News and Events

Welcome New Teachers (August 2011)
Welcome to Miss Kim Depuydt, our new preschool teacher. Kim lives in St. Clair. She is a recent graduate of Bethany Lutheran College and taught kindergarten last year in the St. Peter School District. This fall, Kim will teach preschool classes in the mornings and also teach some subjects for upper elementary student groups on the afternoon.
Christina Harman will accompany and teach school music this year. She is a newer member of Good Shepherd. She works as a librarian and does some piano and other teaching.

Garage Sale (May 2011)
A garage sale fund raiser for Good Shepherd Lutheran School will be Sat., May 7, 8 AM to 12 Noon. There will be children’s clothing and toys, housewares, etc.. If you have items to donate (clothing must be clean and in good condition) please drop them off in the third room on the left in the classroom hallway (the one with the game tables).

School Operetta (May 2011)
Students at Good Shepherd Lutheran School will present the operetta “Noah’s RemARKable Voyage,” Fri., May 20, 7 PM. All are invited. A free will offering will be received. There will be a dress rehearsal on Wed., May 18, 1 PM to which residents at North Point and children at Beans Day Care are being invited. This is also an opportunity for parents who want to take pictures, which are not allowed during the performance on Friday.

Get Scrip (Spring 2011)

Have you got any spring projects around the house? Plan ahead and order Menard/Home Depot/Lowe's gift cards through our scrip program to benefit the Good Shepherd School. See Joe Holtmeier on Sundays to order scrip that is on hand or use the order form by the mailboxes and return it to the box of Sue Schwarz to place an order.

Help Your Health and Our School (Spring 2011)
A Stretch & Strength Fitness Class with certified group exercise instructor, Jill Hahn, will lead you through strength, flexibility and relaxation enhanced with Christian music and meditation, Tuesday nights from 6:15 - 7:15 in the Family Life Center at Hosanna Lutheran Church. The next session is May 3 - 24. A $20 donation is suggested with all proceeds going to Good Shepherd Lutheran School and GYM preschool. Space is limited, so register early to ensure a spot. Contact Jill Hahn at jill.hahn1@gmail. com or 507-469-8695.

Pumpkin Patch Party and Picking (October 2011)
Pumpkins and Leaves

Good Shepherd Lutheran School is hosting a fall family pumpkin festival every weekend in October at our pumpkin patch on 3rd Avenue in Mankato. Saturdays 10 am - 4 pm and Sundays 12 pm - 4 pm. All sizes of pumpkins will be sold by the pound.
There will also be activities for all ages, including pumpkin painting, bounce house, climb the haystack, play in the corn-kernel pool, climb on tractors and more.
The cost is $6 for adults, $4 for 3-17 and free for 2 and younger.
Food, beverages and other goodies will be available for purchase during lunch time.
The location is at the Holtmeier Quarry - 3799 3rd Avenue. Watch for orange pumpkin signs.
Good Shepherd Pumpkins can also be purchased at Super America on Highway 169. Ask about a gas discount when purchasing.
Helpers are needed to lead the activities, sell food, etc. If you can help, please contact or speak to a Holtmeier, Urban, VanGrootheest or Braam.

Get Your Butter Braids (October 2011)
Butter Braids frozen pastries are being sold as a fund-raiser for our preschool and school until Mon., Oct. 4. A variety of delicious flavors are available. To order, see Linda Becker on Sunday mornings or call Jill Hahn at 469-8695. Orders will be delivered Oct. 18.

Rocket Club Trip (September 2011)
Rocket Club members from Good Shepherd have returned from their trip to Kennedy Space Center September 15-17.
Thanks to everyone who supported the Rocket Club fundraisers during the last year. Because of your help Loren, Elijah, Jason, Libby, Alex, Oscar, Keaton and Mark went to Kennedy Space Center Visitor Center. We went on guided bus tours, went on a simulated space shuttle launch, saw the Atlantic Ocean, bought interesting souvenirs and took lots of pictures, some of which will be on the bulletin board near the Fellowship Hall. Thanks again! Rocket Club information.

Thrivent Choice

Thrivent insurance holders and investors, if you have not yet designated your “Thrivent Choice” dollars, there is money in your name waiting for you to designate to the program of your choice. You can designate your money to Good Shepherd Lutheran School by going on line to and in the “Thrivent Community” column, clicking on “Thrivent Choice” or call, toll free, 1-800-847-4836 and say “Thrivent Choice” when prompted.
These are not matching funds, so you do not have to donate to make use of them, but you are encouraged to make your own donation to the work that you support.

HyVee Receipts
Thanks, Savers Thank you to all who have been saving HyVee receipts, Box Tops for Education and Campbells Soup labels for our
school. We received a check for $333.74 from HyVee. Our goal for Box Tops is $519. So far we have $165. Help us meet and beat our goal! Campbells Soup labels help us refill our paint and other school supplies. Thank you! Please check the table by the office to get coupons for products that may have Box Tops to save. More support programs.

Get SCRIP Weekly
SCRIP is like a gift card for one of many stores that return a percentage of every dollar spent to our school. Scrip order sheets are on the tables by the mailboxes or online. Orders are sent and received almost every week. If you have questions, speak to Sue Schwarz.

GSL Student Wins Award
Last spring, Mrs. Becker’s grade 5-7 class at Good Shepherd Lutheran School entered a Google 4 doodle drawing competition. Each student was asked to design a picture incorporating the Google trademark symbol. Congratulations to Liberty McBride on being selected as a State Finalist. Her doodle was selected as one of 400 from among more than 33,000 entries submitted from across the country and as one of the top two in her age group for Minnesota.

Gratitude from Giving Gardens
Last year, Good Shepherd School students grew and sold garden plants and donated the proceeds to Wheat Ridge Ministries “Giving Gardens” Hearts for Jesus Project to seed new ministries of health and hope in the name of Jesus in Haiti and other countries. A certificate displayed on the table by the office thanks them for their partnership.

School Wish List
If you can donate the items or money for them, bring them to the church office. Furnishings and equipment: Filing cabinet, Beanbag chair, wall clock, book shelves, Minnesota / USA / World wall maps, book ends, pencil sharpener, desk stapler,. Supplies: White board markers & erasers, loose leaf paper, erasers, tape, graph paper, glue, scissors, staples, pencils