Dad’s Club Mulch Day—Canceled Until Further Notice
A Letter from Ms. Dabney
April 3, 2020
Dear Veterans Park Families,
We hope that you all have been enjoying your “staycation” spring break with your families this past week. I know that the Dabney Household has started our fourth puzzle and read multiple books along with household chores, much to their dismay. I will say that Wags is wondering when she gets to go back to school as she is missing the action of 800 kids each day and our family of 4 just isn’t as exciting. To keep all the kids up to date on “What's Wags Doing”, I have created an Instagram “principal_and_pup” for you all to follow her daily activities. https://www.instagram.com/principal_and_pup/
All families should have received a phone call and email from the district letting you know that we will be continuing our NTI (Non-Traditional Instruction) until May 1st. Starting Monday we will begin day one of NTI and your child’s teacher(s) will be communicating with families and students throughout these days. Please know that we want to support your students while having them continue to grow. Structure is key during these unsettling times and having a school routine each day at home will be essential.
If you did not check out a Chromebook for your student and you determined that you need one starting April 6th, please contact your child’s teacher and we will work with you to get one to you. Also, if you are having a login issue we ask that you contact your student’s teacher for assistance. Fayette County also is offering a technology help line to support students and families while at home and they can be reached at 859.381.4410 and are available Monday-Friday from 8am to 5pm. Please note they will not be available during Spring Break.
With school being taught virtually this next month we are having to cancel many scheduled events. Please see the weekly “Flash” for updates to events. This is also requiring us to push back SBDM Parent Elections and Kindergarten registration. We have posted the nomination forms on the VPE website and we will continue to collect nominations until we are back in school and are able to have an election. All candidates will be announced via the VPE Flash/Website and biographies will be posted. SBDM Elections will be at a date and time TBD.
Kindergarten and new student registration has also been pushed back and will not be able to happen starting Monday. However, families are able to complete the online application process at https://www.fcps.net/site/Default.aspx?PageID=4962 and once we are able to get back into the building we will contact you to get the remaining paperwork.
All the VPE staff is looking forward to waving and seeing our families during our “Patriot Parade” this coming Sunday afternoon starting at 2:00. Please see the map and routes posted on the VPE website that we will be traveling. Thank you in advance for social distancing while getting to wave as we pass by.
Each Friday, we will continue to update the Flash and send it out with as many updates as we have available to you. Please look for my letter to be attached weekly and always if you have questions or concerns please email me.
May everyone stay healthy,
Veterans Park Elementary
- God's Pantry will take self referrals for food assistance. The referral line is 859-259-2308. If they need any information from me please let me know and I will be happy to assist.
- Porter Memorial Baptist Church (4300 Nicholasville Road) does "Packin the Pantry" every Tuesday and Thursday at 5:00pm. Proof of income is not needed. Families can get meat, bread, vegetables, bakery sweets and other items. This is first come first serve, so try and get there as early as possible!
Last week we launched the KET Learn at Home service – a toolkit for families and educators that features free, high-quality educational resources for PreK-third grade, grades 4-8, and grades 9-12. If you have kids learning from home, this is a perfect place to start.
Beginning March 30, our normal Monday through Friday lineup on KET1 from 7 a.m. ET to 5 p.m. ET will be replaced with educational programming specific to PreK-third grade, grades 4-8, and grades 9-12. Many PBS stations across the country are beginning to offer a similar service - schools and districts are thrilled to have this additional support for their learners. The updated weekly schedule can be found at KET.org/learnathome.
Please note the changes to the Bus Sites Program: FCPS suspends food drop-offs at bus stops; walk-up meals still available until spring break
Neighborhood Egg Hunt (Week of April 6-11)
Let's create some fun for our kids by creating an Egg Hunt. Every day, put up one paper-size colored egg in your window. You could draw it, paint it, use an online template, etc. PLEASE DO NOT PUT ANYTHING IN YOUR YARD THAT WOULD BE TEMPTING FOR KIDS TO TOUCH. This is a way for our kids to responsibly have an egg hunt during this time -- no contact.
Then, as people go on walks with their immediate families, the kids can "find" the eggs in other people's windows. We’ve made a tally sheet you can print for your kids to use.
Here is a suggested schedule:
Monday, April 6th: Green egg
Tuesday, April 7th: Pink egg
Wednesday, April 8th: Blue egg
Thursday, April 9th: Yellow egg
Friday, April 10th: Purple egg
Saturday, April 11th: Orange egg
We can keep these up during the week, so if a family doesn't walk one day, they can still "find" the colors.
Veterans Park Elementary PTA
Middle School Placement Cards
Students who received placement cards for Southern Middle School on Friday, March 20th will need to keep those until we return to school. Mr. Payne has stated that they are not doing any 6th grade scheduling until the summer so these will be collected when FCPS returns to school and it will not pose any issues.
Screen Time Learning Opportunities
Ms. Sproles has created a list of free online programs and learning opportunities while students are not in school. Check out this list!
Arts Night Baskets & Arts Night
We’ve just received an email from the governor regarding our charitable gaming license (what allows us to do raffle baskets on arts night). Effectively immediately, all charitable gaming licenses are suspended indefinitely in response to COVID-19. There won’t be any raffle baskets this year.
Thank you for all of your work this year to make our kids’ experience at VPE a great one. Please don’t hesitate to reach out during this difficult and unprecedented time.
With also not being in school during our scheduled Arts Night - Arts Night will be canceled this year.
An Orchestra note from Mr. McWhorter:
I have a website that I will use to communicate with you and your children during our extended time away from each other. I know that, for most of you, helping your child with instrumental music isn't in your comfort zone. It is my goal with my lessons that you will have to do minimal work other than helping your young musician tune their instrument. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. Please stay healthy!
Logging into Google Help
Please see this document if you need help getting your child logged into their Google account.
Follow the latest on the district's COVID-19 site.
CHARTER TO OFFER FREE ACCESS TO SPECTRUM BROADBAND & WI-FI FOR 60-DAYS FOR NEW K-12 AND COLLEGE STUDENT HOUSEHOLDS AND MORE
Stamford, CT. – March 13, 2020 – In the coming weeks, many Americans will be affected either directly or indirectly by COVID-19 and Charter is focused on serving and supporting our 29 million customers. Americans rely on high speed broadband in nearly every aspect of their lives and Charter is committed to ensuring our customers maintain reliable access to the online resources and information they want and need. To ease the strain in this challenging time, beginning Monday, March 16, Charter commits to the following for 60 days:
- Charter will offer free Spectrum broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription at any service level up to 100 Mbps. To enroll call 1-844-488-8395. Installation fees will be waived for new student households.
- Charter will partner with school districts to ensure local communities are aware of these tools to help students learn remotely.
- For eligible low-income households without school-aged children, Charter continues to offer Spectrum Internet Assist, a low-cost broadband program delivering speeds of 30 Mbps
- Charter will open its Wi-Fi hotspots across our footprint for public use
- Spectrum does not have data caps or hidden fees.
As the country works collaboratively to contain this pandemic, broadband internet access will be increasingly essential to ensuring that people across the country are able to learn and work remotely, that businesses can continue to serve customers, and that Americans stay connected and engaged with family and friends.
Charter’s advanced communications network will ensure our more than 29 million customers – including government offices, first responders, health care facilities, and businesses – across 41 states maintain the connectivity they rely on. The network is built to sustain maximum capacity during peak usage which is typically in the evenings, so a surge during the day would be well within the network’s capabilities to manage. Charter will continue to closely monitor this dynamic situation, and is well-prepared to continue delivering reliable connectivity. Charter has extensive business and workforce continuity plans in place that will be adjusted as needed to best serve all our customers and employees.
News/Help from the FRC
The Families First FRC is here to serve you. We have compiled a resource list for you containing important information to make sure your family continues to have access to vital basic needs, information on food locations, community resources, etc.
Weekly Food Bags: If your student currently receives a Friday food bag, your student will continue to receive these. We will be delivering them on March 19th and on March 26th in the late morning early afternoon time frame.
Community Resources: During this time if you are in need of basic needs assistance. Please remember that many community resources may have a higher volume of need at this time, and/or not be open at this time to ensure the well being of their employees.
-United Way: For emergency assistance with paying utilities/rent/etc, dial 2-1-1.
-God’s Pantry: God’s Pantry is open at this time. If you are in need of a food basket, please contact God’s Pantry at 259-2308. You are able to self-refer.
Health Care Services: If your FCPS student is in need of health care healthy clinics will be open.
Healthy Kids Clinics: Please visit the website below for specific healthy clinic sites and call to make an appointment, https://www.fcps.net/Page/5484
Healthy Clinic Location (closest to COE)
Address: Booker T. Washington Elementary,707 Howard St; Phone Number: 381-4993
Health Department: The health department is also available for health care needs. Please visit the website at https://lexingtonhealthdepartment.org/,
Health Department Address: 650 Newtown Pike; Phone Number: 859-252-2371
If you have any questions/concerns please contact me at Allison.Green@fayette.kyschools.us
COVID-19 Mental Health Resources
Please see this flyer for more information on community resources to help with mental health concerning the COVID-19 outbreak.
SBDM Parent Elections
VPE will be looking for two parents to serve on the Site Based Decision Making Council for the 2020-2021 School year. Interest nomination forms were set to go home on Thursday, March 19th and will be due back to school on Wednesday, April 8th. However, we will now post these nomination forms on the VPE website and continue to collect nominations until we are back in school and are able to have an election. All candidates will be announced via the VPE Flash/Website and biographies will be posted. SBDM Elections will be at a date and time TBD.
VPE Spring Picture Day - Canceled
Originally Rescheduled for Tuesday, April 28th will now be canceled for the spring.
Registration for the 2020-21 school year was set to resume on April 7th. In order to register, you will need to:
- Fill out the Online Registration at https://www.fcps.net/register
- Provide a copy of your deed or lease
- Provide a copy of a current utility bill (electric, gas, water, lexserv)
- Provide your child’s original birth certificate (we will make a copy)
- Provide current immunization records
Registration will be suspended until we are able to return to the building in May. Please go ahead and complete the online portion and we will work with families to collect the other documents when it is safe to be in the building. Thank you.