M u s t a n g  N e w s l e t t e r
    Celebrating Read Across America and Black History Month
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Tuesday, 3/15
Francophonie Day

Wilson PTSO Meeting at Shepherd
6:30 PM

Wednesday, 3/16
Star Achievers Open House
4:30 PM

Shepherd PTA Meeting
6:30 PM

Thursday, 3/24
Parent Workshop on Bullying

Monday, 3/28 - Friday, 4/1
Spring Break

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
  Star Achievers Families:

Great News! 
The Before and Aftercare family is welcoming Ms. Angela Jasper as the new Operations Manager, to replace Ms. Riley on-site each day beginning March 21, 2016.  Ms. Jasper is a former DCPS and Montgomery Co. Public School teacher.  She most recently directed an Extended Learning Program at a DC Public Charter elementary school.  We know she will bring great experience and ideas to our activities.

Please meet and greet Ms. Jasper at the Star Achievers Open House from 4:30 to 6:30pm in the Resource Room (next to the school office), then visit aftercare activities and stay for pizza and the PTA meeting at 6:30pm

Imagination Stage in aftercare invites you to come watch the fun:

Tuesday March 8 - 
2nd and 3rd graders, 4 to 5pm  

Wednesday March 9 - 
1st grade, 4 to 5pm

Thursday March 10 - 
4th and 5th graders, 4 to 5 pm

If you are interested in becoming a Board member for the Star Achieves family, email sesstarachievers@gmail.com - we need you to grow our success!

Please remember to pay March tuition before you are charged a late fee. The tuition is late after the 5th of each month.

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
March 4, 2016 
A Message from Principal Brawley

Dear Shepherd Community,

This year's Black History assembly was so inspiring. From the biographies to the dances to the skit performed by the fifth graders, the entire audience was educated and entertained!


Jade L. Brawley

Black History Assembly

Eleanor Lewis, mother of a first grader, wrote:

Thank you to all the staff and students for your hard work and preparation for the Black History Month assembly on Friday, 3/4.  The assembly was a perfect mix of music, entertainment and informative presentations on prominent African Americans.  I am grateful that our daughter attends a school where the totality of America's wonderful history is taught.

Welcome Back

We are pleased to welcome Mrs. Holt back. She was certainly missed.

Nurse Roberts

Nurse Roberts is here on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays until further notice. In her absence, Mrs. Brooks is responsible for administering medication and contacting parents when students are feeling ill or injured.

First in Math
March Math Madness is here and Shepherd has already advanced to the second round of this year's First in Math tournament!

This week's round begins TODAY and ends on Wednesday . The 16 schools with the largest growth in stickers per student during that time period will move on to the next level, the "Sweet 16". 

SY15-16 Boys Basketball 
Congratulations on a great season!!!

Star Achievers Open House

Shepherd ES Star Achiever's Program will be hosting an OPEN HOUSE on Wednesday March 16 from 4:30 to 6:30pm.  

Meet members of the Star Achiever's Board and see what Aftercare has to offer.  Consider becoming a Star Achievers Board Member next year.

Stay for the pizza and the PTA meeting at 6:30pm

Black Girls Code
Black Girls Code: Build a Game in a Day! 
The DC Chapter of Black Girls CODE presents Build a Game in a Day!, a workshop for girls ages 7-17. This workshop will focus on an introduction to game design and development. All BGC workshops are geared towards introducing participants to the technological universe and encouraging them to pursue careers as tech creators and entrepreneurs. No prior computing experience is necessary. The workshop will take place at Capital City Public Charter School on March 19, 10AM - 4PM. Register by March 14 th . Limited scholarships are also available.

DC Public Library Programs
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.

FREE Summer Enrichment Program

Free Summer Enrichment Program for Advanced Rising Middle Schoolers
The Advanced and Enriched Instruction Division is excited to announce that they will be offering the Summer Enrichment Program for the third year! This four-week summer program for highly motivated and precocious rising middle school students (those currently in grades 5, 6, 7) are invited to apply for a spot at Burrville ES, Hardy MS, or Stuart-Hobson MS. The program runs from 7/5-7/29, from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. daily and is free for DCPS students. Students will work in small groups of no more than 15 on topics directly related to their areas of academic interest as well as go on several exciting field trips. For questions, contact Angela.Novak@dc.gov

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.

A Message from the PTA
Election Nominating Committee

The PT A is looking for a few interested parents or school staff members for a short-term, but very important PTA assignment--the Nominating Committee.

The Nominating Committee will be elected at the March PTA Meeting.  From March to April, the Committee will recruit parents interested in running for PTA officer positions.  (Sometimes it's as simple as putting out a call for volunteers.)  The Committee will makes its nominations at the April meeting and will then help get candidate statements published in the 
Mustang before the May meeting.  At the May meeting, the Nominating Committee will conduct the officer elections.

If you're interested in serving on the PTA Nominating Committee, please contact Laura Levine at  L3Seven7@aol.com.  Note that you cannot serve on the Nominating Committee if you or a member of your household are interested in running for office for next year--so it's a good time to start thinking about that as well.  

For more information about the role of the Nominating Committee and the PTA Officer elections, please review the  PTA bylaws on our website.

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