VES Eagle Express Newletter

FEBRUARY 27, 2021 - Vol.14, Issue #26

SY2020-2021: Saturday Weekly Circular

Veterans Elementary Hybrid Schedule 9:45 a.m. - 4:15 p.m. Student Day


Robert Bruce, Principal -

Amy Green, Assistant Principal -

Kelly Ryan, Administrative Intern -

Office Hours: 9:00 a.m. - 4:25 p.m.
Please call ahead 410-313-1700


Youmi Jun, Principal Secretary -
Jane Pak, Teacher Secretary -
Maria Martinez, Teacher Secretary -
Dulce Boyer, Teacher Secretary .5 -

Send Student Attendance-related notifications directly to:

(i.e. student will be absent due to illness, appointments, religious, or travel obligations)


Para información y apoyo adicionales, por favor, llame al 410-313-1591.

欲知详情或想获得更多支持,请电 410-313-5920.

보다 자세한 문의와 지원을 원하시면, 410-313-1592 로 연락 주시기 바랍니다.

For all other language needs please contact Monica Ranta at 410-313-7102.


Dear Veterans Community,

As you may know, HCPSS will begin its transition to a hybrid model on Monday, March 1. We are excited to begin welcoming back students in person and look forward to seeing other students virtually. Please know that we will continue to work toward the best interests of every student, no matter whether they are participating in person or virtually.

Families are reminded that all student schedules will change on Monday, for both students returning in-person and those remaining virtual. All school start times will be adjusted to begin 20 minutes later than pre-COVID start times. Students will not change courses/subjects, however class times and lengths will change. You can find the general Veterans schedule online

All families should note that effective March 1, there will be new procedures for student meals. Meals for seven days per week will continue to be provided at no cost to students; however, the days and times meals will be provided will change. Students returning in person may choose to receive meals any day they are in school. For all other families, meals will be available for pickup from 7:45-8:45 a.m. at elementary school locations and 9-10 a.m. at middle and high school locations on the following:

  • Mondays – Students in Group V and/or non-HCPSS students age 18 and under
  • Wednesdays – Students in Groups E, A or B
  • Thursdays – Students in Group V and/or non-HCPSS students age 18 and under

    Full details on student meals (Links to an external site.) can be found on the HCPSS website.

    For students returning in person, please note:
  • If you are eligible for, and opted into receiving transportation services, you can now log in to the HCPSS Bus Stop Locator (Links to an external site.) for locations and times.
  • You can find the Veterans Readiness Checklist online at
  • Families of students in Group E (5 days) should have received confirmation your child is enrolled and will return in person Monday, March 1. If you did not receive this information, please contact Mr. Bruce by email
  • Families of students in Groups A or B (hybrid) will receive communication from Veterans Elementary School beginning Monday, March 1 with your child’s group designation and additional information.

    We know families have a lot of questions. Please visit the HCPSS Help Site (Links to an external site.), which features answers to hundreds of frequently asked questions regarding this school year, searchable and sorted by applicable categories. If you have additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

    Thank you,

    Robert Bruce
    Veterans Elementary School


Important Dates:


1- New Hybrid Schedule for Student Begin: 9:45 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

1 - Phase 1 Hybrid: Group E Students Begin In-School Hybrid

8 - Begin SY2021-22 Online Registration for NEW HCPSS and VES Students Grade K&1

9 - PTA Meeting - 7:00 p.m.

15 - Phase 2 Hybrid: Grades PK, K, 1, 2 Students Begin In-School Hybrid

29 - Phase 3: Grades 3, 4, 5, 6, 9,12, and ARL Students Begin In-School Hybrid

MARCH Phase-In Model (see below)


2 thru 6 - SPRING BREAK Schools and Offices Closed

12 - Grades 7, 8, 10, 11 Students Begin In-School Hybrid

14 - Schools Close 3-Hour Early Dismissal for Students: End of Q3 Marking Period

22 - Q3 Report Cards Issued


Send all Absence notes directly to:

UPDATE: Attendance will be taken daily by HR, ELA, & MATH teachers:

* 9:45 a.m. Homeroom for In-School students only
All students groups for ELA (.5 day) and Math (.5 day) sections
to account for a full school day.

Each HCPSS school now has an attendance email for parents to send notes pertaining to their child missing any time out from school, even during virtual learning
(ie. sick, appointment, travel, etc.)

Please take the time to review: HCPSS ATTENDANCE POLICY



New VES Student Registration kickoff for the 2021-2022 school year begins March 8, 2021.

Children must be 5 years old by September 1 in order to enroll in kindergarten. Every child who is 5 years old by September 1 must be enrolled in a kindergarten program this fall or have an approved waiver. HCPSS kindergarten is a full day program.

Helping Your Child Get Ready for Kindergarten

Kindergarten teachers are prepared for children to enter school with varying abilities, strengths and needs. Each child is taught at their appropriate level through differentiated instruction. Learn more what your child will learn in kindergarten.

Review the 2021 Road to Kindergarten slideshow for information about kindergarten readiness, the kindergarten program, and registering your child for school. Prior to kindergarten there are many things parents can do to support their child’s transition to school. From making sure appropriate documentation is gathered, to playing with, reading with and listening to their child, the year before kindergarten is a great opportunity to develop school readiness!

Learning Together Program (LTP)– Prekindergarten

Learning Together Program – Prekindergarten

The Veterans Regional Early Childhood Center (RECC) prekindergarten programs are making preparations for classes for the upcoming 2021-22 school year. These classes include children with and without disabilities. The program’s focus is helping all children develop communication, literacy, math, problem solving, motor, and social skills. Parents of children who will be 3 by September 1st or are already 4 may learn more about the program by reviewing the Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (English).
Online applications will be accepted starting February 22, 2021 and priority will be given to applications received by April 1st. Link to application:

If you need assistance to complete the application, please contact Early Intervention Services at or at 410-313-7017.

HCPSS is committed to providing instruction based on the statewide Early Learning Standards which are in alignment with Kindergarten Readiness. The fees listed in the application will be collected monthly regardless of the learning model determined by HCPSS throughout the upcoming school year (virtual, hybrid, or in person). If you have any additional questions , please contact Mary Jens at (410) 313-1700 or .

New Chromebook Care Webpage:

Please be aware of a new webpage for students, Chromebook Care, which includes tips on caring for and transporting Chromebooks, as well as student mobile technology duties and obligations and additional resources.

Opt-In Update:

Dear Families,

The purpose of this message is to update you on the availability of digital tools on HCPSS Chromebooks. Recently an Opt-In letter was sent home requesting parent/guardian consent in order for students to have access to the HCPSS authorized set of digital tools used for virtual instruction.


The following digital tools do not require consent because they are already available to students in HCPSS computer labs: Book Room, Word Work, Scratch BluBot, Scratch JR, Sketch-Up, Collector Classic, JamBoard, and Google Earth.

These supplemental digital tools are approved by HCPSS and comply with federal, state and Howard County Board of Education student data privacy policies.

Please note that your student(s) will have access to these digital tools when the second semester starts through the Google Play Store icon on the Chromebook when logged in with an HCPSS account.

If your elementary school aged child has not been issued a Chromebook, one can be picked up at a Technology Support Center.

Please note:

  • HCPSS cannot guarantee that apps are available on devices other than HCPSS Chromebooks.

  • Teachers may or may not choose to use any or all of these apps during instruction. Students will be notified when a particular app will be used for instruction.

  • In addition to these Google tools, HCPSS has approved a robust set of supplemental digital tools. Your child’s teacher will notify you of the particular supplemental digital tools being used in each class via email or on their Canvas course page.

For more information, please contact Mrs. Webb at

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HCPSS has developed an extensive School Readiness Checklist to prepare school facilities for the transition to hybrid in-person and concurrent virtual learning. The checklist, which includes 25 individual inspection items, is being used during walk-through inspections to ensure that all preparations are complete before students begin to return on Monday, March 1. Results of the completed inspections are posted on the Facilities Checklist site.

Learn more


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Tuesday, March 9 at 7:00pm

via Zoom

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Meeting ID: 920 5952 2426

Passcode: 169051

News from the PTA

Return to School Supply Donations

A google doc has been sent to staff to start requesting donations that would be helpful for the return to school. Please note this list will continually be updated over the coming weeks. Sign up next to the supply you wish to donate and either mail it to the school or drop it off in the lobby in a labeled bag so the front office can put it in the mailroom. Please do not forget to put the teacher's name on the mail or bag. Thank you VES Community!

Click here to sign up:

Staff Appreciation

A sign has been put up at school to welcome our amazing staff back to the building. Thanks to Heidi & Bruce Potter for making this sign!

Join a Committee!

Wondering what committees the PTA has here at Veterans? Want to inquire more about one of them? Take a peek and email us if you want to learn more.

Congrats to our Trivia Night Winners!

The Noor Family, Nguyen Family & Arrington Family each won a round of trivia night. Hope you all had fun! Next Trivia Night will be announced soon.

Join a PTA meeting - March 9, 7pm

We meet once a month to discuss community building events, fundraising, and county wide school updates. If you are interested in learning more about the PTA, please join us. You must be a member to attend meetings. Need to join, here is the link:

Our next meeting is via Zoom.

Tuesday March 9 - 7pm

Meeting ID: 920 5952 2426
Passcode: 169051

Join the PTA:

Follow us on Facebook:



HCPSS Office of Student Access and Achievement and the Family Engagement and Support Team will host this workshop on Saturday, March 6, 2021, 9:00 am - 10:30 am.

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Council of Elders/BSAP Workshops:

TCOE Workshops: (The Council of Elders)

  • March 13 9-10:30 a.m. – TCOE Community Academy– Suicide Prevention & Substance Abuse
  • March 20 9-10:30 a.m. -Family Financial Education Series
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BSAP Workshops: (Black Student Achievement Programs)

  • March 6 6:30-8:00 p.m. – Re-Entry to School (more details to follow)
  • March 20 6:30-8:00 p.m. - BCAP CCON Webinar – Virtually Expanding Your Horizons – Jumpstart (more details to follow)

If you have any questions regarding any of these TCOE/BSAP events, please contact
Nicole Brown,

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We would like to make our community aware of several temporary positions that will be available.

CLASSROOM MONITOR- If a teacher is unable to return to teaching in person due to health issues, a monitor would be hired to supervise the classroom of 6-7 students while the teacher continues teaching virtually.

LUNCH/RECESS MONITOR- These individuals supervise students at lunch and/or recess, under the supervision of VES staff.

These are temporary employment positions with no benefits except for Sick and Safe Leave. The normal rate is $11.75 but this will be increased during this hybrid period to $14.25 per hour for LRM's and Classroom Monitors.

If interested please file an application at the Human Resources,

Employment – HCPSS

Application Process. Individuals applying for positions must complete all sections of the online employment application and submit a completed application before the closing date (if applicable) in order to be considered for the position.

While an application must be on file, please email Mr. Bruce if you are interested or have any questions.

Message from Media Center:


Your child will be able to check out from our Media Center with no contact.

You can request books from the VES PAC and pick them up on
Wednesdays 11AM - 3PM.
All the information about the procedures, how to set up your child's account, how to request books, and how to see if books are ready for pick up are in your child's Canvas Media Course in the module named Check Out.

If you have any questions, please email your media specialist,

Howard County Library Resources

  • Created While Isolated: Students ages 13 and up and adults are invited to share photographs, art, music, creative writing, and personal stories from this unprecedented time in acollaborative creativity journal.
  • TumbleMath is a fun and engaging way to learn math concepts through stories. Students can access this and many other learning resources with their A+ student accounts by selecting HC Library.

BOOKS and "BUNDTS" Reading Program 1/15 thru 3/31/2021

Who: Pre-K thru Elementary School Students

What: Students will receive a FREE Bundtlet for each month that they read for 400+ minutes.

When: January 15, 2021 - to - March 31, 2021

Why: Reading at an early age enriches children's brains, increases vocabulary and test scores, introduces readers to the world around them, and helps develop their imaginations.

A Youth Reading Program by Nothing Bundt Cakes

Columbia, MD Location

10730 Little Patuxent Pkwy

Columbia, MD 21044

(410) 587-0670


2021 Meal Service Adjustments

Meals are provided at no cost to any HCPSS student or any child under age 18. More information about 2020-2021 meal services is provided online.

FARMS Applications: Applications for the Free and Reduced Meals program for the school year 2020-2021 are available online in multiple languages and paper copies are available at all meal sites, effective 9/8/20. Please use this document for strategies for increasing FARMs awareness and participation.

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


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.

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.

VES School Psychologists

We are here to help you!

Debra Moniodis (School Psychologist, Infants and Toddlers):

Michal Boyars (School Psychologist, RECC):

Katie Burkhouse (School Psychologist, K-5):

Kristen Marsico (School Psychologist Intern, K-5):

School psychologists are available for parent and staff consultation by level. Please reach out via email to schedule an appointment!

VES School Counseling Department

School Counselors:

Ms. Wilson (K and 4th):

Ms. Wentz (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 5th):

We are available to support the school community.

Please reach out to schedule consultation time.

If you have an immediate need for help with depression, suicidal thoughts, or other serious

mental health issues, please contact:

Grassroots Crisis Intervention at 410-531-6677

The Maryland Crisis Hotline: Dial 211 and then choose option 1

The Crisis Text Line: Text 741741 and a trained counselor will respond.

The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255

Support Child Wellbeing Workshop: 9:00am - 10:30am March 6

On Saturday, March 6 from 9:00 to 10:30 am, parents of HCPSS pre-K - 12 students are invited to attend a zoom session entitled Support Child Wellbeing. Here are some of the details:

  • Guidance, coping strategies, and resources will be shared for supporting your child’s social emotional needs.
  • Panel discussion with HCPSS staff and community agencies will be held.
  • Question and answer breakout sessions available in Chinese, Korean and Spanish.

Registration encouraged but not required: