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2014 Moving Up and Graduation Ceremony
On June 6, 2014, Good Shepherd School celebrated the 2013-2014 school year with a beautiful Moving Up and Graduation ceremony. Each class performed a song for the guests in the audience and all of the children combined for a school-wide performance of “Let It Go” from Frozen. Following the ceremony, the students gathered back at school with their families to enjoy a barbecue lunch. It was a wonderful day! To our recent graduates–Congratulations! We wish you much luck in Kindergarten. To our returning students–have a wonderful summer and we will see you in September.
Family Literacy Night
Good Shepherd School celebrated their first annual Family Literacy Night on Thursday, April 10th. The event was a huge success with special guest readers and speakers (Miss Anne - our religious education teacher, Ms. Mary - a retired reading specialist and GSS substitute, Miss Laura - the local children’s librarian, and Kathy Tarintino and Sandy Leahy - authors of the children’s book The Hibernating House). Our event was complete with story time, family fun, a book signing with the authors, and a Scholastic book fair. The event was spearheaded by Miss Jesscia Scire, Ms. Pat and Miss Allison, and wouldn’t have been possible without the help of the rest of the GSS staff and volunteers. Thank you to all of the Good Shepherd School families that supported this wonderful event to celebrate literacy!
Nutrition Fun with Ms. Rosanne and Ms. Hannah
Good Shepherd School has teamed up with Rosanne Walsh, Holistic Health Coach and founder of the non-profit CAPE along with Hannah Grenier, Whole Food’s Health Eating Specialist to offer nutrition lessons, fun activities, and healthy snacks on a monthly basis in each classroom. We are excited for Nutrition Night on March 27th, which will include meal prep demos, tasty samples, tips and advice on healthy meal planning for families, free recipes and raffles! This event is open to the entire Charlestown community. Please RSVP at www.evite.com/event/00387HFR5MSZWYHJ4EPDPR6YW3PMUM. Here are some pictures from our delicious smoothies and green fruit and vegetable kabobs.
St. Patrick's Day
Good Shepherd School celebrated St. Patrick's Day with another Spirit Day. All of the children and staff wore their green and we collected boxes of cereal to donate to Harvest on Vine. It was a great success and Tom McDonald, Harvest on Vine representative came to collect our donations and thank us for our generosity. Our next Spirit Day will be in April to collect chocolate bunnies for Easter.
The Good Shepherd School had Community Helpers Week in March. We enjoyed having an Air Force Pilot, Boston Police Officer and local Pediatrician visit our school. The children got to hear presentations, ask questions, and test out some of our visitors’ gear and tools.
The Good Shepherd School enjoyed celebrating Valentine’s Day with special treats and our first Buddy Day event of the year. Our Buddy Program is a mentorship program between classrooms, which builds a sense of community as the older students serve as role models for their younger peers. We made special valentines for our buddies and were excited to surprise them with a special delivery, friendship song and story. We also sent special valentines to wounded warriors at "Holiday Mail for Heroes". Here are some pictures from our celebrations.
The Good Shepherd School had their Christmas Pageant on December 17, 2013. It was a wonderful show and the Parish Hall was filled to capacity with family and friends. The Manatees sang Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, the Dolphins sang Jingle Bells, the Whales sang Feliz Navidad, and the Turtles sang All I Want for Christmas is You. Family and friends joined the children back in their classrooms after the performance for a special Christmas celebration full of treats and fun memories!
November Spirit Day | Harvest on Vine Cereal Donation
The Good Shepherd School started their monthly spirit day kick-off by having the school dress in orange on Thursday, November 21st. To encourage the spirit of giving as the holidays approach the children and teachers each brought in a box of breakfast cereal to donate to Harvest on Vine. Tom McDonald from the organization came to speak to the school and collect all of the donations. We all had a good feeling in our hearts as we saw him take the overflowing boxes to be delivered to families in need. We are excited for our next spirit day in December where we will collect toys.
GRAY DOLPHINS VISIT THE FIRE STATION
On October 10th, the Gray Dolphin class visited the Fire Station. The Dolphins learned all about fire safety the week before and shared their knowledge about “Stop, Drop and Roll” with firefighters Derek and Pat. Each child got a turn to sit in the fire truck, and we saw how the hose gets attached to a fire hydrant. It was exciting to see what a firefighter looks like in his garb. Our visit to the Fire Station was a great success and a wonderful way to culminate our Fire Safety Week at Good Shepherd School.
On October 16th, the Good Shepherd School had their annual field trip to Belkin Family Lookout Farm in South Natick, MA. Many children were excited to experience riding on a school bus for the first time. The Manatee, Dolphin, Whale and Turtle classrooms all attended, and with the help from staff and family chaperones, the day was a great success. Our field trip included riding the train, picking different varieties of apples, snacking on freshly picked apples, and playing on the tremendous playground. It was a memorable experience for all, and we look forward to keeping this trip a school tradition each fall! Pictured are some students with their teacher, Miss Allison and director, Nicolette Clifford.