Veterans Elementary Eagle Express

January 9, 2020 - Volume 13, Issue 16

Soar to Excellence!

School Mission

Veterans Elementary School promotes life-long learning by embracing its diversity, providing students with dynamic classroom experiences and exposing them to the cultural arts in a climate that is rigorous, safe, nurturing and respectful.

Veterans Elementary School

Robert Bruce, Principal

Amy Green, Assistant Principal

Derek Lewis, Administrator

School Start and Dismissal Times: 9:25 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.


Inclement Weather Information:

I am sure that inclement weather puts a strain on most of our families as we try to ensure that our children are cared for during needed times. Please understand that the school system determines closings based on weather forecasts and the safety of children is our number one concern. If we are closed, that is self-explanatory, we are simply not open for business. When we delay opening by an hour or even two hours like Wednesday, then all business is delayed by one or two hours. Therefore if the announcement is a Code Blue and we are delayed in opening for two hours then school opens at 11:15 a.m. Bus pick up is delayed by two hours as well. So if your child is picked up normally at 8:45 a.m. then a two hour delay moves this to 10:45 a.m. Refer to your bus normal pick up time and delay by the announced delay. If we are one hour late then delay it to one hour. If we are two hours late then delay it by two hours.

Early closings can occur as a two hour early closing or a three hour early closing. Count on your child arriving home two hours earlier or three hours earlier than the usual time. When school closes early, there is no after care program because their use of the building would also be unsafe. When school closes early everyone must leave the premises and after school activities are canceled. Any delay in picking up your children delays my ability to send all staff home. It is crucial we get students home before the conditions of the roads get worse.

These decisions are made as soon as possible and sometimes the night before. During the winter months, it is crucial that as parents we listen closely to pending weather conditions and we check the news stations or the Howard County website to verify whether school is open, closed, delayed, or closing early. Howard County does have communication mechanisms in place to ensure you get a text if you wish about whether school is in session.

Redistricted Veterans Students:

Students that have been redistricted to Northfield Elementary School for next school year (2020-2021) are invited to an Open House and Orientation at Northfield Elementary School on Tuesday January 21st starting at 7:00 p.m. The address of Northfield Elementary School is 9125 Northfield Rd. in Ellicott City, MD. From Route 29 South you take St. John's Rd. and make a left onto Columbia Rd. then a right onto Northfield Rd. and follow that road to the school. We are so sorry to see so many of our friends preparing to leave us but we hope meetings like this will make it a little bit easier on your family.

Important Upcoming Dates and Events

  • 9 - PTA Board Meeting, Media Center 7:00 p.m.
  • 13 - Classic Photography: Yearbook Group Picture Day
  • 20 - SCHOOL CLOSED - MLK Day
  • 21 -Redistrict Orientation for VES Students going to Northfield Elementary, 7:00 p.m. at NES
  • 23 - Redistrict Orientation for Waterloo and Hollifield Students coming to VES, 7:00 p.m.
  • 27 - NO SCHOOL - Profressional Development Day
  • 30 - SPIRIT DAY: Kindness Rocks - Dress like a Rockstar
  • 31 - SPIRIT DAY: Dream of Kindness - Wear Pajamas


  • 3 - Q2 Report Card Issued
  • 4 - SCHOOL CLOSED - Primary Election Day
  • 13 - 3-Hour Early School Closure: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Math)
  • 14 - 3-Hour Early School Closure: Parent-Teacher Conferences (Math)
  • 17 - SCHOOL CLOSED - President's Day

2019-20 HCPSS Calendar - Monthly Format

Click to download and print the HCPSS calendar in a monthly format. The calendar will no longer be distributed in first day folders. The 2019-2020 School Calendar is available to be printed online:

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Redistricting Orientation Meetings


Redistricted Veterans Students to Northfield Orientation

Northfield Elementary on January 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Redistricted Waterloo and Hollifield Students Orientation

Veterans Elementary on January 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

ATTENTION Rising 5th Graders, Mark your calendar...

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The Howard County Office of Human Rights and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Commission
have extended the attached Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Contest entry deadlines until 5:00 PM

on Monday, January 13, 2020. The three contest indicated below award cash prizes to the winners.

All entries must be submitted to or they may be dropped off at the Office of Human Rights, 9820 Patuxent Woods Drive, Suite 237. For more information contact Evelyn Boulware at or 410-313-6457.

This event is a great opportunity for students to get engaged in a wonderful community event and to log service hours.

We are excited about working together to make a positive difference in our community!

Thank you,

Mary Ellen Conley, Ministry Admin Asst.,
Glen Mar Church


"More Than Karate" after school at Veterans. Fun and Structured...these classes are the perfect way to introduce your child to the benefits of martial arts training! All classes will be held at VES, beginning Wednesday Jan 22nd...4pm -5pm! Led by adult Instructors from THE OKINAWAN KARATE DOJO, students leave classes smiling, focused, more respectful, and skilled with sound self-defense basics!! Flyers have been sent home.
REGISTER ON-Line at - by Jan 21st. Call 443-574-8999 or email for more info on our AFTER-SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION and CAMP services!

HCYC Cricket League:


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New HCPSS Website and System for Emergency Closings:

Effective December 1, HCPSS is launching a color-coding notification system for emergency and other non-scheduled school closings, including for inclement weather. The new system standardizes the school system’s operational status to five possibilities to enhance consistency while promoting the safety of HCPSS students and staff, and adhering to negotiated agreements on staff availability.
If Howard County public schools open two hours late, there is no morning Pre-Kindergarten/RECC.

The HCPSS operating status will be identified on a new website: The HCPSS operational color code options are:

  • Code Green – Normal Operations (in accordance with the HCPSS calendar)
  • Code Red – Schools and Offices Closed
  • Code Orange – Schools Closed; Offices Open with Liberal Leave in Effect
  • Code Blue – Schools Open Two Hours Late
  • Code Yellow – Schools Dismiss Early

All notifications regarding emergency closings will include both the code and operating status.

The emergency notification sources are:

  • HCPSS status website
  • HCPSS homepage
  • Email/text alerts
  • HCPSS Information Hotline (410-313-6666)
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Please note: HCPSS cable TV is no longer a source for inclement weather closings.