What’s New in 2022

By August 29, 2022 What We're Up To

Each new school year brings a fresh start and exciting changes.

Thanks to the generosity of supporters like you, we have plenty of exciting additions to our school.  Join us as we begin the 62nd year of ministry at Green Park and celebrate.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. Ephesians 6:10-11

School Garden Blossoms

Thanks to the patience and work of Third Grade Teacher, Ruthann Gieseke, and Teacher Aide, Brenda Chitwood. The two spent the hot dry summer tending to the garden by watering and weeding with some help along the way from student, parent, and other volunteers involved in our GP Garden Club as well as the latest and greatest – a new tilling machine!

Green Park Vikings will soon enjoy the harvest…in the lunchroom. The farm-to-table concept for GP’s lunch program will bring broccoli, tomatoes, radishes, lettuce, potatoes, corn, and more. The colorful flowers might be our neighbor’s favorite part but you might like to see the when the garden “magically” turns over again at the beginning of Fall when our third grade class prepares the garden for the winter months.

Expanded Junior Kindergarten Playground

Fund raising, saving, and generous donors helped make this one possible.  We’ve expanded our Junior Kindergarten enrollment and, therefore, our playground has expanded too!  Catch a glimpse of the expansion as you drive by on Green Park Rd.  The sights and sounds of absolute delight from our 3 and 4 year old students are sure to make your day.

Athletic Department Gets a Facelift

Our Athletics Department is bursting at the seems with new ideas, students starting sports in younger grades (hello basketball and volleyball in 4th grade!), and updated equipment.  We’ve never been so pumped about our Athletics.  New life has been breathed into our program with new volleyball standards, net, and referee stand.  It’s gleaming and just steps away from our field that has had a facelift and is now hosting soccer games for the first time!

1:1 Technology Initiative

Brand new iPads for JK-2nd grade and brand new Chromebooks for 3rd-8th grade were delivered and set up for the start of the new school year. Chromebooks will be pre-loaded with a Google Management Suite that continues to allow GP to act as a Google School. This allows teachers to share documents, websites and assignments with students through Google Classroom. Each child has his/her own Google account allowing access to Drive, Gmail, Google docs and slides. Access to all of these features are available to Google accounts from home as well.

GP Family Grows

Beyond celebrating the newest Junior Kindergarteners of course, be on the lookout. Green Park’s K-8th grade classes have 10 new students, too.

Dan Griffith, 2nd Grade Teacher

Dan brings 6 years of teaching to Green Park. BA in Elementary Education from Southern Illinois University- Edwardsville, as well as completing the colloquy program from Concordia University – River Forest.  He will teach 2nd grade.
“When you walk into Green Park you feel at home. The students, teachers, and staff are all welcoming and invite you into the loving arms of Christ with their words and deeds. There is not a better place to learn and grow, both as a student or staff member, than at Green Park.”

Christine Perko, Art Teacher

Chris brings 29 years of teaching to Green Park.  She has a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from University of MO – St. Louis, a Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction from National Louis University, K-9 Art Certification from St. Louis CC, and an additional +30 Graduate hours: Lindenwood University, Webster University and Truman State
“I am dedicated to engaging and empowering students through art.  I hope that all students will build and hone a set of skills that will help them spark creativity, problem solve, organize their ideas and think outside the box.”