Back-to-School Parent Information
Please see the link below for wonderful back-to-school information for kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year.
We encourage you to also review our grade-level schedule and the specials schedule on the specials page.
2022-2023 Important Announcements & Upcoming Dates
- For breakfast, kids who come in at 7:35 or later are sent to class with their trays to finish in the classroom. Anyone who comes in before that eats in the cafeteria and leaves at 7:40 to go to class. Those kids are not allowed to leave with breakfast items. Breakfast opens at 7:00. If your student plans on eating breakfast at school, please allow them enough time to get their breakfast and eat it in order to be in class on time at 7:40 ready to learn.
February 13 - 17: Friendship Week - Click to see the daily dress-up theme!
February 14: Classroom Valentines Parties
February 16: Math Night
February 15: Mrs. Nash Class Conferences
February 16: Mrs. Wilson Class Conferences
February 20: Student/Teacher Holiday – No School
February 23: Mrs. Felty Class Conferences
February 24: Book Character Day
February 27 - March 2: Spring Book Fair
February 27 - March 2: Spring Book Fair
March 3: Shepard PTA Popsicle Party
March 6 – 10: Spring Break
March 13: Student Holiday/ Teacher Workday
March 14 - 17: Shepard's 4th Annual Reading Fair
March 17: Pride Rallies
March 21: Spring Photos
Kindergarten Schedule Overview
This is the basic Kindergarten Schedule overview. Each teacher has slightly different times they schedule each activity. We recommend going to your teacher's specific page for more detailed information.
7:00 am - 7:30 am Early Morning Drop-Off. During this time, students will be either in the gym or in the cafeteria for breakfast until the 7:30 am bell rings
7:30 am - 7:40 am Greet Students/Children arrive in their classrooms to unpack and do morning activities
7:40 am - 7:45 Announcements
7:45 am - 8:00 am Morning Meeting
8:00 am -10:30 am During this portion of the day, the students are in their classrooms doing a variety of activities. These activities include Calendar, Community Circle, Social-Emotional Learning, Whole Group Language Arts, Guided Reading, Writer's Workshop, and Snack. Each classroom has a time that they attend Big Centers during this block.
10:30 am Recess
11:00 am Lunch
11:30 am - 12:20 pm Specials
This is the specials rotation your child will follow based on which group they are in
12:20 pm - 12:45 pm I/E
12:45 pm - 2:30 pm During this portion of the day, the students are in their classrooms doing a variety of activities. These activities include Whole Group Math, Math Stations, Inquiry & Innovation.
2:30 pm Packing up and Dismissal Routine
2:45 pm End of the School Day and Dismissal.
Throughout the day, each class also does whole group bathroom trips and children are allowed to request a bathroom break at any time.
Mrs. Nash Fridays 9:00 am - 9:45 am
Mrs. Wilson Fridays 8:15 am - 9:00 am
Mrs. Felty Wednesdays 8:15 am - 9:00 am
Fridays 1:55 pm - 2:25 pm (Class starts in February 2023)
Mrs. Nash Mondays 1:15 pm - 1:45 pm
Mrs. Wilson Mondays 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
Mrs. Felty Tuesdays 2:00 pm - 2:30 pm
What Are We Learning?
**Please see the section 2022-2023 Important Announcements & Upcoming Dates for upcoming assessments and activities*
I can compare physical and emotional similarities and differences between two people. Empathy and emotion management.
- Sight words: come, from, if, stop, as, our, that, must, said, when, down, off, so, will
- Letters: Zz,
- Words with: Consonant Blends-sl, st, sp, sn,
- Isolate final sounds
- Blend phonemes into words (c-a-t→cat)
- Respond to text by drawing and writing.
- Produce rhymes
- Identify medial vowel sounds
- Retell a story
- Author’s Purpose
- Making predictions
- Plot: Beginning, Middle, End
- Recording the beginning sound of words we hear to help tell a story.
- Picture plan and write a sentence with at least beginning sounds.
- Students classify and sort a variety of regular and irregular two- and three-dimensional figures regardless of orientation or size.
- Students collect, sort, and organize data into two or three categories. Students use data to create real-object and picture graphs. Students draw conclusions from real-object and picture graphs.
Inquiry and Innovation
Make predictions based on observable patterns in nature. observe, describe, and illustrate objects in the sky such as the clouds, Moon, and stars, including the Sun.
At Home Learning
- Read 20 minutes each day
- Have your child practice typing their ID number on the keypad located in their Take Home folder
Please have your child bring an extra change of clothes to keep inside their locker.
Wearing tennis shoes is encouraged during Specials and on the playground.
Please always label all clothing items, including jackets.
Dismissal and Attendance
To report an absence, please call the Child Safe Line at
469-752-3600 (option 3)
If you know BEFORE school that there will be a change of dismissal, please send a teacher note in the morning or email the office so we are aware.
If you need to change plans AFTER your child is here, you have 2 choices:
- Call the front office, and they will tell the teacher –OR-
- E-mail the teacher, and cc: Emily.Rollins@pisd.edu She is our attendance secretary. That way in case the teacher misses it, Mrs. Smith will make sure that we know and then a “change in dismissal” card will be sent to notify the teacher.
If your child is absent, please send a signed note with the reason for their absence or bring a doctor’s note (if you went to the doctor).
We recommend calling the school 5 - 10 minutes prior to arrival for pick up, so students have time to gather their items and come to the office. This is especially helpful for when students are at recess, lunch, specials, or in academic services.
**Must bring a form of identification for pick-up**
Attached below are Sight Words that your child will learn in kindergarten. Feel Free to go ahead and practice learning these words with your child.
Your child's snack should be:
- A simple snack that is packaged separately from their lunch. They are allowed to bring 2 snacks. (Morning/Afternoon)
- The snack should be one that they can open easily and manage independently. Please no snacks that require a spoon or a fork.
- Your child may bring a bottle of water to class. Their name should be marked clearly on the water bottle to prevent your child's water from getting mixed up with that of another child.
Ideas for healthy snacks can be located on the Texas Department of Agriculture Food and Nutrition website
Students may bring their own lunch that is labeled, buy a lunch from the cafeteria, or do a combination of both. Each student will have their very own lunch code located on their ID badge. This is a number that is scanned or entered if your child buys anything from the lunch line.
If sending money to school for lunch, PTA purchases, book orders, etc., please place it in a sealed envelope with your child’s name and put it in your student’s take-home folder. Most of these purchases can be done online.
Parent Lunch Visitors for 2022 - 2023!
Parents may visit their child for lunch via the signup sheet below, which is per nine-week period. (August 10 - October 7).
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.
Please feel free to let Mrs. Bishop know if you have any questions.
During the school day, kindergarten students have a 30-minute long, AM recess. Recess is usually an outdoor play time if the weather permits. On bad weather days, we will do an activity in our classrooms during this time. On occasion, the students will be permitted an additional recess time. Teachers do not apply sunscreen to children. We recommend applying sunscreen to your child before you send them to school. We go outside every day unless the temperature is below 32 degrees or it is raining.
If your child is celebrating their birthday, their teacher will take the time to recognize their special day and they will also be mentioned on our morning announcements, "The Patriot News." If you wish to bring a treat for the whole class, they will be shared at the end of the day. Some examples of birthday treats are store-bought cookies or donuts. Please, no peanut butter treats. Please arrange this celebration with your child's teachers. Family members are currently not allowed to attend. This will just be for your child and their class.
Birthday invitations have to be handed out by students at non-academic times.
Field Trips will be organized based on the school and district schedules in conjunction with the academic goals of the grade level.
We will send home flyers about specific field trip information closer to the field trip dates as well as post information about them here in the Important Announcements Section.
In order to volunteer at the school, any person must complete a background check form. Please do this now if you think you may ever want to chaperone or help with anything at school. The more the merrier!
Types of volunteers include:
- Room Parents
- Workroom helpers
- Field Trip Chaperones
- Watch Dog Dads
- Fine Arts Day presenters or helpers
All volunteers must sign in at the front office.
Please ask for more information if you are interested. You are welcome!
Kindergarten Registration Information & Supply List
We have provided here for you the link for information about Kindergarten Registration. Should you have any further questions, feel free to call Shepard Elementary on our mainline and speak with our front office. The direct phone number is (469) 752 - 3100
2022-2023 School Year Calendar:
August 10: First Day of School
September 2-5: Student Holiday
October 10-11: Student Holiday
November 21-25: Thanksgiving Break
December 16: Last Day of First Semester (Early Release)
December 19–January 3: Winter Break
January 4: Start of Second Semester
January 16: Student Holiday
February 20: Student Holiday
March 6–13: Spring Break
April 6: Bad Weather Make-Up Day 1
April 7: Student Holiday
April 10: Bad Weather Make-Up Day 2
April 24: Student Holiday
May 26: Last Day of School (Early Release)