Patriot Post 11.29.2022

Brought to You by Shepard Elementary and the Shepard PTA

In this week's edition...

  • Message from Mrs. Bishop
  • Calendar
  • Families In Need
  • Shepard Science Fair
  • Family Story Night
  • PTA General Meeting
  • Submit Pictures for Yearbook
  • Spirit Night at Little Rome
  • Watch DOGS
  • Volunteer Opportunities/Application
  • Join PTA
  • Lunch Visitor Sign Up
  • What's for lunch?
  • PISD Events

Message from Mrs. Bishop

Hi, Shepard Families!


We are headed into a busy time of year! Please check the calendar for all our upcoming events!


Our Winter Parties will be on December 15 and room parents will be reaching out with information. Parents are welcome to visit the parties, but visitors must have a badge issued through the Raptor system in the front office, so you will need your driver's license. If you are a volunteer for the party, you must have a background check approved through the Voly system at plano.voly.org


If you plan to attend the party, please fill out this Google form, and we will have your badge printed ahead of time if you have already had your driver's license scanned this year. https://forms.gle/nGMJpwqbaQBAxY198


Sincerely,

Kristin Bishop

Shepard Elementary Principal

469.752.3110

kristin.bishop@pisd.edu

Calendar of Upcoming Events

November

Nov 30-Dec 2| 5th Grade Adventure Camp


December

6| PTA General Meeting, 5pm

6| Bedtime Story Night, 5:30-6:30pm

9| Wear Green/Slime Day

12| Shepard Choir Concert at Shepard, 6pm

14| Spirit Night at Little Rome, 11am-12pm

15| Grade Level Winter Parties- visitors welcome! (Must bring Driver's License)

Kindergarten: 12:30 pm

1st Grade: 10:00 am

2nd Grade: 10:45 am

3rd Grade: 1:30 pm

4th Grade: 1:30 pm

5th Grade: 1:00 pm

16| Shepard Pride Rallies- by invitiation only

3rd, 4th, and 5th 8:00 am

Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd 9:00 am

16| Shepard Choir Concert at Heritage Farmstead, 6pm


January

5| 5th Grade to 6th Grade info meeting at Wilson Middle School 6 pm- see flyer!

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Families In Need

If you or a Shepard family you know of is in need this holiday season, please reach out to our counselor, Erin Christenson, at erin.christenson@pisd.edu.
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Shepard Science Fair

Shepard science fair is back! Science fair is a great way for your student to show off their creative and academic skills. The entry forms are due December 14th right before winter break. This gives them all of winter break to make their project the very best! When you turn in the form your students' homeroom teacher will get a science fair handbook with all of the rules and requirements. Projects are due Jan. 9th by 3:00pm and judging will be on January 10th, 2023. We can't wait to see all of the amazing things our students can create. If you have any questions please reach out to cheyenne.drake@pisd.edu.
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Join us at the Next PTA General Meeting Dec. 6th

The next general meeting will be Tuesday, December 6th at 5pm in the school cafeteria. We will vote to approve our updated versions of our PTA Bylaws and Standing Rules, available here, for you to look over now. They can only be viewed on the website and approved at the meeting by PTA Members. Shepard PTA must update or amend their Standing Rules and Bylaws with Texas PTA at least once every 3 years.


Bylaws govern an organization’s operations and contain the basic rules relating principally to itself as an association.


Standing rules contain details about the day-to-day operations of a PTA.

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Send Your Pictures In for the School Yearbook

If you have any photos from school events like the Sock Hop, dress up days, field trips etc. with your child and friends, please share them with the PTA yearbook volunteers. You can share them online at studio.balfour.com/ImageShare or download the mobile app Balfour ImageShare. Follow the prompts and when asked for a project number it is 328739 and the upload code is not needed. You can upload pictures throughout the school year until March 1st.
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Spirit Night at Little Rome on 12/14, 11am-10pm

Our next Spirit Night will be at the local Italian restaurant, Little Rome, right past the fire station off 15th Street. You can order from 11am to 10pm on Wednesday, Dec. 14th. Don't forget to mention Shepard Elementary while ordering. Little Rome will donate a percentage of every purchase made to our PTA. Please feel free to share this information with your friends and neighbors.
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Watch D.O.G.S.

If you are a father, grandfather, step-father, uncle, or other father figure and you weren't able to make it to the Pizza Launch Night, you can still sign up to do Watch DOGS (Dads Of Great Students). Available days are now on Shepard's Voly site. You can use the following links to find a day you would like to sign up for. Don't forget a background check must be complete in order to sign up.

November Dates

December Dates


A Watch DOGS t-shirt is required to be worn on your volunteer day. There will be a few extra shirts in the front office for you to borrow for the day (Sizes L-XXL) or you can purchase your own t-shirt at https://store.dadsofgreatstudents.com/shop.


Information about what to expect during the day you are on campus will be provided by our school counselor, Erin Christenson, once you've signed up. For more information you can also head over to the Shepard PTA's Watch DOG page here.

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 Plano.Voly.org.


You can email our VP of Volunteers, Lauren Roberson at Roberson.lauren@gmail.com to let her know you are/might want to volunteer this year and what you are interested in doing.


Current & Upcoming Volunteer Opportunities:

Watch D.O.G.S. - Men can sign up on Voly.

Library, Ongoing - contact Katy Brannen at katy.r.brannen@gmail.com

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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. Parents and guardians of Shepard Patriots aren't the only ones who are able to join the PTA. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, and friends can also join and in doing so financially support all the wonderful programs the PTA puts on for the school. PTA financially sponsors 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 as a member. *Note* your membership must be renewed each year.

P.S. You can even get amazing discounts at places like Great Wolf Lodge, Hotels.com, Budget, and more. Check out all the PTA Membership perks/discounts at https://www.txpta.org/member-perks

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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:


https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0549AEAB2DA4FB6-shepard3

Printable November 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 the current October and November lunch calendar below.
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Shepard Shirts Still On Sale!

If you haven't purchased your new Shepard t-shirt or yard sign yet this year they are still available on the PTA website, just click here. Shirts, shorts, and yard signs are $20 and we still have some long sleeve shirts from last year that are only $15. We also have Patriot Dads t-shirts available as well.

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.

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 shepardpatriotdads@gmail.com or head to their facebook page @ShepardPatriotDads. You can also join the Patriot Dad's Signal Messaging Group at https://signal.group/#CjQKIHbx44qD4JRrKOH-eOrFdNiRdqjJ5UH_r8UpnHSd1UD5EhDiYBTGMnGBBufqgj0AI30N

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 Facebook.com/ShepardPTA or you can search for us @ShepardPTA

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.

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.
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PISD Events

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