The Village Bluebird

June 2022

Greetings Families

Dear VES Families,


It is hard to believe that end of the 2021-2022 school year is upon us. We are so proud of the dedication, hard work and inspiration of our staff who continue to go above and beyond for our students and school community. They continually work to improve their craft, and for that we are grateful. We would also like to thank PTA Co-Presidents, Mrs. Kim and Mrs. Patel and the many parents who have tirelessly worked to plan events that make VES unique. The hours you dedicate to our school community do not go unnoticed!


All the best to our fourth graders moving up to LMS. We look forward to welcoming our incoming third and fourth grade students on the first day of school, September 6th. Congratulations to all of our students! You are so ready to move up and continue to be the very best you can be!


Thursday June 23rd, our last day of school, will be an early/1:35 dismissal day.


Thank you, VES families for your involvement and support. Have a safe, relaxing and happy summer!


Susan Lacy

VES Principal

Report Cards Will be Available on June 23rd at 1:30

End of year report cards will be available online starting June 23rd at 1:30. They will be available to view, print and save.

To log in:

1. Visit https://parents.mtsd.k12.nj.us

2. Enter your username (your email address), and your password. If you forgot your password, use the "Forgot My Password" link just below the Login button. your password will be sent by email in a few minutes.


If you are unable to log in or do not have an account, please contact genesissupport@mtsd.us.

The VES Placement Process

As the end of the year approaches, plans for classroom placements are being made. Ms. Lacy and Mrs. Camuto work closely with teachers, supervisors, and guidance counselors to place current 3rd and 4th graders.


In the coming year, please note that 4th graders may happen to be placed in classes where they will have one teacher for language arts and another teacher for mathematics/science/social studies. Students will travel as a homeroom class between the two teachers. The two classroom teachers will work collaboratively as a team.


OHES administrators, Mr. VanHise and Mrs. Caudill, place current 2nd graders into 3rd grade with our assistance. Ms. Lacy and Mrs. Camuto will place all 4th graders into 5th grade with assistance from Lower Middle School administrators, Mr. Richards and Mrs. Romano.


All students will be placed in heterogeneous classes with the best possible teacher match, and a positive group of classmates. Any specific academic needs, as identified by classroom teachers, will be taken into consideration first. We cannot honor requests for specific teachers, and requests for specific students can present a challenge. However, we will consider input regarding special circumstances or information the school does not already have. Pertinent information shared in previous years must be resubmitted via email and received by June 30th.


Please trust us to make the best placement possible for all children. It is important to us that students have successful academic and developmentally appropriate experiences in school with talented and caring teachers. Final placement information will be available in August.

General Third Grade Supply List 2022-2023

Dear Incoming Third Grade Students and Families,

In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the third grade team has come up with a list of supplies that you can begin to look for. We have chosen these items carefully and feel that they enhance our instructional program. Toward the end of the summer, additional information regarding specific items needed for your classroom will be made available on our website.

  • 1 set of coloring supplies (your choice…crayons, colored pencils, markers)

  • 2 black dry erase markers

  • 1 pencil box (box or pouch)

  • 1 highlighter

  • Whiteboard eraser/clean sock

  • 2 composition notebooks (no spiral notebooks)

  • 2 pocket folders (for Health, Spanish)

  • Personal hand wipes for lunch box (for students to use before they eat; NOT Lysol wipes)

  • Small bottle of hand sanitizer

  • Comfortable headphones or earbuds with mic if possible and 3.5mm jack (see image below) in a Ziplock bag with your name on it for your personal use


As you shop for a backpack, please DO NOT buy one with wheels. Your choice of a backpack must fit easily into your cubby in the classroom.

Remember to be on the lookout in August for a letter from your classroom teacher with some additional supplies as well as a warm welcome to VES.

Enjoy your summer and we will see you in September!

Sincerely,

The Third Grade Team

General Fourth Grade Supply List 2022-2023

Dear Rising 4th Grade Students and Families,


In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the fourth grade team has come up with a starter list of supplies that you can begin to look for. We have chosen these items carefully and feel that they enhance our instructional program. Toward the end of the summer, additional information regarding specific items for your classroom will be available on our website.

  • 24 sharpened pencils (non-mechanical pencils)
  • 12-pack of colored pencils

  • 2 rolls of scotch tape in individual plastic dispensers

  • 4 packs of post-its (3in x 3in)

  • 4 dry erase markers

  • 1 pencil box (box or pouch)

  • 2 highlighters

  • 1 pair of scissors

  • 12-inch ruler with cm. units as well

  • Block erasers

  • Hand-held pencil sharpener

  • Whiteboard eraser

  • 4 composition notebooks (no spiral notebooks)

  • 2 glue sticks

  • 3 pocket folders (for Health, Spanish, and the regular classroom)

  • Personal hand wipes for snack (for students to use before they eat; NOT Lysol wipes)

  • Small bottle of hand sanitizer

Comfortable headphones or earbuds with mic if possible and 3.5mm jack (see image below) in a Ziplock bag with your name on it for your personal use


Reminder: complete your school shopping using your classroom teacher’s supply list, which will be available this summer.


Feel free to bring in your own scissors, colored pencils, crayons, etc. Each classroom will have a supply, but many students prefer to have their own. As you shop for a backpack, please DO NOT buy one with wheels. Your choice of a backpack must fit easily into your cubby in the classroom.


Enjoy your summer and we will see you on September 6th!


The Fourth Grade Team

General Supply List for Rising Fifth Graders 2021-2022

Wondering What to Read This Summer?

Just because school ends for summer break, the reading doesn’t have to! In fact, lazy summer days are the perfect time for students to relax with some great books to ensure that they maintain the reading skills which they have worked hard to build all year long. Need some reading inspiration? Students can explore some of Mrs. Franey’s summer reading book suggestions at this link: Summer Reading 2021-2022 Book Suggestions

You’ll find recommendations of authors, series, and books in a variety of genres that are great to read this summer - or anytime! Students can also access this list from the VES Virtual Library and from the VES Media Center website, two resources which students will have access to all summer long in their Library Google Classrooms.

End of Year Reminders from the Health Office

-Patricia Cizin - Phone (609) 466-7606 (ext. 2600) Fax (609) 466-7190


If your child currently has medication in stock in the health office, please plan to stop by VES on June 23rd to pick it up between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM. New Jersey state law prohibits public schools from storing medications in the health office over the summer. This includes Epi-Pens, inhalers, insulin, eye drops, and prescription and non-prescription medications, such as Tylenol, Advil or Benadryl. All medications not picked up by a parent by 4:00 p.m. on June 23, 2022 will be discarded in compliance with state regulations. Students are not allowed to carry any medication home in their backpacks as per Montgomery Township School District policy. Exceptions cannot be made to this policy.


If your child has a Life Threatening Allergy or Asthma please have the appropriate medical forms completed by your child’s physician for the 2022-2023 school year and bring them to the Health Office (along with any medication) before the first day of school. We cannot use this year’s completed forms.


Health Forms for the 2022-2023 school year will be sent to parents electronically. Please log onto your Parent Resources account to ensure the email address on file reflects a current working email address.

Open House and Back to School Nights: Save the Dates!

The VES Open House:

Friday, September 2nd

We are planning for students to be able see their classrooms and meet their teachers.


First Day of School:

Tuesday, September 6th


Back to School Night Dates:

Wednesday, September 21st for 3rd Grade

Thursday, September 22nd for 4th Grade


The time, format and other details for our Open House and Back to School Nights will be communicated at a later date.