Shepard News & Notes

February 5, 2016

Hello Shepard Parents:

Last week, the West Deerfield Township building--including the Food Pantry--suffered severe damage due to a pressure backup. Food Pantry staff and volunteers are working hard to continue serving our community members in need while they rebuild.

The immediate need at the Food Pantry is for gift cards. Please consider donating a $5 or $10 Jewel or Walgreens gift card. All District 109 buildings have donation sites; at Shepard, our Philanthropy Club is sponsoring bins for card donation in the main office.

The organization that does so much for our community needs our help! Let’s step up and take care of them!

Warm Regards,


Focus on Instruction

Shepard Talks

Our sixth grade students were recently tasked with putting on their own TED-inspired "Shepard Talk." Believe me when I say that these were some very impressive speeches! You can read an article about the talks in this Deerfield Review article. Hats off to Mrs. Ball, Mr. Rummelhart, and our Learning Commons team for their excellent leadership!

School News!

1st Posting - Shepard Nightlife

Shepard Nightlife is coming up on Friday, February 19th, from 7-9pm in the Shepard Middle School gym. There will be music from Bizar Entertainment, an inflatable obstacle course, games, dance prizes, and snacks. If you signed your child up on Fee Day, you are all set! Otherwise, please see the form at the right to sign up. Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. If you have any questions, please contact Bonnie Sherwood at

1st/FINAL Posting - STEM Event for Girls at College of Lake County

The College of Lake County is hosting a STEM event for girls on Saturday, February 27 from 8:45am to 3pm. Registration for this FREE event can be found here.

5th Posting - Yearbook Ordering

Be sure to order a yearbook before March 11, 2016! Here is how to order:

  1. Log into Family Access.
  2. Click Fee Management.
  3. Click "Add a Fee" above your middle school child's name.
  4. In the pop-up window that shows optional items, click the "Add" button next to Middle School Yearbook (the fee is $20), and then click the "Back" button in the upper right corner.
  5. You'll see the yearbook fee of $20 added to your account. Click "Make a Payment."
  6. Click "Update Payment Amount."
  7. Click "Update Cart."
  8. Click "Pay with Vendor."
  9. Confirm that you wish to make a payment by clicking "Yes" in the pop-up window.
  10. You'll be taken to RevTrak to complete your payment.

You can always log into Family Access and click on Fee Management to confirm your purchase.

8th Posting - Show Choir Fundraiser

Please support Dist.109 Show Choir by visiting Dairy Queen during the months of November, December, January, and February. When presenting the voucher to the right, 15% of your entire purchase will then be donated to Dist.109 Show Choirs. You can print as many vouchers as you want, and hand them out to friends, relatives and other people in the community. The more vouchers you hand out and get redeemed, the more money Show Choir will be able to raise, which helps students travel to events and perform in the community. It’s that simple. (The only rule Dairy Queen has is that the vouchers must NOT be handed out within the perimeter of their parking lot.) Thank you for your support!

PTSO News!

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!