Ram's Horn                           August 5, 2016
Principal's Message   Options
Summer days are winding down and the beginning of a new school year is just around the corner!!
We have been busy preparing for an amazing school year here at Shepherd and ask for your prayers of blessing over our school. Read below in how best to transition from summer days to school days.
"The back-to-school season can be exciting, stressful, and everything in between! You're probably feeling excited and maybe a little sad that summer is almost over. Some kids feel nervous or a little scared on the first day of school because of all the new things: new teachers, new friends, and maybe even a new school. Luckily, these "new" worries only stick around for a little while.
Back-to-school time brings many changes for children and their families. Whether it's the first day of kindergarten or first grade, or starting at a new preschool or childcare setting, the process can seem overwhelming and a bit intimidating.
Providing a smooth transition between home and school requires teachers and early childhood professionals to help children feel confident about themselves and trust other adults and new children around them. While these transitions can be challenging, they also provide an exciting opportunity for children to learn and grow. It's the responsibility of parents and early childhood professionals to make children feel safe and secure as they grow in these new transitions.
The degree of adjustment to a new school year depends on the child, but adults play a big role in managing the expectations and reality of a new year. Discussing a child's expectations is a great way to prepare everyone for the upcoming school year. Have an open dialogue with a child about what they expect about returning to school or starting a new grade. Address any feelings of doubt or possible concerns, such as making new friends, exploring new subjects, separation anxiety, etc. Let the child know you care and make sure to put aside extra time during the first few weeks to
provide support and guidance if necessary.
Most veteran teachers and experienced childcare providers have a good idea of what they need to do to get ready for the new school year, but it's always good to know how you can help the children feel most comfortable in their new environment. Creating a welcoming environment is a simple and extremely effective way to promote a child's ability to adapt and adjust. The more welcome a child feels in a new environment, they faster they will overcome any fears or anxieties they may have when entering that new environment. Get to know the children ahead of time by holding an
orientation a few days before the first official day of school. This will give kids a chance to see their classroom and meet the other children in a safe and secure setting.
Going back to school can be a tough time for parents, children, and teachers alike. While experience helps to ease transitions, change can still be stressful. Parents, teachers, and caregivers can help children learn how to approach new situations with confidence and successfully prepare them for changes in the upcoming school year. Strengthening these ties can help create smooth transitions for everyone involved, while setting the stage for success from day one." (from
Childcare Education Institute, August 2015)
We look forward to welcoming your children back to Shepherd of the Hills Christian School!
Lisa Jennings
Back-to-School Night     Options
Back to School time is here! It's hard to believe that August is already upon us! We have been praying for each one of you and your families and are so honored that you have chosen Shepherd for your child's education and faith walk. Shepherd shares your commitment and partnership.  We fully expect this school year to be amazing and are excited to see God's faithfulness as we grow Shepherd and set a strong foundation for our community. Things are getting exciting around here as we prepare for your return! Back-to-School Night is Monday, August 15, from 5:00-6:30 pm. New families will meet from 4:30-5:00 pm. New families are welcome to drop off supplies at 4:15 pm in their classrooms before meeting in the gym.  Returning families will drop off supplies in classrooms and then head straight to the gym for an all school meeting which will start promptly at 5:10 pm. Middle School lockers will be marked with your student's name and school provided locks will be assigned.  There will be tables set up in the gym with different information to help make 2016-2017 the best year yet at Shepherd! We will also discuss classroom and community activities, updates to the handbook, and provide orientation to any new procedures and expectations. The PTL will also be providing ice cream throughout the evening so that you may socialize with one another in between visiting classrooms! Looking so forward to seeing each one of you!

Miss the email with Back-to-School forms? Click on the link below to download the forms for Monday evening. 

Looking for a way to support our school and earn some of your volunteer hours at the same time? Consider joining our PTL Planning Committee. We meet once a month to discuss fundraisers, assemblies, and other fun events. Our goal is to not only support our amazing teachers and students but to also bring our school community together. We meet after school on the fourth Monday of each month. Childcare is provided. Our first meeting will be Monday, August 22, 3:30 pm in the office conference room. If you would like more information, please contact Adrienne Olsen . Let her know if you would like to join us for this first meeting and if you need childcare. Be sure to stop by our PTL table during Back-to-School Night (Monday, August 15) to find out about other volunteer opportunities that we will have throughout the year. 
Streets of SouthGlenn
It's that time of year again!  
Help Shepherd when you shop at The Streets of SouthGlenn to receive a prize of $250-$2500! Simply shop and submit receipts from purchases made between August 15, 2016, and April 30, 2017. Either drop your receipts off at Guest Services (located in the Concierge Lobby by the parking structure) or the box in Shepherd's entry area near the office. Questions? Email or call Audrey Monson, 303-798-0711 ext. 383.
Scrip Rebate Program
Fundraising has never been so easy! Make this the year that you start using Scrip gift cards to help raise money for our school! It's as simple as stopping by the school office to purchase gift cards for restaurants, groceries, department and clothing stores (including Land's End for uniforms), big box stores, Starbucks, sporting goods stores and much, much more. Come by the Scrip table at Back to School night to get started!
School T-shirts
Did you miss the deadline for ordering a school theme shirt? There's still a way to get shirts, and much more! My Locker has many items available that you are able to personalize with either the school logo or the theme Be Transformed logo. Plus--we get a rebate on all items ordered. Click on the image to start shopping. 

Be Transformed
While the school's theme for the school year is "Be Transformed", the church is also using this theme to take a look at the way we use our Time, Talents and Treasures. A thirteen week course is available and includes Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace. Classes will begin the week of September 11. Click HERE to see more details and to sign up. 
Save the Date! 
Remember how much fun you had at last year's auction? Didn't go? But you did hear about the fun everyone had and made a mental note to attend this year! Will put it on your calendar- Friday, March 17, 2017 at the Franciscan Event Center in Centennial. 

The annual school auction is a very large fundraising project for the school and we can always use your help. Email Meredith Cannon to find the perfect-sized task for you.
School Counselor  
Our School Counselor, Jack Lipski, is available to help our students AND their families with social, emotional, cognitive and spiritual concerns. Jack is also an Individual, Marriage and Family Therapist. Please don't hesitate to call and make an appointment, or just drop by if his door is open.