A letter From Dabney

A Letter From Ms. Dabney

May 22, 2020


Dear Veterans Park Families,

It is hard to believe that I am writing my final Friday letter to you.  When we left school on Friday, March 13th I honestly never imagined that we would spend the next 10 weeks healthy at home during what became a worldwide pandemic.  As teachers have been closing down the building and packing up rooms this week it was strange to walk into classrooms and see Friday, March 13th still written on the boards.  It was as if time had stood still inside the walls of VPE yet outside and in the homes of the VPE students learning was still continuing.  With many of our year end events happening virtually today such as our Fifth Grade Promotion and Sneak-a-Peak  I am proud that we have been able to continue many of our traditions that make Veterans Park special.  I would be remiss if I did not express my gratitude and appreciation to all the teachers, families and students for all their efforts to make at home learning work during this unprecedented time.  

Congratulations to Amy Green and Jeff Rice who were elected as the parent representatives for the SBDM  council for the 2020-2021 school year.  Thank you to all of the parents who ran as well, VPE is blessed to be so supported by so many families. 

Our fifth graders met with their classes to have their final celebration and watch their promotion video together.  It has been our pleasure to work with our fifth grade students this year and we will miss them greatly next year.  While we are sad that we were unable to have an in person promotion ceremony we know that the video will be a nice keepsake for students in years to come. This video will be shared on the VPE website for all families and friends to view as well.  Here is a link to the video: https://drive.google.com/file/d/143UrnTiMGULV7-nqgfMk0xWTtu2ye_T3/view 

FCPS and Veteran Park is excited to announce Summer Bridge, a free online/virtual, continuous learning opportunity for students for summer 2020! Independent learning for students, preschool through 8th grade!  FCPS will offer games and incentives as students and families meet their goals. Students can reduce math and language literacy learning gaps by participating in continued learning through the summer. Our goal is for students to begin the 2020-21 school year with increased confidence in their skills.  

Summer Bridge is designed to be an independent learning opportunity for students. While adults might need to help younger students log in to the portal initially, the online lessons are self-contained and meant to require little or no involvement from parents or caregivers. A grade level teacher contact will be assigned to help support your student. If you sign up for this daily participation of around one hour per day  is expected and can be accessed at a time convenient for your family Monday through Thursday.

Students will need access to a computer, an internet connection, and paper and pencils. If you have concerns about access to needed materials, please include your concerns in the comments section of the registration form below. 

Here's the link to register to your students,  registration is due by Monday 5/26/2020.


Parent Pick Up Dates/Times – Next week, we are asking that parents come through the bus loop to pick up materials/supplies/reports cards/yearbooks/etc. All student medication will be returned at this time with the exception of controlled medicines.  Those families will be individually contacted to set up pick up times. We also ask that at the same time you would return any school materials you have had at home during NTI  to school just like we did when we checked them out in March. Materials that you have at home to be returned may include the following: Wonders Text, Investigations/EnVisions Math Text, Classroom Resources, Library Books, Band/Orchestra Instruments, **Chromebooks & Chargers ( ** If your family wants to take advantage of the Summer Bridge Learning opportunity discussed above, you are welcome keep the Chromebook through the summer and return it once school starts. Just let us know the day you come and we will record in our records that you are keeping the Chromebook).   All Families will drive through the bus loop where a staff member will meet you and get your materials from you.  We will then retrieve all your students materials from school and bring them out to you.  If you had something go missing the lost and found will be outside in the mulch area between the bus loop and parking lot each day pending weather.  These procedures will allow for minimal interaction and no need to enter the building to ensure the utmost safety for all involved. 

 The schedule will be as follows:

  •  Tuesday, May 26th – Pick Up for Families with last names A-M

o   8:00-11:00 am

o   3:00-6:00 pm

  •  Wednesday, May 27th – Pick Up for Families with last names N-Z

o   8:00-11:00 am

o   3:00-6:00 pm

  • Thursday, May 28th – All Families who were unable to pick up materials can come at the following times:

o   11:00 am – 1:00 pm

 Please look for your child’s placement letter and other end of the year information to be placed in the report cards that will be available to pick up.

May everyone stay healthy over the summer break and we look forward to seeing you back during the 2020-2021 school year.

Molly Dabney


Veterans Park Elementary