Thursday, March 29, 2018

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, March 30, 2018

Dear VAES Families,

Don’t forget that Spring Break begins on Friday, March 30!  Spring Break for students and staff is from Friday, March 30 – Friday, April 6.  School will resume on Monday, April 9.

Earlier this week, Elizabeth Gardner, a meteorologist from WRAL, came to visit the 2nd graders for their 3rd trimester Weather project.  The students heard what the job of a TV meteorologist entails, including waking up at 2:30 each morning to do the morning news, and she talked about severe weather and how to stay safe.  The 2nd graders learned if you hear thunder, go inside right away!  

We will conduct our Pennies for Patients fundraiser with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) from April 9 – April 13.  We will also have a Spirit Week from April 9 - 13!  Here are the events:
-Monday, April 9:  Hat Day
-Tuesday:  April 10: Crazy Hair & Wacky Tacky Day
-Wednesday, April 11:  Favorite Book Character Day
-Thursday, April 12:  Favorite Sports Team Day
-Friday, April 13:  Voyager/Viking Pride Day – wear your Voyager apparel or our school colors, red and blue

For our Pennies for Patients fundraiser for LLS, students can put money in the little classroom collection boxes, in their individual coin boxes (these were sent home along with a flyer with information), and they can also collect money/donations individually online.  Here is the link that parents can use to help their students set up their own individual online donation page.

If you would like to learn more about Pennies for Patients (LLS) and what students and schools have said about Pennies for Patients and also hear from the LLS-funded researchers, click on this link:

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!!

Last Chance to order!! - ES Yearbook Deadline
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!!

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 to 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

I hope everyone has a safe and restful spring break and I will see everyone back at school on Monday, April 9!
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 30 – April 6
Spring Break
April 18 & 19
3rd Grade Case 21 Math Final (3rd)Benchmark
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 7 - 11
1st and 2nd Grade Case 21 Final (3rd)Math Benchmark
May 7 - 18
Kindergarten End of Year Math Assessment
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