Sunday, December 3, 2017

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, Dec. 3, 2017

Dear VAES Families,

This year, we have our special “Giving Tree” in the front office of the elementary school.  On it are tags for families in need.  The tag has information about the child's size, age, and gender.  If you would like to show empathy and generosity to a child in need, please come get a tag and purchase a gift.  Gifts must be turned in wrapped to the elementary school by Monday, December 11th.  The tag has a special label on it you can use to mark who is to receive the gift.

Also, don't forget that a Middle School student needs donations of crayons, colored pencils, coloring books, etc. for Duke Children’s Hospital gift bags.  You drop these items off at VAES Office.

Thank you to all of the families and friends that supported our elementary fundraiser.  We raised over $15,000!!  Unfortunately, we did not reach our goal of $20,000, but collecting over $15,000 to support our school is fabulous!  Thank you!! 

Don’t forget to order your VAES 2017 Empathy apparel!  All orders are due by Thursday, December 7!!  The order form has been sent out via email and you may also download it by CLICKING HERE. 

Our Lost and Found is “out of control”!  Please help our dear Karen Hofmann who has worked so hard to sort and organize all of the clothing and other items!!  Come in and check to see if your child’s missing jacket, coat, sweater, water bottle, lunchbox, etc. is in our Lost and Found!!  The Lost and Found is located near the elevators on the first grade hallway.  All items that have not been claimed and picked up by Tuesday, December 19 at 3:15 PM will be donated to charity.
Before Karen’s Hard Work 


Leslie Paynter
VAES Principal



This year's Book Fair from December 4 – December 8 is next week and it is going to be HUGE.  This Book Fair is going to be so big that we are holding the Book Fair in the Art/Music Room in the Elementary School AND the Library.  A bigger Book Fair means we need more volunteers!  We will be needing (8-10) volunteers to help us set up and pack up.  Set up is on Thursday November 30th from 12-2pm and pack up is Monday December 11 from 9am- 1pm. There are also volunteers needed to check out customers while the Book Fair is open.  PLEASE consider signing up for a volunteer session or two to make this a successful fundraiser.  We can't do this without you!  Sign up to volunteer by clicking on the link: 

Thanks, PTO Book Fair Committee



Thursday, December 14th



Voyager basketball coach, Mike Huff, will be conducting a basketball camp over the Christmas holidays for boys and girls in grades 3-8.  The camp is open to both Voyager and non-Voyager students.  The camp will be held December 27-29 from 9:00-12:00 each day.  There is also an option for early drop-off.

For more information or to reserve a spot, e-mail Coach Huff at



VAES YEARBOOK ORDERING School (K-3) Yearbooks are now on sale and can only be ordered online. You can order your copy online at Yearbooks are $23.00 each and must be ordered by January 31, 2018. After this date, there will be a price increase for additional book orders. Visit, click on Pay or Order Online, enter our school code 110322 for Voyager Elementary, then click View Gallery. Choose Yearbook to proceed to your order. Please contact Leslie Jewell ( if you have any questions. Order today!!


Wed., Dec. 20
Early Release at 11:15 AM for the Winter Holidays
Dec. 21 - Jan. 4
Winter Holidays
Jan. 5
Required Teacher Workday/Inclement Weather Make-up Day
Jan. 8
Back to School for Students
Jan. 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Jan. 17 - Feb. 7
K - 3 mClass MOY
Feb. 5 - 16
1st – 3rd Grade Case 21 2nd Math Benchmark Assessment & K Math Assessment
Feb. 15
K & 1st Grade Project Celebration @ 5:30 PM
Feb. 16
3rd Grade Project Celebration @ 11:00 AM & 2nd Grade @ 1:00 PM
Feb. 19
Required Teacher Workday/Inclement Weather Make-up Day
Feb. 23
End of 2nd Trimester