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All Your Fall Fest Information!
On Saturday, October 19th, Shepherd Elementary School will host its fall fundraiser – Fall Fest! The event will be held at the school from 12-4 pm. There will be food, music, and games.
Fall Fest is fun for everyone, and we need our school community’s participation to make this event great! Come take a station shift for 30 mins, buy tickets, buy new gear that will be on sale, bring your friends and family, come dunk Mr. Garner in the dunking booth, and meet new families! If you’d like to volunteer for this event, click here to sign up.
During Fall Fest 2018 we raised more than $18,000! To be successful again this year, we need your help!
Your dollars go toward classroom materials and supplies for teachers, IB training for new teachers, IB materials for our students, a field trip for every grade level, the music book and materials for this year’s Spring Musical, resources for social emotional learning initiatives and more.
We encourage you to purchase a Family Sponsor Package and your donation of $100 will include the following:
• 1 wrist band that includes UNLIMITED ACCESS to games, moon bounce, and rock wall!
• 25 tickets
• 4 beverage coupons
• Shepherd Elementary School water bottle
• 50% off any additional tickets purchased
Please use this link to make your donation! You can only purchase the sponsor package prior to Fall Fest on Oct 19th, and they will not be sold on the day of the event.
Don’t stand in line to buy tickets – get them now!
Shepherd Elementary Book Fair
Shepherd will be hosting our Book Fair from October 15-19th in the school atrium.
The hours for the Book Fair are:
• Library Specials Time
• Arrivals: 8:20 – 8:45 am
• Dismissals: 3:15 – 3:35 pm
• Late Night Before PTA Meeting (Wednesday, October16th): 3:30 – 6 pm
• Fall Festival (Saturday, October 19th) 12:30 – 3:30 pm
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Ms. Anderson or PTA President Liz Bradley.
Parent Academy
Shepherd’s new IB coordinator, Ms. Mack, will be hosting IB Primary Years Program Overview sessions on Friday, October 11th in A205. Come learn more about our IB program. The sessions will run from 9-9:30 am, 11-11:30 am, and 1-1:30 pm.
No School Day
Star Achievers is open on Friday, October 11th. Star Achievers has partnered with Trak Sports to engage kids in a variety of exciting sports games and fun activities for ALL AGES (PK3-5th grade), including basketball, kickball, soccer, arts and crafts, and much more. Parents must register their children by Wednesday, October 9th.
Shepherd Fall Family Photo Fundraiser
Join the Shepherd PTO to raise money for Shepherd and have beautiful family photos ready for your holiday cards and gifts! We are partnering with the AMAZING Katie Jett
Walls for mini-sessions on Sunday, October 27th, 2019. Sign up here for a sitting between 8-11 am or from 3-6 pm.
Photos will be taken in the lovely Bishop’s Garden at the Washington National Cathedral. All proceeds from sitting fees ($65 for a 10-minute mini session) will go directly to Shepherd Elementary. Prints can be ordered directly form Katie Jett Walls after the event. See price sheet here.
Shepherd Halloween Parade
Back by popular demand is the Halloween Parade. At 2:30 pm on October 31st, our students will parade around the block in costume and can be dismissed afterwards if their parents are present.
Local Information of Interest
Roundtable Discussion on Dyslexia – Monday, October 21st at 10 am in the Wilson Building (1350 Pennsylvania Ave, NW)
The DC Council will be holding its first ever hearing/roundtable on dyslexia and how it is – and should be – addressed by our public schools.
For more information on the hearing – and on dyslexia and how to address it – go to Decoding Dyslexia, DC’s new parent advocacy group on dyslexia:
To sign up, go to: or call the Committee on Education at (202) 724-8061. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, October 17th at 5 pm.
Ward 3 Democrats – Tuesday, October 22nd at 7pm, Forest Hills of DC (4901 Connecticut Ave. NW)
The Ward 3 Democratic Committee is the official arm of the Democratic Party in Ward 3. The purpose of the Committee is to elect and support Democratic candidates for local and national office; and to provide an issues forum for Democratic voters in Ward 3 and the community.
Ward 3 Dems will host the Deputy Mayor of Education, Paul Kihn, and Chancellor of DC Public Schools, Lewis Ferebee to speak and answer questions.
Reminder of Upcoming Dates:
• Thursday, October 10th – Hispanic History Bowl, 4 pm, multi-purpose room
• Friday, October 11th – Parent/Teacher Conferences, no school for students
• October 15-19th – Book Fair
• Wednesday, October 16th – LSAT meeting – 4:30 pm
• Wednesday, October 16th – PTA meeting – 6:30 pm
• Friday, October 18th – All School Morning Meeting – 8:40 am
• Saturday, October 19th – Fall Fest – 12-4 pm
• Wednesday, October 23rd – Open House for Prospective Parents – 9-10 am
• Sunday, October 27th – Family Photo Shoot PTA Fundraiser
• Tuesday, October 29th – Blue 44 Restaurant Night
• Thursday, October 31st – SPCA Halloween Parade (lower field)