VES Newsletter EAGLE EXPRESS
JULY, 2021 - Vol.14, Issue #1 - SUMMER NEW STUDENT EDITION
WELCOME TO VES SY2021-2022, NEW EAGLES!
VETERANS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Robert Bruce, Principal - email@example.com
Alexia Redd, Assistant Principal - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jaime Gittleson, Administrative Intern - email@example.com
Summer Office Hours:
Monday thru Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Please call ahead 410-313-1700
NO WALK-IN VISITORS DURING THIS TIME
Youmi Jun, Principal Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jane Pak, Teacher Secretary - email@example.com
Maria Martinez, Teacher Secretary - firstname.lastname@example.org
Dulce Boyer, Teacher Secretary .5 - email@example.com
VES CURRENT NEWSFLASH!
Decisions Regarding Social Distancing, Masks, etc.
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.
30 - FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL HCPSS SY2021-2022
2 - PK/RECC FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!
6 & 7 - SCHOOLS AND OFFICES CLOSED: LABOR DAY (state mandated holiday)
MARK YOUR SEPTEMBER CALENDAR - VES BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS!
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.
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.
HEALTH CARE FORMS FOR ENROLLMENT
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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) https://www.hcpss.org/f/files/form_health_physicalexam.pdf
🔲 Dental Health Form https://www.hcpss.org/f/files/form_health_dentalexam.pdf
🔲 Lead Test Form https://www.hcpss.org/f/files/form_health_lead.pdf
HCPSS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL STUDENT SUPPLY LIST SY2021-2022
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.
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
See Policy 9000, Student Residency, Eligibility, Enrollment and Assignment
For additional information or questions, please contact your anticipated school of enrollment.
PREPARE FOR THE FIRST DAY:
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!
VES PTA NEWS AND UPDATES
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to learn more.
Join the PTA:
Follow us on Facebook:
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: https://www.hcpss.org/supports/lgbtqia-youth/#supports
LOCAL COMMUNITY RESOURCES & EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITY POSTS
For more information, contact Lauren Oviatt at VeteransGS@gmail.com
Cub Scout Pack#305
For information, please contact Heidi Potter at email@example.com
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
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.
ADDRESS CHANGE FORM: FILLABLE_Change_of_Address.pdf
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).
- Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (Chinese)
- Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (Korean)
- Learning Together Program (LTP) Flyer (Spanish)
If you need assistance to complete the application, please contact Early Intervention Services at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email Mary Jens at email@example.com
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.