Message from Principal Hedlund

Dr. Phyllis HedlundPrincipal Newsletters

Principal's Newsletter

Dear Families,

We are in the home stretch before Winter Break — five days to go. But, as always, we have an exciting and busy week ahead. Here is what is happening next week at Shepherd:

Tuesday, December 17th — Community Center Groundbreaking Ceremony with the Mayor & Chancellor
Wednesday, December 18th — LSAT 4:30 pm
Wednesday, December 18th — PTA 6:30 pm
Thursday, December 19th — Winter Concert 6:30 pm
Friday, December 20th — Winter Concert 8:50 am

For the Winter Concert on Thursday, December 19, students should arrive no later than 6:15 pm. They should wear blue bottoms and a white shirt; school uniform works. The more students we have present the better our concert will be! Please let your homeroom teacher know if your child will not be in attendance.

We had our largest family turn out yet for today’s All School Meeting, which was led by second grade. The second grade taught us about winter holidays around the world, how messages sometimes get lost in translation and got us on our feet to do the cha-cha slide. They did an outstanding job.

Tomorrow some parents will join staff members at EdFest to recruit families to Shepherd. A big thank you to them and to all who volunteer their time! Enjoy your weekend, and I will see you next week.

With gratitude,


Arrival Safety

Lately we have narrowly avoided catastrophe on a few occasions during arrival. Please do not double park your car at any time. Only use the west side of 14th Street for dropping off your children. During arrival, you may not park there to walk your child inside. Please use our crosswalk and have your children use it as well. Do not make a u-turn on 14th or Kalmia during arrival or dismissal. Let’s make the safety of all our children our first priority.

Spelling Bee

The spelling bee has been postponed until 1/9/2020 to allow students more time to prepare.

– Saturday, Dec 14th – EdFEST at the DC Armory from 11 am-3 pm

– Wednesday, Dec 18th – LSAT and PTA meetings (4:30 and 6:30 pm)

– Wednesday, Dec 18th – Teacher and Staff Holiday party – 3:45 pm

– Thursday, Dec 19th – Winter Concert at 6:30 pm

– Friday, Dec 20th – Winter Concert for students at 9:10 am


– Wednesday, Jan 15th – LSAT and PTA meetings (4:30 and 6:30 pm)