Sunday, February 18, 2018

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, Feb. 18, 2018

Dear VAES Families,

Thank you so much for a fabulous Teacher/Staff Appreciation Week!!!  All of the teachers and staff felt so loved, supported, and honored!!!  We are blessed to be a part of our Voyager community!!!  Thank you!!!!  Remember that Monday, February 19 is a Teacher Workday and there is no school for students.

The students and staff have been planning and working so hard to prepare for their Project Celebrations!!!  To have a successful and meaningful project celebration, it takes a lot of thought, practice, time, and energy!!!  We love and appreciate the beautiful work that the students create for the final project, but the most important aspect of project work is the process.  This week, I have included some pictures of the process from each grade level and the link to one of the First Grade Public Service Announcements.  Click on this link for the First Grade PSA (

Next week, I will include pictures from the Project Celebrations.


First Grade

Second Grade

Third Grade

The students have been having fun and learning a lot during our Jump Rope for Heart (JRFH) service-learning project!!  The students are helping raise money for the American Heart Association. The money will go toward research and services that will save and improve lives.  All students have been participating in activity stations and learning about how to keep their hearts healthy.  Donations can be made online or sent to school in your child’s donation envelope. Here is a direct link to our school page: Students have been getting thank you prizes based on the amount donated (details are on the donation envelope, in the parent letter, and on our school page online).  Our fundraising goal is $6,500. We are about half way to our goal!  For every $1,500 raised, our Physical Education program will receive $100 for equipment purchases.  Thank you for supporting our efforts and Jump Rope for Heart!!  Enjoy these fabulous pictures!!



Many people have asked if we would do another Empathy Apparel order.  So, this will be your last chance to order your VAES 2017 Empathy apparel!  All orders are due by Tuesday, February 27!!  

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Don’t forget that if you want to write a kind message to our featured staff, please come and take a note card from the bulletin board.  
“Only One You-You Can Make a Difference” Highlighted Staff from February 12 – February 23:
--Robert Frye, VAES Custodian
--Karen Hofmann, Administrative Assistant
--Max Puhala, K/1st Music Teacher
--Scott Tribotte, Artselor (Art Teacher/Counselor)
--Lori Freiburger, 1st Grade TA
--Jamie Miller, 3rd Grade Teacher
--Erica Moyer, 3rd Grade Teacher

Leslie Paynter
VAES Principal


Elementary School (K-3) Yearbooks are now on sale and can only be ordered online this year. You can order your copy online at Our pre-order period has ended and yearbooks are now $28.00 each and must be ordered by March 31, 2018. After this date, no additional book orders will be accepted. We do not order extra copies and so we will not be able to guarantee extra books will be
available, if they are not ordered online. To order, 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!!
Don’t forget that we will have College Day every Thursday and Voyager Day every Friday. All staff, students, and parents can wear their favorite college apparel
on Thursdays and Voyager apparel and/or our school colors (red, white, and
blue) to show school spirit and pride on Fridays!!  
Please remember that we will follow the DPS inclement weather advisories including delays, closures, and early dismissals. So, if DPS is closed, we will be closed. If DPS has a two hour delay, we will have a two hour delay.  If DPS, has an early release due to inclement weather, we will dismiss early too.  If you see that DPS is closed, delayed, or releasing early and you have not seen something for Voyager, know that we will be doing the same thing as DPS.  We will post these on our website, alert the local TV stations, send a school connects message, and we will also send a REMIND text, as soon as we can.



Feb. 19
Required Teacher Workday/Inclement Weather Make-up Day
Feb. 20 - 23
1st – 3rd Grade Case 21 2nd Math Benchmark Assessment
Feb. 23
End of 2nd Trimester


Mar. 5
2nd Trimester Report cards to go home
Mar. 8
K – 12 Voyager Lottery-5:00 PM @ MS Gym
Mar. 12 & 13
Required Teacher Workdays/Inclement Weather Make-up Days
Mar. 14
VAES Tour for K – 3 Admitted Students @ 11:15 AM