Patriot Post 09.20.2022
Brought to You by Shepard Elementary and the Shepard PTA
In this week's edition...
- Message from Mrs. Bishop
- Counselor Corner
- 5th Grade Camp Meeting
- PACE Referral Information
- Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night
- PTA Survey
- Scholastic Book Fair
- Art Night, a Family Event!
- Spirit Night at McAlister's Deli
- PTA Reflections Program
- Join PTA
- Lunch Visitor Sign Up
- What's for lunch?
- Volunteer Application/Opportunities
- PTA Ongoing Fundraisers
- PISD Events
Message from Mrs. Bishop
Hi, Shepard Families!
I have a special note today for our 5th grade families! Don't forget our 5th Grade Parent Meeting this evening about attending Collin County Adventure Camp! The meeting is tonight, Tuesday, from 5:30-6:30 in the Shepard Elementary Cafeteria. We are very excited to be returning to camp after a two year Covid break.
Shepard Elementary Principal
School Cafe For Cafeteria Payments/Menu
PISD offers an online payment system for cafeteria purchases and you can also view the menu. You can download the School Cafe App or go to https://www.pisd.edu/Page/3841
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Calendar of Upcoming Events
19-23| Education Go Get It Week, Dress Up Days Below
20| Fifth Grade Camp Information Meeting, 5:30 in cafeteria
22| Watch D.O.G.S. Pizza Night
29| School Picture Day, Volunteer Here
1| Book Fair opens for Saturday Shopping, 1-4pm
1-6| Scholastic Book Fair, see times below
3| Art Fundraiser begins!
4| Spirit Night at McAlister's Deli, 5-9pm
6| Art Night- Free Family Event, 6-7:30 pm
10| Student and Staff Holiday- No School
11| Parent Teacher Conference Day/Student Holiday- No School
14| Dennis Lee Assembly during school- Thanks PTA!
24-28| Red Ribbon Week
5th Grade Camp Meeting Today!
The Counselor Corner
Hello families! Below is an important messages about upcoming activities.
Education Go-Get It week (formerly College Week) – September 19-23
Shepard will be participating in these district-wide dress-up days. It’s fun to see Shepard Patriots get involved!
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PACE Referrals Due!
IT’S PACE REFERRAL TIME for Kindergarten – 5th grade
Referral due on October 21, 2022 at 5 pm
PACE provides services for students who require academically gifted enrichment services and have demonstrated the need for advanced, differentiated instruction. PACE at the elementary level is a weekly pull out program in which students leave their general education classroom to work under the guidance of a gifted specialist. The time spent in the PACE program will vary according to the grade level of the student.
We assess referred students in the fall. Kindergarten – 5th grade students placed in the PACE program will begin PACE in February 2023. If you would like to have your child assess for PACE placement please fill out PACE Referral Packet, which is online at https://www.pisd.edu/giftededucation and submit it by 5pm on October, 2022. If you have questions please contact Sherre Shafer at email@example.com or 469-752-3184. The referral link also has detailed information about the PACE program, just scroll down. If you prefer a paper copy of the referral form please contact Sherre Shafer.
'Dads and Kids' Pizza Night, Free Pizza, Drinks and Fun This Thursday, 9/22!
We are excited to see all the men and their children that sent in the yellow RSVP last Friday this Thursday, September 22 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm for our first annual ‘Dads and Kids’ Pizza Night at our school cafeteria for free pizza and drinks. At 6:30 we will have a presentation about our WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads Of Great Students) Program. WATCH D.O.G.S.® is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. Our goal is to have you spend at least one day this year at the school to be a positive male role model and to provide an extra set of eyes and ears.
*There will only be enough pizza for the adults and children that sent in their yellow rsvp last week.
PTA School of Excellence Survey, We Need Your Help
The Shepard PTA knows that a strong partnership among our families, school leaders and community members is important to the success of our students and school. That’s why we are participating in the National PTA School of Excellence program, which grows partnerships between PTAs and schools to enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students.
We need your help! As part of the process, National PTA requests feedback from families, administrators and teachers at two points in the school year—the beginning and the end. Your feedback will help us improve our family-school partnership and achieve excellence.
Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at this school and complete the survey below.
Fall Book Fair October 1-6!
Save the Date to Shop the Fair:
Sat, Oct. 1st from 1:00-4:00 PM
Mon-Thurs, (Oct. 3-6) will be open: 7:20-8:00 AM, 11:00-1:00 PM, and 2:40-4:00 PM
Last chance to shop the Fair will be Thurs, Oct. 6th during Art Night from 6:00-7:30 PM
Don't feel comfortable sending cash to school with your kid? Set up an e-wallet for a safe, convenient alternative to cash. It's super easy just go to scholasticbookfairs.com/ewallet to create an account and learn more!
We need your help! Share the joy and excitement by volunteering for a shift or better yet, shifts!
Volunteer opportunities include: set-up/decorations, helping students make wishlists, cashier and clean up.
Questions? Contact Book Fair Chair & Committee Member:
Emily Butler, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jordan Humphries, email@example.com
Enjoy Arts and Crafts, Family Art Night Coming Soon!
We would love your help to make this event a success! Please check out the volunteer opportunities at the link below.
Spirit Night at McALISTER'S Deli 10/4
2022 PTA Reflections Art Contest
PTA Teacher Supply Closet
We are still accepting school supply donations. There is a marked bin in the front foyer for your child to put them in when they come to school. We appreciate your help in creating a supply closet for teachers to grab necessary supplies for our students throughout the year when items run low. You can find the list of items below.
Continue to Join the PTA
Thank you to all that have joined our PTA so far and we hope if you haven't joined yet that you will still consider doing so. Just CLICK HERE to join our PTA. By being a PTA member, you're helping to support all the PTA sponsored events like the Sock Hop, field trips, field day, 5th grade party, and more! You can volunteer as little or as much as you want. We will do our best to keep you updated here on how and when you can get involved. *Note* your membership must be renewed each year.
P.S. You can even get amazing discounts at Great Wolf Lodge, Walt Disney and car rentals!
Calling All Volunteers!
You can email our VP of Volunteers, Lauren Roberson at Roberson.firstname.lastname@example.org to let her know you are/might want to volunteer this year and what you are interested in doing.
Current & Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:
Book Fair (Oct. 1, 3-6th)- Sign Up Here
Art Night (Oct. 6th)- Sign Up Here
Library, Ongoing - contact Katy Brannen at email@example.com
The Patriot Patio is open for lunch! Sign Up Here!
Click here to sign up:
Printable September Lunch Menu
Follow Shepard PTA on Facebook!
Help treat our teachers!
The Shepard PTA provides lunches, snacks and treats for Shepard staff and teachers throughout the year. Help us keep them fueled this school year. Click here to donate! If you would like to treat a teacher or staff member personally and need ideas, you can find their birthdays as well as their favorite snacks and treats by going to Shepard's teacher directory.
There Are So Many Ways to Support Shepard Elementary
These are On-Going Fundraisers:
- Love Your Shepard PTA?: Make it official by joining today!
- Add AmazonSmile to your mobile Amazon App or shop at Smile.Amazon.com and choose Shepard as your charity of choice!
- Drop Donations in the World Wear Blue Bin. For a list of accepted donations click here.
- Support Shepard Elementary through Box Tops and the Coca-Cola Give program.
- Connect your Tom Thumb loyalty card to Shepard Elementary.
- Spirit wear, yard signs, and PTA Membership can be purchased all in one place, at the same time: at the Shepard PTA website.