OCTOBER 30, 2021 - Vol.15 Issue #11

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.


Robert Bruce, Principal -

Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal -

Jaime Gittleson, Administrative Intern -

OFFICE HOURS 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 -


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.

Weekly Message from our Principal

Dear Parents,

Please make sure you saw the latest communication about another positive CO-VID case. Thank you for your attention to student health checks. Many schools around the county are dealing with similar issues and we want to make sure if students feel ill, that they are not sent to school. It is hard to concentrate on academics if you are feeling sick.

Just a reminder, on rainy days such as today, outdoor seating is not possible. All students eat in the cafeteria and are assigned a seat at a partitioned table. We encourage as much mask wearing as possible. As the weather turns colder, please know that when there is indoor recess there will be no outdoor dining option. If it is outdoor dining and it is too cold for your child, they are welcome to eat at their spot in the cafeteria.

A student has asked me to remind everyone that personal fidgets and pop-it toys are not allowed to be brought to school. Actually, children should not bring any toy to the school.
The student reminded me that there are a few students who have not remembered this policy.

If you are celebrating, we wish everyone a safe Halloween weekend!

Robert C. Bruce
Principal- Veterans Elementary School

Every Day Counts !
Connectedness Strategic Responsibility Arranger Intellection


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!

Early Dismissals must be prior to 3:30 pm

* Please bring your phone to scan the QR code to sign out student(s) for Early Dismissal.

** Please also be prepared to present your Photo ID

Please plan accordingly. Students are dismissed from class upon parents' arrival after they are signed out from the office.

At this time, we can't allow students to take a different bus other than their assigned bus due to COVID.

After 3:30pm, students will be dismissed at VES normal 3:55pm dismissal with the Car Riders.

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.


25 - PTA Read-A-Thon Fundraiser Begins


3 - End of 1st Marking Period

4 - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS - PD Day (Prof. Work Day)

10 - Report Cards Issued via posting in HCPSSConnect Synergy
22 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early Dismissal at 12:55 p.m.: Parent-Teacher Conferences
23 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early Dismissal at 12:55 p.m.: Parent-Teacher Conferences

24 -NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS: Parent-Teacher Conferences
24 - Schools and Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday (State mandated)
25 - Schools and Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday (State mandated)

Accessing Quarter 1 Report Cards

Report cards will be issued Wednesday, Nov. 10 and accessible via HCPSS Connect Synergy. Parents/guardians may access them following the instructions for accessing report cards online. Answers to frequently asked questions on grades and testing can be found online.

Below are the SY2021-22 standardized testing window dates:

Grade specific dates and testing details are communicated in advance of each assessment. Dates subject to change.

Grades 1-8 MAP Reading/Math: Oct. 18 - Nov. 5

Grades 3 & 5 CogAT: Jan 18 - Feb. 4
Grades K-5 Access for ELLS: Jan. 10 - Feb. 18

Grade 5 MISA: March 14 - 25

Grades 1-8 MAP Reading/Math: April 4 - April 29

Grades 3-5 MCAP ELA/Math: May 4 - June 3


Parent notification - Spanish

Parent notification - Chinese

Parent notification - Korean

In accordance with Maryland’s Ready to Read Act (2019), COMAR(2021), and the request from the Howard County Board of Education, all Howard County Public School System students in grades kindergarten to 5th grade will participate in a screener for identifying potential reading difficulties.

School Rainbow Representatives

Rainbow Representatives ensure that schools are allies and advocates for LGBTQIA+ students, staff, and families. The school Rainbow Representative attends quarterly meetings; receives and disseminates information regarding LGBTQIA+ topics of interest to the school and school community as appropriate; and provides instructional support for educators. If you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Veterans Elementary Rainbow Representative Ava Greene at

Safe Space Posters

Around our school, you will see some "Safe Space" posters. Sometimes, for a variety of reasons, a person, or certain group of people, might feel unsafe to show their true colors for fear that others might treat them differently, or refer to them in an unkind way.
At HCPSS, it is our priority to make sure every student not only is safe, but also feels safe to be their authentic and true selves. We hope our Safe Space posters serve as a reminder that there is a trusted adult you can go to who is an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, who will affirm a student's chosen name and pronouns, and who will not disclose information to others about identity and orientation if a student shares that information. Teachers who have this poster in their classrooms have declared their space a safe space for ALL students.

A Message from the Counseling Office

Holiday gift card drive and raffle

We are going to be doing a holiday gift card drive and raffle this year at VES. We are looking for donations of Amazon, Target, or Walmart gift cards in a suggested amount of $25.
Gift cards that we collect will be given to families in our community who are in need this holiday season. If your family is interested in donating a gift card and have any questions, please contact Julie Wentz ( or Jessica Wilson-Carr ( Please send any gift cards to Youmi Jun in the front office by Monday, December 6, 2021.

If your family is interested in entering the raffle to receive gift cards (to either Target, Amazon, or Walmart), please let us know HERE. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to support every family who enters the raffle, our goal is to support as many families as we can.


Saturday, Oct. 30th, 9-11am

6101 Old Dobbin Lane

Columbia, MD

Line forms at 7:00 a.m.
Doors will not open til 9:00 a.m.

Masks must be worn inside at all times.

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Hey, VES Family!


Thank you to everyone who attended our first in person event of the year, Toy Story 4 Movie Night. We had over 350 people attend and the night was a huge success! Special thanks to Rebecca Li, Danyette Young, Heidi & Bruce Potter, and Cara Adornetto and to our amazing custodial staff, our PE staff, and of course Mr. Bruce and the administrative team and all the parents who jumped in to help at the event. If you haven't already be sure to join the PTA and be on the look out for more fun family events all year long.


This week Ms. Kleinow and Ms. Grady-Johnson's classes are in the lead for fundraising! Can you help your class catch them!

Join us for our annual Read-A-Thon and fundraiser through Read-A-Fun (formerly Whooo's Reading). Log in information came home in folders last week! Reach out to us if you didn't receive one.

Get ready to read, connect with your friends, and decorate your owl!

Read-A-Thon runs October 25 - November 14

Contact Nelly if you have any questions at


Show your VES pride with new spiritwear!

Paper order forms went home last week. Online ordering link is live now.

Consider buying a sweatshirt to donate to a VES staff raffle or give to a grandparent for a special occasion! Orders may arrive before Thanksgiving or by early December at the latest.

Click below to view order form in color (may print and send in with child).

Email Amie if your purchase is a donation or if you have any questions

STAFF WISH LIST - Help us check off the last few items!

Take a peek at the link and see if your teacher needs any supplies for the kids.

A drop off bin is available in the school lobby or send supplies in with your kids. Please put donations in a bag labeled with the teachers/staff name. You may also directly ship supplies to the staff at school.

Our community is so generous! Thank you in advance for being so dedicated to our school.

Contact Cara Adornetto at if you have any questions.


The PTA Scholastic Book Fair will kick off on Nov. 8 and run through Nov. 21. This will be an online fair this fall - stay tuned for more details!


"I Will Change the World By"... is the 2021-2022 Contest Theme

Veterans Elementary will participate in this year's "Art Reflections Contest led by the National PTA. All students are encouraged to explore and express themselves using the theme "I Will Change The World By...

Categories include: Dance Choreography, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts.

Submission deadline will be November 22

Submission forms were sent home last week or can be printed from here:

If you would like to participate, but art supplies are a financial burden please reach out to the PTA at

If you would like to join the Reflections Committee, we will need 2-3 more parents to help us judge the artwork and send it into the county level. Email if interested.


We have committee openings to help plan events for the kids!

Use this link to see your options.

JOIN THE PTA! Our Goal is 300 families!

Parents, please join the PTA using the website above or the yellow form sent home with your child. Membership dues allow us to fund all the activities we run! You do not have to volunteer when you join.

Questions: Email Kim Davis at

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Elementary Reading Screenings

All HCPSS students in grades K-5 will be screened for reading disabilities. Students will be screened three times during the school year, with the first screening taking place between October 25 and November 5. Screening results will be used to help determine whether students would benefit from additional reading support.

Volunteer/Observer Vaccine Requirements

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 use the PinPoint platform to show proof of full vaccination at least five school days in advance. This requirement does not apply to HCPSS students who are going to another school as part of their academic schedule. Vaccination and testing requirements for other community stakeholders are outlined online.

COVID-19 Self-Screenings

All parents/guardians are to perform a COVID-19 health check every day before your student leaves home. Students are not to come to school if they are experiencing any symptom(s) associated with COVID-19 or other communicable disease.


Please visit the HCPSS website Community News and Programs site for upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

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.

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.


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.

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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