Message from Principal Brawley

Shepherd ElementaryPrincipal Newsletters

Principal's Newsletter

Good evening, Mustang Parents!

Looking forward to Spirit Week this week to bring attention to Bully Prevention Week.

Walk to School Day

Thank you Shepherd families for participating in Walk to School Day last week. We had a great time walking to school together!

Bullying Prevention Spirit Week

This week is Bullying Prevention Week! We look forward to everyone’s participation in the following activities:

Monday – Bullying Gives Us The Blues

Students and staff dress in blue, the official color of Bully Prevention, and sign the banner that will be displayed in the atrium.

Tuesday – Be A Buddy Not A Bully

Students and staff participate in Twin Day

Wednesday – Be A Team Player And Stand Up To Bullies

Students and staff dress up in their favorite team gear.

Thursday – Put A Lid On Bullying

Students and staff wear a hat.

Friday – Put Bullying to Sleep

Students and staff participate in Pajama Day.

Book Fair

Students will be able to shop daily from 11:30 am – 1:00 pm during their recess and lunch time. Families will also be able to shop from 3:30 pm – 6:30 pm on Wednesday, before the PTA meeting and from 12 pm – 3pm on Saturday during Fall Fest. The location of this year’s book fair is Ms. Hagan’s classroom.

A percentage of the proceeds go back to help buy more books for Shepherd’s library!

LSAT Elections

Thank you to all of the parents who expressed an interest in joining this year’s LSAT. The election will take place on Wednesday, October 17th before the PTA meeting.

Shepherd Elective of the Week – Service Learning

Led by Ms. Anderson, our Library/Media Specialist, fourth graders have decided to partner with Thrive DC in a Toiletry Drive. Thrive DC is an organization that provides showers, laundry services, and daily essentials to the homeless. Students will collect trail-size items to donate, including shampoo, tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, Gold Bond, razors, cue tips, lotion, First Aid materials, floss, combs, sunscreen, and toiletry bags.

Great Shake Out Drill

On Thursday, October 18th at 10:18 am, Shepherd students and staff will participate in the Great Shake Out Drill to practice earthquake safety. During the drill, everyone will:

Drop onto hands and knees
Cover head and neck with one arm and hand
Hold On

Staff Spotlight of the Week – Ms. Pethtel

A graduate of the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia, Ms. Pethtel has been serving the children of Shepherd for nine years. Quite the globetrotter, Ms. Pethtel has traveled to six of the seven continents! An avid reader, Ms. Pethtel’s favorite children’s book is E.B. White’s, Charlotte’s Web.

Lost and Found

Shepherd’s Lost and Found is located in the main office, near Mrs. Brooks’ desk. One bin contains lunch containers and water bottles. The other bin contains clothing, including sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. All are welcome to search both containers for lost items.

On November 6th (Parent Teacher Conference Day), the contents of both bins will be placed on the stairs in the atrium. All unclaimed items will be donated to goodwill.

Alarms on Doors

Safety is our top priority. As such, alarms have been added to the various doors of the building and will be activated from 8:45 am through 3:15 pm.

Office Hours

In order to foster ongoing communication and a greater sense of community, I will continue to have office hours every Monday and every other Friday from 8:00 am – 10:00 am. There is no appointment necessary.


Oct 15 – 20 – Book Fair at school

Oct 17 – PTA meeting at 6:30 pm (Multipurpose Room)

Oct 18 – The Great Shake Out Drill (Earthquake drill)

Oct 20 – Fall Fest from 12-4 pm
Nov 2 – Coco Movie Night at 6:30 pm (Multipurpose Room)

Nov 6 – Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov 9 – Awards ceremony – times TBD