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
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Nov. 3rd- No School/Plan day
Nov. 10th- Veterans’ Day Program
ov. 16th- Seniors’ Thanksgiving Feast!
Nov. 22-24- Thanksgiving Break/No School
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
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.
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.
- They first selected a time during their bed time ritual; bath, brush teeth, and then sat together on the floor with their hymnals.
- 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.
- 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.
- They followed this with the Lord’s Prayer and a hymn (using the same hymn for a while, so everyone was familiar with it).
- 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.