JULY, 2021 - Vol.14, Issue #1 - SUMMER NEW STUDENT EDITION


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Robert Bruce, Principal -

Alexia Redd, Assistant Principal -

Jaime Gittleson, Administrative Intern -

Summer Office Hours:
Monday thru Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 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 -


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.


Decisions Regarding Social Distancing, Masks, etc.

The Board of Education will make decisions regarding the conditions under which we will return to school at the HCPSS Board Meeting on August 12, 2021. Direction will be given to schools and parents about social distancing, wearing of masks, and other safety features after this meeting.

BOE Announcements regarding VES Administration Changes SY2021-2022

Dear Veterans School Community,

I am writing to inform you of important information from Board of Education meetings concerning the administration at Veterans Elementary School for the 2021 -2022 academic year was discussed.

Effective July 1, 2021, Ms. Alicia Redd will be assigned as the Assistant Principal at Veterans Elementary School in Ellicott City, Maryland.

Ms. Redd will transition from her role as Assistant Principal at St. Johns Elementary School to serve in that capacity here at Veterans Elementary School. Ms. Redd enjoys a rich history as a Howard County educator, serving for 6 years as an administrator and 19 years as an educator in Howard County. She values a supportive and restorative culture. Ms. Redd received her Elementary Master of Arts degree from Notre Dame University and her Masters Degree in School Administration from Johns Hopkins University. She will join our community effective July 1, 2021.

Effective immediately, Ms. Kelly Ryan will be promoted to the position of Assistant Principal at Worthington Elementary School. We congratulate Ms. Ryan on this well-deserved promotion. We regret that she will not be working with the Veterans community in that capacity. We wish Ms. Ryan well in her assignment.

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Mrs. Jaime Gittleson, currently a reading interventionist at Laurel Woods Elementary School to the position of Administrative Intern here at Veterans Elementary School. Mrs. Gittleson is a product of the Howard County School System, having graduated from Oakland Mills High School. She is a seventeen year veteran of the school system. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Maryland in Early Childhood Education. She has two Master Degree’s ,one from Johns Hopkins in Communication and the other from Towson University in Reading. Mrs. Gittleson has served in many roles, mostly at Laurel Woods Elementary School. She has been a classroom teacher, team leader, reading specialist, and a reading support teacher among others. She is serving as the Administrator of the K-5 Virtual Academic Intervention Summer School program. Mrs. Gittleson has spent the past few years learning about restorative justice and implementing strategies in the classroom. She values building relationships with families, students, and staff and looks forward to building those relationships at Veterans Elementary School. Mrs. Gittleson loves reading and spending time with her family. She lives in Montgomery County with her husband, 10 year old son, 7 year old daughter and their dog.

Please join me in wishing Mrs. Gittleson well in this new phase of her administrative journey.
Mrs. Gittleson will join the administrative team with Mrs. Alexcia Redd, Assistant Principal and
Mr. Bruce as Principal.


27 - New Kindergarten Student Orientation: 9:30 a.m.

27 - New Gr.1 thru 5 Student Orientation: 2:00 p.m.

27 - VES OPEN HOUSE: 3:00 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.



6 & 7 - SCHOOLS AND OFFICES CLOSED: LABOR DAY (state mandated holiday)



1 - Kindergarten and Grade 1

13 - Grades 2 and 4

14 - Grades 3 and 5


6:00pm-6:25pm - ESOL and/or GT Presentation

6:30pm-6:45pm - PTA Meeting

6:45pm-7:10pm - Principal's Message

7:10pm-8:10pm - Grade Level Back to School Night

SCHOOL DAY FOR VES STUDENTS: 9:25a.m. to 3:55 p.m.

VES welcomes students to enter the school building beginning at 9:15 a.m. and must be present in their classroom seats by 9:25 a.m. for teacher's daily attendance.

Note regarding Late Arrivals by car-riders:
Beginning at 9:25 a.m., Parent/guardian must sign-in the student(s) "TARDY".

FAMILY FILE: Parent Access to Student Information & Classwork

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* In early August, you will receive an email asking you to complete your Family File.
Please be on the lookout for this important email and complete it in a timely manner.

HCPSS utilizes Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information. Regardless of virtual or in-person learning, parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child. Parents/guardians can complete or update Family File by logging in to HCPSS Connect, selecting the More Options tab on the left and then Family File in the center column. Family File guides are available online.


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Note: The following forms require completion by the student’s doctor and dentist for well check visits. These will need to be submitted to the school within 60 days from the first day of school:

🔲 Record of Physical Exam Form (student’s pediatrician)

🔲 Dental Health Form

🔲 Lead Test Form


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Stay Informed:

Transportation :

Intent for Transportation for 2021-2022 School Year

HCPSS posted online and emailed all families a request that they indicate their transportation intentions for the 2021-2022 school year. This information will help guide transportation initiatives, hiring of drivers, planning routes and more.

Please go to the following site for directions:

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.

Additional Enrollment Questions

Frequently Asked Questions about Enrollment and Registration

See Policy 9000, Student Residency, Eligibility, Enrollment and Assignment

For additional information or questions, please contact your anticipated school of enrollment.


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!


PTA organized the following Kindergarten Play Dates . . .

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Join a PTA Committee for next year!

Lend a hand! We need help with Whooo's Reading, the fall Book Fair, organizing Restaurant Nights, planning in person school parties, reserving assemblies for the kids, the Science Fair and lots of other ideas, Want to inquire more about one of them? Take a peek and email Kim Davis at if you want to learn more.

Join the PTA:

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Please note: Bus routes for the 2021-2022 school year will not be published until mid-August.

Parents of students who will be riding the bus are invited to check the Bus Locator tool on the HCPSS website. To use the tool, type in your home address. The cross on the map represents your child’s bus stop. On the left-hand side of your screen, you will see the bus stop location, contractor information, bus number, and morning arrival/afternoon drop-off times for your child’s bus. This tool will also tell you if your address falls in our walk zone.

Families of students who receive specialized transportation will receive information about your child’s bus schedule directly from the bus contractors.

Diversity of Student Population

HCPSS is committed to providing an educational and work environment that is free from discrimination, fosters equitable opportunities, and values diversity and commonality. Policy 1010 Anti-Discrimination prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, creed, national origin, immigration status, religion, physical, mental, or educational disability, pregnancy, age, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status or socioeconomic status.

HCPSS ensure the safety, comfort, and healthy development of LGBTQIA+ students.

Here at Veterans Elementary School, we celebrate the diversity of our students and are here to support students’ healthy and happy social and emotional well-being.

Any questions or concerns? Please contact your child’s school counselor and/or administrator.

For more information on HCPSS policy and supports, please visit:

Find Answers to Questions Online

HCPSS’ Help site provides answers to hundreds of questions about hybrid learning, health and safety, transportation, and more.


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2021 HCPSS Meal Service

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.

Hello VES Community!! One of our local partners is looking for families to provide food to. Food can be picked up at St. Peter's Episcopal in Ellicott City. If you are interested, please fill out the Pete's Packs Sign Up and we will be in touch with more details. Thank you!!

Julie Chang Wentz, M.Ed, NCC
School Counselor
Veterans Elementary School

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.

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.

Three Years Old Learning Together Program Peers

Will your child be 3 years old by September 1, 2021?

Do they want to go to Veterans Elementary School, just like their siblings and neighbors?

Learning Together Program – Prekindergarten

The Veterans Elementary 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( born between 9/2/17 – 9/1/18 ) may learn more about the program by reviewing the Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (English).

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 email Mary Jens at

COVID-19 Mobile Testing Sites

Howard County is dedicated to expanding COVID-19 testing to residents in our community who many not have adequate access.
First Call Urgent Care and Centennial Medical Group are implementing four mobile testing units in the following locations:

  • Long Reach Village Center (Monday, 3pm-7pm)
  • North Laurel Community Center (Tuesday, 3pm-7pm)
  • Recreation and Parks Headquarters (Thursday, 3pm-7pm)
  • The Elkridge 50+ Center (Friday, 3pm-7pm)

Rapid testing and PCR testing will be available to residents at no cost. These new testing sites will help us promote more equitable healthcare and ensuring our most vulnerable populations have access to COVID-19 testing.

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.