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TONIGHT’S WEBINAR on COVID and the Pediatric Population with Dr. Bud Wiedermann – 7-8 pm

Stephen Whatley, ANC4A03 Commissioner, and Children’s National RIC will host a webinar around COVID and some of its impacts on the Pediatric Population. Our speaker will be Dr. Bud Wiedermann from the Infectious Disease program at Children’s National.  Dr. Wiedermann is a national expert in pediatric infectious disease and a noted educator.  We anticipate a talk of around 20-30 minutes with about 10-30 minutes for questions at the end. Please use the chat function for questions. Councilmember Janeese Lewis-George will give the opening remarks.

Click here to join!

Spring Egg Hunt – Sat, April 3 at Shepherd Community Center

On April 3rd from 11am to 1pm, DPR will be hosting a Spring Egg Hunt and Basket Decorating Activity at the Shepherd Park DPR location for a small group of children ages 2 to 5 years old.  Participants will participate in an egg hunt on different sides of the School building then join inside the center to decorate in baskets and partake in prepackaged refreshments.  You’ll never know what you will get if you find that special egg!

Due to Phase 2 restrictions, the activity requires registration and will be limited to 8 participants per group including 1 parent based on a first come, first serve registration process.

Please email Ms. Shirleta Settles at [email protected] to register.


Ahead of spring break, DCPS will be distributing 7-day meal packs on April 12th from 10am-2pm in schools across DC. Pre-register at this link by April 2nd to choose your most convenient distribution site and guarantee a meal pack for your student.


We’ll be doing PTO Board elections at the May PTO meeting and need 3-5 parents to volunteer to be on the nominating committee to hold the official elections. We’ll also need 3-5 parents to serve on the audit committee at the end of the year to close out our financial books. No one related to the current board can volunteer.  If you’re interested in helping, please reach out to [email protected] by April 16.

W3EdNet Meeting – Monday, April 5 at 7:00 pm

The next meeting of the Ward 3 – Wilson Feeder Education Network (W3EdNet) is on Monday, April 5 at 7:00 pm via Zoom (link below).  Meeting participants will be provided with an update of the Community Working Group discussions on the proposed DCPS schools at Foxhall (adjacent to the Old Hardy School building) and on MacArthur Boulevard (the former Georgetown Day Lower School).

Register in advance for this meeting:

DEAL Middle School Mulch and FLOWER Fundraising Sale – ORDER NOW!

Getting out in the yard to clean up those gardens? Now the sale includes flowers and potted plants. Get your mulch and flowers through Deal’s fundraiser. Order now and pick is slated through late April.

Get more info here.

SHEPHERD GARDEN CLEAN UP – Sun, April 25 starting at 10 am

Speaking of mulch and flowers, our very own gardener-in-residence, Simon Messing, would love help weeding and planting to shape up our gardens around the school. He kindly spends a lot of free time keeping up with the flower beds, helping our trees and even weeding! Let’s get together (socially-distanced!) to help spread the load. Come when you can and bring some gardening gear. 

Shepherd’s Spring Fling Family Engagement Events – April – June

In lieu of a Gala or Auction this year, let’s get together and raise a little money for our school as we plan for Term 4 and next school year! SAVE THESE DATES NOW!

Sat, April 24th at 5pm – virtual family baking class hosted by Tiny Chefs, add-ins include ingredient kits and Shepherd aprons and chef hats to be purchased. Appropriate for all ages.

Thurs, May 6th at 8 pm – Adults-only “Shaken AND Stirred” cocktail making class hosted by the Quarantine Cocktail Club.

End of May – School “photos” to be taken outside in front of the school marquee to make sure this year doesn’t fly by without your sentimental (and cheesy!) annual school picture. Each student will sign up for a specific time.

JUNE (date TBD) – We have some clearance from DCPS to start to do things together OUTSIDE! So, we’re planning a gathering IN PERSON! If you’d like to help plan, email [email protected]

ATTENTION FIFTH GRADE FAMILIES – Shepherd Chat with Deal’s Principal Neal – April 27th at 6:30 pm

Join Principal Neal as she talks with Fifth grade parents about how to get students ready for the transition to middle school.

Topic: Virtual Feeder School Chat – Shepherd

Time: Apr 27, 2021 6:30 PM Eastern Time

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 874 8455 3072

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Upcoming Important Dates:

March 31 – COVID and pediatrics webinar – 7 pm

April 3 – Spring Egg Hunt at Shepherd Community Center

April 5 – Ward 3 Ed Network Meeting – 7 pm

April 12-16 – Spring Break

April 21 – Shepherd PTO meeting – 6:30 pm

April 24 – “Spring Fling” virtual baking class

April 25 – Shepherd Garden Clean Up

April 27 – Fifth Grade Chat with Deal Principal Neal

May 6 – “Spring Fling” cocktail-making class – 8 pm

May 19 – Shepherd PTO meeting and ELECTIONS – 6:30 pm

May 31 – Memorial Day holiday