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The Parents' Association (PA) at Good Shepherd Lutheran School is a collaborative group of parents who work towards establishing bridges of trust and communication between the School administration, teachers, parents, and students.


The mission of the Parents' Association at Good Shepherd Lutheran School is to enhance the academic and social experience for all within the community of parents, teachers, and students.


  • To promote support and fellowship among parents in an effort to build upon our Christian community;
  • To foster a partnership, which incorporates cooperation and goodwill, among parents, teaching staff, administration, and the school board;
  • To support our administration and teaching staff through the many talents and resources of our parents;
  • To encourage parent participation in activities which will enhance the academic, spiritual, and physical learning environments of our children;
  • To coordinate school fundraisers through the school board which will provide revenues for otherwise unbudgeted items or services for the academic, athletic, and extracurricular programs and social events for our families and faculty;
  • To provide opportunities for students to perform and otherwise demonstrate special skills learned during the year;
  • To stimulate participation, attendance, and excellence in our athletic and extracurricular programs.

2017-2018 Parents' Association Officers:

  • President(s): Annie van den Toorn, Shawna Mullarkey
  • Vice President: Sandra Dolan
  • Secretary: Judy Riccio
  • Treasurer: Karen Leech


1) Community Outreach and Events Committee: Strengthen the GSLS community: improve "community" at current events, organize new events to bring families together, etc.

  • Community Outreach & Events Chair
  • New Families Ambassador(s)
  • Room Parent Lead(s)
  • Chapel Receptions Lead(s)
  • Back-to-School Night & Open House Receptions Lead(s)
  • Mom/Parent Night Out Social(s) Lead(s)
  • Church Liaison
  • Helping Hands Leads
  • Uniform Exchange Captain
  • Yearbook Editors
  • MS Events Chair
  • MS Graduation Reception Lead (6th grade responsible)
  • MS Christmas Breakfast Lead
  • Room Parents (pre-K – 5th)
  • Middle School Class Representatives (6th, 7th, 8th)
  • Events:
    • First-Day-Back Event Chair
    • Talent Show Chairs (Event, Sound, Snack Shack, Marketing and Communication, Rehearsals, Volunteer Coordinator)
    • Book Fair Chairs (Marketing, Event, Volunteer Coordinator)
    • Someone Special Dance Chair
    • Lucky To Have You Dance Chair


2) Fundraising Committee - implements strategy for fundraising to support PA goals; oversees events and recruits volunteers, undertakes new fundraisers/events to generate funding.

  • Fundraising Chair
  • Pizza Fundraiser Lead
  • Dine and Donate Lead (Rebounderz and one restaurant)
  • eSCRIP Lead
  • Sports Basement Lead
  • ES Ice Cream Fundraiser Lead
  • MS Ice Cream Fundraiser Lead
  • Auction Chairs
    • Event
    • Donations
    • Backend/Systems
    • Marketing/Communication


3) Academic and Enrichment Council - supports and celebrates enrichment programs and events.

  • Academic and Enrichment Council Chair
  • Weekly Art Volunteer (ES)
  • Weekly Art Volunteer (MS)
  • Weekly Drama Volunteer
  • Elementary School (3rd – 5th) Drama Production Team
    • Wardrobe/Costumes
    • Make-up Leads
    • Communication and Marketing
    • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Middle School Drama Production Team
    • Wardrobe/Costumes
    • Make-up Leads
    • Communication and Marketing
    • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Gardening Program Lead
  • Christmas Concert (4th - 8th) Reception Lead
  • Art and Music Night Event and Reception Lead(s)

 4) Appreciation Committee - fosters culture of appreciation for work done by teachers, staff, volunteers.

  • Appreciation Chair
  • Annual Staff-Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and Celebration Chair/Team
  • Volunteer Appreciation Event Leads
  • Staff-Teacher Appreciation Acknowledgment Lead (annual gift & quarterly treat)
  • School/PA Event Appreciation Coordinator

 5) Communication Committee - Works to effectively communicate regarding PA and school events and volunteer opportunities, provides forums for parent education, updates the PA section of website, etc.

  • Communication Chair
  • Parent Education Lead(s)
  • Marquee Lead
  • Quarterly PA News Lead


The PA will hold three General PA meetings this school year: September 13, January 10, and May 9. The Governing Committee (officers, committee chairs, key leads) will meet all other months on the second Wednesday at 8:45 a.m. in the Fellowship Hall. All GSLS parents, from preschool to middle school, are strongly encouraged to attend the PA General meetings which will be designed with the broader community in mind and will include a parent education segment.

You can view Febuary 2018 meeting minutes - HERE

What parents can do:

  • Get Involved! Volunteer for a role with the PA or a PA event. We need you!
  • Sign-up for eSCRIP: EScrip Sign Up This is basically FREE MONEY for GSLS as we earn a % of sales for every dollar spent by parents at Nugget, Target, and other stores and services. Sign-up today -- it's EASY!
  • Consider being a Room Parent – a critical role, the Room Parent helps to create a fabulous, organized year for each class.
  • If your child likes pizza, sign up for Pizza Wednesdays! This is a big fundraiser for the PA and the kids love it!
  • Attend Dine and Donate events throughout the year. GSLS will receive a donation from each business.
  • Attend community events and fundraisers throughout the year and enjoy our school, community and kids!

The 2017-2018 Volunteer of the Year is now being voted on! Please download the Volunteer form HERE and vote for the person you feel made a tremendous impact to our school this past year.  Please send your filled out form to Annie Van Den Toorn at or drop off a hard copy at the main office.  Thank you very much for your participation! 


Please utlize the PA reimbursement form to request any funds.
PA Reimbursement Form