Patriot Post 05.09.2023

Brought to You by Shepard Elementary and the Shepard PTA

In this week's edition...

  • Message from Mrs. Bishop
  • Calendar
  • PeeWee Patriots
  • Senior Reception
  • Return Library Books
  • Pick Up Medications
  • 5th Grade Party
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Patriot Dad Campout
  • School of Excellence Survey
  • Spirit Nights
  • School Supply Sale
  • Spirit Wear On Sale
  • Volunteer Opportunities/Application
  • Join PTA
  • Lunch Visitor Sign Up
  • What's for lunch?
  • PISD Events

Message from Mrs. Bishop

Hi, Shepard Families!

Teacher Appreciation Week and the end of the year are upon us! I'm planning a few special treats over the next few weeks for the teachers. Here's a sign up genius for a few donations that would help me out! We will be serving canned drinks with our fancy taco lunch this Thursday, and I'll be cooking up a pancake breakfast for the staff on May 22.

We are headed into the home stretch for the 2022-23 school year- there is still a LOT of learning to be done and fun to be had. Please check the calendar below.


Kristin Bishop

Shepard Elementary Principal


Calendar of Upcoming Events


8-12| Teacher Appreciation Week (see below)

9| Becky Washington PTA Senior Scholarship Deadline

9| 5th Grade Field Trip to Dallas World Aquarium (PTA Sponsored)

9| PeeWee Patriots! (Future kindergarten information Event!) 4:00 PM

10| Shepard Senior Reception (More Info Below)

11| PTA General Meeting, 5:30pm

11| 1st Grade Musical Performance 6:00 pm

12| Shepard Patriot Dad's Campout- registration info below! Scroll down!

25| End of Year Parties- details to come!

25| 5th Grade Party, 5:30pm

26| Pride Rally Grades Kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd 8:00am

26| Pride Rally Grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th 9:00am

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Shepard Graduating Seniors Reception, This Wednesday, May 10!

All Shepard graduating seniors are invited to a reception and clap out on Wednesday, May 10th. The clap -out is at 8am in the front office and you should wear your cap and gown. Then join your friends and Shepard staff for a reception in the library from 4:30pm-6pm on the same day, May 10th. Please RSVP by May 8th to 817-874-9563. Please bring PISD student ID and driver's licenses (if available).
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5th Grade Party, May 25th!

Ready, Set, "Glowing" to 6th grade! All 5th grade students and their parents or guardians (no siblings) are invited to a special End of Elementary Party May 25th from 5:30pm to 7:30pm at Shepard. There will be games, music, and food. More information to come!
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Return Your Library Books

Please send all library books back to school with your students. All books are due back by May 12th. Email our librarian with any lost book concerns.

Medication Pick -Up

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Teacher Appreciation Week May 8-12

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 8-12. The PTA Hospitality Chair has coordinated a wonderful week of surprises and goodies for our Shepard Teachers and Staff. *On Wednesday we are asking for your student to bring a thank you note and/or picture to all their wonderful teachers (don't forget all those specials teachers in PE, Library, Art, Speech, etc.). The week schedule is below:

Monday - Breakfast Tacos & Donuts

Tuesday - *Students bring a single flower to their teachers. Room Service: Snacks & Drinks

Wednesday - *Students bring in thank you notes. Dinner & Dessert To-Go

Thursday - Campus provided Lunch

Friday - Patriot Dads grilling burgers & hot dogs

Grade level room parents should be reaching out to parents as well. If you would like to donate to the PTA Hospitality Team please 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 and then clicking on Favorites.

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Sign Up for Patriot Dads Campout This Friday, May 12!

The registration for the 2023 Shepard Campout presented by Patriot Dads is now available at Tickets are $28.

The 2023 Shepard Campout presented by Patriot Dads is scheduled for May 12-13. Once again, we will be at the Heritage Farmstead, but this year promises to be the most exciting campout EVER! We'll start the evening with hot dogs, hamburgers, and field games. As the sun begins to set, there will be fire-roasted s'mores, a movie, and a silent dance party. Saturday morning, we will wake up to fresh Shipley's donuts.

We have have a little over 30 tickets left, so act fast and order your tickets now! *Shepard students and their parents/guardians are invited as well as incoming kindergarteners as long as they already have a sibling that attends Shepard. More details on the registration form.

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School of Excellence Survey By 5/12

Shepard PTA is continuing our participation in the National PTA School of Excellence program to grow our family-school partnerships and enrich the educational experience and overall well-being of all students in our community.

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. We have used your responses from the first survey to implement an action plan for continuous school improvement. Thus far we have:

· Worked to increase family engagement supporting student success through Reading Night in the Fall and Math Night in the Winter

· Worked to increase involvement from dads and other male role models through the WATCH D.O.G.S. program and Patriot Dads

Now it is time for our second survey! We are proud of what we have accomplished so far, and kindly ask for your feedback once again. Your responses will not only help us show our improvements but will also provide us with more information as we continue to build upon our efforts to enhance family-school partnerships in the future.

Please take 5-10 minutes to reflect on your experience at this school and complete the survey below. Mark the response that most accurately expresses how you feel about your experience. This survey is completely anonymous. Please complete this survey by Friday, May 12.

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Spirit Night Fundraisers, May 4, 9, 16, & 28

We are counting down the days until summer with several Spirit Nights at Cici's Pizza and several local ice cream shops! During every Spirit Night event the restaurant host gives Shepard PTA a percentage of every purchase made when you mention you are with our school. The May Spirit Night Line Up is below. Feel free to add them to your calendar. Also, Cici's is giving the class with the most students who participate this Thursday a free pizza party!

May 4th, 5pm-9pm - Cici's Pizza (2220 Coit Rd)

May 9th, 12pm-10pm - Local Creamery (5805 Preston Rd)

May 16th, 5:30pm-7pm - Henry's Homemade Ice Cream (3100 Independence Pkwy)

May 26th, 12pm-10pm - Churn & Bake (2707 W 15th St)

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School Supplies for the '23-'24 School Year On Sale!

SHOP NOW for your 2023-24 school supplies. Avoid the stores and get all your school supply shopping done online early! EPI school supply packs contain all the items and brands our teachers require. They will be sent directly to Shepard in August and will be waiting for your student in the classroom. Order now with our School ID of SHE001 (3letters/3numbers) at

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Shepard Shirts & Shorts Now On Sale for $10!

If you haven't purchased your Shepard t-shirt yet this year, now is a great time because they are on sale! You can purchase one on the PTA website, just click here. Shirts and shorts are now on sale for only $10 and yard signs are still available for $20. We have some shirts from years past on clearance as well as Patriot Dads t-shirts for purchase.
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It's Never to Late to Join the PTA!

Did your family enjoy the Sock Hop, Art Night, and Story Night? Did you child have fun on their PTA sponsored field trip at Crayola Experience or the Perot Museum? Consider joining the PTA that sponsors those events. Thank you to all that have joined our PTA so far and we hope if you haven't joined yet that you might consider doing so now. 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, Planetarium, Music Class Needs, Teacher/Student Software, 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,, Budget, Cinemark, Six Flags, Dallas City Pass and more. Check out all the PTA Membership perks/discounts at

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:

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

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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 below to sign up:

Printable May 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 April lunch calendar below.
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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

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!
  • 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

Facts About Fentanyl

The graphic might be a little hard to read. Please refer to the pdf download below.
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PSHS Athletic Youth Clinics

Below are dates for all of the PSHS Summer Youth Sports Clinics. Registration will be open soon through Plano Parks & Rec at
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PSHS Basketball Camp

The PSHS Girls' Basketball program will be hosting our annual summer camp June 19th – 23rd (Monday-Friday) at the Plano Senior High Gym from 9am-12pm. Our camp is open to boys and girls grades 1-5 (in 2023/24). Registration is live through Plano Parks & Rec.

We also have a camp for rising 6th-9th graders the same week (June 19-22) from 1-4pm. Register Here

PSHS Youth Soccer Camp

The PSHS Girls' soccer program will be hosting our annual summer camp from June 5-8 (Monday-Thursday) at Plano from 8:30-11:30 AM. We would love to have as many future Wildcats as possible! Our camp is open to boys and girls grades K-9. Click Here to register.
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New Student Registration!

Who's ready to Rock Enroll?

Online enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is now open! REMINDER: Enrollment for Pre-K students begins April 3.

For more information, visit:

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PISD Summer Enrichment

Registration for Summer Enrichment Programs is now open! With the break soon approaching, Plano ISD is excited to offer programs for current 1st-8th graders!

For more information, visit:

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