Alexander R. Shepherd Elementary School
An International Baccalaureate School
 M u s t a n g  N e w s l e t t e r
In This Issue
Dates to Remember

Monday, 8/22
First Day of School, K-5

Thursday, 8/25
First Day of School, Pre-K3 and 4

Monday, 9/5
Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

Wednesday, 9/14
Back to School Night, 6:00

Friday, 9/23
Picture Day

Don't Forget!

The Lost and Found is located in the Welcome Center.

Any items left in the lost and found will be donated to a  local charity on the last Friday of the month.

Shop for Shepherd!

Did you know that many local stores like Giant and Safeway will donate a percentage of your purchases to Shepherd?

Visit the PTA website to find out how:   Shop for Shepherd!

Dress Code

Shepherd Elementary is a uniform school. The uniform consists of a white top and navy blue bottoms. All students are expected to adhere to the uniform policy.

Spirit Day
Every Friday is Spirit Day! Everyone is encouraged to show their Mustang Pride by wearing the school colors, gold and green along with any other Shepherd apparel.

Star Achievers

August 22, 2016 
A Message from Principal Brawley

Dear Shepherd Community,

The past two days have been very exciting!

Greeting our students each morning as they arrive, eager to explore and discover, is definitely one of the highlights of my job.

Likewise, the transformation of our courtyard and the creation of our atrium continue to take my breath away.

As stated on our marquee, Shepherd is truly one 'jewel of a school.'


Jade L. Brawley

Morning Arrival
Students in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade enter the multi-purpose room through the blue doors, located closest to the intersection of 14th and Jonquil Streets. 

Students in Pre-Kindergarten 3 and 4 will enter the building through the door that is located near the 
Pre-K3 wing. There will be gold balloons to indicate the entrance.

New Faces
There are many new members of the Shepherd staff. 
Fatima Freeman, Math Instructional Coach 
Sika Awunyo-Akaba, Pre-K3
Elizabeth Hagan, Kindergarten
Keante Moorer-Montgomery, Grade 1
Promithious Denmark, Grade 1
John Clayborn, Grade 3
Michelle Dickey, Grade 4
Carmen Garner, Art
Mandy Anderson, Library/Media Specialist
Vaughnell Cloud, Educational Aide
Terri McCray, Educational Aide 

Dietary Accommodations SY 16 - 17
With the new school year and new vendors feeding students, it is imperative that any student with dietary restrictions complete the proper form and return to the school nurse/send to Food and Nutrition Services as quickly as possible so proper accommodations can be made. Forms can be found on the website

City-Wide Community Engagement Meetings with the Deputy Mayor of Education (DME) (8/30, 9/7) 
The Office of Family and Public Engagement has partnered with the Deputy Mayor of Education to support a citywide discussion on how DCPS can continue to rise and thrive through a Chancellor transition. This series of meetings will provide parents and community members the opportunity to share their hopes and dreams for DCPS as we transition to a new Chancellor. The feedback gathered at these citywide meetings will be shared with the new Chancellor. These meetings are projected to draw large numbers of attendees and we want your school community to be represented at these events. To ensure parents have an opportunity to attend these meeting we recommend that your Back to School Night not be scheduled on 8/30 and 9/7 if you can help it - citywide meetings will take place at Roosevelt and Eastern respectively. OFPE will share additional information on these meetings as it becomes available. For information on the Chancellor selection process, visit or contact us at

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7800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20012