• Special Area Teach Talks

    In anticipation of a possible return to in person instruction, we'd like for students to connect with their special area teachers via Zoom. These sessions are optional and will last 30 minutes. Students can ask questions and get to know their special area teachers at this time. Please see your child's homeroom Google Classroom for the Zoom link to meet. All sessions will begin at 2:00 on the dates listed by grade levels below.

    Kindergarten-Friday, October 23

    First-Monday, October 26

    Second-Tuesday, October 27

    Third-Wednesday, October 28

    Fourth-Thursday, October 29

    Fifth-Friday, October 30


    Unity Day

    On Wednesday, October 21st (part of supporting National Bullying Prevention Month) wear and share ORANGE to show that we are together against bullying and UNITED for kindness, acceptance, and inclusion! Unite with others and add your name and your students names to the online “Together Against Bullying” pledge.


    Red Ribbon Week

    October 26-30 Theme: Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Drug Free

    Each day this week, we will show our commitment to be drug free! 

    Monday: Kick off Red Ribbon Week-Wear Red!
    Tuesday: Be happy from head to toe-Wear Crazy hair & Socks.
    Wednesday: Wear VPE spirit gear or red, white, & blue.
    Thursday: Show your VPE superhero powers: Wear a Cape. 
    Friday:Celebrate your love of reading-Dress as your favorite book character.


    Essay Contest

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced the 2021 Poster and Essay Contest Theme “Kentucky Agriculture Never Stops”. All posters and essays must be postmarked by March 30, 2021! Please see the rules and the entry form for more information.


    PTA Meeting 

    If you were unable to attend October’s PTA Meeting, you can find pertinent information in the Principal's Report and the VPE return to instruction video.  

    For more information regarding the thermal scanners that will be used to detect fevers, please review this document and video


    Masks-Medical Exemptions 

    No district form needs to be filled out if you are seeking a medical exemption from masks.  You will need to submit a doctor’s note to the school to be exempt. 


    Art Contest

    To raise awareness for the #ValueWater Campaign and the October 21st "Imagine a Day Without Water" event, CITCO + One and CITCO Water are putting on an elementary school art contest. Please see entry form for more information.  All elementary school students are welcome to participate. One winning student and their teacher will each receive a $100 gift card!  


    VPE App

    Make sure to download our school app and enable push notifications so you can stay up-to-date on the current news and happenings!  Even if you set this up last year, you will need to go in and refresh the app at the beginning of each school year. Be sure to manage your children(s) grades, clubs, and groups too!

     


    Free Internet

    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.


    Reflections

    Do you enjoy art, music and dance or have an interest in writing, producing films and taking photos? Then join us and have fun unleashing your inner artist with PTA Reflections! This year’s theme, “I Matter Because…,” calls for your own unique interpretation through the arts. Submission and entry form are due by Wednesday, October 21, 2020. There will be a bin for non-digital entries (visual art and literature) in front of school on October 21 until 5:00pm. Digital entries (dance, film, music, photography and literature) can be sent to vpe.pta.reflections@gmail.com. For inspiration, visit the Reflections virtual art gallery and learn more about prizes and scholarships at PTA.org/Reflections/Awards. The entry form has all the information you need to complete your project, but if you have additional questions, please contact Justine Dziubla at vpe.pta.reflections@gmail.com.


    October Spirit Project
    Each month we teach our students about giving back to the community through a service project. Our service project for the month of October is in support of our United States Service Members around the world.  Throughout the month of October, students are encouraged to write and decorate letters/cards for service men and women who are deployed during the holiday season.  Letters/cards may be dropped off in a designated yellow box outside of the side entry door of the school, on any week day from 8AM-3PM throughout the month of October.  If you have any questions, please contact Allie Campbell (allie.campbell@fayette.kyschools.us).


    Family Engagement  Facebook Chats - Face It 

    Fayette County Public Schools & 16th District PTA presents…

    FACE IT | ENFRÉNTALO

    (A series of Family Chats | Una serie de pláticas)

    This is a community of support for families to face the challenges of pandemic together. The Thursday evening chats offer useful information, resources, and support to help families face the challenges, stress, and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic together. You can view previous chats at fcps.net/faceit.

    Tune in: Face It on Facebook

    The sessions begin with English at 6:30 p.m. and Spanish at 7 p.m. 

    Coming up

    Oct. 8: Parent Advocacy

    Oct. 15: Understanding Your Child's Learning Styles (presented by WWB)

    Oct. 22: Community-Based Trauma and Youth Wellness 

    *Contact us if you or your school would be interested in featuring any future chats. All chats are recorded in English and Spanish. 


    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.


    Construction at VPE 

    Construction is ahead of schedule and VPE/FCPS will begin transforming our front entrance to have a secure vestibule.  Therefore, we will be routing all building access to the back office door located by the VPE parking lot.    If families are coming to school to pick up library books, cafeteria meals, food bags or other items throughout the week you will need to enter the building through the back office door.  A buzzer has been installed on the right hand wall to the back office door and office staff are answering the door.  The construction project is set to take about four weeks and is planned to be completed by Friday, October 23.  


    Infinite Campus Parent Portal

    As a district, on October 4th, 2020 we are changing all Infinite Campus student and staff accounts to log in with Google authentication.  This change will make our student accounts more secure, and will also give our staff and students more login methods.

    Access to Infinite Campus for Parents will not change.  You will continue to access Infinite Campus exactly as you have before.  

    Why are you receiving this notification?  Starting October 4 at 5 PM the Infinite Campus team at Fayette County Public Schools will implement the Single Sign-On for Staff and Students.  As a result you will see the Signal Sign-On in Campus Parent.  The SSO button will not work for you!  You must use the Username and Password fields to log in (see screenshot below).  We have submitted a request to Infinite Campus to remove the SSO button from Campus Parent; however, in the meantime please ignore the SSO button and continue to use the Username and Password fields.  

    Please alert your student(s) and be prepared to help them in this process as the student login change is significant since students will no longer use their student number as their username. 

    Students will access IC through either of the following methods:

    • In the Campus Student smartphone app, click “Single Sign-On (SSO)” and log in with the student's FCPS email address and FCPS account password.

    Don’t have a Campus Parent Account?  Infinite Campus is an amazing resource that will help you monitor your child's educational progress.  Setup your account today at: https://apps2.fcps.net/ic-support/register


    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. 

    This week bags will be delivered to families on Wednesday due to Fall Break.


    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 katie.grigsby@fayette.kyschools.us or visit her website http://bit.ly/VPEGifted


    The Virtual Book Fair is Here! Only a few days left!!

    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:

    https://www.scholastic.com/bf/vpebookfair 

    Please email Ms. Ault with any questions! Happy reading!



    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.


    Support VPE!

    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!

    1.  Go to www.kroger.com/account/communityrewards/.
    2. Log in to your Kroger Plus account.
    3. Add the VPE organization number DE538.
    4. Shop!


    2019-2020 Yearbooks

    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.


    Free Meals

    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. Please use the VPE parking lot loop to pick up during construction this month.

    Community Locations:

    Woodhill Center

    (422 Codell Rd)

    Pegasus Apts

    (2504 Larkin Dr)

    Greg Page Apts 

    (300 Alumni Dr)

    Snow Rd & Wintergarden

    Caballo Run 

    (522 Hollow Creek)

    Meadow & Gay

    Benton & Linton

    Bainbridge Dr & Bainbridge Ct

    Gleneagles Apts

    (2920 Polo Club)

    Betsy Ln & Boysenberry

     

    Community Locations

    Starting 9/21/20

    Heartsbrook & Hillrise Dr

    Preakness Apts

    (733 Hill Rise Ct)

    Westminister Apts

    (1510 Versailles Rd)

    Coolavin Apts

    (551 W Sixth St)

    Gate House Apts

    (1825 Liberty Rd)

    Red River & Trent



    Social-Emotional Support

    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 jessica.ault@fayette.kyschools.us. 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.