Patriot Post 09.20.2022

Brought to You by Shepard Elementary and the Shepard PTA

In this week's edition...

  • Message from Mrs. Bishop
  • Calendar
  • 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.


Kristin Bishop

Shepard Elementary Principal


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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

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5th Grade Camp Meeting Today!

All 5th grade parents are invited to meet this evening at 5:30pm in the cafeteria to hear more about 5th grade camp. Please remember to bring the yellow folder of forms that were sent home with your child last week.

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 and submit it by 5pm on October, 2022. If you have questions please contact Sherre Shafer at 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.

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'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.

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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.

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Fall Book Fair October 1-6!

Celebrate reading with hundreds of fun, engaging, affordable books brought to our school from Scholastic Books. Giving kids access to enjoyable books and the opportunity to choose their own books motivates them to read more often. Plus, every purchase supports the Shepard PTA.

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 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,

Jordan Humphries,

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Enjoy Arts and Crafts, Family Art Night Coming Soon!

Join us in celebrating the students' creativity at Shepard Art Night on October 6th from 6-7:30pm inside the school. There will be family friendly crafts to enjoy and you'll learn about our Art to Remember Fundraiser where you can purchase prints and merch of your child's art creations. You can also shop the last day of the book fair in the library.

We would love your help to make this event a success! Please check out the volunteer opportunities at the link below.

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Spirit Night at McALISTER'S Deli 10/4

Enjoy dinner and maybe some of their refreshing sweet tea at the Mcalister's Deli (off Hwy 75) on October 4th from 5-9pm and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to the Shepard PTA. Make sure you mention the Shepard PTA while checking out.
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2022 PTA Reflections Art Contest

The PTA Reflections Program encourages students of all ages and abilities to create art in this year's theme, Show Your Voice. There are 6 categories of art your student can choose to enter, dance, photography, music, film, literature, and visual arts. To learn more about the Reflections Program you can watch a video here or read the general rules here. Your student can get an entry form from their art teacher, Mrs. Rodriguez, or download it here. There are some specific rules for each category and you can find them at TXPTA website here. The deadline to enter is November 4th. The submissions should be submitted to Mrs. Rodriguez in person or digitally submitted to her email at

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.

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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!

If you are interested in volunteering for anything at school this year (library volunteer, special events, field trip chaperone, etc), please go ahead and complete the PISD volunteer application and background check now. Register at

You can email our VP of Volunteers, Lauren Roberson at 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

The Patriot Patio is open for lunch! Sign Up Here!

Many parents like to come to school and have lunch with their child. Luckily our school has a "Patriot Patio" in the hall outside our cafeteria where students and family members can enjoy lunch together. We have 4 tables per grade level available. We require parents to sign up prior to visiting their child for lunch so that we do not run out of space. All visitors to Shepard must bring a driver's license on their first visit of the school year and be issued a visitor badge. On subsequent visits, we can print badges with the same level of security without the need to scan your driver's license again, but please have it on hand in case there are any questions.

Click here to sign up:

Printable September Lunch Menu

*Note menus will possibly need to be updated periodically to account for supply shortages. You can see any menu updates and manage your child's account at School Cafe. Download all of September's lunch calendar below.
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Patriot Dads

Patriot Dads is a group that is focused on building community, motivating one another, strengthening families, and encouraging student engagement. You will often see us on Friday mornings at drop off cheering on the kids, but we also have other social events and opportunities in which to get involved. To learn more, email or head to their facebook page @ShepardPatriotDads.

Follow Shepard PTA on Facebook!

Shepard PTA has their very own Facebook page now. Please follow us to get reminders on PTA events and know the latest volunteer opportunities on campus. You can find us at or you can search for us @ShepardPTA

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 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.
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PISD Events

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