December 18th, 2019 Wednesday Newsletter

Be A Saint - Pray, Learn, & Love
The Week Ahead
December 19:
   Kindergarten & 1st grade to The Villa
   Chess Club 2:40-4pm
December 23 - January 3:
   Christmas Break
No School Care on December 24, 25, 26 & January 1!
December 24:
   Christmas Eve Mass 4pm & 10pm
December 25:
   Christmas Day Mass 10am
December 31:
   New Year's Eve Mass 4pm
   Family Potluck following Mass
January 1:
   Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Mass 10am
January 3:
   Parish Night of Prayer 7pm
January 6:
   School Resumes
January 7:
   Pint with the Pastor 6:30pm
January 8:
   School Mass 8:30am led by 6th grade
   First Reconciliation 7pm
January Lunch Menu
Order a DVD of the Christmas Concert!
Spread the word!
Spread the word! Invite your friends and family to come and learn more about Good Shepherd at an evening open house on January 9th or January 14th. Pizza dinner at 5:30pm followed by an information session at 6pm.
Classroom Highlights
4th Grade
Fourth graders have been enjoying studying the United States, States and Capitals. We are already half way done with the whole U.S. We have also been having fun doing a show and tell presentation for each region we study. We just finished learning about the Middle West region and places like the Mall of America! 
Spanish Class
Overall this year in Spanish we've been working really hard at every grade level to hold ourselves accountable to stay in the target language as much as possible.  Sra. Stockinger introduced the kids to a new, more rigorous participation rubric at the beginning of the year, and they are doing a great job taking risks, learning from mistakes, and supporting each other in our language-learning adventure!  Keep up the good work!  ¡Feliz Navidad!  
Home & School News
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Parish News
Christmas Schedule Our schedule for Christmas is as follows:
December 24 at 3:30 p.m. -- Carols & Hymns
December 24 at 4 p.m. -- Vigil Mass (with Children's Choir)
December 24 at 9:15 p.m. -- Carols & Hymns
December 24 at 10 p.m. -- Mass During the Night (with Adult Choir)
December 25 at 9:30 a.m. -- Carols & Hymns
December 25 at 10 a.m. -- Mass During the Day (with Adult Choir)

New Year's Eve Potluck Please join us on Tuesday, December 31, for a New Year's Eve family and community celebration. We will begin the festivities following the vigil Mass for the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God. Mass is at 4 p.m. The party will start around 5 p.m. and end near 8 p.m. (meaning there is still plenty of time for the adults to attend other parties). Be sure to invite your friends, and please bring along family friendly games and activities to celebrate the beginning of 2020! To RSVP, click here

Master Planning Feedback If you have not already submitted your feedback to our Feasibility Study to Consider Improving Our Church and School Facilities, please do so soon. We would like to hear your voice as we move forward with our master planning process. All of our registered parishioners should have received a short-form survey. Those who attended one of the Presentation & Dialogue Meetings should have received a long-form survey. If you have questions about this, please email the parish office.

December 18, 2019
Dear Good Shepherd Families,
Merry Christmas!
We would like to send a note of thanks and gratitude to all of you.

We are so blessed to have such an outstanding Good Shepherd community that supports our wonderful school.
Our restaurants nights (including Evereve) have been extremely successful this year. We wanted to give you an update on how much we have raised since August. The total to date is $1,758.00, and there are still many more nights to come!
This is AMAZING and we couldn’t have done it without you, so THANK YOU!
Please mark your calendar for our upcoming events:
MONDAY, January 13th at Panera Bread in St. Louis Park from 4:00 – 8:00.
TUESDAY, January 28th at Park Tavern to celebrate Catholic Schools Week! More information to come.
Molly Fossen and Julie Starosta
Dear Good Shepherd Families,
On March 14, 2020, Good Shepherd School is hosting their 14th Annual Good Shepherd Gala at Golden Valley Country Club. Each year, the Gala provides a special evening of socializing and entertainment for the Good Shepherd community. It also serves as our annual fundraiser to help raise funds to support and growth and development of the school. The gala is a vital component of the school’s overall operating budget, and also fund unique school improvements each year. In year’s past, we have funded the classroom renovations, school security features, and STEM programming just to name a few!
You can help with this effort in the following ways:
  • Silent Auction – Contribute a silent auction item for the event. Your contribution is tax deductible and helps us to present a unique and special evening for attendees. Popular items include golfing opportunities, tickets to sporting events, dining opportunities, special “destination” trips (timeshare/cabin), as well as more traditional “baskets”-wine, camping, game night, etc. Please see the attached donation form to complete and mail in, drop off, or email to . 
  • Sponsorship – Find an opportunity to sponsor a part of the event with a sponsorship by you, your company, or by a family member, friend, or local business willing to support the school. The best way to secure sponsorships are through personal connections with businesses. Do you know a business that would support our school? All sponsorships are tax deductible. See attached list of sponsorship options. For questions or to secure a sponsorship contact  or at 763-545-4285.
  • Buy your Raffle Tickets- Look for the “gold” at upcoming school and parish events to purchase your raffle tickets! This year we will be offering a “Split the Pot Raffle” or your choice of wine, spirits, micro brew or the always popular family fun basket!
  • BOOK IT! - Mark your calendars to attend! Invitations will be mailed in early January, but be sure to hold the date to enjoy this great community building event with us! Come and celebrate with us, its sure to be a roaring good time! Your students already came home with our Save the Date bookmarks as your reminder to save the date and start thinking about donations! Your password for admission #its4thekids!
We are especially in need of great gathering hosts and wine donations (at least $20 value)! 

We hope to see you all there!
Your Good Shepherd Gala Committee

Donation Form
Sponsorship Form
Knights of Columbus Free Throw Challenge
What:  The Good Shepherd K of C Council is hosting a basketball free throw contest.
When: Sunday, January 5, 2019 at 11:30 AM
Where: Good Shepherd School Gym
Who: Contest open to all boys and girls ages 9-14.  You must be 9 to 14 by January 1, 2020.  Register with a parent or guardian. There is no cost to participate.
Please fill out an entry form and have your parent sign it in advance to save registration time at the event.
How: Each contestant will get 3 warm up shots and then shoot 15 consecutive free throws.
Questions: Contact Mark Foresman at 763-412-6739.
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.

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!
Learn More

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.
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