M u s t a n g  N e w s l e t t e r
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Wednesday, 10/21:
Shepherd PTA Meeting
6:30 PM

Friday, 10/23:
Hispanic Heritage Celebration  
2:00 PM

Friday, 10/30:
Awards Assemblies
K-2: 9:00 AM
3-5:  9:50 AM
PreK3 & PreK4: 10:50 AM

Friday, 10/30:
End of First Term
Students Dismissed 
at 12:15 PM

Friday, 10/30:
Self Defense with Mom
12:30 PM

Wednesday, 11/11:
Veteran's Day - No school for students or teachers

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!

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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

The Shepherd PTA and Star Achievers are exploring different opportunities for after school activities at Shepherd.  

Click  here to participate in a survey about possible after school activities.
October 19, 2015 
PYP Update

Hispanic Heritage Month ended last week on October 15. However, students in 2 nd through 5 th grade will be hosting a Hispanic Heritage Celebration on October 23 at 2:00 PM in the auditorium. Please join us!
The first Awards Assembly will take place on October 30, 2015. There will be three Assemblies:
  • Kindergarten through 2nd Grade at 9:00AM 
  • 3rd through 5th Grade at approximately 9:50 AM
  • Pre-School and Pre-Kindergarten beginning at approximately 10:50AM

Please note that this will be half day for students.  We will highlight the Learner Profile of Caring and Inquirer. If your child was nominated for one of these profiles as a parent/guardian, you will receive a reflection sheet from your teacher to share your thoughts and observations of how your child demonstrated the profile at home.  Please look out for the Reflection Sheet by email or hand delivery from your child.  We ask that you complete and return it to the teacher, as soon as possible, and look out for your child picture and reflection on the bulletin board at school.

IB Unit 2 began last week and the four Transdisciplinary themes that are being studied are:
  • Who We Are - Pre School-Discovering Me and Pre- Kinder -All in the Family
  • Where We Are in Place and Time - 2nd Grade - Now and Then; 4th  Grade - All that Glitters is not Gold; 5th Grade - Going West
  • How we Organize Ourselves - Kinder - Where We Live; 3rd Grade - Yes We Can
  • Sharing the Planet - 1st Grade - Amazing Animals
Please see your teacher's grade level newsletter for more details.
Have a super week!

Shepherd Book Fair
The Shepherd Book Fair is open daily from 8:20 AM - 4:00 PM this week. Please shop for books to benefit our school. You can also shop online for our book fair at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/shepherdes     All book sales from the online site will arrive to Shepherd and delivered to your child in early November. Thanks for your support!

Ms. Tiffany
School Librarian

Art Supplies Needed
Our art teacher, Ms. Termini, has requested that the following supplies be donated to the art department:
  • 30 Smocks (old t-shirts will work)
  • Oil Pastels
  • Water Color Sets
  • Colored Pencils
  • Crayons
  • Black Permanent Markers
  • Plastic Crates/Storage Containers
  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Disinfectant Wipes
  • Tissues

If you are able to donate any of the following items or solicit donations from local businesses, it would be greatly appreciated.


Self Defense with Mom
Show Up, Stand Out (SUSO) program with the Georgia Avenue Family Support Collaborative introduces Master Justin Ladson with Prestige Sport Martial Arts.  We are happy to host "Self Defense with Mom" at Shepherd ES!

This is a FREE one time event.  Space is limited - please make sure to RSVP!

Date:  October 30, 2015
Time:  12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Location:  Shepherd Auditorium

To RSVP, please contact Ms. Liggins at 202-576-6140.

A Message from the PTA

Thank you to all who helped make Fall Fest 
such a wonderful event this year.  
 A special shout out to the many teachers, parents, and high school students from Woodrow Wilson SHS who volu nteered on Saturday!


Please join us for th e first PTA meeting of the year 
this Wednesday, October 21st at 6:30 PM 
in the Shepherd Auditorium.  

Childcare will be provided by the Star Achievers Aftercare Program during the meeting.

At the meeting, we will be voting to fill the current vacancy on the Shepherd PTA board.  Families who paid their annual PTA dues of $20 by October 7th are eligible to vote in the election on the 21st.

Meet Jennell Alexander who is the candidate 
 for 1st Vice President of the PTA:

Candidate Statement - Jennell Alexander
Hello Shepherd Community. My name is Jennell Alexander and I am running for 1st Vice President of the Shepherd PTA. I am the proud mother of two Shepherd students, Savannah, 5th grade and Xavier, PK-4.

This is our third year at Shepherd ES. Since joining the school, both my husband and I have been active participants in the school community; by serving as room parents, participating in fund raising events, sitting on community boards 
for the advancement of education in DC public schools, and helping to found the NW Saturday Academy, an engineering and technology program for elementary students, grades 3-5.

In my professional career, I work as a Program Manager for the surgical division at Children's Hospital. I am also an active participant with the Girls Scouts, where I serve as a Cookie parent coordinator for my daughter's troop.

My husband, Christopher and I are grateful for the wonderful experience we have had at Shepherd thus far and look forward to another 6 years. Shepherd is one of the best schools in the city. If selected, I look forward to increasing parental engagement, serving as a liaison with school and administration and advocating for issues concerning parents and students. 

Shepherd Elementary | (202) 576-6140 | mustangshepherd2@gmail.com 
7800 14th Street NW
Washington, DC 20012