Head of School Ken Seward welcomed students, faculty, staff, parents, and special guests to the 2019-20 school year. “I begin each year saying, ‘I don’t know who Good Shepherd School will be this year.’ Students’, parents’ and teachers’ combined efforts will determine what kind of school we are—respectful of differences, open to diversity that enriches us, careful of our environment, and allies to each other in trying to reach what is possible. Convocation is the time to say ‘Happy New Year’ and to make New Year’s resolutions to be kind, constructive, supportive, and committed to make this the best year ever.”
As part of the opening celebration, students cut the ribbon unveiling the school’s new Little Theater. During summer renovations, a stage was added to Parish Hall where students will be able to perform for peers, family, and friends. Mr. Seward lent a swashbuckling touch to the ribbon cutting by brandishing a sword rather than the typical oversized scissors. “Theater encourages us to be bold and use our imaginations. Scissors are ordinary, while swords are brave,” said Mr. Seward. Students relished the chance to cut through the ordinary and set an exciting course for the new stage and the new school year.
The first performance on the stage welcomed students “Bach” to school. Ayca Kartari from The Greater Richmond School of Music performed a piece by Johann Sebastian Bach on her double bass. Students in Grades 7 and 8 followed with a song about the elements. In closing, the Reverend Dr. Ross McGowan Wright blessed the students and prayed for a successful school year.
Save the date for the hottest event of the year! The 2019 Chili Cook-off and Auction is Saturday, March 23rd from 5:30 – 9:30 pm. Enjoy original art, our amazing silent auction and taste chili from our community members!
Tickets are $25/adult before Friday, March 15th and $35/adult at the door. Beer/Wine will also be available! $10 includes a commemorative glass and two free drink tickets. Additional drink tickets are $3 each.
We can’t wait to see you there!
Due to weather closing on Monday, January 14th the School Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, January 25th at 1:30 p.m. in Parish Hall.
A big thank you to all who donated to the National Junior Honor Society’s Reverse Advent Calendar food drive in December. As a result of your generosity more than 540 pounds of nonperishable foods were delivered to FeedMore today! Stay tuned for our next event!
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
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!
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.
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.
All School Dress Code for the 2018-2019 School Year
A few changes have been made to the school dress code for next year. See the full document with pictures here. We will hopefully have some gently used uniforms available over the summer and at the school picnic in August, but if you’d like to order a new uniform, you can purchase various pieces through Lands End or at Flynn O’Hara in Midlothian.
If your child has outgrown a school uniform, please consider donating it to our Community Closet. We will continue to have uniform days on Wednesdays next year. If your child needs a wardrobe update, please consider taking advantage of this swap system. We will take uniform donations (GSES shirts, sweaters, dresses, or khaki/ navy pants or skirts) throughout the summer (bring to the office). During the school picnic in August, we will open the Community Closet again for anyone who would like to donate or take a gently used uniform.
The National Junior Honor Society is a prestigious organization, founded in 1929, that espouses the ideals of scholarship, service, leadership, character, and citizenship. Good Shepherd Episcopal School is proud to have established its own chapter of the NJHS. Membership is both an honor and a commitment, and we are excited to announce our first inductees.
- Brock Boyd (8th grade)
- Jake Dysart (8th grade)
- Davison Chapman (7th grade)
- Joshua Rowland Mauro (7th grade)
- Elizabeth Spanel (7th grade)
These students exemplify the Good Shepherd commitment to academic excellence, service, student leadership, and strong character.