Sunday, March 18, 2018

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, March 18, 2018

Dear VAES Families,

Our 2018, Jump Rope for Heart program raised almost $5,000 for the American Heart Association.  Mrs. Derrick and Mrs. Flowe-Dawson want to thank everyone who helped by donating money to our fundraising project!!!  

The top fundraiser from each grade level will get to teach a Physical Education lesson to their class after planning with Mrs. Derrick and Mrs. Flowe-Dawson. The students winning this privilege are:
Kindergarten- Cody Holder (Scarantino); 1st Grade- Emily Robinson (Ellis); 2nd Grade- Savannah DeJesus Ryan (Morgan); and 3rd Grade- Mehera Migliorisi (Quick). Emily Robinson and Savannah DeJesus Ryan tied as our top fundraisers for the school.  Way to go!!!

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.

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.
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

I love how Mr. Perry and Addison are wearing their Voyager t-shirts!!  Be sure to wear your Voyager apparel on Fridays to show your Viking Pride!!!

Leslie Paynter
VAES Principal


VAES Yearbook Ordering

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!!


College Day & Voyager Spirit Day

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!!  

Important Dates

March 27
Science Night from 5:00 – 7:00 PM
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