Message from Principal Brawley

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Hi Mustangs!

I hope everyone enjoyed a delightful spring break!

PARCC Practice Tests

Our third through fifth graders will participate in practice PARCC testing Tuesday, April 23rd and Wednesday, April 24th. Please make sure your child is well rested and eats a healthy breakfast.


Third through fifth grade students will take the actual PARCC tests in grades 3-5 from April 22-May 24 on the following days by grade level:

3rd – 5th grade: PARCC Practice Tests, ELA and Math (April 22 – 26)

3rd grade: ELA (May 6-10), Math (May 20 -24)

4th grade: ELA (April 29 – May 3), Math (May 13-17)

5th grade: ELA (April 29 – May 3), Math (May 13-17)

There are three days of English Language Arts (up to 90 minutes each), three days of math (up to 60 minutes each) and 2 days of science (up to 90 minutes each). Fourth grade has an extra ELA day due to a field test. Schools are not informed about which section will contain the field test.

Attendance is extremely important on these days, so we want to make sure you have the schedule ahead. For practice opportunities and general information, please visit here.

Enrollment Season

Thank you to all of the families that have registered for next school year!

If you have yet to enroll your child(ren), please help us reach our goal of registering 70% of our students for SY19-20 by May 1st. The enrollment packet, which includes forms located online at, should be completed and presented to Mrs. Brooks along with proof of residency.

The first class to register 100% of returning students for SY19-20 will receive extra recess!

2019-2020 School Calendar

The calendar for the 2019-2020 school year is available:

Summer School

The dates for summer school are Monday June 24th – Friday July 26th, from 8:00 – 1:00pm. Our students have been assigned to Bancroft ES, 1755 Newton Street, NW. If you would like to register your child for a different summer site than the one assigned, register your child for the assigned summer site and email [email protected] after Wednesday, May 1, 2019.

If space is available, your child’s registration will be transferred to your preferred site.

If no space is available, you will have the option to keep the original site or place your child on a wait list for the alternate site. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

How to Register:

Go to to register for Summer Learning. Registration must be completed online on a computer, not a phone or tablet.

When registering for Summer Learning, you will have the opportunity to sign your child up for the optional summer afternoon program. A summer afternoon program will be provided by a community partner organization that will engage students in enriching summer activities from 1 to 5:30 pm each day. DCPS students registered for Summer Learning from 8 am to 1 pm are eligible to participate in the afternoon.

The First Day of School

The first day of school for Kindergarten through fifth grade will be Monday, August 26, 2019. The first day of school for all ECE students will be Thursday, August 29, 2019. All ECE students will attend school all day on Thursday and Friday of the first week of school.

April 24 – PTA meeting at 6:30 pm

April 26 – Academic Carnival

Week of April 28-May 3 – Galley Restaurant Week for Shepherd PTA

May 4 – 15th Annual Shepherd Auction and Gala at Bobby Van’s Grill

May 15 – PTA meeting; PTA officer and LSAT member elections

May 18-19 – Shepherd Camping Trip

May 20 – Teacher Breakfast by 5th grade families

May 27 – No School/Memorial Day

May 28 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

May 30 – Fifth Grade IB Exhibition

June 3 – International Day

June 7 – Fifth Grade Promotion

June 11 – Field Day