Monday & Tuesday, May 10 & 11
KPREP Testing-Grades 3-5
Wednesday, May 12
Laura Lemieux & Sheila Brumfield Memory Walk
Reading Counts Celebration -See details below
Thursday, May 13
PTA Meeting-7:00pm-Details Below
K-2 Fun Day
Friday, May 14
3-5 Fun Day
Monday, May 17
Lunch on the Green with Kona Ice
Tuesday, May 18
Last Day of School
5th Grade Promotion-8:00am-No Outside Visitors
Wednesday, May 19
Remote Student Chromebook/Supply Return
Mark your calendars for the return of in person VPE Fun Day! After having to take a year off due to Covid last year we are able to have our annual VPE Fun Day. To ensure students are socially distanced from other classrooms and grade levels, we will be having Fun Day based on grade levels over the course of two days. The schedule is as follows:
Thursday, May 13th:
- Kindergarten (8-9:30), First (9:45-11:15) & Second Grades (12-1:30)
Friday, May 14th:
- Third (8-9:30), Fourth (9:45-11:15) & Fifth Grades (12-1:30)
Just a reminder that students will need to have applied sunscreen at home as VPE staff cannot apply at school. Thank you to White Greer & Maggard for donating water bottles for the event.
Remote Students will be able to complete the following assignments for their own “Fun Day” at home. They are also able to stop by the office to pick up their own Fun Day water bottle.
Kindergarten & New Student Registration Dates for May
Please note the following dates for incoming Kindergarten Registration:
- May 3 - May 28
- 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays
Sign up for an appointment using the following link: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0b4eaead29a6f94-vpenew
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
- Immunization Certificate
Meal Assistance-Please Apply
All students will be able to receive school-meals at no cost for the remainder of the 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 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: firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions while filling out the online application.
Class Placement & Sneak A Peek
Traditionally students on the last day of school at VPE get to sneak a peek at their new class. This year we will do something a little different to allow for social distancing and not having to cross students from other homerooms. Therefore, students will “Zoom @ Noon” to Sneak a Peek with their next year's teacher on Wednesday, May 19. Students who are returning to VPE for the 2021-2022 school year will have an individual link to their Google Classroom on Wednesday, May 19th @ 11:30.
Families will also be mailed placement letters on Tuesday, May 18th to share 2021-2022 placements.
Chromebook & Material Collection
In Person Learners: Chromebooks will be collected during the following dates based on grade levels.
Kindergarten/First Grade: Wednesday, May 12th
Second/Third Grade: Thursday, May 13th
Fourth/Fifth Grade: Friday, May 14th
Please make sure your students bring their chargers to school on their collection days.
Virtual/Remote Learners: All materials and school issued devices/Chromebooks and chargers will need to be returned to school on Wednesday, May 19th between the hours of 8:00 am and 12:00 pm. Homeroom teachers will communicate specific materials that need to be returned for our remote learners.
Students who have lost their Chromebook will be charged $200.00 and a missing charger is $30.00.
2021-2022 School Start & Dismissal Times
As families plan ahead for the next school year please note that FCPS is anticipating the return to our normal elementary school start times. This would have doors opening at 7:15 and the start bell ringing at 7:45 am. Students will be dismissed at 2:35 pm.
Commonwealth Soccer Tryouts
Please see this flyer if your child is interested in trying out for Commonwealth Soccer Club.
Memory Walk-May Spirit Project
Every May we honor the American Cancer Society through our annual Laura Lemieux and Sheila Brumfield Memory Walk. 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 a few years ago from cancer. This year our Memory Walk will take place on the morning of Wednesday, May 12th. In the days leading up to the walk, donations will be collected within each classroom to support the American Cancer Society (checks can be made out to the American Cancer Society). Donations will be counted the day of the Memory Walk and the class with the largest donation will earn a popsicle party!! Please see this video from our counselor, Ms. Campbell for more information:
Summer Library Hours
The VPE library will be open this summer for book check out! Students may visit every Tuesday from 9-11am beginning Tuesday, May 25. See all dates below, please note that the library will NOT be open on June 29. Students must wear masks and be accompanied by an adult.
- May 25
- June 1
- June 8
- June 15
- June 22
- July 6
- July 13
- July 20
- July 27
Southern Middle School SBDM Parent Nomination
Attention fifth grade parents! If you are interested in serving on the SBDM council for Southern Middle School, please see this document for more information.
Reading Counts Celebration
The Reading Counts Celebration will be held on May 12th in the Courtyard, weather permitting, for in-person as well as virtual students. Virtual students may pull into the bus loop at 11:30 where they will be served. Students who are in the top classroom in each grade, top student in their class, or in the top ten for their grade level will be invited to participate. Please look for an invite from your child’s teacher if your student/class is participating. Students will receive one cup of birthday cake flavored ice cream from Orange Leaf unless they have an allergy in which another option will be available. No toppings will be served.
Please join us for the May PTA meeting on May 13th at 7:00 via Zoom at this link: https://fcps-net.zoom.us/j/98813288484.
Attention 4th grade parents! Every year the Young Achievers program showcases students with exceptional talent and leadership in Fayette County. The 2021 Young Achievers exhibit will be shown at VPE next school year. If you would like to apply, please fill out the online form at www.centralky.youngachiever.us/apply. No paper copies will be distributed by the school. For more information, please reference this flyer.
Henry Clay Summer Soccer Camp
Please see this flyer with more information about a soccer camp hosted by Henry Clay.
5th Grade Yearbook Shout Outs!
We are selling yearbook ads for $5 to parents and friends of 5th grade students as a special shoutout to them as they finish their time at VPE. Ads will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis until we run out of space.
Text only. All text will be reviewed and approved by the Yearbook chair. Decorative features such as different fonts, frames, and small clip art items may be used to enhance the overall design of the ad page, but these items are not guaranteed and are up to the discretion of the Yearbook chair.
After submitting your ad on the linked form, you will be forwarded to the MemberHub store to complete your purchase. Payment due by May 7.
Enter ad content here: https://forms.gle/1cnKyKi2XHC4Mt3Y9
Contact Kandace Bright (kandacebright@gmail) with any questions.
Lexington School Scholarships for incoming Sixth Graders
Please see the following documents for more information and to apply for a scholarship to The Lexington School.
SMS Summer Ignite
Hey Future SMS Families!! We are excited to announce that we will be having a camp this summer for all incoming students! This will include stem activities, fitness, math, music, and more! Below is a quick blurb and the Google Form to fill out, securing your spot. If you have questions, please reach out to email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For new 6th grade students at SMS we are dividing the sessions into two parts. July 26 - July 28 will be the first group and July 28 - July 30. We know students are excited to discover middle school, but we need to split these groups as evenly as possible. We will do everything possible to honor your request for the session. We will email you with the date your student will attend the end of June. Please complete the form below so we can secure your spot! Thanks, and Go Spartans!
SB 128 – Supplemental School Year
Families should have already received communication from Fayette County Public Schools about a new state law that allows students to redo this school year. Known as “Senate Bill 128,” or the “Supplemental School Year” program, this is a one-time opportunity for families who would like their students to repeat their current grade level in order to supplement their learning. Families who are interested in this option have until 11:59 p.m. on May 1 to submit a request form to the school district. The Fayette County Board of Education will then vote to either accept all or none of the applications. More information, including links to the request form in multiple languages are available at www.fcps.net/sb128. If you are concerned about the progress your child has made this year, I would encourage you to schedule a time to meet with us here at school. We are committed to the success of every student and want to work in partnership with our families to ensure our students are prepared to excel not only in school, but also in life.
Intermediate Photos Needed for the Yearbook!
Fourth and fifth grade parents, please send all CANDID photos you may have from this school year to email@example.com.
Attention Fifth Grade Parents
If your student will be attending Southern Middle School next year, please see this flyer with more information about the Spartan Academy.
Please see this flyer for more information on how to order your 2020-2021 yearbook. This will definitely be a year we'll never forget!
Patriot Place Information
Registration for 2021-2022 School Year: 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 by the end of 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. Families who have been enrolled in the program prior to closing for Covid will be contacted to re-enroll this spring for registering for the 2021-2022 school year. As spots open for the older grades we will contact families from our waiting list. Incoming Kindergarten families who have registered by May 7th and asked to be put in the lottery will be contacted by May 28th to let them know if they have received a spot for the 2021-2022 school year.
Patriot Place Remains Suspended & Refund Checks:. Families who have current fifth graders who will not be returning next school year were mailed a refund for their balance at the beginning of April.
VPE has set the dates for our spring KPREP testing. Testing is shortened this year and will be taking place over two days. Students who are in-person learning in grades 3-5 will test on Monday, May 10th and Tuesday, May 11th. Students who are remote learners who wish to come into school to test will be able to do so on Thursday, May 6th and Friday, May 7th. Unfortunately, due to state guidelines KPREP can not be administered remotely like MAP testing and will require students to come to school on the noted testing days. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to have your remote learner scheduled to test during the remote testing dates. The KPREP testing schedule as follows:
- Remote Learners - Thursday, May 6th & Friday, May 7th - @ 8:00
- In Person Learners - Monday, May 10th & Tuesday, May 11th
- Daily Schedule
- Day One: 3-5 Student Survey, Reading Part A & Math Part A
- Day Two: 4th - Science & 5th On Demand
Lunch on the Green & Kona Ice
This year with the inability to have our annual Park Day due to no field trips, we will have a picnic lunch celebration outside with homeroom classrooms during their lunch times throughout the property. We will also be celebrating our students who have met their PBIS 20 Day Celebration goal!
The 20 Day Celebration countdown begins Monday, April 12th.
As an end of year student reward for our positive behavior program, students need to have 20/25 stickers to earn Lunch on the Green and Kona Ice on May 17th!
Reminders for Students and Parents!
- Student pulls the 3rd ticket (orange) = no sticker
- No homework = no sticker
- Unexcused absence = no sticker
- Unexcused tardy = no sticker