M u s t a n g  N e w s l e t t e r
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Tuesday, 11/4:
LSAT Meeting  
4:00 PM

Wednesday, 11/11:
Veterans Day - No school for students, teachers, and staff

Wednesday, 11/18:
PTA Bake Sale
3:15 - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, 11/18:
PTA Meeting
6:30 PM

Wednesday, 11/25:
Star Achievers Movie Day

Thursday, 11/26 and Friday, 11/27:
Thanksgiving Holiday - No school for students, teachers, and staff

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!

IB Learner Profile

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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
Greetings Star Achievers Families!

We are winding down October and look forward to the late Fall activities:
Mr. Langrock has joined aftercare on Fridays so all K-5 th will be using the lower field on Fridays for games while the weather is great.

We will not have a Halloween party in aftercare but WILL have a Movie Day Wednesday November 25 th right before Thanksgiving.

There will also be a Dance in the gym with a DJ Thursday November 19 - from 4 to 5pm for early grades and 5 to 6pm for the older students.

Mr. Gonzalez has also joined the aftercare roster and all grades Ps3 - 5 will take turns in the music room Tuesdays and Thursdays between 4 and 6pm.
Stay tuned for more activities as we schedule them, and visit sesstarachievers.com
Enjoy -
Claire Riley
Program Director

November 2, 2015 
A Message from Principal Brawley
Ms. Brawley's column will return soon.
PYP Update
November's Learner Profile is Thinker. A thinker is someone that exercises initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to make sound decisions and to solve complex problems.

As a school community, our challenge this month is to acknowledge and to encourage student's curiosity. To inspire their curiosity, we will help students to make meaningful connections to validate their thinking. Teachers have a challenge to find and to keep that spark in the classroom and, parents, your challenge is to help to nurture their curiosity at home. We can stimulate student's curiosity through:

* Building activities around their interests, their preferences, and around their sense of challenge.
* Acknowledging them as we listen to their thoughts and respond to what they care about.

When curiosity is present we know students are thinking.

Passport to Peace
The National Bullying Prevention month has ended. However, through Passport to Peace, students will continue to discuss, to learn and to develop positive attitudes towards people, the environment, and learning. During the month of November, the attitudes that will be highlighted are Commitment, Cooperation and Creativity.

Did you Know? The IB attitude Creativity supports the Learner Profile trait of Thinker.
How? Thinkers are creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas.

Awards Day
The Awards Day Assembly took place on October 30, 2015. Congratulations to the Learner Profile recipients for Caring and Inquirer and to our other award winners.

Have a Super week!

Sandra Hart
IB Coordinator

Visual Arts Update
Last week, information about a contest from Google called Doodle 4 Google was sent home. 
The information was sent home with our Fourth grade students in Ms. Trogisch and Ms. Ulba's class.  The contest theme is, "What Makes Me", a modern twist on a self-portrait. The winner of the contest  will have their artwork appear on the Google homepage. They will also receive a $30,000 college  scholarship and a $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for Shepherd.

The contest runs from now until December 7, 2015, when submissions close. Students can use any 
materials they want to create their artwork. The Artwork can be submitted through the mail or through  email online. Please let me know if you are interested in participating. Students in Third and Fifth  grade can see me for more information or an entry sheet if they are interested in participating.

This contest is for grades K-12.  Click here to visit the Doodle 4 Google website for additional information.   Click  here  for the contest entry form.

Please contact me by email at camellia.termini@dc.gov to let me know if you are interested in participating.
Loose Change Fundraiser

The annual Shepherd Loose Change Fundraiser will run from November 3rd - December 1st. Proceeds benefit a family in need for Christmas and support needed changes at our school. 

Students are encouraged to bring pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters to school to fill up the loose change bag in their classrooms.  Bills accepted too!

Pizza party for the class that collects the most money in the Loose Change Fundraiser

Click here for a flyer about the Loose Change fundraiser.

Basketball Tryouts
Basketball tryouts continue this week on Monday (11/2) and Tuesday (11/3) after school in the auditorium/gymnasium.  Fourth and fifth grade girls and boys are invited to try out for the Shepherd basketball teams.  Students must report to tryouts in athletic clothes and shoes.

A Message from the PTA
Final Fall Hoodie Sale

The PTA is placing one more order for hoodies (child and adult sizes) this week.  

To reserve a hoodie, send an email to: ShepherdPTAPresident@gmail.com. 

Please include the following information: name, phone number, and size(s).  Be sure to specify child or adult size.

Preorders must be received by this Wednesday, November 4th @ 11:59 PM to be included.

Box Tops for Education

Keep clipping those Box Tops and bring them in to the drop box in the main office at Shepherd.  Include a note with your child's name, grade, and classroom teacher.  The class submitting the most Box Tops will celebrate with a pizza party!

Calling all Party Planners

Thank you to the parents, teachers, and staff who have volunteered to help with the annual Shepherd Spring Gala.  The Gala needs more volunteers to help with fundraising, solicitation of donations for the silent and live auctions, and event planning and logistics.   

We are currently forming our Gala leadership team and committees.  Please send an email to anne.mcleer@gmail.com to volunteer.

PTA Bake Sale - Wednesday November 18th

Back by popular demand - Ms. Beverly's sweet potato pies.  If you missed them at Fall Fest 2015, now is your chance!  Visit the PTA Bake Sale on Wednesday, November 18th from 3:15 - 6:00 PM.

Additional bakers needed.  Please send an email to ShepherdPTAPresident@gmail.com to volunteer baked goods for the bake sale.


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