Jamestown Visit

Our fourth graders braved the chilly December weather to visit Jamestown last week.

Students toured the actual site where the original palisade and buildings were constructed and learned how artifacts help us understand the past, (in this case, what life was like Jamestown). Students left with a deeper understanding of settlers life and will enrich their Jamestown unit in class.

Cultural Exchange

Students in the eighth grade visited the Al Medina School of Richmond last week as the first part of their World Cultures course. These cultural exchange trips help to shape the students global understanding and values. Students spent the first half experiencing Islamic culture, traditions, countries, landmarks, and values through a presentation created by Al-Medina students.

The second half of their trip was spent interacting with Al-Medina students as GSES students asked fun, cultural, and various questions while they laughed, interacted, connected hearts and most of all developed respect for all people.

Students will also visit a Hindu temple in February.

Breakfast with Santa

Join us on Saturday, December 8th from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM for a very special breakfast and photo with Santa!

Bring your unwrapped gifts to the event and take advantage of our Gift Wrapping Station! This season, let our elves do the work of taping, cutting and wrapping your holiday gifts!

Cost: $10.00 at the door

Hojalata Art

Our kindergarten’s Friday Spanish class was extra special as they joined our eighth grade students to create hojalata tiles for the upcoming holiday. One of the least known, most versatile, and most beautiful expressions of Mexican folk art, hojalata (tin art work) is also known in some parts of Mexico as, lamina or lata. Since the 1500’s, this humble metal has been made more pleasing by being shaped, stamped, punched, painted and cut into a wide variety of decorative and functional artwork. Everyone had a great time creating something beautiful for the holidays.

National Junior Honor Society Induction

Congratulations to the new members of the National Junior Honor Society! Good Shepherd is delighted to recognize Barrett Burns, Ryan Busick, Kylie Fenick, Lainie Murray and Sabian Smith as the newest members of the GSES Chapter.

Established in 2016, the Good Shepherd Chapter of the National Junior Honor Society inductees must exemplify the five standards of the NJHS, which include: leadership, citizenship, character, service, and scholarship. Applicants must have at least 20 hours of community service to be nominated.

Grandparents Day

Thank you to all of our grandparents, family, and friends who joined us for a very special Grandparents & Friends day. From all of us at Good Shepherd, we wish you a happy and joyful Thanksgiving!

Native Plants

The fifth grade has been working to harvest seeds from our native plant garden. Students worked with a volunteer from Tricycle Farms to diagnose local watershed and pollution challenges and how those issues can be addressed by promoting native plants. They studied the specific plants in our garden and worked over successive weeks to harvest, label, and store the seeds from those plants. The students are now learning how to germinate new plants. The class will soon have to decide how to use their new seedlings to positively impact the local ecosystem.

Tree Planting

The Middle School students helped move and dig transplant holes for the ten new trees donated to Good Shepherd! We can’t wait to watch these grow! Many thanks to the Richmond Tree Stewards for helping our students learn about the best way to move and transplant trees.

Library Renovations Complete

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve completed the renovations of the main school library. A collaboration between the Mary Morton Parsons Foundation and the Good Shepherd Annual Fund, the newly renovated library offers a comfortable, collaborative learning environment for GSES students. We can’t wait for you to see it!

The students are already using it – here our Middle School students enjoy a guest lecture from Lee Church on podcasting.

2018 Cookbook Now Available

Feast your eyes on this!

We are excited to offer, to the public, our cookbook that offers 200 recipes from our Good Shepherd Episcopal School community. Featured are recipes that are sure to surprise and delight you from breakfast eats to appetizers, seafood mains to entrees, and of course a decadent dessert section that will definitely please. Plus, a few recipes from local restaurants in our local area and fun recipes that will provide the youngsters in your life with hours of fun. Think SLIME and play dough. All funds raised benefit the GSES school community and with your help, we can make a difference.

Cookbooks are just $15 plus $4.95 for shipping and handling. We are using PayPal for these transactions, a safe, secure way to transmit money. To order your cookbook, click the Buy Now button.