Hands-on Learning with Bean Counting

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By Laraine Lyons, Kindergarten/1st Teacher In my 30+ years of teaching, I have come across many different teaching strategies. Some are better than others, but I have found that when the children can actually touch objects and move them around they are more engaged. Bean Counting is a hands on activity that teaches the student […]

Growing Faith in Kids 101

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Growing Faith In Kids 101 by Susan Burke As parents and educators we embrace and celebrate every milestone in our children’s lives. We watch them grow physically, mentally, and socially. But what about their faith? What does faith development look like? John Westerhoff sums it up best. He likens faith to a tree trunk. “The […]

A week in the GLS Preschool Green Room

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By: Miss Bonnie Braselton Gethsemane Lutheran School’s, Preschool Green room experienced a fun, fantastic and friendly first week of school! Students in this class are four to five years old and are a busy bunch. We took time to meet new friends by playing games and asking questions, but more than that, we were started […]


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A Private School Where Service to Others is a Tradition Around this time of year we all start thinking about what we can do better, for ourselves, our health or our community. At a small school in the East Valley, doing better for the community is something of a tradition. While the students at Gethsemane […]

How chairing the auction opened my eyes

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GLS AUCTION: Not just another fundraiser Since I was asked to Chair this year’s school auction I have learned a lot. I have learned that there are a million moving parts to this event. I have learned that we have amazing, talented volunteers at GLS willing to give their time and skills. I have also […]

Help Us Spread the Word About GLS

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Through research one thing we know about schools like ours is that you, our parents, are the best marketing tool we have. By sharing your good experiences, the blessings you have felt and the ways you have seen God work in our school and through your children, you help us to reach new families. Here […]

Gethsemane student caddies for Tiger Woods

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Gethsemane Lutheran School 3rd grader, Jimmy Twombley, recently enjoyed a once in a lifetime experience. Jimmy and his sister Terryn won the right to caddy for pro golfers at the Waste Management Phoenix Open’s Pro-Am day. By participating in a fundraiser for the First Tee of Phoenix, both Jimmy and Terryn were two of a small group of […]

Is your child ready for kindergarten?

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How can you tell if it’s the right time to send your child to Kindergarten? This is a question that causes many parents to worry, but there are answers. Lorna Kemper, Principal at Gethsemane Lutheran School, has made those decisions as a parent and helped other parents make smart decisions for their children. Kemper says […]

Making your private education FREE in Arizona

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How much are you paying for your child’s private education? Did you know a number of families here at Gethsemane don’t pay a dime for their child’s tuition. Tax credit organizations in Arizona like ALSO and ACSTO make this possible and you can take advantage of them. Every year these organizations give away thousands of […]

Play is a Child’s Work

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By Sharyn Buddenhagen Do you remember when your child first began to speak? We were so excited to hear those first words yet many mistakes were made as they learned to approximate and improve their speech. We did not mind the mistakes, or worry that they would always talk that way, but instead modeled and […]