To conclude our One Book, One School read along, we invite you to a special Wishing Day at VPE! On Thursday, September 24th, from 2:00-5:00p.m., you may come to school and pick up your FREE VPE Wishtree T-shirt and make a wish. We will provide the “leaves” to write your wishes on. We hope you have enjoyed reading and listening to Wishtree!
In anticipation of returning to in-person learning at some point, we will also be passing out car tag numbers on the 24th from 2:00-5:00p.m. Please pick up a car number if you plan to transport your child from school via car line at any point. Even if this is not your main form of transportation, it's handy to have a car number for those rare occasions! You will keep the same car number every year. If you need to replace your car tag number due to wear or loss, you may pick one at this time as well.
VPE Parent Survey
It is hard to believe that we are already into our fourth week of school for the 2020-2021 year. I would like to thank you for truly partnering with us as a school to support learning from the home front. As students, teacher and families have settled into NTI-2DL we are reaching out to get your insight as to how things are going from the home perspective. I have shared with the staff that this is the year of being able to “Pivot” and adapt or adjust as needed. We understand that every family has different circumstances and we want to work to continue to meet needs of all students. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey for each of your enrolled students by Friday, September 18th. https://forms.gle/BWTFvuFRdqQH6Np67
Thank you for your support.
I’m very excited to start 4th and 5th grade orchestra! With our digital start, it was important to give our students and families time to settle in before adding orchestra into the mix. Orchestra will look a little different this year, but it’s important that the kids get the same opportunity to learn a musical instrument.
You and your child don’t need to know anything about orchestra to sign up! I’ll work with the students in the mornings via Zoom and I’ll have videos available for students on Google Classroom. We even have instruments available for students who need them.
If your 4th grader loves music, this is a fantastic opportunity for them to play a musical instrument. Please visit http://bit.ly/FCPSorchestrasignup to see what playing in the orchestra is all about. If your 5th grader was in orchestra last year and wants to participate again this year, please email me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to working with you all this year.
Ben McWhorter, Veterans Park Orchestra
Backpack Food Program
The backpack food program is underway! Sign up to receive a weekly bag of nonperishable food here https://forms.gle/Zkw7gXvsyW2u6HQ56
After signing up, you have the option to pick up your bag curbside at Veterans Park Elementary, Wednesday or Thursday between 8am-3pm. Just call the front office when you arrive and your bag will be brought out to you (859)381-3161. If you are unable to pick up your bag, it will be delivered to your home on Friday.
Primary Talent Pool Update
Throughout NTI-2DL, students receiving PTP services from Ms. Grigsby will meet live via Zoom at the times below. Ms. Grigsby's Zoom link can be accessed through each of her grade-level Google Classrooms.
1st Grade Reading: Tuesdays 2:15-2:45
1st Grade Math: Mondays 2:15-2:45
2nd Grade Reading: Tuesdays 1:45-2:15
2nd Grade Math: Wednesdays 1:45-2:15
3rd Grade Reading: Fridays 12:30-1:00
3rd Grade Math: Mondays & Wednesdays 12:30-1:00
If you have questions, you can contact Katie Grigsby at email@example.com or visit her website http://bit.ly/VPEGifted
MAP Testing and Updating Chromebooks
MAP testing will begin at VPE starting next week. Please reference the attached letter outlining details of the test purpose and procedures. Before MAP testing begins, we would like to make sure all Chromebooks can support the online MAP format. Please follow the steps in this video before the test date to be sure you have the latest version.
The Book Fair is Coming!
You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from October 5-18! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.
You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:
- Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
- All orders ship direct to home
- FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
- All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards
Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:
Please email Ms. Ault with any questions! Happy reading!
Attention 5th graders-Leestown Pre-Engineering Program
If you are interested in your child attending the Pre-engineering Program at Leestown Middle School in 2021-22, you are welcome to attend our Virtual Parent Information Night on Wednesday, Sep. 23 at 6:00. Learn about projects, curriculum, admissions, and more! Here is the link!
If you would like more information about our award-winning program, contact Ali Wright (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit our website. Thank you!
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.
These are our only major fundraisers for this year! Please take a moment to connect your accounts.
CLIP OR SCAN BOX TOPS! The Box Tops for Education team has worked hard to build a NEW-and-improved, user friendly Box Tops mobile app, available now. Going forward, instead of clipping from packages and checking expiration dates, all Box Tops will be earned digitally by scanning your receipt. The new app features state-of-the-art technology that allows you to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings online. If you still have traditional Box Tops clips at home, make sure to send them to school. We will still earn cash for all clipped Box Tops until they expire. Better yet, you can “double dip” during the packaging transition by clipping traditional Box Tops AND scanning your store receipt containing participating products.
SHOP AMAZON SMILE! A percentage will be donated to VPE when you shop using the VPE Amazon Smile link! http://smile.amazon.com/ch/31-6566058. Don’t forget to bookmark this link so all your eligible shopping will benefit Veterans Park Elementary.
SIGN UP FOR KROGER REWARDS! Please register your Kroger Plus card with Kroger community rewards. When you register, Kroger helps support our school by sending a percentage of each order to VPE. Registration is easy!
- Go to www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards/.
- Log in to your Kroger Plus account.
- Add the VPE organization number DE538.
The VPE office still has 2019-2020 yearbooks for sale. You are welcome to stop by the office between 8:00-3:30 daily to purchase a yearbook. The cost of a yearbook is $15.oo and cash or checks made payable to VPE PTA are accepted.
Parks and Recreation
Please view the Parks and Recreations schedule for fall classes, held at Artworks at the Carver School as well as the Tates Creek Recreation Center if you are interested in dance classes. Included is a scholarship form for anyone that might qualify. These are small classes for kids of 3- 14.
SCAPA Bluegrass Audition/Application Information Meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2020 Parents and students DO NOT need to register to attend this information meeting! Please use the document link below to access the Zoom links for the virtual meeting. Audition Information Meeting Links
6:00pm: General Information Meeting
7:00pm - 7:30pm: Individual Arts Area Meetings
Sign-ups for Thanksgiving baskets through God's Pantry's Sharing Thanksgiving Program are now under way! If your family would benefit from receiving a Thanksgiving basket this year, please fill out this form completely no later than SEPTEMBER 8th! This is a FIRM deadline for God's Pantry and late submissions cannot be added after that date! All Thanksgiving baskets will be provided through God’s Pantry. You are responsible for picking up your basket. If picking up your basket is absolutely not possible, please contact Ms. Brown in the FRC at email@example.com or (859)474-0547 The Thanksgiving basket contains (may be subject to change based on availability). Turkey Instant Mashed Potatoes Canned Vegetables Gravy Canned Yams Canned Fruit Cranberry Sauce Dressing Mix Corn Muffin Mix Dessert Margarine Eggs & Onion Distribution of Thanksgiving baskets will take place at Southland Christian Church. You will receive a letter from God's Pantry with your scheduled pick up time.
SBDM Committee Parent Needed
Veterans Park Elementary School-Based Decision-Making Council is made up of elective parents, teachers and the principal. The council seeks input from various committees within the school to assist them in obtaining information about the school and developing policies.
The following committees are seeking parent involvement and will meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:00 p.m. in September-April except for December. Meetings will be scheduled via Zoom meetings when we start the school year until we are able to be back in the building with students.
- IN-SCHOOL PERFORMANCES/EXTRA CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES & PROGRAM ASSURANCE COMMITTEE:
- PLANNING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
- STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT COMMITTEE
- WELLNESS & RESOURCES COMMITTEE (INCLUDES PBIS)
If you are interested in serving on any of these committees, please complete the attached form and return it to the VPE Office by, Friday September 11, 2020. We are extending the deadline as we still are in need of at least 2 more parent volunteers. You can turn in the form the following ways: drop it off, fax to 859-381-3151 or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org
The complete committee policy as well as all council policies are available on our website at http://www.veterans.fcps.net/sbdm.
New locations added! See the additional pick up sites listed below. The Federal government approved FREE meals for ALL kids under 18 so now all 47 meal sites will serve meals to all kids!! Mondays & Wednesdays 11 am - 1 pm. Kids do not need to be present. The cafe will give out three breakfasts & 3 lunches plus a drink on Wednesdays and two on Mondays.
(422 Codell Rd)
(2504 Larkin Dr)
Greg Page Apts
(300 Alumni Dr)
Snow Rd & Wintergarden
(522 Hollow Creek)
Meadow & Gay
Benton & Linton
Bainbridge Dr & Bainbridge Ct
(2920 Polo Club)
Betsy Ln & Boysenberry
Heartsbrook & Hillrise Dr
(733 Hill Rise Ct)
(1510 Versailles Rd)
(551 W Sixth St)
Gate House Apts
(1825 Liberty Rd)
Red River & Trent
The past five months have been difficult for our children and families, who are dealing not only with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic but also the compounded effect of generational injustice. Illness, recurring images of racial violence, poverty, food insecurity, acts of hate, civil unrest, and uncertainty have multiplied adverse childhood experiences and magnified existing trauma.
Whether students are learning through Non-Traditional Instruction, or enrolled in the FCPS Virtual Learning Academy, our District Mental Health Professionals, School Social Workers, School Counselors, Child Guidance Specialists, and School Psychologists are available to provide direct services related to academic, social, emotional, and mental health needs.
To request help, call your child’s school during school hours or the main school district number at 859-381-4100 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Curbside Book Check Out
Library books may be checked out via Destiny(see the how to handout in the back to school folder or visit the technology help videos on the VPE website) or by emailing Ms. Ault at email@example.com. Curbside service will be available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-11 and 1-3. Call 381-3161 when you arrive and books will be delivered to your vehicle. Please allow 24 hrs. before picking up holds. There will be a drop off bin located in front of school from 9:00-3:00 each day for you to return books. Books will be sanitized and quarantined before recirculation.
Chromebooks have arrived and all families who had indicated they were in need of a chromebook have been called to come and pick up a chromebook. If you need a chromebook please contact the VPE office at 859-381-3161 and we will work with you to get one to you.
FCPS continues to offer hotspots to families without internet access at home in order to allow every student to access the digital resources that are critical to helping each student achieve during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hotspots are distributed through our Family Resource and Youth Service Centers and each hotspot can support multiple students in a family. If your family does not have internet access at home, please contact the Family Resource Youth Service Center at your child’s school.