VES Newsletter EAGLE EXPRESS

MARCH 26, 2022 - Vol.15 Issue #29

NO WALK-IN VISITORS DURING THIS TIME

Robert Bruce, Principal - robert_bruce@hcpss.org

Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal - alexcia_redd@hcpss.org

Pamm West, Administrator - pamela_west@hcpss.org


SCHOOL HOURS IN-SESSION

9:25 A.M. - 3:55 P.M.


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


Youmi Jun, Principal Secretary - youmi_jun@hcpss.org

Jane Pak, Teacher Secretary - jane_pak@hcpss.org

Maria Martinez, Teacher Secretary - maria_martinez@hcpss.org

Dulce Boyer, Teacher Secretary .5 - dulce_boyer@hcpss.org

INTERNATIONAL AND FAMILY SERVICE LINKS:

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

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,


You probably saw the Lost and Found email on Thursday. We are asking our students and parents to check out the Lost and Found table in the front lobby.

There are a myriad of jackets, hats, water bottles, and other items unclaimed there. Please know that these items will be held until April 8th and then they will be donated to charity. It is crucial that you label the most frequently found items such as jackets. This would enable us to locate your child and return the item. We know that parents spend a good amount of money to outfit their children, we would rather you claim these items. Please help us out and regardless of your child's age, please label jackets on the inside of the garment.


Friday April 1st will be the end of the third quarter. School will close 3 hrs early that day to facilitate end of quarter report card development. Report cards will be distributed on Friday April 8th. Students and staff will then be off from school from April 9th until the morning of April 19th for a well-deserved Spring Break.


We need your help. Some students are using inappropriate language on the bus. This is a challenging situation because all of our buses have a range of age levels on them. It is not appropriate for young people to use such vulgar language on the bus. We know that it is hard to supervise our children when they are away from us but please send the message that they are role models for others and they need to refrain from this activity. We want to thank the vast majority of our students who always set a great example.


This week we welcome Ms. Elizabeth Getsinger who has been hired as a new 4th Grade Teacher taking over for Ms. Solla's classroom. Ms. Getsinger comes to us with experience from The Jemicy School as well as Westowne Elementary in Baltimore County. She is certified to teach Grades 1-6, Middle School, and Special Education.


Next week we welcome Ms. Pamm West who will be joining Veterans Elementary as an administrator. Please help us welcome her!


Robert C Bruce

Principal- Veterans Elementary School
410-313-1700
Every Day Counts!
Connectedness Strategic Responsibility Arranger Intellection

MARCH: Youth Art Month and Women's History Month

31 - Spirit Day: Baseball Day - Wear your favorite baseball team colors, jersey, or hat

APRIL: Arab American Heritage Month

1 - Schools Close 3-Hours Early: VES Dismissal 12:55 p.m.

4 & 5 - Picture Days: Spring Portrait (more info to follow)

5 - PTA Virtual Meeting: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

8 - Spirit Day: Twin Day #Twinning - Find a friend to match with!

11 thru 18 - Schools and Offices Closed: SPRING BREAK

22 - Spirit Day: #EarthDay - Wear green or blue to celebrate Earth Day

27 - Schools Close 3-Hours Early: VES Dismissal 12:55 p.m.


MAY: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

2 - Schools Closed for Students: Professional Learning (PD) Day *updated 3/16/22

3 - SCHOOL OPEN *updated 3/16/22

EARLY DISMISSAL PICK-UP MUST BE By 3:30PM prior to final class transition time

* Photo I.D. REQUIRED *

*NOTE: HELP US RELEASE YOUR CHILD SAFELY TO AUTHORIZED ADULTS (HCPSS Policy)

HELP US RELEASE YOUR CHILD SAFELY TO AUTHORIZED ADULTS

  1. * Please be prepared to present your physical, tangible Photo ID
  2. ** Bring your phone to scan the QR code to sign out student(s) for Early Dismissal.
  3. Please plan accordingly. Students are dismissed from class upon parents' arrival after they are signed out from the office.
  4. ***Make sure FamilyFile is updated to indicate non-parent/guardians who VES staff are authorized to release your child to.
  5. Dismissal requests AFTER 3:30pm will be dismissed at normal 3:55pm time as Car Riders
    It is too difficult for staff and students to locate/notify during the school-wide final classroom transitioning at the end of the day.


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

NEW INFORMATION

Special Education MSDE Parent Survey

​​Each year the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) surveys parents of children receiving special education services in the state. The purpose of the survey – The Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey – is to hear from parents about how well they think their child’s school is partnering with them and promoting parent involvement in their child’s education. More information can be found in this flier and on the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey site.

Temporary Employee Positions at Veterans Elementary School

We are looking for caring and compassionate individuals to assist students with disabilities who require direct adult supervision throughout the school day. The position works under the daily supervision of the school administration and the direction of a special education teacher and/or a classroom teacher. Some experience working with children or individuals with disabilities preferred. Below, please are details regarding the position.


· Temporary Employee (TE) position are with Social Service Consultants, Ltd.

· Compensation is $13.00 per hour

· The hours are 9:25 AM – 3:55 PM Monday-Friday

To apply, please email Robert Tencher at Rtencher@gmail.com to request an application packet. Please specify the school you are interested in. You can also apply using this link. Please contact Alexcia Redd at alexcia_redd@hcpss.org or at 410-313-1700 when you have competed all parts of the application

Chromebooks Return to School:

As we move into semester 2 of the school year, we will be making a shift in how and where Chromebooks will be stored. Students in grades 2-5 will be keeping their Chromebooks and chargers at school. This shift will help reduce the wear and tear of the transport of devices and allow for consistent use in instruction during the school day. Students will still be using the Chromebook assigned to them throughout the day. If a student has a specific need for the device to go home each day, special permissions may be granted. Students are expected to abide by the HCPSS Code of Conduct and Policy 8080 Responsible Use of Technology. Please continue to talk with your child about the appropriate use of technology in and out of the classroom. Your teacher will be making this shift around March 28th.

Spring Picture Day Coming in April!

Pre-Order Online: www.classic-photo.com

Access Code: Veterans22

Big picture

Upcoming PTA Events

April 5 - Virtual PTA Meeting

April 8 - Club Day at school*

April 22 - Virtual Trivia Night

May 2-6 - Staff Appreciation Week

May 4 - Volunteers help run Field Day

May 12 - STEM Fair*

May 16-20 - Book Fair

June 9 - Picnic & Popsicles End of Year Party/ PTA Elections*

*Additional information below

NOMINATION TIME - seeking new officers for next year's board. Without officers we cannot run the PTA. We need new volunteers. We will train you. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles are all welcome to volunteer. Contact Kim if you have questions at Kimberlydavis410@gmail.com

PTA OFFICERS NEEDED: What is the time commitment needed?

Secretary - 1 hour per month (takes notes at monthly meeting)

Treasurer - 3 hrs per month time commitment (bookkeeping)

Delegate - 2 hours per month (attends 2 meetings per month)


Parent Volunteer Training

We are about to launch parent volunteers back into the school! This is so much fun! Sign up sheet to come out next week. In order to volunteer in school you must upload proof of full vaccination to the pinpoint site. You must also complete 2 trainings (child abuse & confidentiality), print the completion certificates and turn them into your child's teacher or the front office.

PinPoint Link: https://news.hcpss.org/news-posts/2021/10/volunteer-observer-vaccine-requirement/

Trainings on this webpage (at bottom): https://ves.hcpss.org/support


JOIN US FOR A PTA MEETING (Virtual) - Tues, April 5pm - 7pm

Interested in learning more about the officer positions that help our PTA run? We need new officers for next year. Our PTA is losing board members with their kids moving to middle school. Please join us at our meeting and we will allow time at the end of the meeting for any questions you may have. Or email Cara at doctorcia@gmail.com if you want more info. (meetings are usually 1hr long)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://discovery.zoom.us/j/98093284149?pwd=QWptQXUxN2xxMWhrRXh2T0c5ZTJtZz09
Meeting ID: 980 9328 4149
Passcode: 094353

CLUB DAY at VES - April 8 - 2:30pm -3:50pm

Calling all our talented parents! Do you have a hobby you would like to share with the kids? We need parent volunteers to host different "clubs" for kids to have a fun time at the end of the quarter. The club will be 1 hour long. The school & PTA can help obtain supplies. Examples could be: origami, yarn, drawing, dojo, dance, chess, etc. You can choose any grade and the club could be hosted indoor or outdoor. Email Ms. Redd if you would like to host one. Alexcia_Redd@hcpss.org

VES Night of Innovation STEM Fair Thursday, May 12, 7:00pm -8:00pm.

A registration form for the 2022 STEM fair came home in your child’s Thursday Folder. Your child, alone or with friends, can present a science, technology, engineering, or math project at the fair. Please remember that even if your child is working in a group, each child must register individually.

Registration is available online: https://forms.gle/DkdFD4UwdEsjQRps5 (link corrected)

The handbook is available <here>. It must be accessed by a gmail account for the link to work. You may view the full manual on our PTA website listed below. Turn your paper registration forms into your teacher.

Please let me know if you have any questions - Cara at doctorcia@gmail.com

You can check out details on our website. veterans.memberhub.com We will need volunteers to help with this event. Sign up to come out soon.



SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER FOR AN EVENT COMMITTEE!

Email Kim at Kimberlydavis410@gmail.com for more info.

Use this link to see your other volunteer options.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0549A5A62EA4FE3-ptacommittee

VES REMINDERS: Worth Repeating . . .

* CAR LOOP ISSUES:

We still have several parents who insist on pulling their cars into the 2nd or 3rd row of the school parking lot, sometimes blocking traffic from departing. This is an unsafe practice which complicates driver's leaving the car loop lane. Unless you can find an actual parking spot in the 2nd or 3rd row of parking then you must join the car loop lane for parent pick up if you are here to retrieve a child. You may not park or stop in front of parked cars to wait for your child. You also create a dangerous situation for your child and yourself.


Our school is very busy. We are sorry the Parent Pick Up Lane sometimes moves slowly but this is necessary for student safety. Most of our children are bus riders. The pandemic has increased the car ridership at Veterans. Join the Parent Pick Up Lane to retrieve your children. You have someplace to get your child to after school, that is fine, so do many other parents. If this is the case, arrange for an early dismissal before 3:30 pm if you can not wait. Please know that rainy or snowy weather makes this lane move even slower.

BUS STOPS and Riding Privileges

Please understand that if children experience problems on the bus that the driver has the authority to write a bus referral that can result in the denial of bus riding privileges for a given period of time. Parents also need to understand that sometimes children experience difficulties at the bus stop with other individuals who ride the bus. Parents need to supervise their children at the bus stops. Often there are issues which start out as playing then become more serious. Parents may even wish to discuss having rotating responsibilities of supervising their children at the bus stop.

* ATTN: PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE RESTRICTED FROM BOARDING SCHOOL BUSES *

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.

REPEAT...
PARENTS/GUARDIANS, YOU DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO BOARD SCHOOL BUSES.

See an Administrator or Front Office Secretary for assistance!

Stay Informed via HCPSS News and Text Alerts

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.

No Transportation Changes can be accommodated During Dismissal

*Please reserve any last minute requests for
EMERGENCIES ONLY*

~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.

ADDRESS CHANGE FORM: FILLABLE_Change_of_Address.pdf


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.

More News | Event | Reminders

Calendar Reminders

Families are reminded of the following upcoming 2021-2022 calendar items:

  • Friday, April 1: Schools close three hours early. There is no half-day pre-K/RECC.
  • Monday, April 11 - Monday, April 18: Spring Break; schools closed with no meal service. (Offices open April 11–14)
  • Wednesday, April 27: Schools close three hours early. There is no half-day pre-K/RECC.

Update to Vaccination and Testing Requirements

Unvaccinated staff no longer are required to undergo weekly COVID-19 testing, and visitors/volunteers no longer are required to provide proof of vaccination when entering a school building. Please note that public health agencies continue to recommend vaccines as a primary means of protection against severe COVID-19 symptoms.

Technology Support Center Update

Effective Monday, March 28, the Technology Support Center at Old Bushy Park will be closed until further notice, and the Old Center Lane site hours of operation will be adjusted to two days a week: Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Fridays, 7:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Clarification: Tentative Last Day of School

The last day for half-day pre-K/RECC students is currently Tuesday, June 14. The last day for full-day pre-K and K-12 students is scheduled for Friday, June 17. Full details on the calendar are available online..

Elementary School Outdoor Tents

Tents that were in place in the fall for outdoor eating at elementary schools will be reconstructed within the coming weeks to better facilitate outdoor dining. Regardless of whether a school has a tent installed or not, students will continue to have the option to eat outside during their scheduled lunch period, as weather and staff coverage permit.

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.

Updated Mask and Health & Safety Measures

Face masks now are optional in HCPSS buildings and on buses, with the exception of health rooms where they are required. Schools and offices will continue to have masks available for students and staff. Updated information on contact tracing, quarantining, and isolation and other COVID-19 mitigation strategies is available online.


COMMUNITY NEWS

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


Free Student Bus Passes

HCPSS has partnered with Howard County Government and the Regional Transit Authority of Central Maryland (RTA) to provide free RTA bus passes to students that can be used through Sept. 12. Students may pick up a free bus pass in the school office.

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.

LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY POSTS

3/29: WLHS JAZZ ENSEMBLE & STEEL DRUM BAND CONCERT


Please join us for a toe-tapping evening on March 29 for a
Jazz Ensemble and Steel Drum Concert. Music starts at 7:00p.m. in the Jim Rouse Theatre at Wilde Lake High School.


Also, you won't want to miss Jazz Cabaret on May 7 so save the date! More details to follow.

Essay Contest to Celebrate Ellicott City’s 250th Anniversary!

In honor of the 250th Anniversary of Ellicott City, students are invited to participate in an essay contest.

There will be three divisions:

· High School- students in grades 9-12

· Middle School- students in grades 6-8

· Elementary School- in grades PreK-5

· Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, April 19th.
· Entries should be submitted at: https://tinyurl.com/250-essay

To learn more about Ellicott City’s 250th Anniversary celebration, visit: https://ec250.com. For additional questions, please contact Kim Eggborn at KimEggborn@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

After our past two COVID-canceled summers, we're back in action!

Our MHHS Summer Camp registration website is open!

School’s Out / Ninja Day Camps & Family Events! On the days that schools are closed, make sure to reserve your child’s spot with our business partner - The Okinawan Karate Dojo! The OKD’s "School’s Out Ninja Day Camp" operates from 9am to 4pm (before/after care available) and is action-packed! Camp agendas are designed to keep kids happy, entertained, challenged and moving all day! Not only that...OKD is a licensed Childcare Provider by the state of Maryland; they have been voted #1 Martial Arts School in HoCo (2020 and 2021); and this will be OKD's 23rd annual camp season! Find additional camp information/registration, details about their upcoming Video Game Night for Kids (3/26), info on their Annual Spring Carnival (5/28), and more at: OKDkarate.com. Questions? Call: 443 574 8999 or Email: info@okinawankaratedojo.com.

Registration Opens March 7: Fall 2022-2023 New Kindergarten & New Grade 1 Student

Kindergarten registration for families of children who will be 5 by September 1, 2022, kicks off Monday, March 7. Parents can begin the enrollment process online, after which your child’s school will contact you to complete the registration process.

NOTE: Current HCPSS prekindergarten students do not need to be re-registered for kindergarten because they are already enrolled as an HCPSS student.

PreKindergarten LTP - Learning Together Program:

The Veterans Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) pre-kindergarten programs are making preparations for classes for the upcoming 2022-23 school year. These classes include children with and without disabilities. The program’s focus is helping all children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor, and social skills. Parents of children who will be 3yo by September 1st or are already 4yo may request an application.
LTP PreK Applications will be available and accepted in mid February and priority will be given to applications received by April 1st.

HCPSS LTP PreK Flyers including Chinese, Korean, & Spanish


HCPSS is committed to providing instruction based on the statewide Early Learning Standards which are in alignment with Kindergarten Readiness. The fees listed in the application will be collected monthly regardless of the learning model determined by HCPSS throughout the upcoming school year (virtual, hybrid, in person, or class quarantine).


If you have any additional questions, please contact Mary Jens at (410) 313-1700
Mary_Jens@hcpss.org


* Regular PreK Program applications will be available on April 19 on the HCPSS website.