School News
October 5, 2018

We apologize for the inconvenience but the folders didn't make it into backpacks today. Look for FRIDAY FOLDERS on Monday, October 8. Please return ASAP so we can get them ready for Friday, October 12. This will be the last folder before Fall Break. 
From the Principal
It is a busy month for us here! Dad and Donuts, Fall Break, Book Fair, Storybook Pumpkin Parade and the Fall Festival and Parent/Teacher Conferences are all just around the corner! It is going to be such a fun-filled month!

We are in full swing academically with review units being completed and new concepts being introduced. God's presence is more evident in our hallways, classrooms and on the playground than ever before and we are grateful for God's blessings upon us this school year as we continue to build Shepherd into an amazing school. We are also very grateful for your support as parents and want to thank you for partnering with us to raise your child to be the very best they can be! Looking forward to seeing each of you this month at Parent/Teacher Conferences later this month!

Mrs. Jennings
Message from the School Photographer
Dear Shepherd Families,
Your children are lovely- and I have the pictures to prove it! It was so much fun to see your child's personality shine through in their portraits, and I can't wait for you to see how they turned out!
Your student's gallery is currently open for viewing.  You can find the gallery by visiting the  website .  Your student should have received a half sheet of paper following picture day with their name and personal access code.  This will allow you to view and order your student's photos.  If for any reason you have misplaced your student's access code, please email me at  and I can get it to you right away.
If your student's photos were taken this past Thursday during our makeup/retake day, their new images will be in their galleries by the end of the day Friday.
Don't forget, there is a 10% off discount on any order $30 or more until this Sunday, October 7.  The gallery will continue to be open for viewing and purchasing until the final deadline on Monday, October 22.  Once the gallery closes, your print orders will be sent to the lab and once I receive them I will bring them to the school for distribution.  If you order digital images, you'll receive those right away.

Please email anytime with questions! 
I would love to connect.

Thanks so much for the opportunity to serve you and your school!
Beth Osberg
Family Skate Night
Thursday, October 11, 6:00-8:00 pm
Admission $5 - Skate rental $2.50. Proceeds will benefit Shepherd's Breakfast with Baby. Click HERE for more details.

Dads and Donuts
Friday, October 12, 7:45-8:15 am
Mark your calendars for our annual Dads and Donuts event. Each year the PTL sponsors a fun event called Dads and Donuts. Kids bring Dad to school to enjoy a yummy breakfast and Dad can meet some of the other Dads as well. No Dad? Or Dad can't make it? No problem! Please join us anyway. Grandpas, Uncles, and Moms who have to be both Mom and Dad to their kids are welcome. Please note that all children must be accompanied by an adult during this event. PTL will provide all the food and beverages for this event. We hope you can join us!!

Annual Scholastic Book Fair
Wed-Fri, October 24-26, 8:15am-12pm
Wed-Thu, October 24-25, 3:15-8pm
Sun, October 28, 9am-12:30pm
Christmas is coming, and this is a great place to buy quality books and help support the school. There will be books for all ages and grade levels, so come check it out! If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair, please contact Bethany Barnthson,
Proceeds to benefit the school library.
Fall Family Festival
Bounce Houses, Costume Contests, Carnival Games, Trunk-or-Treat and new this year: Treasure Hunt - Finding All You Need in Jesus! A "Back to Shipwrecked" VBS Experience. Food available at a low cost. Everything else FREE! 

Click HERE to see more details.
PTL News
Dads and Donuts NEXT Friday, 7:45 am - 8:15 am
This PTL event is a big hit each year (DONUTS, duh!) Kids can bring their dads, granddads, uncles, dad substitutes, etc. A great time to spend with your child and meet some other Shepherd dads.  All children must be accompanied by an adult during the event.
Friday Teacher Snacks  - Can you provide a snack for our teachers? Click HERE to sign up. 
Upcoming Ways to Serve - Click HERE
  • Dads and Donuts October 12
  • Butter Braid Fundraiser begins October 12 (All students will be asked to participate, and we could use a couple of helpers on the day the Butter braids arrive.)
  • Teacher Conference meals
Lead positions available  - please contact Adrienne Olsen,,  if you are able to help.
  • Put together the teacher conference meal signup
  • Lead the Santa Shop
  • Teacher Appreciation Week coordinator
  • End of the school year picnic coordinator
Next meeting  - Monday, October 22

Let's get to know each other! Each week we'll hear from a faculty or staff member. This week, the spotlight is on...

Name: Lisa Marie Ragan

Birthplace: Widefield, CO

Places lived:

            Boca Raton and Boynton Beach, FL

            Colorado Springs, Englewood, and Aurora, CO

Teaching background:

            Graduated from Aurora Community and Metro State colleges

            Certified in both Montessori and Traditional teaching

            Has taught 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades for 20 years

            Knew since 3rd grade she was going to be a teacher-God has given her a calling!


            Skiing, swimming, making cards and scrapbooking, basketball-especially with her son

Family members:

            Husband Roger

            Son Ian

            Dog Kenzie

Favorite food: salmon

A favorite childhood memory:

My sister locked me in my room, so I opened the back window, jumped out onto a tree, climbed down, and had a great time!

My favorite school subject when I was young:

Math. My 3rd grade math teacher realized I was great at number problems but couldn't do word problems-I needed to know how to read. Instead of punishing me for not being able to read, he spent time tutoring me.

Something people might be surprised to know about me:

            In high school, I was a prankster!

If I could choose any career just for fun, it would be: 

            Working in a children's bookstore or a lawyer

Weirdest food combination I enjoy:

            Peanut butter, cheese, mayo, and dill pickle sandwich!

Street Smarts at Streets of SouthGlenn
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, 2018, and April 30, 2019. Drop your receipts off at the mall's concierge office, use the link below to submit your receipts online, or use the box in Shepherd's entry hallway near the office. Each month, Street Smarts has special opportunities to earn BONUS points. They are listed below. 

Fall Fashion is in Store! 
Earn 3x points for receipts dated October 1-31 from the following stores. Receipts must be submitted by November 2, 2018.
Apricot Lane
April's Unique Boutique
Aspen Blue
Charming Charlie
Susan Loves Willam
White House | Black Market
Click  HERE  to read more details about this easy fundraiser for the school and the latest BONUS points.
Break-the-Dress Code Dates
This is a fundraiser for two groups (listed below). Bring $1 on the following dates to break the dress code.
  • Oct 11 (6th Gr Outdoor Ed)
  • Oct 25 (DC Trip)
  • Nov 8 (DC Trip)
  • Nov 29 (DC Trip)
  • Dec 6 (DC Trip)
  • Dec 20 (DC Trip)
Below are Links to Classroom Newsletters 
Helping Kids Think!
When kids are always told what to do...when kids are continually rescued from consequences...when they are consistently reminded of chores and school assignments...they don't learn to think for themselves, and they don't develop a sense of responsibility.   Why should they?   Someone will either tell them what to, remind them of what they need to do, or rescue them from the consequences of their actions. (Sadly...     
Click HERE to finish reading.