Grade 4 will visit the National History Museum
Star Achievers Pizza and Movie Day
Thursday, 11/26 and Friday, 11/27:
Thanksgiving Holiday - No school for students, teachers, and staff
Shepherd Spring Gala Kick-Off Planning Meeting
Professional Development for teachers - No School for students
5:30 - 7:00 PM
Shepherd PTA Meeting
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?
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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.
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.
Greetings Star Achievers Families!
As many of you know, I
am retiring from Star Achievers after three years
with the Before and
I have enjoyed building
especially working with all of the parents, students and
staff in the Shepherd Community.
The process f
or selecting a
replacement has begun,
and I will remain with the Program until the new administration is settled in.
If you or anyone you know
is interested in leading
Star Achievers, please see the position descriptions
for Operations Manager
Thanks for your help in taking Star Achievers to the next level -
A Message from Principal Brawley
Dear Shepherd Community,
May your Thanksgiving be rich with the love of family, the warmth of friendship and the humility of heartfelt gratitude.
Jade L. Brawley
We were pleased that so many parents could attend Friday morning's workshop on bullying.
Given the success of the event and the requests for more information, we are planning to schedule another workshop in January. More details will be forthcoming.
Parent Survey on Increasing Instructional Time
DCPS is looking for feedback from parents on increasing instructional time. As we think about the Fiscal Year 2017 budget and strategies to continue to improve academic outcomes among all students, increasing the school day and the school year are two ideas being considered. As DCPS researches and considers these options, it is imperative to know what our families think about these strategies, and if they were implemented, how families would like increased time in school to be used. Please participate in
. It is important that the responses come from a wide range of school communities to ensure the feedback we collect is representative of all DCPS families. This feedback will inform the FY 2017 budget. Questions or additional feedback can be sent to
|International Baccalaureate PYP Update
As an International Baccalaureate School, action and
service learning are encouraged as part of the curriculum
to help students develop civic responsibility and learn to participate in and around their community. Action and service l
earning support schools in making education more
relevant for students, and benefit students, academically, socially, and emotionally.
Our Kindergarten students will take Action as they wrap
up their current IB Unit entitled "Where We Live". Their
Central Idea is "People working together create
Productive communities". This week, our students will be writing thank you letters to businesses of their choice in
Action and service learning are a meaningful way for
students, teachers, and the school community to work
together with deliberate thought and purposeful action toward a
common goal. The Thanksgiving holiday is the perfect time for
giving thanks, sharing, and spending time with
family and friends.
In the spirit of giving, please continue to send in
your loose change to support our Annual Shepherd
Loose Change Drive. More details are below.
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.
Shepherd Elementary International Festival
Shepherd families are invited to participate in the annual International Festival on Friday, December 11th from 5:30 - 7:00 PM in the School Auditorium.
Share your family's heritage with the school community. Country displays, foods to taste, special performances, and models for a fashion show are welcome.
To volunteer for the International Festival, please complete and return
to Ms. Brooks no later than Tuesday, November 24th.
Ms. Beverly Johnson and Ms. Nicole Pethtel
SY15-16 Basketball Season
Come and support our boys and girls basketball teams on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning this week.
Look out for the complete schedule from Coach Walcott.
Letters About Literature 2015 Contest
Letters About Literature is a reading and writing contest put on each year by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress. This contest is for students in grades 4-12.
Students read a book, poem or speech and write to that author (living or dead) about how the piece affected them personally. Letters are judged on state and national levels. Please consider talking with your child to see if he/she is interested in participating.
If your child chooses to write a letter to an author, you may mail their entry individually or drop it off to Ms. Tiffany in the library by Friday, January 8, 2016. Guidelines and the entry form can be found
. Please feel free to contact Ms. Tiffany at
or stop by the library after school until 3:30 p.m. if you have any questions about the contest.
A big thank you to all who contributed to the bake sale last Wednesday! A special shout-out goes to the winner of the Taste of Shepherd competition ... Ms Beverly's Sweet Potato Pies.
At last week's PTA meeting, several families asked for a refresher on the easy ways that you can support Shepherd. Here are a few reminders ...
1. The Amazon Smile Program donates 0.5% of eligible Amazon Smile purchases to Shepherd. When you are planning to make a purchase from Amazon, go to Amazon via the Amazon Smile link on the bottom left of the Shepherd ES homepage. Amazon will automatically send the percentage of your purchases to Shepherd.
2. Lots of other companies will also donate a percentage of your purchases automatically including Giant, Safeway, and Target. For most companies, you need to redesignate Shepherd ES as your recipient of choice. Click
to view supporting organizations and the Shepherd ID code.
Music for Mustangs instruments should be here this week! Mr. Gonzalez has selected a number of percussion instruments for the Shepherd music program. A huge thank you to the Rona and Jeffrey Abramson Foundation for their contribution of $5000 of the Music for Mustangs campaign. Big thanks also go to ANC 4A for their contribution of $500 and to all of you who contributed to the first Shepherd crowdfunding initiative last school year.
Please join us for the Spring Gala planning meeting on Wednesday, December 2nd @ 6:30 PM. Volunteers are needed for the following committees:
Event Planning - food, drinks, decorations, etc.
Auction Logistics - auction software, coordination
Fundraising - silent auction donations, corporate sponsorship
Shepherd History - help put together info about the history of Shepherd ES
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer for a gala committee. We look forward to seeing you at the kick-off meeting!