Message from Principal Hedlund

Dr. Phyllis HedlundPrincipal Newsletters

Principal's Newsletter

** UPDATE: All students will be virtual on Monday, Feb 1 due to inclement weather

Dear Families,

This week we will welcome more students back to Shepherd Elementary, and we are so excited to see them. There have been a lot of grade level meetings with families this past week and communication shared, but please see the chart below to see grade-by-grade shifts that are being made to accommodate in-person learning.

Please note that we made two hires this week. Our new instructional aide who will work with Ms. Johnson in PK 3 is Ms. Scott who is an experienced early childhood educator who has experience in conducting in-person learning during the pandemic. In addition, we hired another experienced educator, Ms. Russell, as a long-term substitute for Mr. Mack who will be out until April 1st.  Also, the good news is Mr. Garner’s condition continues to improve.

Please reach out with any questions, and we will be checking in throughout the transition to see how things are going. Your feedback will be invaluable.

Black History Month Planning – Feb 3 at 4 pm

We met last Wednesday, but would love to have more people involved. Our theme is A Celebration of Black History in the District. Join us on Wednesday, February 3rd at 4 pm:

Topic: Black History Month Committee

Time: Feb 3, 2021 04:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 819 9503 6561

Passcode: 5zYYV8

Thank you,


TERM 3 Updates

PK 3PK 3 CARE delayed until Ms. Scott is onboardedNo changes
PK 4Ms. Conte and Ms. Taylor will support PK 4 CAREAides moving to support in person classrooms or increased virtual classrooms
KMs. Rajwani and Mr. Spriggs teach in person and simulcast to 11 studentsCARE students assigned to Ms. Trotter’s classroom to allow Mr. V to provide greater supportMr. Morris moves to 2nd gradeMs. Person moves to support Ms. Trotter’s homeroom
1Ms. Saxton will teach in personMs. Freeman and Ms. Moorefield will support Ms. Lewal’s homeroom
2Ms. Murali will teach in personMr. Morris will move to support Ms. McIntyre’s classroom
3CARE becomes in person learning with Ms. GladneyMs. Montgomery and Ms. Russell teach virtually once Ms. Russell is onboardedMs. Hagan, Ms. Mack, Ms. Freeman and Ms. Moorefield support until Ms. Russell is onboarded
4N/ANo changes
5Mr. Clayborn will teach in personHomeroom shifts but no staffing changes