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Good morning Shepherd families and friends,

A HUGE THANK YOU to our GOLD-LEVEL Gala and Auction sponsor – Blue Path Labs!

And BIG CHEERS to the BRONZE-level family sponsors: Mueller, Varda, Yang, Bierdon, Bingham, Skapik, Bradley, Boykin, Francis/Liberto, Zettle, Ma, Lewis/Taylor, Snyder/Johnson and Robinson families.

We’d still love more family sponsors – click here for more info!

In this week’s PTO Bulletin…

  • Spring Break – April 11th-15th
  • Easter Monday/Records Day (no school) – Mon, April 18th
  • 3rd grade Staff Breakfast and “Coffee and Convo” with Dr. Hedlund – Tues, April 19th
  • April PTO and LSAT meetings – Wed, April 20th
  • All School Morning Meeting hosted by PK4 – Fri, April 29th
  • Shepherd Gala and Auction – Sat, April 30th – buy your tickets NOW and help us with auction donations!
  • Teacher Appreciation Week – May 2-6
  • PTO Health and Wellness Fair – Thurs, May 12th
  • PTO Restaurant Night at Mama Lucia – Thurs, May 12th
  • Calendar of Events


Are you getting excited to bid in the auction?

We’ve got something for everyone – tickets to concerts, theatre productions, summer camps, restaurants, museums, games, yoga classes, paddle boarding and more…plus donations for home design services, legal services, a distillery tour and tasting, a weekend at Bethany Beach, a party to “knit and nosh” and a crawfish boil!

Get your Gala and Auction tickets now! Click here to purchase.

Even if you can’t attend, consider buying an Angel ticket for a Shepherd teacher or staff member. And remember you can always just register to bid online even if you can’t attend the event!

Seeking Volunteers for Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd-6th and we really want to show our teachers and staff some LOVE! If you have some activity or gift ideas and/or can help us, please email [email protected].


CONGRATS to Ms. Holt, Ms. Murali and Madame Gadie – this month’s Teacher Appreciation Program honorees!

PTO wants your help in recognizing our amazing TEACHERS!

Once a month, a special teacher will receive a wishlist fund bonus, and letters will be shared with the selected teacher and school community at our monthly PTO meeting.

To recognize a teacher, submit a nomination here.

Spring Musical – Lights! Camera! Action!

SAVE THE DATE for the return of the Shepherd Musicals! June 2nd at 6 pm in the Multipurpose room and streaming on TEAMS. Watch this space…more details soon!

Seeking PTO Nominating Committee Members

We’re looking for 3 parents (not related to anyone on the current PTO Board) to run our Nominating Committee and Elections in May.

And if you’re interested in running for a position, check out the details of the positions here.

If you can volunteer to help, please email [email protected].

Interested in Coaching Flag Football?

We’re interested in fielding a Shepherd flag football team, but are in need of coaches. If you’re interested in coaching 4th and 5th graders, please sign up here.

After School Clubs are BACK OPEN!

Some clubs have restarted and some are new! But we have a few with spots open, so join now!

Performance Club for grades 3-5 (Mondays at 3:30pm)

Gardening Club for grades 2nd-5th (Thursdays at 3:30 pm)

Chorus (Tuesdays at 3:30)

Pokemon Club for grades 3rd-5th (Fridays at 3:30 pm)

Lego Club for grades 3rd-5th (Wednesdays at 3:30 pm)

Looking for Parents for the Chancellor’s Parent Advisory Board

DCPS is looking for parents and caregivers from across the District to join Chancellor Lewis D. Ferebee’s Parent Advisory Board for School Year 2022 – 2023.

Parents and caregivers who serve will learn more about DCPS priorities and provide input on the implementation of policies, programs, and new initiatives.

Get more info here. Applications are due by April 29, 2022 at 11:59 pm

Calendar Update

The last day of school for DCPS students is now June 24, 2022.

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

Marrkand Family

Youssef Family

Hayes Family

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

Spring Break – April 11th-15th

Records/Professional Development Day/NO SCHOOL – Mon, April 18th

3rd Grade Coffee and Convo – Tues, April 19th

PTO and LSAT meetings – Wed, April 20th

All School Morning Meeting – Fri, April 29th

Annual Shepherd Auction and Gala – Sat, April 30th

PTO Health and Wellness Fair – Thurs, May 12th

PTO Mama Lucia Restaurant Night – Thurs, May 12th

Shepherd Camping Trip – May 21-22