Archdiocese of Philadelphia Announces Updated Covid-19 Mitigation Procedures in Schools Located in Suburban Counties
Effective Monday, February 28, the use of masks will be optional for all students and staff in suburban high schools operated by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as well as all suburban parish and regional elementary schools.
For more information and the full text of a letter from administrators of the Archdiocesan Office of Catholic Education’s elementary and secondary divisions as well as Faith in the Future, please visit: https://archphila.org/archdiocese-of-philadelphia-announces-updated-covid-19-mitigation-procedures-in-schools-located-in-suburban-counties/. The letter is an update regarding COVID-19 mitigation procedures in schools located in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, including Good Shepherd Catholic School.
Please visit the Dance For Education Webpage for more information
about this annual Catholic Schools Week event.
Here's what's happening at GSC from January 29 through February 4, 2022:
Saturday and Sunday, January 29-30: Celebrating Our Parish
• Student speakers will talk at the weekend Masses
at Queen of Peace Church.
Monday, January 31: Celebrating Our Community
• Annual Mass for GSC volunteers and community first responders
at 9:00 a.m. in Queen of Peace Church;
first responders are invited to attend virtually via the
Queen of Peace Livestream:
• GSC will deliver cards and treats to local police stations and fire houses.
Tuesday, February 1: Celebrating Our Students
• GSC's New STREAM Lab and Media Center open today!
• Queen of Peace Pastor Father Larry Crehan will bless the rooms and
students will visit the labs during the school day with their classmates.
• Students will receive a soft pretzel at morning recess/snack time.
• The Home and School Association will treat students to a Hot Dog Lunch.
• Students will meet with their "buddies" for activities.
Wednesday, February 2: Celebrating Service To Others
• GSC will kick off its Souper Bowl Food Drive
organized by the Student Council and National Junior Honor Society.
• Students can wear their favorite team, dance or "cheer" shirt
with their gym pants.
Thursday, February 3: Celebrating Our Teachers and Staff
• Teacher Appreciation Day
• Teachers will enjoy a lunch provided by the
Good Shepherd Home and School Association.
Friday, February 4: Celebrating GSC
• Dance For Education! (Click on the words to donate.)
• Students may wear red, white and blue-colored clothing (think Winter Olympics).
• Games (including Bingo) and dancing throughout the day.
The Good Shepherd Home and School Association selected the winners of their Christmas Baskets Raffle on Tuesday, December 7, and the GSC Class of 2022 picked the winners of their four prizes on Monday, December 20.
Pumpkin Contest Winners Announced
The votes have been counted (at the local bank) and the winners of the Good Shepherd Home and School Association’s 2021 Pumpkin Decorating Contest are:
First Place: “Among Us” ~ Antonio C. (Grade 8)
Second Place: “Clifford” ~ Gianna (Grade 2) and Lucas V. (Pre-K)
Third Place: “Smarties” ~ Macy M. (Grade 5)
H&S Choice: “Root Beer Float” ~ Alex B. (Grade 8)
Congratulations, winners! Enjoy your Barnes & Noble gift cards!
GSC is a winner, too, because of the support and creative skills of our students and families who brought a lot of seasonal fun into the school building for all to see.
And the biggest winner of all is Camilla Hall. Due to the generosity of our voters, the Good Shepherd Home and School Association is writing a check in the amount of $450 to send to the retired Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the order’s retirement and nursing home in Malvern, PA, along with our prayers and best wishes.
To see all of this year's entries, click here.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia is mandating that face masks be worn by students, faculty, staff and visitors in all archdiocesan schools starting Monday, Aug. 30.
The 15 archdiocesan high schools and 102 Catholic elementary schools are set to reopen for the fall term Sept. 8, with in-person instruction five days a week.
The archdiocese cited the continued spread of COVID-19 as the reasoning for requiring the face coverings as a safety precaution. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports new cases of infection nationwide have increased 14% week over week.
Read the full story written by Matthew Gambino on CatholicPhilly.com:
You can download and print the lists from this Webpage:
For Parents of Preschool Students:
There is a $20-25 stationery fee, which includes arts and crafts supplies.
We also will supply sleep mats for rest time at $10 per mat. You will provide a small blanket
for rest time, which will be left at school. Please no pillows or stuffed animals.
Your child's teacher will give you the payment information for the supplies and mat.
Your child will need to have a full-sized backpack.
Please be sure to label all of your child’s belongings.
Clicking on the above image will take you to the Zoom Meetings page.
You can use this link on May 27 to attend the Webinar.
The well-being of children is a top priority for not only parents, but for schools and local law enforcement. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, one out of every five students (20.2 %) report being bullied at school. Knowing how to address and discuss signs of bullying at the onset with school administrators and knowing the rights of children and parents as well as school policies can help.
At 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, a panel of experts, including a police officer, lawyer, and a teacher will join the Webinar, “Stand Up Against Bullying.” The panel is sponsored by the Home and School Association of Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School (GSC), which nurtures students’ commitment to God, Scholarship, Community, and Service, and aims to provide a safe space for students to learn.
Panelists include John (J.C.) Lore III, a distinguished clinical professor of law at Rutgers Law School; Officer Michael Ciuffetelli, representing the Upper Dublin Township Police Community Response Unit; and Rachel Dillinger, third grade teacher at GSC.
Professor Lore is the founding co-director of the Children’s Justice Clinic, the first Rutgers Law clinic to focus on children. As part of the clinic, third-year law students receive academic credit for representing children in Southern New Jersey. In addition to providing legal services, students. He also has worked as a staff attorney and pro bono coordinator at the Bluhm Legal Clinic of Northwestern University School of Law where he managed the training and supervision of more than 200 Chicago area law firm attorneys who represented children in juvenile court. Before pursuing a teaching career, he was an assistant public defender at the Defender Association of Philadelphia and the Cook County Public Defender's Office in Chicago. Throughout his career he has litigated hundreds of trials and motions before a wide variety of courts and administrative agencies. He is an expert on issues of children’s rights, juvenile law, and trial advocacy and has been a frequent contributor to various media outlets throughout the country.
Officer Ciuffetelli is part of the Upper Dublin Community Response Unit, which is tasked with addressing community concerns and providing community education. Since the CRU functions within the Patrol Division, the member officers continue to answer calls for service and perform patrol duties in addition to their CRU duties and responsibilities. The CRU’s mission is to identify and address the concerns of the Upper Dublin Township community.
A graduate of Penn State University, Rachel Dillinger joined the GSC faculty in 2019. During her first year of teaching, she transitioned impressively to a state-mandated virtual classroom. From virtual tours of zoos across the country to various interactive videos of her reading children’s books, Ms. Dillinger provided leadership, comfort, and creativity to her class during an exceptionally difficult time.
Welcoming remarks will be provided by H&S secretary Jazmin Rozier, mother of three, and the panel will be moderated by Aimee O’Donnell, who also is a member of the Good Shepherd H&S Board and the mother of a daughter at GSC.
To join the free and public webinar, log in to https://zoom.us/j/91055256559.
To view previous Webinars, go here: https://gschomeandschool.weebly.com/webinars.html and scroll down on the page.
Good Shepherd Catholic Regional School
835 North Hills Avenue
Ardsley, PA 19038
215-886-4782 (Main Office)
215-884-1591 (Business Office)
215-887-9241 (Business Office Fax)
215-886-0126 (Advancement Office)