Ram's Horn
May 19, 2017

Principal's Pen  
It is hard to believe that the end of the school year has arrived!  10 months have passed very quickly! 
 
The year's end always brings with it a tremendous sense of accomplishment. So many things have been accomplished this year!  From the red carpet first day to the Elementary Program last night - our students have been involved in an extraordinary number of activities.  Of course, we should not forget the tremendous amount of learning which has taken place during the year.  Throughout all of these activities our students have demonstrated great character!
 
To our eighth grade graduates - congratulations on your achievement!! Eighth grade graduation will be  Thursday, May 25, at 7:00 pm. We invite you all to attend and support these students as they graduate. We wish you all the best as you move to your new high school.  If this is your last child to leave Shepherd, we would like to thank you for your support and for the guidance that you have provided for your child(ren).  We look forward to hearing from the graduates in the future and we hope that each of them will have gained a firm foundation in their faith and in their education while here at Shepherd.
 
We will be having Awards and Year-End Chapel on Friday, May 26, from 10:00-11:00 am in the Sanctuary.
 
For those families who will be returning in August, school will begin on Wednesday, August 16.  Summer packets with updated school information such as hot lunch programs, supply lists, calendars and more will be sent out in June. If you have not enrolled yet, please do so quickly so that you will receive this information in a timely manner.
 
On behalf of the staff, I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a safe and happy summer.
 
Serving Him,
Lisa Jennings
End-of-Year Picnic    
Friday, May 26, 11:30 am-2:00 pm
We need a few volunteers for the Picnic next Friday. We will need help with bounce house supervision. We will also need help at our "Rocket" launching stations. (Weather permitting) Please consider helping us out one more time! We couldn't do it without you.

Click HERE to sign up. 

Click HERE to view the flyer with details.
Sign Up for Summer Camp!
June 5 thru July 28. 
Hours are 7:00 am-6:00 pm for ages 2 ½ to 12 years old; 8:15 am-3:15 pm   for 18 months -2 ½. Cost is a flat $45 per day.  If you are age 5 or over OR you are in swim lessons you MUST order a camp shirt. Click HERE to purchase a camp shirt. Click HERE for registration and other information.

All BASE CAMP accounts must be at a  ZERO balance no later than May 31. If there is a balance remaining after Mary 31, a late fee of $10 per day will be accessed until paid in full. Account must be at a zero balance in order for your child to attend SUMMER CAMP.

Miss Michele
Summer AR  - Coming to You!
Tuesdays, 9:00 am-1:00 pm
Beginning June 6 and ending August 1.
In the computer lab at  Shepherd of the Hills Christian School

Mrs. Shoaf
VBS Registration is Open!
Monday-Thursday, June 12-15, 8:45 am-noon
Click HERE for more information and to register. Online registration will close Friday, May 26. Still have questions? Contact Jodie Stoltenow

Volunteers are still needed. Click HERE to learn more.
LuHi News
Summer Camps   Lutheran High School's Summer Camps are now open for registration. The 12 camps include football, basketball, robotics, theater and computer programming. Click HERE to learn more and to register.  

Click HERE to read the latest happenings!
PTL News
It is hard to believe we are already at the end of another school year. I don't know about you but every year just seems to go faster than the one before. A few reminders as we finish up the school year. First of all I hope that you can all join us for the school picnic on Friday. We are hopeful that the weather will be nice and we can be outside. We will plan on being in the gym and parish hall if the weather does not cooperate with us. Please check out the sign up genius for opportunities to volunteer at this event. Remember to bring your picnic lunch, chairs, blankets, and canopies if you have one. (See the link above.)
 
Information about Shepherd's Closet-our school Uniform Store-is went home yerterday. Your child should have a flyer but just in case it doesn't make it home you can find it HERE. Please email Tracy Fellows tfellows@sothfamily.org or Adrienne Olsen adrienneo@hotmail.com if you have any questions.
 
A big thank you goes out to Erin May for organizing our annual Moms and Muffins event. It was a huge success. Thank you also to the Dad's who took time out of their schedule to help serve-Omar Rihani, Patrick Mazzoni , Paul Rodeck, Robert Fenstermacher, and Jeremiah Fellows. What a blessing you are to us.
 
Thank you for helping to make this school year a success. I look forward to serving with you next year. 

Adrienne Olsen
From Mrs. Monson 
Street Smarts   
Yea!  Congratulations to Shepherd of the Hills for collecting and turning in SouthGlenn receipts, from August 15-April 30 for a total of 379,710 points!  Our school came in 11th place, of 20 elementary schools, to win a $350 SouthGlenn gift card, which will be used to purchase items for the school, by May 31. Plan your shopping and dining experiences at SouthGlenn during the time the program will run again, for the 2017-2018 school year, August 15 thru April 30.  Thank you very much for supporting the Street Smarts program! 

Library Overdues Contest  Congratulations to Mrs. Lawver's first grade classroom for having the least amount of library overdues for the year!  They will celebrate with a pizza lunch party next Tuesday!

Box Tops for Education Challenge   Congratulations to 7th grade for bringing into their classroom 430 Box Tops for the months of April and May, the most in the school!  They have won a trip to Yogurtland!  All students -- save your Box Tops over the summer and submit them next year as Shepherd continues the Box Top Classroom Challenge!
Congratulations Piano Students
Congratulations to the following piano students of Nancy Duensing, who performed beautifully in the National Piano Guild Auditions last  week: Adi, Avery, Joshua, Hunter, Carmen, Sabrina, Reilly, Andrew, Julia and Julia. They each received high ratings for their prepared and memorized programs performed for the adjudicator. 

Nancy Duensing is now accepting enrollments for piano students for the 2017-18 school year. You may contact her  to reserve and secure a spot for piano lessons for next school year.
 
Mrs. Duensing
An Old Guy and a Whole Lot of Wonderful Kids!  
I recently tore the MCL in my knee and have been walking with a crutch...not uncommon and not a really big deal...until I experienced the empathy and compassion of our Shepherd kiddos.   From pre-school to 8th grade, they approached me with sadness and questioning looks.   "Mr. Jack, what happened?"  Generally, the question was followed by a hug, an offer of prayer and many "Hope-you-feel-better-soon" heart-felt words of encouragement.  Sometimes, there were no words, just a hug with an extra-long squeeze...their concern evident in their worried little faces.  What greater gift can one receive from these precious young ones than their honest acts of mercy!   I am blessed to serve such ones as these.   Thank you, every one of you, for your presence in my life. I have the best job ever!  
Your friend, Mr. Jack
Lifetouch Online Ordering
Images of pictures taken at our school area available online from Lifetouch. As a security protocol, Lifetouch deletes pictures from their database after a short amount of time. The following pictures will be deleted from their system June 1 .

Fall 2014
Spring 2015
Fall 2015

Click HERE to go to Lifetouch's website to get access to these picture images. 

Jack's Corner
QUESTION:  My grandson's school gives every kid a ribbon on Field Day just for participating.  The same is true for his club basketball team.  Every kid got a little trophy just for showing up.  When I was young, we had to actually earn a ribbon or trophy.  Awards were for the best.  We didn't get a reward for doing what we were supposed to do.  How can I challenge my grandson when his parents and his world seem to want to equalize and reward everyone for not doing much of anything?
 
ANSWER:  Now-a-days, in an effort to protect self-esteem, we often drift into the ridiculous.  For a time, self-esteem was thought by many in the academic and psychological community to be the panacea for all behavioral ills...