Survey/5th Grade Program

Dear Families,

Hi! SPES is encouraging all families to complete this 10-minute survey (please click here) by Friday, January 18th. Thank you for your support!

This message is from Mrs. Garcia: The fifth grade chorus concert is TOMORROW, Tuesday January 15th. Students will perform at 1:30pm for the student body and again at 7:00pm for parents. Students should be in their classrooms at 6:45pm on Tuesday night.

For the evening performance, fifth graders should be dressed in nice, winter, SCHOOL CLOTHES. Some examples are nice pants or skirts, winter sweaters, puffy vests, winter hats, etc. Please NO short-sleeve t-shirts or ripped jeans! When students look their best, they sound and feel their best. All singers will also need a winter hat. This should just be a simple hat, nothing that stands up tall off their head, covers their face or will distract from the show. Thanks and I look forward to seeing you all at the show.

Middle School Links

Dear Familes,

This is the information from Ms. Walker’s blog.

Middle School Transition can be one of the most challenging transitions in a child’s life. With proper preparation and support, this transition can change from stressful to a WONDERFUL and EXCITING “rite of passage” for you and your child!

      • Very soon, a document will be sent home with students along with a hard copy of PowerSchool directions (also provided electronically, below). Ms. Walker will be available by phone or email to assist families that need help with this process.

STEP #1:  

  • Get an account – PowerSchool Instructions

Instructions: Student Parent Portal_ENGL

STEP #2 and #3:

  • #2:  Acknowledge understanding of student recommendations
  • #3:  Select elective courses

Course Selection Instructions (through Parent Portal):  

Parent Course Request Selection_English

For additional support, please view the following Powerpoint:

Course Request Selection Powerpoint

PMS Planning Meeting/Curriculum Carnival

Dear Families,

The PMS Curriculum Carnival for students takes place on Thursday, January 17th from 5:30-7:00pm. Please click here to access the flyer.

Additionally, the PMS Planning Meeting for parents is being held on two different nights (Thursday, January 17th OR Thursday, January 24th at 7:00pm) for your convenience–please choose one to attend. Please click here to see the flyer. You will understand how to support your rising 6th grader by:
– Learning the differences between advanced and regular courses
– Meeting the school counseling team
– Hearing about some exciting opportunities available to all Henrico County

Thank you for your support,
Mrs. M.C. Bernheart

Dancing Classrooms

Dear Families,

Wow! We are so fortunate to be able to pilot Dancing Classrooms in the fifth grade at SPES. This is such a unique opportunity; not only will students be able to move around, but they will grow in their self-confidence, leadership skills, and social-emotional development.

The students completed their first lesson today. I am so proud of how well they did! Their lessons will be held most Mondays and Fridays from 1:00-1:45pm in the cafeteria over the course of ten weeks. Because of scheduling conflicts, some weeks the classes will be held a different day (and the students will be made aware of this).

Please check out the pictures that I posted to Class Dojo. Way to go, fifth graders! 🙂

Have a great weekend,
Mrs. Bernheart

Hour of Code

Dear Families,

Your child participated in an Hour of Code today, and we encourage you to continue the learning at home the remainder of the year! You can learn more about Hour of Code and Computer Science by watching one or more of the following videos:

Hour of Code – Worldwide
The Hour of Code is Here!
or by visiting the Hour of Code resources page found here:

We hope that you have many enjoyable hours of coding with your child, and we look forward to doing more at school in the future!

Have a great week,
M.C. Bernheart

Moody Open House

Dear Parents,

Moody’s Information Session & Open House is tonight. There are two sessions; choose one (4:30-5:30pm & 6:00-7:00pm). You can also check the flyer out here. I highly recommend going if your child is even somewhat interested in the program.

Also, a food permission slip will be coming home this week. Please return it by Monday!

Have a good day,
Mrs. M.C. Bernheart

First Week of School

Dear Parents,

You will find pictures under the “Fab Photos” tab on this blog. Click this link if you’d like to see some pictures from the first week of school.

Also, as a reminder, Back to School Night is this Thursday, September 20, at 6:30pm. I hope to see you there!

Enjoy your weekend,
Mrs. M.C. Bernheart

Moody IB Program

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program

IB Mission Statement
“The International Baccalaureate Organization aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable, and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect. To this end the IBO works with schools, governments, and international organizations to develop challenging programs of international education and rigorous assessment. These programs encourage students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right.”

Important Information
All 5th grade students in Henrico County Public Schools have the opportunity to apply to the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP). Accepted Short Pump students are zoned to attend Moody Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year.

Application Process
The IBMYP program considers the following when determining acceptance into the program:
– MAPs (NWEA) recent test scores in math and reading
– Non-weighted GPA from 4th or 5th
– Two teacher recommendations from 4th or 5th (remain confidential)
– Writing sample

Applications will be given to interested students starting on Wednesday, September 19th, 2018. Applications should be returned to Ms. Walker by Monday, November 16th, 2018. Students with completed applications will be administered a timed writing prompt at Short Pump Elementary on Friday, November 30th.

Not sure if IBMYP is for you?
Parents and students are invited to attend the Open House at Moody on Tuesday, October 16th! If your child applies for the I.B. program at Moody Middle School they should STILL proceed as if they are going to Pocahontas Middle School. Once a student finds out that he/she has been accepted (EARLY February), then the necessary changes will be made, as there is a different procedure for I.B. scheduling/course selections.

Important Dates to Remember:
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 – Applications are available. Interested students can receive one from Ms. Walker.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018 – Open House at Moody Middle School for interested parents and students.
Monday, November 19, 2018 – Applications due!
Friday, November 30, 2018 – Writing Prompt will be given at Short Pump Elementary.

Feel free to contact me or Ms. Walker with any questions or concerns you have about the program! I will reiterate the high points at Back to School Night on Thursday evening. See you then! 🙂