Shepard Elementary Patriot Post

February 16th, 2016

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From Our Principal

Dear Parents,

Please see the important information from the district-

On May 7, 2016, Plano ISD voters will decide on a $481 million bond proposal to fund initiatives recommended by the Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Task Force. Appointed in August, 2015 by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, the task force included citizens, business leaders, teachers, principals and parents. The task force reviewed enrollment trends and projections, established construction and renovation needs, validated costs and sought input from fellow community members. After five months of study, debate and public input, the task force made final recommendations to school trustees which are included in this bond proposal. If approved, the bond initiative will provide funding toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate and will impact all Plano ISD campuses through district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. Find out more, including specific project allocations, at www.pisd.edu/2016bond. You may send questions to askpisd@pisd.edu.

Online Resources:

· Bond Election (main page): www.pisd.edu/2016bond

· Bond Overview Flyer: http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/BondOverview.pdf

· Press Release: http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/PressRelease.pdf

· Press Release (Spanish): http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/PressReleaseSpanish.pdf

· Frequently Asked Questions (English): http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/FAQ.shtml

· Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish): http://www.pisd.edu/news/bond.programs/2016bond/documents/FAQ_Spanish.pdf


Kind Regards,

Principal Lancaster

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PeeWee Patriots

Do you know a PeeWee Patriot?

PeeWee Patriots: Incoming Kinder friends will learn how to be a Shepard Patriot as they get ready to begin their Kindergarten year and meet the kinder staff.


Future Patriot Parents: Receive helpful enrollment and curriculum information to prepare you and your child for beginning the kindergarten experience.


THURSDAY MARCH 17th 11am-12:30pm


Wednesday MAY 25th 11am-12:30pm


click HERE to sign up!

Month of Loving Math in 5th Grade

February Is the Month of LOVING Math at Think Through Math in 5th Grade.


Students passing a lesson have the chance to get on the leadership board and win cool prizes! So study hard!

Auction Pick Up

If you have yet to pick up your Auction Items, please contact Tracey Dry at (214) 709-3361 or traceysdry@yahoo.com to make arrangements.
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Box Tops Contest

Box Tops are due March 18th! The class who collects the most will win a popcorn party! Keep collecting and don't forget to send them in on time!

Shepard Learning Commons

Dear Parents,


As most of you know, the library has been undergoing a major transformation. Over the next few months, we will be sharing lots of information with you about those changes. When you hear your child talk about the STREAM lab, they are talking about the library (or Learning Commons). STREAM stands for Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math. While we will always have books and will always promote reading, the library is making some changes in order to better meet the needs of our students. Our goal is to prepare our students to contribute and thrive in a continually evolving global environment.


The last two weeks have been a fun and exciting time in the Learning Commons! The students have been exploring many different careers in the field of radiology, architecture, optometry, wildlife biology, computer programming and cryptology. The activities were designed to give the students an idea of some of the skills needed in each career, and to explore their own interests.


The students had so much fun during Career Week that many of them asked how they could do the activities at home. Below you will find several resources that you and your child can explore together. We hope you enjoy them! Also, a big thank you goes to Mrs. Davis for all of her hard work on this project and to all of the volunteers who gave of their time!


  • Learn more about blindspots:

https://faculty.washington.edu/chudler/chvision.html

  • Try different eye exercises:

http://www.eyecanlearn.com/

  • Create a cipher wheel to write secret messages:

http://crypto.interactive-maths.com/uploads/1/1/3/4/11345755/shift.pdf

  • Coding games:

https://www.tynker.com/hour-of-code/

https://studio.code.org

Mrs. Seward

Shepard Librarian


Art Night

PTA's Art Night event has been rescheduled to March 17th at 6pm. Mark your calendars!

Calendar of Events

February

18 Chess Club; Earthsavers K-2

22 Pacesetters Mtg

23 Boy Scout Mtg

26 PTA Book Fair Preview




March

1-4 Book Fair

3 Cafeteria Cops

4 PeeWee Patriots; PTA Board Mtg

7-11 SPRING BREAK

17 Earthsavers Gr 3-5

18 Kindergarten Roundup

22 Boy Scout Mtg

24 Earthsavers K-2

29 STAAR Testing Gr 5 Math; Gr 4 Writing

30 STAAR Testing Gr 5 Reading

31 3rd Gr Music Program and General PTA Mtg

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Earthsavers




Let's "Shoe" Some Love!!!

Shepard Elementary Shoe Drive
Monday, February 8 - Thursday, February 18

Sponsored by Earthsavers and
Benefiting The Shoe Bank and
Nike Reuse-A-Shoe





  • "Gently used" shoes will be donated to The Shoe Bank. The Shoe Bank is a non-profit program that provides comfortable footwear to underprivileged men, women, and children in need. Any type of shoe is acceptable except for flip flops and high heels. Please tie the laces or rubberband the pairs together.
  • Worn out athletic shoes (with holes, etc) will be donated to the Nike Reuse-A-Shoe program which will grind them up for material to make gym floors and playground surfaces.

There will be drop off opportunities in carpool and the front in the mornings during dropoff, as well as a box in the front entry all the time. Clean out your closets, call your friends and neighbors and let's "Shoe" some love!


K-2 Earthsavers is this Thursday, 2/18

Shoe drive ends on Thursday! Bring your shoes to donate!


Sustainable Tip: Greening your laundry is as easy as hitting the cold water button and drying your clothes on a rack instead of in machine. You'll save money on electric bills too - about 5% of all electricity used in U.S. homes is used to dry clothes.

Spiritwear Available Online!


Visit Shepardpta.org to purchase Spirit Wear and it will be delivered to your child's classroom! We have two fantastic t-shirt designs and 2 sweatshirts in stock. Check it out!

We <3 Shepard Yard Signs Online

We love Shepard Yard signs are available through shepardpta.org for only $20! Order today and yours will be delivered to your yard!

Change in Routine Pick Up?

Parents, Mrs. B would like to remind everyone that if a change occurs in the way your child will be picked up from school on any given day, please call the office by 2:15 pm so the message can be relayed. We know emergencies happen but it makes for less confusion for both your child and the staff if everyone has advanced notice if there is a change in the normal routine.


Correction- Child Safe # is 469-752-3100 option #3


Thank you!