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Good Shepherd Academy Media
December Articles

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Mrs. Prociak’s PreK students are proud to be in the “Smart Cookie Club”. They enjoyed making cookies to decorate their desks. Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our family and friends!

GSA was bursting at the seams today with the Christmas spirit! Not only did we have a Christmas dress down and our classroom parties, but we had a VERY special visitor! 
Twinkle the reindeer visited with every child, faculty, and staff and spread some Christmas magic!  She is now on her way back to the North Pole, but not before getting lots of carrots as a treat!   
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Thank you to everyone who planned and participated in our Christmas Liturgy yesterday morning. Thank you to Monsignor Tressler for celebrating with us.
After mass ended, we had a special visitor. It was truly a beautiful and moving moment as our entire student body sat silently in awe of Santa coming to adore baby Jesus.


Second Grade had a sweet surprise today! They created their own "reindeer brownies" to get into the Christmas spirit!



Good Shepherd Academy students portrayed the true meaning of Christmas. Students held a coin drive and used the proceeds to adopt 50 children from Children Service Center. Gifts were purchased from their wish lists, wrapped by the service club and Children Service Center picked them up for distribution. A true lesson in giving to those in need!


Mrs. Prociak’s PreK class is proud to display the nativities that they so diligently worked on this month. The children learned that “Jesus is the reason for the season.”
Merry Christmas! Happy Birthday, Jesus!

Second Grade continues to have Christmas fun! Here are last week's head elves.



GSA had a very special visitor today tooting some horns this afternoon!   
Dash first stopped by Mrs. Semanek's Kindergarten class to toot her horn! Mrs. Semanek is not only teaching her students academic fundamentals, but she is also leading by example and showing them daily how to be kind and compassionate members of Guardian Nation!
Next, Dash went to Mrs. Lukatchik's first grade. Mrs Lukatchik builds a classroom culture where students can learn at their own pace in addition to be being faith-filled followers of Jesus. 
Thank you to Mrs. Semanek and Mrs. Lukatchik for all they do every day for our youngest members of Guardian Nation! And thanks to Dash for giving the best hugs and high fives around!


5th Grade Social Studies students celebrated Native American culture by creating their own unique Kachina Dolls and teepees, while incorporating their own customs, values and faith.

Students in the Individualized Instruction Program continued their Christmas tradition of making gingerbread houses with their families. And, speaking of family, graduates of the GSA I.I. Program joined our current students to share in the holiday fun. Everyone had a wonderful time together!


Special delivery from the classroom elves!   
Mrs. Staskiel’s fourth grade class was very excited to start working on their classroom project which was a surprise from their elves at the North Pole! Stay tuned for the finished project! They have been very busy working together to complete this fun classroom decoration!

Mrs. C's first grade is in the Christmas spirit!

Fourth grade was all smiles at Board Game club yesterday!


Thank you to Holy Redeemer High School for having us today for their Christmas Carnival! Everyone had a wonderful time -- and how often do you get to have a snowball fight with your principal?!


This week, Mrs. Wesley’s Pre-K students worked in pairs to stack peppermints into towers! The goal of their STEM activity was to see how tall they could stack their peppermints. The kids also had to open their own peppermint wrappers for fine motor practice!




There was no shortage of Christmas magic at Good Shepherd Academy this evening!  
Families boarded a trolley and were taken to a
magical wonderland with Santa and s'mores while they sang Christmas carols along the way! Upon their return to GSA, they explored our playground turned winter wonderland - complete with hot chocolate, ornament making, a living nativity with live animals and snow! Families were also able to look at all of the trees lining the front of our building which were lovingly decorated by each grade level. 
Good Shepherd Academy's Merry and Bright Extravaganza is a combination of 2 beloved events - the Polar Express and Light Up GSA. We are so grateful to our amazing GPTO, our homeroom parents, and of course all of our families who made this event a success!
We hope that you all felt the Christmas magic - because we sure did!        
Thank you all for an amazing night. Our hearts are so full.   
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Mrs. Prociaks class celebrated a very exciting St. Nicholas Day. St. Nick left Kindness Elves in their shoes. The next day, Santa visited and left pillows as a surprise.  After a fun two days, the class watched a Christmas movie with the elves and pillows!  It was a nice way to end the week and to relax !🎄🎅


Congratulations to last week's Second Grade Elves!💚❤️💙💛


Before our brunch on Thursday, Santa made a special stop in Mrs. Wesley's PreK! These smiles say it all! The Christmas magic was alive and well at GSA this week!

What a magical day at GSA! The GPTO sponsored a Breakfast with Santa on Thursday during lunch. Each child was given a gift and a full breakfast spread! The cafeteria was full of Christmas spirit with music and dancing - and even a VERY special visitor!  A big GSA thank you to Abby Singh who cooked all the delicious food.    Thank you to all of our volunteers who gave their time to set up, decorate, help serve and clean up -- we can't do these events without all of you!


Mrs. Jumper's 3rd grade worked on their math and money counting skills with the money they collected from the coin drive!


Mrs. Shandra's 4th grade celebrated the Feast of Saint Nicholas by learning about him. They also received a special treat from St. Nicholas!

Today we spread some Christmas/ SEL Spirit by “tooting the horns” of three of our phenomenal GSA faculty and staff. 
Our first stop was to celebrate Mrs. Seltzer. She gives selflessly of her time and talent in order to bring light to the halls of GSA. Thank you, Mrs. Seltzer, for being one of the reasons why the heart of GSA beats strongly! 
Our next stop was to see Mrs. Jones in second grade. Every day, Mrs. Jones compassionately guides her students as they both grow in their academics, as well as travel their spiritual journeys. Thank you, Mrs. Jones, for everything you do for your students! 
Lastly, we visited Mrs. Ross while she was teaching sixth grade Religion. Mrs. Ross sets an extraordinary example of how to lead through the grace of God. Thank you, Mrs. Ross, for teaching students at GSA how to use their God-given talents in order to help others. 
Go Guardians!

Second Grade is wishing you a very happy feast of St. Nicholas!

Mrs. Staskiel’s 4th grade class had a great day learning all about Saint Nicholas!

Second Grade's favorite tradition is back! It's "Toasty Toes Tuesday" time! Students can wear their slippers all day to promote good behavior and Christmas cheer!


The elves are back! The fourth grade came to school this morning and found some very special visitors in their classrooms. We cannot wait to see if the elves cause any mischief!


To get in the holiday spirit after Santa’s workshop, students in our Individualized Instruction program used food coloring as paint for their Elf on the Shelf cookies!

Second Grade started a new tradition to promote kindness and good behavior. Each morning a head elf is chosen to be a good example to their peers. Congratulations to this week's elves!

Mr. Kennedy, Scarlett Kennedy's dad, shared his musical talents with the GSA kindergarten classes. Thank you, Mr. Kennedy, for spending time at GSA!

"You are the salt and light of the earth." Bishop Bambera celebrated Mass with the Good Shepherd Academy community today and shared with the students that the value of salt and light is when they mix with other things. They follow God's plan by the things that the students do now to assist others, even if it's a small gesture. Thank you to Msgr. David L. Tressler and Rev. Paul Yeboah from The Church of St. Ignatius Loyola for concelebrating with the Bishop.


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