PUMA PTSA NEWS

Volunteers Needed: Don’t Miss these Opportunities

We are looking for volunteers for the library and counseling office. Volunteers are needed daily from 11:30 am to 1 pm in the counseling office, and a monthly commitment is required. Need more flexibility? Choose your date and time in the library to fit your schedule. Contact Lucille Lindamood for more info.


PTA Sponsors Scholarship for Former Pumas

Do you know a former Puma who is graduating from high school this spring? For the third year, we will award the Dr. Mark E. Chamberlain Scholarship to two or three former Short Pump students. Applications for the annual $500 scholarships are due April 17.


Essay Contestants Compete for Cash

The Virginia PTA is sponsoring the 2017 Citizenship Essay Project with the theme, “We the People…Why Vote?” The project encourages students to express their views and opinions on character or citizenship. Entries must be postmarked by Feb. 1 and should be mailed to Sharon Abernathy, Director Richmond District PTA, 6136 Rolling Forest Circle, Mechanicsville, VA 23111. Local winners advance to the state level where they’ll compete for cash prizes. Get details.


We Love our Gifts!

Our Direct Donation, or Puma Patron, campaign remains the largest PTA fundraiser we sponsor each year. This campaign allows 100% of your donations to go directly to the PTA to support SPMS teachers, fund programs and activities including the recent Screenagers movie and student programs like sixth grade orientation and the eighth grade dance, and award a scholarship to a former SPMS student. In addition, donations have been used for various school improvements such as new scoreboards and a wall mural in the gymnasium and new technology for classrooms.

Thanks to those Puma families who have already supported our campaign with your generous gifts. If you haven’t made your gift, there’s still time. No gift is too small, and every gift is tax deductible. Be sure to check with your employer about matching gifts as well. Get more information.


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Keep the Conversation Going

Thanks to the students, families, teachers, volunteers and community members who helped make our two showings of Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age so successful. We had great feedback both during and after the events and encourage you to keep the conversation going. There are a variety of resources, including screen time contracts and information about parenting apps to help manage screen time, available at www.screenagersmovie.com.

Thanks to our sponsors – Camp Unplugged, Hanover Sports Park, School of Rock and STEMgeo – for their support of this program.


Volunteers Wanted!

We’re looking for volunteers to assist with regular shifts in the front office, library and counseling office. Want more flexibility with your schedule? We’re looking for assistance with the Box Tops program. Get more info and make a difference for our Pumas!


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PTAccomplishments in 2015!

Books for every student through “One School, One Theme” literature project, Bus Driver gifts, Teacher Luncheons and Breakfast, Agendas for every student, Teacher Resource Fund, Reflections Program, School Store Sales and so much more!