VES Eagle Express Special Edition

April 15, 2020 - SPECIAL EDITION - Volume 13, Issue #31

Veterans Elementary

The building is closed due to the State Superintendent's decision regarding the COVID-19 virus. We can still be reached by contacting our principal at robert_bruce@hcpss.org

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Mr. Bruce and Spirit say Hello!

Virtual Learning-What's Happening April 14, 2020

Hello Everyone,


As we get closer and closer to our Kick-Off to Distance Learning next week on April 20th, I wanted to describe what will happen and implore everyone to ensure their child has access to a device. I want everyone to know that this is your education. What you accomplish or don't accomplish is really up to you. We all want our students to keep up with their schooling. Even though the State of Maryland has closed school buildings, education is an open and active process. There has also been an addition to the meal sites which is even closer to our school.


New Meal Site

Meal service started today at a 14th distribution site: Hollifield Station Elementary School. Meal service is similar at each location in which participants will be given a Grab-N-Go snack, lunch and dinner for that day, as well as a Grab-N-Go breakfast for the following day. Friday distributions at school-based locations also will include meals to sustain children through the weekend. Participants are encouraged to bring a bag to carry home meals each day. Parents/guardians may pick up meals for their child(ren).


Have a Great Week!

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International Families: Interpreter Services & Student Technology Survey Support Available

Starting this past Monday, our student services staff and school administrators began reaching out to families, with a specific focus on families who may require interpretation services or may not have internet access to complete the survey online. The county will have print copies at meal distribution sites available, if needed.


Please complete the Student Technology Survey in English, using the Chinese, Korean and Spanish language translations as reference. If you need support in filling out the survey, please contact the Call Center:

  • Chinese: 410-313-5920
  • Korean: 410-313-1592
  • Spanish: 410-313-1591

For assistance in all other languages, please contact Monica Ranta at 410-313-7102.

Message from the VES Counseling Office

Hello Students!


We hope you’ve been doing well and look forward to reconnecting with you!

Starting Tuesday, April 14, VES School Counselors will have office hours available by appointment daily from 9:30am - 11:30am and from 12:00pm - 1:00pm. Counselor chats will happen virtually, via google meet or over the phone. Please email us at the addresses below to request an appointment with us.

The School Counseling Department will also be making announcements and posting content on Canvas in the upcoming weeks.

We look forward to talking with you in the upcoming days and weeks. Please know that we are still here to talk with you. Stay safe and well.

Julie Wentz (Grades 1, 2, 3, & 5) - julie_wentz@hcpss.org

Jessica Wilson (Grades K & 4) - jessica_wilson@hcpss.org

Tabitha Brown (Counseling Intern) - tabitha_brown_intern@hcpss.org


*please note that Mrs. Wentz will be joining Ms. Brown’s chats.

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.

School Supplies

Limited quantities of pens, pencils and notebooks will be available at the Hammond, Long Reach and Oakland Mills high school Technology Distribution sites, which students/families may pick up if supplies are needed for continuity of learning at home. Prepare for Success has donated its inventory of school supplies, which will soon be available at meal distribution sites. Please stay tuned as we gather this inventory this week and prepare for a wider distribution beginning next week.

COMCAST Internet

To help connect more families to the internet at home, Comcast is offering two months of free internet to new Internet Essential customers. more information