Mark your calendars for the January VPE PTA meeting on Thursday, January 14th @ 7:00 pm. The meeting will take place via Zoom. Please use the following link to join the meeting: https://fcps-net.zoom.us/j/9881328 8484 Hope to see many families there!
MAP Testing When students return to virtual learning this January we will be implementing the MAP Test with all students Kindergarten - Fifth Grade. Students will be testing next week with their teachers during the synchronous learning times. Teachers will communicate specific times with their classrooms. Please remember these tests help us gain data to support instruction and students must complete these without parent support.
Kindergarten and New Student Registration is coming up this spring. FCPS typically opens the window for registration in February and once dates are officially set we will share date/time specifics with families and community members. However, until then you can start the process by completing the online registration and finding the required documents below to be able to register. To enroll a new, first-time student, families may begin the process online here. Items to bring with you are:
- Deed and/or Current Lease
- Utility Bill
- Birth Certificate (Official Copy)
- Current Immunization Certificate
- Proof of child’s recent preventative health care exam
- Proof of an eye exam (due by Jan. 1)
- Proof of a dental exam (due by Jan. 1)
- Court documents pertaining to your child, if applicable
Please note that Patriot Place openings for incoming Kindergarteners is now on a lottery system. Therefore, once a family officially registers they can be placed in the lottery system. Families will be notified then sometime in May if they have been randomly selected for a spot after both spring registration windows have closed. Please note families with older siblings will be given priority to keep families together.
VPE Chorus is accepting new members in 2021 and is VIRTUALLY AWESOME! 😀Whether you have been singing since August or want to join in January, all VPE students are invited to sing with Mrs. Bishop and Mr. Robinson (student teacher) each week for CHORUS SING-AT-HOME SESSIONS. Per current FCPS COVID protocols for elementary students, CHORUS sessions will occur VIRTUALLY each week whether students are learning from home (NTI-2DL) or learning in-person at school. When we return to in-person school, chorus rehearsals will continue from home via Zoom. Our Virtual Chorus rehearsals will occur on their usual day, but the rehearsal times will be adjusted to allow students to get home. The virtual rehearsal times will be communicated to all students/parents via email, VPE social media and a VPE website announcement. We are learning new songs in January, so new singers will not miss a beat! (pun 🎤 intended)
Each CHORUS SING-AT-HOME SESSION Zoom link can be found on the STREAM in MRS. BISHOP'S GOOGLE CLASSROOM.
VPE CHORUS rehearsal schedule:
- Kindergarten and 1st graders will Sing-At-Home on Mondays from 3:00-3:20pm.
- 2nd graders and 3rd graders will Sing-At-Home on Wednesdays from 3-3:20pm.
- 4th graders and 5th graders will Sing-At-Home on Thursdays from 3-3:20pm.
VPE STEM DAY Mark your calendars! STEM Day is scheduled for Friday, January 29th. Students will work with their homeroom teachers to complete a STEM escape room storyline using the various components of STEM (Science - Technology - Engineering - Math). Due to STEM Day happening this will be a non-rotational day for specials.
This Fall VPE received $1,376.74! WOW! VPE currently has 181 Households that are signed up and if you haven’t yet...please consider registering your Kroger Plus Card to support your child’s school.
When you register, Kroger helps support our school by sending a percentage of each order to VPE. Registration is easy!
Step 1 - Go to www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards/
Step 2 - Log into your Kroger Plus Account
Step 3 - Add the VPE Organization Number DE538
Step 4 - Shop!
Imagine Learning Challenge Continues…
In December, VPE had grade level challenges to promote completing weekly 60 minute goals of reading and math in Imagine Learning. With the overwhelming success we are going to continue these challenges in January. Our first challenge will be Boys Vs. Girls. For the next two weeks, we will be collecting Imagine Learning minutes for every student. Who will win Boys or Girls? Winners will be announced on January 29th and prizes awarded to the winning group and sent in the mail! Good Luck VPE Students!
Vaccinations are an important part of keeping our students healthy and ready to learn. If you have not had a chance to get your child's immunization record updated at school, please find time as soon as possible to obtain certificates for your student from your healthcare provider. Students not in compliance may be excluded from attendance, especially in the event of widespread illness. If you are unsure if your student's records are up-to-date, please check with our school nurse Deddie VanBussum or the front office staff.
January Spirit Project
For the entire month of January, our school will be collecting items for dogs, cats and other furry critters at the Lexington Humane Society. A blue donation bin will be located outside of the front entry door of the school, week days between 8AM-3PM . Examples of these items include soft K9 treats, peanut butter, canned tuna, unscented cat litter, towels, litter boxes, flat sheets, etc.
Circle of Support for Spanish-speaking Families and Students
The Circle of Support group is a monthly program conducted in Spanish that provides a place to chat and accompany others in their quest to provide a healthy environment for their children. Please share this information widely for the benefit of your Spanish-speaking families and students. For questions, please contact District Mental Health Specialist, Elizabeth.firstname.lastname@example.org or FACE Liaison, Lindsay.email@example.com
Fayette County Public Schools & 16th District PTA presents…
FACE IT | ENFRÉNTALO
(A series of Family Chats | Una serie de pláticas)
- This is a community of support for families to face the challenges of pandemic together.
- You can view previous chats at fcps.net/faceit.
- We will return LIVE on January 14.
PTA Book Study
Join us for the PTA book discussion, to be held in January and February via Zoom. The book is Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD.
PTA is able to provide 24 copies to the school community. You can request a copy by filling out this form (https://forms.gle/mzNKNYPc5rKEXCeM7). Books will be distributed on a first come first served basis, until the supply is exhausted.
Families can view their student's grades, schedules, attendance, and transportation information online through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal.
To establish an account: Request a Parent Portal activation key.
Do you need a password reset or a username reminder? Simply visit our district's IC Parent Portal support site. If you have problems there, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the parent/guardian full name, preferred email address, street address, student’s name and date of birth, plus any details or error messages.
Managing Parental Stress and Virtual Learning
A virtual support group for caregivers who may be experiencing increased stress during this time as they navigate multiple responsibilities, including assisting children with virtual learning.
WHO: Any parents, grandparents, or other caregivers that are caring for children or assisting with virtual learning.
WHEN: Begins October 15 (Will meet virtually every other Thursday)
TIME: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CONTACT: Call our 24-Hour Helpline at 1-800-928-8000 for more information.
Click here to view the flyer: Virtual Parent Support Group
We need you! Join the PTA!!
The Veterans Park Elementary PTA is working hard to ensure this year will be great for our virtual learners. Please consider joining today. All are welcome to join: parents/caregivers, grandparents, community members, and businesses. Our membership website is https://vpe.new.memberhub.store. With the processing fees, it's $5.68 per individual member. Your dues will go toward advocacy at the local, state, and national level as we speak up and out regarding the best interests of our students. Our goal is the same as always -- 1 member per student enrolled at VPE. The advocacy of the PTA is crucial right now as decision makers navigate safety and other standards in our COVID-19 world. PTA has a seat at many tables, and by supporting PTA, we're ensuring we have a voice there too.