M u s t a n g  N e w s l e t t e r

The new year stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written.
-Melody Beattie
In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Monday, 1/18:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Wednesday, 1/20:
Construction Community Meeting with Councilmember Todd, 6:00 PM
To be followed by monthly PTA meeting

Friday, 1/22:
Records Day
Early Dismissal, 12:15 PM

Tuesday, 1/26
Shepherd Science Fair
9:00 AM
Prospective Family Open House
10:00 AM
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!

IB Learner Profile

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!

As many of you know, I 
am retiring from Star Achievers after three years  with the Before and  Aftercare Program. 
I have enjoyed building 
the program,  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 
and Program Director at idealist.org.  Or, contact 

Thanks for your help in taking Star Achievers to the next level - 
Claire Riley
Program Director

January 4, 2016 
A Message from Principal Brawley
Dear Shepherd Community,

January brings opportunities to reflect on our accomplishments, renew our commitments and reaffirm our expectations.  


Jade L. Brawley

PARCC Scores
Individual Reports for students in grades 4 and 5 were mailed home during the break. Below, please find a guide to understanding that report:

In addition, we will be hosting PARCC Information Sessions for parents in the coming weeks. 

SY15-16 Basketball Season


1/5 -  Shepherd vs. Eaton


1/7 -  Shepherd vs. Marie Reed

Both games begin at 4:00
Support our Mustangs!

A Message from the PTA
Happy New Year Shepherd families, teachers, and staff!

We hope that you had a joyful (and restful) holiday season.  Thank you for all of your contributions to the Shepherd community this year.  We look forward to working with you in 2016.

Coming soon ...

Teacher Wish Lists

Each year, the PTA allots funding for each teacher to purchase items needed for her or his classroom.  This funding is made possible by your contributions and PTA activities like Fall Fest, the Spring Gala, and smaller fundraisers like the bake sale.

This year, each teacher will have $250 to spend.  More information soon on the teacher wish lists process.

Construction Community Meeting

Please join us on Wednesday, January 20th @ 6:00 PM for a community meeting on the Shepherd construction with Ward 4 Councilmember Brandon Todd.  Representatives from the Department of General Services and DC Public Schools will be present.  Bring your questions and concerns about the construction work to date and plans for the remainder of the year.

We will hold the January PTA meeting immediately following the construction meeting.

Spring Gala

The annual Shepherd Spring Gala (with silent and live auction) is our biggest social event and fundraiser of the year.  A successful Spring Gala needs help from lots and lots of parents and teachers!

Start thinking about the businesses that you patronize frequently and could ask for a donation for the auction.

Have season tickets for a sports team, concert series, or plays?  Have a vacation home.  Consider donating tickets or a weekend away.

Committees are forming now.  Please contact Jennell Alexander at jennell.alexander@gmail.com to volunteer.  You can contribute as much or as little time as you have available - everyone welcome and appreciated!


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