OCTOBER 7, 2021 - Vol.15 Issue #8

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.

Veterans Elementary School

Robert Bruce, Principal -

Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal -

Jaime Gittleson, Administrative Intern -

Monday thru Friday 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.

보다 자세한 문의와 지원을 원하시면, 410-313-1592 로 연락 주시기 바랍니다.

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

Weekly Message from our Principal

There will be a Flu Vaccine Clinic at Veterans Elementary for all students on Wednesday, October 13th. Sign up link is as follows:

School will be closed on Friday October 15th for professional reasons.

Friday October 22nd the PTA will hold an outside Movie Night starting at 7:00 pm. The PTA would like everyone to know that since the school will not be having the annual Children’s Celebration Parade, that children can dress up for movie night. The school will not have any “Halloween” celebrations this year.

Thank you for sending your children to school fully masked. We also thank you for doing those morning health checks. Our students are coming in healthy and happy. This also helps to cut down on health room visits in an already busy health room. Your help and cooperation in keeping as many children healthy at Veterans Elementary as possible is appreciated.

Robert C. Bruce
Principal- Veterans Elementary School

Every Day Counts !
Connectedness Strategic Responsibility Arranger Intellection


13- Breast Cancer Awareness Month - VES Wellness Wednesday Wear Pink!

13- FLU Vaccine Clinic for pre-registered Students (see info link below)

13 - GT Program Parent Academy Elementary Focus 7pm- 8pm
14 - GT Program Parent Academy Secondary Focus 7pm- 8pm

15 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - PD Day (Prof. Work Day)
18 thru 25 - MAP TESTING Week

21 & 22 - Fall Picture Day - Individual Photos ( Home Room teacher will provide the schedule)

22 - PTA Outdoor Movie Night


4 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - PD Day (Prof. Work Day)
22 & 23 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early: Parent-Teacher Conferences

24 - No Schools 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)

October 13th: Flu Vaccine Clinic at VES

You must pre-register....follow directions on the attached document. You must sign up in advance !

The Howard County Health Department will hold their annual flu vaccine clinic on Weds. October 13th at Veterans Elementary School.

Flu e-mail Eng 2021.docx
flu e-mail SPAN 2021.docx

All students must have a vaccine form filled out using the website. If you have questions, call the Health Room at VES. The Health Room can be reached at 410-313-1704.

Howard County GT Program Parent Academy - October 13 and 14, 2021

HCPSS families interested in the Gifted and Talented (GT) Program are invited to come learn about the advanced-level offerings available and how their students can become involved. The evening will begin with an overview of GT Education Program offerings followed by a question and answer session with Central Office GT Education Program staff. Elementary and Secondary programs will be covered on separate days. Families may attend one or both nights. Registration is required for these events.

Elementary Focus: Wednesday, October 13, 7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., being held virtually via Microsoft Teams
Secondary Focus: Thursday, October 14, 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m., being held virtually via Microsoft Teams

For more information and to register, please visit the HCPSS GT Program Parent Academy announcement.

Fall MAP Testing

VES will administer the MAP test to all students in 1st through 5th grades in Reading and Math beginning the week of 10/18 and concluding the week of 10/25. MAP testing is administered using your child’s Chromebook. Please send them to school each day with a fully charged Chromebook. First graders will be provided with VES Chromebooks if their HCPSS-issued Chromebooks have not yet arrived by the time of testing. The HCPSS website contains detailed information about MAP testing here. If you have questions about MAP testing at VES, please contact Jaime Gittleson at

No Transportation Changes can be accommodated During Dismissal

~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.

*Please reserve any last minute requests for EMERGENCIES ONLY*

Early Dismissals must be prior to 3:30 pm

* Please bring your phone to scan the QR code to sign out the student.

** Please also be prepared to present your Photo ID

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

Fall Picture Day - Individual Photos

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A Message from the VES Student Support Team:

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Howard County Coats & Clothing Giveaway UPDATE: * COATS ONLY at Laurel

Saturday, Oct. 16th 2021 at 1-3pm

9411 Whiskey Bottom Road

Laurel, MD

10/7/2021 UPDATE
re: The Howard County Coats & Clothing Giveaway

*COATS ONLY Giveaway at North Laurel Community Center


Saturday, Oct. 30th 2021 at 9-11am

6101 Old Dobbin Lane

Columbia, MD

10/7/2021 UPDATE
re: The Howard County Coats & Clothing Giveaway

* CLOTHING ONLY Giveaway at Long Reach High School

For more information:
Sharee Campbell, MSC Coordinator

MHHS The Pancake Breakfast Is Back!

Please join us on Saturday, October 16th from 7:30am - 10:30am for breakfast in front of the school as we kick off an exciting day of Homecoming events celebrating our Viking Football, Marching Band, Cheer, and Lancer Programs.

Tickets will be $8 in advance, or $10 at the door. Children 5 and under are free.

While we remain vigilant with the continued impact of Covid-19 on our community, we look forward to celebrating our amazing young people and our amazing community safely. We will follow all protocols required by the Howard County Public School System and the Howard County Health Department. Hand sanitizer stations will be set up in the outside eating areas and in the cafeteria. All persons in attendance who enter the building will be required to wear a mask at all times. Masks will not be required outside, however, as recommended by the CDC, unvaccinated individuals are encouraged to wear a mask.

Thank you for your support of the Mt. Hebron Football Program



Saturday, Oct. 16th 2021 at 7:30-10:30am

9440 Old Frederick Road

Ellicott City, MD

Homecoming Pancake Breakfast hosted by the Mt. Hebron Viking's Football program. Location: MHHS cafeteria and outside in front of the school.


Visitors and Staff Reminder: Proof of Vaccination/Testing Requirements

The COVID staff testing program is scheduled to launch the Week of October 4.
Visitors and volunteers will not be asked to show proof of vaccination or testing until the staff testing program is in effect. At that time, proof of vaccination status or a negative weekly COVID test will be required for all parents/guardians and other visitors who enter HCPSS schools to interact with or support students, visit classrooms or conduct observations. Volunteers must also comply with this requirement, which goes into effect simultaneously with the launch of the COVID staff testing program. Parents/visitors who are entering the school briefly, to pick up or drop off their child or for other reasons, will not be required to show proof of vaccination or testing.

Veterans Elementary Needs SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

We are seeking substitute teachers to work with our students when teachers are absent. Below, please find some details regarding the position.

The Substitute Teacher instructs students during the absence of a regular teacher. Substitute Teachers are expected to maintain a professional attitude toward their work and support the mission and goals of the school system. Substitute Teachers are assigned on an as needed basis and are temporary employees. Substitute Teachers hours are 9:05 AM - 4:10 PM each day.

Daily Rate of Pay
Non-degreed (Minimum of 60 credits) $100.00 per day
Degreed (Bachelors or higher) $110.00 per day
Retired Teacher (Must provide verification) $125.00 per day

Long-Term Pay
Non-degreed (Minimum of 60 credits) $125.00 per day
Degreed (Bachelors or higher) $135.00 per day
Retired Teacher (Must provide verification) $135.00 per day

Communication, initiative, and flexibility are important attributes for those filling the position(s).
Interested applicants can go to the following link below to begin the application process. Contact Alexcia Redd at or Jaime Gittleson at

when you have competed all parts of the application.

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Hey, VES Family!

Over $950 Raised at Chipotle Night

WOW,! That is amazing! Thank you to everyone who participated!

Sorry there were a couple technical glitches with their app.

Thank you to Jamie & Mike Fessler for organizing this night with Chipotle!

Staff Breakfast & Custodian Appreciation

Shout out also to Heidi Potter and Tina David for organizing our staff appreciation events so far this year! They put together a back to school breakfast for staff and honored our custodial staff on their appreciation day. More fun to come for our wonderful staff!



VES PTA is launching the staff wish list again! Click on the link and sign up to donate supplies if you wish. Staff can put requests on the list over the next 2 weeks. A drop off bin will be available in the school lobby. 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.


Get ready to show your VES pride with a new shirt! Email Amie if you would like to help with this committee at

Order form and online ordering link go live next week.

Consider buying a sweatshirt to donate to a VES staff raffle! Email Amie if your purchase is a donation.


We are planning an outdoor movie night! Free popcorn and glow sticks provided.

Sign up here to attend so we can plan for space!

So far we have 23 families joining the fun!

It is not required to sign up to attend. It just helps us with planning.

Bring your own blanket or chairs. You may also bring your own food and drink.

Feel free to arrive any time after 630 to set up your spot.

Please use masks when walking around others. They are not required while sitting with your family.

If you would like to help us plan snacks or logistics please reach out to Danyette at


"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, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Submission deadline will be November 22

Submission forms will be sent home next week.

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! We hit over 100 this week!

Parents, please join the PTA using the website below 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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The HCPSS 2021-2022 School Year and HCPSS Help sites provide a wealth of information and answers to dozens of frequently-asked questions (FAQs) on all aspects of the current school year. Check back frequently as new information and FAQs are continually added. Several of the most frequently sought answers are provided below.

More News | Events | Reminders

Free Flu Vaccines

HCPSS is partnering with the Howard County Health Department and Maryland Partnership for Prevention to offer free flu vaccines at HCPSS schools October 13-28. Parents who elect for their child(ren) to receive the flu vaccination must register and provide consent online before Friday, October 8. Parents may also request a paper consent form from the school nurse.

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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