A HUGE THANKS to Caroline Smith and Siri Warkentien for managing our 31st Annual JAZZ NIGHT last week! It was a GREAT success – we had more than 150 people attend and had some awesome Jazz musicians play for us, including a Shepherd alum! Thanks to all who attended!!
READ ACROSS AMERICA SPIRIT WEEK
Join us as we celebrate the Read Across America Spirit Week! Read Across America is an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association. One part of the project is National Read Across America Day, an observance in the United States held on the school day closest to March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. To celebrate, encourage your children to dress up according to the themes below.
- Thursday, March 5th – The Cat in the Hat: Wear your favorite hat or Dr. Seuss character costume.
- Friday, March 6th – How the Grinch Stole Christmas: Wear green.
SHEPHERD ELEMENTARY READ-A-THON
Shepherd students have been encouraged to participate in the Read to Feed Read-A-Thon which is a reading incentive and fundraising program for children that supports Heifer International. Participants obtain sponsorships from parents, friends and relatives based on the number of books (or units of time) they read. For more information, see: https://fundraise.heifer.org/fundraiser/2590607.
DCPS SCHOOL CALENDARS
DCPS has released the school calendars for the next THREE school years! Check them out here! https://dcps.dc.gov/node/1462066
TOILETRY DRIVE FOR WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH
Ms. McIntyre will lead a toiletry drive in honor of Women’s History Month from March 1-31. Items will benefit DASH — District Alliance for Safe Housing. Look for drop off boxes in the Atrium.
NO SCHOOL DAY with STAR ACHIEVERS
There is a no school day on Friday, March 20th. Start Achievers will be open. Please see the following link to register your student: https://www.sesstarachievers.com/.
PTA HEALTH AND WELLNESS FAIR – Friday, March 27
Back by popular demand, come visit the Health and Wellness Fair from 3:00-6:30 pm on Friday, March 27. More details coming soon!
ALADDIN JR THE MUSICAL – APRIL 3rd and 4th
SAVE THE DATE! Come see your Shepherd students in the Musical! Performances will be the evening of Friday, April 3rd and a matinee on Saturday, April 4th.
We need parents to help with stage makeup, helping students with costumes, set design and lighting, etc. If you can help, contact Ms. Pereria – [email protected]
SHEPHERD GALA AND AUCTION – Sat, April 25th
Get ready to COME HAVE FUN AND BID!
Join parents, teachers, friends and neighbors of Shepherd Elementary School on Saturday, April 25th, 2020 at Bobby Van’s Grill, for our 16th Annual Spring Gala and Auction!
Every dollar raised goes back to funding teacher and classroom supplies and materials, STEM materials for hands-on science learning, field trips, supplementary training and professional development for staff, community events like Jazz Night, Camp Fair, Health and Wellness Fair and Movie Nights, and in-school performances.
Tickets and Sponsorships can be purchased here – EARLY BIRD PRICE GOES UP on March 31st!
We are looking for parents and teachers to help us put on this MASSIVE event! See the link below for many volunteer opportunities. Let us know how you can help! https://forms.gle/kZyWke6cqkJVtE4z5
Our learner profile attribute is open-minded. We appreciate our own cultures and personal histories, as well as the values and traditions of others. We have tolerance. We consider other points of view and are willing to grow from the experience.
There are many ways to promote open-mindedness at home. Here are some resources for teaching children how to be open-minded.
- Lifehack: 10 Things To Remember If You Want To Raise Your Kids To Be Open-minded
- Parent: How to Raise an Open-Minded Child
- Psychology Today: How Do We Help Children Take Other Perspectives?
- Big Think: How to Teach Perspective- Taking and Empathy to a Child
SAVE THE DATE! – SHEPHERD FAMILY CAMPING TRIP
Shepherd families will once again be going camping in May. This year, the date is the weekend of May 16th. Families should plan to arrive at noon on Saturday, May 16 and plan on leaving around noon on Sunday, May 17. All students must be accompanied by a parent. This year’s site will be at Pohick Bay Regional Campground in Lorton VA. More details to come.
Reminder of Upcoming Dates:
- Wednesday, March 18th – LSAT and PTA meetings (4:30 pm and 6:30 pm)
- Friday, March 20th – Professional Development Day (NO SCHOOL)
- Friday, March 27th – Health/Wellness Fair
- Friday, April 3-Saturday, April 4 – Aladdin Jr. The MUSICAL
- Monday, April 13-Friday, April 17th – Spring Break
- Wednesday, April 22nd – LSAT and PTA meetings (4:30 pm and 6:30 pm)
- Saturday, April 25th – Shepherd Gala and Auction
- May 4-8th – Teacher Appreciation Week
- May 16-17 – Camping Trip
- Thursday, May 21st – International Day