M u s t a n g  N e w s l e t t e r
Shepherd celebrated Mardi Gras and 100 days of school
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Monday, 2/15: 
President's Day - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, 2/16
Science Fair Open House at NOAA, 4:00-7:00

Wednesday, 2/17
Science Fair at NOAA

Shepherd PTA Meeting
6:30 PM

Friday, 2/19:
Annual Ski Trip to Liberty Mountain

PARCC Parent Information Session
8:15 AM

Monday, 2/22:
Parent-Teacher Conferences
No School for Students

Thursday, 2/25:
Shepherd Jazz Night
6:00 PM
IB Learner Profile 

Don't Forget!

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
Happy Winter Star Achievers - 


Star Achiever's Chess Team came in second place at the city-wide Chess Challenge Tournament.
Our team, made up of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders, competed against other Chess Challenge teams from other schools across the city.

Great job Coach Allen and the Shepherd Star Achievers who participated!

For more info on the program visit:
PE Activities
We have both indoor and outdoor PE activities with Mr. Langrock and Mr. Thornton.  Please dress your children for possible outdoor play.

Imagination Stage
Imagination Stage will hold drama class each week for all students, for the next 5 weeks.  Ask your child what they like best about the new class.

New Administration
Plans are underway to hire new administrators for Star Achievers.  An announcement will be made in the near future and all families will have an opportunity to meet the new staff members.

We will be adding BrainPop, a new computer-based program that will focus on Science.

February tuition is now late, late fees will be added to your tuition due.

As always, if you have any questions or comments please check the website sesstarachievers.com or email me at sesstarachievers@gail.com

Thanks for your support -

Claire Riley
Program Director
February 15, 2016 
A Message from Principal Brawley

Dear Shepherd Community,

It was a pleasure to learn about the ways that Mardi Gras is celebrated in different parts of the world. 

It was also exciting to celebrate 100 days of schools by counting everything from Fruit Loops to blocks to goldfish. 

Jade L. Brawley

Science Fair
The Science Fair Open House will be held at the NOAA building on Tuesday, February 16th from 
4 PM - 7 PM.  The address is 1305 East-West Highway in Silver Spring, Md. (across from the Giant, near the Silver Spring metro).  All of the submitted projects will be on display. 

PARCC Parent Information Session 
There will be another opportunity for parents to learn about the PARCC assessment and how we are preparing on Friday, February 19th at 8:15 in the multi-purpose room.
A Reminder About Safety
Due to construction, it is imperative that we strive to maintain a safe and orderly drop-off and pick-up. To this end, we need your support and cooperation. Please adhere to the following:
  • The area designated by the cones is the morning drop-off/afternoon car pool pick-up zone. Please do not park and leave your vehicle. If you need to enter the building, please find an alternate parking space.
  • When arriving, please drop your students off on the side of the street closest to the school building. 
  • When dropping off on the opposite side of the street, please have students walk to the crosswalk so that drivers and staff members can ensure their safety. Avoid allowing children to cross in the middle of the street in between cars.
  • Please steer clear of making u-turns in the middle of 14th Street.

Meet the Author
Our fifth graders traveled to Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library on Thursday, February 11th to meet children's author and Coretta Scott King Award winner Andrea Pinkney, whose works include The Red Pencil and Duke Ellington.

SY15-16 Basketball Season

Our boys basketball team will be returning to the play-offs!

This week, the team will practice on Wednesday and Thursday in preparation for the games, which will take place the week of February 22nd. Time and location for                                   the games are TBD.

Support our Mustangs on our bid to return to the city-wide championship!!! 
FREE STEM Summer Program
FREE STEM Summer Program for 3rd-5th Grade Students
The Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK) program is one of the National Society of Black Engineers' (NSBE) contributions to increasing the representation of black students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. This three-week program is designed to expose children to STEM fields as early as the 3rd grade.  Students participate from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. daily. This year the program will take place at John Burroughs EC from 7/8-8/5. To register click here. For questions, contact Lauren Allen.

Books from Birth
DC Public Library wants to make reading with your child fun and easy for parents and guardians in the District. The library just launched  Books from Birth , a program that mails all children in Washington D.C. a free book each month from 
birth until they turn five.We always encourage families to read with their children because it develops the critical skills children need to be successful in school. Start building your child's own personal library for FREE today. 
Sign up here:

Have questions? Click here for an extensive FAQ or email booksfrombirth@dc.gov.

A Message from the PTA
Shepherd Jazz Night

Mark your calendars and join us for the 27th Annual Shepherd Jazz Night on Thursday, February 25th @ 6:00 PM.

Jazz Night is a long-standing Shepherd tradition for both our school community and the surrounding Shepherd Park neighborhood.  We come together for a potluck dinner and to hear some wonderful jazz from musicians identified each year by Dr. Michael Wallace, founder and ongoing coordinator of Jazz Night.  Invite your neighbors to join us for a great evening of music.

Please bring a dish to share for Jazz Night.  We also need volunteers for set-up, clean-up, and serving food during the event.  Click  here to sign up to bring your dish and to volunteer your time at the event to help make it a success!

If your last name begins with:

A - H:  please bring a main dish
I - N:   please bring a side dish
O - S:  please bring a dessert
T - Z:   please bring drinks (bottled water, juice boxes)

PTA Meeting

Please join us for this month's PTA meeting on Wednesday February 17th @ 6:30 PM.  Childcare provided by the Star Achievers team at no cost to you plus pizza and water for the kids (and adults)!

BoxTops for Education

Don't forget to keep clipping those Box Tops for Education and drop them off in the Box Tops collection box in the main office.  Each one is worth 10 cents - over time, that can add up to a significant fundraiser for our school!

Shepherd Elementary | (202) 576-6140 | mustangshepherd2@gmail.com 
7800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20012