What’s New

By January 14, 2020 September 14th, 2021 Featured, What We're Up To

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

Thanks to the generosity of you through the “Fulfilling His Vision” capital campaign, we have plenty of exciting additions to our school.  Join us as we begin the 61st 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

A new surge of energy brought growth and enthusiasm for the school garden. 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. Thanks to Board Member, Mike Wuerffel, and son, Dr. Joe Wuerffel, for spraying and analysis. 

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.

Parking Lot Smoothed Over

It’s been years of discussion, plenty of fund raising, and saving. The parking lot is new again. Sure it’s tough to mark it as a celebration point but hey, we’re proud for pulling it together. Plus we think you and your children are much safer for it. Doesn’t hurt to have some sweet new hopscotch markings too.

K-8 Science Curriculum Unveiled

Middle School Science Teacher, Ann Ryherd, has spent her time upgrading GP’s new Science curriculum. The long-awaited updates come to us for the beginning of school completely integrated. K-8 will use Inspire Science while 6-8th graders will study from McGraw Hill’s iScience. From the integration of virtual labs to video games to compliment the lessons, there will be plenty of tools. Teachers are excited about the leveled tests and each unit including a STEM lab. “I’m excited about it because it’s all there – all graphically organized including formative assessments.” – Ann Ryherd

1:1 Chromebook

1:1 Technology Initiative

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 19 new students, too. We’ll start small and let you know about the latest faculty and staff additions.

Brenda Dean, Art 5th/6th Grade Language Arts, 5th grade Math

Brenda brings 32 years of teaching to Green Park.  She earned a Bachelor’s Elementary Education from Concordia College, River Forest, IL.  She will teach 5th and 6th grade Language Arts and 5th grade Math.
“We recently moved from Tampa, Florida. We were led to St. Louis when my husband accepted a job as Executive Director at St. John’s Lutheran Church and School in Arnold. I was pleased to find that God had a special place for me as well, here at Green Park Lutheran School. I was pleased to find that God had a special place for me as well, here at Green Park Lutheran School.”