Shepard News & Notes

April 4th, 2016

Hello Shepard Parents:

Earlier today, you received information from Dr. Zoul and Mrs. Rubin about the upcoming Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment. Shepard will administer PARCC according to this schedule. Please keep in mind that the times listed are the testing windows for each day. It is likely daily testing will finish much sooner than the allotted time.

Results from the PARCC test are useful for a variety of reasons. We use these data as a component for decision making regarding class placements (at Shepard and for Deerfield High School), to help us track student academic growth, to inform instruction in the classroom, and as a way to measure our school against other schools in our district, area, and Illinois.

During the testing window, please encourage your child to:

  • Charge their Chromebook each night of testing

  • Get to bed at a reasonable time

  • Eat breakfast

  • Be at school each day and be on time

If you would like, you can view practice tests that show you what your children can expect to see on the PARCC tests. You can also review suggested ways you can help your child prepare for PARCC here. Please note, students have been working hard all year toward mastery of the Common Core State Standards; these tests are based on those standards, so our daily instruction is/was the best preparation.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to reach out to me.

Warm Regards,


1st Posting - Philanthropy Club Shoe Drive

Hello Shepard Parents and Community,

Shepard students are participating in a wonderful cause -- a used shoe drive -- collecting used shoes to help children less fortunate in Africa. This inspirational program, "Stuff for the Poor" was founded as a unique way for American children to help others by donating their used shoes, then sending them to African families in need. The funds raised are used solely to pay for school fees and school supplies for orphan children, mainly in Uganda.

The founder of this program, Providence Rubingisa, is originally from Rwanda, survived the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, and came to America in 2002, having to leave behind his wife and children. Upon arriving in this country and seeing the great fortune of American children, he began to think of ways that our children could help those in Africa who are so much less fortunate, while teaching lessons of a giving spirit.

Kindly donate your used shoes between April 4 -- April 17 in the Shepard lobby bins. Please remember to donate USED SHOES ONLY. Shoes of all sizes, types, and for all ages, are very much appreciated, including adult shoes.

For more information, please visit the website of Stuff for the Poor at

Thank you for your support of the Shepard Shoe Drive, and for helping our children learn that they can make a real difference in the lives of other children around the world.

Shepard Philanthropy Club

PTSO News!

Important information about 6th Grade Social Dance

It's time for 6th Grade Social Dance! You should have registered for Social Dance at Fee Day. If you did not and would still like to register, just drop off a check for $60 (made out to the Shepard PTSO) in the box in the front office. If you are not sure if you registered, please contact Lisa Pinksy at (Please note that there are several date changes.)

Please note the TIMES for Social Dance - All sessions will be from 7:00 - 8:15pm. PLEASE remember to pick up your child PROMPTLY at 8:15!

There is a DRESS CODE for Social Dance. The dress code for boys is belted dress slacks and dress shirt with collar. Boy’s shirts must be tucked in. For girls the dress code is dresses or skirts & blouses. All students must wear dress shoes (no athletic shoes).

Also, Josh’s On The Square has agreed to stay open late so that the Shepard 6th graders can go there for food or ice cream after Social Dance (until 9:30). EVERYONE is welcome (we will not be providing chaperones at Josh’s).


Friday, April 8

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Thursday, April 21

Friday, April 29

Friday, May 6

Friday, May 20

Thursday, May 26 – Final Party

Looking forward to this exciting activity for the 6th graders. They will talk about this for years to come!!

8th Grade Graduation Party

The 8th grade graduation party is June 3rd, 2016!

Many parents have already paid; however, there are a handful of families that have not. You can check your PTSO account to see if you have paid. Please go to the PTSO website, log into your account, click on 'My Info - My Orders' to check. To sign up, click on “for sale," and it will be under fee day. Another option is to drop off a $20 check at the front office made out to the Shepard PTSO.

Questions? Contact Jenny Fisher at

Box Tops

Don't throw away those Box Tops! We collect them and submit them to

raise money for the Shepard Student Council. Drop your Box Tops off in the Shepard Office.


Heinen’s will contribute up to 1% of what you spend at their store to Shepard at the end of the school year. Thanks to all who participated in the program last year—Shepard received a check for $875 in June!

If you participated in this program last year, you must RE-SELECT Shepard this year. You can do this in the store at the Customer Service counter, or you can log in to your Tasteful Rewards profile at Go to the “My Profile” tab at the top right of the home page, then scroll down to the “Teaming Up for Education” section and select Illinois-Deerfield-Alan B Shepard Middle School and make sure to save your selection.

If you’re new to the program, please take a look at this information to sign up—it’s quick and easy and a great way to help Shepard make a little easy money!