February Newsletter 2018
DATES TO REMEMBER:
January 21-27th – Lutheran School week
February- 1st – Registration opens for 2018–2019
February 6th – Pancakes for PCAN 4:30-7:30pm
February 8th – Dine out to Donate Runza
February 9th – Kindergarten Round-Up
Feb. 15th &16th – Parent Teacher Conferences
Feb. 16th – No School
Feb. 19th – No School/Presidents Day
KINDERGARTEN ROUND UP
The faculty and staff of Good Shepherd Lutheran School would like to invite parents and your child, who will be five years old, on or before the 31st of July, 2018, to attend Kindergarten Round- Up on Friday, February 9th, 2018 from 9:00am to 10:30 am.
Kindergarten Round-Up is offered during the school day to allow the children a “small taste” of Kindergarten. Parents are encouraged to stay,
tour the school, and meet with the chairman from the Board of Education. Any questions you may have concerning the curriculum, tuition and the registration process will be answered at this time.
Please call the school or speak with Mrs. Barefoot in advance so she knows how many to plan for prior to this February 9th date.
Notes from Mrs. Barefoot
During the Epiphany season, we learned how God revealed the mystery that Gentiles are saved by faith along with His chosen nation (Israel). We celebrate His love for us, especially as we look forward to Valentine’s Day in February. We love God and we love our wonderful parents and our faithful volunteers, including Mr. Sandman, Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Novak, Mrs. Large, Mrs. Burton, Mrs. Huff, and Mrs. Maronde. We love watching the students grow and learn in so many areas. We love Good Shepherd Lutheran School, especially as we celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week (January 22-26). During that week, we enjoy dressing up as our favorite Bible person, showing off our chosen occupation, wearing pajamas, and mixing up our clothes for Freaky Friday. On Wednesday, we show our school spirit as we attend the Lutheran Schools of Lincoln chapel service at Lincoln Lutheran Middle/High School.
In Math, K-2 students have learned about measuring ingredients for recipes, tangrams, counting money, square numbers, pattern block designs, missing information in story problems, and dividing things in half. First Grade Grammar classes have been reciting jingles, classifying sentences, synonyms and antonyms, and learning about prepositions and prepositional phrases. Second grade Grammar has reviewed jingles and worked with synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary words, distinguishing adverbs from prepositions, and writing improved sentences. Literature classes have allowed students to experience many wonderful books including Star of Wild Horse Canyon, No Room in the Inn, It’s Winter, The Real Twelve Days of Christmas, Zella, Zack, & Zodiac; The Emperor’ New Clothes, Food for Thought, Merle the High Flying Squirrel, and The Mysterious Tadpole. Kindergartners have been improving in their ability to sound out words and read short stories and easy readers. Each week for Spelling, students write sentences or make word finds, alphabetize, and study their list of 15 words so they can spell them perfectly. In Science, we learn about weather and seasons. In History classes, first and second graders learn about the War with Mexico, the Gold Rush, and the ‘49ers while kindergartners do additional activities with continents. During music classes, all students learn more about notes, measures, rhythms and the impact of music in history, while 3-7th graders put their musical knowledge to use playing recorders. During choir, children practice memory hymns and songs for upcoming performances in church and Lenten services.
Thank you for your prayers and support as we move forward in 2018. May God richly bless you all.
Many thanks to the volunteers and Good Shepherd staff for their wonderful assistance and support. The upper grades continue to enjoy their work in mathematics. Disney and Sarah have graduated from Pre-Algebra into Algebra 1, and are now beginning to tackle more complex problems dealing with polynomials. Soon, both students will start getting into more complex problems such as graphing inequalities and slope intercept. Jacob and Joey will soon be introduced to polygons, exponents and types of graphs. Both students continue to plug away with a positive attitude. Caraline and Casper, the Math 7/6 students, will soon delve into prime factorization and factor trees.
For Grammar and English, all students continue to do well with the study of sentence structure, parts of sentences, proper speech, handwriting, and spelling. Older students are currently studying complements, nominatives and how to pronouns correctly, while younger students have been working on the writing process, compound subjects and nouns, and conjunctions. In the related language art of literature, older students continue to read through The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, while younger students have finished gobbling up Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. They are now reading The Railway Children by E. Nesbit.
History is currently taking us back to the California Gold Rush, which was one of my areas of emphasis and expertise. The sheer magnitude of changes brought by this event are hard to exaggerate, and the students seem to be enjoying it. In geography, students are finishing a study of The United Kingdom, and will soon begin studying France. Students now know the countries of the United Kingdom and its basic geographical features. We will close our study of the UK with an overview of the amazing contribution British writers have made to literature.
Students were introduced to their book report project this week. They have been given a packet of choices for both genres and the types of projects they can do after reading their book. They must choose a book to read first, then a project to do for their report. The book report will be due March 8, and students will have individual small steps to complete, one at a time. This is a very important project for their grades in literature, writing and speech. If this project is not completed, the student will likely fail all three of these subjects, so the importance cannot be overemphasized. The students are aware of this, and I will be monitoring their progress each step of the way. Please contact me if you have any questions.
Our physical education activities have been challenged a few times by the cold weather. Students learned to play bladder ball volleyball indoors in the music room, and now are learning how to do stairs as a good indoor cardiovascular activity. Also this week, I introduced putting golf balls after we did our exercises. The kids seem to like it. When the weather is better and not too cold, we are still running and doing calisthenics exercises.
All praise to our Lord Jesus Christ during this season of Epiphany for providing our school with outstanding parents, staff and students. May we never fail to thank Him for our many blessings.
Please note: Registration for 2018-2019 school year will begin February 1st. More information to come.
_ If Lincoln Public Schools or Lincoln Lutheran closes, Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool will evaluate closing if the closer is due to road conditions. If it is because of outdoor temperatures, Good Shepherd reserves the right not to close, since our children do not need to stand outside and wait for a bus.
Usually closings are listed under Lutheran Schools of Lincoln (Christ, Faith, Good Shepherd, Messiah, Trinity) If Good Shepherd will be open and others are closed, then Good Shepherd will be listed separately.
_ Parents always retain the right to make decisions they feel are in the best interest of their family.
Media Entities that will Carry School Closing Information for Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool include:
GSLS Facebook Page
Radio Stations: KLIN – 1400 AM
KFOR – 1240 AM
Television Stations: Channel 8
Preschool Notes from Mrs. Hanson & Mrs. Bock
It seems impossible that we are already in our second ½ of the 2017-2018 school year! As we head into this part of the school year we will be reading bible lessons from the New Testament where we will be able to take a close look at the life and miracles of our Lord Jesus Christ. We will also learn about the incredible love He has for each of us, making the ultimate sacrifice so that we will have eternal life with Him in Heaven.
We began this journey through the New Testament in January with the Visit Of the Magi, Young Jesus in the Temple, Baptism of Jesus and the Calling of the 12 Disciples. Each week the preschoolers receive a color sheet of our Bible lesson with the lesson printed on the back of the handout. Please take time to read this lesson and review this handout with your child at home. It is a great tool that can be used to have a small family devotion with them. When doing a devotion with your preschooler, you can:
- open with a short prayer asking God to give us listening ears for this special time
- sing Jesus Loves Me
- read the Bible lesson on the back side of the coloring sheet
- discuss the Bible lesson while looking at the picture on the front
- ask your preschooler a few questions, such as what is Jesus doing? and any other questions that are relevant to the Bible lesson.
- close with a prayer that relates to the Bible lesson and your family’s needs or concerns (such as healing of a family member, etc.) and then the Lord’s Prayer. We say the Lord’s Prayer in our worship time at preschool.
Family devotions are a special time to share Jesus’ love with one another and to build a solid foundation in our Lord Jesus Christ …. “a Family that prays together, stays together!! In February we will learn about Jesus Calming the Storm, Mary and Martha, Zacheus and Jesus feeding 5000 People. The preschoolers will also learn “I Am Jesus’ Little Lamb” and our February Bible verse; “For God so loved the world that gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Valentine’s Day Parties!
Valentine’s Day is always a special day at preschool.
We celebrate God’s love for us with fun games and activities.
If your child would like to bring Valentine cards for their classmates:
- have your child sign their name to each card
- DO NOT address the cards to their classmates (this makes for easier distribution)
- You may choose to include a non-candy items such as pencil, sticker, tattoo, eraser, etc; but it is not required. NO FOOD ITEMS or balloons will be allowed!!!
Valentine’s Day Parties will be on Tuesday, February 13th & Wednesday, February 14th.
Have a great day in the Lord! Mrs. Hanson & Mrs. Bock
Pancakes for PCAN!!!
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, School & Preschool is helping the PCAN Foundation sponsor a pancake feed on Tuesday, February 6th 4:30-7:30 p.m. to help Nebraska families who have a child diagnosed with pediatric cancer. We are asking each family to donate one bottle of syrup to be used during the evening. Please spread the word to family and friends about this wonderful opportunity to help others. If you would like to help during the event please contact Mrs. Bock, at 402-430-9108.
We hope to see you there!!
Mark Your Calendars NOW!
For an evening of fun, fellowship and music at the 2018 School Auction! Which will be held on March 9th at Havelock Social Hall. More information to come!
Good Shepherd Lutheran School offers a lunch hour supervision for preschoolers who attend both a morning and afternoon session of the same day. The cost is $5.50/day and preschoolers need to bring a cold lunch. For more information, contact the school office at 402-423-7677. GSLS & P will be hosting the Lent Meal on Wednesday, February 21st. We will be serving a meat and potato bar with all the trimmings from 5 to 6:15 p.m. This is a free-will offering meal and all are welcome to attend. All proceeds from the meal will benefit GSLS & P! Notes will be coming home during the first week of February with the items needed for the meal. The grade school students will sing at the 6:30 Lent Service following the meal. This is always a great opportunity for the children to share with the congregation some of the music that they have learned. See you there!