• Upcoming Events

    Monday, February 15
    No School-Presidents Day

    Tuesday, February 16
    Tentative Date for Return to Instruction K-2 Only
    PTA Book Club 7:00PM-https://fcps-net.zoom.us/j/94132167732

    Wednesday, February 17
    School-Wide COSI Event

    Family Focus Night

    Fourth Grade Parent Informational Meeting-6:00
    Zoom Link: https://fcps-net.zoom.us/j/95431682136 

    Fifth Grade Parent Informational Meeting-5:00
    Zoom link: https://fcps-net.zoom.us/j/99201320565

     Thursday, February 18  
    Third Grade Parent Informational Meeting-4:30
    Zoom link: https://fcps-net.zoom.us/j/99254859794 



    Cathy Crum Bell and Amy McVey Scholarship

    All former VPE students who are now seniors are welcome to apply for the Cathy Crum Bell and Amy McVey Scholarship. For more information and to apply please fill out this application



    Lunch Menu

    For current lunch menu information, please access the NutriSlice website.


    Bus Routes

    Please see this document for current bus routes.



    Recorded Parent Information Night Zoom Links

    In case you were unable to join us for our virtual kindergarten, first, and second grade parent meetings, you may watch the recordings/presentations below: 

    Kindergarten: https://fcps-net.zoom.us/rec/share/7go0shi2OSZmt0tqv8EHgijUm6z-Xb9IiJgYby9hjFb132XifyHi_hnGs0k-ygBx.jDu-gjp93zGV8OND Passcode: +77T2%a+ 

    First Grade:
    Slide Presentation

    Second Grade: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1-C4jC0uV85fNh9FZLfgqxyKI7ju_ScA3/view?usp=sharing


    Health Assurance Form 

    Please fill out this form before our return to in-person learning.  Each family will need to fill out this VPE Family Assurance of Student Health Agreement (one per child).


    Supply Lists-Revised for Return to In-Person Learning

    Please reference the below supplies your students will need when they return to in person learning.  Students should bring the following items in a ziplock bag labeled with their names on them.

    Specials

    Kindergarten

    First

    Second

    Third

    Fourth

    Fifth

     


    Changes to Chorus, STLP, and Battle of the Books

    Attention CHORUS families: CHORUS TIME CHANGE effective February 16!

    As students return to in-person instruction, chorus will remain VIRTUAL with weekly Sing-At-Home Sessions! 

    Beginning February 16, all CHORUS SING-AT-HOME SESSIONS will begin at 3:15pm. This change has been made to allow students time to travel home before the start of our virtual rehearsal.

    Zoom links for each SING-AT-HOME session can be found in your child's MUSIC google classroom!

    Kindergarten/1st Grade Chorus Sing-At-Home Zoom: Mondays at 3:15

    2nd/3rd Grade Chorus Sing-At-Home Zoom: Wednesdays at 3:15

    4th/5th Grade Chorus Sing-At-Home Zoom: Thursdays at 3:15

     

    In addition to Chorus, Battle of the Book and STLP will also begin at 3:15 and end at 3:45. 


    FCPS Chinese New Year Virtual Celebration

    Join us February 18th from 5:30-7:00p.m for fun activities and raffle drawing. Please see this flyer for more information

     


    Imagine Learning

    Are you aware of the benefits of Imagine Language and Literacy and Imagine Math?  Check out these resources so that you may continue to support and assist your child in a successful implementation of this program.

    Math

    Language & Literacy 


    Summer Camp Scholarship Opportunity 

    Fayette County School Nutrition Association is proud to offer its Fannie Kinzer-Tuttle Memorial School Nutrition Association Summer Camp Scholarship. One winner from Fayette County Public Elementary Schools will be awarded up to $200.00 to be applied towards a summer camp of their choice at the end of the 20-21 school year. If you have questions or are interested in applying for this scholarship, please contact Shannon Headley (shannon.headley@fayette.kyschools.us) or Allie Campbell (allie.campbell@fayette.kyschools.us) in the VPE guidance department. 

    Scholarship Application Link


    New Meal Assistance Application

    All students will be able to receive school-meals at no cost for the remainder of the 20-21 school year. HOWEVER, additional support, such as future approved issuance of P-EBT benefits, could be available for students who have a qualified Free/Reduced status on file. Additionally, it could help the school qualify for more funds for staffing and supplies.  We are asking families who qualify and have not already filled out a Meal Assistance Application for the 20-21 school year, to do so at this time. At the bottom of this page is the annual income portion of the eligibility guidelines that may help you determine if your family should complete the application. 

    Apply online now at this direct link: http://bit.ly/FCPSMealApp

    Please call our school for assistance at 859-381-3161 or contact Jessica Morgison (Child Nutrition F/R Programs Assistant) at 381-3838 or by email: jessica.morgison@fayette.kyschools.us if you have questions while filling out the online application.


    February Spirit Project

    Throughout the month of February, VPE will be partnering with God's Pantry for a school-wide food drive.  Join with us in spreading the love this month by donating canned and non-perishable food items throughout the month of February.  These food items may be dropped off at school Monday-Friday between the hours of 8AM-3PM or while picking up your goodie bag and cupcake during our "Spread the Love" event on the afternoon of Friday, February 12.  The grade level that donates the most food will get to play fun games with their grade during class time!



    Kindergarten Registration starts Monday, January 25!
    Kindergarten and New Student Registration is HERE… We will be scheduling individual appointments for families to register their students. In order to complete the registration, you must make an appointment and come to Veterans Park in person to sign necessary paperwork.

    Go to to schedule this appointment (Please bring any remaining documents due with you to this appointment). Families 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.  

     


    School Start Time & Dismissal Time is Changing…

    Once a decision has been made to return to in-person learning the start time of Veterans Park will move up 10 minutes to 7:35 am.  This will also impact our dismissal time and we would now be dismissing students starting at 2:25 pm.  Please note the following staggered arrival starts.

    Staggered arrival times:

     

    • Bus riders at 7:05 am
    • Car riders & Walkers starting at 7:15 am
    • School will now start at 7:35 am

     

    All students will use the front entrance so we can utilize thermal temperature scanners for touchless screenings. Staff will be monitoring students to enter the building safely while maintaining social distancing and wearing masks.


    Mask Requirement Upon In-Person Return To School 

    Please note the following requirements will be implemented during in-person return:

    Everyone – employees, students K-12, contractors and visitors – are required to wear a mask at all times while in the building or on the bus, with the exception of those who have a medical exemption or ARC-determined exemption.

    Students and staff should only lower their masks while actively eating or drinking. Masks will be provided for students or staff members who do not have one.

    Gaiters and bandanas do not provide enough protection and are NOT 

    considered an adequate face covering for FCPS facilities.


    VPE PTA BOOK CLUB

    Last year as part of our involvement in the National PTA School of Excellence program, we started a book club. This was done because we want to try something new and engage our community of parents in a book club related to current parent/culture topics.

    This year we are reading “Why Do All the Black Kids Sit Together in the Cafeteria” By Beverly Daniel Tatum PhD.  

    Join us for facilitated discussions via zoom: https://fcps-net.zoom.us/j/94132167732

    Section I - Tuesday, January 19 @ 7:00 pm (Prologue, Intro, Part 1 & 2) 

    Section II Tuesday, February 16 @ 7:00 pm (Part 3, 4, 5 & Epilogue). 

     You can attend one or both sessions. Lexington Public Library also has some copies, and the book is approximately $12 

    new from Amazon.

    Even if you didn’t attend in January please feel free to join us in February!

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    Medical Assistance
    HealthFirst Bluegrass is offering BOTH telehealth (virtual) visits via phone or video AND face-to-face visits at our school-based clinics. Call any of our 9 school-based clinic sites or 288-2425 to find out more information on visit types and to request an appointment or get assistance with transportation needs for your appointment.For more more information, please click HERE.



    Nominations open for 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year

    (FRANKFORT, KY) – Nominations are now being accepted for the 2022 Kentucky Teacher Awards, sponsored by the Kentucky Department of Education and Valvoline Inc.

    Any full-time public school teacher in the state with at least three years of experience is eligible. Nominations may be submitted via this Google Form.

    Teachers may be nominated by students, parents, teaching peers, principals, superintendents or anyone from the community who has an interest in honoring an outstanding educator.

    “The Kentucky Teacher Awards are an excellent opportunity to highlight the people who work every day to prepare our children for a bright and meaningful future,” said Kentucky Commissioner of Education Jason E. Glass. “We encourage everyone to think of teachers who are making a positive impact on young people’s lives and nominate them for this recognition.”

    All nominated teachers must complete a formal application and submit it by Feb. 20. A blue-ribbon panel of education professionals from around the state will judge all applications in March. Up to 24 Valvoline Teacher Achievement Award winners will be announced in spring 2021. The top nine contenders from those 24 will receive additional evaluations, which will culminate in the selection of the 2022 Kentucky Teacher of the Year.

    The Kentucky Teacher of the Year will be announced in Frankfort. At that time, all 24 teachers will be honored with a cash prize and other awards. Teacher Achievement Award winners will receive a cash gift of $500 each; two of the three finalists will receive $3,000; and the Kentucky Teacher of the Year will receive $10,000, along with the opportunity to represent Kentucky in the National Teacher of the Year competition.

    Now in its 21st year, the Kentucky Teacher Awards program is a collaboration between private industry and public education.


    Kroger Rewards

    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!  


    Immunization Records 

    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.


    Infinite Campus

    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 parent.portal@fayette.kyschools.us 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)

    WHERE: https://newvista.zoom.us/j/97366563235?from=msft

    TIME: 5:00pm - 6:00pm

    COST: FREE

    CONTACT: Call our 24-Hour Helpline at 1-800-928-8000 for more information.

    Click here to view the flyer: Virtual Parent Support Group

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    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.


    Special Area Update

    Special Area Update

     


    Fifth Grade Photos Needed

    Fifth Grade Promotion



    Yearbook Photo Help

    Yearbook