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Good afternoon Shepherd families and friends,

A HUGE THANK YOU to our GOLD LEVEL Gala and Auction sponsor: BLUE PATH LABS!

LOTS OF LOVE for our SILVER LEVEL SPONSORS: The Browder and Raglani families, Rock Star Pediatric Dentistry, Captain Cookie and Crumbs DC

And BIG CHEERS to all the BRONZE-level family sponsors:

Beridon, Bingham, Boykin/Chase, Bradley, Eliot/Mueller, Francis/Liberto, Gallagher, Greenfield, Haynes, Johnson/Snyder, Ma/Holdridge, McIntosh, Robinson, Romine, Skapik, Taylor, Varda, C. and R. White, Yang, and Zettle families.

In this week’s PTO Bulletin…

  • All School Morning Meeting hosted by PK4 – Fri, April 29th
  • Shepherd Gala and Auction – Sat, April 30th – buy your tickets NOW and register to bid if you can’t attend!
  • Teacher Appreciation Week – May 2nd-6th
  • PTO Restaurant Night at Mama Lucia – Thurs, May 12th
  • Shepherd PTO Camping Trip – May 21-22
  • Calendar of Events

Walkability Study at 16th and Kalmia St NW – Friday, April 29th

A group of concerned parents have been in touch with DDOT about the lack of crossing guards in our neighborhood. There has been an increase of traffic on 16th street as people head back to the office and are less likely to take metro and with the closure of Beach Drive.

The good news is they have budgeted for additional guards, but a formal request will need to be put in by a school. A part of this application includes an informal “traffic study” at the proposed location.

This Friday morning (April 29) from 8-9 am we will be doing a count of the foot traffic crossing. If you have a student at Shepherd or Lowell and this is a route you currently or would like to take, please consider walking to school this Friday to be in the official count.

If you are not able to make it this week, but would benefit from a guard at this location please contact [email protected]. Thanks in advance for your support!


Our auction is already rocking and rolling on Handbid – get in there before it’s too late!

We’ve got something for everyone with more than 170+ auction items worth more than $35K market value – there are lots of HOT items and many that have no bids yet. Let’s all work together to try to hit our $50,000 fundraising goal!

And remember you can always register to bid online even if you can’t attend the event!

THANKS to our Gala and Auction Sponsors!

BluePath Labs
Rockstar Pediatric Densitry & Orthodontics
Captain Cookie!

All School Morning Meeting – TOMORROW!

This month’s All School Morning Meeting will be hosted by PK4. Join us on TEAMS at 9:15 am this Friday!

Help us celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2nd-6th and we really want to show our teachers and staff some LOVE! A HUGE SHOUT OUT to Ingrid Andersson for taking the volunteer lead!

Come make cards with art supplies out front of the school and bring them in to our teachers every day. If you can help manage the art table we’ll have in front of the school each morning, please sign up here.

The PTO will be providing lunch and other special treats throughout the week!

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].

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!

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

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

All School Morning Meeting – Fri, April 29th

Annual Shepherd Auction and Gala – Sat, April 30th

Teacher Appreciation Week – May 2nd-6th

PTO Mama Lucia Restaurant Night – Thurs, May 12th

4th grade “Coffee and Convo” with Dr. Hedlund – Tues, May 17th

May PTO meeting – Wed, May 18th

Shepherd Camping Trip – May 21-22

All School Morning Meeting – Fri, May 27th

Shepherd Musical – June 2nd