School Hours

 

Kindergarten

* 8:25 – Noon, Monday – Friday {Half Day}
* 8:25 – 2:45, Monday – Thursday {Full Day}
* 8:25 – Noon, Friday {Half Day}

Grades 1 – 8

* 8:25 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., Monday – Thursday
* 8:25 a.m. – noon, on Fridays

Student arrival and departure
Transportation to and from school is the responsibility of parents. Families may arrange for their own carpools. Doors open at 8:15 a.m. and pick-up begins at 2:45 p.m. (noon on Fridays).

Lunch
Hot lunch is available starting the second week of school is offered Mondays through Thursdays. Students may choose to provide their own lunch or order a hot lunch. Lunch tickets can be purchased at the school office. There is no lunch period on Fridays because school is dismissed at noon.

Prayer Meetings
Faculty and staff meet at 8 a.m. each morning for devotions and prayer. We would appreciate your consistent prayers for the faculty and staff so we can be effective in our ministry to your family.

Art
Students in first through sixth-grade receive art instruction one day each week. Grades seven and eight may select art as an elective. They learn to draw, paint and sculpt using a wide variety of art mediums and methods.

Basic education
Our curriculum is purchased from a variety of publishers including but not limited to: A Beka, Bob Jones University Press, Desiring God, Jackris Publishing, Christian Science International and Oregon Focus Math.

Bible

Specific elements of godly character are integrated into all curriculum every day throughout the school. Furthermore, the upper grades study specific books in the Bible and a variety of topical content.

Chapel
Every other week our students gather for chapel services. Our purpose is to expose students to interesting people who serve the Lord in various occupations and professions. Speakers who are influential role models for children have included missionaries, firemen, policemen, loggers, airplane pilots, and business people.

Computer

Students in first through sixth-grade attend computer class one day a week. Grades seven and eight may select computer as an elective. They learn basic keyboard skills, word processing and how to write stories, practice math facts and do spreadsheets.

Content integration
Elements of godly character, critical thinking and problem-solving are integrated across all curriculum at all grade levels.

Field Trips

A variety of field trips are scheduled to provide students unique opportunities to learn outside the classroom. A small fee may be charged.

Library
All students learn library and research skills appropriate for their grade level. A typical class session for the primary classes may include book selection, a story read aloud or learning interesting facts about an author’s life. The upper grades receive assistance and instruction in using the library for research. Children are encouraged to check out books to be read at home.  At least once a year the library sponsors a book fair for students and parents.

Music
Vocal music classes are provided for grades kindergarten through six twice weekly. Grades seven and eight may select music as an option. Students learn music appreciation as well as theory and vocal skills. Special programs for all grades throughout the year encourage involvement in music.

Physical Education
Students attend physical fitness classes twice a week to prepare them for positive athletic competition and to expose them to a variety of games and activities they can enjoy throughout life.

After-School Sports
Athletics contribute to the character of our society. Our values are affected and reflected by observing and participating in sports. We organize athletic teams with an emphasis on skill development, participation and teamwork—not individual accomplishment. We teach children self-control, endurance, self-worth, good sportsmanship, sensitivity toward others and to strive for excellence.

Student Absences and Illnesses

If a child is well enough to come to school, they are expected to participate in all activities including physical activities and recess; with the exception of those with crutches, casts, etc. Please do not send children to school with a communicable disease.  There is no need to call the school office if your child is ill. For any length of an absence, a note of explanation to the classroom teacher would be appreciated.

Good Shepherd School values good attendance and punctuality. The quality of education is compromised by absenteeism and tardiness. Absenteeism will affect promotion and re-admittance decisions. More than 15 school days per year is the unacceptable range. We will work with families in extenuating circumstances.

Friday Afternoons

Students are dismissed each Friday at noon; thus, no lunchtime. Families are encouraged to use the afternoon to plan educational activities for their children. Doing homework assignments, correcting the previous week’s homework or visiting the public library are excellent ways to use the afternoon.

Class Size
The average class size is 25 students or less.