JANUARY 8, 2022 - Vol.15 Issue #18


Robert Bruce, Principal -

Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal -

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

Weekly Message from our Principal

Dear Parents,

Over the last week we have seen a large number of absences due to COVID-19 infections and/or close contact issues. We expect this situation to continue for the next several weeks. Please understand that we will always do the best we can to deliver a quality program to your children. This week we were lucky to have central office personnel leave their jobs to come and assist with the teaching at Veterans Elementary School. We truly appreciate this help. This allows us to have a professional in every classroom. There are still severe shortages with the substitute list, this is why central office has redirected staff to help us. Central office has done a wonderful job of monitoring what our school needs. Dr, Martirano in a recent statement reiterated that the system goal is to keep schools open. There may be a need to close some schools for a short period of time due to a range of factors. Right now, Veterans Elementary is operational.

Please understand that if your child has symptoms he or she should remain at home. If you are unsure and are waiting for test results, your child should remain home. Students who are kept home because the school or system's COVID 19 numbers are high but the student is well will be marked with an "unexcused" absence. Please remember that the school system does limit parents to three discretionary absences for the year. Please remember that home health checks are crucial. If you send a child to school experiencing symptoms, this impacts on other children and our staff. Please ensure that your contact information is up to date. If you are ever called to pick up your child, we are asking that you arrive within the hour to pick up your child.

I want to compliment our hardworking staff for everything they are doing to help keep your child and themselves safe. We love greeting your children every day and it is reassuring when our staff is well enough to be here as well. Please take care and do your best to remain healthy.

Robert C. Bruce
Principal- Veterans Elementary School

Every Day Counts !
Connectedness Strategic Responsibility Arranger Intellection


11 - PTA Virtual Meeting, 7:00 p.m.

17 - School and Offices Closed: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

19 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early/ Dismissal at 12:55 p.m. for Professional Work Day
20 - Dunloggin MS New Student/Family Orientation - Virtual Meeting, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
21- End of 2nd Quarter

21 - Spirit Day: #EaglePride - Wear VES Spirit Wear or school colors
24 - No School for Students - Professional Work Day
31 - 2nd Quarter Report Cards Issued via HCPSSConnect


1 - No School for Students - Professional Learning Day

10 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early/ Dismissal at 12:55 p.m.: Parent-Teacher Conferences

11 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early/ Dismissal at 12:55 p.m.: Parent-Teacher Conferences

16 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early/ Dismissal at 12:55 p.m. for Professional Work Day

21 - School and Offices Closed: President's Day

Updated COVID Mitigation Efforts in HCPSS Schools

Last week, a message was sent to the community with several updates related to health mitigation efforts in place in HCPSS schools. Today, we want to provide more information related to:

A comprehensive update can be found online.

Keeping schools healthy, safe and open for in-person instruction remains our top priorities because we know that the school environment is most conducive to student learning and support. Thank you for your continued understanding and partnership as we all work together to maintain healthy and thriving school communities.

DMS 6th Grade Student/Parent Orientation (VIRTUAL)

Dunloggin Middle School will be hosting our annual New Student/Family Orientation on Thursday, January 20, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please join us for this event as we welcome our rising 6th graders, and their families to DMS. Parents, you will have an opportunity to meet the staff and become familiar with your child's new school, learn about school programs, and hear ways you can get involved. More information will be shared in the coming week.

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Happy New Year!


Veterans ES needs some help replenishing games used for indoor recess located in each grade level's game closet. The PTA will use its full recess budget to purchase some of the games, but does not have enough to cover the cost of all the games needed. Please see sign up for more information and to see the game list. This is a request for new games. If you have used games you would like to donate, please reach out to your child's teacher directly.

Please drop off or mail by: January 22, 2022.

JOIN US FOR A PTA MEETING (Virtual) - Tues, Jan 11 - 7pm

Interested in learning more about the officer positions that help our PTA run? We need new officers for next year. Please join us and we will allow time at the end of the meeting for any questions you may have. Or email Cara at if you want more info.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 980 9328 4149
Passcode: 094353

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Meeting ID: 980 9328 4149
Passcode: 094353


Are you great with numbers? Do you know how to do taxes? We are in need of a treasurer for the PTA next school year. Reach out if you would be interested in chatting with our current treasurer about this opportunity. Email Kim at for more info.

Use this link to see your other volunteer options.

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VES REMINDERS: Worth Repeating...

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: POSTPONED/ Dates TBD
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

Weather Guidelines/Recess

Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to burn off excess energy. If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear clothing appropriate for forecasted conditions when participating in recess or outside activities.

The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the administrator at individual schools. On rare occasions due to extreme weather, a decision may be made at the school system level.
The following factors are considered in determining if recess is to be held outside:

  • Temperature and humidity
  • Wind chill
  • Heat index and air quality
  • Age of students
  • Length of time outdoors
  • Adequacy of the children’s clothing
  • Condition of the playground
  • Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)
  • Thunder and lightning

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit or the heat index reading is less than 95. Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely hot or cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary. During hot weather, teachers should provide students a water break before and after recess. Additionally, any student who shows signs of heat exhaustion or overheating should be allowed a water break during recess.

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.


For the safety and security of the children - parents/guardians are not allowed to board and pull their child/children from a school bus at any time, especially during our dismissal.


See an Administrator or Front Office Secretary for assistance!

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.


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.

Updated Quarantine and Isolation Information

Details on quarantine and isolation procedures provided in the Jan. 4 community message have been updated to more accurately reflect guidance provided by the CDC and the Howard County Health Department.

Upcoming COVID Vaccine Clinics

Through a partnership with the Howard County Health Department and several local pharmacies, HCPSS is pleased that students and staff have multiple opportunities to get vaccinated and/or receive a booster, including at some clinics hosted in HCPSS schools. Information about upcoming clinics, including one being held this Saturday, Jan. 8, can be found online and will be updated as new clinics become available.

HCPSS COVID-19 Testing Program

At this time, only asymptomatic staff, and asymptomatic, unvaccinated student-athletes are eligible to be tested at HCPSS school sites managed by MAKO Medical. Non-HCPSS individuals or anyone showing symptoms of COVID-19 are not permitted to use these sites. View the schedule and register online.

HCPSS Hiring Fair

HCPSS is hosting a hiring fair on Monday, Jan. 24 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School for anyone interested in employment as a bus driver, custodian, food services worker, lunch and recess monitor, or paraeducator. Attendees wishing to be interviewed should complete an online application prior to the event; prospective bus drivers may apply on site. No registration is needed to attend the event. Masking is required.

HCPSS COVID Dashboard Update

Due to HCPSS students and staff being out for winter break and inclement weather days, quarantine numbers will not be updated on the HCPSS COVID dashboard this week. Those numbers will next be updated Wednesday, Jan. 12 by 11 a.m.

Health & Safety Reminders

Families are reminded to follow all HCPSS health and safety protocols and conduct daily at-home health checks. Answers to health and safety frequently asked questions are available online.

HCPSS Emergency Closing Notifications

In times of emergency/weather closings or delays, information is shared through our website, email and text, Twitter and the HCPSS weather hotline. The school system’s operating status can always be found on the HCPSS Status website. More information about emergency closings and information sources is provided online.

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.

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.

Volunteer/Observer Vaccine Requirements

All volunteers and chaperones who interact with students, as well as current HCPSS students who attend a field trip or volunteer at a different school during the school day, are required to use the PinPoint platform to show proof of full vaccination at least five school days in advance. This requirement does not apply to HCPSS students who are going to another school as part of their academic schedule. Vaccination and testing requirements for other community stakeholders are outlined online.

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.


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