Patriot Post 2.6.2024
Brought to You by Shepard Elementary and the Shepard PTA
In this week's edition...
- Message from Mrs. Bishop
- Kindness Week Next Week
- PTA Lifetime Member Nominations
- Shepard PTA Gala
- PTA Silent Auction
- Hospitality Soup Sign Up
- Book Character Day
- Order Yearbooks & Submit Photos
- Join PTA
- Volunteer Opportunities
- District/Community Events
Message from Mrs. Bishop
Hey, Shepard Families!
February brings the fun! Next week is Friendship and Kindness Week. We have some fun theme days planned, Valentine's Day Parties, and Spring Pictures.
Our spring pictures on Tuesday, February 13 are both individual and whole class pictures, so you can order both your child's whole class picture and your child's individual pictures. Order forms are going home this week, so check those backpacks!
Calendar of Upcoming Events
9| 3rd Grade Field Trip to Holifield Science Center
12-16| Kindness Week Dress Up Days
12| Spirit Night at Shady's Burgers, 4-9pm
12| Wear Shepard Sprit wear
13| Spring Picture Day
13| Dress to Impress
14| Wear Red and/or Hearts
14| Valentine's Day Class Parties
KG – 1:30
1st – 12:00
2nd – 1:00
3rd – 11:45
4th – 1:30
5th – 12:30
15| Wear a Shirt With a Number
16| Wear Mismatching Clothes
19-20| Student Holiday, No School
20-29| PTA Silent Online Auction
29| Shepard PTA Gala, Our First Rodeo -BUY Tickets
A Note from the Nurse's Office
Please send an extra set of clothes with your student in their backpack. Your child may experience a bathroom accident at school, spill their milk on themselves, or even take a tumble in the mud accidentally. This way, they are in their own clothes, and able to get back to class faster.
I am running low on clothes for students, so if you have any pants/shorts you would like to donate, please send me some!
I am in need of:
Boys pants and underwear- all sizes. (preferably sweats, or shorts with elastic.)
Girls 7-10 pants.
Please try to send warmer extra clothes during these colder months. And if you know your child had extra clothes, please check that they are appropriate for current weather conditions.
Julianne Kirby RN, BSN
Shepard Elementary School
1000 Wilson Dr., Plano, TX 75075
If your child is sick with a contagious/communicable illness (COVID, flu, strep, etc.) please fill out the following form:
Kindness Week, 2/12-16
Next week is Kindness Week and we will be having the following dress up days!
Monday- Shepard Sprit Wear
Tuesday- Dress to Impress (Picture Day)
Wednesday- Wear red and/or hearts
Thursday- Wear a shirt with a number on it
Friday- Wear mismatched clothing
PTA Lifetime Member Award Nominations, 2/8
We'd love to hear from you...please take the time to nominate 2 individuals/parents and 2 teachers/staff to be honorary Texas PTA Life Members by filling out a nomination form here. The requirement for receiving this honor is that the recipient has made worthwhile contributions to the wellbeing of children and youth at Shepard Elementary. Please only vote once by Feb. 8. All responses are anonymous. Thank you! Contact Emily Butler with any questions at email@example.com
Nomination Form: https://forms.gle/oZ8dmNykNArHAcH86
You're Invited to the Shepard PTA Gala 2/29!
Gala tickets are still on sale for $50 on our PTA website, click here. If you would rather pay by check, make checks payable to Shepard PTA and leave in the PTA mailbox in the front office with you name attached. Our First Rodeo will take place on February 29, 6-10 PM, at Urban Rio in the Rooftop event venue. We will have a DJ, dinner, and dancing as well as our silent auction items! Attire is cowboy casual (jeans and a nice shirt - like a good ol' boy at a wedding) to cowboy chic (break out the glitter and fringe - make Dolly proud!). Come ready to boot, scoot, and boogie all night! You can purchase your tickets on our PTA website at https://shepardpta.membershiptoolkit.com/gala
Are you interested in becoming one of our gala sponsors? We have a packet at the above link where you can check out all of our options for your business.
All funds raised from our silent auction and gala sponsorships will be used to improve classroom libraries and pay for digital reading software.
Silent Auction 2/20-29, Donations Still Needed
Shepard PTA hosts an online auction every year as one of our fundraisers. This year it will run from Feb. 20-29. If you own a business or know of one that would like to donate their services or some item to our auction, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also welcome families donating gifts as well. Examples of auction items are dance or music lessons, lawn services, sports tickets, and spa services as well as themed gift baskets or birthday party experiences. Thank you for helping us make our auction a success.
Here are just some of the auction items that you'll see! Heritage Farm Tickets, Guitar Lessons, Kendra Scott, Hawaiian Waters, Crayola Experience, Raising Cane's, KidMania, BodyBar Pilates, Front Row at Choir & Musical Shows, Grade Level Teacher Experiences, Carpool Front of the Line, and so much more!
Hospitality Soup Sign Up, 2/9
PTA Hospitality is putting together a Soup-er Bowl lunch for staff on February 9th. If you would like to help provide a soup, crackers, and/or drinks please see the sign up here. Please have your sign up item dropped off by 10a.m. February 9th in the front office as some staff begin their lunch time at 10:30. Thank you!
Book Character Day, 3/1
Dress up as your favorite book character on Friday, March 1st! See the picture above for ideas.
Buy Yearbooks & Submit Photos
If you would like to purchase a yearbook for your student you can do so by going to https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productDetail/1141032/SHEPARD-ELEMENTARY-SCHOOL/Yearbook/20230915042919497100/CATALOG_SHOP/Yearbook/20230915042919547100#design/0
You can still submit pictures of your student(s) through March 30th to our PTA yearbook team. Any pictures you take at school events, field trips, parties, etc are great to turn in. You can submit them online at https://images.jostens.com/0BDtoSeT1IIcf78VDTsl6Lg Thanks for helping us make sure all of our students at Shepard are included in the yearbook this year!
Please Join our Amazing Shepard PTA!
The Shepard PTA website is also where you will be able to find our calendar of events, purchase spirit wear, and much more! Please feel free to head over there and look around. You can also find us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ShepardPTA
Volunteer Opportunities at Shepard!
We have the following volunteer opportunities. We would love your help!
>Chess Club, looking for parents of students in chess to volunteer during chess class. Please find chess volunteer opportunities in Voly under Shepard Volunteer Opportunities.
Remember if you are interested in volunteering for a field trip, party, and/or event at Shepard during the school day you must fill out a volunteer application which also includes a background check. You must complete the application every school year even if you have volunteered in the past. Please go to plano.voly.org to apply now so you can volunteer at our next event. If you have any questions about volunteering please contact Taylor at email@example.com
If you are interested in volunteering in the library this year, please fill out this Google form https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfWH4ApwaS5ZVNmYUl4_5Pzxr_c9vX7hvPWUEa8N0mrpLTj8g/viewform?usp=sf_linkbe You can also reach out to our PTA Library Coordinator, Jessica Glass at firstname.lastname@example.org
Patriot Patio Sign Up & Lunch Menu
The Patriot Patio is now open for guests to come have lunch with their student. Our Patriot Patio is the area just outside our cafeteria, which we organize with table and chairs for our visitors. We utilize a Sign Up Genius sign up system so that we make sure there is space available. You may sign up for one spot per visitor(or family). When you come to have lunch with your child, please bring your driver's license so we can scan you into our Raptor badge system. All visitors must bring a driver's license to be verified in Raptor. (Remember that you may only have lunch with your child- they may not bring a friend.) We do welcome younger/older siblings for lunch!
Here is the link to sign up! https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0549AEAB2DA4FB6-shepard5
The February Lunch Menu (missing the last week) can be found by clicking the file below. You can add funds to your child's cafeteria account and see the breakfast and lunch menu through the School Cafe website at https://www.schoolcafe.com/pisd or download their app in the app store.
Click below to see information about the Free and Reduced Price Meal Program Eligibility for 23-24. https://www.pisd.edu/mealprogram
There Are So Many Ways to Support Shepard Elementary:
- Love Your Shepard PTA?: Make it official by joining today!
- Drop Donations in the World Wear Project. For a list of accepted donations click here.
- Support Shepard Elementary through Box Tops.
- Connect your Tom Thumb loyalty card to Shepard Elementary
- PTA membership, spirit wear and yard signs can be purchased all in one place, at the same time at the Shepard PTA website.
PISD and Community Events
Plano Wildcat Soccer Clinic
The Plano Men's Soccer team is excited to announce our Future Wildcat Clinic. Attendees will fine tune their soccer skills with the Plano Wildcat Men's soccer players, one of the top programs in the state. The clinic will be held on Feb. 17th but the deadline to register is Feb. 7th! Click Here to register.
PISD - Information for Parents of Special Education Students
Plano ISD would like to share two valuable resources to our parents of students served through special education. First, our Plano ISD Special Education Spotlight Update (English | Spanish) has been provided to ensure you are informed on current activities and events. In addition, there is information on our Parent Navigator. The Parent Navigator can be found on our department’s website and contains a wealth of information for parents. For questions, please reach out to Bethany Rogers or Sarah Robinson.
PISD Strategic Roadmapping Meetings
As part of Plano ISD’s ongoing strategic roadmapping process and as the district begins work on a long range facility plan, Plano ISD families, staff and community members are invited to attend and participate in a community input meeting near you. Meetings are conveniently located at six locations throughout the district:
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