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Please take some time to fill out this important survey to inform Shepherd’s Elementary reopening plans. The deadline is 12/4. It will only take a few minutes. Happy Thanksgiving!

Click here to complete the survey.

Tómese un tiempo para completar esta importante encuesta para informar los planes de reapertura de Shepherd’s Elementary. La fecha límite es el 4 de diciembre. Solo te llevará unos minutos. ¡Feliz día de acción de gracias!

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“Porchtrait” Family Photo PTO Fundraiser – Sat, Dec 5

We’re bringing back holiday family photo sessions this year – but with a twist! Our photographer, AJ, will come to your home and do pics on your porch, back yard or front yard. You’ll pay the sitting fee as a donation to the PTO and then purchase pics from the photog directly. Photos will be ready about a week after they’re taken.

DATE: Sat, Dec 5th

TIME: 15-min sessions will start at 10 am – everyone will be scheduled based on your location so we can minimize travel time for the photographer and you’ll find out a few days before the event your specific time slot.

COST: $50 sitting fee (donation to the PTO) and packages will run $25-35 and will be paid to the photographer

Click link here to sign up and pay the sitting fee.

IMPORTANT: In the “Add a Note” section on PayPal, please include the address for your portrait location and your name, email and cell phone.


As we prepare for the holidays during this most unusual year, we’re hoping to help lift spirits and spread cheer! And since we’re all home A LOT MORE, why not have something beautiful to enjoy?

We’re excited to be working with Lynch Creek Farms again this year to do online order and direct home delivery of holiday wreaths and greens for the season. Their products are lovely and anyone across the country can order items and help support Shepherd PTO. Share with your family and friends near and far!

Every time someone shops for holiday decor through our group’s fundraising page, Shepherd PTO will receive 15% of the purchase!

Help us meet our $1000 goal and make purchases online at  

NEXT DCPS PARENT UNIVERSITY – Talking About Race – Dec 3rd at 5:30 pm

The next DCPS Parent University will feature the amazing women who have created The AntiRacist Table. They’ve done some deep work about how to talk with children about racism and will share resources and supports for parents.

Register here for this important session.

Shepherd 180 Fund Support for GIVING TUESDAY – Tuesday, Dec 1

Take advantage of your employer match or give a little extra this holiday season to help us prepare for the unexpected and ensure our students and staff have what they need this year. Please consider giving to Shepherd’s 180 Fund this Giving Tuesday. Shepherd PTO EIN number is 47-0879109.

The PTO has recently purchased touchless thermometers and docu-scanners to aid in virtual learning to support teachers and staff this school year.

We would very much appreciate your support for the 180 Fund this year. Click here to donate.

Annual DCPS Ed Fest – Dec 12th

Come help us talk with prospective parents about Shepherd at this year’s virtual event. If you can volunteer some time to be in our “booth”, please let Ms. Mack know – [email protected].

Date: Saturday, December 12, 2020

Time: 11:00am-2:00pm

Location: Accelevents event platform (more details coming soon)


New Testing Site

On Monday, Nov 23, Nationals Park will open as a new testing site. Monday through Friday from 2:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. you can get tested in the GEICO Garage which is located at 16 N Street SE.

Expanded Hours

We are expanding the hours at our other sites. The weekday morning/daytime sites (F Street, Anacostia, and UDC-CC Bertie Backus) will be open from 8:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. The evening sites will be open from 2:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Saturdays, the firehouse testing sites will continue to operate from noon until 4:00 p.m.

In anticipation of increased demand, on Sunday, November 29 we will also open four firehouse testing sites (Engines 4, 8, 10, and 31) for testing from noon until 4:00 p.m.


Beginning Nov 23, we will collect insurance information from people who have health insurance. You will provide your insurance information when you pre-register online, and you will not need to show your insurance card at the site. If you provide insurance, you will not be charged a copay.

Testing remains free, and no one will be turned away or denied testing if they do not have insurance. By collecting insurance information, we can preserve District resources for our ongoing response and recovery.

If you are going to a District testing site, remember to pre-register at

Use Testing Carefully

Remember: testing has its limitations. A negative test today could be a positive test tomorrow. Testing does not stop you from getting infected, nor does it replace the need to limit your exposure to other people, wear masks, social distance, and practice good hygiene.