JANUARY 15, 2022 - Vol.15 Issue #19


Robert Bruce, Principal -

Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal -

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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.

Weekly Message from our Principal

Dear Veterans Community,

Staffing a school of this size can be a challenge, especially in these times when acquiring substitute employees is almost impossible.
The staff tries to address the myriad of needs of our student population as best as they can. Please understand that this means supervisory coverage for your children may look a little different than what you are used to seeing here at Veterans. We once again encourage anyone who is qualified to substitute teach to please fill out an application at the school system Human Resources website. Let us know once approved so we can invite you in to sub at our school.

We welcome the newly hired Fourth Grade Teacher, Ms. Megan Shin, who has taken the place of
Mr. Oh. As you may know Ms. Solla's last day was Friday, January 14th. We will make every attempt to cover this classroom position. We do have someone in mind for the position and they are being processed by our Human Resources department and we hope they will clear hiring expectations within a few weeks. We will keep you posted on this position.

As you know, COVID-19 cases are still being reported here at Veterans by our parent (for students) and staff community. Continue the home health checks, wearing a high quality and effective mask, washing hands, and socially distancing whenever possible.

Understanding the ES Report Card: A reference sheet has been developed to support families in understanding the Elementary School Report Card.

School is closed on Monday, January 17th to celebrate the birth and life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School will also close 3 hours. early on Wednesday, January 19th to enable staff to take care of professional responsibilities. Next Friday, January 21st is the end of the 2nd Quarter. School is open a full day on January 21st but we will be closed on Monday, January 24th for staff to complete end of semester responsibilities.

All parents are asked to review our Policy on Student Discipline and share your expectations with your children. The policy is located :

Student Discipline - HCPSS

The Howard County Board of Education is committed to providing a safe, engaging, and supportive school environment. The Board believes that the teaching of expected school behaviors is the shared responsibility of Howard County Public Schools (HCPSS) staff, parents, and community members.

Robert C. Bruce
Principal- Veterans Elementary School
Every Day Counts!
Connectedness Strategic Responsibility Arranger Intellection


17 - School and Offices Closed: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

18 - Ellicott Mills MS Rising 6th Grade Info Night 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m. VIRTUAL

19 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early/ Dismissal at 12:55 p.m. for Professional Work Day
20 - Dunloggin MS New Student/Family Orientation 7:00p.m.- 8:00p.m. VIRTUAL

21- End of 2nd Quarter

21 - Spirit Day: #EaglePride - Wear VES Spirit Wear or school colors
24 - No School for Students - Professional Work Day

28 - PTA sponsored Bingo Night - 7:00p.m. VIRTUAL
31 - 2nd Quarter Report Cards Issued via HCPSSConnect


1 - No School for Students - Professional Learning Day

4 - Spirit Day: Heart Health - National Wear Red Day

8 - PTA Meeting - 7:00p.m. VIRTUAL

10 - Spirit Day: HIP, HIP, HOORAY it's the 100th Day!

10 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early/ Dismissal at 12:55 p.m.: Parent-Teacher Conferences

11 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early/ Dismissal at 12:55 p.m.: Parent-Teacher Conferences

14 - Spirit Day: Valentine's Day - Wear Hearts, Pink, or Red

16 - Schools Close 3 Hours Early/ Dismissal at 12:55 p.m. for Professional Work Day

18 - CogAT Testing for Grade 5: 9:45a.m. - 11:15a.m.
21 - School and Offices Closed: President's Day
22 - CogAT Testing for Grade 5: 9:45a.m. - 11:15a.m.

22 - CogAT Testing for Grade 3: 1:45p.m. - 3:15p.m.

23 - CogAT Testing for Grade 3: 1:45p.m. - 3:15p.m.

23 - Spirit Day: Pink Shirt Day! Wear Pink - Stand up to bullying

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:

Grade 3 - February 22nd & 23rd at 1:45PM - 3:15PM

Grade 5 - February 18th and 22nd at 9:45AM - 11:15AM

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

CogAT for Garde 3

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Testing:

Due to anticipated staff and student COVID-19 related absences, we will be postponing the January census administration of CogAT in 3rd grade.
Grade 3 - February 22nd & 23rd at 1:45PM - 3:15PM

4th Grade GT Math Placements

From February 14 to March 4th, we plan to administer CogAT to all 3rd grade students. Placements for 4th grade GT Math will be made following the CogAT administration and will include all available performance and assessment data in accordance with Maryland COMAR for Gifted and Talented Education.

If you have any questions about GT placement, please contact our school’s GT Resource Teacher.

CogAT for Grade 5

Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) Testing:

Due to anticipated staff and student COVID-19 related absences, we will be postponing the January census administration of CogAT in 5th grade.
Grade 5 - February 18th and 22nd at 9:45AM - 11:15AM

Middle School GT Class Recommendations

Although the CogAT administration may be delayed, all 5th grade students will be considered for potential placement in 6th GT classes using all available performance and assessment data in accordance with Maryland COMAR for Gifted and Talented Education. This includes data from students’ 3rd grade CogAT administration in December 2019, if available.

From February 14th to March 4th, we plan to administer CogAT to any 5th grade students who do not have a prior CogAT score as well as all students in 5th grade GT Math. The data will assist with identification for Accelerated GT Math and provide an aptitude measure for students who had no previous CogAT test.

From February 8 until February 22, families will be able to review course recommendations and may request a course placement that is different from the school’s recommendation through HCPSS Connect.

If you have any questions about GT placement, please contact our school’s GT Resource Teacher.

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Ellicott Mills Middle School Rising 6th Grade Information Night (VIRTUAL)

Our Rising 6th Grade Parent Information Night will be on Tuesday,
January 18 from 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The snow date will remain the same (1/25/22)


We are so excited to have you and your student/students to be joining the Ellicott Mills family as 6th Graders for the 2022-2023 school year. On Tuesday, January 18th from 6pm-7pm (snow date Monday, January 25th from 6pm-7pm) EMMS will be hosting a virtual information session for parents and guardians to discuss the middle school transitions, course offerings and requirements, and to answer any questions you may have. "See" you soon!

Again... Welcome to The Mill!

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DMS 6th Grade Student/Parent Orientation (VIRTUAL)

DMS New Student Orientation

Due to a conflict with the elementary schools TCOE celebration, DMS has moved our 6th Grade New Student/Family Orientation to 7:00 p.m.

Dunloggin Middle School will be hosting our annual 6th Grade New Student/Family Orientation and GT Information Night on Thursday, January 20 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Please join us for this event as we welcome our new students and their families to DMS. Parents, you will have an opportunity to meet the staff and become familiar with your child's new school, learn about school programs, and hear ways you can get involved.

The agenda, New Student Orientation Presentation and google meeting links will be accessible on our school website: next week.


  • 7:00pm – Welcome/6th Grade New Student Orientation Presentation

  • 7:25pm – Questions & Answer Session

  • 7:40pm – GT Information Session

Please note! You will need to be logged in with your child's HCPSS account to access these Google Meets.

The meeting code: DMS Orientation
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BINGO NIGHT - VIRTUAL - January 28 - 7:00p.m.

Keep an eye out for Bingo cards coming home with your students! We will host a virtual bingo night on Friday January 28 at 7:00p.m.
Prizes will be awarded to winners!

Let's have a little winter fun together! Teachers and staff are welcome to join us!

Sign up here so we can email you the link:


Veterans ES needs some help replenishing games used for indoor recess located in each grade level's game closet. The PTA will use its full recess budget to purchase some of the games, but does not have enough to cover the cost of all the games needed. Please see sign up for more information and to see the game list. This is a request for new games. If you have used games you would like to donate, please reach out to your child's teacher directly.

Please drop off or mail by: January 21, 2022.

JOIN US FOR A PTA MEETING (Virtual) - Tues, Feb 8 - 7:00p.m.

Interested in learning more about the officer positions that help our PTA run? We need new officers for next year. Please join us and we will allow time at the end of the meeting for any questions you may have. Or email Cara at if you want more info.

Join Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 980 9328 4149
Passcode: 094353

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Meeting ID: 980 9328 4149
Passcode: 094353


Are you great with numbers? Do you know how to do taxes? We are in need of a treasurer for the PTA next school year. Reach out if you would be interested in chatting with our current treasurer about this opportunity. Email Kim at for more info.

Use this link to see your other volunteer options.

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VES REMINDERS: Worth Repeating...

Weather Guidelines/Recess

Exercise outdoors is healthy and is strongly encouraged. It provides a break from the regular school routine, a chance to get some outside air, and an opportunity to burn off excess energy. If conditions preclude the full recess time, even a five minute break can revitalize children and prepare them for more sitting and academic learning. Children are expected to wear clothing appropriate for forecasted conditions when participating in recess or outside activities.

The decision to go out or stay in for recess is the decision of the administrator at individual schools. On rare occasions due to extreme weather, a decision may be made at the school system level.
The following factors are considered in determining if recess is to be held outside:

  • Temperature and humidity
  • Wind chill
  • Heat index and air quality
  • Age of students
  • Length of time outdoors
  • Adequacy of the children’s clothing
  • Condition of the playground
  • Falling precipitation (more than a sprinkle or mist)
  • Thunder and lightning

Generally, it is assumed that students will be outside for recess when the temperature combined with the wind chill is not less than 20 degrees Fahrenheit or the heat index reading is less than 95. Children with certain health conditions may need special accommodations during extremely hot or cold weather. Parents of those children should provide medical documentation and may be consulted to determine if other arrangements are necessary. During hot weather, teachers should provide students a water break before and after recess. Additionally, any student who shows signs of heat exhaustion or overheating should be allowed a water break during recess.

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.


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!

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.


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.

Updated COVID Mitigation Efforts in HCPSS Schools

Last week, a message was sent to the community with several updates related to health mitigation efforts in place in HCPSS schools. Today, we want to provide more information related to:

A comprehensive update can be found online.

Keeping schools healthy, safe and open for in-person instruction remains our top priorities because we know that the school environment is most conducive to student learning and support. Thank you for your continued understanding and partnership as we all work together to maintain healthy and thriving school communities.

Early Dismissal for All Students on Jan. 19

To provide staff with additional time to address their increased workload and to support employee well-being, the Board of Education approved several 3-hour early dismissal days during the remainder of the school year. The next early dismissal day is Wednesday, Jan.19.

HCPSS Hiring Fair

HCPSS is hosting a hiring fair on Monday, Jan. 24 from 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at Wilde Lake High School for anyone interested in employment as a bus driver, custodian, food services worker, lunch and recess monitor, or paraeducator. Attendees wishing to be interviewed should complete an online application prior to the event; prospective bus drivers may apply on site. No registration is needed to attend the event. Masking is required.

HCPSS COVID Dashboard Update

Due to HCPSS students and staff being out for winter break and inclement weather days, quarantine numbers will not be updated on the HCPSS COVID dashboard this week. Those numbers will next be updated Wednesday, Jan. 12 by 11:00 a.m.

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.

HCPSS Emergency Closing Notifications

In times of emergency/weather closings or delays, information is shared through our website, email and text, Twitter and the HCPSS weather hotline. The school system’s operating status can always be found on the HCPSS Status website. More information about emergency closings and information sources is provided online.

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.

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.

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.


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


BEST Cricket League

Cricket is the second most popular sport in the world. Howard County students can learn to play the game by participating in the BEST Cricket League, which is the first elementary school cricket league in the USA. Wickets will be 16 yards apart, and tennis balls covered with electrical tape will be used. No protective gear is required. The program is designed to maximize participation for all players and will provide a fun learning experience for everyone.

Introduction To Cricket: First there will be an introductory program from 3 – 28 January to teach the kids the basics of the game. There will be 5 one-hour sessions conducted during the week:

Group 1: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6:00pm – 7:00pm

Group 2: Mondays and Wednesdays, 7:00pm – 8:00pm

Winter Indoor T10 League: Next, the students will participate in the Winter Indoor T10 league, which will be conducted from 31 January to 28 February at SuperOver Cricket Academy, 9050 Red Branch Road, Unit C, Columbia from 6pm – 8pm every Monday. All practices and matches will be conducted during the week. Each team will have a roster of 13 players.

To register your son or daughter for the BEST Cricket League, please send an email with the following information to

Name of School:

Student’s name:


Gender: Boy or Girl

T-Shirt Size: (Adult/Youth, Large/Medium/Small)

Parent’s Name:

Parent’s Email Address:

Parent’s Phone Number:

Questions: If you have any questions or need further information, please send an email to Sham Chotoo, Cricket Commissioner, Bowie Boys & Girls Club,

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