4th Grade Parents!!
Each year the tradition of 4th grade parents hosting a reception after 5th grade graduation for the graduates and families is a special way to honor the time each child spent at VPE. When our kids are 5th graders next year we will enjoy this special event as we celebrate with our kids!
We will be having a planning meeting on May 1st at 9 am at VPE to begin planning the 2018 celebration. If you can attend please join us - if you can't please contact Betsy Waters at email@example.com and let me know you are interested in helping but can't attend and I'll find something to fit your availability.
We will have work before to gather supplies, donations, and flowers so it's not volunteer time at school until the day of the event, May 31st.
Thank you for your support! I'll see you at VPE on May 1st!!
May Spirit Project: American Cancer Society and Ronald McDonald House
Students may drop off pop-tabs in the front office Tuesday, May 1st – Friday, May 25th for the Ronald McDonald House.
The Laura Lemieux & Sheila Brumfield Memory Walk will be on Friday, May 11th at 1:45. Join us in our Laura Lemieux and Sheila Brumfield Memory Walk on Friday, May 11th at 1:45 p.m. and in raising money to support the American Cancer Society. Laura was a student at Veterans Park Elementary that passed away from cancer when she was in first grade at VPE. Sheila Brumfield was one of our wonderful instructional assistants that passed away last year from cancer. The money collected will be donated in continued support of the American Cancer Society. In our 19 years of the memory walk, VPE students, families and staff have donated over $30,000 to the American Cancer Society. Donations may be dropped off in the front office. Checks can be made to the American Cancer Society. Students are also encouraged to bring in pop-tabs throughout the month of May to be collected for the Ronald McDonald House.
2018-2019 Veterans Park Elementary SBDM Council Nominee Biographies
Two parent representatives will be elected to serve a one-year term on the SBDM Council running from July 1, 2018 until June 30, 2019.
Responsibilities of SBDM Council: The council will meet at least once a month to make decisions concerning VPE. The council determines school policy for curriculum, staffing, discipline, scheduling, and other matters pertinent to the school and students. New council members are required by law to have 6 hours of training, and members who have served one year or more on a council should have 3 hours of training.
Election: The election will be held by ballot on Thursday, April 26th in the morning from 7:15 AM to 8:15 AM and in the afternoon and evening (Arts Night) from 3:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
SBDM Council Nominee Biographies (Listed in Alphabetical Order):
My name is Beth Garner. My husband (Troy) and I have a second grader (Kate) and an upcoming kindergartener (Molly) at Veterans Park. I also have a future Patriot (Leah) who is in preschool. This is my fourteenth year teaching kindergarten in Fayette County. I have served as a “teacher” on SBDM at two different schools. I have also been part of school committees such as Curriculum and Assessment, PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention System), and Principal Advisory. My family is very committed to VPE. My sister-in-law, Malinda Breeding, is on the PTA board. Education was very important to us when planning for our families, which led us to living in the Veterans Park district. The curriculum, the staff, the PTA, the technology opportunities, and the extracurricular activities are just a few areas that have over exceeded our expectations. Being a committed teacher who has served on SBDM, I know the important role the council plays in decisions for the school. I would love to be a part of the decision making team at Veterans Park!
My name is Amy Green and I would be honored to serve again as a parent representative on VPE's site-based decision-making council for the 2018-2019 school year. My husband, Ben, and I have two wonderful children here at Veterans Park: Sadie is in Mrs. Rowe's kindergarten class and Jackson is in Mrs. Johnson's 2nd grade class. Our family is blessed to be a part of this school and neighborhood. Continuing to serve on the SBDM is a small way of giving back to this amazing community. I have the unique vantage point on elementary education being both a mother and a professional educator.
I currently work at the University of Kentucky as a faculty instructor for the Mathematics Department. I teach undergraduate level math courses and serve as the course coordinator for the sequence of courses: Mathematics for Elementary and Middle School Teachers.
I also volunteer weekly at VPE: in the library and in both my children's classrooms. I love working with the students and teachers on a weekly basis. Being a part of the classroom experience, helps me better understand what the students and teachers may need to make this the best learning environment possible.
My family is grateful to be a part of this community and we are dedicated to the success of Veterans Park Elementary School and the pursuit of happiness for all VPE students.
Thank you for your consideration.
My name is Emily Tillett. I am currently serving as a parent representative on the SBDM Council. Next year will be my last year at VPE and I would love the opportunity to serve on the VPE SBDM Council one final term. It has truly been a blessing and an honor to spend the past four years as one of your parent representatives. My understanding of SBDM and VPE have greatly increased through my experience on the Council over the past four terms and feel that because of that experience I am better able to advocate for all VPE students and families.
I have two children, Matthew who will in 7th grade at Southern Middle School next year and Lauren who will be in 5th grade next year here at VPE. In the past, I have served as the Corresponding Secretary on the VPE PTA executive board and as the Volunteer Coordinator, Patriot Recognition Chair, Homeroom Mom and COSI Chair. I spend time each week volunteering at VPE in my daughter’s classroom and helping with the art program (and anywhere else there is a need). I am currently serving on the Southern Middle School SBDM Council as a parent representative and am a member of their PBIS Committee. I spend time each week volunteering with a mentoring program at a middle school here in Lexington. I am very committed to advocacy for children. I will help in any way that I can to keep VPE the best school in Kentucky. Over the past four years, I have made it my mission that any topics I hear about VPE either directly or indirectly be brought to the council’s attention. This could be a concern or a compliment. If I am made aware of something, you can be sure that I will bring it up. I am aware that each child at Veterans Park Elementary is a unique individual with his/her own needs. If elected to the VPE SBDM, I would continue to make it my priority to make sure all of the children’s needs are considered before making any recommendations or decisions. I would be honored to represent the parents of VPE children on the SBDM one final year and deeply appreciate your consideration.
The Veterans Park 2017-2018 Yearbook is on sale NOW! Just $15. Purchase a book online or watch for an order form coming home. Orders are due April 27th and books will arrive mid-May.
The Joseph Beth Luau Book Fair is Coming!
Readers are wanted and adventure awaits in books galore at this season’s Book Fair!! The Joseph Beth Reading Celebration Book Fair is coming to VPE! Parents and grandparents are encouraged to come and shop with their child(ren). Check with your teacher for the schedule or come before or after school or on Celebrate the Arts Night. We accept cash, check or credit card.
Say Aloha to Great Books!
April 19 – 27, 2018, 7:15 am – 3:00 pm
Celebrate the Arts Night: Thursday, April 26, 5:30 – 7:00 pm
Teacher Wish Lists – Don’t forget to support the classroom library as well!
Extra Extra read all about it...Well now you can on our new Veterans Park APP that is available for download on ITunes or Google Play. The APP is free (search Veterans Park) and to sign up as a parent you will need the passcode 3813161 (our school phone number). The VPE APP will also help in providing calendar information, specials rotation day, PTA updates, classroom/club information as well as much more. Please make sure to click for push notifications when you sign up to help us in providing information to families such as school closing/delays, VPE events and other parent focused information.
Last Day of School Set!
The FCPS Board of Education voted on Monday that the last day of school for students will be Thursday, May 31st! Please mark your calendars!