Veterans Park Fall Update

Ellen Tuckner, Principal

Thank you, PTA!

The VP Spirit Run was such a wonderful event. The weather surely cooperated and the whole community came together with such a positive energy! What a great way to raise money and enjoy the camaraderie of students, parents, and staff. A special thank you to "the Megans" for coordinating a fantastic fundraiser and to everyone who participated in this fantastic event.


We are thrilled to share a new initiative at Veterans Park School called the Eagle Feather Phone Call. This is an acknowledgement that students can receive for an outstanding contribution that makes life a little bit better for everyone at VP. It's often the small, simple things that go unnoticed that make a huge impact. Anyone at school can observe some special behavior- staff members or students and tell me about it, either verbally or in writing. I locate that student and we go to my office together to make the Eagle Feather Phone Call to a parent right then and there! It is truly the best part of my day-I've made twelve phone calls in the past two weeks. Some examples of what students have done to receive their phone call were:

  • Voluntarily putting away recess equipment
  • Making a smart choice to sit in a place where their best learning was possible
  • Voluntarily cleaning up in the cafeteria daily
  • Voluntarily holding the door open for classmates every day as they exit for recess
  • Voluntarily getting food for a friend in the cafeteria when a lunch bag was misplaced and the student was upset

The proud recipients of the Eagle Feather Phone Call certificates are pictured below:

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Significance of the Eagle Feather

According to Native American law and legend, the Eagle feather is a symbol of many things including: respect, honor, humbleness, truth, love, natural power, strength, courage, wisdom and Freedom, everything that is positive.

Therefore, when one holds the eagle feather, one must speak the truth in as positive a way as one can, for the ear of our creator is that much closer to the feather of the eagle.

We honor the feather of the eagle, with great care, showing it respect, honesty, and truth, at all times.

Parent Input/Feedback Forums

As part of my entry plan, I am committed to hearing from all members of the Veterans Park community about their hopes and dreams for our wonderful school. I have met with each and every member of the staff, as well as many other staff members throughout the Ridgefield Public Schools to get their perspective and input on Veterans Park School.

In addition, I've had the opportunity to meet with a great many parents as I began here this past July, but there are a still quite a few families that I have not had the chance to hear from. Certainly, the parent community voice is critical to my full understanding of life at VP!

To that end, I am setting up 4 parent input sessions:

Grade K-2 parents

  • October 27th- 9:45-10:45 am
  • November 2- 6:30-7:30 pm

Grade 3-5 parents

  • October 20- 9:45-10:45 am
  • October 19- 6:30-7:30 pm

In order to keep the group size manageable, I am keeping the maximum number of people at each session to 25. Please rsvp by emailing:

indicating which date and time you are hoping to attend. If more than 25 people respond to a given session, and you are not able to attend a different one, I will add additional sessions to accommodate as many people as are interested in joining me.

I look forward to spending time together to continue to make Veterans Park the very best school it can be!

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I look forward to seeing many people at the parent sessions, Halloween parties, and other activities in the coming weeks. On behalf of the entire staff at Veterans Park, we are thrilled to be on the educational journey with these amazing children.

Warm regards,