Survey & Summer Event

Dear Families,

You’re encouraged to complete this brief 4-question survey designed by the Positive School Culture to gather relevant input. Click this link to participate, and please submit it by the last day of school.

The 2019-2020 Back-to-School Kick-off will be at Dorey Park on Saturday, August 17th from 9am–1pm. Click here for the flyer.

Have a great week,
Mrs. M.C. Bernheart

5th Grade Crossover

Dear Families,

The fifth grade crossover will take place on Wednesday, June 12th in the multi-purpose room at 1pm. Please be reminded of the student dress:
– Collared Shirt
– Nice pants or shorts – Pants without cargo pockets look more formal.
– Dress or skirt – fingertip length or longer, no spaghetti straps
– Sandals are okay, not high heels.

Upcoming Dates:
Monday, June 10 – Bean Economy Marketplace for 4th/5th
Tuesday, June 11 – Election Day ~ No school for students
Wednesday, June 12 – Crossover Ceremony at 1pm in the gym
Thursday, June 13 – 5th Grade Celebration
Friday, June 14 – Buzzy Bash at 9am; Half-Day for students

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

Spring Carnival

The Short Pump ES Spring Carnival is coming soon!

Please read this important announcement from our PTA:

  • Spring Carnival is coming. Friday, May 31st; 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
  • Fun for the whole family with Carnival Games ★ Prizes ★ Bounce Houses  ★  DJ ★ Face Painting ★ Tattoos ★ Food Trucks
  • Information about ticket and wristband sales will be coming home soon. Families will have the opportunity to pre-order.
  • We need volunteers for the event. Consider giving 1-hour of your time in one of the various open slots. Sign-ups available in MySchoolAnywhere. Select ‘Sign-ups/Sign-ups Available’ and look for ‘Spring Carnival Volunteers’.
  • We need games! Similar to the wildly successful Trunk or Treat, we are asking the classes to get creative and host a Carnival game. We’re hoping for two games per grade (or more)! You provide the games and the PTA will provide the prizes. Sign-ups available in MySchoolAnywhere. Select ‘Sign-ups/Sign-ups Available’ and look for ‘Spring Carnival Volunteers’.
  • We need middle and high school volunteers. Sign-ups for students are available in Sign-up Genius here
  • The Spring Carnival will be the BIG fundraiser for the SPES PTA. Money raised directly contributes to the PTA’s annual budget, which supports teachers, their classrooms and ultimately, your children, our students!

We need your help to make this Spring Carnival a success!

The only way to make this event a success is to have volunteers.
Even if you are unable to volunteer, please encourage your family and friends to attend.

Nauticus Field Trip Tomorrow

Our Nauticus Field Trip is Friday, March 22, 2019.

  • Please be at school BY 7:00 AM.
  • We expect to return at 4:30 PM.

Items to remember:

  • Packed lunch
  • Two NUT-FREE snacks for the ride there and back.
  • A blanket or beach towel for lunch.
  • Wear an SPES spirit wear t-shirt or your own blue shirt.
  • Dress in layers because you will be outside for part of the trip.

Items you may bring:

  • Electronics (no phones) for bus ride — MUST:
    • Be appropriate for school
    • Use headphones if sound is involved
    • Not communicate between devices. The device will be confiscated if this takes place.
    • Stay on the bus and be labeled. Teachers, the bus driver, and Newton Transportation are not responsible for these items.
  • Camera (You are responsible for holding on to this.)

Items NOT to bring:

  • Phones or cash

Dancing Classrooms Culminating Event

Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond and Short Pump Elementary presents…

Short Pump Elementary Culminating Event

Dear Families of 5th Grade Stingers,

We would like to personally invite you to the Culminating Event at Short Pump Elementary. This is our Ballroom Dance presentation where we invite you to watch the children present the dances and hear them speak about their experiences.

Please join us on Tuesday, March 12th at 1:20 pm in the Gym. Plan for the event to last about an hour.

Over the last ten weeks your children have learned much more than the Merengue, Foxtrot, Rumba, Tango, Polka, Swing and Waltz. They have begun to develop a greater level of respect, etiquette, self-esteem, trust, tolerance and teamwork.

The dress code for your children for this event is elegance. Traditionally in ballroom dancing, the ladies wear a skirt/blouse or a dress with shoes that stay securely on their feet. Please no sandals, flip flops or Ugg type boots. Gentlemen traditionally wear a button-down shirt or polo shirt and dress pants. Ties and bow ties are optional. Please no heavy tennis shoes or boots. These are encouraged guidelines. Please do not feel obligated to purchase new clothes for this event.

We are very excited to share this event with you and hope you will be able to join us.

Dancing Classrooms Greater Richmond

Mrs. M.C. Bernheart, Mrs. Katie Gosney, Mrs. Andrea McGee, & Ms. Erika Powell,
5th Grade Teachers, Short Pump Elementary School

Sarah E. M. Slaughter, Ed.D.
Principal, Short Pump Elementary School

Student Information Spring Update

Student Information Spring Update: Open now!
Deadline: March 3rd

Twice a year we ask families to please check that the student information we have in our database is correct. The window to check that what we have on file is correct or to make changes is from 2/25/18-3/3/19. Please log in and check whether you think you have changes or not. You will be updating these forms through Rycor. Parents with students in grades 2-12 can access Rycor Online Forms through the PowerSchool Parent Portal. Those with students in grades ‘PK-1 Only’ must access Rycor Online Forms directly. Directions are available on the Henrico County website listed below. If you are unable to update online, a manual form will be sent home the week of March 11th. Thank you for your attention!

Link for the connection to Rycor:

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