Our team will deliver weekly information and resources in the Voyager Academy Newsletter and on the Voyager Academy website. As you may know from news media, there will be a disruption in food distribution after this week at DPS schools. Please see updated sites on our website for student food pick up. We have had a few families offer to provide food, gift cards and sponsorships for families in need. If you can help us provide meals for students in need, please reach out to me directly or to our counselor: email@example.com. We will do anything we can to help coordinate support efforts.
We are still waiting for final State directives related to grading for all other students so please continue to assist them with their distance learning. Our primary objective is to keep all our students engaged and learning to prevent large gaps when they return. Our teachers continue to work hard to provide quality lessons and appropriate learning goals and miss your children every day. Please share this message with them as well.
Although many of our teachers, parents, and students have seen or shared the image below, we wanted to share this message and let our seniors know how much we care and hope that one day soon we can celebrate all of you and your accomplishments. For the families who have not seen or heard the final determination regarding Seniors grades, all seniors will only receive a Pass or Withdraw for the Spring semester. THE final GPA will be based on the end of the Semester 1 grading period. If your child was failing any courses that would prevent them from graduating, they must complete their coursework with the teacher or through NCVPS in order to graduate this year. If your child was passing, they are not REQUIRED to complete course work, but we strongly recommend they do continue classes in order to assist them in their preparedness for their college or career choices and to stay engaged with one another.
If your child would like to speak directly with a member of the Student Services Team and is not in immediate crisis, please email your student’s grade-level counselor or social worker. The team will be available during regular work hours.
If your child needs immediate medical attention and/or is experiencing a mental health crisis, please call 911, your primary care physician and/or a mental health professional.
Lastly, community resources are being updated weekly and can be accessed using this list.
With hope and optimism,
The Voyager Student Services Team
Cindy Gittens, K-12 School Social Worker, firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Meckes, K-3 School Counselor, email@example.com
Tonya Farrish, 4-8 School Counselor, firstname.lastname@example.org
Jill O’Kane, 9-12 School Counselor, email@example.com
List of Community Resources by Area
Weekly Wellness Activities
Week of March 23:
K-12 Mindfulness Exercises
Yoga for elementary Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga for teens Yoga to Calm Your Nerves: 10 min Teen Yoga Class
Week of March 30:
Random Acts of Kindness
We need to distance ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other. During difficult times, we often see the most beautiful acts of kindness. Click below to see a list of activities.
For High School:
Find Calm and Nourish Resilience 30-Day Program
This free, self-paced, online program features today's leading mindfulness teachers, helping you support the habits that foster ease and well-being. Enroll free for access until June 30, 2020—no payment at any time.
Week of April 6:
Art Techniques for Communicating Feelings & Problem-Solving
K-12 & Family Activity
How to Keep My Battery Charged (AAPC Publishing)
With such uncertainty about the world around us, it is of great importance to create a daily self-care routine. This routine can also help children with emotional regulation. For this activity, have each family member write down 5 things that makes them feel happy while doing. Try to do at least 1 or 2 of these things each day and make sure your child sees you doing it.
Jennifer Lucas, M. Ed.
Managing Director, Voyager Academy
"Integrity is the consistency between what we say and what we do"