Sunday, March 11, 2018

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, March 11, 2018

Dear VAES Families,

On Monday, March 12 and Tuesday, March 13, we are having two teacher workdays.  Therefore, next week, students will not have school on Monday and Tuesday.

All Voyager Viking Families are invited to wear your green and attend our 2nd Annual Family Game Night on Friday, March 16 from 6-8pm (click here for details) in the Elementary School gym. We will play Viking Bingo and have $1 concessions available for purchase. You may also bring games to play and share with friends. It is sure to be lots of fun!!  Help us with this event by signing up to volunteer or provide items to make the night a success.

Save the date for our VAES Science Night on Tuesday, March 27 from 5:00 – 7:00 PM at the elementary school.  There will be fun activities and we are thrilled that Duke Chemistry Outreach will return with their programs and expertise!!  All ages are welcome to attend; however, students must be accompanied by an adult.

Earlier this week, our School Resource Officer (SRO) noticed some very unsafe driving practices during carline and asked me to send a message to all parents.  This was sent on Wednesday, but want to be sure that everyone understands.

- Do not allow your children to unbuckle their seatbelts and hang out of car windows as you are driving through the carline.  Children are to unbuckle as you are pulling up to the drop off zones. The SRO said that many accidents happen in parking lots

- Do not speed in the carline.  Some cars are speeding up very quickly as the cars are going from one lane coming up the hill into two lanes.  Then they are slamming on their brakes.

- Once you are in a lane, do not switch lanes.  Pick a lane and stay in it!

- Last, but not least, stay off your cell phones while you are in carline.

The next Teacher Luncheon is March 21.  The theme is “Pot Luck”. Click on the signup genius link to help.
Also, the Teacher Luncheon dates for April and May are:  April 18 and May 23.
Last Friday, the kindergarten students celebrated the birthday of Dr. Seuss!  I wanted to include some of the cute pictures. Enjoy!!
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 March 12 - 23:
-Laura Howell, K – 12 Testing Coordinator
-Ana DuBois, Reading Teacher
-Caroline Tilley, Exceptional Children’s Teacher
-Angela Scarantino, Kindergarten Teacher
-Tati Evert, Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
-Heather Roberts, 1st Grade Teacher
-Laurie Whitnack, 2nd Grade Teacher Assistant

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!!   



Mar. 12 & 13
Required Teacher Workdays/Inclement Weather Make-up Days
Mar. 14
VAES Tour for K – 3 Admitted Students @ 11:15 AM
March 27
Science Night
March 30 – April 6
Spring Break

March 30 – April 6
Spring Break
April 24
Spring Pictures
April 25
Class Group Pictures
April 26
Second Grade Project Celebration @ 11:00 AM & First Grade Project Celebration @ 1:00 PM
April 27
Field Day
April 27
Songwriter’s Night at the DPAC
April 30 – 
May 18
mClass EOY reading assessments

April 30 – 
May 18
mClass EOY reading assessments
May 4
PTO Spring Fling
May 11
New/Rising Kindergarten Assessments
May 15
3rd Grade Reading EOG
May 16
3rd Grade Math EOG
May 18
New/Rising Kindergarten Assessments
May 22
Third Grade Project Celebration @ 11:00 AM &
Kindergarten Project Celebration @ 11:15 AM
May 25
Last Day of School – Early Release at 11:15 AM & 3rd Trimester Report Cards to go home