PE Update

7 Apr

I am so excited to be back. I’d like to say a big “Thank You” to Ms Dillon and our students for doing such an awesome job while I was out. Ms Dillon and I chatted weekly and she shared how much she enjoyed working with everyone at SPES.

Field Day is just 4 weeks away! Remember to order your Field Day t-shirts before Spring break. The last day to order is Sunday, April 13. If you do not order a t-shirt, please have your child wear their grade level color on Field Day. Please go to to place your t-shirt orders. Do not add “www” to the beginning of the address.

A letter will be home this week regarding information about Field Day volunteers, creating putt putt holes, and some other general information about this special event on May 2! Be on the lookout… It should be a roaring good time!

Hope you all have a wonderful Spring break.

Green Team News

7 Apr

Tulips and Journey North
Have you seen the beautiful red tulips blooming all over the school: by parent drop off and the dining room and the sign on Pump Road? They are even in the Secret Garden!  In the fall our fourth graders planted Emperor tulips with the help of members of the Sleepy Hollow Garden Club in the area next to the dining room, just as our fourth graders have been doing for years.  They survived the winter and they have bloomed!  This is a Citizen Science project with participation by people all over the world.  Go to the Journey North website to see the reports. a Stream
Stony Run, a stream in Short Pump Park, has been adopted by Short Pump Elementary. This is the stream that gives the eastern area of the park (closest to John Rolfe Parkway) the designation as a wetland.  The portion of Short Pump Park adjacent to Pump Road will be developed soon, but this wetland area is protected.   Now it is our turn to take care of that area by cleaning it up on a regular basis.

Our first clean up will be on Friday, May 9, beginning at 5:15 PM. Come join us for clean up and a scavenger hunt.  Save the date and look for signups soon.

Earth Week 2014
Short Pump will celebrate Earth Week April 21-25, right after spring break! Green Team has been focusing all activities on the James River watershed.

Taking care of the James River Watershed
In keeping with that theme, the students will be surveyed about practices done at home that benefit our watershed.  Please discuss the following with your child so that they will be able to answer the questions:
Do you recycle?
Do you use CFL (curly) lightbulbs or LED’s?
Do you have a garden?

What’s happening in your neighborhood to support the James River watershed?
We would also like your photos of what you are doing at home.  Send them to Ms. Fitz  and they will be posted on the SPES Earth Day blog photo gallery.

SPES Field Guide and FitnessTrail
It is spring!  Bring your family to Short Pump and visit the Trail! You just need a barcode scanner and you can go to the stations in any order.


Reading Raiser Success!

7 Apr

Our Stingers are outstanding readers! We have raised over $8,000, double our goal! Just as exciting, we have also surpassed our goal for number of books read. Currently our students have read a total of 5,071 books, with a goal of 5,000. Soon it will be time to celebrate our success at the Friday’s Celebrate Learning Assembly. The Golden Book Award will be given to one class per grade. The Kindle will be awarded that day as well to the student who individually raised the most money. The Reading-Raiser will end this Thursday, April 10 and 8:00 PM.  Thanks for participating!

PTA Volunteers Still Needed for 2014-2015

7 Apr

Thank you to all the volunteers who have agreed to a position on the PTA for 2014-2015!  We are looking forward to another great year. While most of the positions have been filled, the following vacancies still exist:
Capital Campaign: solicits corporate donations and sponsors in support of initiative identified for the school year.
Explore Lab – Kindergarten: serves as Explore Lab coordinator for Kindergarten; works with teachers to identify and schedule Explore Lab activities.
Green Team: coordinates recycling efforts; organizes special projects for environmental awareness.
Kids Club (2 positions): establishes vendors for after-school activities; manages registration and volunteers.
Memory Book (2 positions): creates and publishes the annual memory book; manages orders and distribution of the books.
Programs: plans programs of interest, such as internet safety, for PTA meetings or special events.
Being part of the PTA is a GREAT way to get involved in your child’s school experience, meet new people and have your voice heard in decisions affecting SPES.
If you would like to nominate someone or yourself for one of the vacancies or have questions, please contact a member of our nominating committee or send an email  Nominations should be submitted by April 23.  Thank you!
Nominating Committee
Jennie Kazzie, Debi Knott and Monica Sherrod


CMoR Teacher of the Year Nominations

7 Apr

Each year, CMoR recognizes two early childhood educators with the Regional Preschool and Kindergarten Teacher of the Year awards.


Nominations are being sought from the community for teachers who honor early childhood learning through innovative incorporation of play and creativity, and have demonstrated passion for the importance of preschool and kindergarten education.


Visit to learn more and to nominate your child’s teacher.

Welcome Incoming Kindergarten Families

7 Apr

Kindergarten registration is just around the corner on April 10!  We are looking forward to having some new bees at the hive.
During the summer, the SPES PTA will be coordinating activities for the families of our incoming Kindergartners and those new to SPES.  A special nList site is set up for families to join.  This site is used to communicate and share information about the planned activities.  After registering to the site, you will also be added to the email distribution list for the school’s newsletter, The Buzz.
There will be a signup sheet at Kindergarten registration to provide your name and email address to receive an invitation to the site.  Or you can use the following signup information to register yourself:
Site owner’s email address:
Signup password: 82fcae
Please contact Jennie Kazzie at if you have trouble registering to nList.
If you know someone who has an incoming Kindergartner but is not already part of the SPES community, please share this information with them.

2014 – 2015 Slate of Officer and Delegates for Consideration

24 Mar

The Short Pump Elementary PTA Nominating Committee considered eligible candidates for the 2014-2015 term of office. On behalf of the nominating committee and in accordance with the bylaws, we are pleased to present the following slate of officers and delegates for consideration:

Lee Dolan
1st VP (Programs)
Eliza Cram
2nd VP (Fundraising)
Tim Griles
3rd VP (Communications)
Gwyn Perkins
4th VP (Volunteers)
Jennie Kazzie
Kendal Healy
Debi Knott
County Council Delegate
Keri Link
County Council Delegate
Terrese Jagels
Lay Advisory Representative
Christine Williams
Lay Advisory/County Council Alternate
Karen Perry


The General Membership (all SPES PTA members) will vote at the election during the PTA general membership meeting on April 24, 2014 at 7:00.  Additional nominations may be made from the floor.
Submitted by the SPES PTA Nominating Committee:
Jennie Kazzie
Debi Knott
Monica Sherrod