VES Newsletter EAGLE EXPRESS

APRIL 9, 2022 - Vol.15 Issue #31

NO WALK-IN VISITORS DURING THIS TIME

Robert Bruce, Principal - robert_bruce@hcpss.org

Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal - alexcia_redd@hcpss.org

Pamm West, Administrator - pamela_west@hcpss.org


SCHOOL HOURS IN-SESSION

9:25 A.M. - 3:55 P.M.


OFFICE HOURS
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Please call ahead 410-313-1700


Youmi Jun, Principal Secretary - youmi_jun@hcpss.org

Jane Pak, Teacher Secretary - jane_pak@hcpss.org

Maria Martinez, Teacher Secretary - maria_martinez@hcpss.org

Dulce Boyer, Teacher Secretary .5 - dulce_boyer@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

Weekly Message from our Principal

Hello Veterans Community,


We hope everyone has a restful and rejuvenating Spring Break!

One of the wonderful opportunities that was paused when COVID 19 came upon us was the ability of parents to eat lunch with their children if they wished. As of April 19th, parents may again come in to eat lunch with their child(ren). Siblings are not allowed to visit for lunch. Parents will need to come into the school and sign in using Lobbyguard. ​Driver's license is needed to sign into the Lobbyguard. Parents may then go to the cafeteria to join their child for lunch. Parents will have to leave after lunch, please ​sign out on the Lobbyguard and then report back to the office to let them know you are departing. For safety reasons, recess is not included. The only individuals we want on the playground are our duty staff and our students. I am listing the regular day lunch schedules:


Kindergarten- 10:35-11:05

Grade One- 11:05-11:35

Grade Two- 11:35-12:05

Grade Three- 12:45-1:15

Grade Four- 12:05-12:35

Grade Five- 1:15-1:45

NOTE: Siblings are not allowed to visit for lunch.


This is a significant return to normalcy and we hope that it lasts. Please continue home health checks and make use of the COVID Test Kit that was sent home this week if needed.


When we return there will be a number of year ending activities that occur in a normal year. The following is summary of some of those activities.


Tues. April 26th- Strings Concert 7:00 pm Cafeteria In-Person

Thurs.April 28th- Band Concert 7:00 pm Cafeteria In-Person

Weds. May 4th- Field Day -All Grades During School

Thurs. May 12th- STEM Night 6:30 pm School In-person

Friday May 13th- Sim. Cong. Hearing Virtual In-School

Weds. May 26th- Choral Concert 7:00 pm Cafeteria In-Person

Weds. June 15th- Gr. 5 Closing Virtual and Drive Up Event.


More details will come later on these events. We are also continuing to plan our grade level end of year picnics for the last weeks of school.


Please have an enjoyable Spring Break !


Robert C Bruce

Principal- Veterans Elementary School
410-313-1700
Every Day Counts!
Connectedness Strategic Responsibility Arranger Intellection

HCPSS Test Kit Distribution to Students & Staff for Return from Spring Break

The Howard County Board of Education has arranged for each student and staff member to receive a COVID 19 Test Kit which contains 2 tests. VES home room teachers distributed one to each student between Thursday, 4/7 and Friday 4/8.
Use of at-home tests prior to returning from spring break is encouraged.


Reminder that all students and staff are to remain home if they are experiencing symptom(s) associated with any communicable disease, including COVID-19. Details on daily health checks are available online. If your child is exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms, please use your test kit as an additional mitigation effort to keep our schools and offices healthy, and/or access one of many available public testing sites in your area.

Perform Daily Health Checks

*SEND Rapid and PCR results directly to VES RN: Brenda_Gregor@hcpss.org

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.

APRIL: Arab American Heritage Month

8 - 3rd Qtr Report Cards viewable in ParentVue after 5:00 p.m.

11 thru 18 - SPRING BREAK: Schools and Offices Closed

19 - HCPSS Pre-K Registration Opens - (see New Student Enrollment section below)

22 - Spirit Day: #EarthDay - Wear green or blue to celebrate Earth Day

22- PTA Virtual Trivia Night 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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


MAY: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

2 - Schools Closed for Students: Professional Learning (PD) Day *updated 3/16/22

3 - SCHOOL OPEN *updated 3/16/22

4 - VES Field Day

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

12 - Grade 5: Rising 6th Grade Middle School Visit Day

12 - PTA STEM Fair 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

16 - 20 - PTA Book Fair

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

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

NEW INFORMATION

Students Observing Ramadan

We are in the holy month of Ramadan, and many students and staff among us are observing this time by fasting. In order to support them, we have set up an alternate space in the cafeteria for students who may be fasting if they choose to use it. If a student is fasting and would like to sit away from all the food and drink to relax, they may choose to sit at the tables on the stage during lunch. As a reminder to all, please be mindful and respectful of the choices all of us make. Ramadan Mubarak!

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.

2022 Maryland Comprehensive Assessment Program (MCAP) for ELA: Grades 3, 4, & 5


As part of continued COVID-19 recovery efforts, the Maryland State Department of Education is conducting an early fall student assessment. The results will help educators better understand student needs, so that we can address disrupted education and accelerate learning opportunities for all students.

Please see the dates and times below for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade testing.

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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

FIELD DAY IS COMING!

It’s BACK! The VES P.E. Department is proud to announce the return of FIELD DAY!!!
It has been a while! We are working very hard to make this the very best Field Day ever!
BUT! In order to make that happen, WE NEED YOU!!

We need energetic, enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers to help us run the stations so that each child can get active and have a fun-filled day. Field Day is going to be held on Wednesday, May 4th with a rain date of the next day, May 5th. If you would like to volunteer, please carefully read the following information that is required of HCPSS and Veterans ES:


Volunteer Responsibilities and Expectations:

We will provide the rules, expectations and safety considerations for each station. Please make sure that you review these and do your best to hold students to these expectations.

  • Stick to Your Station!

You are volunteering for a very fun-filled day to support all ~900 students in our school. Although we know that you want to see your child(ren) throughout the day (and you will!), we really need you to be committed to taking care of your station that you are assigned to for the time that you are here. The stations need to be covered appropriately in order to ensure safety and fun for everyone.

  • Sign up for 1st, 2nd or All day Shift! (and All day is really only 3.5 hours)

1st Shift: 10:30am - 12:10pm

2nd Shift: 12:10pm - 1:55pm

All Day: 10:30am - 1:55pm

We really appreciate you taking the time to complete all requirements thoroughly and look forward to seeing you. May the Fourth Be With You.


Mrs. Viguers, Mrs. Hahn, & Mr. Brant

PreKindergarten Enrollment Information - Opens April 19

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
Mary_Jens@hcpss.org

Fall 2022-2023 New Kindergarten & New Grade 1 Student - Online Registration

Kindergarten registration for families of children who will be 5 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.

VES REMINDERS: Worth Repeating . . .

*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.

EARLY DISMISSAL PICK-UP MUST BE By 3:30PM prior to final class transition time

* Photo I.D. REQUIRED *

* CAR LOOP ISSUES:

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.

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

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.

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!

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.

Stay Informed via HCPSS News and Text Alerts

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.

ADDRESS CHANGE FORM: FILLABLE_Change_of_Address.pdf


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.

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 the direction of a special education teacher and/or a classroom teacher. Some experience working with children or individuals with disabilities preferred. Below, please are details regarding the position.


· Temporary Employee (TE) position are with Social Service Consultants, Ltd.

· Compensation is $13.00 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 the school you are interested in. You can also apply using this link. Please contact Alexcia Redd at alexcia_redd@hcpss.org or at 410-313-1700 when you have competed all parts of the application

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Upcoming PTA Events

April 22 - Virtual Trivia Night*

April 25-29 - Staff Appreciation Week (moved up a week!)*

May 4 - Volunteers help run Field Day (Sign up info in Eagle Express)

May 10 - Virtual PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.
May 11-18 - Book Fair

May 12 - STEM Fair* (sign up deadline April 1 or asap)


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

*Additional information below


Staff Appreciation Week - 4/25-29th!

More information to be sent after spring break, as well as, a signup to help make this successful and special for all staff!

NOMINATION TIME - seeking new officers for next year's board. Without officers we cannot run the PTA. We need new volunteers. We will train you. Moms, Dads, Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles are all welcome to volunteer. Contact Kim if you have questions at Kimberlydavis410@gmail.com

PTA OFFICERS NEEDED: What is the time commitment needed?

Secretary - 1 hour per month (takes notes at monthly meeting)

Treasurer - 3 hrs per month time commitment (bookkeeping)

Delegate - 2 hours per month (attends 2 meetings per month)


Parent Volunteer Training

We are about to launch parent volunteers back into the school! This is so much fun! Sign up sheet to come out soon. 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): https://ves.hcpss.org/support


TRIVIA NIGHT - VIRTUAL - April 22

Join us for one last virtual event this year! So excited to say that!

Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F094AA5AF23A2F85-ptafamily5

Prizes awarded for each round winner!

VES Night of Innovation STEM Fair Thursday, May 12, 7:00-8:00pm.

SIGN UP NOW. DEADLINE was April 1, exceptions will be made, but do it quick! Your child, alone or with friends, can present a science, technology, engineering, or math project at the fair. Please remember that even if your child is working in a group, each child must register individually.

Registration is available online: https://forms.gle/DkdFD4UwdEsjQRps5

You can check out details on our website. veterans.memberhub.com

Questions? Email Cara at doctorcia@gmail.com


JOIN US FOR A PTA MEETING (Virtual) - Tues, May 10 - 7pm

Please join us at our meeting and we will allow time at the end of the meeting for any questions you may have. Or email Cara at doctorcia@gmail.com if you want more info. (meetings are usually 1hr long)

Join Zoom Meeting:

https://discovery.zoom.us/j/98093284149?pwd=QWptQXUxN2xxMWhrRXh2T0c5ZTJtZz09
Meeting ID: 980 9328 4149
Passcode: 094353


SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER FOR AN EVENT COMMITTEE!

Email Kim at Kimberlydavis410@gmail.com for more info.

Use this link to see your other volunteer options.

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0549A5A62EA4FE3-ptacommittee

More News | Event | Reminders

Report Cards Available April 8

Quarter 3 report cards will be accessible via HCPSS Connect Synergy after
5 p.m., Friday, April 8. Instructions for accessing report cards are available online.

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.

At-Home COVID Tests

Prior to April 8, one COVID-19 test kit will be distributed to each HCPSS student and staff member. HCPSS encourages the use of at-home tests prior to students and staff returning from spring break, in addition to conducting daily health checks.


HCPSS Connect Outage, April 15

HCPSS Connect will be unavailable Friday, April 15 from 5-9 p.m. while system updates are made. During this time, parents/guardians will not be able to access Connect, including Canvas and Synergy. Students will be able to access Canvas. Once the update is complete, users may continue to log in as usual.


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.

Parent Survey: Special Education MSDE

​​Each year the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) surveys parents of children receiving special education services in the state. The purpose of the survey – The Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey – is to hear from parents about how well they think their child’s school is partnering with them and promoting parent involvement in their child’s education. More information can be found in this flier and on the Maryland Special Education Parent Involvement Survey site.

Survey: Educational Equity

We encourage our school community to complete the Educational Equity Survey distributed by the school system. We take all input seriously as we plan our program for the following year.

IEES Survey Links:

English version

Chin version

Chinese (simplified) version

Korean version

Spanish version

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.

EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY POSTS & LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES

Essay Contest to Celebrate Ellicott City’s 250th Anniversary!

In honor of the 250th Anniversary of Ellicott City, students are invited to participate in an essay contest.

There will be three divisions:

· High School- students in grades 9-12

· Middle School- students in grades 6-8

· Elementary School- in grades PreK-5

· Entries must be submitted by Tuesday, April 19th.
· Entries should be submitted at: https://tinyurl.com/250-essay

To learn more about Ellicott City’s 250th Anniversary celebration, visit: https://ec250.com. For additional questions, please contact Kim Eggborn at KimEggborn@gmail.com with any questions you may have.

After our past two COVID-canceled summers, we're back in action!

Our MHHS Summer Camp registration website is open!

School’s Out / Ninja Day Camps & Family Events! On the days that schools are closed, make sure to reserve your child’s spot with our business partner - The Okinawan Karate Dojo! The OKD’s "School’s Out Ninja Day Camp" operates from 9am to 4pm (before/after care available) and is action-packed! Camp agendas are designed to keep kids happy, entertained, challenged and moving all day! Not only that...OKD is a licensed Childcare Provider by the state of Maryland; they have been voted #1 Martial Arts School in HoCo (2020 and 2021); and this will be OKD's 23rd annual camp season! Find additional camp information/registration, details about their upcoming Video Game Night for Kids (3/26), info on their Annual Spring Carnival (5/28), and more at: OKDkarate.com.
Questions? Call: 443 574 8999 or Email: info@okinawankaratedojo.com.