Veterans Elementary Eagle Express

December 19, 2019 - Volume 13, Issue 15

Soar to Excellence!

School Mission

Veterans Elementary School promotes life-long learning by embracing its diversity, providing students with dynamic classroom experiences and exposing them to the cultural arts in a climate that is rigorous, safe, nurturing and respectful.

Veterans Elementary School

Robert Bruce, Principal

Amy Green, Assistant Principal

Derek Lewis, Administrator

School Start and Dismissal Times: 9:25 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.


As we send out our last Eagle Express for 2019, we want to wish everyone a healthy and relaxing winter break. The community has been very supportive to our school and I thank everyone connected with the support for your children and for the staff. 2020 offers new horizons and new challenges for all of us. First of all, we have a group of students who will attend Northfield next school year. Northfield will hold an orientation meeting for all Veterans students attending Northfield in the 2020-2021 school year.This will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at Northfield Elementary School. Ms. Cathleen Lopez, Northfield Principal, will be on hand to greet our students.

We will welcome students from Hollifield Station and Waterloo Elementary Schools on Thursday, January 23rd to Veterans Elementary School at 7:00 p.m.

Have a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year!

Important Upcoming Dates and Events


  • 20 - SPIRIT DAY: Pajama Day
  • 23 - Schools and Offices Closed: Winter Break Dec. 23 thru Dec. 31


  • 1 - Schools and Offices Closed: New Year's Day 2020
  • 2 - Schools and Offices Resume
  • 9 - EAGLE EXPRESS Returns: Issue #16, 1st distribution for 2020
  • 9 - PTA Board Meeting, Media Center 7:00 p.m.
  • 21 -Redistrict Orientation for VES Students going to Northfield Elementary, 7:00 p.m. at NES
  • 23 - Redistrict Orientation for Waterloo and Hollifield Students coming to VES, 7:00 p.m.

2019-20 HCPSS Calendar - Monthly Format

Click to download and print the HCPSS calendar in a monthly format. The calendar will no longer be distributed in first day folders. The 2019-2020 School Calendar is available to be printed online:


No EAGLE EXPRESS Newsletter will be issued on Jan. 2nd ~ Happy Holidays!
Next EE Newsletter will be posted on Thursday, Jan. 9th :)


Redistricted Veterans Students to Northfield Orientation

Northfield Elementary on January 21st at 7:00 p.m.

Redistricted Waterloo and Hollifield Students Orientation

Veterans Elementary on January 23rd at 7:00 p.m.

Rising 5th Graders, Mark your calendar...

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New HCPSS Website and System for Emergency Closings:

Effective December 1, HCPSS is launching a color-coding notification system for emergency and other non-scheduled school closings, including for inclement weather. The new system standardizes the school system’s operational status to five possibilities to enhance consistency while promoting the safety of HCPSS students and staff, and adhering to negotiated agreements on staff availability.
If Howard County public schools open two hours late, there is no morning Pre-Kindergarten/RECC.

The HCPSS operating status will be identified on a new website: The HCPSS operational color code options are:

  • Code Green – Normal Operations (in accordance with the HCPSS calendar)
  • Code Red – Schools and Offices Closed
  • Code Orange – Schools Closed; Offices Open with Liberal Leave in Effect
  • Code Blue – Schools Open Two Hours Late
  • Code Yellow – Schools Dismiss Early

All notifications regarding emergency closings will include both the code and operating status.

The emergency notification sources are:

  • HCPSS status website
  • HCPSS homepage
  • Email/text alerts
  • HCPSS Information Hotline (410-313-6666)
  • Twitter
  • Facebook

Please note: HCPSS cable TV is no longer a source for inclement weather closings.

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