M u s t a n g  N e w s l e t t e r
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Friday, 2/5:
Schoolwide Spelling Bee for grades 3-5, 9:15 AM

Tuesday, 2/9:
Prospective Parent Open House
10:00 AM

Friday, 2/11:
Jump Rope for the Heart

Report cards will be sent home

Friday, 2/12:
Professional Development - 
NO SCHOOL for students

Monday, 2/15: 
President's Day - NO SCHOOL

Friday, 2/19:
PARCC Parent Information Session
8:15 AM
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
Happy Winter Star Achievers - 

As we focus our attention indoors, please note that Imagination Stage will be coming to aftercare once a week from February 2 to March 18th.

Pre K-3, PreK-4 and Kindergarten:

4-5pm Fridays Feb 5, 19 and March 4, 11 and 18

Grade 1:

4-5pm Wednesdays February 23, 10, 17, 24 and March 2, 9

Grades 2 and 3:

4-5pm Tuesdays  Feb 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 1, 8

Grades 4 and 5;

4-5pm Thursdays  February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 3, 10

The classes are Creative Drama for younger students and the Fundamentals of Acting for 4th and 5th graders.  

Please see the Imagination Stage Website for more details about their wonderful program - imaginationstage.org
Inclement Weather/Building Closings:  

Before and aftercare are open if the building is open.  If the building closes for any reason during the hours of our operation - 7:30-8:30am and 3:10 to 6:30pm we must close.  If there is a two-hour delay, there is no Beforecare.

We will resume outdoor play when the weather allows. Please dress your children accordingly.

Tuition for February is due Monday February 1 and is late after February 5th.  All accounts must be up-to-date to use the service.  If you pay by semester your payment is due no later than February 5.

Thanks for your support -

Claire Riley
Program Director
February 1, 2016 
A Message from Principal Brawley
Dear Shepherd Community,

It is hard to believe that it is February!

Although it is the shortest month of the year, February is full of activities and opportunities to learn about the people and events that have shaped our history. 


Jade L. Brawley

Spelling Bee
Shepherd will have our annual Spelling Bee for students in grades 3-5 on Friday, February 5th. The top two winners will advance to the city-wide competition.

Jump Rope for the Heart

Jump Rope for the Heart is a fun event where students jump rope, learn about their heart and how to keep it healthy, while raising money for the American Heart Association.

Science Fair
Currently, we are working with NOAA to reschedule the science fair due to the blizzard. Please stay tuned for more information about the new dates and times for this year's fair.

PARCC Parent Information Session 
There will be another opportunity for parents to learn about the PARCC assessment and how we are preparing on Friday, February 19th at 8:15 in the multi-purpose room.
A Reminder About Safety
Due to construction, it is imperative that we strive to maintain a safe and orderly drop-off and pick-up. To this end, we need your support and cooperation. Please adhere to the following:
  • The area designated by the cones is the morning drop-off/afternoon car pool pick-up zone. Please do not park and leave your vehicle. If you need to enter the building, please find an alternate parking space.
  • When arriving, please drop your students off on the side of the street closest to the school building. 
  • When dropping off on the opposite side of the street, please have students walk to the crosswalk so that drivers and staff members can ensure their safety. Avoid allowing children to cross in the middle of the street in between cars.
  • Please steer clear of making u-turns in the middle of 14th Street.

Passport 2 Peace
Program of Inquiry
This week is the start of our fourth Unit of Inquiry. 

In Pre-Kindergarten 3,  students will be exploring the theme HOW WE ORGANIZE OURSELVES. Students will be inquiring about things that move and investigating and learning about transportation.
In Pre-Kindergarten, students will be exploring the theme of HOW THE WORLD WORKS . Students will be inquiring about our environment and learning about the earth's surface.
In Kindergarten, the theme is SHARING THE PLANET . They will be inquiring about our earth's natural cycles.
In First Grade, the theme for this unit will be WHERE WE ARE IN PLACE AND TIME. Students will be inquiring about signs and symbols and digging deeper to learn about communication.

In Second Grade, students will be exploring the theme of How We Express Ourselves .  They will look at the messages in folktale and fables and learn about ways in which people express their uniqueness.   
In  Third Grade, the theme of  HOW THE WORLD WORKS will be explored. Students will be looking at the forces of nature and exploring the motion of objects.
In Fourth Grade, the theme is SHARING THE PLANET .  They will take a closer look at Rocks and Minerals. Students will investigate how human survival is connected to understanding the continual changing nature of Earth.
In Fifth Grade, the theme is WHO WE ARE. They will learn about human rights and investigate how the Civil Rights movement influenced societal change.
This unit will continue until March 11th. Parents please encourage your child/children to share what they are learning about every day.


SY15-16 Basketball Season


2/2 -  Shepherd vs. Lafayette* at Brightwood EC at 5:00

*Last game of the season


2/1 - Shepherd vs. Janney* at Brightwood EC at 5:00

*First round of the Playoffs

If our boys advance to the next round, we will face either Lafayette or Takoma on 2/3.

Awards Assemblies

The following students were recognized at Thursday's Awards Assembly for exhibiting the following Learner Profiles.

IB Profile: Thinker
William Master, Jackson Busker, Kendal Lacey, Aanifatimah Camara, Khalil Dominique, Jeremiah Ndjeulo-Yimkoua, Adrian Lynch, Amot Jackson, Messiah Askew, Yohanes Abera, Eli Herr, Nadia Hughes, Erik Lindo, Ahmedsalim Camara, Maedot Kiros, Lyla Kramer, Samuel Elliott, Kwame Taylor, Zorian Hill, Cifani Dakka, Eden Sileshi, Grace Kao, Berekt Kiros, Maiya Harrison, Travis Parker, Tobias Lindo, Kristian Swanson, Samara Rouse, Bianca Popa, Renata Mills, Gabrielle McKinley and Kofi Hall. 

IB Profile: Open-Minded
Charles Morgan, Astrid Elder, Daniel Messing, Chloe Francois, Morgan Grate, Aasha Roca, Isabella Thompson, Dalia Bolanos, Naima Williams, Messiah Askew, Yadonai Lemma, Eli Herr, Audrey Kain, Erik Lindo, Miles Gross, Maedot Kiros, Derek Marcus, Julius Moore, Sifan Kabeta, Elijah Retamoza, Christian Gibson, Zion Banks, Madison McDuffie, Addyson Lynch, Claudia Goletiani, Sarah Rice, Joshua Jennings, Carys Nelson, Sean Holmes, Eva Doomes, Kahini Austin and Jalen Campbell.  

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Washington, DC 20012