Sunday, March 25, 2018

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, March 25, 2018

Dear VAES Families,

Last week, the staff submitted nominations and then we voted for our VAES 2018 Teacher of the Year (TOY), Outstanding Young Educator of the Year (OYE), and Teacher Assistant of the Year (TAOY).  First, I want to recognize that all of the candidates that were nominated to participate in our competition are wonderful educators and people! It was hard to vote for just one person. However, that is what we had to do.  

I am pleased to announce our VAES 2018 TOY, OYE, and TAOY winners are: Mrs. Amanda Trump, Exceptional Children’s Teacher, for TOY, Mr. Max Puhala, K/1st Grade Music Teacher, for OYE, and Lori Freiburger, 1st Grade TA, for TAOY.  These three educators are truly deserving of this honor!! They are team players and always have a terrific attitude, even when times are difficult. Amanda, Max, and Lori consistently focus on what is in the best interest of ALL our children!  

Congratulations, Amanda, Max, and Lori!!


We are hosting an Usborne Books eFair for Voyager Academy Elementary.

Usborne has some fabulous book choices for under $5.00! This could be a great way for parents to purchase some excellent books for summer reading!  Also, consider buying a book for your child’s teacher to add to their classroom libraries. If we sell over $250 in books, we will get half in free books for project work and classrooms!!  Follow this link to order your books online and support Voyager Academy Elementary!! (Click here for the flyer)

Last Chance to order!! - ES Yearbook Deadline
Only 1 week left - Order your ES yearbooks by March 31, 2018 to guarantee your student receives a yearbook! Yearbooks are $28 each and can be ordered online at After March 31, 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 by this time.

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. Don't miss out - Order today!!

On Tuesday, we had a very special treat!  The high school show choir and band invited the elementary students to a performance in the high school gym.  It was fabulous!! Some of our elementary students were able to see their high school siblings too! We want to extend the very best to our high school music students, Jenny Hobgood, and Max Puhala as they travel to Orlando for the high school show choir competition!!  We know you will make Voyager very proud!!!

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.

Also, at Science Night, our Science Olympiad students will have some demonstrations and a friendly competition.  If you are willing to volunteer to assist with this, please contact Erik Benson at:  

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 26 – April 13:
- Brenda Derrick, PE Teacher
- Natalie Mason, Occupational Therapist
- Denise Jaeger, Kindergarten Teacher
- Leslie Jewell, Kindergarten Teacher Assistant
- Jessica Weiland, 1st Grade Teacher
- Kendra Lockamy, Interim 2nd Grade Teacher (&Kindergarten & 2nd Grade Teacher Assistant)
- Nancy Butters, 3rd Grade Teacher Assistant

Leslie Paynter
VAES Principal



We 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!!  

The Teacher Luncheon dates for April and May are:  April 18 and May 23.


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