JUNE 11, 2022 - Vol.15 Issue #39


Robert Bruce, Principal -

Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal -
Lauren Slattery, Administrator -


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

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

Youmi Jun, Principal Secretary -

Jane Pak, Teacher Secretary -

Maria Martinez, Teacher Secretary -

Dulce Boyer, Teacher Secretary .5 -

**Perform Daily Health Checks

*SEND Rapid and PCR results directly to VES RN:

RN will provide you with the most current MD-HCPSS guidelines specific to your health status.

*Parents/guardians should keep their children home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including COVID-19.

Parents/Guardians are to perform daily health checks for COVID-19 symptoms before the student leaves home.

A student should NOT come to school with any of these symptoms:

  • fever of 100.4 degrees or higher
  • sore throat
  • cough
  • difficulty breathing
  • diarrhea
  • vomiting
  • new onset of severe headache (especially with fever), or
  • new loss of taste or smell

For persons with chronic conditions such as asthma, the symptoms should represent a change from baseline.

** NOTICE: supervision by HCPSS Staff NOT available before school **

Parent-Guardian is responsible for their child's supervision until the VES school doors open 9:15 a.m. in the morning.

Do not leave your child unattended prior to 9:15 a.m.



  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.

Weekly Message from our Principal

Dear Parents,

We are now entering the last week of school. Classes are enjoying their end of year picnics and we begin to wrap up our last week instructional goals.

Our fifth graders will have a send off on Weds. June 15th at 2:00 pm. Our Staff/Parent Planning committee has planned a special celebration to occur on the playground at that time. It will include a number of stations including an opportunity for parents to hear and see their child promoted to middle school. One of the events will be a class by class promotion event at a designated time that afternoon in the cafeteria. Our fifth grade team has sent out the details with your child's class designated time. Classes and parents will enter via the cafeteria doors for this event.

Our fifth graders have contributed significantly to our school. We are so proud of them.

As the year wraps up, some staff changes are already beginning to occur due to transfers and staff adjustments. I will update the community in our last Eagle Express next week.

It was so wonderful to see so many of you at the PTA End of Year Picnic, thank you for attending this wonderful event.

Robert C Bruce

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


14 - Last FULL DAY of School/ Last Day for PK-RECC Students
14 - 5th Grade Picnic - 2:15 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.
15 - 5th Grade Extravaganza - Blacktop 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

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

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

17 - Spirit Day: Summer Vacation Fun! Wear sunglasses, Hawaiian shirt, lei or fav vacation shirt

17 - Schools Close 3-Hours Early: Dismissal 12:55 p.m. LAST DAY OF SCHOOL SY2021-22

20 - Schools and Offices Closed - Juneteenth National Independence Day (observed)


4 - Independence Day: HCPSS buildings and Offices Closed

19- Primary Election Day

2022 - 2023 SCHOOL YEAR


24- Class Assignments will be available in Canvas/Synergy

26- Kindergarten & New Student Orientation

26- Open House

29 - First Day of School for Full Day Programs


5 - Labor Day: Schools and Offices Closed

New Kindergarten SY2022-2023 Important Dates

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UPDATED: Closing Events for Grade 5

The 5th Grade End of Year in-School Picnic for students will be on Tuesday June 14th from 2:15 pm until the end of the day.

This year's 5th Grade Closing Assembly will be
on Wednesday, June 15th.

The Fifth Grade Planning Committee has scheduled closing events for our 5th Graders.
This is not a graduation; in Howard County we only recognize one graduation and that is from high school.

We have made an adjustment to the Promotion Ceremony/Outdoor Extravaganza which is scheduled for Wednesday, June 15th from 2:00 - 3:30 on the blacktop. Now, students and families in each class will be invited into the cafeteria to receive their certificate in an informal ceremony. At the ceremonies, student names will be read and promotion certificates will be distributed.
We will be using the following schedule:

2:15 Mrs. Butani’s Class

2:30 Mr. Callaghan’s Class

2:45 Ms. Chong’s Class

3:00 Mrs. Graves’ Class

3:15 Mrs. Pensiero’s Class

3:30 Mr. Pozoulakis’ Class

Announcements will be made to let the students and families enjoying the outdoor festivities when each class is invited into the cafeteria. Please make sure to be at the school in time for your class’ ceremony.

The Promotion Ceremony Video with student slides and photos will be posted on Canvas for students and families to view.

VES Messenger: Email Communication for 2022-23

Email Communication for 2022-23
All parents/guardians are in our system to receive HCPSS and school emails/text messages. HCPSS systems will update in early August, at which point parents will automatically receive communication from your child’s 2022-2023 school. Prior to that rollover, you will continue to receive communication from your child’s 2021-2022 school. Please do not attempt to create a new account with your child’s 2022-2023 school. Additionally, unsubscribing from any HCPSS or school messages will block you from receiving all messages from the district and your child’s school. Please do not unsubscribe!

DreamBox Access Ends June 30, 2022

DreamBox Access Ends June 30, 2022

Students will not have access to DreamBox this summer. Access will be turned off on June 30, 2022.

Mathematics Resources for Rising Grade 6 Students

HCPSS has developed online acceleration courses in Canvas to help supplement some of the mathematics content that may be missed when a student skips a course(s). Students can log into Canvas and join the acceleration course by visiting the associated link(s). Students should begin with module 1 of the course they are joining. The expectation is for students to complete each of the modules in the appropriate acceleration course before the start of the 2022-23 school year.

Additional student and family middle school mathematics course support is available online at the HCPSS Family Math Support Center:

Welcome Kelly Grenzer, new Leadership Intern effective July 1, 2022

Effective July 1, 2022 We will welcome Kelly Grenzer to Veterans Elementary as our new Leadership Intern. Ms. Grenzer has worked in the Howard County Public School System for 19 years. She worked at St. Johns Lane Elementary as a classroom teacher and at Fulton Elementary as a special educator, classroom teacher, and instructional team leader. For the last 6 years, she has served as a Reading Support Teacher at a variety of schools including, Ducketts Lane Elementary, Guildford Elementary, Pointers Run Elementary, Rockburn Elementary and Gorman Crossing Elementary. Ms. Genzer looks forward to getting to know the Veterans community!

VES PTA Shout Out!

Have a great summer!

More News | Event | Reminders

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.

End-of-Year Information Online

Details about the end of the 2021-22 school year, including information about devices, grading and the final days of school, are available online.

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.

Additional Summer Meal Site

Swansfield Elementary School has been added as a summer meal site. Meals will be provided at no cost to HCPSS students and any child age 18 or under. Additional information, including a full list of summer meal sites and dates/times, is available online.


Ellicott Mills Middle School Welcomes Future PTA Members

Dear Future EMMS Parents:

The PTA is still looking for members to fill spots on the PTA Executive Board for SY 2022-2023. We have the following spots open:

1) President

2) Treasurer

3) Delegate 1 (PTA of Howard Co, PTAHC)

4) Delegate 2 (PTA of Howard Co, PTAHC)

I'd emphasize that the time commitment is manageable. This is a productive way to be a part of the fun activities for the children and also to work with some of the school's staff.
Please e-mail me (Ricky Rambharat, if you have interest as we are trying to fill these spots for the next school year. Again, please consider joining the Board and getting to know our very special EMMS community.

Kind regards,

Ricky Rambharat

Summer Camp: Computer Science Coding at HoHS

Week 1 - July 11 to 15

Week 2 - July 18 to 22

Calling all coders, designers, and builders! Computer Science Coding Camp for 7 to 10 years this summer at Howard High School!

Learn how to program with click or drag coding or python! Program a Robot to complete challenges throughout the week!

For more information or to register visit:

June 19: HoCo Family Wellness Day

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Lions’ Pride Booster Club Summer Camps

The Lions' Pride Booster Club is proud to announce their summer camp lineup for the summer of 2022. We have boys' and girls' basketball, lacrosse, track and field, cross country, and soccer. We also have boys' baseball, girls' softball, and girls field hockey. New this year we have boys and girls Intro to Programming through Scratch and Robotics.

Registration and details of each camp can be found here:

Come out and learn about your favorite sports from the Howard H.S. athletic coaches. We look forward to working with you!

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

Our MHHS Summer Camp registration website is open!

Troop and Pack 305

For our rising 6th graders, Scout Troop 305 is accepting new members, boys and girls! We meet on Wednesdays at St. John’s Episcopal Church on Frederick road. Camping and hiking are only some of the fun activities we do, join us today! Please e-mail or call Dave Maas (, 443-867-7714) for more information.

If any rising kindergartners through rising 5th graders are interested, our Cub Scout Pack is also accepting members. Please email Kristine Moreno ( for info.

VES REMINDERS: Worth Repeating . . .

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

* Photo I.D. REQUIRED *

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.


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!

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.


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.

Policy 1050 – Tobacco-Free Environment

The purpose of this policy is to specify criteria for the HCPSS to maintain a tobacco-free, smoke-free, and nicotine-free environment, to help prevent the use of tobacco and nicotine products by students, employees, and visitors. The HCPSS also supports cessation efforts, and delineates the consequences for violations of this policy. This policy includes the use of ENDS products including but not limited to; e-pens, vaping pens, e-pipes, etc. Please know that any student in violation of this policy shall be subject to the Student Discipline Policy.


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.

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.

Fall 2022-2023 New Kindergarten & New Grade 1 Student - Online Registration

Kindergarten registration for families of children who will be 5yo by September 1, 2022.

Parents can begin the enrollment process online, after which your child’s school will contact you to complete the registration process.

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

PreKindergarten Enrollment Information

PreKindergarten Program Information guidelines

The HCPSS prekindergarten program is a high-quality, half-day prekindergarten program. Students must be four years old by September 1, 2022 to be considered for enrollment in fall 2022. The comprehensive curriculum taught by certified staff supports early learning and school readiness and provides experiences that foster children’s academic, social, emotional and physical development.

Is my child eligible for the program?

Students must be four years old by September 1.

The Maryland State Department of Education requires that the pre-K program be made available first to students who meet first priority criteria: income eligible, homelessness and foster care.

At this time, families that qualify for first priority criteria are placed first into pre-K and second priority applicants are placed on the waitlist. The Office of Early Childhood Programs will monitor countywide enrollment trends and space availability at pre-K sites to determine if the second priority criteria applicants can be considered for placement into pre-K.

Step 1: Complete the fillable application - * Regular PreK Program applications (*available Apr. 19) and upload along with all other required documents including proof of family income (refer to application form) during the online registration process;

Step 2: Register Online starting April 19 - Pre-K Registration Opens on the HCPSS website.

If you have any additional questions, please contact Mary Jens at (410) 313-1700

HCPSS News and Text Alerts - 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.

HCPSS Visitors and Volunteers

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 comply with by the HCPSS policies in place by complete the following:

School Visitation Form

HCPSS Volunteer link Information steps:
1. Confidentiality Training Course
2. Certification of Completion

3. Register to Volunteer

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