Everyone has a “First Day”
when they feel sad and all alone.

It can be so scary

when you’re out on your own.

Take my hankie, dry your tears.

You’ll find lots of things to do

and you’ll probably make new friends.

I promise we’ll be together

when the school day ends.

Here comes the teacher,

blow your nose and be brave.

Come on now wipe your eyes,

this is no way to behave.

“Well, good morning teacher.

We really must beg your pardon.

No, MOMMY doesn’t always act this way.

But it’s my first day of … KINDERGARTEN!”


I’m sure all the parents are as excited as the students are about the first day of school. Here are some first day of school information/tips that may help your first day of school go smoothly.


    Please make sure you bring in the requested school supplies sometime during the first week of school.


    Students are not allowed to be dropped off in front of the school. For safety reasons, we will be keeping the front doors and the gate on Charleville Blvd. locked. Do not try to enter the school via either of those places. The only way to drop off children in the morning is from McCarty Dr. via the alley by the parking structure, proceeding down the alley (toward Charleville Blvd.) by the school and dropping off your children by the open gate. Have your children exit your car on the passenger side and enter the schoolyard gate. This will eliminate children exiting their car and passing behind or in front of the cars in the alley. If you wish to walk into the school with your children, you may park in the parking lot at the end of the alley and ACCOMPANY your children into the school yard via the alley. Children will NOT be allowed to walk in the alley alone. Please stay in your car and drop your children off by the gate where a teacher or Ruddy will be available to help you. The cars in the alley need to keep moving.

    If you wish you wait with your child in school, you will need to find parking around the school (but not in front of the school on Linden Drive. That is only for the PreSchool parents.) or you may park in the parking lot at the end of the alley. If you decide to park on the street, please pay careful attention to the signs because a lot of the parking in the area is by permit parking only.


    When the students get to school, 8th grade students will be standing by the lunch benches with signs that indicate where each class should be sitting and waiting for the bell to ring. The Kindergarten class will be seated at the first set of tables closest to the alley gate. Students are to remain seated until the bell rings. I will be out in the yard before the bell rings to meet the students and to pass out name tags.


    The first bell will ring at 7:55 am. I will direct the students to where they will stand in line every morning for the morning assembly. Your child is NOT considered tardy if he/she is not in line at 7:55 am.

  • 8 am bell:

    When the bell rings at 8 am, the morning assembly will begin. This consists of prayers, pledge of allegiance, pledge to the cross, and morning announcements.

  • TARDY:

    A student is considered tardy if he/she is not in the line when the 8am bell rings. Tardy students will need to wait by the handball court and will get to join the class after they have received their late slip. (I doubt this will be an issue on the first day of school.)


    When the morning announcements are finished, everyone will be dismissed to their classes. Unfortunately, parents are not allowed in the school without signing in at the office first and parents will not be able to hang outside the classroom door. As tempting as it may be to follow your child into the classroom and watch him/her on their first day, you will need to say your good-byes in the yard. The Kindergarten class is the first class to enter the school and the other classes will be waiting for us to enter first.

  • SNACK:

    Please remember to pack only a snack and a drink for the first 3 days of school. We will NOT be having lunch until September 2nd and the school does not provide a snack for the kids. Please send them to school with a healthy snack (no chips, cookies, etc).


    The pick up procedure at the end of the day will be the same as the drop off procedure in the morning. You will need to go through the alley and a teacher at the gate will call for you child to come to the gate. Please tell the teacher your child’s name and grade. (You will soon be getting a name plate with your child’s last name and grade on it that will need to be on the dashboard of your car so the teacher can see it ahead of time.) The students will be lined up similar to the way they were lined up in the morning waiting for their ride.


    Beginning August 26, 2009, on the first day of the new school year, Catholic Charities of Los Angeles, Inc. will be sponsoring the Adeste After School Care Program for Good Shepherd students. The Adeste Program is a program licensed by the State of CA to provide after-school child care from the end of regular classes until 6:00 PM Monday through Friday. For those parents or guardians who do not need regular daily child care, Adeste also has a “drop-in” service on an “as-needed” basis. If you are interested in enrolling your child(ren) in the Adeste program, please go to the school office for a Parent/Guardian Handbook and a Parent/Guardian Contract.  Please review them carefully and return the signed contract on or before the first day of school, August 26, 2009. If you need additional information about the Adeste Program, please contact Ms. Elizabeth Soriano at 310.392.8701.


I hope this helps everyone have a smooth first day of school. If there are any other questions you may have, please feel free to call the school office or email me at

I look forward to meeting everyone!