VES Eagle Express Newletter

MARCH 13, 2021 - Vol.14, Issue #28

SY2020-2021: Saturday Weekly Circular

Veterans Elementary Student Day Hybrid Schedule 9:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.


Robert Bruce, Principal -

Amy Green, Assistant Principal -

Kelly Ryan, Administrative Intern -

Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:25 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 -

Send Student Attendance-related notifications directly to:

(i.e. student will be absent due to illness, appointments, religious, or travel obligations)


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.


As our parents prepare to send our PreKgn thru Grade 2 students back next week, I wanted to include some reminders. Students in Cohort A in Grades PK thru Grade 2 will attend in-person on Monday and Tuesday beginning Monday March 15th . Students in Cohort B in Grades PK thru Grade 2 will attend in-person on Thursday and Friday beginning on Thursday March 18th.


  1. Please send school issued chromebooks, chargers, and headphones to school every day.
  2. Please include a refillable water bottle with the cap closed tightly.
  3. Please send a mask, all students are required to wear a mask in hybrid learning.
  4. Send writing utencils and notebook with the backpack, whatever students have been using at home.

Optional: If your child was not issued headphones, please send a pair in case they are distracted, the school has a limited supply.

Before sending your child off to school, please do a home health check each morning.

To ensure students are healthy enough to attend in-person instruction, 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 the following COVID-19 health check every day before the student leaves home. A student having any of the following symptoms may not be sent to school:

  • 1 of the following:
    • New onset cough, shortness of breath, or difficulty breathing;
    • New loss of taste or smell; OR
  • 2 of the following:
    • Fever over 100.4 or chills within the past 24 hours;
    • Fatigue;
    • Muscle or body aches;
    • Headache;
    • Sore throat;
    • Congestion or runny nose;
    • Chills or shaking chills;
    • Nausea or vomiting;
    • Diarrhea.

Staff and students who travel out of state should review and follow the most recent travel advisories in Maryland.

Teacher Accomodations:

We have informed parents of cases where teachers received an ADA accomodation to teach virtually.

We are working hard to find classroom monitors for most of these positions. The teacher will still teach from home but a classroom monitor will cover the day to day needs of students. Until we secure classroom monitors our existing staff will cover these classes. If you did not receive a letter than your child's teacher is not affected. We did send them out by grade level in case the child had the teacher for another subject. If your child did not have the teacher in question, please disregard the communication.

Robert Bruce

Principal- Veterans Elementary School


March into Women's History Month


1- New Hybrid Schedule for Student Begin: 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

1 - Phase 1 Hybrid: Group E Students Begin In-School Hybrid

8 - Begin SY2021-22 Online Registration for NEW HCPSS and VES Students Grade K&1

15 - Phase 2 Hybrid: Grades PK, K, 1, 2 Students Begin In-School Hybrid

29 - Phase 3: Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 9,12, and ARL Students Begin In-School Hybrid

MARCH Phase-In Model (see below)


2 thru 6 - SPRING BREAK Schools and Offices Closed

12 - Grades 7, 8, 10, 11 Students Begin In-School Hybrid

14 - Schools Close 3-Hour Early Dismissal for Students: End of Q3 Marking Period

22 - Q3 Report Cards Issued


From the Art Department...

If you have requested art supplies from Mr. Sanz or Ms. Wolf and have received a confirmation email, your art supplies are ready to be picked up in the front doorway of the school.

If you need drawing paper or construction paper you may also come a pick that up in the cart in the front doorway.

PICK UP HOURS ARE BETWEEN 9:00 a.m. and 4:20 p.m.

Please contact Mr. Sanz or Ms. Wolf if you have any questions.



Send all Absence notes directly to:

UPDATE: Attendance will be taken daily by HR, ELA, & MATH teachers:

* 9:45 a.m. Homeroom for In-School students only
All student groups for ELA (.5 day) and Math (.5 day) sections
to account for a full school day.

Each HCPSS school now has an attendance email for parents to send notes pertaining to their child missing any time out from school, even during virtual learning
(ie. sick, appointment, travel, etc.)

Please take the time to review: HCPSS ATTENDANCE POLICY



New VES Student Registration kickoff for the 2021-2022 school year begins March 8, 2021.

Children must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten. Every child who is 5 years old by September 1 must be enrolled in a kindergarten program this fall or have an approved waiver. HCPSS kindergarten is a full day program.

Helping Your Child Get Ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten teachers are prepared for children to enter school with varying abilities, strengths and needs. Each child is taught at their appropriate level through differentiated instruction. Learn more what your child will learn in kindergarten.

Review the 2021 Road to Kindergarten slideshow for information about kindergarten readiness, the kindergarten program, and registering your child for school. Prior to kindergarten there are many things parents can do to support their child’s transition to school. From making sure appropriate documentation is gathered, to playing with, reading with and listening to their child, the year before kindergarten is a great opportunity to develop school readiness!

Learning Together Program (LTP)– Prekindergarten

Learning Together Program – Prekindergarten

The Veterans Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) prekindergarten programs are making preparations for classes for the upcoming 2021-22 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 3 by September 1st or are already 4 may learn more about the program by reviewing the Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (English).
Online applications will be accepted starting February 22, 2021 and priority will be given to applications received by April 1st. Link to application:

If you need assistance to complete the application, please contact Early Intervention Services at or at 410-313-7017.

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

New Chromebook Care Webpage:

Please be aware of a new webpage for students, Chromebook Care, which includes tips on caring for and transporting Chromebooks, as well as student mobile technology duties and obligations and additional resources.

Opt-In Update:

Dear Families,

The purpose of this message is to update you on the availability of digital tools on HCPSS Chromebooks. Recently an Opt-In letter was sent home requesting parent/guardian consent in order for students to have access to the HCPSS authorized set of digital tools used for virtual instruction.


The following digital tools do not require consent because they are already available to students in HCPSS computer labs: Book Room, Word Work, Scratch BluBot, Scratch JR, Sketch-Up, Collector Classic, JamBoard, and Google Earth.

These supplemental digital tools are approved by HCPSS and comply with federal, state and Howard County Board of Education student data privacy policies.

Please note that your student(s) will have access to these digital tools when the second semester starts through the Google Play Store icon on the Chromebook when logged in with an HCPSS account.

If your elementary school aged child has not been issued a Chromebook, one can be picked up at a Technology Support Center.

Please note:

  • HCPSS cannot guarantee that apps are available on devices other than HCPSS Chromebooks.

  • Teachers may or may not choose to use any or all of these apps during instruction. Students will be notified when a particular app will be used for instruction.

  • In addition to these Google tools, HCPSS has approved a robust set of supplemental digital tools. Your child’s teacher will notify you of the particular supplemental digital tools being used in each class via email or on their Canvas course page.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Webb at


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Find Answers to Questions Online

HCPSS’ Help site provides answers to hundreds of questions about hybrid learning, health and safety, transportation, and more.


News from the PTA

Return to School Supply Donations

Wow, our parents rock. They have been pouring donations into the school. Our staff has been overwhelmed by and so thankful for your generosity.

We will continue to leave this list open for teachers to sign up as the kids gradually re-enter the classroom. So please check back in the coming weeks.

Sign up next to the supply you wish to donate and either mail it to the school or drop it off in the lobby in a labeled bag so the front office can put it in the mailroom. Please do not forget to put the teacher's name on the mail or bag. Thank you VES Community!

Click here to sign up:

5th Grade Activities

5th Grade T-Shirt & Donation Forms were sent out last week through Canvas. Please submit items by Friday, March 19th. If you have any questions or concerns please email Tina David

T-shirt link:

Donation Link:

Thank you!

5th Grade Committee

Join a PTA Committee!

Wondering what committees the PTA has here at Veterans? Want to inquire more about one of them? Take a peak and email us if you want to learn more.

Join a PTA meeting - April 8 - 7pm

We meet once a month to discuss community building events, fundraising, and county wide school updates. If you are interested in learning more about the PTA, please join us. You must be a member to attend meetings. Need to join, here is the link:

Our next meeting is via Zoom.

Thursday April 8 - 7pm

Meeting ID: 922 2540 1436
Passcode: 321002

SECAC Meeting - March 17 - 7pm

Hello Parents of Students with Disabilities!

This month, we will be providing some information that may help during hybrid and virtual environments. Hear from Yvonne Cox, HCPSS Instructional Facilitator and Beth Benevides, HCAS Special Education Consultant as they talk about "Data Collection and Progress Monitoring in the Hybrid Model". Whether students return to in-person learning five days a week, two days a week, or remain fully virtual, data collection remains critically important to tracking student progress. This presentation will discuss the data teachers will use to assess students as they return to the school building, as well as the various methods of data collection utilized to continually monitor student progress. Parents will also be provided tips on how to share data and observations they have accumulated throughout the virtual-learning period.

When: Mar 17, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Here is the zoom link to register:
You must register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. Contact Mai K. Hall with any questions:

Join the PTA:

Follow us on Facebook:


Council of Elders/BSAP Workshops:

TCOE Workshops: (The Council of Elders)

  • March 13 9-10:30 a.m. – TCOE Community Academy– Suicide Prevention & Substance Abuse
  • March 20 9-10:30 a.m. -Family Financial Education Series
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BSAP Workshops: (Black Student Achievement Programs)

  • March 20 6:30-8:00 p.m. - BCAP CCON Webinar – Virtually Expanding Your Horizons – Jumpstart (more details to follow)

If you have any questions regarding any of these TCOE/BSAP events, please contact
Nicole Brown,

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We would like to make our community aware of several temporary positions that will be available.

CLASSROOM MONITOR- If a teacher is unable to return to teaching in person due to health issues, a monitor would be hired to supervise the classroom of 6-7 students while the teacher continues teaching virtually.

LUNCH/RECESS MONITOR- These individuals supervise students at lunch and/or recess, under the supervision of VES staff.

These are temporary employment positions with no benefits except for Sick and Safe Leave. The normal rate is $11.75 but this will be increased during this hybrid period to $14.25 per hour for LRM's and Classroom Monitors.

If interested please file an application at the Human Resources,

Employment – HCPSS

Application Process. Individuals applying for positions must complete all sections of the online employment application and submit a completed application before the closing date (if applicable) in order to be considered for the position.

While an application must be on file, please email Mr. Bruce if you are interested or have any questions.

Message from Media Center:


Your child will be able to check out from our Media Center with no contact.

You can request books from the VES PAC and pick them up on
Wednesdays 11AM - 3PM.
All the information about the procedures, how to set up your child's account, how to request books, and how to see if books are ready for pick up are in your child's Canvas Media Course in the module named Check Out.

If you have any questions, please email your media specialist,

Howard County Library Resources

  • Created While Isolated: Students ages 13 and up and adults are invited to share photographs, art, music, creative writing, and personal stories from this unprecedented time in acollaborative creativity journal.
  • TumbleMath is a fun and engaging way to learn math concepts through stories. Students can access this and many other learning resources with their A+ student accounts by selecting HC Library.

BOOKS and "BUNDTS" Reading Program 1/15 thru 3/31/2021

Who: Pre-K thru Elementary School Students

What: Students will receive a FREE Bundtlet for each month that they read for 400+ minutes.

When: January 15, 2021 - to - March 31, 2021

Why: Reading at an early age enriches children's brains, increases vocabulary and test scores, introduces readers to the world around them, and helps develop their imaginations.

A Youth Reading Program by Nothing Bundt Cakes

Columbia, MD Location

10730 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044

(410) 587-0670


2021 Meal Service Adjustments

Meals are provided at no cost to any HCPSS student or any child under age 18. More information about 2020-2021 meal services is provided online.

FARMS Applications: Applications for the Free and Reduced Meals program for the school year 2020-2021 are available online in multiple languages and paper copies are available at all meal sites, effective 9/8/20. Please use this document for strategies for increasing FARMs awareness and participation.

COMCAST Internet

To help connect more families to the internet at home, Comcast is offering two months of free internet to new Internet Essential customers. more information


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.

VES School Psychologists

We are here to help you!

Debra Moniodis (School Psychologist, Infants and Toddlers):

Michal Boyars (School Psychologist, RECC):

Katie Burkhouse (School Psychologist, K-5):

Kristen Marsico (School Psychologist Intern, K-5):

School psychologists are available for parent and staff consultation by level. Please reach out via email to schedule an appointment!

VES School Counseling Department

School Counselors:

Ms. Wilson (K and 4th):

Ms. Wentz (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th):

We are available to support the school community.

Please reach out to schedule consultation time.

If you have an immediate need for help with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious

mental health issues, please contact:

Grassroots Crisis Intervention at 410-531-6677

The Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and then choose option 1

The Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 and a trained counselor will respond.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255

Support Child Wellbeing Workshop: 9:00am - 10:30am March 6

On Saturday, March 6 from 9:00 to 10:30 am, parents of HCPSS pre-K - 12 students are invited to attend a zoom session entitled Support Child Wellbeing. Here are some of the details:

  • Guidance, coping strategies, and resources will be shared for supporting your child’s social emotional needs.
  • Panel discussion with HCPSS staff and community agencies will be held.
  • Question and answer breakout sessions available in Chinese, Korean and Spanish.

Registration encouraged but not required: