In-House "Field Trips"
Each year, special programs in language, cultural arts, and science are presented at Good Shepherd Preschool. These on-site “field trips” enhance the classroom curriculum. Children may have the opportunity to interact with live animals or to enjoy a special music experience as part of these programs.
In addition, Good Shepherd Preschool sponsors the following events which serve to make the school year a memorable experience for both the children and their families (an asterisk* indicates an event that parents are invited to attend):
Classes celebrate fall by learning about two of its iconic foods. Children explore apples and pumpkins in literature, science, art, and more, and cap off the celebration with a special cooking project and by receiving their very own small pumpkin to take home.
Children create beautiful art projects and learn seasonal songs to share with parents at Fall Festival. After the children's performance, parents are invited to help their children with a special fall-themed project and to enjoy a treat such as ice cream sundaes or ice pops.
Christmas Family Chapel and Reception*
Classes work together to perform a simple Christmas play featuring seasonal songs. Parents are invited to a reception with refreshments before or after the performance to mingle and make plans for the coming winter break.
Teddy Bear Days
Children are invited to bring in their favorite soft toy or doll for a day full of games and songs featuring their special friends. Some classes may also wear pajamas to school or have a teddy bear picnic.
Easter Family Chapel and Reception*
The children will sing songs celebrating Easter and springtime at this annual holiday chapel. Parents are invited to a reception with refreshments before or after the performance to mingle and make plans for the coming spring break.
Music and Art Closing Program and Reception*
Teachers post children's end-of-the-year art projects throughout the hall for the last week of school. On the last day, the children perform songs to celebrate their transition to the next year of school, and then classes and families enjoy a slideshow featuring photos from throughout the school year. Parents are invited to a reception with refreshments before the performance to mingle and make plans for the coming summer break.
Teachers often schedule additional special days exclusively for their classes. Check your class calendars for Wacky Wednesdays, Science Fairs, Mother's Day Teas, and more.
Evening and Weekend Family Events
GSLP and GSLC Youth frequently collaborate to bring the preschool and church young family communities special fun family events.
Family Movie Nights
Family Movie Nights are scheduled for the first Friday of each month during the school year. Preschool families and GSLC families are invited to come enjoy a potluck pizza dinner and a recently released feature film (past options have included Frozen, Big Hero 6, and The Lego Movie). Preschooler-friendly toys are available during dinner and the movies as well.
Trunk or Treat
Trunk or Treat features family-friendly trick or treating and Halloween-themed games, activities, and crafts.
At the Character Breakfast, children enjoy breakfast, crafts, and playtime with many of their favorite storybook characters and superheroes as portrayed by GSLC Youth volunteers.
Easter Egg Hunt
Search for treat-filled eggs and enjoy a fun Easter-themed program and meal with the family.
Additional Family Programming
Good Shepherd Preschool also offers additional programming for families during school hours to provide parents with the opportunity to get to know other families, learn more about early childhood topics, and get involved in the school community.
Good Shepherd Preschool offers workshops on topics in early childhood education and child development for caregivers of current students and church member families. Past workshops have focused on kindergarten readiness, math in early childhood, building children's social and emotional skills, and nutrition for young children. Workshops are generally scheduled for weekday mornings, and children not in class are invited to accompany their parents.
Family Storytime is an opportunity for younger students and their small siblings to come enjoy playtime, songs, and stories along with their caregivers. Family Storytimes are scheduled once a month, generally the morning before GSLP staff meetings.