PTO Bulletin

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Good afternoon Shepherd families and friends and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

In this week’s PTO Bulletin…

  • Jan PTO meeting – Wed, Jan 19th at 6:30
  • All School Morning Meeting – Fri, Jan 28th at 9:15 am
  • Restaurant Nights – details coming soon!
  • Shepherd Gala and Auction event (planning in progress!)
  • Calendar of Events

January PTO Meeting TONIGHT – Wed, Jan 19th

Join us here on TEAMS at 6:30 pm this evening as we kick of 2022. We’re excited to share ideas for 2022 – Spring Gala and Auction, Jazz Night, Restaurant Nights, and the Health and Wellness Fair! If you have trouble with the link, please see the Shepherd calendar.


We’re looking for volunteers to help chair and plan this year’s Spring Gala/Auction. Our HOPE is to have the event in person on Saturday, April 30th. This is our BIGGEST FUNDRAISER of the school year and is a “no kids” event where we have a WHOLE lot of crazy fun too!

It takes a village to put on this type of event, so if you have experience in planning events, fundraising, communications and marketing, signage, tech/AV, and/or logistics, we’d LOVE to have your help. Email [email protected].

Our next meeting will be Tuesday, Jan 25th at 7 pm, and we’ll start to break into committees to divide and conquer.

For more info, see our page on the Shepherd site.

All School Morning Meeting – Friday, Jan 28th

Join this month’s All School Morning Meeting to celebrate the Lunar New Year hosted by the 2nd graders. Virtual meeting will start at 9:15 am on Friday, Jan 28th. Click here to join and watch the performance on TEAMS.

Free, in-home vaccinations now available

Effective immediately, your entire family (including kids 5+) can get vaccinated/boosted in your own home for free! Just call 855-363-0333 to set it up. Other vax sites in DC can be found here.

Virtual Deal Middle School Open Houses

Attention 5th grade families: check out the Deal calendar here for a few of the upcoming virtual open houses.

Mental Health Tips from Dr. Brown

Our wonderful psychologist, Dr. Brown, has shared more tips and resources to help start the new year on the right foot! Take a few moments to yourself to read or listen to some of these pieces and know we’re here for you and your students.

Parent’s Self Care

How Moms Shape the World – TED Talk

Best Online Therapy Services in 2022

New Year, New You – 25 minute Morning Meditations

Best Mental Health Apps – Very Well Mind

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

Britton Family

Smith Family

Head Family

Gulczynski-Gupta Family

Goodman Family


CONGRATS to Mrs. McIntyre as our first teacher to be recognized by the PTO’s Teacher Appreciation Program!

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].

TAP a teacher today by submitting a nomination here.

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

PTO and LSAT meetings – Wed, Jan 19th

Kindness Week – Jan 24th-28th

End of Records Day/No School – Wed, Jan 26th

All School Morning Meeting – Fri, Jan 28th at 9:15 am

February Break/No School – Feb 21st-25th