M u s t a n g  N e w s l e t t e r
 The Washington Capitals donated hockey equipment to Shepherd's physical education program and gave our fifth graders a few lessons.
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Monday, 2/22:
Parent-Teacher Conferences
No School for Students

Wednesday, 2/24:
Boys Basketball Game
Wheatley Education Campus, 4:00 PM

Thursday, 2/25:
Primary Spelling Bee 
9:15 AM 

Science Fair Assembly
2:15 PM

Shepherd Jazz Night
6:00 PM

Friday, 2/26:
Ski Trip to Liberty Mountain

Wednesday, 3/2
Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss' Birthday 

Friday, 3/4
Black History Assembly

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.

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 22, 2016 
A Message from Principal Brawley

Dear Shepherd Community,

We were delighted to welcome former Washington Capitals winger Alan May and Slapshot the mascot along with representatives from the Washington Capitals organization, DCPS' Department of Health and Physical Education and various media outlets including CSN, FOX Five and ABC to Shepherd this past Wednesday for a morning of hockey. I even learned a thing or two about holding a hockey stick and hitting the puck!

Likewise, it was exciting to see all of the work of our young scientists and problem solvers on display at NOAA. The judges were definitely impressed with the quality of our students' projects as well as their ability to describe the scientific process.

Jade L. Brawley


Science Fair

SY15-16 Basketball Season
City-Wide Playoffs
Regional Finals

Shepherd v. Wheatley at 4:00

Wheatley Education Campus is located at
1299 Neal Street, NE
(near Gallaudet University)

Support our Mustangs!!!

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.

DC Public Library Programs
Meet Baseball Legend Cal Ripken, Jr.
Thursday, March 3, 2016, 6 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G St. NW
Washington,  D.C.  20001

Meet baseball legend and author Cal Ripken, Jr. and hear him talk about his new children's book, The Closer.

-Books will be available for purchase at the event from Politics & Prose Book Store.
-Customers must purchase a book to enter the signing line.
-Limit one signature per customer.
-The signing line will be limited to the first 150 customers.

Questions? Call DC Public Library at 202-727-1248

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

Don't miss the 27th Annual Shepherd Jazz Night on Thursday, February 25th @ 6:00 PM.

Great live jazz!
Potluck dinner!
Kids and parents welcome! 
Invite your neighbors to join us!

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)

Boys Basketball

Come out to support our Boys Basketball team in their quest for the city championship!

Here is the championship game schedule:

Wednesday Feb 24th @ 4:00 PM
Shepherd vs. Wheatley
Wheatley Education Campus

Friday Feb 26th @ 4:00 PM
Wheatley Education Campus
(Shepherd will play if they win on Wed 2/24)

City Championship Game
Monday Feb 29th @ 5:30 PM
Brown Middle School
(Shepherd will play if they win on Wed 2/24 and Fri 2/26).
Shepherd Elementary | (202) 576-6140 | mustangshepherd2@gmail.com 
7800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20012