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Shepherd Park Community Center Final DPR Meeting – Thursday, June 17 from 6:30pm-8pm

DPR will hold its final virtual community meeting regarding the Shepherd Park Community Center. They will review the program survey results, provide an update on the athletic field renovations, and discuss the new facility operations. Please join the meeting at this link with access code ‘172 815 1034’ and password ‘shepherd’.


On behalf of the PTO Nomination Committee, we would like to congratulate the parents elected to the PTO Board and LSAT for the 2021-2022 school year!

Co-President: Taryn Losch-Beridon

Co-President: OPEN

Vice President: Sara Faulman

Treasurer: Andrea Smith

Assistant Treasurer: OPEN

Recording Secretary: Ayana McIntosh

Corresponding Secretary: Liz Bradley

LSAT PARENT REPS: Dominic Ju, Julia Marnon and Rich Pohlman

“Moving Up” Ceremonies – DATES AND TIMES

Dr. Hedlund and the staff are also planning “moving up” ceremonies in person for each grade level so students have the opportunity to see one another before we close out the school year. Below are the dates and times for each grade level celebration. 

PK3 – Fri, June 18 from 10-11 am

PK4 – Fri, June 18 from 9-10 am

Kinder – Fri, June 18  from 2-3 pm

1st grade – Fri, June 18 from 1-2 pm

2nd grade – Tues, June 22 from 2-3 pm

3rd grade – Fri, June 18 from 11-12 pm

4th grade – Thurs, June 24 from 2-3 pm

Save the Date! Ms. Johnson’s Retirement Celebration “Drive By” on Fri, June 18th from 4-5 pm

Ms. Johnson from PK3 will be retiring from teaching at the end of this school year. Shepherd staff and teachers, together with the PTO, are arranging a “drive by” event from 4PM to 5PM on Friday, June 18th, at the school. We welcome all current and former Shepherd students and friends of Ms. Johnson to join us for the special event.

Also, please consider posting a keepsake message or photo for Ms. Johnson on her “Kudoboard”:   

More details regarding traffic flow for the event will be sent this week. We are still looking for a few volunteers to help with set-up at 3PM on the day of the event. If you’re interested, please email [email protected]. Look forward to seeing you on the 18th!!


*NEW DATES* Deal June Walk-Through:  Join us in June for a self-guided tour of Deal and an outdoor Q&A session with Principal Neal on either June 16th from 6pm-7pm or June 26th from 10am – Noon.  Representatives from the Alice Deal Community Association will also be available to answer questions.  Please sign up here if you plan to attend.  Sign-ups are not required but encouraged so we know approximately how many families to expect. 

Deal RISE: Remember to sign up for virtual Deal RISE summer orientation program for “rising” 6th graders. 

Last Names A-F – July 12 – 15, 2021:  Click Here to Register

Last Names G-N – July 19 – 22, 2021: Click Here to Register 

Last Names O-Z – July 26 – 29, 2021:  Click Here to Register

For questions about RISE or to request an alternate week, please reach out to Ms. Gathers – [email protected].


We are in enrollment season, and like last year, enrollment will happen online. Per Dr. Hedlund’s recent message, please take time to carefully review the proof of residency requirements before submitting documentation. If your documents do not meet the requirements, your child cannot be enrolled. OSSE is unyielding about this aspect of enrollment, and Shepherd will not receive funding for students who are not enrolled properly. Thank you so much for your attention to this matter.

National Park Service Public Meeting on Upper Beach Drive – Thursday, July 8 from 6pm-7:30pm 

NPS is holding a live, virtual public meeting on the proposed permanent closure of Upper Beach Drive to cars after the end of the public health emergency. You can join this meeting at this link or by calling 202-640-1187 and then entering passcode 815310000#.