September 18th, 2019 Wednesday Newsletter

Be A Saint - Pray, Learn, & Love
The Week Ahead
September 19:
   Vision Screening
September 20:
   Basketball Registration Closes
September 21:
   Knights of Columbus Steak Fry 6pm
September 22:
    School Mass Sunday 10:30am
    Donut Sunday/PRISM Food Drive
September 23 - October 4:
   MAP Testing
September 24:
   Flu Shot Clinic 7:30-9am
   Pint with the Pastor 6:30pm
September 25:
   School Mass 8:30am
   4th Grade to Water Festival
September 27:
    Picture Day
MAP Testing Reminder
During the weeks of September 23rd – October 4th, your child will take a MAP Growth test from NWEA on a computer. We give students MAP Growth tests 3 times per year to measure academic growth throughout the school year.
MAP Growth tests are unique in that they adapt to your child’s level of learning. If your child answers a question correctly, the next question is more challenging. If they answer incorrectly, the next one is easier. This results in a detailed picture of what your child knows and is ready to learn – whether it is on, above, or below their grade level.
Here are some helpful reminders to prepare for testing:
  • Get a good night sleep so that your child is well rested.
  • Eat a healthy breakfast.
  • Remind your child to do their best on each test. The tests are untimed so they can go at their own pace.
  • Remind your child to be proud of their hard work this year and the growth they have already made.
Classroom Highlights
Preschool is off to a great start! We have spent the first two weeks learning what school is all about, making new friends and learning to follow school rules. We started out our first week in search of the fast running Gingerbread man! He ran away from us and left us clues all around the school which turned out to be helpful in finding where things were at school. This week we are learning about properties of matter, starting out learning about sink or float. We will learn why things float or why they sink.The end of this week we will find out why the Gingerbread man chose to take a chance riding the fox's back instead of swimming across the river. Do you know why? Well, ask a preschooler next week and they should be able to tell you!
Preschool wish list:
-Books on CD/cassette tapes (with or without the book - new or used)
-Dress up clothes (not halloween costumes). Looking for pretend clothes - pilots, security, bankers, chefs, girl dresses, dress up shoes etc....
-Odds and end of craft items. We will take any misc. craft items you are looking to get rid of. You will be surprised at we can make out of it!
6th Grade
     The sixth grade students at Good Shepherd School are members of the school Safety Patrol. These students help to insure the safety of all students as they come to school and go home each day. Being members of the school patrol helps to build leadership skills and good citizenship in these students. The sixth graders went through training and were officially installed by members of the Golden Valley Police Department. This year, the students will be led by Captain Charlotte Feller and Lieutenant Rainier Gilliss. 
Are you interested in helping out with Donut Sundays?

Donut Sunday is held once a month after School Mass Sundays. We are looking for more families to help out with this fun event a couple times a year. The role includes setting up, serving and cleaning up.   

If you are interested, please email
Good Shepherd Marathon
Saturday, Oct. 5
9 a.m.
Schedule of Events
8:30 a.m.:  New Family Breakfast – New Good Shepherd families
                   are invited to join us in the ASC room before Marathon
                   for coffee & hot chocolate to meet other new families. 
9:00 a.m.:  Air-horn start from school parking lot
9:15 a.m.:  Break at Brookview Park – enjoy donuts, bananas, hot
                   chocolate & coffee, playtime for the kids
9:45 a.m.:  Continue on the route (and keep going depending on
                   your pledges!)
10:30 a.m.:  Arrive back at school and get ready for JAM Fest!
11:00 a.m.:  JAM Fest! Stick around with our Good Shepherd
                    community for great food and beverages, games and
                    activities after the race.
  • Double-check the map route (coming soon).     
  • Send pledge updates on Thursdays to your children’s classroom teachers.
  • Reach out to extended family members and friends who might be willing to pledge.
  • Consider going door-to-door with your students in their uniforms - who can resist?
Help Wanted
  • A link to SignUp Genius was emailed to all parents on September 16 and posted on the GS Parent Social Group page on Facebook.
  • There are fun volunteer positions available for parents and older kids - please sign up where you can!
  • Didn’t receive the email? Let us know at:
Marathon Fun Facts!
Restaurant Fundraiser Evenings

Every month Good Shepherd holds a fundraiser at a local restaurant. These restaurants generously donate a portion of sales from that evening to our school! It is a great opportunity to meet new people in the Good Shepherd community! See below for this year's full schedule of fundraisers.
Restaurant Fundraiser Schedule
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
Basketball registration opens today and closes on September 20th at 4pm!
Register Here
Learn More
Volunteer Basketball Coach Registration
Box Tops for Education Drive – Oct. 7-11
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!
Why so early?
Some box tops are expiring Nov. 1, so we want to make sure we have enough time to count, collect and mail them in before that happens. With MEA, we had to bump our timelines back a bit.

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 expired.
  • Clip the Box Tops as neatly as you can and bundle them in stacks of 10 or 25. Unfortunately, there are no collection sheets available this year, so they’ll have to be stored/organized in envelopes or baggies.
  • 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
Consent Form

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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