OCTOBER 23, 2021 - Vol.15 Issue #10

Perform Daily Health Checks

Parents/guardians should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease. In addition, parents/guardians are to perform daily health checks for COVID-19 symptoms before the student leaves home.


Robert Bruce, Principal -

Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal -

Jaime Gittleson, Administrative Intern -

OFFICE HOURS 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Please call ahead 410-313-1700

Youmi Jun, Principal Secretary -
Jane Pak, Teacher Secretary -
Maria Martinez, Teacher Secretary -
Dulce Boyer, Teacher Secretary .5 -


Para información y apoyo adicionales, por favor, llame al 410-313-1591.

欲知详情或想获得更多支持,请电 410-313-5920.

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For all other language needs please contact Monica Ranta at 410-313-7102.

Weekly Message from our Principal

We are thrilled to be back at school with your children. They have missed about twelve to eighteen months of instruction from their teachers. This may have impacted your children in a variety of ways. First of all, it is hard to imagine that any child would remember their social interaction skills over a 12-18 month period. At home, your children may have to interact with siblings or relatives but in school they need to interact with many children and adults. Some of our friends will struggle with this concept and we may find ourselves teaching skills we believe we have already taught. The reaction of children to the increased demands of a social situation will vary from child to child. We know, as parents, that we did everything we could but we could not recreate a lunchroom or recess of 150 children, a classroom of 20-25 children, or a bus ride with 50 other students. My point is that many children will have to relearn skills over a period of time.

Secondly, they may struggle academically. This was our biggest concern for so many of our children. Pre-requisite skills may have been missed or virtual learning did not allow every question to be answered. Recovery of these skills will take time. All teachers make use of their planning to address the needs of students. This planning includes so many facets of great classroom instruction. These struggles may manifest themselves as off task behavior or even negative behavior choices. It is important to work with classroom teachers to help your child to refocus on what we know is important. Teachers can then work these focal points into their lesson planning.

As we close out the first quarter on November 3rd and plan for parent-teacher conferences, take stock of what your children have mastered and what has yet to be mastered. Think of school as not only a place to learn but also as a social vehicle where all children learn how to navigate dealing with other children and adults. You parent-teacher conference should focus on a plan on how to get your children from Point A to Point B. Discuss how we can partner to achieve the goals for your children. Let me tell you, your children are trying hard to adapt and to learn both old and new skills. Their efforts convince me that they will recover and create a world of which they can be proud.

Robert C. Bruce
Principal- Veterans Elementary School

Every Day Counts !
Connectedness Strategic Responsibility Arranger Intellection


25 - PTA Read-A-Thon Fundraiser Begins


3 - End of 1st Marking Period

4 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - PD Day (Prof. Work Day)

10 - Report Cards Issued
22 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early Dismissal at 12:55 p.m.: Parent-Teacher Conferences
23 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early Dismissal at 12:55 p.m.: Parent-Teacher Conferences

24 -NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: Parent-Teacher Conferences
24 - Schools and Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday (State mandated)
25 - Schools and Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday (State mandated)

Below are the SY2021-22 standardized testing window dates:

Grade specific dates and testing details are communicated in advance of each assessment. Dates subject to change.

Grades 1-8 MAP Reading/Math: Oct. 18 - Nov. 5

Grades 3 & 5 CogAT: Jan 18 - Feb. 4
Grades K-5 Access for ELLS: Jan. 10 - Feb. 18

Grade 5 MISA: March 14 - 25

Grades 1-8 MAP Reading/Math: April 4 - April 29

Grades 3-5 MCAP ELA/Math: May 4 - June 3


Parent notification - Spanish

Parent notification - Chinese

Parent notification - Korean

In accordance with Maryland’s Ready to Read Act (2019), COMAR(2021), and the request from the Howard County Board of Education, all Howard County Public School System students in grades kindergarten to 5th grade will participate in a screener for identifying potential reading difficulties.

School Rainbow Representatives

Rainbow Representatives ensure that schools are allies and advocates for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families. The school Rainbow Representative attends quarterly meetings; receives and disseminates information regarding LGBTQIA+ topics of interest to the school and school community as appropriate; and provides instructional support for educators. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Veterans Elementary Rainbow Representative Ava Greene at

Safe Space Posters

Around our school, you will see some "Safe Space" posters. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, a person, or certain group of people, might feel unsafe to show their true colors for fear that others might treat them differently, or refer to them in an unkind way.
At HCPSS, it is our priority to make sure every student not only is safe, but also feels safe to be their authentic and true selves. We hope our Safe Space posters serve as a reminder that there is a trusted adult you can go to who is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, who will affirm a student's chosen name and pronouns, and who will not disclose information to others about identity and orientation if a student shares that information. Teachers who have this poster in their classrooms have declared their space a safe space for ALL students.

A Message from the Counseling Office

Holiday gift card drive and raffle

We are going to be doing a holiday gift card drive and raffle this year at VES. We are looking for donations of Amazon, Target, or Walmart gift cards in a suggested amount of $25.
Gift cards that we collect will be given to families in our community who are in need this holiday season. If your family is interested in donating a gift card and have any questions, please contact Julie Wentz ( or Jessica Wilson-Carr ( Please send any gift cards to Youmi Jun in the front office by Monday, December 6, 2021.

If your family is interested in entering the raffle to receive gift cards (to either Target, Amazon, or Walmart), please let us know HERE. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to support every family who enters the raffle, our goal is to support as many families as we can.

No Transportation Changes can be accommodated During Dismissal

*Please reserve any last minute requests for

~Help us keep your children safe ~

Making these requests causes confusion and leaves a lot of room for errors during the mass exodus!

Any transportation changes made after 3:30pm is disruptive to the VES dismissal process.

Please do not call or enter the school building requesting a staff member to pull your child from their normal dismissal plan.

Early Dismissals must be prior to 3:30 pm

* Please bring your phone to scan the QR code to sign out student(s) for Early Dismissal.

** Please also be prepared to present your Photo ID

Please plan accordingly. Students are dismissed from class upon parents' arrival after they are signed out from the office.

At this time, we can't allow students to take a different bus other than their assigned bus due to COVID.

After 3:30pm, students will be dismissed at VES normal 3:55pm dismissal with the Car Riders.


Saturday, Oct. 30th, 9-11am

6101 Old Dobbin Lane

Columbia, MD

Line forms at 7:00 a.m.
Doors will not open til 9:00 a.m.

Masks must be worn inside at all times.

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Hey, VES Family!



Join us for our annual Read-A-Thon and fundraiser through Read-A-Fun (formerly Whooo's Reading). Information came home in folders this week! Set up your account this weekend so you can start logging minutes on Monday.

Get ready to read, connect with your friends, and decorate your owl!

Read-A-Thon runs October 25 - November 14

Contact Nelly if you have any questions at


Show your VES pride with new spiritwear!

Paper order forms went home last week. Online ordering link is live now.

Consider buying a sweatshirt to donate to a VES staff raffle or give to a grandparent for a special occasion! Orders may arrive before Thanksgiving or by early December at the latest.

Click below to view order form in color (may print and send in with child).

Email Amie if your purchase is a donation or if you have any questions


Take a peek at the link and see if your teacher needs any supplies for the kids.

A drop off bin is available in the school lobby or send supplies in with your kids. Please put donations in a bag labeled with the teachers/staff name. You may also directly ship supplies to the staff at school.

Our community is so generous! Thank you in advance for being so dedicated to our school.

Contact Cara Adornetto at if you have any questions.


"I Will Change the World By"... is the 2021-2022 Contest Theme

Veterans Elementary will participate in this year's "Art Reflections Contest led by the National PTA. All students are encouraged to explore and express themselves using the theme "I Will Change The World By...

Categories include: Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Submission deadline will be November 22

Submission forms were sent home last week or can be printed from here:

If you would like to participate, but art supplies are a financial burden please reach out to the PTA at

If you would like to join the Reflections Committee, we will need 2-3 more parents to help us judge the artwork and send it into the county level. Email if interested.


We have committee openings to help plan events for the kids!

Use this link to see your options.

JOIN THE PTA! Our Goal is 300 families!

Parents, please join the PTA using the website above or the yellow form sent home with your child. Membership dues allow us to fund all the activities we run! You do not have to volunteer when you join.

Questions: Email Kim Davis at

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In this brief video, Superintendent Martirano and Student Board Member Peter Banyas talk about important actions for everyone to keep schools and communities safe and healthy environments for teaching, learning and growth.

Watch the Video

Elementary Reading Screenings

All HCPSS students in grades K-5 will be screened for reading disabilities. Students will be screened three times during the school year, with the first screening taking place between October 25 and November 5. Screening results will be used to help determine whether students would benefit from additional reading support.

Updated Volunteer/Observer Vaccine Requirements

Effective Monday, October 25, all volunteers and chaperones who interact with students, and parents/guardians who are conducting classroom observations will be required to use the PinPoint platform to show proof of full vaccination at least five school days in advance. The requirement also applies to students who volunteer or mentor at another HCPSS school during the school day, but not to students who go to the ARL or another school as part of their class schedule. Learn how to access and use the PinPoint VaccineCheck platform.

COVID-19 Self-Screenings

All parents/guardians are to perform a COVID-19 health check every day before your student leaves home. Students are not to come to school if they are experiencing any symptom(s) associated with COVID-19 or other communicable disease.


HCPSS Flu Shot Clinics

October 13-28, HCPSS schools

HCPSS is partnering with the Howard County Health Department and Maryland Partnership for Prevention to offer free flu vaccines for HCPSS students and staff. Parents and community members are not eligible for flu shots at these clinics. Students and staff may register only for the clinic held at their school. (Anyone who previously registered for a vaccine at a different school should cancel their appointment.) Online registration is open until four days before a scheduled clinic.

Upcoming Public Hearings

Tuesday, November 2, 7 p.m., hybrid hearing

The Board will hold the following public hearings during its November 2 meeting. Register to testify by Friday, October 29. Specific directions will be emailed to each registrant prior to the public hearing.


Please visit the HCPSS website Community News and Programs site for upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

FARMS Applications: Applications for the Free and Reduced Meals program for the school year 2020-2021 are available online in multiple languages and paper copies are available at all meal sites, effective 9/8/20. Please use this document for strategies for increasing FARMs awareness and participation.

HCPSS COUNSELING SERVICES for Students, Families, and Staff

The COVID-19 pandemic has made this an especially stressful time for many, especially those already impacted by mental health concerns. Find information about local and online resources for counseling and mental health supports for you and your family on our website.

COMCAST Internet

To help connect more families to the internet at home, Comcast is offering two months of free internet to new Internet Essential customers. more information


MOVING into VES: FILLABLE_VES RequestforRecords.pdf
We can assist you to obtain student records from their prior school by filling out the

Request for Records form and emailing it back to the registrar.

MOVING AWAY/ Withdraw from VES: FILLABE_Withdrawal form

Please initiate the process by filling out the HCPSS Withdrawal Form and email it back to the registrar.

Stay Informed:

HCPSS electronic School Messenger

Once you have created an HCPSS Login Account/ ParentVue upon completing the student registration, you will automatically be part of our email communication, School Messenger.

We are “green” and do not send hard copies of newsletters and other notices, so your electronic connection to the school is important even over the summer.

Email & Text Alerts

HCPSS News emails and text alerts keep families up-to-date on news and events, and deliver real-time notices of emergency closings and information. All HCPSS News subscriptions are generated from the information provided in Family File. Parents/guardians of previously enrolled HCPSS students do not need to sign up for, or manage an HCPSS News account. Parents/guardians who are new to the system are automatically enrolled for email notification and must opt in to text alerts.

Emergency Notifications

In times of emergency situations, information will be shared with the community through our website, social media, text, email and weather hotline. All parents automatically receive email messaging and new parents need to opt in to text messaging (see above). Unsubscribing from any school or district email or text will unsubscribe a user from all messaging, including emergency notifications.

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