October 2nd, 2019 Wednesday Newsletter

Be A Saint - Pray, Learn, & Love
The Week Ahead
October 2:
   First Reconciliation Parent Meeting 6:30pm
October 4:
   Spirit Day
   Parish Night of Prayer 7pm
October 5:

   JAM Fest following Marathon
October 7:
    5th Grade to Rosary Pilgrimage at Cathedral
October 9:
   School Mass 8:30am
   NET Night 5:30pm
October 10:
   Kindergarten to Westwood
October 14:
    4th Grade to Gibbs Farm
October 15:
   Marathon Money Due
October 16-18:
   No School - MEA
Good Shepherd School would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Kimberly Ann Barthel (Good Shepherd School Class of 2008) who recently passed away. Eternal rest grant unto her O Lord and let perpetual light shine upon her.
Send in Your Marathon Pledge Updates!
The Marathon is THIS Saturday (October 5th)!  The students have been doing a great job working hard to get pledges.  Keep up the great work!   

We have currently raised $76,000. If we raise another $20,000 this week, the students will get to SLIME Father Marquard! Please complete this form or send a note with your child tomorrow.  Thank you so much for your help!  We will see you on Saturday!

Please click here to download and complete the pledge form or send a note with your child tomorrow.
Double your Marathon Donation with a company match!
Many MN corporations offer donation-matching gifts to give back to the community. This is a great way to raise money for the school and can count towards your child’s Marathon total! Check the list below or ask your employer if this is something they offer!
Corporate Matching Companies
Looking for Subs
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.
Classroom Highlights
1st Grade
The 1st graders did an apple taste test. They tasted 6 types of apples and their favorite was the RiverBelle!
Phy Ed
The Preschool, Kindergarten and First grade students are participating in S.M.A.R.T. activities in Phy Ed class. S.M.A.R.T. stands for Stimulating Maturity through Accelerated Readiness Training. It is a multi-sensory approach to learning for 3-8 year olds that involves brain stimulation activities, to help prepare the children to learn. This program develops visual, auditory, balance, fine and gross motor readiness, all required skills essential for classroom and academic success.
A Note from the Specialist Teachers

Parents, please review the grading letters below. These letters must be signed by parent and student and returned to school. If you would prefer a paper copy to be sent home with your child, please request from the school office. 
Grades K-3 Grading Letter
Grades 4-6 Grading Letter
Time’s Running Out!
Join us THIS SATURDAY, Oct. 5
Schedule of Events
8:30 a.m.:         New Family Coffee in the ASC room
9:00 a.m.:         Air-horn start from school parking lot
9:15 a.m.:         Break at Brookview Park
9:45 a.m.:         Continue on the route
10:30 a.m.:       Arrive back at school and get ready for JAM Fest!
11:00 a.m.:       JAM Fest!
Map Route
For the safety of all our participants and drivers on the road, please cross Winnetka ONLY where there are crossing guards.
Help Needed!
There are still open volunteer slots! Please consider giving an hour of your time.  Click this link to get to the SignUp Genius:
Donate Online!
Did you know that you (or anyone who wishes to make a marathon pledge) can donate online?
Go to and click the “Donate Now” button in the upper right corner of the page. It’s quick and easy and you can even get a receipt (helpful for those doing a corporate match).
Donors will need to select the box designating their donation is for the marathon and enter the student they are pledging. The donation will then be added to your student(s) pledges!
***All money is due by October 15th***
Got Your Spirit Wear?
Good Shepherd Spirit Wear items are coming soon!
We’ll be offering a fall order October 10-24.
Don’t miss out on your chance to represent our great school - and don’t forget that the profits go to our amazing teachers and staff!
2019-2020 items include:
Pullover hoodie
Performance full zips for women
Performance ¼ zips for men and kids
Performance tees
Tri-blend long-sleeved shirts
Open Bottom Sweatpants
Look for more information in next week’s Wednesday Newsletter!
Box Tops for Education Drive  
Send Box Tops by Oct. 11!

The fall Box Tops for Education drive will be held the week of Oct. 7-11. The class that brings in the most Box Tops will win a pizza party! 
What do I need to do?  
  • Check the participating products list to see where you’ll find Box Tops.
  • Check your pantry and cupboards.
  • New this year: Get the app! Just download the app and scan your receipts. The app will find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online.
Why Box Tops?
Each Box Top is worth 10¢ for Good Shepherd. This really adds up fast and is a great way for our school to earn money!
Helpful Box Tops tips:
Organizing your Box Tops before you turn them in is a huge help for room parents. Here are some tips:
  • Check the expiration dates – we can’t accept any that are older than November 2019.
  • Clip the Box Tops as neatly as you can and bundle them in stacks of 10 or 25. You can also use the attached collection sheet to keep them organized.
  • You’ll be hearing from your Room Parent with more details on Box Tops collection and instructions on turning them in.
Questions? Email the Home and School Committee at
Donate New & Gently Used Children's & Adults' Coats
Now - October 12th!

Pilgrim Cleaners has a goal is to collect & clean over 10,000 coats to meet the need of local charity & school partners who have already requested more coats than their goal!

Let’s make a much needed difference in the lives of others! Coats can be new or gently used – any size. There is no need to clean them before bringing them in because Pilgrim will do that!

Drop off coats at Good Shepherd or any Pilgrim Cleaners location!
Junior High Open Houses

Providence Academy:
October 28 – 
Open House, 6:00-8:15 p.m.

Join us for an informational open house. Here, you will get an overview of Providence Academy, have the opportunity to meet our school administrators and faculty, and tour the campus. Come and learn what makes PA a school like no other.

Benilde St. Margaret's:
Futures Made Here: Learn what it’s like to be a Red Knight!  
Searching for a school focused on developing the whole student in an intimate, caring environment? Benilde-St. Margaret's School is a premier Catholic, college-preparatory 7th – 12th-grade school and we want to show you first-hand what it is like to be a part of the Benilde-St. Margaret’s community. 
Join us for our first evening Open House, Monday, October 14, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. Whether you have a junior high or senior high student, we encourage you to come and hear from our BSM Admissions team, school leadership, teachers, and other various departments. Visit our website at to learn more about our evening agenda and to sign up. We hope to see you there!

Hopkins North Junior High:
Discover North!

To see Hopkins North in action we invite you to join us on campus with your student on: 
Wednesday, November 6th   3:00pm - 4:00pm OR
Thursday, November 7th   7:30am -  8:30 am

This session offers families of 6th graders the chance to; see classes, explore spaces for art, media, music, and physical education. Meet North faculty and students, and get a sense of the school community and student experience. We will also spend some time with question and answers.

To confirm your attendance or for more information please contact Andrea Dale at 952.988.4815 or

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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