March 11, 2023 - Vol.15, Issue #28


When you receive the Eagle Express Newsletter, open the newsletter.

Cuando reciba el boletín Eagle Express, abra el boletín.

Look to the right-hand side and hit the "Translate" button and all languages will drop down. Select your preferred language- "Spanish" and it will translate the newsletter for you.

Mire en el lado derecho y presione el botón “Traducir" (Translate) y el menu de todos los idiomas apecera. Seleccione su idioma preferido: "Español" (Spanish) y traducirá el boletín para usted.

On your phone, you look for "person" icon at the bottom of the screen. Click on the icon and select "Translate", select your preferred language- "Spanish" and it will translate the newsletter.

En su teléfono, busque el icono "persona" (Person) en la parte baja de la pantalla. Haga clic en el icono y seleccione “Traducir" (Translate), seleccione su idioma preferido - “Español" (Spanish) y se traducirá el boletín.

(click on image) Come Along to Visit VES Virtually!

For security reasons, individuals must log onto their child's Canvas page to access virtual tour.


Robert Bruce, Principal -

Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal -

Keri Golibart, Administrative Intern -

PLEASE CALL AHEAD 410-313-1700


Youmi Jun, Principal Secretary -
Jane Pak, Teacher Secretary -
Maria Martinez, Teacher Secretary -
Ruth Macdonald, Teacher Secretary .5 -


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.

From the Principal

Dear Parents,

Next Wednesday March 15th will be a 3Hr. Early Closing day. School will dismiss at 12:55 pm on Weds. Also on Wednesday, our PTA will have a Restaurant Night at Yama Sushi in the Dorsey Search Village Center and will donate 25% of orders made that day by Veterans staff and community to the PTA. Actually, this will be an all day event from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Last Saturday I had the honor to be a cake judge at Cub Scout Troop's 305 Bridging Ceremony at St. John's Parish Day School. All of the cakes looked fantastic. It is always such an honor to do these outside school events. I salute all of our students involved in scouting. The Bridging Ceremony is such a wonderful recognition of their growth.

On Thursday evening, our PTA treated us to our Cultural Night here at VES. There was food, performances, country displays, and oh did I say there was food? Everyone seemed to have an enjoyable time sharing the rich cultural heritages that make up our student population. I am thankful for the PTA and their Cultural Night Committee for a fantastic event.

On Tuesday March 14th , there will be a Parent Engagement and Wellness Night at Veterans from 6:30-8:00 pm in the cafeteria. Childcare will be provided but you must RSVP to the school by Monday March 13th. Topics covered for this meeting will be technology, behavior supports, and healthy habits.

A simple reminder to parents, please do not allow your students to bring toys and other playthings to school. This can cause issues for the staff when disagreements arise about what belongs to whom. It also creates some safety concerns. Another reminder, Pokemon and other trading cards are also not allowed in school. These items should remain home.

Thanks, have a great weekend !!!

Reminder- WEAPONS

Parents, please understand that weapons of any kind are prohibited from school. Students in possession of a weapon or any item used as a weapon are subject to disciplinary action. The safety of your children is crucial to us. Any information relating to the possession of a weapon will be investigated. Please understand that students who possess items that can be used as weapon as a result of scouting activities and they bring the item to school, is still in violation of our weapons policy. Threats to bring a weapon are also serious. Our students need to feel safe and secure to learn. Parents, please help us to educate your child that in today's environment it is our responsibility to make everyone feel safe and secure.

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Lost & Found

The picture above was updated as of Friday 3/10/23 . A new collection of Lost & Found has begun and we already have some new items. We kindly ask all parents to please label the belongings of your children, regardless of age. We were able to track down two students due to labeling. This is especially true for jackets and coats as we get to the unpredictable temperature season. These are the current items on our Lost & Found stand. If something looks familiar, please claim it. Any items not claimed by Thanksgiving Break, Spring Break, and the end of the year will be donated to an area charity. We will bag these items to clear our Lost & Found area, these items will still be available at school until the end of March.


Synergy online enrollment requests for currently enrolled HCPSS students will reopen Wednesday, March 1 at 6 p.m. for the BSAP Summer Institute, Gifted and Talented Summer Institutes for Talent Development, Innovative Pathways High School (all courses except credit recovery and Gear Up for 9th Grade), and Summer Math Scholars programs.

HCPSS staff will provide in-person assistance for current HCPSS families who need help submitting their Synergy online enrollment requests for the registration-based summer programs. Support will be provided on Thursday, March 9 from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the following elementary schools: Bollman Bridge ES, Swansfield ES, Talbott Springs ES, Waterloo ES, and Waverly ES.

Families can find up-to-date course information and enrollment directions on the Summer Programs web page ( Contact the individual program offices with additional questions.

Summer Math Scholars Program (


Are you a 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade Girl? Sign up for Girls On the Run is now open. We will meet right after school on Mondays and Thursdays with our first session starting March 20. Please register for the Veterans Elementary School GOTR team here: .


Thank you!

Coach Megan and Coach Thao


Recess Update: The Office of School Safety and Security and Risk Management, in collaboration with School Management and Instructional Leadership, reviewed county wide practices regarding school visits and it has been determined that parents are not able to attend recess. Parents can continue to eat lunch with their child(ren) if they complete the following:

  • Go to the HCPSS Web site to review information about the school system volunteer process.
  • Review the “Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Procedures Online Training” PowerPoint.
  • Sign the Certificate of Completion for the “Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Procedures Online Training” form and provide it to the school when signing in.
  • Review the "Confidentiality Training for Volunteers" PowerPoint
  • Sign the Confidentiality Agreement and provide it to the school when signing in.
  • Sign in at the front office using the Lobby Guard sign-in system (a valid photo I.D. must be provided).

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


We ask that parents make a reservation at least 24 hrs in advance by completing this form. Please have completed the 2 Volunteer Trainings online. Upon arrival, you will be asked to show your identification and provide the 2 signed certificates from the training. Please do not arrive at the school without identification and a reservation, you will be asked to return another day. This reservation is for lunch only and not for recess. You are asked to exit through the office when you depart after lunch.

2022-2023 Academic Calendar Monthly Format English Calendar (PDF) Updated 6/27/22 学年行事历 (PDF) 학년도 달력 (PDF) Calendario Año Escolar

Important Dates for 2022-2023:

March 6-10 Kindergarten and New 1st Grade Registration begins

March 9 PTA Cultural Awareness Night 7 PM


March 13-17 PreK Registration begins

March 15 Professional Work & Wellness Day (SCHOOLS CLOSE 3 HRS EARLY--NO 1/2 DAY PREK/RECC)

March 31 End of 3rd Marking Period (SCHOOLS CLOSE 3 HRS EARLY--NO 1/2 DAY PREK/RECC)

Immediate Temporary Paraeducator Position available until Mid-January

Work with Special Needs students to meet requirements of their IEP plan, under the direction of a Special Education Team Leader. Some experience working with children or disabilities is preferred. Some college coursework is helpful in Education, Psychology, Social Work, Sociology or related fields. Please contact Mrs. Liwosz or Mrs. Redd on 410-313-1700 for more information. Use this link to begin your application.

Temporary Employee Positions at Veterans Elementary School

We are looking for caring and compassionate individuals to assist students with disabilities who require direct adult supervision throughout the school day. The position works under the daily supervision of the school administration and under the direction of a special education teacher and/or a classroom teacher. Some experience working with children is preferred. Below are details regarding the position.

  • Temporary Employee (TE) positions are with Social Service Consultants, Ltd.

  • Compensation is $15.00 per hour

  • The hours are 9:25 AM – 3:55 PM Monday-Friday

To apply, please email Robert Tencher at to request an application packet. Please specify that you are interested in working at Veterans Elementary School. Contact Alexcia Redd at when you have completed all parts of the application.

SCHOOL DAY FOR VES STUDENTS: 9:25a.m. to 3:55 p.m.

VES welcomes students to enter the school building beginning at 9:15 a.m. and must be present in their classroom seats by 9:25 a.m. for teacher's daily attendance.

Note regarding Late Arrivals by car-riders:
Beginning at 9:25 a.m., Parent/guardian must sign-in the student(s) "TARDY".

** 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.



Please take a moment to review our car loop procedures below.

All cars entering our car loop lane are expected to follow the procedures outlined below. Additionally, parents should not park in the car loop line or walk their child through moving traffic. Please insist that your child exit and enter your car on the passenger side only so that he/she never crosses between cars. If you have ever used our car loop, you know everyone must act with care and patience. Please follow the directions of the staff and kindly abide by our safety practices for everyone’s sake. Thank you for your support!

Drop off & Pick-up Rules and Courtesies

It is crucial that parents picking up students adhere to the following rules in order to maintain the highest level of safety for the students and courtesy to those behind you:

  1. When approaching the carloop, please stay in a single lane (the right lane) until you reach the school parking lot. We need our buses to pull out of the lane when given the opportunity.

  2. If you intend to get out of your car, please use a parking space. If you are in the line, stay in your car. The adults on duty at carloop are there to support you. Feel free to ask them for help.

  3. Wait until you are in the loop to drop off or pick up your student(s). You can drop off your child(ren) at any point once you enter the car loop. You do not need to wait until they are close to the door.

  4. Mind the gaps. Pull all the way to the end of the loop before loading, out of courtesy to those behind you.

  5. ALWAYS pay attention to what’s happening around you/your car.

If you decide to park your car to drop off or pick up your child, please park in a parking space. For everyone's safety, please refrain from double parking or blocking the lane in the parking lot.

Safety and courtesy will be maximized if all drivers follow these rules. Staff on duty are happy to help your student(s) exit or enter the car. Also, please remember that the instructional day starts at 9:25AM.


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!

Stay Informed:

Transportation :

Intent for Transportation for 2022-2023 School Year

HCPSS posted online and emailed all families a request that they indicate their transportation intentions for the 2022-2023 school year. This information will help guide transportation initiatives, hiring of drivers, planning routes and more.

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.

Additional Enrollment Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Enrollment and Registration

See Policy 9000, Student Residency, Eligibility, Enrollment and Assignment

For additional information or questions, please contact your anticipated school of enrollment.


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!


Upcoming Events:

Cultural Night - Tonight!

PTA Zoom Link below (Monthly) - 2nd Monday 7-8pm (3/13th)

5th grade Tshirt & Donations - Tomorrow is the last day!

Yama Sushi Restaurant - March 15th ALL DAY

PTA Sponsored Assembly - 3/16th & 17th

STEM Fair - April 27

**Cultural Night is tonight 7-8pm! Hope to see you there!**


Join us at Yama Sushi next Wednesday. Flyers were sent home this week. Please let them know that you are supporting VES - that would MAKI our day! :)

PTA Sponsored Assembly - 3/16th & 3/17th

Our students will enjoy another music-filled assembly: Arabiqua: Arab Music, Dance, and Culture featuring artist Karim Nagi. A native of Egypt, Karim will play various instruments while presenting the music and dance of the Arab world. He has performed hundreds of assemblies for school age children across the USA. This assembly was made possible by our VES PTA.

5th grade T-shirts & Donations - LAST CALL!

A flyer was sent via canvas. Please check your announcements from the 5th grade team. We have begun the tshirt process and can’t wait for you to see it.

Here is the link to purchase the T-shirt & to make your donations:

$15 - T-shirt

$15 - recommended donation per student

**Tshirts will be in towards the end of April.

Contact Tina with questions at

VES Night Of Innovation: 2023 STEM Fair Thursday, April 27, 7:00-8:00pm.

A registration form for the 2023 STEM Fair should have come home in your child’s Thursday Folder. Your child, alone or with friends, can gain a better understanding of STEM topics and can explore, in depth, a question they have about their world! Please remember that even if your child is working in a group, each child must register individually. Registration Deadline is March 20th.

Registration is available online:

The handbook is available <here>. Please tick the box on the registration form if you would like a printed copy.

Please let us know if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer!

Beth Denne ( or Danyette Young (

Monthly PTA Meeting - 2nd Monday at 7-8pm

Topic: Veterans PTA Zoom Bridge

Time: This is a recurring meeting Meet anytime

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 964 8989 6426

Passcode: 927705

One tap mobile

+13017158592,,96489896426#,,,,*927705#US (Washington DC)


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Please note: Bus routes for the 2023-2024 school year will not be published until mid-August.

Parents of students who will be riding the bus are invited to check the Bus Locator tool on the HCPSS website. To use the tool, type in your home address. The cross on the map represents your child’s bus stop. On the left-hand side of your screen, you will see the bus stop location, contractor information, bus number, and morning arrival/afternoon drop-off times for your child’s bus. This tool will also tell you if your address falls in our walk zone.

Families of students who receive specialized transportation will receive information about your child’s bus schedule directly from the bus contractors.

Find Answers to Questions Online

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


Join us for HebronFest 2023 on March 9th at 6pm!

Come experience all that Mt. Hebron High School has to offer! Please join us for HebronFEST 2023 on Thursday, March 9th starting at 6pm. HebronFest showcases all that student and parent groups have been working on beyond the classroom. There will be trivia, games, displays, performances and much more! Make sure to join in on the fun! Everyone is welcome!


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Mt. Hebron Viking Backers Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

The Mt. Hebron Viking Backers are excited to announce online registration for Summer Camps is OPEN! Click this link to see all of the details and to register your student now.

We kick-off the summer camp season in early June while school is still in session, and new camps will be offered each week until early August. Please note, the volleyball and football camps in early June will be conducted in the evenings.

We welcome campers entering kindergarten through 9th grade for the 2023-2024 school year (check our website for specific camp requirements), and we invite "Future Vikings" as well as students that will attend other high schools to sign up. Varsity coaches will run the camps, and each camper will receive a 2023 summer camps t-shirt. Details are also available on our website regarding a sibling discount as well as a discount for HCPSS staff with campers in their household.

Specific Camp Questions? Each coach's email address is listed on the Viking Backers website, and to receive the quickest response we request camp-specific questions be sent directly to them. Any general questions about camps can be sent to

Other Questions? If you are interested in learning more about the Mt. Hebron Viking Backers, or if you are interested in getting involved right now, next year, or beyond ... in any way ... small or big ... please don't hesitate to visit our website or email Zack Rose at

Girls on The Run

Registration for our Spring season opened on February 19, so we wanted to touch base with you to make sure you’re aware that we have a Girls on the Run team at your school starting the week of March 19. The Veterans Elementary team will meet on Mondays and Thursdays from 4:00 – 5:15 pm.

At Girls on the Run of Central Maryland, we want to ensure that EVERY girl has the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run. We specifically focus on creating opportunities for girls from the lowest-income families (FARM-eligible) to participate at no cost and offer a sliding scale fee for families who don’t qualify for FARM services but still can’t afford our full-price fee.

With that in mind, we want to make sure that you are aware of the many ways we are working to make our program accessible for more children at your school.

  • Online registration is available in English and Spanish for those who have computer access. Link to online registration Technically it can be done on a phone, but it's not the most mobile-friendly software, so if a phone is the guardian's only internet access, a paper form will probably be easier for them.
  • Our online registration process offers a sliding scale fee for those who request financial assistance during the registration process. After entering their child’s information, adults will be asked “Do you need financial assistance?” If they answer yes, they will be prompted to enter their household income and size, which will generate an adjusted fee based on our sliding scale, which will be visible during registration checkout.
  • If the sliding scale fee is still out of reach, guardians can contact our Director of Operations, Susan Michel ( for a unique discount code that will reduce the fee to an amount that works for the family, or waive it completely.

· We pledge to never turn a girl away from participating in Girls on the Run programming due to her family’s financial situation. If a child wants to participate in our program, we will make it possible for her to participate regardless of her family’s ability to pay the fee.


2022-2023 HCPSS Meal Service

Families are reminded that the federal government has not extended waivers allowing free meals for all students. Consequently, for the 2022-2023 school year, students whose families do not qualify for free or reduced lunch will be required to pay the daily meal price.

Many HCPSS families are eligible to participate in the Free and Reduced Price Meals (FARMs) program, which provides children with a wide range of benefits including free or discounted college tuition, testing and application fees, academic and athletic program fees and many others in addition to free or discounted meals.

Families are urged to check their eligibility and complete a FARMs application as soon as possible. Families must submit a new application every school year.

Details on the Free and Reduced Meals program, including a link to apply, are available online.

FARMS Applications: Applications for the Free and Reduced Meals program for the school year 2022-2023 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.

Hello VES Families! Welcome back to school! One of our community partners provides weekly food for students whose families request it. Food would be delivered to your child's classroom each Thursday in a bag that your child can bring home in their backpack. Please let us know if you are interested in this opportunity HERE. Thank you!

Julie Wentz and Jessica Wilson-Carr

School Counselors

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.

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 AWAY/ Withdraw from VES:

Please initiate the process by filling out the HCPSS Withdrawal Form and email it back to the registrar.

Three Years Old Learning Together Program Peers

Will your child be 3 years old by September 1, 2023?

Do they want to go to Veterans Elementary School, just like their siblings and neighbors?

Learning Together Program – Prekindergarten

The Veterans Elementary Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) prekindergarten programs are making preparations for classes for the upcoming 2023-24 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( born between 9/2/19– 9/1/20 ) may learn more about the program by reviewing the Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (English).

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 email Mary Jens at

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.