M u s t a n g  N e w s l e t t e r

In This Issue
May and June: 
Dates to Remember
Wednesday, 5/20:
- PTA Meeting
- Progress Reports Go Home
Thursday, 5/21:
Parent Academy: Preventing Summer Regression (8:15 am)
Friday, 5/22:
Mustang Bucks
Monday, 5/25:
Memorial Day - No School
Wednesday, 5/27:
Family Night at 6 pm (New Date!)
Friday, 5/29:
Field Day - All Day - Volunteers Needed!

June Dates

Wednesday, 6/3:
5th Grade Exhibition

Friday, 6/5:
BWL Concert

6/9 Boys to Men Event

Tuesday, 6/9:
Specialist Showcase (Calendar Addition!)

Wednesday, 6/10:
Talent Show

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Don't Forget!

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!

Music for Mustangs!


Our talented new music teacher, Mr. Rudy Gonzalez, wants to give all Shepherd students the opportunity to play a musical instrument. To make that dream a reality, we need your help to purchase musical instruments!


The Shepherd PTA is sponsoring the first Shepherd crowd-funding effort. Click here (http://www.shepherd-elementary.org/support-us/music-for-mustangs/) to make a contribution to Music for Mustangs and see what prizes you can earn!


Don't forget to watch the Music for Mustangs video, featured on Shepherd's website!


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Come One . . . 
           Come All . . . 

The Mustang is looking for a few good writers to serve as contributors to the The Student Scoop, a student-written column that will appear in every Mustang.  

Keep your schoolmates up to date on what's happening at Shepherd for a student's-eye view!

If you are interested, please send an email to 
Subject: Student Writer

We want your voice in the Mustang!

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Content Submissions
The Mustang is the biweekly newsletter for Shepherd Elementary and community.  


We welcome community-relevant submissions of announcements (100-200 words) or articles (300-500 words) to add to the newsletter.  


The Mustang is published on the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month; please submit items two weeks in advance in order to be included in the next Mustang.



The Mustang staff reserves the right to edit announcements and articles for space and content, and to decline submissions of inappropriate subject matter.  Advertisements and solicitations are not permitted.

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May 18, 2015 

Welcome to the Mustang e-Newsletter!  

Look for a new publication every 1st and 3rd Monday to stay connected with Shepherd school and community news. 

A Word from the Principal
Greetings Shepherd Families!

I hope that you are well.  It has been a very busy two weeks at Shepherd.  Thank you for supporting our events and helping make them a success. 

Field Day - May 29, 2015
Calling all volunteers!   Field day is two weeks away and volunteers are needed.     We would love to have at least 5 volunteers per class.  However, the more volunteers we have, the better.   To volunteer please contact Mr. Langrock at jeff.langrock@dc.gov

Action Plan
On Friday, May 8, 2015, I shared with you information about the parent meeting which was held on Wednesday, May 6, 2015.   During this meeting I recommitted to making certain that we, Shepherd staff members, do our part in moving Shepherd from good to greater.    This commitment is made available via a short-term action plan which can be found by using the link below.  The short term action plan is for the last few weeks of school; however, if we are going to have continued success all stakeholders (including parents) must be active, engaged and involved.   Please look for an opportunity to meet, join a staff/parent committee and take action.  Click here to view Action Plan.

Playworks Training
On Wednesday, May 26th Shepherd school-based staff, Ms. Riley and other members of Star Achievers before/aftercare staff will participate in Playworks training. Playworks is design to equip Shepherd staff with strategies and tools to help maintain a fun, energetic, safe and inclusive recess period. I will share more about Playworks after the training; however, to learn more please visit http://www.playworks.org/.

Weekly Phone/Email Messages
Weekly messages are sent via the school's automated Blackboard messaging system. If you are not receiving both email and phone messages and you would like to be included, please contact Mrs. Brooks in the main office.

Visitors Must Report to the Main Office
Please remember that all guests (parents included) must sign-in at the security desk, receive a visitor's badge and report to main office before moving throughout the building. Packages and messages for students/teachers should be left in the main office. Students will not be released to parents during the day without a notice from the main office. 

Traffic Patrol
There are good traffic days and we have seen improvements over the years; however, there is a continuous need for improved traffic flow. Let's end this year on a positive note by remembering the following "do's":
  • Do remain in your car when you pull to the 14th Street curb in the morning between the hours of 8:00 and 9:00 as well as the afternoon between 3:00 and 4:00.  The front of the school is for drop-off and pick-up only.  If you would like to walk your student, please find street parking elsewhere.  If you are not comfortable with your student walking alone, please ask a staff member to assist.
  • Do make certain that your student is ready to exit the car when you pull to the curb.  This will help limit cars backed-up beyond the crosswalk.
  • Do be attentive and remain off your cell phones during pick-up and drop off.  The more attentive we are the better.
  • Do keep traffic moving by not making U-turns, backing-up or stopping in the middle of the street.  Pull to a curb, find a parking space or circle the block.
  • Do remain patient.
Calling Volunteers for Traffic Patrol
If you are an early arriver and you have a few minutes, please volunteer to help with traffic patrol. Take action by: standing at the curbs by the crosswalks not attended to by the crossing guard and helping families cross safely; standing on the 14th street sidewalk reinforcing traffic rules and reminding traffic violators of our expectations; helping students transition into the building safely. Volunteer hours are between 8:15 and 8:45 and 3:00 and 3:30. You do not have to sign-up, just show up!

Have a great week!

Jamie Miles


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Thank you for Supporting
Shepherd's Spring Gala and Auction
Thank you to the Shepherd community for a wonderful spring gala and auction event on Saturday evening!  

The Wilson High School Atrium was festive and the energy of Shepherd parents and teachers was palpable. 

Special shout-outs to the teachers and parents for outstanding class projects this year; Ledo's Pizza owners Kelly and Tim Shuy for their sponsorship and matching funds during the live auction; and the auction committee for putting together a great event.


The Student Scoop
Written by: Kennedy Mack
This is your Mustang Student Scoop. During the week of May 4th, it was Teacher Appreciation Week and that's when you give all the teachers and other adults at the school a gift. Some students gave their teacher flowers or sweets. We really appreciate everything that our teachers do for us during the school year.

On May 6th, my sister's Pre-K class had Muffins With Mom to celebrate Mother's Day. My Mom and sister got to eat breakfast together in the classroom. On May 15th, my sister's class had a field trip to visit the Be With Me Playseum in Bethesda MD. Also, my last field trip was three weeks ago and we got to see the movie Monkey Kingdom. The movie was about monkeys trying to get food and learning how to get use to their environment. We had fun on the field trip because we got to eat at Chick-fil-A restaurant.

Since it is the end of the school year, there are a lot of activities so I will have more scoops to report.

Updates from Shepherd's Star Achievers
Hello Star Achievers Families!

As we head into the last month of school, please be aware of the following:

Kindergarten Event - Katriona's Castle - Thursday, May 14 from 4 to 5 pm 

Dance Showcase - Student Performances - Wednesday, May 27 from 4 to 5 pm

We continue our Imagination Stage, Yoga, Dance and Art Classes until May 30.

Yoga Student Showcase - Wednesday, June 3 from 4 to 5 pm

We will also have ice cream day, Movie Day, Photo Booth Day, Karaoke Day. and we will be working on art projects to decorate the gym for 5th grade graduation. Visiting us will be Under the Sea and Jali-D the educational rapper.

Before and Aftercare Next Fall 2015/16 SY:

On-line, in person and mail-in registration begins August 3 and closes Friday August 24. All students registered and paid for before the first day of school will have a place in before/aftercare. After that date, once a class is full we will keep a waiting list.

Violin will continue with Mr. Giles teaching a beginner and advanced class for semester 1. Please watch your mailbox for details -  we will include all Star Achievers News in mailings that go out this summer as well as school emails.

Finally, DON'T FORGET TO CHECK THE SCHOOL WEBSITE shepherd-elementary.org for all the latest news for Before and Aftercare!

Stay Cool - Claire Riley, Program Director
Shepherd's Library Update
Calling all library books! All library books are due back by Friday May 29 to allow time for our end of the school year inventory. Please check around your home for any school library books. We love getting our books back so other students may enjoy them. 

If your child has lost his or her library book, please email Ms. Tiffany atchristina.tiffany@dc.gov Thank you!


IB PYP Update at Shepherd
Passport to Peace  is an integral part of our International Baccalaureate program. Every 3 weeks students are introduced to a new IB Attitude. Students are recognized for displaying the attitude by receiving the honor of wearing an "Attitude" lanyard. Throughout the year the goal is for students to demonstrate their understanding of each of the attitudes through their actions and reflections. This signifies that students are one step closer to becoming global citizens.

This week's focus is Appreciation: We want students to appreciate the wonder and beauty of the world and its people.  On Friday you will receive a P2P newsletter. Please take time to review this newsletter with your student. 

Thank you for an AWESOME Bike to School Day!

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7800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20012