The Village Bluebird

May/June 2021

Greetings Families

Dear VES Families,


I hope that you and your loved ones continue to be safe and well and that you enjoyed Memorial Day holiday commemorations in honor of those lost during military service and time with loved ones and friends.


The VES family appreciates the home-school partnership we have created during this most unusual year. Your support has helped us keep our students and staff safe while ensuring that teaching and learning were maximized. Our dedicated staff continues to go above and beyond to do what is best for all of our students and school community. Our entire team of educators and support staff were so deserving of the Staff Appreciation Week recognition showered upon them by our school community and the MES PTA. Thank you again for your thoughtfulness!


Since our last Bluebird, we welcomed back more students to in-person learning and a five-day school week! We also celebrated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, Jewish American Heritage through our inclusive curriculum, morning news broadcasts and main foyer displays. We continue to honor and uplift one another through messages of inclusion, fairness and justice while also condemning all acts of hatred and violence throughout our local and world community. We are looking forward to celebrating all families during Pride Month as well as Juneteenth and Sportsmanship!


As our year winds down, we are proceeding with end-of -year planning and preparations for the 2021-2022 school year, including 3rd grade orientation, 4th grade virtual music concerts, PTA sponsored activities for our 4th graders, Fun Day, class parties and more. Placement, supply lists and other important information can be found below and some are time sensitive. End of Summer Open Houses to visit classrooms and other new school year information will be shared in the coming weeks!


Enjoy the month of June and our transition to what we hope is a safe and enjoyable summer recess! Best wishes to our 4th grade students and families at LMS next year!


Susan Lacy

VES Principal

June School Spirit Days

Friday 6/4: School Spirit!

Wear your VES or Monty gear to show your school spirit!


Friday 6/11: Fun Day!

Wear your class color or T-shirt to celebrate Fun Day!


Friday 6/18 - Last Day of School, 1:30 Dismissal: Stronger Together!

Wear your VES Stronger Together T-shirt to celebrate our strength this school year and kick off summer together!

Third Grade Orientation for Second Grade Parents

Monday, June 7th, 6pm

This is an online event.

This presentation is designed for parents of students transitioning between second and third grade to learn about third grade at Village Elementary School. This is a parent-only event, as students will enjoy a virtual VES visit with their second grade teachers during the school day. A Zoom link was sent directly to second grade parents.

VES Fun Day, Class Parties and 4th Grade Clap Off

Spring is here and we are getting close to wrapping up another successful year of Health and Physical Education at VES. That means it is almost time for our annual VES Fun Day! The VES Health and PE Team looks forward to organizing a day of fun and physical activity! This year, it will be held on June 11th, with a rain date of June 17th. More information will be shared by our Health and PE teachers.


Class Parties will be planned through the coordination of classroom teachers and room parents. Details will come directly from teachers and/or coordinators.


At the end of the year, third graders and the VES staff celebrate our 4th graders with an end of year clap off in their honor and a virtual school wide activity.


Please see the MES PTA section below for reminders regarding additional end of year activities for our 4th graders and school! Take note of upcoming deadlines.

Report Cards Will be Available on June 18th at 1:30

End of year report cards will be available online starting June 18th at 1:30. They will be available to view, print and save.

To log in:

1. Visit https://parents.mtsd.k12.nj.us

2. Enter your username (your email address), and your password. If you forgot your password, use the "Forgot My Password" link just below the Login button. your password will be sent by email in a few minutes.


If you are unable to log in or do not have an account, please contact genesissupport@mtsd.us.

The VES Placement Process

As the end of the year approaches, plans for classroom placements are being made. Ms. Lacy and Mrs. Camuto work closely with teachers, supervisors, and guidance counselors to place current 3rd and 4th graders. OHES administrators, Mrs. Scotti and Mr. VanHise, place current 2nd graders into 3rd grade with our assistance. Ms. Lacy and Mrs. Camuto will place all 4th graders into 5th grade with assistance from Lower Middle School administrators, Mr. Richards and Mrs. Romano.

All students will be placed in heterogeneous classes with the best possible teacher match, and a positive group of classmates. Any specific academic needs, as identified by classroom teachers, will be taken into consideration first. We cannot honor requests for specific teachers, and requests for specific students can present a challenge. However, we will consider input regarding special circumstances or information the school does not already have. Pertinent information shared in previous years must be resubmitted via email and received by June 18th.

Please trust us to make the best placement possible for all children. It is important to us that students have successful academic and developmentally appropriate experiences in school with talented and caring teachers. Final placement information will be available in August.

General Supply List Ordering Option for Rising Third and Fourth Graders 2021-2022

Dear Incoming Third and Fourth Grade Students and Families,


In an effort to make your supply shopping easier, the third and fourth grade teachers have teamed up with the PTA and 1st Day School Supplies to get you the exact supplies needed for next school year in a convenient, easy and hassle free way! You'll get guaranteed competitive prices on the highest quality brands while shopping from home. If you choose this option, you can make your purchase right now by clicking the link below. The deadline to order is July 1, 2021. Those who order by June 1 will be entered into a contest to win a free kit!


VES School Supply Order Link


If you choose to shop on your own, the general supply lists are visible at this link in the Parent Information section of our website. Please note that other areas of this section will be updated during the summer.


Toward the end of the summer, your teacher may request additional items that will be needed for your classroom.


The VES Team

General Supply List for Rising Fifth Graders 2021-2022

Wondering What to Read This Summer?

Summer is the perfect time to relax with a great book! Looking for some recommendations for summer reading titles? Look no further than the VES Media Center website! Coming soon, suggested summer reading lists will be available there. The Media Center link under Site Shortcuts on the Village Elementary School website will bring you there - or click the link. Check Mrs. Franey's site soon for some interesting book suggestions!


You can also find information about the branches of the Somerset County Library System including the Mary Jacobs Library. They have so much to explore and resources for residents of all ages. They will also be hosting a virtual presentation for Villagers on June 7th and 8th during the school day about their summer reading programs.

End of Year Reminders from the Health Office

-Patricia Cizin - Phone (609) 466-7606 (ext. 2600) Fax (609) 466-7190


If your child currently has medication in stock in the health office, please plan to stop by VES on June 18 to pick it up between the hours of 8:00 AM and 4:00 PM New Jersey state law prohibits public schools from storing medications in the health office over the summer. This includes Epi-Pens, inhalers, insulin, eye drops, and prescription and non-prescription medications, such as Tylenol, Advil or Benadryl. All medications not picked up by a parent by 4:00 p.m. on June 18, 2021 will be discarded in compliance with state regulations. Students are not allowed to carry any medication home in their backpacks as per Montgomery Township School District policy. Exceptions cannot be made to this policy.


If your child has a Life Threatening Allergy or Asthma please have the appropriate medical forms completed by your child’s physician for the 2021-2022 school year and bring them to the Health Office (along with any medication) before the first day of school. We cannot use this year’s completed forms.


Health Forms for the 2021-2022 school year will be sent to parents electronically. Please log onto your Parent Resources account to ensure the email address on file reflects a current working email address.

A Walk to Believe 2021! Help VES Support Team LeGrand of the Reeve Foundation

Dear Families,


The VES community welcomed Mr. Eric LeGrand for a virtual assembly, in April. Mr. LeGrand is a former Rutgers University football star, motivational speaker, philanthropist, entrepreneur, sports analyst and author. In sharing his story, he encouraged students to always be their best and to stay positive through challenging times!


We now have a great opportunity to give back, by supporting Team LeGrand of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation during this year's virtual Walk to Believe 2021 on June 12th. The mission of Team LeGrand is to help individuals living with spinal cord injuries and their families and research for spinal cord injury cures.


How can you help us support Team LeGrand and the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation?


  • Visit the VES Team LeGrand page to make a donation to the Village School team.
  • Register on your own for $25.
  • Make a cash donation at VES. Teachers can bring any student donations to the main office and we'll get it onto our team donation page.


This is a great way to show our appreciation for Mr. LeGrand's time at VES and his lessons in perseverance, purpose, and inspiration while also supporting this great cause.


Thank you for supporting Team LeGrand!


Ms. Truscinski, Ms. Cullinane, Ms. Lacy and the VES Family

MES PTA and VES End of Year Happenings!

Teacher for the Day!


Your Villager can win the opportunity to be a VES Teacher for the Day! The The Raffle will close June 1st at 6:00 pm. Use this link for details and to purchase tickets!

A Magical Month of June Activities for Fourth Graders

Take a look at what June has to offer our fourth grade Villagers by clicking this link.


  • Virtual Magic Show - June 5th at 6:30. Register by Thursday, June 3rd by 6:00 pm
  • 4th Graders Can Leave a Mark of Magic. June 7th - 11th. Get details at the link above!
  • 4th Graders and the Magic of Giving Thanks - Find out how to show your appreciation for staff, students and friends at VES by June 16th. Details available at the link above.

A Night on Broadway

Saturday, June 12th, 7pm

Montgomery High School, Skillman, NJ, USA

Montgomery, NJ

Join us for A Night On Broadway, a Music From the Heart Production co-sponsored by the MTEA and the MHS Band Parents' Association to provide scholarships to graduating MHS students. The cast and crew includes Dr. Bell and other VES and MTSD teachers and staff.


This live performance will take place outdoors in front of MHS and include songs from Broadway hits including Hairspray, Wicked, Jersey Boys, and Frozen. The audience will sit at picnic tables to ensure social distancing between groups. Each table seats 4-6 people and can be reserved for $25.


Tickets can be purchased in advance at mfth.yapsody.com and at the door if available.

New District School Start and End Times for 2021-2022

At the May 25th Montgomery Township Board of Education Meeting, the Board voted to approve the starting and ending times for district schools commencing with the 2021 – 2022 school year. Please visit the School Start Times link on the district webpage for details.

District Calendars for 2021-2022 and 2022-2023

The Board of Education approved the MTSD school calendars for the 2021-2022 & 2022-2023 school years at their March 16, 2021 meeting. You can access them at this link on the District Website.

Open House and Back to School Nights: Save the Dates!

The VES Open House:

Friday, September 3rd

We are planning for students to be able see their classrooms and meet their teachers.


Back to School Night Dates:

Wednesday, September 29th for 3rd Grade

Thursday, September 30th for 4th Grade


The time, format and other details for our Open House and Back to School Nights will be communicated at a later date.