VES Newsletter EAGLE EXPRESS

Sept. 17, 2022 - Vol.15, Issue #5

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VETERANS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Robert Bruce, Principal - robert_bruce@hcpss.org

Alexia Redd, Assistant Principal - alexia_redd@hcpss.org

Meaghan Liwosz, Administrative Intern - meaghan_liwosz@hcpss.org


Please call ahead 410-313-1700


***PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECK FOR A VOICE MESSAGE PRIOR TO CALLING SCHOOL FOR A MISSED CALL.***


Youmi Jun, Principal Secretary - youmi_jun@hcpss.org
Jane Pak, Teacher Secretary - jane_pak@hcpss.org
Maria Martinez, Teacher Secretary - maria_martinez@hcpss.org
Ruth Macdonald, Teacher Secretary .5 - ruth_macdonald@hcpss.org

INTERNATIONAL AND FAMILY SERVICE LINKS:

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

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Lost & Found

We kindly ask all parents to please label the belongings of your children, regardless of age. 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.

HCPSS POLICIES

Dear Parents,


If you reviewed last week's Eagle Express, we included some policies we wanted to make sure you were aware of, please see the policies below:


Policy 10020- Use of School Facilities- This policy provides uniform procedures to establish processes that provide safe, equitable, opportunities for use of school facilities. This policy is currently under review.


Highlights:


  1. Currently, for profit organizations will not be charged a fee for non-profit activities; when they make a profit, they will be charged a fee.
  2. Currently, users may be required to have their own insurance when using facilities.
  3. There will be updates to this policy.


Policy 1020- Sexual Discrimination, Sexual Harassment, & Sexual Misconduct-This policy sets clear expectations for behaviors that promote an inclusive and equitable environment and provide guidelines for students, employees, and volunteers in addressing sexual misconduct.


Highlights:


  1. Title IX Harassment has been added to this policy- see Policy 1025.
  2. Students, employees, and now HCPSS volunteers are covered under this policy.
  3. Students, families, or other reporters encouraged.


Policy 1000- Civility- This policy sets clear expectations for civil behavior that support a safe, engaging and supportive environment on school property and at school -related activities.


​Highlights:


  1. Policy enumerates unacceptable behavior on school grounds including rude, insulting, or demeaning language and/or actions. Other behaviors include persistently unreasonable demands, interruptive behavior, displays of temper, and threatening or abusive gestures or behavior.
  2. Policy applies to the entire community while on school grounds during school hours and/or events.
  3. Spells out how issues will be resolved.


Policy 1020- Child Abuse and Neglect- Policy establishes guidelines and monitoring requirements for ensuring employees, contractors, volunteers working in their professional capacities recognize and report abuse and neglect of children and vulnerable adult students in accordance with the Annotated Code of Maryland.


Highlights:


  1. Requires individuals to report suspected cases of abuse or neglect.
  2. Directs employees not to investigate but leave that to other agencies.
  3. Stipulates the school system response to investigating agencies.


Entire policies may be accessed at the following link:


https://policy.hcpss.org/


Policies - HCPSS

Public Input. During the development or revision period, comments and suggestions for changes to the policies under review can be submitted via email to policy@hcpss.org and will be shared with the applicable committee chairs prior to the presentation of the proposed policy report to the Board of Education.. After presentation of the proposed policy to the Board of Education, the public are ...

policy.hcpss.org

VES CURRENT NEWSFLASH!

SY2022-2023 HCPSS APPROVED CALENDAR

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:

Monday, Sept. 26 Schools and offices closed

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 rtencher@gmail.com to request an application packet. Please specify that you are interested in working at Veterans Elementary School. Contact Alexcia Redd at alexcia_redd@hcpss.org 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.

*NOTE: HELP US RELEASE YOUR CHILD SAFELY TO AUTHORIZED ADULTS (HCPSS Policy)

HELP US RELEASE YOUR CHILD SAFELY TO AUTHORIZED ADULTS

  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.

***DO NOT LEAVE YOUR VEHICLES UNATTENDED IN THE CAR LOOP***

No Transportation Changes can be accommodated During Dismissal

*Please reserve any last minute requests for
EMERGENCIES ONLY*

~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.

* ATTN: PARENTS/GUARDIANS ARE RESTRICTED FROM BOARDING SCHOOL BUSES *

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.

REPEAT...
PARENTS/GUARDIANS, YOU DO NOT HAVE PERMISSION TO BOARD SCHOOL BUSES.

See an Administrator or Front Office Secretary for assistance!


FAMILY FILE: Parent Access to Student Information & Classwork

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* In early August, you will receive an email asking you to complete your Family File.
Please be on the lookout for this important email and complete it in a timely manner.


HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Regardless of virtual or in-person learning, parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child. Parents/guardians can complete or update Family File by logging in to HCPSS Connect, selecting the More Options tab on the left and then Family File in the center column. Family File guides are available online.

HEALTH CARE FORMS FOR ENROLLMENT

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Note: The following forms require completion by the student’s doctor and dentist for well check visits. These will need to be submitted to the school within 60 days from the first day of school:

🔲 Record of Physical Exam Form (student’s pediatrician) https://www.hcpss.org/f/files/form_health_physicalexam.pdf

🔲 Dental Health Form https://www.hcpss.org/f/files/form_health_dentalexam.pdf

🔲 Lead Test Form https://www.hcpss.org/f/files/form_health_lead.pdf

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.


PREPARE FOR THE FIRST DAY:

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!

VES PTA NEWS AND UPDATES


Join the PTA

Your membership helps fund events for the kids and staff like the back to school party we had on September 22! We also use donations to host staff appreciation events, pay for assemblies, host science fairs, cultural fairs and book fairs. We love helping our school be a wonderful community to be a part of. Please join us by becoming a member and donating today! Thank you!

https://veterans.memberhub.store

Paper membership forms will come home soon if you prefer to join by check or cash.


Join a PTA Committee!

Lend a hand! We need help with Whooo's Reading, the fall Book Fair, organizing Restaurant Nights, planning in person school parties, reserving assemblies for the kids, the Science Fair and lots of other ideas, Want to inquire more about one of them? Take a peek and email Namoneh Kande at kandenamoneh@gmail.comif you want to learn more. Read more about all our committees here:

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1O1TRDZknWi7rx7Y0eHUp9bNf_9mt9sfX/view?usp=sharing


Follow us on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/PTAatVES

BUS TRANSPORTATION

Please note: Bus routes for the 2022-2023 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.

Diversity of Student Population

HCPSS is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from discrimination, fosters equitable opportunities, and values diversity and commonality. Policy 1010 Anti-Discrimination prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, immigration status, religion, physical, mental, or educational disability, pregnancy, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or socioeconomic status.

HCPSS ensure the safety, comfort, and healthy development of LGBTQIA+ students.

Here at Veterans Elementary School, we celebrate the diversity of our students and are here to support students’ healthy and happy social and emotional well-being.

Any questions or concerns? Please contact your child’s school counselor and/or administrator.

For more information on HCPSS policy and supports, please visit: https://www.hcpss.org/supports/lgbtqia-youth/#supports

Find Answers to Questions Online

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

LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY POSTS

FOOD ACCESS

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

ADDRESS CHANGE FORM: https://www.hcpss.org/f/schools/change-of-address-form.pdf


MOVING AWAY/ Withdraw from VES: https://www.hcpss.org/f/aboutus/withdrawal-request-form.pdf

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

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.