MARCH 5, 2022 - Vol.15 Issue #26


Robert Bruce, Principal -

Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal -

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


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

Youmi Jun, Principal Secretary -
Jane Pak, Teacher Secretary -
Maria Martinez, Teacher Secretary -
Dulce Boyer, Teacher Secretary .5 -


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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

The first week of students coming in with a choice on whether to wear a mask or not has gone well. We did ask our students to discuss this decision with their parents and we asked all of our students to be respectful of individual decisions in regard to mask wearing. Thank you for continuing the morning health checks.

I also want to thank our community for the increase in school bus ridership. This certainly helps with the traffic in the drop-off and pick-up lane. Thank you as well for parking in an official spot if you get out of your car to retrieve your child. Please note that parents may not remove children from the bus line or from the bus. Please call ahead and let the office know of any change in plans by 3:30 pm.

During the week of March 14th- the Maryland Integrated Science Assessment will be administered to Grade 5. The test will be administered on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday afternoon at 2:20 pm and on Wednesday at 11:15 am. Of course, Weds. March 16th is a 3 Hour Early Closing Day at 12:55 pm.

Robert C Bruce

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

Cell Phones and Texting Are Causing Issues for Some Students in Grades 4 & 5

Students are pretty reliable when asked to keep their cell phones in their backpacks. Cell phones become a major distraction during the school day. One additional issue that has arisen is the texting that occurs before and after school hours. A great deal of drama has ensued in regard to things texted to their friends on their cell phone. This occupies student instructional time and the material texted is generally inappropriate for the age. Every parent should take the opportunity to review your child's text messages once in a while. The use of various apps also is another opportunity for students to send messages which may or may not be appropriate. Regardless of when these are sent; during the day, in the middle of the night, during a bus ride home, etc. the messages sent do distract from your child's learning. Students are unable to concentrate and are more concerned about the content of various apps and messages. You may have already received a phone call about your child's involvement with texting or use of certain apps. Please caution them to be civil to each other and not cause unnecessary worry in their classmates. If this type of communication disrupts the classroom or school environment, you may receive a call from your child's teacher or school administration. There are possible violations of the system cyberbullying policy.

If your children have nothing to hide they will gladly share the contents of their phone with you. Also please remind them that social messaging can leave a permanent footprint to be copied and shared with others and even school administration.

Other devices such as i-pads and smart watches are also covered by the school system technology policy. These items are to remain in backpacks during the school day.

Join us in welcoming Ms. White to our school!

I am pleased to announce that HCPSS Central Office has acquired additional administrative help to Veterans ES. We are thrilled to welcome former Baltimore County Principal Ms. Sandra White. Ms. White is a retired administrator who brings with her over 30 years of experience. She can be reached at


7 - Kindergarten and New Grade 1 Registration OPENS SY2022-2023

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

14 - 17: MISA Testing for Grade 5

16 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early/ Dismissal at 12:55 p.m.
25 - Spirit Day - Maryland Day: Wear Maryland colors - red, black, yellow

25 - PTA Virtual BINGO Night - 7:00 p.m.

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

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

* Photo I.D. REQUIRED *



  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.


Science Assessment for Grade 5 (MISA)

The Maryland Integrated Science Assessment (MISA) is administered to all students in fifth grade, eighth grade, and high school every spring. MISA will take place for our 5th grade students on March 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th. Parents/Guardians do not need to do anything to prepare for this assessment as all preparation will take place at school. Parents/Guardians can help by ensuring their student has a healthy breakfast and a good night's sleep.

Please contact Mrs. Redd at or 410-313-1700 if you have any additional questions.

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

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

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Upcoming PTA Events

March 11 - 5th grade t-shirt orders due

March 25 - Virtual Bingo Night

April 22 - Virtual Trivia Night

May 2-6 - Staff Appreciation Week

May 4 - Helping with Field Day

May 12 - STEM 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.

PTA OFFICER PROFILE: Corresponding Secretary

Attends monthly PTA meetings, prepare routine correspondence, and maintain copies of the correspondence for PTA. Correspondence includes emailing committee chairs and officers to obtain information for the Eagle Express and PTA News Blasts, contacting staff with information to be included in morning or afternoon announcements, other duties as assigned. Please email Cara if you wish to learn more information at

VIRTUAL GAME NIGHT - BINGO! - March 25 - 7pm

Special Guest Host - Mr. Viets!

See sign up for details. We will not be reprinting cards for the whole school. Please use the cards you have or use the site in the sign up to print new ones at home.

Email with questions or if you need a new pre-printed bingo card.

5th Grade Families:

5th Grade T-Shirt forms were sent home 2 weeks ago. Please return the form and payment or use memberhub link to purchase by next Friday, March 11th. If you have any questions please email Tina David

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

A registration form for the 2022 STEM fair came home in your child’s Thursday Folder last week. 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. The fair will be hosted in the cafeteria, gym and blacktop of the playground depending on the number of participants.

Registration is available online:

The handbook is available <here>. It must be accessed by a gmail account for the link to work. Students may not request access with their email accounts. Those accounts are blocked from outside documents. You may view the full manual on our PTA website listed below. Please tick the box on the registration form if you would like a printed copy. Turn your paper registration forms into your teacher.

Please let me know if you have any questions - Cara at

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

JOIN US FOR A PTA MEETING (Virtual) - Tues, March 8 - 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 if you want more info.

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


Email Kim at for more info.

Use this link to see your other volunteer options.

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VES REMINDERS: Worth Repeating . . .


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.


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!

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

~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.

More News | Event | Reminders

The Board-approved calendars 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.

2022 Summer Programs Registration

Online enrollment requests for currently enrolled HCPSS students will reopen Tuesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. for the following programs:

  • BSAP Summer Institute (Entering Grades K–9)
  • Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development (Entering Grades 1–8)
  • Innovative Pathways High School (Entering Grade 9 and Current Grades 9–12)
  • STARTALK Chinese Language Summer Camp (Grades 3–8)

Enrollment requests for tuition-based programs can be made by a parent, guardian, school counselor or achievement liaison online via HCPSS Connect Synergy.

Redistricting Community Input Workshops

March 8, 9 and 14, 7-8:30 p.m., various locations

Community members may learn about the scope, timeline and process of the 2023-2024 school year redistricting, and provide input on the redistricting process. Details and a link to register are available online.


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

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.



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

Also, you won't want to miss Jazz Cabaret on May 7th 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:

To learn more about Ellicott City’s 250th Anniversary celebration, visit: For additional questions, please contact Kim Eggborn at 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!

EE ARCHIVE - Previous Issues SY2021-22

We are seeking substitute teachers to work with our students *RATE REVISION

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) $125.00 per day
Degreed (Bachelors or higher) $138.00 per day
Retired Teacher (Must provide verification) $157.00 per day

Long-Term Pay
Non-degreed (Minimum of 60 credits) $157.00 per day
Degreed (Bachelors or higher) $169.00 per day
Retired Teacher (Must provide verification) $169.00 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 when you have competed all parts of the application.