Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, July 17, 2018


Dear VAES Families:

It is hard to believe that school will begin in a few weeks!!  I hope everyone is having a relaxing and fun summer!! I have included a lot of VERY IMPORTANT information regarding classroom teacher assignments, Open House dates and times, Kindergarten staggered start, and school hours.  Please read this entire email.  I would also encourage you to save it so that you have it to refer back to later, if needed.  I have included the links for the Kindergarten - Third Grade Supply Lists. They are also on our website under the tab Parent Resources - Documents and Forms.


Also, here is the updated google form link if parents plan to have their ES student walk to the MS to meet their sibling for carline.  Parents MUST complete this google form if their ES student is to walk to the MS to meet their sibling for carline.·

I am looking forward to seeing everyone back at school on Tuesday, August 7!!
Best,
Leslie Paynter
VAES Principal  

VAES Important School Information 2018 - 2019

1st - 3rd Grade Information:
Your child’s classroom teacher assignment will be sent via email on Wednesday, August 1 by 4:00 PM. Please do not call or email the school before this date and time to ask for this information.  We will be unable to provide you with that information since enrollment and class lists change throughout the summer. If you have not received your child’s classroom teacher assignment by Thursday, August 2, please email Karen Hofmann at khofmann@voyageracademy.net and she will be able to assist you.

Open House Dates & Times for 1st - 3rd Grade:
Please park at the High School and walk over to the Elementary School.

1st Grade Open House:
Friday, August 3
11:00 - 12:00

2nd Grade Open House & Curriculum Overview:
Friday, August 3
2:00 - 3:00
Please arrive by 2:00 PM-this is not a floating open house.  First, deliver your child’s school supplies to their classroom.  Then parents and students can go to the elementary gym for a curriculum overview with the second grade team.

3rd Grade Open House:
Thursday, August 2
5:00 - 6:00 PM
Please arrive by 5:00 PM-this is not a floating open house.  First, deliver your child’s school supplies to their classroom.  The teacher will have a short “Morning” Meeting with the students and parents so that everyone can get to know each other.  Since 3rd Grade is the first year students take EOG’s,in addition to the curriculum overview, the 3rd Grade teachers will provide information to PARENTS/GUARDIANS in the elementary gym about the 3rd Grade Reading Beginning of Grade (BOG) test, 3rd Grade Read to Achieve guidelines, and the 3rd Grade Reading and Math End of Grade (EOG) tests.  We know that discussions about testing can often make students anxious, therefore, the students will go to the art/music room for an activity with the specials teachers and volunteers while the adults are in the elementary gym.

The first day of school for all 1st - 3rd graders is Tuesday, August 7.

Kindergarten Information:

Your child’s classroom Kindergarten teacher assignment will be sent via email by Monday, August 6 by 4:00 PM. Please do not call or email the school before this date and time to ask for this information.  We will be unable to provide you with that information since enrollment and class lists change throughout the summer. If you have not received your child’s classroom teacher assignment by Tuesday, August 7, please email Karen Hofmann at khofmann@voyageracademy.net and she will be able to assist you.

Kindergarten Open House:
**It is REQUIRED that all families attend the Open House on Tuesday, August 7:
Tuesday, August 7
9:30-10:00:  Students with Last Name Beginning with A - K
10:30-11:00:  Students with Last Name Beginning with L - Z
Please bring ALL school supplies to Open House. You can find the link to the supply list below.

Staggered Start for Kindergarten:
**Please note that we reserve the right to change your child’s classroom assignment within the first few weeks of school if we determine that it is in their best interest - the principal will make the final decision regarding classroom assessments

For the staggered start, ½ of the students will attend school EITHER Wednesday, or Thursday, NOT BOTH days. Then ALL will attend on Friday.

Wednesday, August 8:  8:30 - 12:00:  Students with Last Name Beginning with A - K:  Students should bring a snack, water bottle, and a lunch from home.

Thursday, August 9th: 8:30-12:00:  Students with Last Name Beginning with L - Z:
Students should bring a snack, water bottle, and a lunch from home.

ALL K STUDENTS:
Friday, August 10th: 8:30-12:00:  ALL students attend:  Students should bring a snack, water bottle, and a lunch from home.

ALL K STUDENTS:
On Monday, August 13: All Kindergarten students will attend for the full day from 7:45 - 12:45.  Remember, Mondays are Early Release Days and school dismisses at 12:45 on Mondays.

**If you are the parent of multiples, please let us know if you would like your children to be placed in the same classroom.  If we do not hear from you regarding your preference, they will be placed in separate classrooms.
After kindergarten, the teacher, the principal, and the parents will discuss and determine if it is in the children’s best interest to remain together or to be placed in separate classrooms - the principal will make the final decision regarding classroom assignments.


Leslie Paynter, M.Ed.
Principal, Voyager Academy Elementary