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Dancing with the Stars – The Good Shepherd Way

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The Good Shepherd School is pleased to announce our fall fundraiser, “Dancing With The Stars, The Good Shepherd Way.” It will be our first venture into this new arena of fundraising. Our event will be held on Saturday, September 13, 2014, in the Grande Ballroom of the Marriott Canal Street Hotel.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE TEAMS!

For information on how to purchase sponsorships, vote as a sponsor, or purchase single tickets, please click here.

If you have any questions, please call 504.598.9399, or by email jroy@thegoodshepherdschool.org. We look forward to hearing from you.

Welcome to Good Shepherd School

Opened in 2001 as part of the vision of the late Fr. Harry Tompson, S.J., the Good Shepherd School provides an excellent education, paid for by benefactors, in a safe and nurturing environment to at-risk, underserved children in New Orleans. The effect of this exceptional academic opportunity is to empower these children by providing them with the tools to break away from the cycle of poverty into which they are born.

Celebrating the first of many achievements with the GSS Kindergarteners Graduation

On May 23, 2014 the Kindergarten class experienced their first momentous occasion in their lives as graduates. As you looked around there were many smiling happy faces.

This school year the students learned not only how to read and write, but the importance of love, respect for themselves and others, the true value of friendships, and the importance of building their community. Most importantly, they learned to love learning, which is a lifelong skill that will help them flourish in every aspect of their lives, and the very future of our nation.

The students gave excellent performances through song, and showcased their many talents through dance. Ms. Riley, Ms. Kaci, Miss H., and Ms. Katherine all did an excellent job with the kindergarten students preparing them to hop into first grade!

GSS Family welcomes seven students to the Catholic Faith

On Monday, May 19, 2014, the GSS family welcomed seven students to the Catholic faith. Five students were welcomed through the Sacrament of Baptism: 5th graders Niyla Carr and Brian Ridgley, 4th grader Daquan Smith, and kindergarteners Za’Naia Journee and Chance Smith. Two students were formally received into the Church but had been previously Baptized: 2nd grader Takiera Augustin, 1st grader Tia Augustin.DSC_1017

The students and their families prepared for the sacrament through Religion classes throughout the year and a workshop with Fr. Frank Reale, SJ, the pastor of Immaculate Conception Jesuit Church (ICC). The entire GSS family gathered at ICC for this celebration of new life and gathered around the Baptismal font in the back of the church to pray for and with the newly baptized Christians. Mr. Ryan led the community in music and Mr. Matt assisted in the ritual taking the GSS Religion program out of the classroom and bringing it to life in the Church. The event ended with a nice reception with cake and punch for all GSS students and the newly baptized students’ families.

On Tuesday May 27th the GSS Family attended Mass held at Immaculate Conception Church during its regular noon Mass. Associate Pastor, Fr. Raul Navarro, SJ prepared them for confession, heard their confessions, and gave first communion. The students receiving their first communion were: 5th grader Niyla Carr, 4th grader Daquan Smith, and 2nd grader Takiera Augustin.

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Volunteer Spotlight: Denise Reddman

Join us as we celebrate the volunteers that make an impact on our students’ lives. This is the final of three volunteers we are recognizing for their work during the 2013-2014 school year. Click to see our previous recognition of Helena Hatch and Michael Rizzo.

This week, we are celebrating Denise Reddman, a long time volunteer, mentor, and room mother. Denise is a veteran volunteer who has served as a mentor of 2 students for 6 years now. She has also been a regular volunteer for the Enrichment Program in a variety of roles. She also helped start a new initiative this school year by recruiting new volunteers to serve as “Room Mothers” for each class assisting teachers with class parties, celebrations, and other positive interactions.

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Denise Redmann

Volunteer since 2008

How did you first hear about GSS?

We attend Immaculate Conception (Jesuit) Church and knew Fr. Harry Tompson since his days at Jesuit High School (when I was in high school). I actually attended the Blessing and Reception for the opening of GSS shortly after Fr. Tompson’s death in 2001.

Who/What inspired you to start volunteering at GSS?

In December 2008, I picked the name of Kyla Dupart (GSS Class of 2012) off the Giving Tree at Jesuit Church. Then I offered to help wrap presents and bring them to the school. The teacher told me about mentoring and that Kyla needed a mentor! She was in 4th grade at the time. I stayed with Kyla through her graduation and through the years grew to know her classmates as well. At the end of each school year, my husband and I would have a swimming and BBQ party for the class at our house. Over time, I held holiday parties for her homeroom as well. Currently, I mentor a 5th Grade student, Niyla, and serve as the 5th Grade Room Mother.

What is your favorite thing about volunteering at GSS?

My favorite thing is having a real relationship with the students I mentor, getting to know their families and the teachers and staff. It is an extended family here – the GSS Family. The best is seeing growth and improvement in the students over time.

What is one memorable experience you have had volunteering at GSS?

The graduation in May 2012 of Kyla’s class. After having been with her and her classmates over 4 years, it was wonderful to experience the success and joy of graduation with the students and their families. Now I look forward to staying with Niyla and her 5th Grade class until they graduate in 2016!

What words of wisdom or encouragement would you offer to the GSS family?

The students of Good Shepherd School are our treasure. Each child is so special and needs the nurturing and teaching offered at and by the school. We need to encourage them to keep trying even when it is difficult, and to foster each of their good qualities.

GSS 5th Graders Reflect on Friendship in Retreat

On Friday, May 2, GSS held its inaugural 5th Grade Retreat focused on the theme of “Friendship.” The 5th Grade students along with Mr. Matt, Mr. Ryan, Mr. Scott, Mrs. C, and Mr. Dan (Jesuit novice) traveled to Camp Abbey in Covington, LA and enjoyed the quiet, natural setting as they grew closer to God and to each other. The teachers gave talks about friendship with God, with classmates, and for life.

DSC_1005 (2)Mr. Dan completed his mission at GSS by leading the students in prayers throughout the retreat. The retreat was a huge success and highlighted the mission of the school in offering opportunities for spiritual growth for the students. The students offered great feedback about the event and they look forward to their next retreat in 6th Grade!