Sunday, October 8, 2017

Voyager Academy Elementary School News Oct. 8, 2017

HELPING OUR FRIENDS IN HOUSTON RECOVER FROM HURRICANE HARVEY
On Monday, we completed our fundraiser for Smith Academy in Houston.  Our fundraiser began with Mary Beth Tucker and her third grade class asking what they could do for students and families that needed help after Hurricane Harvey.  Voyager Academy collected $4,298 in gift cards for them!! WOW!!! 

Smith Academy is overwhelmed by your generosity.  Also, I want to give a “shout out” to the middle school student council for raising almost $700 and Claire Spiro’s first grade class for collecting over $500.  Thank you!!!  I truly believe that our focus on empathy is having a very positive impact!!
Thank you!!!  I truly believe that our focus on empathy is having a very positive impact!!

If you are a third grade parent and are able and willing to drive for local field trips, please complete the background check to chaperone and drive (see directions below).  Some third grade classes are still short drivers and they are hoping to reschedule the arboretum field trip.  At this time, we still need approved drivers!!

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VAES TEACHER, HEATHER ROBERTS IS WQDR GOLD STAR TEACHER OF THE YEAR
 
This week, Heather Roberts, first grade teacher, was chosen by WQDR as their Gold Star Teacher of the Month for October.  Heather was nominated by Cole, Ashleigh, and Mike Eisch.  Heather received a beautiful trophy and a $100 gift certificate to Crab Tree Valley Mall.  Check out the video of her receiving her award at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHvrapYLEGY We are so proud of Heather Roberts!!!

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PHYSICAL EDUCATION AT VAES

In PE, the third graders are completing their jump rope Jump Rope learning project. Much progress has been made and it was so much fun to watch them show off their new jump rope skills!  A big thank you to our PE teachers, Mrs. Flowe-Dawson and Mrs. Derrick!
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FALL BREAK IS UPON US 
Don’t forget that THIS week, we will have our fall break.  I hope everyone has a fun, restful, and safe break!  Enjoy!!  I will see you back at school on Monday, October 16.
Best,
Leslie Paynter
VAES Principal 

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BOOSTERTHON 
This year, our VAES fundraiser is the Voyager Boosterthon Viking Fun Run! It’s a 2-week program that kicks off with a Pep Rally on Tuesday, October 31.  Families will gather pledges for every lap your student runs (30-35 laps), and we will celebrate at the Fun Run on Thursday, November 9. Our goal is to raise $25,000 for turf on our Kindergarten playground beside the gym, recess equipment, and additional technology.

Students will also experience an amazing character theme, CASTLE QUEST! It is an English castle theme all about being brave and having good character traits. On their quest to regain Bravemore Castle, students will learn the “SIX VIRTUES of a TRUE HERO” from a cast of colorful characters.  We are really excited about the Fun Run and raising funds for turf on our Kindergarten playground beside the gym, recess equipment, and additional technology.

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NEEDS ASSESSMENT FROM VAES COUNSELORS
 
As a way to meet the needs of our students, the VAES counseling department would like to invite you to provide your feedback.  Please take about 5-10 minutes to fill out the form in the link below.  It is anonymous unless you would like to provide your students' name for a group sign up.  If you would rather email us to sign your student up, that is great too!

Click or copy and paste the link: goo.gl/t6knMG 
Thanks for your help!
Melissa Meckes & Scott Tribotte
VAES Counselors 

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FALL BREAK BASKETBALL SKILLS CAMP
 
Voyager Basketball Coach, Mike Huff, is offering a 3-day basketball skills camp for boys and girls in grades 3-8, Monday-Wednesday of fall break.  Camp runs from 9:00-12:00, with early drop-off available for a small extra fee.  If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Coach Huff at mhuff@voyageracademy.net.

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VAES YEARBOOK COVER CONTEST
 
Thank you to all the students that participated in our K-3 Yearbook cover contest. As always, your artwork is beautiful. Winners of the contest will be announced after fall break. Thank you again for participating!

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VAES YEARBOOK ORDERING 
Elementary School (K-3) Yearbooks are now on sale and can only be ordered online this year. You can order your copy online at www.strawbridge.net. Yearbooks are $23.00 each and must be ordered by January 31, 2018. After this date, there will be a price increase for additional book orders. Visit www.strawbridge.net, 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 (leslieljewell@gmail.com) if you have any questions. Order today!!

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LOST AND FOUND
 
I hope you checked the Lost and Found to see if your child’s missing jacket, article of clothing, or water bottle was there.  All items that were left in the Lost and Found on October 6 were donated to charity.

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BACKGROUND CHECKS
 
If you are planning to chaperone field trips this year then please read the following information regarding the new process for background checks.  Currently, we are still in need of parents completing the driving record background check so that we will have enough parent drivers for local field trips.

**If you HAVE already completed your background check but did not add the comment that says, “Please include driving record search” you need to call CIR directly at (919)-460-7799 and ask them to add a driving record to your account. This takes less than 2 minutes to do.  **If you have NOT completed your background check, please be sure to do the following: 
1.       Go to www. http://voyager.myrecordcheck.com/.
2.       Click on “Check My Background”
3.       Type in your personal information.
4.       Under “Comments/Special Instructions” add the comment ” Please include driving record
search-Voyager”. **If you do NOT do this step, you will not be able to drive for field trips.**
5.       Click “Continue.”
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FUTURE VAES HOSPITALITY LUNCHEON DATES
 
Thursday, October 19th
Tuesday, November 14th
Thursday, December 14th

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IMPORTANT DATES


OCTOBER

Oct. 9 - 13
Fall Break
Oct. 23 - 27
Case 21 Math 1st Benchmark Assessments for 1st - 3rd grade
Fri., Oct. 27
PTO Fall Carnival
Tues., Oct. 31
Boosterthon Kick-off in Gym at 2:00



NOVEMBER

Oct. 30 - Nov. 3
Spirit Week (more information to come in October)
Wed., Nov. 8
Kindergarten Project Celebration at 11:30 AM &
1st Grade Project Celebration (VAES GYM) at 1:00 PM
Wed., Nov. 8
2nd & 3rd Project Celebration at 5:30 PM