January 9, 2018

Brought to you by the Shepard Elementary PTA

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From our Principal

Dear Shepard Families,

Happy New Year! What a great start to 2018 we have had! I hope your kids have come home excited to start out the new year.

I’d like to give a HUGE thank you to PTA for organizing a luncheon for the teacher on the last day before winter break. (If you ever wonder where your money goes when PTA does a fundraiser, please know it is taking care of the kids and teachers at Shepard!) It was great for the whole staff to be able to sit down together and enjoy a fun lunch. Many thanks to all the families who donated gift cards for the teachers to win in the raffle.

Thank you also to PTA for putting on our Book Fair and Story Night! That was an absolute blast! The kids had a great time, and the cookies and milk were tasty.

Parents, thank you for your support at all these events! We have lots of fun activities coming up in the spring like STREAM Night, Color Run, and our Spring Picnic.

Keep checking this newsletter for more information!


Kristin Bishop

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College Week, January 8-12, 2018

Mark your calendar for College Week dress-up days!

Click here for the schedule.

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PTA Spirit Night: Jason's Deli

Thursday, January 18, 2018

5 -10 p.m.

Jason’s Deli

925 N. Central Expressway, Suite 200

Plano, TX 75075

More details to come!

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Enrichment Chess Returns Spring 2018 for Another Semester of Chess and Fun

Come join us as we develop our students strategic and tactical thinking while improving their position on the chess board. Every student will receive a T-shirt, keychains, a chance to play Giant Chess and a coloring book.

Our popular in-class tournament will be held this Spring 2018 semester and students will have a chance to earn trophies!

Weekday: Wednesdays

Dates: 1/31 - 4/25 (12 classes includes Trophy Day)

Early Bird Tuition: $198 (before 1/24)

Regular Tuition: $216 (after 1/24)

Click here for Details

Click here to Register!

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Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

Plano ISD is providing parents with the option to purchase student accident insurance in the unfortunate event of accidental injury to your child. Coverage is a one-time premiums only for the 2017-18 policy year effective August 1, 2017 to August 1, 2018. If interested, please visit the website to Markel Insurance Company.

Voluntary Student Accident Insurance

Student insurance is available for purchase through Markel Insurance Company.

Parents can enroll students online using Markel’s secure enrollment website or by

calling 877-444-5014. The website address is http://markel.sevencorners.com/. On this website, parents are able to:

• View all coverage and premium options

Download and print Claim Forms

• Review a Frequently Asked Questions section

Purchase the insurance using credit/debit card and print confirmation of purchase

Student accident insurance provides coverage for accident/injury only. It does not cover medical expenses for sickness/illness, preventive care and routine visits. Please see the attached for specific policy exclusions and limitations. Parents are responsible for enrollment and payment of premium directly to Markel Insurance Company.

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February 15

6-7:30 p.m.

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Free Parenting Classes from Plano ISD

There are many series coming up, including sessions about parenting strong-willed children, parenting children with ADHD, and grandparents raising grandchildren. We will also have four parenting classes here at Shepard this year.

You can find more information and other free classes being offered by the district at: www.pisd.edu/parentworkshops

If you have any questions, feel free to contact the counselor, Mrs. Christenson, at 469-752-3115 or erin.christenson@pisd.edu

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4 Classes Resume

5 PTA Executive Board Mtg 9:15 am

15 Student and teacher holiday

18 Spirit Night: Jason's Deli


14 Class Valentine Party Day

15 STREAM Night 6-7:30 pm

19 Student Holiday

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PTA Spirit Night: Adventure Landing

Thursday, March 29, 2018

5 - 8 p.m.

Adventure Landing

17717 Coit Road

Dallas, TX 75252

More details to come!

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Shop and Give Back!

At smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to Shepard Elementary.

Here's how:

Login to Amazon via this link https://smile.amazon.com

And then choose PTA Texas Congress 7434 Shepard Elementary PTA

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Tom Thumb's Good Neighbor Program: Another Way to Give Back!

Tom Thumb will pay 1% of our members' total grocery purchases to Shepard Elementary. The amount of the check depends on the amount of our supporters' total purchases.

Click here to sign up give back to Shepard Elementary. Use Shepard Elementary School PTA vendor #: 228023

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Sign up for Text Messages from Shepard Elementary

(standard text message charges apply)

Helpful Online Links

Online Federal Meal Application

Sign Up for Plano ISD eNews

Plano ISD Food and Nutrition Services

Click here for School Menus

Pre-pay here for School Meals at PayPams

Register here for PASAR (Paid After School Care located at Shepard)

To submit content for the Shepard Elementary PTA Patriot Post, email Teresa Thomas at tecthomas1972@gmail.com.

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