Sunday, August 12, 2018

Voyager Academy Elementary School News, August 12, 2018

Dear VAES Families,
We have had a great first week.  The only “hiccups” have been during afternoon carline.  I have been amazed by how kind, flexible, and empathetic our families have been to all of the staff.  Thank you!! Also, a BIG “Thank you” to the wonderful parents that have donated their time and energy helping with carline in the afternoons!!  We truly appreciate you!!

Don’t forget to have your ES RED (& MS BLUE) signs displayed in the AM and PM carline with your student/s names listed.  This helps the staff know how to direct you without having to stop carline and ask. Place the card/s on your dashboard as you are coming down Ben Franklin Blvd. and entering the Voyager campus.  In the afternoon, we are still learning names so; this also assists the staff as they call names and load students into their cars.

For PM carline, if you do not have a RED ES sign in your window with the student names, you will be asked to pull around to the front office to pick up your children and get a sign.  Having a sign with the names of the students riding in your car will make carline run more quickly and effectively.

Everyone has been working very hard to ensure that carline is as quick as it can be and that it is safe! Even without construction and new traffic patterns, the first week or two can be difficult as families new to Voyager are trying to learn and navigate carline.  I hope you enjoy the carline pictures below.

Don’t forget that this Monday, August 13, all of the Kindergarten students will attend for their first full day.  This means that we will now add the 105+ Kindergarten students (and cars) into the morning and afternoon carline mix.  Therefore, please plan to arrive a little earlier for MORNING carline. If you have an ES ONLY student, from 7:15 to 7:30, the carline has not gotten backed up.  Also, don’t forget that ALL Mondays are Early Release Days and school dismisses at 12:45.

Please be sure to sign up to receive the VAES Remind texts.  We have set up group text messages by grade level, K – 3, to ensure that if there is important information, an emergency, inclement weather, etc., we can very quickly and easily send a text message to all families.   I hope to send more reminders, etc. via text instead of email. So, if you want to receive reminders, important information, etc. - first, you must download the Remind app.  Next, join your child’s grade level group (you can join multiple groups if you have children in different grades) to receive the Voyager texts.  You MUST sign up each year.  Please click on the link/s for your student’s grade level and join Remind!!

VAES K 2018-2019

VAES 1st 2018-2019
VAES 2nd 2018-2019

VAES 3rd 2018-2019

One of our K – 12 School Improvement Team goals is to increase our school spirit school wide.  Last year, we had College Day on Thursday and Voyager Day on Friday. We will continue this tradition.  The College Day Thursdays are days that all staff, students, and parents can wear their favorite college apparel.  Also, some of you may have noticed that beside classroom and office doors, we display small signs stating where our staff attended college/university.  We hope these activities will promote great conversations about different colleges and college attendance, especially with our middle school and high school students.  
Last, but not least, every Friday is Voyager Spirit Day!  Wear your Voyager apparel and/or your school colors (red, white, and blue) to show school spirit and pride!!  

Listed below in MORE VAES INFORMATION, you will see details about the Athletics Go Play Save fundraiser, important dates, carline guidelines and rules, etc.  

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!
Leslie Paynter
VAES Principal