MAY 28, 2022 - Vol.15 Issue #37


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 -

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

** 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.

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.

Weekly Message from our Principal

Dear Parents,

Nothing is as horrific as the news reports out of Texas this week. Your child's safety is of the utmost importance to us. The is also true for staff safety. Whether it is a local supermarket, a meeting house or even a school, we have learned that we all must be on guard. The morning after the incident in Texas, the staff came together to review safety and security procedures. We also alerted Student Services staff to address any students or staff who may have needed assistance due to the event. Here are some of the procedures that are in place.

1. We lock our doors during the day, this is why you can only gain access via the front lobby so you can call into the office.

2.Doors are opened for entry and dismissal when we have staff on duty to supervise those areas.

3. Identification of persons entering the building is checked .If you do receive permission to enter the building, we ask that you sign in with the Lobbyguard system. Please sign out when you leave. We ask that after you sign out in Lobbyguard, that you leave through the office and inform a secretary of your departure.

4.When parents request an early dismissal, please help us to ensure that students do not leave directly out the inner lobby doors. Students who are called to the office must come to the office and be dismissed by office staff.

5. One additional safeguard we are going to implement effective Tuesday May 31st is that parents wishing to have lunch with their child must make a reservation with the office for the day and time they wish to have lunch. Parents will show their ID to gain access to the Lobbyguard system where they will sign in and out of the school following lunch. Parents may not just show up to have lunch with their child. Only parents on the reservation list will be allowed entry to the building for lunch only. The parent must leave the building at the conclusion of lunch. Reservations must be made no later than 4:00 pm the day before but may be made further in advance.

6.School staff check door security throughout the day.

7. We ask our children to not open an outside door for anyone wishing to gain access. They are to notify an adult to address this issue.

8.School staff review our Emergency Procedure Plans and have a guide for different types of emergency procedures which are practiced on a regular basis.

As a school community we were shocked to hear about the events at Robb Elementary School. Our thoughts are with the many families impacted by this senseless act. We will continue to confer with school system officials in regard to safety and security . We will also continue to monitor our own security protocols. We all want our children to focus on their education. We want to know that our children are safe.

Robert C Bruce

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

**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.

* 4/5/22 Update to HCPSS Proof of COVID Testing Requirements

Students or staff who exhibit COVID-like symptoms, may submit any of the following to show proof of a negative test and return to the building: negative PCR test result, negative rapid test result, or a negative at-home test result. Full details are available online.

MAY: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Mental Health Awareness Month

30 - Schools and Offices Closed: Memorial Day (State mandated holiday)


1 - VES Chorus Concert updated - 4th & 5th Grade (*5/25 original date)

3 - Spirit Day: Summer Sports Day! Wear your favorite team sports gear

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

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

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

10 - Spirit Day: Pride Week! Rainbow Kindness Day - Wear rainbows, colorful & Kind messages

14 - Last FULL DAY of School/ Last Day for PK-RECC Students
15 - 5th Grade Closing Ceremony - VIRTUAL 9:45 a.m.
15 - 5th GradeExtravaganza - 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)


4th and 5th grade Chorus Concert will be on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 7 p.m.

Parents should check their email from Mrs. Bressler or Mrs. Jeon to know about the details of the concert.

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New Kindergarten SY2022-2023 Important Dates

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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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Upcoming PTA Events

Upcoming PTA Events

June 6 - PTA Meeting - virtual*

June 9 - Picnic & Popsicles End of Year Party/ PTA Elections* (RAIN DATE: June 13)

June - 5th Grade Events (dates vary) reach out to 5th grade committee for details

Variable dates: Media Center volunteers*

*Additional information below

Simulated Congressional Hearings (SCH) Thank yous!

A special thank you to these families who came to help decorate and set up for the 5th grade SCH. Thank you Tina David, Bruce, Heidi & Dax Potter, Cathy & Mazie Lucarelli, Beth & Emma Gluck and Stephanie & Amelia Chang!

Picnic & Popsicles End of Year Party

Join us on the playground for our annual end of year party on June 9 at 7pm. We will have popsicles, games, prizes, a DJ and lots of fun! This will be an outdoor event.
(RAIN DATE: June 13)

Parent Volunteers in School

Volunteer in the Media Center: Sign up here:

You must complete 2 trainings (child abuse & confidentiality), print the completion certificates and turn them into your child's teacher or the front office.

Trainings on this webpage (at bottom):

VES PTA Nomination Slate for 2022-2023 School Year

Presenting the slate of nominations for our PTA board for next year! We will vote at the end of year picnic. Nominations can be taken from the floor. We will also be looking for lots of help with committees for next year too!

President: Baulraj Vanamamalai

VP 1: Cara Adornetto

VP 2: Namoneh Kande

Recording Secretary: Kim Davis

Corresponding Sec: Tina David

Treasurer: Julie Simmons

Delegates: Marche Templeton & Tomi Adebo

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

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.

Class of 2022 Graduations, May 26-June 3

Graduations are scheduled to take place in person May 26-June 3 at Merriweather Post Pavilion, with the exception of Cedar Lane School, which will be held in person at that school. Graduations will be available for viewing live online and on-demand following each ceremony, and will be rebroadcast on the HCPSS cable channel in Howard County (Comcast 95, Verizon 42).

HCPSS Pride Week

From June 6-12, HCPSS is hosting activities celebrating its LGBTQIA+ community. Activities include movie nights, a book club, family hikes, and more.

Free Summer Meals

HCPSS will continue providing free meals to all HCPSS students and any children aged 18 and under, weekdays from June 27-Aug. 12, with the exception of July 4 and 19. Full details, including site locations, can be found online.


TSES School Building Celebration! June 3rd from 6:30pm-7:30pm

We are so excited to move into our new TSES building this Fall! Before we do, let's take the opportunity to say goodbye to the building that holds memories for so many of us. Whether your time at TSES was one year or thirty years, we invite you to join us on June 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm for a walk through of the old building and a chance to share memories with those of us who called it home. If you are unable to attend, feel free to leave a memory or two and we'll include it on our memory wall to represent you. Please RSVP by May 22nd so we know to expect you.

Need more time to think of a memory? Email it later to

Have you purchased your commemorative brick for the new building yet? Please visit to order!

Ninja Camp & Annual SPRING CARNIVAL - May 28th

School’s Out / Ninja Camps & Spring Carnival! Our business partner, The Okinawan Karate Dojo, is hosting their annual SPRING CARNIVAL on Sat May 28th from 3p.m. - 8p.m... and it is always a blast! Carnival attractions, games and prizes, a dynamic karate demonstration, food and moon bounces...are all sure to please! Located near our school at - 4900 Waterloo Rd in 21043. More than that, want FREE KARATE lessons? Need a convenient, award-winning summer camp for your kids? After School Transportation for the 2021/2022 school season?? The OKD has it ALL! Their camps operate from 9am to 4pm (before/after care available), and keep kids happy, entertained, challenged and moving all day! Not only that...OKD is a licensed Childcare Provider and was voted the #1 Martial Arts School in HoCo (2020 and 2021)! Find camp information/registration, details about their FREE KARATE offer, and more at: Questions? Call: 443 574 8999 or Email:

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!

VES REMINDERS: Worth Repeating . . .

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.


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