Back-to-School Parent Information
Please see the link below for wonderful back-to-school information for fourth grade 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.
October 1 - 6: Fall Book Fair Click for More
October 4: Shepard Spirit Night @ McAlister’s Deli Click for More
October 6: Art Night Click for More
October 10 - 11: Student/Teacher Holiday
October 11: Student Holiday/ Patent-Teacher Conferences
October 14: Pride Rally Click for Schedule
October 14: Red Ribbon Assembly Click for More
October 24 - 28: Red Ribbon Week Click for More
October 27: 4th Grade Field Trip - Holifield Science Learning Center Click for More
November 4: Shepard Fall Party and Color Run Click for More
November 10: 3rd Grade Musical Click for More
November 21 - 25: Thanksgiving Break
November 30 - December 2: 5th Grade Camp Click for More
December 1 - December 2: 1st & 3rd Grade Hearing & Vision Screening
December 8: Shepard Bedtime Story Night Click for More
December 12: Shepard 4th & 5th Grade Winter Choir Concert Click for More
December 15: Winter Parties Click for More
December 16: Pride Rally Click for Schedule
December 16: Shepard Holiday Sing Along Click for More
December 17 - January 3: Winter Break - We will see everyone back on January 4th!
Fourth Grade Schedule Overview
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 Student Arrival
7:40 am - 7:45 am Announcements
7:45 am - 8:15 am IE
8:15 am - 9:45 am Math Block
9:50 am - 10:40 am Specials
10:40 am - 11:05 am Social Studies
11:05 am - 12:00 pm Science
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm Recess
12:30 pm - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm Literacy Block
2:30 pm - 2:45 pm Daily Meeting/reflection
Mrs. Crawford Thursdays 8:15 am - 9:00 am
Mrs. Murry Thursdays 9:00 am - 9:15 am
Mrs. Zawar Thursdays 1:00 pm - 1:45 pm
Mondays 8:00 am - 9:00 am
Tuesdays 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
Wednesdays 10:45 am - 11:45 am
Mrs. Crawford Fridays 8:30 am - 9:00 am
Mrs. Murry Fridays 9:00 am - 9:30 am
Mrs. Zawar Fridays 10:45 am - 11:15 am
What Are We Learning?
**Please see the section 2022-2023 Important Announcements & Upcoming Dates for upcoming tests and assessments**
Math: Unit 2: Multiplication and Division
- How multiplication and division are used to solve problems.
- Multiplication and division algorithms and strategies.
- How place value helps in estimating or rounding.
- Multiplication and division problems can be represented using models and pictures
- Numbers can be rounded to approximate their value.
- A variety of strategies for finding products and quotients based upon place value and properties of operations.
- Perfect squares are numbers that can be represented as a square array.
- Multiplication and division are inverse operations.
- Interpret the remainder of a quotient to solve problems.
Science: Unit 2 Organisms and Environments
- The Sun is the primary energy source for food chains and food webs.
- Most producers need sunlight, water, and carbon dioxide to make their own food.
- Consumers are dependent on other organisms for food.
- Changes in an ecosystem can affect food webs.
- Structures and their functions enable organisms to survive in their environment.
Reading: Unit 2 Elements of Multiple Genres
- Literary text has specific genre characteristics such as characters, setting, plot, and theme.
- Informational texts give accurate and factual information about a topic using a clear central idea.
- Argumentative text includes a claim, facts that support the argument and is intended for a specific audience.
- The structure of drama includes character tags, acts, scenes, and stage directions.
- An opinion essay is a form of argumentative writing that describes a position on a particular topic or issue and develops the argument with supporting evidence.
- Writers make intentional choices when it comes to language, word choice, sentence structure in narrative texts.
Social Studies: Unit 2 Exploration and Early Colonization
- Landforms, climate, vegetation, and economic activities influence patterns of settlement and population distribution.
- Early societies in Texas earned a living to meet their needs such as hunting, farming, and trading.
Fourth Grade Reminders
Wearing tennis shoes is encouraged during Specials and on the playground.
Please always label all clothing items, including jackets.
Please remember to use/send appropriate hygiene products as needed for your student.
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**
Your child's snack should be:
- a simple snack that is packaged separately from their lunch.
- 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, students have a 30-minute long 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!
School Registration Information & Supply List
We have provided here for you the link for information about new student enrollment. 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
School Supply List
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)