Message from Principal Hedlund

Dr. Phyllis HedlundPrincipal Newsletters

Principal's Newsletter

Dear Families,

Yet another busy week at Shepherd! Wednesday’s PTA meeting was well-attended and productive, and last night we had our first virtual Back to School Meeting with 5th grade families, which was successful due to strong parent participation, thorough teacher planning and optimism all around. Please find the schedule for the remaining grade-level back to school nights below. We look forward to seeing you.

Next Monday and Tuesday, we will have additional pick up for K-5 students. Pre-K, the iPads are at the warehouse and won’t be delivered until late next week. I will send an announcement for PK pick up once devices are in. Please stay tuned, and I apologize for the delay.

As a reminder, students and teachers in your student’s classroom enter your home each day. Please be mindful of language, discussions and attire in your home when your student is in school. We have had a few incidents that made teachers and students uncomfortable. I am happy to discuss this further if you have any questions. Please see the announcements below, and have a wonderful weekend!


Shepherd Virtual Learning Expectations:

-Students are expected to be ready with materials to learn at the beginning of each class period with all necessary materials (electronic device, charger, paper, pencils, etc.)

-Students should be seated upright, on task, listening actively, and following directions in quiet space designated for learning.

-Unless a student is speaking, microphones should be muted.

-Electronic devices, toys, reading materials, and supplies that are not being used for the lesson are not permitted.

-Students should not wear pajamas to class.

-Students should not eat during class.

-Students are expected to follow the expectations outlined in the DCPS Tech Agreement.

-Students should not use the chat and video conferencing functions when teachers are not present.

K-5 Supplies and Personal Items Pick Up Monday and Tuesday

Next Monday and Tuesday, K-5 families can come to pick up learning materials for Math (K-5), ELA (K-2), white boards and any personal belongings left in last year’s classrooms. PK pick up will be the following week once devices are in.

K-5 Pick Up Days/Times

Monday, September 21st    8:00 am-12:00 pm

Tuesday, September 22nd    12:00 pm-5:00 pm

Please observe social distancing guidelines and wear a mask — thank you!

Back to School Nights by Grade Level

Fourth Grade 

Time: Sep 24, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 868 1048 4836

Passcode: H2bdbe

3rd Grade 

Time: Sep 22, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 1404 4851

Passcode: mCfHQ6

2nd Grade 

Time: Sep 23, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 812 0852 0379

Passcode: 2cF7Y4

1st grade 

Time: Sep 28, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 899 2925 1599

Passcode: XD32hM


Time: Sep 21, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 832 2821 3201

Passcode: MH4hUt


Time: Sep 29, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 832 8423 1015

Passcode: AVuV46


Time: Sep 30, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 842 2468 6762

Passcode: 5fTrSm

Technology Support

If you are having difficulties remembering the steps or username/password for your child to log into Canvas or Teams, please send an email to [email protected] or [email protected]

You can also visit this website with step-by-step directions:

For all other related issues, please use the DCPS helpline 202-442-5885.  There are technicians who can remotely help you resolve user and access issues or determine if it is your device that is preventing access.  If a technician tells you to contact the school due to a DCPS device issue, please email [email protected].

If your child has a DCPS device checked out from last spring, it might pop up a date and time error.  If this occurs, follow the steps in the document attached to resolve the issue.  If this does not work, please call the DCPS helpline 202-422-5885.  If the helpline tells you to contact the school, please email [email protected]

Common Tech Issues Reported This Week and Solutions

DCPS has compiled a frequently asked question and answers website for students who are using DCPS devices:

Many families have reported that their student cannot see all of their peers, but only one speaker at a time.  To see up to 49 participants at the same time, students must be using Microsoft Teams through the Desktop Application, not the internet browser version.  Please make sure your device has downloaded the latest version of the desktop application and follow these instructions:

-Click on your user account (student initials) in the top right,

-Click on Settings,

-Go down to the bolded Applications section,

-Check “Turn on new meeting experience (New meetings and calls will open in separate windows. Requires restarting Teams.)”

-Then you have to close out Teams and restart.

Many families have reported that specific functions have not worked in Teams, such as cameras, microphones, sounds, hand raising, and chat.  Usually the best fix for these issues is a complete shut down and restart of your device.  If that does not resolve the issue, it could be a device or browser limitation.  Please use the DCPS helpline to determine next steps. 202-442-5885.

Drop-In Specials

On Wednesdays, our Specials teachers are offering extra classes to provide fun activities, enrichment, and extra support as needed.  For our first Drop-In day, we had students visiting multiple classes during the 20-minute class time. While we want to empower our students to attend the class of their choice, please encourage your student(s) to select one drop-in class to attend each Wednesday.  Thank you for helping us to minimize disruptions during instruction.

Need a Technology device?

Please email [email protected] and complete the tech needs survey: