Shepard News & Notes

March 18, 2016

Hello Shepard Parents:

As we approach Spring Break, it is once again time to clear out the Lost & Found. All lost items have been placed on tables outside of our cafeteria for students to look through; any items not retrieved prior to Spring Break will be donated to charity. Please have your child pick up anything they may have lost before then!

Warm Regards,


2nd/FINAL Posting - BrightBytes 1:1 Impact Survey

You may remember that last fall, you took the BrightBytes survey that helps us assess the impact of our 1:1 environment on our students' learning. We administered the survey to parents, staff and 4th-8th grade students in September. The spring survey opened on March 10. You should have received an email from Dr. Lubelfeld with a link to complete a short (5 minute) survey. If you have not already done so,

Please take about 5 minutes to complete

the BrightBytes Clarity questionnaire.

Your response will help us form a more complete picture of technology use for learning in students' lives. Please take the survey on or before March 24.

3rd/FINAL Posting - Deerfield Parent Network

Deerfield Parent Network Needs You!

Deerfield Parent Network (DPN) is an all-parent, volunteer board that offers many ways to “grow” with your children whether you’re new to the middle school community or graduating on to DHS. We have the following openings available at this time and welcome all parents with fresh ideas/enthusiasm:

Shepard and Caruso Representatives — Looking for 1-2 parents from each middle school to work as a team to coordinate 1 or 2 programs that serve to address topics of interest/concern among parents of middle schoolers. Benefits are meeting parents from both middle schools and working closely with school staff/administrators. Minimal time commitment so open to working parents too.

Freshmen Representatives — Looking for several parents to work with the yet to be named DHS principal as well as other DHS staff to coordinate a few programs that benefit all incoming freshmen parents. A terrific way to stay involved at the high school level while meeting freshmen parents and working directly with DHS staff who interact with your children. Open to working parents too.

If you’re interested and/or would like more information, please contact Martha Silberman at For more information on Deerfield Parent Network, please visit

4th/FINAL Posting - International Fair

International Fair is coming! Please take a moment to review the flyer; contact Laura Ward ( and/or Jenny Jones ( if you are interested in volunteering your time to be a part of the Fair!

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

Friday, April 15

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!!

PTSO Fundraiser - March 21st at California Pizza Kitchen!

Show your support for Shepard Middle School

Stop in to California Pizza Kitchen at Northbrook Court on March 21st

and California Pizza Kitchen will donate 20% of your purchase to Shepard.

Date: Monday, March 21st

Time: 11am to 9pm

Place: CPK, Northbrook Court

You must present the attached flyer when ordering.

Includes dine in, take out, catering and all beverages.

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!