Mrs. Shepard

Phone: 406-542-4010

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Mrs. Shepard

Greetings! 

I am so excited and fortunate  to be teaching at Jeannette Rankin Elementary and working with your child this year. It’s going to be a great year full of fun, learning, and adventure. I can’t wait to see what 2019-2020 has in store!

My husband, Nate, and I have lived in Missoula for 17 years. We moved here from Ann Arbor, Michigan where I was born and raised. For those of you who don’t know me, I am a HUGE Wolverine fan! I moved to Montana to live in the mountains where I would be able to access the outdoor activities I love such as: hiking, snow boarding, cross country skiing, rock climbing, and camping.

I have two children, Gabriel (11) and Alayna (14), who keep me busy when I am not at school. Gabe plays piano/percussion, hockey, and soccer. Alayna is a gymnast, dancer, and plays volleyball and the flute. They both love to ski as well!

This will be my 22 nd year of teaching! I taught 1st grade in Saline, Michigan after receiving my Elementary Teaching and Masters in Reading degrees from Eastern Michigan University. When I moved to Montana, I taught 7/8 grade English and 5th grade in Bonner while taking Educational Leadership classes at The University of Montana. Once I came to MCPS, I taught kindergarten at Lowell and then moved to Cold Springs/Jeannette Rankin and taught 2nd grade for 13 years. I’m excited to get back to 5 th grade this year!

I believe strongly that a winning combination for a successful school year is when a parent and teacher work together to monitor the child’s progress and well-being. Good communication is very important, so please help with me information you think I should know, and do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns. Thank you for all that you do to support your child. I know we are going to have a wonderful year!

Sincerely,

Mrs. Shepard

  • Remote Learning for week of March 30

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 3/30/2020 7:30:00 AM

    Greetings 5S!

    Click the link below for information about this week's remote learning. 

    Audio Directions for week of March 30th

    Let me know if you have questions! Thank you!!

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 3/12/2020

    Greetings Parents! Not much to report this week, but here is our weekly news... 

     

    Scholastic

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    Class Code FY8WL

    3rd Annual BINGO Night

    Thank you to all who supported and attended BINGO night. Over $13,500 was raised.

    VIP:  Kadence will be the VIP when we return from Spring break!

    Upcoming Dates

    3/12 Dismiss at 11:30

    Week of 3/16 Spring Break

    Thank you for all that you do to support your 5th grader!

    -Melissa Shepard

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 3/5/2020

    Greetings 5S Parents! Here is our weekly news:

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classwork 
    • Silverwood Reading Program
    • Early out 3/19 lunch request

    ***Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

    Conferences March 9th-12th

    Thank you for signing up.  I look forward to seeing you next week. 

    3rd Annual BINGO Night

    Event:  Friday, March 6th.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and games start at 7:00.  More information can be found on the Jeannette Rankin FB event page. 

    Silverwood Reading Program

    Today your child will be coming home with a yellow Silverwood Reading tracking sheet.  These will be due on Friday, April 10th. Your child will record reading on the log and submit by due date.  This will earn your child a ticket to Silverwood.

    Upcoming Dates

    3/6   Bingo Night 6:00 pm

    3/9 - 3/12 Conferences

    3/16-3/21 Spring Break

    Have a great weekend!

    Melissa Shepard

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 2/27/2020

    Greetings 5S Parents! Here is our weekly news: 

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classwork 
    • Math Unit 7 Learning Targets
    • March Calendars
    • BINGO Flyer
    • Kindergarten Registration Flyer

    ***Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

    Conferences March 9th-12th- Here is the link for conference sign-ups.

     https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050b49acab28a3fb6-spring  


    3rd Annual BINGO Night

    Event:  Friday, March 6th.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and games start at 7:00.  More information can be found on the Jeannette Rankin FB event page. 

    If you are interested in reserving a table, please contact the PTO:  riverhawkpto@gmail.com 

    THANK YOU for your generous donations for our theme basket.  What a huge success. 

    SPARK! Experience

    Thank you to our PTO for donating $1,100 for our students to participate in an additional SPARK Arts experience. We will be working with Alison Reintjes to complete ceramic Face Jugs that tie into the study of Colonial America. What an amazing opportunity for our students!

    Upcoming Dates

    2/28 End Trimester 2

    3/2   Book Report Due

    3/6   Bingo Night 6:00 pm

    3/9 - 3/12 Conferences

    Have a great weekend!

    -Melissa Shepard

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 2/20/2020

    Greetings 5S! Here is our weekly news!

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classwork 
    • Superheroes Selection Test
    • Math group work packet - reminder that the unfinished problems make great practice!

    ***Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

     

    3rd Annual BINGO Night

     If you are able to support this event, please send items by tomorrow!  THANK YOU!

    Event:  Friday, March 6th.  Doors open at 6:00 pm and games start at 7:00.  More information can be found on the Jeannette Rankin FB event page. 

    If you are interested in reserving a table, please contact the PTO:  riverhawkpto@gmail.com 

     

    Winter Field Trip - February 26th!

    Schedule for Day:

    8:45 Leave JRE

    2 Rotations 

    Lunch

    2 Rotations

    Hot Chocolate

    Load gear and bus

    2:45 Return to JRE

     

    Rotations:

    Winter Safety

    Cross Country Ski

    Winter Games

    Snowshoeing 

     Please make sure your child has a packed lunch with plenty to eat and drink (including extra water).  Also, ALL students must have appropriate outdoor clothing/gear: heavy coat (no sweatshirts as top layer), snow pants, hat, gloves, and boots.  We even suggest throwing in a hand warmer or two.

    SPARK! Experience

    Thank you to our PTO for donating $1,100 for our students to participate in an additional SPARK Arts experience. We will be working with Alison Reintjes to complete ceramic Face Jugs that tie into the study of Colonial America. What an amazing opportunity for our students!

    Superheroes Selection Test

    A new selection test will come home today.  Please be aware the vocabulary section was not scored. These were words taught in class; however, the questions/answer choices were difficult.  We will continue to work on these words and monitor vocabulary acquisition.

    Upcoming Dates

    2/21 Bingo Theme basket items DUE

    2/24 Conference sign up for multiple child families

    2/25 Conference sign up for single child families 

    2/26 Winter Field Trip 

    2/28 End T2

    3/2   Book Report Due

    3/6   Bingo Night 6:00 pm

    3/9 - 3/12 Conferences

    Have a nice weekend!

    -Melissa Shepard

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 2/13/2020

    Greetings Parents! Here is the weekly news from 5S!

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classwork 
    • February Book Order
    • BINGO info sheet
    • Winter Field Trip - information and opt out from

    ***Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

    Valentine’s Party

    Our party will be from 2:45-3:30 tomorrow. We are having an ice cream bar with many toppings. Thank you to all who’ve supplied goodies for our spread.


    3rd Annual BINGO Night

    Yikes….this deadline is sneaking up on us. If you are able to support this event, please see link below and send items by Friday, February 21st.  THANK YOU!

    BINGO NIGHT

    The event date has been set for Friday, March 6th at the University of Montana.  This year our classroom theme is Rated Awesome: Movie Night.   

    Winter Field Trip

    Our winter trip is fast approaching.  Thank you to all who’ve completed the survey for info and volunteer opportunities.  The 5th grade team will contact you next week about your support.

    Upcoming Dates

    2/14 Wear Red/Hearts

    2/14 Valentine’s Day Party 2:45 - 3:30

    2/17 No School

    2/19 Cross Country Skiing Classroom Presentation

    2/26 Winter Field Trip 

    Have a great long weekend!

    -Melissa Shepard

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 2/6/2020

    Greetings 5S Parents! Here is our weekly news:

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classroom Work
    • Unit 5 Math Standards and Steps for Division Sheet
    • Opinion Writing Assessment
    • I Love to Read Schedule and Record Sheet
    • Kids Heart Challenge Flyer
    • Bike for Shelter Drawing Contest Flyer 

    ***Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

    Valentine’s Day Party

    Our class Valentine’s Day party will be held on February 14th at 2:45.  To celebrate the occasion, students will need to bring in a decorated box (that fits nicely on his/her desk).  Students will also compete in different categories in hopes of winning a special prize.

    The categories are:

    Most Creative

    Most Colorful

    Most Valentine’ish

    The One You Wish Was Yours

    *Boxes will be DUE on Wednesday, February 12th.

     **We will be having ice cream sundaes for our party! Please see link below to see what we still need. Thank you!

      Valentine Survey

    PLEASE SEND IN ICE CREAM ITEMS BY THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 13th.

    Winter Field Trip

    Students will be attending a winter field trip to Pattee Canyon on Wednesday, February 26th (tentative pending snow and weather).  The bus will leave Jeannette at 8:45 a.m. and return around 2:45 p.m. We are in need of volunteers to help make this day run smoothly.  Please complete the survey below. Thank you!

     Winter Field Trip Survey Link

    WE WILL CONTACT YOU TO CONFIRM ITEMS NEEDED AND ASSIGNED TASKS!!!!

    Schedule of Day:

    8:45 Leave Jeannette Rankin

    2 Rotations 

    Lunch

    2 Rotations

    Hot Chocolate

    2:15 Load gear and bus

    2:45 Return to Jeannette Rankin

    40 Book Challenge

    Students are super excited about the 40 book challenge.  So far, our class had a read a total of 520 books. 

    Facebook

    Follow our classroom on Facebook! Search: 5S Riverhawks 2019/2020

    Upcoming Dates

    2/10 No School

    I LOVE to Read Week!

    2/11 Hats off to Reading (wear hats)

    2/12 Read my Shirt (wear clothing that has words)

    2/13 PJ/Cozy Day

    2/14 Wear Red/Hearts

    2/14 Valentine’s Day Party 2:45 - 3:30

    2/17 No School

    2/19 Cross Country Skiing Classroom Presentation

    2/26 Winter Field Trip

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 1/30/2020

    Greetings 5S Parents! Here's your weekly news and important information about upcoming events...

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classroom Work
    • Math Unit 4 Packet (Incomplete problems make for great practice at home!)
    • Math Unit 4 Test
    • Reading Selection Test
    • February Calendar
    • Valentine’s Day Information and Class List

     *Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

    **Next Week's VIP: ANNIE

     Valentine’s Day Party

    Our class Valentine’s Day party will be held on February 14th at 2:45.  To celebrate the occasion, students will need to bring in a decorated box (that fits nicely on his/her desk).  Students will also complete in different categories in hopes of winning a special prize.

    The categories are:

    Most Creative

    Most Colorful

    Most Valentine’ish

    The One You Wish Was Yours

    Boxes will be DUE on Wednesday, February 12th.

    We will be having ice cream sundaes for our party and would appreciate donations! Here is the link to sign up:

    Valentine Party Link

    PLEASE SEND IN ICE CREAM ITEMS BY WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 12th. 

    40 Book Challenge

    Students are super excited about the 40 book challenge. So far, our class had a read a total of 483 books.  

    Facebook

    Follow our classroom on Facebook! Search: 5S Riverhawks 2019/2020

    Upcoming Dates

    1/31- 5th Grade Spelling Bee

    2/4 PTO meeting in Library

    2/10 NO School - PIR Day

     I LOVE to Read Week!

    2/11 Hats off to Reading (wear hats)

    2/12 Read my Shirt (wear clothing that has words)

    2/13 PJ/Cozy Day

    2/14 Wear Red/Hearts

    2/14 Valentine’s Day Party 2:45 - 3:30

    2/17 No School

    2/19 Cross Country Skiing Classroom Presentation

    2/26 Winter Field Trip 8:45-2:45 - Survey coming soon...

    Have a wonderful weekend!

    -Melissa Shepard

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 1/22/2020 1:00:00 PM

    Greetings 5S Parents! Here is the weekly news...

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classroom Work
    • Trimester 2 midterms
    • Book Report Information (blue)
    • Health Information (yellow)*The 3 items above are in the small envelope.
    • BINGO- fact sheet

    ***Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

    Trimester 2 Midterm

    Please review the midterm sent home today.  A highlighted item indicates your child is still working towards mastery.  Please sign and return with comments, questions or concerns.  

    **Conference week March 9th-12th

    Book Report

    Students will read a book and complete a 5 paragraph paper by March 2nd. Students will be selecting books in the classroom. Please see the blue sheet sent home with your child today.

    Health History

    Please complete the yellow Health History form that is in your child’s Thursday folder (in small envelop) and return as soon as possible. 

    Next week's VIP will be Aleks!

    5th Grade Spelling Bee

    During the month of January, students in 5th grade will participate in multiple classroom spelling bees to earn a spot in the School Bee which will be held on Friday, January 31st from 9:15-10:15.  Five students from each 5th grade classroom will qualify for the School Bee. If your child is a participant, we will let you know and be sending home a study list. 

    3rd Annual BINGO Night

    The date has been set for Friday, March 6th at the University of Montana.  This year our classroom theme is Ready Player One:  Game Night.  If you are able to support our classroom theme basket, please send an item in with your student.  ** I will send a Google Survey with suggestions and items needed in the coming weeks.**

    40 Book Challenge

    Students are super excited about the 40 book challenge.  So far, our class had a read a total of 462 books. 

    Facebook

    Follow our classroom on Facebook! Search: 5S Riverhawks 2019/2020

    Items Needed for Our Classroom: (Donations would be greatly appreciated!)         

     *Twistables                                                             *Skinny black dry erase markers

    Upcoming Dates

    1/23- Midterm reports home

    1/31- 5th Grade Spelling Bee

    2/4- PTO meeting in Library

    Have a great weekend!

    -Melissa Shepard

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  • Weekly News

    Posted by Melissa Shepard on 1/16/2020

     Here is our weekly news...

    Thursday Folder Contents

    • Classroom Work
    • Prodigy Login 

    ***Please empty the folder and sign the sheet on the inside.

     *Next Week's VIP will be Freya!

    Prodigy- Home Login Info

    We have started using an online adaptive math program called Prodigy.  Students can access this work at home. In your child’s math folder you will find the login information for the site.

    5th Grade Spelling Bee

    During the month of January, students in 5th grade will participate in multiple classroom spelling bees to earn a spot in the School Bee which will be held on Friday, January 31st from 9:15-10:15.  Five students from each 5th grade classroom will qualify for the School Bee. If your child is a participant, we will let you know and be sending home a study list. 

    40 Book Challenge

    Students are super excited about the 40 book challenge.  So far, our class had a read a total of 465 books. 

    Facebook

    Follow our classroom on Facebook! Search: 5S Riverhawks 2019/2020

    Upcoming Dates

    1/20- NO School (MLK Day)

    1/23- Midterm reports home

    1/31- 5th Grade Spelling Bee

    2/4- PTO meeting in Library

    Have a great weekend!

    Melissa Shepard

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