Shepherdstown Community Update
October 2, 2023
Community Meeting and Super Paws!
What is a Super Paw Print?
- It is a new schoolwide positive behavior support system that recognizes students going above and beyond exhibiting the Wildcat Way by any staff member.
What makes it different from the past Cool Cat system?
A Super Paw can be given to a student at any point in the month.
The recognition for going above and beyond is immediate.
More than one student from each classroom is able to earn a Super Paw during the month.
When student earns a Super Paw, they will be presented a certificate, provided a stamp and have their picture taken on the bulletin board below.
Super Paws can be given by all staff at any time, ex: specials teachers, support staff etc.
What’s the purpose of this change?
Honoring students who, in the moment, are doing the right thing instead of sustaining for the whole month.
Allows for instant, on the spot recognition
More than one recognition per classroom
All staff members are included in the process of awarding Super Paws at any time.
- Increased opportunities for student recognition
A special thanks to our Shepherdstown PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention & Support team) for helping to launch this new recognition system!
Friday, October 6 - Act 80 Day - No School
Monday, October 9 - No School - Columbus Day Holiday
Wednesday, October 11 - PTO Meeting - Virtual at 7 PM
Thursday, October 12 - Shep Fall Fest from 6-7 PM
Thursday, October 19 - Unity Day - Wear orange!
Wednesday, October 25 - Parent-Teacher Conferences from 3-7:30 PM - Sign up link will be shared on October 10
Friday, October 27 - No School - Parent-Teacher Conferences from 7:30 - 3:00
Classroom Fall Festival/Party
This year, all K-3 buildings are planning to hold a Classroom Fall Party/Fall Festival on Thursday, October 26th. Your student's homeroom teacher will share more information. While we will celebrate the season with a class party and fall-related activities, we will not be wearing costumes. This is consistent at all primary buildings.
For students looking for opportunities to dress-up in our community, we encourage families to check-out these community events:
Halloween Parade: October 10 @ 7:00 PM
Mechanicsburg Streets of Treats: October 21 10AM - 2PM
Mechanicsburg Borough: October 31 from 6-8:00 PM (no rain date)
Upper Allen: October 26 from 6:00 -8:00 PM Rain date: October 28 from 4:00 - 6:00 pm
Unity Day - Thursday, October 19
Unity Day is on Thursday, October 19! Students and staff are encouraged to wear ORANGE for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.
See the flyer below!
Updates from School Counselor - Mrs. Lawler
Mechanicsburg Area School District is privileged to offer a weekend food distribution program for families in need. The purpose of the program is to provide non-perishable, vitamin-fortified, and easy to prepare foods to children at times when school resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. Bags will include two breakfasts, two meals, and two snacks. The program is free of charge. Please use the link below to sign up.
Previously Shared Information
Meeting Agenda from September Meeting
See the September meeting agenda below!
MAPTO Fundraiser - Help Us Drive the Bus
See the flyer below about our MAPTO fundraiser!
If you are interested in being part of the Hospitality Team this year, please reach out via email (email@example.com) and your name will be passed along to Lauren, our chair.
We are looking for parents available to take pictures this year for the yearbook. We will also be looking for a new yearbook chair to learn the ropes because this is our chairs last year at Shep. If you have your clearances on file and are interested, please reach out via email and Becca will be in contact with you!
Join us on Facebook: Shepherdstown Elementary PTO Mechanicsburg
Email with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
PTO Meeting Dates
Wednesday, October 11 at 7 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, January 10 at 7 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, March 13 at 7 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, April 10 at 7 PM (Virtual)
Wednesday, May 8 at 7 PM (Virtual)
Shepherdstown Daily Schedule
Shepherdstown Drop Off and Pick Up Procedure
For the safety of all students, please note the following:
- In the car line, please stay in the lane and wait until cars move forward to exit the lane. Please do not go around other cars, unless directed by a staff member to do so.
- For walkers at our front gym doors, please refrain from sending students with extra items, such as balls, bats, gloves, etc. Students at these doors are very close to the buses arriving to school, and sports equipment could easily go out into the bus lane.
The MAPTO Spirit Wear Store is OPEN! There are a wide variety of items with the traditional logo, new logos, and the Mechanicsburg Strong Logo. The full store will be open until the end of October and orders will be fulfilled in 7 to 10 days. Please visit the MAPTO STORE to view items and see delivery options or scan the QR in the graphic below.
Volunteering at Shep
We welcome volunteers at Shepherdstown! If you would like to volunteer in the classroom, for a field trip, or during field day, please see the information below.
Volunteer Checklist - quick list of items needed to volunteer
Volunteer Handbook - comprehensive handbook
Please complete the volunteer information as early as possible and submit to Mrs. Dentler in the main office or to the MASD Administrative Office.