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Good evening Shepherd families and friends,

In this week’s PTO Bulletin…

  • Sign your team up now for Shepherd’s first-ever Fun Race to Fundraise – Sat, Nov 13th starting at 11 am
  • Vaccine Pop-Up Clinics on Fri, Nov 5th
  • “No School Day” Play Day hosted by Star Achievers on Fri, Nov 5th
  • Ward 3 Education Network Meeting – Mon, Nov 8th at 7 pm
  • School Picture Day – Tues, Nov 9th
  • No School on Veteran’s Day – Thurs, Nov 11th
  • Thanks to our Annual Shepherd 180 Fund Donors
  • Calendar of Events
Fun Race to Fundraise flyer

Register Your Fun Race Team Here

Ward 3 Education Network Meeting – Mon, Nov 8th at 7pm

The group will be hosting DC Public Schools Deputy Chancellor Melissa Kim and Social Studies Director Scott Abbott.

  • This will be an opportunity to ask Deputy Chancellor Kim about such topics as COVID and schools (testing, outdoor lunches and education, vaccinations, virtual learning), overcrowding in schools and the recent community working group, and the upcoming budget cycle.
  • Director Abbott will be talking with us about the new DCPS curriculum and instructional approach for elementary social studies and math.

Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Vaccine Pop Up Clinics – Fri, Nov 5th

DC Dept of Health is hosting a Vaccine Pop-Up Clinic for children ages 5-11 years old on Fri, Nov 5th at at two community centers: Takoma Community Center in Ward 4 (300 Van Buren Street NW) and Ft. Stanton Recreation Center in Ward 8 (1812 Erie Street SE). See link here for more details.

In the coming days and weeks, the vaccine will be available at more than 60 pharmacies, hospitals, and health centers across all eight wards. As the District learns which sites have received their vaccine doses and started vaccinations, that information will be updated on

Star Achievers “No School Day” on Fri, Nov 5th

We’re partnering with Trax Sports to engage kids in a variety of exciting sports games and fun activities for ALL AGES (PK3-5th grade), including basketball, kickball, soccer, arts and crafts, and much more! Anyone can sign up – not just those currently enrolled in before or aftercare. Sign up here.

Please be mindful that cohorts will be mixed during “No School Day.” These groupings will be made the evening before each “No School Day”, and they are solely based upon those in attendance. Review our full Covid-19 Protocol here

School Picture Day – Tues, Nov 9th

A reminder that students can wear what they’d like for next week’s picture day. More info coming home soon!

Room Parents NEEDED – 4th and 5th grade classes

Attention parents of 4th and 5th graders – WE NEED YOU!

Looking for Room Parents for Ms. Brown’s 4th grade class and Ms. Caola and Ms. Scott’s 5th grade classes. Email [email protected] if you’re interested in helping

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].

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

Carlyle Family

Joiner Family

Martin Family

Mokodean Family

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.


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

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