Creating Foundations For Life
Issue: #161 11/3/2020
Dear Good Shepherd families,

We believe that teaching is as much a learning experience for the educator as it is for the student. Good teachers are lifelong learners, and professional development ensures that educators remain effective and continue to inspire their students. Teachers are so busy daily with the routines of the classroom, helping students, coordinating lunches, organizing assignments and troubleshooting technology. They rarely have the time to reflect on their teaching and students. This is what professional development days are for. On Monday, our preschool teachers were trained on a new communication and assessment program, which they had time to tinker with and trade ideas. Our K-5 teachers met to review report cards and align these with our curriculum. Our middle school teachers also looked at the report card structure/alignment and discussed student development topics.  

Preschool Thanksgiving Camp!
Again, we just wanted to remind preschool families that we do have space available in our 3 day Thanksgiving camp. Camp will be held Monday Nov. 23- Wednesday Nov. 25 from 9-3. Pick up a registration form at the office or at the sign in table by your child’s classroom. 

Many thanks!
Finally we wanted to thank the Bedell family for donating a projector to our Kindergarten room so that the children can more easily be a part of our chapels on Zoom and other online events. We so appreciate your generous support. Our kindergarteners and their teachers are eternally grateful.

Don't forget Free Dress Day is the first Friday of every month! This month it's also Super Hero Day!!!

Kristin Lorenz, Lower School Director & Laura Fitzpatrick, Upper School Director
Dr. Michelle Fazio's HAWK PROJECT:

This year-long course helps give students a say in their education. It empowers our 8th Graders to find a project they are passionate about and “pursue” it. They research and learn all about their passion, ultimately DO something with what they learn and then share their knowledge with the class. The DOING may be to start a service project, start a business, design/build something, create a club, etc.....This course is designed to create life skills that they will carry with them long term.

Hawks Changing the Future! One of our 8th grade MS students presenting his idea for the Hawk Project. Please check it out!


Dr. Fazio
One of the Staples of the Language Arts Program at Good Shepherd with Matt Hamilton

One of the staples of the language arts program at Good Shepherd Middle School is "Close Reading." Close reading expects that students will develop reading habits for college and career readiness. Close reading requires students to read closely to determine what the text says explicitly, make logical inferences from interactions with the text, and cite textual evidence to support conclusions. 

There are many ways to promote close reading. One way is to illustrate the text. In a close reading exercise on Tuesday, eighth graders in language arts illustrated various passages on the sidewalk outside the school from chapter 14 of To Kill a Mockingbird. Different ways of learning does not stop at GSLS.
Complimentary Panel Discussion on Mental Health for Children during the Pandemic with Two Bay Area Family Therapists

The PTC presents a complimentary Panel Discussion on Mental Health for Children During Pandemic as the first Parent Education event of the year. It will be an online discussion taking place on Tuesday the 17th at 7pm facilitated by GSLS' very own Michelle Fazio. We will have two Marriage and Family therapists as panelists with experience in supporting children at school and in private practice. We will be discussing the effects of the pandemic on children and adolescents and the impacts of social isolation, uncertainty and anxiety.

Please join us in the discussion of this important and relevant topic on 11/17 at 7pm.

If you have questions you want to direct to the panelists, please email them to

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 546 589 1458
Passcode: 660787

Grace Canton 
Grace Canton received her Masters in Counseling from Dominican University and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has worked as a counselor in Marin for over 20 years. She specializes in helping children and families cope with the social issues that are common in our County. She has successfully worked in private practices and both public and non-public school systems. Grace has lived in Marin for 30 years where she has raised 5 children. She is currently a school counselor for two K-5 schools in Marin and has a private practice in San Rafael.

Joe Latuga
Joe Latuga is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist and currently working as an Outpatient Therapist at WestCoast Children's Clinic in Oakland. Here he served children ages 1-28 with complicated histories of trauma and experiences with Alameda County Foster Care Services. Joe has experience supporting children as a School-Based Clinician with West Contra Costa Unified School. He has a small private practice under the supervision of Dr. Karen Davison. In addition to talk-therapy, Joe uses art, creativity, video games, movement, and other "off the couch" interventions to help clients develop a stronger relationship with themselves and their internal world. 
Dine & Donate with Beso Bistro today through Sunday, the 8th!

Call (415) 883-6700 to make reservations for dine-in or to place orders for carry-out. Mention Good Shepherd and 10% goes back to GSLS.
Uniform Exchange this Thursday, November 5th!

Check out our supply for any school uniform needs!
Every 1st Thursday of the month!
8:15 -8:45am
This year especially, our Yearbook will take a Village!

Please help us by uploading photos for our yearbook! We will be relying on teachers and parents to take photos of our children throughout the year so we can create a memorable yearbook for 2020/21.

Parents: you can help by uploading any pictures of distance-learning and any before-or-after the school day pictures of your children you take this year. We have created a master folder where all photos can be uploaded into sub folders by grade. If you have pictures that span more than one grade please add them to the master folder. Link is below. Thank you so much!!

Scan your grocery receipts with any Box Top items with the BoxTops app and earn cash for our school!
Please continue to shop at Nugget Markets and use your eScrip card!

If you haven't already done so, get a Scrip Card at the school office. Present the card when you shop at Nugget and support GSLS!
Parents, can you help the PTC?
We could especially use help from a Middle School Parent or two to be our Middle School Events Lead!

Thank you!
Pizza & Ice Cream fundraisers

All Butterfly, Dragonfly, Elementary and Middle School students may participate.

For Questions: Please contact Christine Maffei 415-407-4421
Dear Good Shepherd Community,

Here are some fun happenings with the GSLC. We would love for all to join.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church will host a 2 part New Member Class for those looking to join our church. 
**This will be the last New Member Class of 2020**
November 11 & 18 at 5:30-6:30PM in the church sanctuary 

2020 has thrown many curve balls this year, and we've all had to adapt with the changing times. Relieve some stress and join GSLC for a special service of prayer and healing.  Mark your calendars for November 8th at 9:30 AM. We will worship in the parking lot and you will need to bring your own chairs. If you have any questions feel free to reach out to the church office.

Missing fellowship and friends? Join us for a small group lunch bunch. Lunch bunch meets every Friday at 12:30pm. Space is limited so please email or call the church office at or 415-897-2123 

Due to Covid-19 and social distancing guidelines Advent Soup Suppers will more than likely not happen this season. Fortunately we have technology that will allow us to ZOOM. 
Falon will be hosting 5 virtual soup cooking sessions:
Advent Sunday, November 29
Wednesday, December 2
Wednesday, December 9
Wednesday, December 16
Wednesday, December 23
Each class will be an hour long and begin at 4PM. Please contact the church office to reserve a spot. Ingredient list will be emailed upon reservation confirmation.

Want to know more about baptism or first communion? Do you or your child want to get baptized? Please contact the church office to schedule a private class with Pastor Dan 415-897-2123 or

ZOOM Bible Study
Every Friday at 11AM - All are welcome

Pastor Dan Christian
Upcoming Events

11/6- Free Dress Day- Super Hero

11/11- Veterans Day- Offices Closed- No School/No Extended Care

11/23-11/27- Thanksgiving Break
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