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    3825 Wildbriar Lane
    Lincoln, Nebraska 68516-4502
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    School Advent Meal, 12/6/17

    Dear Parents,

    On Wednesday, December 6th, Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool will be hosting the Advent Meal before the church service at 6:30. We are in need of parents who would be willing to help serve the meal and clean up afterwards. If you can help for a ½ hour or 1 hour shift between the hours of 5 – 7 p.m. on this Wednesday please contact your child’s teacher or Kim Bock at 402-430-9108.

    Please remember, students of our grade school will be singing at the Advent Service. Thank you.

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    School Newsletter November 2017

    He must hold firm to the trustworthy word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it.                    Titus 1:9

    Nov. 3rd- No School/Plan day
    Nov. 10th- Veterans’ Day Program
    ov. 16th- Seniors’ Thanksgiving Feast!
    Nov. 22-24- Thanksgiving Break/No   School

    Mrs. Barefoot

    Students and teachers have worked hard for the past nine weeks and have completed their first quarter of the school year.   WOW!  We thank God for our terrific parents and our marvelous volunteers, including Mr. Sandman, Mrs. Phillips, Mrs. Novak, Mrs. Large, and Mrs. Maronde.  We all work together to help maximize student learning, growth, and potential.

    In Math, K-2 students have worked with addition doubles, writing numbers, graphing, color-by-number, telling time, counting money, patterns, multiplication, and acting out story problems.  First Grade Grammar classes have been reciting jingles, begun classifying sentences and learning all about nouns, verbs, adjective, and adverbs.  Second grade Grammar has worked with alphabetizing, synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary words, common, proper, singular, and plural nouns, jingles, and classifying and revising sentences.   Literature classes have allowed students to experience many wonderful books including The Three Billy Goats Gruff; I Know an Old Lady; Jamberry; The King, the Mice, and the Cheese; Mop Top; Miss Nelson is Missing; Huge Harold; Town Mouse, Country Mouse; Over in the Ocean; Row, Row, Row Your Boat; A Quiet Night In; Green Eggs and Ham; Are You My Mother?; The Stories Julian Tells, and Itsy, Bitsy Spider.  Kindergartners have been sounding out words and begun reading.  How exiting for them and their teacher!  In Handwriting, children work hard writing their best letters and words and finding the mistakes Mrs. Barefoot makes in forming the letters on the board.  In Science, students have been learning about the tremendous variety of living things God made. We have just begun an embryology unit in which we will incubate eggs and hatch live chicks.  In History classes, first and second graders will learn about slavery in the south and the Trail of Tears while kindergartners will do activities about continents.  During music classes, all students are learning about the various types of instruments in the orchestra and memorizing songs and parts for the Veterans’ Day Program coming up on November 10th.   In October, we celebrate God’s gift of Martin Luther and how He used him to bring the church back to faithfulness to HIS Word. On November 16th, Good Shepherd elementary children will help with the seniors’ Thanksgiving Feast. We so appreciate your prayers and support as we continue through first semester.   May God richly bless you as we grow in the love of our Savior Jesus Christ.

    Veteran’s Day Program             

    On Friday, November 10th, at 10am, the school children along with the preschoolers will have a special program for those who currently serve or have served in the military, are law enforcement officers, fire fighters, or veterans.

    These “Heroes” and their families are welcome to attend our program at 10am given by the preschool and school children.  A special lunch will follow for these families.

    Do you have a family member who serves, has served or is in law enforcement or a fire fighter??  Are they living a long distance away?  Can they not make the special event?  Please let us know!!  We would like to remember them and pray for them.  Please share their name and address, so we may remember them in our prayers, with special notes, or care packages

    Mr. Barefoot 

    As before, I cannot begin without thanking the parents, volunteers and Good Shepherd staff for their fantastic support.  From the volunteers, whose clean-up efforts during the first weekend of October that made the grounds look so much better, to Pastor Maronde, Pastor Poppe and Vicar Short for teaching the logic and Latin classes, teaching at Good Shepherd is a truly a great blessing from God!  Thanks to Mr. Sandman, who does our read-aloud after lunch; to Mrs. Novak for leading the students through the arduous task of MAP testing; and to Mrs. Large, who has begun volunteering her time with the little ones in the primary grades—we could not do it without you.

    The six scholars of the upper grades continue to labor fruitfully on mathematics.  For the Algebra ½ students (Disney and Sarah), the emphasis has shifted to rate, proportions, and calculating percentages greater than one-hundred, while building on fractional proportions, volume of solids, and understanding positive and negative integers.  Math 5/4 students are doing remarkably well, and Jacob and Joey are currently studying multiplication, squares and square roots.  Caraline and Casper, the Math 7/6 students, are currently dominating fractions, ratios and angles.  If not for a few careless errors, they would have both aced the last two exams.

    For Grammar and English, all students are progressing well with the study of sentence structure, parts of sentences, proper speech, handwriting, phonemes and spelling.  Older students are currently studying independent vs. subordinate clauses, while younger students have been delving into the writing process and prepositions/prepositional phrases.  In the related language art of literature, older students are concluding their study of Hatchet by Gary Paulsen, while younger students are likewise concluding their perusal of Homer Price.  We also had a chance to visit Concordia University in Seward again to attend the Plum Creek Literary Festival.  All students enjoyed this great opportunity, and wish to thank the donors and volunteers who made our trip possible.

    All students in History have studied the Age of Jackson during the 4th week of September, and are currently studying slavery in the south, the cotton gin, and other origins of the U.S. Civil War. Geography, students have finished a basic study of the geography of Europe, and have begun studying the nation of Germany.  Germany was chosen to be studied first to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 theses in 1517.

    Science has given us the chance to study ecosystems.  I have been using the Concordia

    Publishing House Discovery Works science book for this task, allowing our young scientists to study the beauty of God’s creation from a biblical perspective.  We have completed predator/prey relationships, producers vs. consumers, types of consumers, food chains and food webs.  We look forward to studying

    further and to marvel at the work of God.  Physical Education is going along quite nicely.  Students are now able to run a half mile without stopping, and our calisthenics exercises are helping to tone our bodies.  We are working on better sportsmanship while we play some new games.  Some of these games are Capture the Cones, Kingpin Dodgeball, and Steal the Bacon.

    I must again conclude by thanking our Lord Jesus Christ for providing our school with outstanding parents, staff and students.  We have enjoyed many blessings during this past month.  May He continue to be our rock and inspiration for the remainder of the school year.


    With the coming of winter we recognize the additional travel challenges that can occur during this time of year. While the safety of our students and families are always a priority, in a state like Nebraska we realize we need to hold classes on days when the weather conditions are not ideal.

    To address bad weather issues we have established the following protocol.
    1.  If weather deteriorates late in the day or before evening news time, and a decision can be made to cancel or start late, we will notify the appropriate media and request the announcement be made throughout the evening and on the evening news.

    2.  If weather deteriorates late at night or early in the morning, and a decision is made to cancel or start late we will notify the appropriate media as early as possible and request announcements be made.

    3. If weather deteriorates during the school day we will carefully evaluate road conditions, traffic flow for the time of day, and continued weather forecast for the remainder of the school day. If it is decided to let school out early we will arrange for students to call parents and make arrangements for parent pickup or other rides, and will notify the media requesting announcements be made.

    Please note:

    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 LCMS Elementary Schools (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:                  Television Stations :
    KFOR – 1240 AM                   Channel 8
    KLIN – 1400 AM                    Channel 10/11

    Preschool notes from Mrs. Hanson & Mrs. Bock

    There are times as parents, when we question when to start teaching life lessons to our children. When do we start solid foods?, when should we stop using diapers?, when should we start them on a two wheel bike?… when do we start teaching them about God?

    Proverbs 22:6 reads, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” I was recently reading an article by Geoff Boyle. He spoke about how he loves his children and what he wants for his baptized children. Geoff shares what his family did as a starting point with their own small children.

    1. They first selected a time during their bed time ritual; bath, brush teeth, and then sat together on the floor with their hymnals.
    2. They then started with the sign of the cross. Holding their infant’s hand until they were old enough to try themselves, saying “In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
    3. Geoff then introduced the 10 commandments and ask “what are the 10 commandments?” They would then recite the 10 commandments together as a family. When the children had learned them by heart, they would learn their meanings.
    4. They followed this with the Lord’s Prayer and a hymn (using the same hymn for a while, so everyone was familiar with it).
    5. They concluded their devotion time with Luther’s Evening Prayer

    I thank You, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ,
    Your dear Son, that You have graciously kept me this day;
    and I pray that You would forgive me all my sins
    where I have done wrong, and graciously keep me this night.
    For into Your hands I commend myself, my body and soul,
    and all things. Let Your holy angel be with me,
    that the evil foe may have no power over me. Amen.

    We pray that you and your family also take the time to have a special devotion and that you grow together in your love for Jesus Christ our Savior. Amen

    During the month of November, we will take a close look at the Bible lessons: Battle of Jericho, Jonah & the Whale, Giving Thanks and The Birth of John the Baptist. Through these lessons we will be able to see God take care of his people, just as he takes care of each and everyone of us. In classroom discussion we will talk about how God gives us parents, extended family, healthy foods, and car seats to help take care of us. We will also learn about letters j & k and numbers 7 & 8.

    Friday, November 10th we are having a Veterans’ Day Celebration. The MWF morning preschoolers are preparing poems for our local Fire Fighters and Police Officers while the grade school students are preparing to honor Veterans in a joint program. After the program that begins at 10:00 a.m. we will be serving a luncheon for these special community helpers. If your child does NOT attend the MWF morning class, but they would like to be involved in the program….. you and your preschooler are more than welcome to join us.  MWF morning preschoolers who do not stay for the lunch program may also stay for the luncheon if they are accompanied by their adult. If you have any questions or concerns about our Veteran’s Day Celebration please contact your preschooler’s Teacher.

    On November 20th and 21st, we will be celebrating a “Thanksgiving Feast” with the upper grade students during snack time. If you would like to contribute, you are more than welcome to provide ONE of the following items to serve during the feast:

    • 2 cups of cleaned and off the vine grapes
    • 6 apples
    • 6 bananas
    • whole wheat club crackers
    • Scooby-Doo crackers

    If you need to contact us during classroom hours, PLEASE LEAVE A MESSAGE on the answering machine!!! While class is in session we are with the children and do not always have the time to answer the phone, but are able to hear the answering machine.

    It is time for Eileen’s Cookies!  Selling Eileen’s Cookie Dough has always been a very profitable fundraiser for our school and very easy to do. There is no need to go house to house to strangers you don’t know…. we just suggest that you approach family, friends and co-workers. To be honest with you, this cookie dough is so popular, it sells itself! If each family sells just 10 tubs of dough, we would be able to make $5000 for our school! Please fill out the order forms and return back to your teacher by Tuesday, November 28th. All checks need to be written out to Good Shepherd Lutheran School or Preschool. Orders will be filled and ready for pick up on Wednesday, December 13th, just in time for holiday gatherings!  We will send more detailed information about pick-up in the future. Thank you for all your help! Please remember all proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool.

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    September Newsletter

    October Newsletter  2017

    Sept. 28th-Plum Creek Festival in Seward
    Sept. 21st/22nd - Parent/Teacher Conf.
    Sept. 22nd – No School
    Sept. 22nd –Family Fun Night!  Featuring:  THE STRING BEANS!
    Oct. 7th – Pumpkin Run
    Oct. 9th –Columbus Day
    Oct. 10th –Picture Retakes!
    Oct. Eileen’s Cookie sale- more info to come!

    Office Hours   We are thrilled to serve you and answer any of your questions may have.  Our office hours are from 8:00am to 4:00pm.  If you are calling after 4:00pm, please leave your number and your message and we will return your call on the following school day.

    From Mrs. Barefoot

    We are off to a great start to another exciting school year, learning and growing in our knowledge and skills.  Students in kindergarten through second grade welcomed Mrs. Barefoot as their main classroom teacher and Vicar Short as their Religion and Memory teacher.  Students in grades 3-7 welcomed Mr. Barefoot as their main classroom teacher, with Pastor Poppe, Pastor Maronde, and Vicar Short covering Religion, Latin, Logic, and Memory.  In Religion, all grades cover the same topic or lesson each week which is tied to the church year and thus coordinates with the church’s Bible readings, lessons, and hymns.  We heartily thank our volunteers thus far (Mr. Sandman, Mrs. Phillips, Mrs.  Novak, and Mrs. Kiriloff) and look forward to welcoming other volunteers as the year progresses.

    In Math, K-2 students have worked with patterns, writing numbers, graphing, one-to-one correspondence, math facts, and acting out story problems.  First Grade Grammar classes have focused on lots of classifying, which students learned is another word for grouping.  Now they are looking forward to doing classifying of words and working in their grammar books.  Second grade Grammar has already worked with alphabetizing, synonyms, antonyms, vocabulary words, nouns, verbs, adverbs, adjectives, jingles, and classifying sentences.   Literature classes have allowed students to experience many wonderful books including Curious George, Caps for Sale, Dr. DeSoto, Big Chickens Fly the Coop, Apple Picking Time, Ella, Fish Out of Water, Fast Food, Keep the Lights Burning Abbie, and Sophie’s Tom.   We look forward to our September field trip to the Plum Creek Literacy Festival in Seward, where we will meet several authors of children’s books and have opportunities to get books autographed.  In Handwriting, children are working hard writing their best letters and words and finding the mistakes Mrs. Barefoot makes in forming the letters on the board.  Our beginning Science unit provided information about eclipses, God’s design in space, and first-hand experience viewing the August 21st total eclipse.   In History classes, first and second graders learned about the Monroe Doctrine and Erie Canal, while kindergartners have done activities about their place in the world.  During music classes, all students have been experiencing how music has affected people and how it has changed over the course of human history.

    We thank you for your prayers and support as we proceed through the year.   May God’s Blessings be yours and ours as we grow in the knowledge and love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.


    From Mr. Barefoot

    Let me begin by thanking ALL of the parents and volunteers who have made my first month of teaching at Good Shepherd a great blessing!  The meals on Friday, the generous donations for science field trips, the drivers and chaperones on the field trip, and the volunteers for “read aloud” and recess duty at school are greatly appreciated.  Let me add another big thank you to any I have failed to mention.

    The six young mathematicians of the upper grades are all working hard.  For the Algebra ½ students, the primary emphasis has been on solving problems with fractional proportions, volume of rectangular, triangular and circular combinational solids, and understanding positive and negative integers.  This has been very challenging, but these valiant 7th graders are rising to the challenge.  The Math 5/4 and 7/6 students are all currently doing quite well in the review of basic operations, and are preparing for more difficult tasks to come with enthusiasm.

    For Grammar and English, all students are reviewing basic sentence structure, parts of sentences, proper speech, handwriting, phonemes and spelling words.  Older students are studying complete vs. incomplete sentences, gerunds, phrases, infinitives and appositives.  In the related language art of literature, older students did a quick survey of The Diary of Anne Frank, and are currently reading Hatchet by Gary Paulsen.  Younger students have read three adventures from Homer Price, and will continue reading Homer Price throughout September.

    Students in History have studied the Monroe Doctrine and the Erie Canal, and will begin Age of Jackson during the 4th week of September.  In a related strand of social studies, Geography, students have completed a review of basic geographical terms, and are now studying the nations of Europe.

    For Science, the Great American Eclipse of 2017 afforded an opportunity to study God’s creation with a visit the Concordia University in Seward.  The weather was mostly good, and students had a variety of opportunities to view and experience a bona fide total eclipse.  Students are also studying ecosystems, and how God made each organism perfect for its environment.

    Once again, we thank our Lord Jesus for providing us with outstanding parents, staff and students.  May He continue to be our rock and inspiration for the remainder of the school year.


    Preschool Notes from Mrs. Hanson & Mrs. Bock

    Each day in preschool is very busy…

    finding our names, hanging up coats and backpacks

    emptying our cubbies and loading up our backpacks

    following directions

    pledge of allegiance to the American Flag

    pledge to the Christian Flag

    singing the months of the year & days of the week

    good bathroom manners & proper hand washing

    pouring our own beverages at snack time

    cleaning up after ourselves at snack

    sorting toys at clean up

    being patient, kind and respecting others

    During the first weeks of school,

    • We had chapel with the Pastor Poppe, Pastor and Vicar Short. The children enjoyed meeting our pastoral staff at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and they were very anxious to learn about Jesus through bible lesson, bible verses and song. Even though we are learning several different names at preschool; Jesus is the most important name we will ever learn! Each week, your preschooler will bring home a color sheet with the bible lesson printed on the back. Please take time to use this informative resource as a small devotion time with your preschooler and ask them questions about their bible lesson for the week.

    Bible Lessons for September: First Sin, Jesus Blesses the Children, Noah, and Abraham.

    Memory verse for September:

    Jesus said, ”My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me.” John 10:27

    Also during the month of September……

    • during the week of September 3rd, we will be tracing/writing the letter “a”.
    • learn apple facts: there are 5 petals on the apple tree blossom and five seeds in each apple.
    • learn Fire Safety rules


    Friday, September 22nd 5 to 8 p.m.

    Mark your calendars NOW for Friday, September 22nd! Good Shepherd Lutheran School & Preschool invite you to attend an evening of fun and fellowship to celebrate God’s Family. We will start serving a hotdog & sloppy jo meal at 5, games and activities start at 5:30 p.m. followed by a family concert at 7:00 featuring THE STRING BEANS!

    Just a few reminders…

    • if you have not turned in your child’s superstar poster….


    • Please  remember to have your preschool daughter wear shorts or pants under all dresses and skirts! We try to have a recess time each day at preschool. We know that the children like to wear sandals in warm weather, but wearing a closed shoe is more comfortable with the gravel.

    2017-2018 Snack List

    grapes                Goldfish crackers         cheese

    apples                Ritz crackers                string cheese

    strawberries      Cheez-its          pretzels(Rold Gold)

    bananas             Club crackers          Teddy Grahams

    applesauce         Club crackers(whole-wheat)                     yogurt

    watermelon       Scooby-Doo graham crackers                     Honey Graham Crackers (Hy-Vee & Honey Maid)

    All Snacks must be TREE NUT and PEANUT FREE! All items that may have been processed on equipment that also processes tree nuts and peanuts will NOT be served.

    Home canned and homemade snacks are not allowed and all meats must be from an inspected source (store).

    Have a great week in the Lord!


    Eileen Cookie Dough Sales are coming in October!

    Selling Eileen’s Cookie Dough has always been a very profitable fundraiser for our school and very easy to do.

    There is no need to go house to house to strangers you don’t know….

    We just suggest that you approach family, friends and co-workers. To be honest with you, this cookie dough is so popular, it sells itself! If each family sells just 10 tubs of dough, we would be able to make $5000 for our school! We will send more detailed information in the future. Thank you for all your help! Please remember all proceeds will benefit Good Shepherd Lutheran School and Preschool.

    Newsletter Oct. 2017


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