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Good evening Shepherd families and friends,

Wow – it’s almost November and our school schedule of events is picking up again and nothing makes us more excited! Mark your calendar because we have a lot you won’t want to miss.

In this week’s PTO Bulletin…

  • DATE CHANGE – Halloween Parade is now TOMORROW (Thurs, Oct 28th) at 2:30 pm
  • All School Morning Meeting hosted by the 3rd graders is on Fri, Oct 29th at 9:15 am via TEAMS
  • Sign your team up now for Shepherd’s first-ever Fun Race to Fundraise – Sat, Nov 13th starting at 11 am
  • Get your families ready for holiday photos with our PTO family photo shoot fundraiser – several November dates noted below
  • Thanks to our Annual Shepherd 180 Fund Donors
  • Calendar of Events
Fun Race to Fundraise flyer

Register Your Fun Race Team Here

DATE CHANGE – Halloween Parade is now TOMORROW (Thurs, Oct 28)

Time is still 2:30 now on Thurs, Oct 28th due to rain forecasted for Friday. We will parade around the perimeter of the school like last time, and parents will be able to sign their children out at the end of the parade.

All School Morning Meeting – Fri, Oct 29th

This month, the 3rd graders will be hosting the All School Morning meeting on Friday, October 29th at 9:15 am. Join and watch their presentation focused on Indigenous People Heritage. Join the virtual Morning Meeting here on TEAMS.

Holiday Family Photo Shoots

Get your family glam-ready for holiday photos and sign up to get one of our mini session spots with the AMAZING Katie Jett Wells. Katie is once again donating all of the sitting fee costs to the Shepherd PTO, and families will order photos directly from Katie after the shoots.

Families should sign up here for a session during the times and dates noted below and pay the $50 sitting fee to Shepherd PTO prior to your shoot date.

  • Saturday, November 6th from 8-10AM, 3-4PM or 4:30-5:30PM
  • Saturday, November 20th from 8-10AM or 2-4:30PM
  • Sunday, November 21st from 3-4:30PM

Location for all shoots will be the Historic Rose Garden at the Parks at Walter Reed.

Interested in Volunteering? Give us 5

We’re looking for all types of volunteers and parent leaders – maybe you have 5 minutes, 5 hours, 5 days or even more time to give…we’ve got something for everyone if you like to help with events, volunteer behind the scenes, or lead a committee!

Check out all the PTO Committees and find one that might interest you to join!

Thanks to these AWESOME parents who’ve stepped up to lead PTO Committees this year!

Kate Snyder – Communications and Advocacy

Siri Warkentien – Fundraising and Grants

Dana Ju – Health and Wellness

Robyn Showanes – PR/Community Engagement

Jodi Arellano – Room Parent Coordinator

Cendrine Robinson – Family Engagement

Crystal Satterfield – Facilities Improvement

We’re now only looking for one more parent to lead the Curriculum and Staff Support Committee.

Complete the form above or reach out to [email protected].

What does IB mean?

Interested in knowing more about Shepherd’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program and how it’s implemented in the elementary grade levels?

Check out our site here to learn more.

Shepherd is one of only 3 IB-accredited elementary schools in DCPS and the only IB elementary school that feeds into Deal Middle School, also an IB school. Definitely something to be proud of at Shepherd! Ms. Mack is our AMAZING IB coordinator, so reach out to her if you have more questions.

Support the Shepherd 180 Fund

Help the Shepherd PTO fund lots of great events, initiatives, and extra circular efforts at Shepherd this year by donating to the 180 Fund.

It’s called the 180 Fund because there are 180 instructional days in the school year and your donation of a dollar a day per student helps the PTO support sending students on offsite field trips, funding teacher educational wish lists, putting on school plays and concerts, updating outdoor playground equipment, funding additional academic supports, and hosting school-wide events! This budget really helps us give our students even more unique, meaningful and enriching opportunities each year.

Any contribution is always much appreciated. And as a reminder, your contribution is 100% tax deductible. Thanks for your support – we’re looking forward to getting back to BETTER THAN NORMAL!

THANKS to our 180 Fund DONORS

MANY, MANY THANKS to the following families:

Snyder-Johnson Family

Arellano Family

Kunce Family

Bradley Family

Bennett Family

Beridon Family

Tivol Family

Lyles Family

Faulman-Coffey Family

Johnston-Gruetzmacher Family

Archer Family

Lipton-Marnon Family

Richards Family

Frias Family

Raglani Family

Jabaily-Messing Family

Ju Family

Walton-Prather Family

Marchand Family

Zettle Kreisberg Family

Weerasingha-Cote Family

Yonkwa-Rijmen Family

Boykin-Chase Family

Romine Family

Roberts Family

Marks-Fagen Family

Holdridge-Ma Family

Varda Glover Family

Yang Family

Steele Family

Escalante Family

Gallagher Family

Rodell Family

Prabhu-McDonald Family

DeAngelo Family

Dorsett-Holliday Family

Musgrove Family

Singh Family

Mitchell Family

Francis Family


Every day at Shepherd Elementary School teachers go about the job of teaching and molding our children into smart, confident, socially-conscious human beings. Every now and then, we parents get to witness this magic taking place. The PTO has created a vehicle for parents to share these wonderful experiences with the rest of us.

The Teacher Appreciation Program, or TAP, is an opportunity for a parent, or a small group of parents, to write a letter of appreciation recognizing a teacher who has been especially helpful…or if they have a special way with the class that you admire, tell your story to the rest of the school! TAP gives parents an opportunity to recognize a teacher at Shepherd for their great work and dedication.

Once a month, a special teacher will receive a wishlist fund bonus, and letters will be shared with the selected teacher and school community. To recognize a teacher, please send your letter by e-mail to [email protected]. Our first TAP recipient will be honored at the next PTO meeting. TAP a teacher today!

Upcoming DCPS Parent University Sessions

Join families across the District and DCPS Central Office teams to learn how we can collaborate to enrich your child’s education.

Families are encouraged to ask questions and offer solutions. Together, we will walk away with activities to try or useful information to accelerate our children’s educational development. All sessions are virtual.

Tues, Nov 16th at 5:30 pm – Check in our Social Emotional Wellbeing and Mental Health

Click here to register for these free sessions.

Follow Shepherd PTO on FB and Insta

Keep up with the latest updates, events and fun things going on at Shepherd by following our FB page (@ShepherdElemPTA) and Instagram (shepherd_elem_dc)

Upcoming School Calendar of Events

Halloween Parade – Thursday, October 28th at 2:30 pm

All School Morning Meeting – Friday, October 29th at 9:15 am

Election Day/No School Day – Tuesday, November 2nd

End of Term/No School Day – Friday, November 5th

Family Photo Day Shoot (option 1) – Saturday, November 6th

School Picture Day – Tuesday, November 9th

Veteran’s Day/No School – Thursday, November 11th

Shepherd Fun Race – Saturday, November 13th at 11 am

Staff breakfast/Coffee and Chat with Dr. Hedlund with Kinder families – Tuesday, November 16th at 8:45 am

LSAT Meeting – Wednesday, November 17th at 4:30 pm

PTO Meeting – Wednesday, November 17th at 6:30 pm

All School Morning Meeting (hosted by 4th graders) – Friday, November 19th

Family Photo Shoot Day (option 2) – Saturday, November 20th

Family Photo Shoot Day (option 3) – Sunday, November 21st