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What’s New in 2023

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 63rd year of ministry at Green Park and celebrate.

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. Ephesians 2:8-9

School Garden Blossoms

Thanks to the patience and work of Dave Rusert 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.

Brand New Playground

Fund raising, saving, and generous donors helped make this one possible.  We’ve expanded our enrollment and, therefore, our playground has expanded too complete with new climbing structures, slides, and swings. Catch a glimpse of it as you attend Green Park soccer games!

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!

Technology Advancements

iPads for JK-2nd grade and Chromebooks for 3rd-8th grade were set up for the start of the new school year. Chromebooks are 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.

Each classroom is equipped with state of the art Promethean Boards which allow teachers an electronic chalkboard, to connect with students using their devices, and utilize it within their daily teaching for videos, pictures, and more.

GP Family Grows

Beyond celebrating the newest Junior Kindergarteners of course, be on the lookout. Green Park’s K-8th grade classes have continued to grow and we’ve added second classrooms in many of the grades.

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.”