VES Eagle Express Newletter

OCTOBER 24, 2020 - Volume 14, Issue #11

SY2020-2021: Saturday Weekly Circular

Veterans Elementary

Robert Bruce, Principal -

Amy Green, Assistant Principal -

Kelly Ryan, Administrative Intern -

The office has coverage from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. on
days when school is in session.
Please call ahead 410-313-1700


They are available to assist you during this time:

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.


Parents, thank you for making sure your child is focused on his/her lessons. Please review the assignments due for the first quarter. If your child has not completed any required assignments, the quarter ends on November 6th. Please have your child submit them before this date. Please understand that if children have not completed required assignments, it may result in a failing grade. On Friday November 6th, school will close 3 hrs. early to enable teachers to begin working on report cards for the first quarter. It is crucial that parents review with their child what assignments are due. All students have been reminded about assignments and their due dates.

Report Cards will be distributed on Monday November 16th.

School System Hybrid Survey

The survey which closed yesterday was the school system attempting to get information about which parents would intend to send their children to school if we partially open on Feb. 1st. This information would be used in deliberations on the creation of plans to allow that to happen.

This was not a final definitive survey. Please understand once the Board of Education decides on its plan, you will be able to make a more binding decision at that time. For now, know that the school system is working on what that plan will look like. Once the plan is in place, you will have another opportunity to make some decisions based on the plan.

Be Safe this Halloween

The school system is stressing the need for all students to be safe once again this Halloween. Co-VID 19 has influenced every act in our lives. Trick or Treating is always a risky activity without parent support. Please keep in mind that social distancing and mask wearing is crucial if you are out and about in groups.

Veterans Not Participating in School Based Learning Centers for Now

Recently we announced that Veterans Elementary School is considering the potential for offering in-person support programs for small groups of selected students. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer an in-person support program at our school at this time, because our ability to offer this program is dependent on staff availability, which is currently not sufficient to meet the level of student interest. We are looking into other options for serving additional children in small groups.

As a reminder, any child may meet their teacher individually or in small groups during the synchronous support times built into the daily school schedule. You and/or your child may also meet virtually with a member of the school support team. Please contact your child’s teacher, school counselor, school psychologist to request a virtual meeting, or with questions or concerns, and encourage your child to do so as well.

Please know that we are fully committed to supporting your child. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me, Amy Green, Kelly Ryan or any other staff member if there is anything else that we can to to help support your child.

School Calendar

Make sure you know important dates on the 2020-2021 Academic Calendar. There are no printed calendars; you may view the online calendar and/or download printable calendar PDFs on our website. The calendar is subject to change.

SY2020-21 HCPSS Calendar list view of Event Dates

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Bullying Prevention Month

27 - VES Pink Shirt Day: In honor of Bully Prevention Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month


National Native American Heritage Month

1 - End of Daylight Savings Time

3 - Schools and Offices Closed: ELECTION DAY (State Mandated Holiday)

6- End of HCPSS 1st Quarter Marking Period

6 - 3-Hour Early Dismissal for Students: Professional Development Day

16 - Q1 Report Cards Issued

23 - 3-Hour Early Dismissal for Students: Parent/Teacher Conferences

24 - 3-Hour Early Dismissal for Students: Parent/Teacher Conferences

25 - School Closed to Students: Parent/Teacher Conferences

26& 27 - Schools and Offices Closed: THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY (State Mandated Holiday)

Important Current Events

From the VES Counseling Department:

We are currently in the process of updating our database for families in need.

Please let us know if you are interested in receiving food by filling out the google form below. We will try our best to honor your request, however it is not guaranteed. The food pickup location is at St.Peter’s Church in Ellicott City.

Please fill out the Pete’s Packs Sign Up form to receive more information.

Please fill out the google form below if you are in need of gift cards for the holidays. We will put all names in a raffle and you will be notified if you are selected.

Please fill out the Holiday Gift Card Raffle form to be entered.

In honor of Bully Prevention Month and Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we are going to be celebrating Pink Shirt Day on Tuesday, October 27th!! In case you haven’t heard yet, Pink Shirt Day is an anti-bullying initiative that began a few years back in Nova Scotia when a 9th grade boy was bullied for wearing a pink shirt to school. Two other boys who witnessed the bullying organized the first Pink Shirt Day in support of the bullied student. Everyone they knew came to school wearing pink to show that they take a stand against bullying. We will also be wearing pink in support of breast cancer awareness!

Please dig out your favorite pink shirt to wear to school on Tuesday, 10/27!!


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

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HCPSS News Subscriptions

HCPSS News emails and text alerts keep families up-to-date on news and events, and delivers real-time notices of emergency closings and information. All HCPSS News subscriptions are generated from the information provided in Family File and have been automatically updated for the 2020-2021 school year.
Parents/guardians new to the system are automatically enrolled for email notification, however must opt in to receive text alerts.

Community News

Please visit the HCPSS website Community News and Programs page for upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.

Fall Reopening Updates

Find updated information about the 2020-2021 school year on the HCPSS website. Answers to frequently-asked questions are provided on the HCPSS Help site, including a recently added FAQ on how to access your child’s MAP test results.

Project SEARCH Information Session

Tuesday, November 10, 6:30 p.m., Virtual session

Families of youth with disabilities are invited to learn about Project SEARCH, an internship program that prepares young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities in their last year of high school for competitive employment.

Virtual Public Hearing: Policy 8090 Non-School-Hour Curricular Programs

Thursday, November 5, 7 p.m.; register to testify by Monday, November 2, 4:30 p.m

Board meetings are currently held virtually, live on the HCPSS website and on Comcast 95/Verizon 42. Learn about pre-registration and testimony. Register online to testify by Monday, November 2. Specific instructions on testifying virtually will be emailed to each registrant prior to the public hearing.


Students’ Rights and Responsibilities Policy Advisory Committee

County residents interested in participating on the Advisory Committee for Policy 9020 Students’ Rights and Responsibilities may submit a statement of interest by October 26.

Update Emergency Contact Information with Family File

Parents/guardians: if you haven’t already done so, please update your Family File to provide emergency contact and other information for each child. To complete Family File, log in to HCPSS Connect, select the More Options tab on the left and then select Family File in the center column. Find details and resources online.

Family File Instructions- ENGLISH

Family File Instructions - SPANISH

Family File Instructions - KOREAN


Join the PTA

Good Morning Veterans Families !

If you haven't already, please join the PTA! We are brainstorming lots of opportunities to help make this year fun for the kids. Your membership helps to fund these activities and helps our school ratings by showing high parental involvement in our school. Our goal is 300 members. We are 1/3 of the way there! Keep those memberships coming!

This fall we plan to run the very popular Whooo's Reading Challenge and Fundraiser! Look for notifications coming soon to start logging your minutes and donations!

You will be able to get your Veterans's Spiritwear online this year! We plan to put the products right on memberhub where you purchased your membership. Look for links in future PTA blasts.

We are also talking about Virtual dance parties, Spirit Days, Family Game Nights, and Chalk the Walk options for the kids.

We would love your help with the following events. If you would like to simply pitch in an hour or so, we would appreciate your help. Email Cara Adornetto at if interested.

Staff Appreciation Committee - Chairperson: Heidi Potter. Team members would help brainstorm ideas and assemble supplies for distribution as needed.
Email Heidi at if interested.

Spiritwear Committee - Run by Amie House. Help with organizing incoming orders of spiritwear and/or help distribute in a driveby event at the school.
Email Cara at if interested.

Become a PTA Member:
Follow us on Facebook:

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

Parent Support- Canvas Parent App

Parent Support:

Download the Parent App - “Canvas Parent”

This app will provide an easier way to view assignments and announcements. Download at the App Store or Blue Circle Canvas Icon.

-Course icon, calendar icon, assignments - points awarded

-Filters view by student - not intermingled like web view of canvas

-Can customize alerts - different course grades and assignments (i.e. notification if assignment is marked missing)

Greetings from your VES School Psychologists!

Welcome back for the 2020-2021 school year. Our school psychologist team at VES has grown this school year. 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!

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.


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More Than Karate! This after-school program, typically offered by our business partner - Okinawan Karate Dojo - now available ON-LINE on the ZOOM platform! It is the perfect way to keep YOUR CHILD(REN) (ages 6 -10...K-5th) engaged in exercise and character development during this season of limited options for youth! Registration is OPEN, and classes are offered every Wednesday, beginning Wed. Nov 4th. Fun and enjoy this awesome introduction to the benefits of martial arts training! All classes will be held on-line via ZOOM! The Instructors have been teaching on ZOOM for a long time, and have a truly engaging format for classes! The results are AMAZING! So convenient for your family...10 WEEK/class package is only $119. Led by adult Instructors from THE OKINAWAN KARATE DOJO, students will gain improved focus, more respect, and sound self-defense skills! For Information and Registration:; call: 443-574-8999; or email: Also ask about our Virtual School Support program, Dojo During the Day!!


Are you a girl looking to have fun and adventures with new friends? VES Girl Scout troops have openings in all grade levels, and a new kindergarten troop is forming!

For more information, contact Lauren Oviatt at

Cub Scout Pack 305

For information, please contact Heidi Potter at

Please Continue to Return Media Books

A bin is located right inside the front door of our school for book drop off. You don't need to go inside the school, just drop the books off in the bin. We would like for all media books to be returned by November 1st, so we can clear our student accounts and make plans for a possible contactless media book check out later on this year. If you have books from another school, you may drop those off in the bin as well and we will send them to your old school.
If you have any questions, please email your media specialist, or

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.

Send all attendance notes directly to:

During Virtual Learning, attendance will be taken daily by teachers for

Homeroom (.5 day) and Math (.5 day) 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


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.

Privacy Guidelines for Parents/Guardians

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To maintain a positive, productive learning environment and assure confidentiality for students and teachers during distance learning, all parents/guardians are asked to follow the following privacy guidelines.

  • Google Meet virtual instruction is designed for students. To prevent disruptions to the learning environment, parents/guardians should not actively participate in check-in sessions, although parents/guardians may assist their child with technology and/or remain nearby.
  • Do not video record, audio record, photograph, live stream, or transmit in any other way any part of a Google Meet, including not posting on any social media platform.
  • Any confidential or personally identifiable information related to students participating during Google Meets should not be collected, discussed or shared.
  • Parents/guardians should not engage with students during Google Meets. If you need to speak with your child during a check-in session, first mute your child’s microphone.
  • If a parent/guardian has a question, please email your child’s teacher.

Parents/guardians should email your child’s principal with any questions or concerns regarding privacy or virtual classroom expectations.

Thank you for your support and cooperation in ensuring that distance learning is a positive, productive and enjoyable experience for all participants