Message from Principal Brawley

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Parent-Teacher Conferences – Tuesday, November 6th

Please be sure to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher to discuss their report card. Parent-teacher conferences are an excellent opportunity to strengthen relationships and set goals for the second advisory.

There is no school for students.

Shepherd is a polling site. Members of the Shepherd community will be voting in the multi-purpose room throughout the day.

Oct 31 – Book Character Dress Up Day

We invite ALL students who would like to dress up for Halloween to dress up like their favorite book character. No masks or weapons, please. The last 30 mins of the day may be used by teachers and parents for parties in the classrooms.

Shepherd Elective of the Week – Reader’s Theatre

Mrs. Hagan leads our second graders in Reader’s Theatre, a reading strategy that combines reading practice and performance. The goal of Reader’s Theatre is to enhance students’ confidence by having them practice reading with a purpose. During the Reader’s Theatre elective, students develop their ability to read with expression. Currently, students are reading a spoof of the fairly tale, The Three Little Pigs.

The Shepherd Choir

The Shepherd Choir has been discontinued until a permanent music teacher is hired.

The Lost and Found

Shepherd’s Lost and Found is overflowing with clothing, including sweaters, jackets, sweatshirts, etc. 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.

Staff Spotlight of the Week – Ms. Michelle Browne

Ms. Browne has served as Shepherd’s full-time social worker for the past three years. A native Washingtonian, Ms. Browne is a graduate of DC Public Schools who went on to earn her undergraduate degree from Virginia State University. In her spare time, Ms. Browne enjoys traveling. In fact, she is currently pursuing certification to be a scuba diver!

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.

Wed, Nov 14 at 6:30 pm in the Multipurpose Room
Pizza and Childcare will be provided.

Register or Verify your Contact Info

Click on the AtoZ link off the Shepherd website to verify or register as a new family. The PTA would like to send out a print school directory, but needs close to 100% participation by Nov 2.


Oct 29 – Monthly breakfast for teachers and staff (provided by 3rd grade parents)

Oct 31 – Book Character Dress Up Day open for ALL STUDENTS

Nov 2 – Coco Movie Night at school – 6:15 pm doors open in the Multipurpose Room
Nov 6 – NO SCHOOL – Election Day

Nov 9 – Student Awards – times TBD

Nov 10 – Fall bulb and gardening from 9:00 am to noon on the school grounds

Nov 12 – NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day

Nov 14 – PTA meeting at 6:30 pm

Nov 21-23 – Thanksgiving holidays