Josh the Otter

Josh the Otter

A kindergarten student experiments with a floatable Josh the Otter in a container of water.

Darcy Hanley of the Punta Gorda Rotary Club visited Good Shepherd to present the Josh the Otter program this week. Josh the Otter is a water safety program for young children that emphasizes staying away from the water when adult supervision is not present and floating on one’s back if in trouble in the water. Good Shepherd and the Babcock Ranch Charter School are the two pilot programs in the area for the Josh the Otter program. Thanks to the Rotary Club for providing this vital training.

Essay Contest Winners

Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to our 2017-2018 essay contest winners.

The Daughters of the American Revolution hosted this contest. Students wrote an essay, imagining that they were living in 1918 and telling a story about how World War I would have impacted their daily lives. Three out of the four winners in Charlotte County are GSES students!

Daughters of the American Revolution Essay Contest Winners

Lycia Charlton – grade 5 winner
Isabella Pai – grade 6 winner (not pictured)
Torrin Johnson – grade 7 winner

Participants

Abby Morris – grade 5, Gia Greaves – grade 6, and Noah Jennings – grade 7 (not pictured)

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Visits GSES

Charlotte Symphony Orchestra’s Maestro Visits GSES

Maestro Raffaele Ponti of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra brought his “Touring the World with Music” presentation to Good Shepherd.  He spoke with the students about music, composers, and the countries the composers are from.  The students practiced some of the basics of conducting!  Thanks to the Maestro for his presentation.

 

Christmas Pageant

Christmas Pageant

Good Shepherd’s students presented their annual Christmas pageant Wednesday, December 20.  The vocal and instrumental music, the readings, and the costumes made for a wonderful event.  The students worked hard for several weeks in preparation for the pageant.  Special thanks go to Mrs. Bell for directing the event and to all the teachers for their work with costumes and props, along with shepherding the students through the carefully choreographed event.