PTO Bulletin

Shepherd PTOPTO Bulletins

5th Grade Promotion – Mon, June 21 at 10 am

On Monday June 21, 2021 at 10:00 am, we will celebrate 5th grade promotion in person for all students and their families who would like to attend. The DPR field should be resurfaced by that date, but alternatively, we will use our playground space. We’re excited to get to celebrate these fabulous students and their major accomplishment! More details to come soon.

“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. More details coming soon.

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

Calling all Rising Deal 6th Graders!

Please sign-up for the following opportunities for rising 6th graders and parents to get ready for Back to School in the Fall:

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. 

Fit Mind/ FIT Body Camp @ Deal: After a long pandemic break, FitCampNation is excited to be back at Deal this summer! Rising Deal 6th graders are invited to join us for structure play, mindfulness, group sport activities, and fun games. Students may sign up for one week or all four weeks. Please register here by 3:30 pm on Friday, June 4.

Week 1 I Monday, July 6 – Friday, July 9

Week 2 I Monday, July 12 – Thursday, July 15

Week 3 I Monday, July 19 – Thursday, July 22

Week 4 I Monday, July 26 – Thursday, July 29

Group 1 I 12:30 – 2:30 pm

ALL Rising 6th Graders

Group 2 I 3:00 – 5:00 pm

ALL Rising 6th Graders

Deal RISE: Remember to sign up for Deal RISE, summer orientation 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].

Students must be enrolled at Deal for SY 21 – 22 to participate in RISE (virtual) and Fit Mind/Fit Body Camp (in-person).

Ward 3 – Wilson Feeder Education Network (W3EdNet) Meeting – Monday, June 7 at 7pm 

We are very happy to host Matt Chingos of the DC Education Research Collaborative and State Board of Education (SBOE) representative for Ward 3, Ruth Wattenberg.

We will first hear from Matt Chingos and have an opportunity to ask questions. The DC Education Research Collaborative is a consortium of 15 organizations, headed by the Urban Institute, which conducts research designed and implemented in partnership with members of the DC education community.

Then we will talk about SBOE ( happenings.  In particular, she will talk about the work that the School Board is doing looking again into the School Transparency and Reporting (STAR) framework for school-level report cards as required by the Every Student Success Act (ESSA).

With our remaining time, we will talk about school budgets and the Community Working Group on Foxhall and MacArthur.

Zoom Link:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


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.


Sit back and follow the adventures of the Bennet sisters of Hertfordshire, England. Pride and Prejudice is like a fairytale, only with a dose of scandal and amusing interludes in the form of comic characters. It has great characters, an intriguing plot, is full of surprises, and the longed-for happy ending. This love story transcends the class boundaries and challenges the traditional role of women, encouraging partnerships of mutual affection and respect – an ideal that has endured through to the current day.

We have an incredible cast featuring 6th, 7th, and 8th graders from across the community. Come on out and cheer on your friends, family, and schoolmates.

This is a virtual performance that has been previously recorded. Premiering Friday, June 4 at 7:00 pm, and available as Video on Demand through June 13. Get a free ticket for a viewing link here.

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 follow in the coming weeks. 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!!