Good Shepherd Lutheran
GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN DAY SCHOOL K-8

319-393-5656
Christ-Centered Education
WE ARE CHRIST'S AMBASSADORS
Good Shepherd exists to provide excellence in education so that each student is prepared to succeed in their earthly life and to provide Christian truths so that each student is well prepared for their eternal life. It is our mission to reach out with the gospel to the world, but especially in Cedar Rapids and the Corridor. 
A LITTLE MORE ABOUT US
  1. Jesus died for all that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for all and was raised again.
    2 Corinthians 5:15
  2. Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
    Luke 18:16
We hold to the belief that the Bible is the Lord's true and unerring word. As such our entire school centers around the Lord's word in discipline and instruction. We are part of the WELS synod and would be happy to answer your questions and get you in contact with our pastor in order to learn more. 
Vision Statements:
Objectives:
Provide Excellence in Education: Good Shepherd Lutheran School seeks to provide excellence in education by providing an environment conducive for learning.  Good Shepherd Lutheran School will meet and/or exceed all common core standards.
     - “for attaining wisdom and discipline; for understanding words of insight; for acquiring a disciplined and prudent life, doing what is right and just and fair; for giving prudence to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the young.” (Proverbs 1:2-4)
     - Our students will be provided an environment conducive to learning through small class sizes, a qualified teacher, an active engagement in learning, a wealth of classroom tools, and active parental involvement.”Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.

Prepare Students to Succeed in Earthly Life: Our students will recognize that God has uniquely blessed them, and they will use their gifts to the best of their abilities.  “We have different gifts, according to the grace given us.” (Romans 12:6)
     - Our Students will obtain the necessary skills to make them valuable members of society.
     - Our Students will have learning experiences that foster good study habits, critical thinking skills, and problem-solving techniques. “Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old they will not turn from it.”
     - Our students will be actively involved in community outreach.





Provide Christian Truths: Jesus Christ, the solid rock, is the foundation of all we believe and teach.
     - “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heartand united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mysteryof God, namely, Christ” (Colossians 2:2)
     - Good Shepherd Lutheran School will assist parents with their God given responsibility to bring their children up in God’s word. “Fathers, do not exasperate your children; instead, bring them up in the training and instruction of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
     - Good Shepherd Lutheran School will present all teachings of the Bible as God’s inerrant word. “You, however, must teach what is appropriate to sound doctrine.” (Titus 2:1)
     - “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness” (2 Timothy 3:16)

Prepare Students for Eternal Life: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him   shall not perish but have eternal life.” (John 3:16)
     - Our students will confess their sin and be assured of God’s grace in Christ, as both the law and the gospel are clearly presented to them in God’s Word.“…The Holy Scriptures…are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” (2 Timothy 3:15)
     - “Have nothing to do with godless myths and old wives’ tales; rather, train yourself to be godly for physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:7-8)
     - Our students will be taught that the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ our Savior. “…..I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me(John 14:6)

Provide Excellence in Education:
     - Our teacher (K-8) in our school is synodically certified.
     - Good Shepherd Lutheran School will meet, and/or exceed the common core standards and guidelines set by the WELS Commission on Lutheran Schools.
     - Good Shepherd Lutheran Church and the School Committee will provide the necessary support and resources to our teachers through prayer, encouragement funding and volunteering.






Prepare Students to Succeed in Earthly Life:
    - Students will be instructed to understand God’s meaning in “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”(Romans 8:28)
     - The principal, teacher, and the School Committee will determine the feasibility of service projects.  Service projects are foreseen as activities to be performed by our students.  Parent assistance may be necessary at times.  Projects may involve the entire classroom and occur during the school day.  Examples could include assisting the elderly and widows of our congregation, canvassing, or working at a local food bank or soup kitchen for an afternoon.
     - After review of curriculum and achievement test results, the faculty will work to prepare each student to be proficient in core academic areas and enter high school with the ability to be successful.

Provide Christian Truths:
     - Good Shepherd Lutheran School will use the Synod religion curriculum as it relates to Bible Study, Catechism, and Hymnology.
     - During each school year, the school committee will ensure that our upper grade students (4-8) will have the opportunity to attend recruiting activities of Luther Preparatory School in Watertown, WI
     - Teachers will always look for ways to incorporate God’s Word into the secular subjects.This will be included in the curriculum review of all textbooks to be used for the upcoming school year.








Prepare Students for Eternal Life:

     - Students will be expected to attend church worship services regularly.
     - By June of each year the school committee and/or teacher will contact every new and/or young Good Shepherd family (especially families with children of kindergarten age) to encourage them to send their children to our Lutheran elementary school.
     - The school will encourage students to attend Sunday School and VBS.
THE STAFF
  1. Pastor Marques Nelson
    Pastor Marques Nelson
  2. Teacher Emily Seeber
    Teacher Emily Seeber
SPECIAL PROGRAMS
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    Lego League
    FIRST LEGO League (FLL) is an international competition organized by FIRST for elementary and middle school students (ages 9–14). Each year in August, FIRST LEGO League introduces a scientific and real-world challenge for teams to focus and research on.
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    Spanish
    The Spanish program is once a week and is target language using hands on activities, songs and movement in order to foster vocabulary, comprehension, communication and cultural understanding in Spanish.
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Tel.: 319-393-5656
Email: gslutheran@hotmail.com
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2900 42nd Street NE.
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
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