The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has chosen to participate in a second round of the Pandemic EBT, a 100% federally funded program. Each FCPS student who qualified for free-and-reduced school meals in August and September, attends a CEP school, or is in the Virtual Learning Academy should receive a new P-EBT card by the end of November. FCPS families do not need to apply for August and September benefits; a P-EBT card will be mailed to each child at the primary address provided on the student’s school enrollment. Some students at Veterans Park have been receiving these cards even though they are not identified as receiving free and/or reduced meals. However, due to the quick turnaround needed to submit data, it appears that some students were provided cards that shouldn’t have received them. At this time there is no need to return the cards. If you don’t need/want this card we have been told you can do the following: you can use the card, use the card and then help donate to a local school backpack program or Salvation Army or shred/trash the card. For questions about the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program, please contact the CHFS call center at (855) 306-8959 and choose the “food benefits” option. To request an address change, ask to be transferred to the specialized P-EBT queue.
The P-EBT program provides parents/guardians with benefits equal to the value of breakfasts and lunches their student was not able to receive because of the COVID-19 state of emergency and school closures. Families can use the funds for SNAP-eligible groceries like meat, fresh produce, and dairy items.
All questions about P-EBT must be directed to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). The Kentucky Department of Education is not co-managing this project, and Fayette County Public Schools does not have any more information pertaining to P-EBT benefits.
PTA Book Study
Join us for the PTA book discussion, to be held in January and February via Zoom. The book is Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria? by Beverly Daniel Tatum, PhD.
PTA is able to provide 24 copies to the school community. You can request a copy by filling out this form (https://forms.gle/mzNKNYPc5rKEXCeM7). Books will be distributed on a first come first served basis, until the supply is exhausted.
Salvation Army Holiday Assistance
The holiday season is approaching! Please use this link to sign up for gift assistance through the Salvation Army. https://saangeltree.org/ Select "no" at the bottom then enter your zip code to be directed to the sign-up page. The "referral source" is Veterans Park Family Resource Center. If you need assistance filling out the application, please contact email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with the parent/guardian full name, preferred email address, street address, student’s name and date of birth, plus any details or error messages.
VPE has recently had an SBDM member notify the school that they will need to step down from their role on December 31, 2020. We therefore will be looking for a parent to fill this role starting January 1, 2021. Please review the nomination form with specific details as to the role and responsibility of the parent SBDM member. Nominations will be accepted starting today until Friday, November 27 th at 5:00 pm. Only guardians of students enrolled in the 2020-2021 school year are eligible to run for SBDM and vote in the elections. Candidates biographies will be shared and posted on the VPE website and emailed to families. The special called election will be held virtually starting on Monday, November 30 at 12:00 pm and will close on Friday, December 4 at 5:00 pm. A link to vote will be sent to all families through an infinite campus email.
Lexington Police Department – Police Activities League & Calvary Baptist Church are partnering to offer tutoring services for all elementary, middle and high school students. Tutoring for all subjects will be offered. Sessions will be every Thursday from 6-7:15 pm & will be at Calvary Baptist Church. 150 E. High St Lexington, KY 40507. For questions, email Ofc. Anthany Beatty email@example.com.
VIRTUAL VETERANS DAY PERFORMANCE
Veterans Park Elementary is proud to be named after our American heroes, the brave Veterans who served to protect America and our freedom! In honor of these heroes, our talented VPE Chorus members in Grades 2-5 submitted recordings of a special Veterans Day song. We are thankful for our Military soldiers and our Veterans. We are proud to honor these heroes on Veterans Day!
November Spirit Project
Our November Spirit Project is partnered with the Lexington Fire Department and the Salvation Army for the annual Toy Drive. Students are encouraged to donate a new, unopened toy that will be shared with families in our community (the program does not accept stuffed animals). If you choose to donate a toy, there will be a large designated bin located out front of the school entrance on weekdays from 9AM-3PM throughout the month of November. Firefighters will be distributing the toys over the holiday season. Thank you for making VPE Shine and bringing smiles to children in need!
Application for Carter G Woodson Academy Deadline Extended
Carter G. Woodson Academy provides an advanced and rigorous curriculum that meets the new common core standards through the lens of African-American history, culture, and culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies. This traditional college preparatory program, which launched in the fall of 2012, serves at-promise males in grades 6-12 who have unlimited potential. All participants will graduate college- and career-ready.
The 2021 - 2022 CGWA Application Window is now open. Applications for new students interested in attending CGWA next year will be accepted until November 30th. No late applications will be considered. Please note that this year our application package is entirely online. If you do not have internet access, several libraries are open with computer access. Beaumont, Eastside, Northside, and Tates Creek branches offer limited service on Monday through Saturday; their hours are 11:00 am - 6:00 pm. Go to the Lexington Library Site for more information and their COVID procedures.
All three online forms of the Application Process must be completed by November 30, 2020 and can be found on our website at https://www.fcps.net/Page/16802 If you have questions or concerns about the application process, please see our FAQs page and/or email your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org only.
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)
TIME: 5:00pm - 6:00pm
CONTACT: Call our 24-Hour Helpline at 1-800-928-8000 for more information.
Click here to view the flyer: Virtual Parent Support Group
Households with school-age children and college students can now get free internet for two months, Spectrum and Charter Communications announced Monday. The company is offering speeds up to 100 or 200 megabits per second — depending on the standard speed for the area — and WiFi access for 60 days for those who need it for school, including teachers. The offer is only for households who do not currently have Spectrum and must be in Spectrum’s service area, which includes Lexington. To find out how to enroll call (844) 310-1198.
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.
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.
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.