We would appreciate your support for our Good Shepherd staff during Fall Conferences November 6 -7.
If you can help bring items for the potluck, please see the Sign-Up Genius -
As always, thank you for your generosity!  -Home & School Committee
Sign Up For Teacher Potluck
Register for Ski Club
Help Wanted!
Substitute Teacher: Good Shepherd is looking for people with an education background who would be interested in being an occasional sub in our building. Please contact Angie Ruehle at for more information.

Snow Shoveler: We are seeking a weekend (& Holiday) snow shoveler at Good Shepherd for this upcoming winter season. Main areas include the church entrances that are used for weekend masses and activities.  GS snowblower available to use on site as well. If interested please contact John Vella, Director of Maintenance, for more information:

Lunchroom Volunteer: We are looking for more lunchroom volunteers! Volunteers enjoy the company of others as well as helping to serve lunch, eat, and clean up. There is no lifting or cooking involved. Hours are from 11:15am to 1:00pm on the day that you choose to help. You can choose to volunteer weekly, biweekly or what ever fits your schedule. Thanks to our wonderful volunteers for the generosity of their time and effort! Your help is greatly appreciated. Please call the lunchroom at 763-545-4285 X813 or email if you are interested!
Classroom Highlights
The Preschoolers have been having lots of fun preparing for Halloween! They have read fun Halloween stories and are using their fine motor skills to make scary pictures. We are learning to differentiate between real and fantasy. We have just completed our 2nd month of school and the students have adapted well and are doing an AMAZING job of learning to be at school and how to "love one another." This is a fantastic bunch who have a love of learning and a crazy desire to COLOR! I have never had a class who is constantly asking to color like this one! 
We were lucky enough to get to go on a walking field trip on Tuesday to Lion's Park and hunted for acorns and fall leaves along the way. We are learning to identify different trees/leaves and will be learning a new big word "chlorophyll"! Every day is a great day at Good Shepherd Preschool!
Music Class

4th-6th grade students have been learning about the symphony orchestra through classical songs. They currently are working on writing a "spooky story". It is set to the music, Danse Macabre, from French Composer Camille Saint-Saens. As a group they will write the story, illustrate a picture that sets the scene of the story, and present it to the class!

3rd grade is working on learning the names of the lines and spaces on the music staff.

2nd grade is learning to read, count, write, and play musical rhythms.

1st grade is working on hearing the difference between steady beat and rhythm.

K  is learning to control their singing voice by using their air properly and listening to match pitch.

Pre-K is learning about the steady beat of music. We also are learning to sing familiar songs such as Row, Row, Your Boat and Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star!

The band students are practicing their concert Bb scale set to different rhythms and are beginning to prepare for their upcoming concert!

To ensure our ability to secure, sustain, and grow our ministries that serve our children, youth, and adults now and for generations to come, we must have safe, comfortable, and appropriate space to support our worship, education, fellowship, and outreach activities.

We are now gathering important information to share with all parishioners and school families during four identical presentation/dialogue meetings scheduled for:

            o Sunday afternoon November 10, 2019 4:00 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

            o Tuesday morning November 12, 2019 8:30 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

            o Tuesday evening November 12, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

            o Thursday evening November 14, 2019 6:30 p.m. – 8:15 p.m.

These meetings will provide the results from the initial community input sessions facilitated last March by our master planning and facility assessment team – ATS&R from Golden Valley. During the four identical meetings, we will review and discuss our parish and school mission, history, demographics, volunteer leadership, education programs, finances, current deficiencies in our facilities, a proposed phased master plan to improve and expand our facilities, contractor tested conceptual cost estimates, guiding principles for a potential capital campaign, and the next steps in the process.

We intend to provide you with the best information we currently have available, and will solicit your comments, questions, and constructive ideas about the proposal. The process we are using to present the information and solicit your feedback is called a Feasibility Study which will include the four parish meetings, personal interviews, and written surveys from those who choose to attend. The study will be directed by Hal Johnson and Associates of Bloomington, a church resource development consultant with 45+ years of experience working with 303 clients.

As a valued member of our community, your response to the information you receive through this Feasibility Study will help guide our next steps. Therefore, your participation is not only welcome, but it is essential to create a forward-thinking and fiscally responsible plan for Good Shepherd. At each meeting, childcare will be provided for those who need it, and refreshments will also be served.

Throughout our 73-year history, the time, talent, and treasure of hard-working volunteers, staff, and parishioners have accomplished many great things. Now we have the privilege and responsibility of shaping how we might provide safe, accessible, and functional facilities for this generation and those who will join us in the future.

God has entrusted us with this important task, so let’s fully embrace it. Stay tuned for more information in the weeks to come. Thank you!

Feasibility Study Planning Team

• Colleen Feller                            • Tim Keefe                                          • Maggie Krueger

• Pat Hamilton                             • Kevin Koopmeiners                          • Father Luke Marquard

• Lynette Johnson                       • Mike McGinty                                    • Lisa Sammon

Save the Date & Spread the Word!
Preschool & Kindergarten Information Night
November 19th, 5:30-7pm
Come for a pizza dinner and hear from parents and staff about our award winning school and vibrant community! 

Activities in the Community:
7 Movements Dance Classes

Good Shepherd School is a Catholic community, dedicated to the development of the whole child. We foster the spiritual, intellectual, moral, emotional, social, and physical growth of each child by providing a quality Catholic education. Our fellowship helps us to grow in our love for God, his Church, his people, and all of his creation.
Good Shepherd School         145 Jersey Ave S, Golden Valley, MN 55426       763-545-4285

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