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All School Morning Meeting – Fri, Nov 15th
Our November All School Morning Meeting will take place on Friday, November 15th at 8:45 am. The third-graders will host the meeting this month! If you haven’t attended one of the morning meetings yet, we strongly recommend it. They are always lively, informative, fun and entertaining!
Winter Weather is Coming Soon…
Dr. Hedlund and Mrs. Rottman are looking to build up indoor recess options for those days it’s too cold or wet to go outside. If you have any new or gently used games or puzzles, please drop them off in the office.
Kindness Club Food Drive
The Kindness Club is holding a food drive for the Capital Area Food Bank. The food drive began last week and will run through Friday, November 22. The club is also collecting monetary donations for the food bank at the following link:
Each classroom has a box or bin outside their door to accept donations. There will also be a box in the atrium for a central drop off point.
PTA Holiday Wreaths ON SALE NOW
This year, the Shepherd ES PTA will be selling wreaths for the holiday season. We
have partnered with Meadow Farm Nurseries to offer 20’ fresh Oregon fir wreaths to the
Shepherd school community. All sale proceeds will go to the Shepherd ES PTA.
You can order a wreath at the school starting tomorrow between 8-8:45 am in the
atrium. Also, you can place in-person orders on Thursday, November 14; Friday,
November 15; and Friday, November 22 at the aforementioned time. If you cannot stop
by during any of those dates and times, you can also order by contacting Alicia
Williamson at [email protected].
The wreaths are priced at $30 and will be available for pick-up the first week of
December after returning from Thanksgiving break. Payment will be accepted in cash,
and via CashApp and Venmo. A BIG THANKS to Alicia Williamson, Heather
Holdridge and Kristin Baldwin for managing this effort!
Shepherd Bake Sale – Fri, Dec 6th
We’ll also be hosting our annual bake sale on Friday, December 6th from 3:30-6:30 pm
and will be looking for donated baked goods (NO NUTS OR NUT PRODUCTS,
PLEASE!) as we aim to raise money to help our Shepherd community for the holidays.
A sign-up genius will be shared soon to organize volunteers and baked good donations
to sell. A HUGE SHOUT OUT to Jasmine Riley for leading this charge as she does
every year!
We’re looking for cub/boy scout troops/packs and daisy or brownie troops to help us
manage the sale. If your group is interested, please reach out to the PTA
at [email protected].
Amazon Holiday Shopping for Shepherd!
Before you start getting crazy online on Black Friday and Cyber Monday on Amazon,
make sure you have Shepherd’s Amazon Smile link in your browser. Every little bit
As you finish year-end donations or have an employer that is doing corporate matches
or an employee giving campaign, we’d love for you to consider Shepherd PTA as one
of your charities of choice. Donate to the 180 Fund and your teachers and children
will thank you! The Shepherd Elementary School PTA is a 501(c)(3) tax- exempt
organization. Tax ID No. 47-0879109.
IB Corner with Ms. Mack – Mini Embassy Adoption
Mini Embassy Adoption is a school-wide program we’re launching at Shepherd that
encourages teachers and students to think globally about their learning. Through this
program, teachers and students can make connections between the topics discussed in
class and their country partners. Students and homeroom teachers are “ambassadors”
for their countries. Not only will students get to be ambassadors for their homeroom
countries, but they will also get to learn about other countries when they attend other
How were the countries selected?
Many of the countries reflect the student demographics at Shepherd. We wanted to
create a learning environment where students are represented and empowered.
How can you support?
We are reaching out to parents to see if they can visit classrooms 2 to 3 times per year
to share stories, pictures, cultural wear, etc. It is our hope that each classroom have a
parent that can facilitate these visits and share their knowledge and culture. Please
confirm visits ahead of time with classroom teacher. If you are interested in supporting
this initiative, please contact Ms. Mack at [email protected].
Chopped Viewing Party – Nov 19th
Our own Shepherd 4th grade parent and baker extraordinaire, Kori Heyward, will be on
the Food Network’s Chopped on Tuesday, November 19th. She will be having a premier
party for her episode at Barcode, 1101 17th Street NW (entrance on L Street), which
will start at 7:45 pm and the episode airs at 9pm. She hopes to see you there! And if
not, please tune in!
NEED VOLUNTEERS: Teacher and Staff Holiday Party
– Wed, Dec 18th
We’re hosting a fun and festive holiday party for the teachers and staff after school on
Wednesday, December 18th. If you’d like to help plan, organize and help with the party,
we’d LOVE to have your help! Please contact [email protected].
Reminder of Upcoming Dates:
• Friday, Nov 15th – All School Meeting at 8:45 am
• Tuesday, Nov. 19th – Chopped Viewing Party!
• Wednesday, November 20th – LSAT meeting (4:30 pm) and PTA meeting (6:30 pm)
• Friday, November 22nd – Kindness Club Food Drive
• Wednesday, Nov 27th – Friday, Nov 29th – NO SCHOOL (Thanksgiving break)
• Friday, Dec 6th – Annual Shepherd Bake Sale (3:30-6:30 pm)
• Monday, Dec 9th – Ward 3 Education Network Meeting at 7 pm
• Wednesday, Dec 18th – LSAT and PTA meetings (4:30 and 6:30 pm)
• Wednesday, Dec 18th – Teacher and Staff Holiday party – 3:45 pm