Veterans Elementary Eagle Express

December 5, 2019 - Volume 13, Issue 13

Soar to Excellence!

School Mission

Veterans Elementary School promotes life-long learning by embracing its diversity, providing students with dynamic classroom experiences and exposing them to the cultural arts in a climate that is rigorous, safe, nurturing and respectful.

Veterans Elementary School

Robert Bruce, Principal

Amy Green, Assistant Principal

Derek Lewis, Administrator

School Start and Dismissal Times: 9:25 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.


The redistricting process is over and it appears we will lose 172 of our wonderful students to Northfield Elementary School for the 2020-2021 school year. We will also receive families from Hollifield Station and Waterloo. We are always sad to lose any of our students when they move or in this case when they are redistricted. Please note that there may be some choices that families have if they have been redistricted. If you have a child that is going to be a fifth grader next year then you may request they stay at Veterans with transportation. Please see my email from Wednesday. The same is true of students with a 504 or IEP. Please keep in mind that these exceptions only apply to children with these circumstances, all other siblings must attend the new school. These decisions must be made over the next few weeks. Please watch for more information from the system on this process. Northfield Elementary has already planned a "Welcome to Northfield" Night on January 22nd at 7:00 pm. The principal at Northfield has assured me that they will welcome all of our students with open arms.

Important Upcoming Dates and Events


  • 3 - Gr.3 & Gr.5 CogAT Assessments: Tues., Dec.3 thru Thur, Dec.5
  • 10 - Classic Photography Picture Makeup & Re-Take Day
  • 10 - PTA Board Meeting: Media Center, 7:00 p.m.
  • 11 - UNO Fundraiser
  • 11 - Gr.3 Winter Chorus Concert: Cafeteria, 6:00 p.m.
  • 12 - PTA Holiday Shop: Gym, 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  • 13 - Q2 Interim Reports Issued
  • 16 - Spirit Day: WackyTacky Day
  • 17 - Spirit Day: Twin Day
  • 17 - Winter Band Concert: Cafeteria, 7:00 p.m.
  • 18 - Spirit Day: Hat and Scarf Day
  • 18 - Winter Strings Concert: Cafeteria, 7:00 p.m.
  • 19 - Spirit Day: Sport Theme Day
  • 20 - Spirit Day: Pajama Day
  • 23 - Schools and Offices Closed: Winter Break Dec. 23 thru Dec. 31


  • 1 - Schools and Offices Closed: New Year's Day 2020
  • 2 - Schools and Offices Resume

2019-20 HCPSS Calendar - Monthly Format

Click to download and print the HCPSS calendar in a monthly format. The calendar will no longer be distributed in first day folders. The 2019-2020 School Calendar is available to be printed online:


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New HCPSS Website and System for Emergency Closings:

Effective December 1, HCPSS is launching a color-coding notification system for emergency and other non-scheduled school closings, including for inclement weather. The new system standardizes the school system’s operational status to five possibilities to enhance consistency while promoting the safety of HCPSS students and staff, and adhering to negotiated agreements on staff availability.
If Howard County public schools open two hours late, there is no morning Pre-Kindergarten/RECC.

The HCPSS operating status will be identified on a new website: The HCPSS operational color code options are:

  • Code Green – Normal Operations (in accordance with the HCPSS calendar)
  • Code Red – Schools and Offices Closed
  • Code Orange – Schools Closed; Offices Open with Liberal Leave in Effect
  • Code Blue – Schools Open Two Hours Late
  • Code Yellow – Schools Dismiss Early

All notifications regarding emergency closings will include both the code and operating status.

The emergency notification sources are:

  • HCPSS status website
  • HCPSS homepage
  • Email/text alerts
  • HCPSS Information Hotline (410-313-6666)
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Please note: HCPSS cable TV is no longer a source for inclement weather closings.

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Classic Photography - Tuesday, Dec. 10 (make-up & retakes)

Parents, students participating on Photo Retake Day should be aware of the following:

1. If a student was absent on the initial picture day, they will have their picture taken on the retake day (make-up). The photo will be used in the yearbook.

2. If you aren't happy with your photo and would like your child’s picture retaken, the student should bring the original photo package, including original envelope and all picture products, to turn into the photographer when they come to sit for a new picture. They do not need to fill out a new order form.

Hosting Bethel "Prime Timers" at the Gr.3 Winter Concert

Bethel "Prime Timers" Senior Citizen Group will be coming to our school next week to have refreshments and attend Veterans 3rd Grade Winter Concert. In the past we have gone to their facility to have our concert. This is the first time we are hosting our community partners.
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Next Wednesday, December 11th, UNO’s Pizzeria will give 20% of your check to Veterans ES.
Please go to UNO’s and help out VES!
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RETRO VIDEO GAME NIGHT...Kid's Nights Out! Friday, Dec 13

Register NOW for Kid's Night Out! hosted by our business partner, The Okinawan Karate Dojo.

Retro Video Game Night on Dec 13th, 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. will be a night of fun, old-school video games! Leave yours at home! The dojo will have plenty of gaming stations and consoles (Nintendo Classic, SNES Classics, Nintendo 64, XBox 360, Nintendo Wii, etc.)! Prizes and Contests for individual and team high scores! For Questions or Registration into either/both events, visit and click on "Camps and PNOs", or call 443 574 8999. Ages 6-13.

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PTA HOLIDAY SHOP - December 12

The PTA Holiday Shop is scheduled for December 12, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m. This is a fun event hosted by the PTA that gives your children an opportunity to shop for holiday gifts in secret. This year we’ve moved into the gym, giving us more room and hopefully speeding up that shopping/purchasing process. Volunteer sign up coming soon!

PTA CHAIRPERSONS NEEDED - Please consider donating your time

The following PTA positions are still open and in need of being filled. We need volunteers to help keep amazing events happening at VES.

Chairpersons need to be members of the PTA and committed to seeing their responsibilities through from beginning to end, but you don’t have to do it alone! Our current officers are here to help and guide, and we have many resources available. In addition it’s possible to co-chair most programs and events - you get to work with friends and share some of the load.

Cultural Celebration -

Evening event where students and parents showcase their cultures through costume, performance, presentations and more. Chair(s) are responsible for organizing, advertising, and running the event. Don’t worry, you’ll get help!
Time Commitment - MEDIUM: 2-3 hours a week in month leading up to this spring event, 4-5 hours night of event, and attendance at monthly PTA meetings

Membership - Still need someone to step into this position for next year

Chair(s) are tasked with collecting and processing membership forms, helping to staff PTA Booths at PTA events, and developing ideas to help grow membership. This drive is mostly over for this year, but we are seeking to fill the position for next year.
Time Commitment - LOW: 2 hours a week during membership drive in fall, can primarily be done at home, and attendance at monthly PTA meetings

Webmaster -

Help to update website and post current information about PTA events and initiatives.

Time Commitment - LOW: 1-2 hours a month year long, done at home, and attendance at monthly PTA meetings.

If you’d like to know more, please contact PTA president Heidi Potter ( or plan to attend the next PTA Board Meeting on December 10, 7:00 p.m. in Media Center.

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