Patriot Post 03.14.2023

Brought to You by Shepard Elementary and the Shepard PTA

In this week's edition...

  • Message from Mrs. Bishop
  • Calendar
  • Note From the Nurse
  • Shepard Reading Fair
  • PTA Nominating Committee
  • PTA Book Fair Success
  • Buy & Submit Pictures for Yearbook
  • PTA Auction Donations
  • Spirit Wear On Sale
  • After School Club Registration
  • Watch DOGS
  • Volunteer Opportunities/Application
  • Join PTA
  • Lunch Visitor Sign Up
  • What's for lunch?
  • PISD Events

Message from Mrs. Bishop

Hi, Shepard Families!

Our Open House is scheduled for March 30 from 5:30-7:00 pm. The night will start at 5:00 pm with a PTA meeting for those who are interested in attending.

Also, our only bad weather make up day will be Thursday, April 6. We will still have school holidays off on April 7th and 10th.


Kristin Bishop

Shepard Elementary Principal


Calendar of Upcoming Events


14| PTA Nominations Due

14-17| Shepard Reading Fair

15| 3rd Grade Field Trip to Holifield Science Center

20| Kindergarten Field Trip to Sci-Tech Frisco (PTA Sponsored)

21| Spring Student/Class Pictures

29| 1st Grade Field Trip to the Dallas Zoo (PTA Sponsored)

30| PTA General Meeting- Electing '23-'24 Officers 5:00 PM

30| Open House 5:30-7:00 pm


7| Student/Teacher Holiday- No School

10| Student/Teacher Holiday- No School

13| Shepard Choir Concert, 6pm

14| Spring Fling and Color Run, 5:30-7:30pm

17| Planetarium is Coming! (PTA Sponsored during the school day)

18| Reading STAAR Test 4th and 5th Grade

19| Reading STAAR Test 3rd Grade

19| First Grade Field Trip to Holifield Science Center

27| Science STAAR Test 5th Grade


3| Math STAAR Test 4th and 5th Grade

4| Math STAAR Test 3rd Grade


Facts about Fentanyl and THC

March 2023

Join Plano ISD Counseling Services for a community event, Facts About Fentanyl and THC (Datos sobre el Fentanil y el THC). The event begins with a viewing of the 18-minute documentary, Fentanyl Factor, followed by a community panel discussion about how fentanyl and THC has impacted North Texas. Our discussion starts at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 21 in the Plano ISD Administration Building Board Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Following the documentary viewing is a panel discussion with local experts including:

· Plano ISD Counseling Services

· Grant Halliburton Foundation

· Plano Police Department

· Collin County Substance Abuse Program

· LifePath Systems

· Medical City Plano

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Note from Nurse Julianne

Hi Shepard Parents!

4th and 5th Grade will being having their Hygiene and Health lesson soon! Last year, Nurse Sue provided students with hygiene goodie bags after the lesson, and I would like to continue the tradition.

I would love to have your help by donating any of the following hygiene items:

    • Toothbrushes
    • Toothpaste
    • Combs or brushes
    • Floss
    • Hand sanitizer
    • Deodorant
    • Pads for the girls

Please send donations by Wednesday March 22. You can drop them off at the front office, or at my clinic. Thank you!

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Shepard Reading Fair, This Week!

Dear Shepard Parents/Guardians:

We are excited to announce that Shepard’s 4th Annual Reading Fair will be held this week, March 14- March 17. Participation was optional. The projects will be on display in the library.

The Reading Fair provides students with an opportunity to have fun making an interesting and creative project about a book they love. They have made a storyboard display highlighting the important elements of their favorite fictional book and decorated their board to illustrate the theme of the story.

For more information check out the Reading Fair website at

Please feel free to contact Mrs. Diamond-Muns at if you have any questions about the Reading Fair Project.

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Become a PTA Officer or Chairperson! Email Our Nominating Committee Today, 3/14!

Are you or someone you know interested in joining our PTA in a specific role as one of our board or committee members? Below you will find a document where you can read about all of our PTA positions and their roles. If one of these roles looks like something you might be interested in please email the committee at and let them know the position that interests you and what makes you a good fit. You must nominate yourself by March 14th (Today). If you are interested in being more involved but are unsure of what position might best suit you please email the committee with any questions. We can't wait to hear from you!

Nomination Committee email:

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PTA Supports Reading & Book Fair Success!

You may have noticed that the Friday before Spring Break your kid went home with one of the books above. Every kid and every teacher at Shepard received a book! It was made possible by the purchases made at the Book Fair and our awesome PTA! Thank you all for shopping the Book Fair, we made around $2000! Thank you to all the amazing volunteers especially our Book Fair Chair and Committee Member, Emily Butler and Jordan Humphries.
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PTA Spring Auction Donations

Hi Parents/Guardians! Do you have a business that you would like to promote? Our PTA Auction is a great way to market your business right in our local community. In late March PTA will be having an online auction and we are gathering as many auction items as we can to make it a success! If you are interested in donating something from your business or another item of your choosing to the auction, please contact the fundraising committee members Trace Howe at or Jessica Bloomer at They have forms for tax purposes and can answer any questions you might have.
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Order Your Yearbook Now

You can start ordering your child's yearbook today! To order simply go to:

Just click “Order Now,” fill out your student’s name and grade, and place your order! You have until April 30th to order!

Any Questions? Email Amanda Buccola 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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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 at Don't forget a background check must be complete in order to sign up.

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

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

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.

Library, Ongoing - contact Katy Brannen at

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Continue 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, 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, and more. Check out all the PTA Membership perks/discounts at

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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 March 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 March lunch calendar below.
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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 or head to their facebook page @ShepardPatriotDads. You can also join the Patriot Dad's Signal Messaging Group at

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

PISD Community Input Meetings

As part of our strategic roadmapping process, community members are invited to attend and participate in activities designed to receive input and gather interests on the following topics:

Career and Technical Education (CTE), particularly related to plans for the new CTE Center as part of the recent Bond

Academics including advanced academics, special education and multilingual programming

Instructional technology, particularly related to classroom technology to be potentially funded by the recently passed bond propositions

Facility planning, including safety and security upgrades

Meeting Dates and Places are below.

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