The Village Bluebird

Special Edition April 2020

Greetings Families

Dear VES Families,

We hope you are safe and well during this unprecedented situation and that you are able to enjoy quality time with those closest to you.

Our teachers and leadership team continue to work hard behind the scenes to ensure that your children's distance learning plans are updated and engaging. We communicate daily to assess our work, fine tune as needed and plan for the days ahead. To further engage students, teachers share daily messages and use Google Classroom to post school related announcements or questions that students can reply to during scheduled meeting times. We will gradually and with careful thought, increase our use of other recorded messages and learning activities. Please give a round of applause to our amazing teachers and your children for making this experience the best it can be under the circumstances!

Your continued support, positive feedback and engagement is very much appreciated. We are grateful that you've shared your children's experiences along with photos for our slide shows! It helps us to stay connected and bring sunshine and smiles to one another while we're apart.

May our community remain strong until the halls of VES are again filled with life's energy, cheerful giggles and that enduring learning spirit!

Principal Lacy

Stay Informed and Engaged

Please be sure to open and read all communications from the Montgomery Township School District, VES, your child's teacher and other key members of our team in order to stay abreast of ever changing information.

Updates regarding the district closing, learning plans and other topics have been going out regularly since March 9th.

Please visit the VES website for links to the Distance Learning Plan, our Twitter feed and more. Please visit the school district website for links to all recent communications and alerts. You are also welcome to email us.

We take attendance each day. If your child is unable to participate in distance learning on any given day due to illness or anything else, please enter his/her absence in Genesis.

Thank you!

Distance Learning and Digital Citizenship Reminders

Please remember that you are your child’s digital citizenship coach and are responsible for monitoring students’ use of technology during this time of distance learning. While at home, the school safety filter is not in place and The Acceptable Use Policy remains in effect.

Students should remember to treat everyone with respect and kindness in person, on the phone and online and only engage in school related questions and discussions when using school resources during distance learning. Villagers are familiar with THINK as it was discussed in Mr. Dolan's technology class!

Parents can choose to utilize your own personal tools such as Facetime or Zoom to connect students. If you choose to do so, it is strongly recommended that any connections be monitored by parents.

Thank you for your support as we all work together to ensure a positive learning environment for our students while at home.

Important PTA News and Updates:

Yearbook Sales and Scholastic Book Fair Updates

Dear VES Community,

First and foremost, we hope that everyone is safe and managing well during this time.

As we are not physically together in the school building, MES PTA was able to make some adjustments to continue with our spring events. Please see below and do not hesitate to reach out with any questions!


Jenna Huntley ( & Yuna Kim (


Yearbook sales will begin on March 30th and end on May 15th. Please use this link to place your order to guarantee your student’s copy today. Price is $25 per yearbook. If you have any questions, please contact Nicole Dowling (


An online book fair is all set up to start on Monday, March 30th and will run through to April 12th. All orders will be shipped directly to your home (free shipping with a purchase of $25). Attached is the flier for the event as well as the direct link for the book fair. Please contact Unnati Patel ( with any questions.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you again for your support and patience as we continue with distance learning through April 9, 2020. Parent teacher conferences that were scheduled for April 3, 6, 7, 8, 2020 will be canceled. We will be following the distance learning schedule through this time. If you have any concerns regarding your child’s distance learning plans, feel free to email his/her teacher.

Spring Recess - April 10 - 17

Update on April Activities

If we are able to return to school in late April, our focus will be on reestablishing our classroom and school communities and getting back to our instructional goals and routines. As a result, the following April events will be canceled:

  • 3rd Grade Tour of Montgomery and the 4th grade Old Barracks and State House trips. Refunds will be processed at a later date.
  • Fifth Grade Student and Parent Orientations. We will be in touch about alternative plans for these events.

As a result of the school closure our 3rd and 4th grade author visits in March had to be canceled. Possibilities for rescheduling the 4th Grade Art Show and 3rd Grade Arbor Day event planned for early April will determined at a later date.

New Jersey Student Learning Assessment (NJSLA)

Given the continued threat of COVID-19 to our school communities and the resulting school closures, Governor Phil Murphy announced the cancellation of statewide student assessments for the spring 2020. This includes the May administration of the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments (NJSLA) scheduled at VES.