Voyager MS Parent Bulletin

December 3, 2021 Weekly News

Home of the Wolverines

Our mission is to prepare our youth today for tomorrow’s opportunities.

Land Acknowledgement

The Mukilteo School District acknowledges that we gather on the ancestral homelands of the Coast Salish Peoples, who have lived in the Salish Sea basin since time immemorial. We respect this place and honor the sacred spiritual connection to the land, water, and its people, past, present, and future. The district serves a diverse population of about 15,000 students who live near the Puget Sound about 15 miles north of Seattle. Dedicated staff help prepare our community's children to be successful, contributing members of the community. Our students learn in an environment that is positive, caring, and focused on their highest academic potential.

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Thought of the Week


“Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home.”


~Eleanor Roosevelt

Health and Safety Information for In-Person Learning

The in-person learning family guide has been posted on the Return to School website. As with last spring, school staff will follow the health and safety guidelines provided by the Washington State Department of Health. You’ll also find information about cleaning, transportation, physical distancing, masks and other in-person learning protocols.

Attendance Reminders to All Families

We want to remind students and families about the importance of daily attendance. In order for students to do their best learning in school, students need to be present at school, on time, as many days as possible. Additionally, please be mindful about scheduling appointments outside of the school day whenever possible, or to bring students back to campus so that they miss as little school as possible.

Sick or Unable to Attend

If a student is sick or unable to attend school please contact the school within 24 hours either by phone at 425-366-5324 or email at Voyager@mukilteo.wednet.edu so that we know your student is safe and accounted for.

Health and Safety Reminders

As we approach cold and flu season, it is important to remind all our Voyager families that students should be symptom-free to come to school and before/after school activities.


Stay Home if You’re Sick – Helpful Information: A COVID -19 Toolkit https://www.snohd.org/DocumentCenter/View/8109/COVID-Toolkit-FINAL


While we recognize that many conditions can cause these symptoms, such as the “common cold” or allergies, the best way to rule out COVID is to be tested.


If your student has tested negative or is fully vaccinated for COVID, they should STILL stay home until their symptoms have improved to avoid bringing other viruses or contagious conditions to school, or coughing, wiping, or blowing their nose in the classroom, for example.


Please review the COVID-19 DAILY HEALTH SCREENING AND RESOURCE FORM. If your student has ANY of the outlined symptoms, they should stay home, (even if you believe it’s not COVID!)


Thank you for your help in keeping Voyager Middle School as safe as possible.

Week at a Glance

December 6 - December 10

Activity Bus Leaves Promptly at 4:05pm


Fall Athletics Schedule


12/6 - Monday - B Day:

Before School

7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice - 6:15 - 7:45am - VO Gym

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

VO Homework Room - 2:50 - 4:00pm - VO Library

ELL Club 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# B151

Journaling Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#B141

8th Grade Girls Volleyball Games vs. Explorer 3:45pm @ Explorer

7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Field

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Explorer MS - 3:45pm - Voyager


12/7 - Tuesday - A Day:

Before School

7th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice - 6:15 - 7:45am - VO Gym

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

VO Homework Room - 2:50 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Cribbage Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# Library

Craft Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# B153

8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Commons

7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Games vs. College Place MS - 3:45pm @ Goddard Stadium

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Evergreen MS - 3:45pm - @ Voyager


12/8 - Wednesday - B Day:

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

STEAM Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room#C140

Homework Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

7th/8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Commons

7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Field

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice - 1:30 - 3:00pm - VO Gym


12/9 - Thursday - A Day:

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

VO Homework Room - 2:50 - 4:00pm - VO Library

Pride Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - Room# A130

7th/8th Grade Girls Volleyball Games vs. College Place MS - 3:45pm - @ Voyager

7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Games vs. Harbour Pointe MS - 3:45pm @ Kamiak HS

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. College Place MS - 3:45pm @ College Place


12/10 - Friday - B Day:


Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:10am

After School

7th/8th Grade Girls Volleyball Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Gym

7th/8th Grade Boys Soccer Practice - 1:30 - 2:30pm - VO Field

7th/8th Grade Girls Soccer Practice - 1:30 - 3:00pm - VO Field

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice - 1:30 - 3:00pm - VO Gym


Learning Improvement Time (LIT) Dismissal, Fridays

On Fridays Voyager students are usually released from school at 1:30pm due to Learning Improvement Time (LIT) time for staff. There are no after school activity buses on early dismissal Fridays.

School News

Recent Events

To the families at Voyager Middle School,


Yesterday, several students reported seeing a veiled written threat on girl’s bathroom stall. We have reported the threat to local law enforcement and are working with law enforcement and staff to assure all school campuses are safe. There will be extra law enforcement presence at the school today as a precaution.


When an incident of this type occurs, we provide as much information to you as possible. We do, however, have to be cautious not to share information that may interfere with the investigation of the incident. Thank you in advance for avoiding speculation about this incident and not spreading rumors.


We appreciate the students who saw the writing and reported it right away. If you or your student has any information regarding today’s situation or any other threat to our students, please call 911 or submit a tip through district Safe Schools system any time.


We take any threat seriously. As always, the safety of our students is our priority. We will continue to inform you of any event that may have an impact on your child and will provide you with as much information as possible.


Sincerely,

Voyager Middle School

Free Tutoring Services for Middle and High School Students!

As part of the district’s efforts to support students in recovering academic skills impacted by the pandemic, students in grades 6

through 12 will have free online tutoring services beginning December

8 through a partnership with Revolution Prep. Academic tutoring will be accessible through the student portal on the district website in many key academic subjects (math, science, English Language and literature, foreign languages, history, etc.). Students also have the option for test preparation sessions for SAT and ACT.


We invite students and families to learn more about the tutoring services through a Zoom webinar in the next few weeks. Please see the webinar schedule below. Zoom links are at the end of this message.


December 8, 5:30 p.m. – presented in English with simultaneous interpretation options in Russian, Ukrainian, Arabic, Korean and Vietnamese


December 9, 5:30 p.m. – presented in Spanish

Additional family webinars in other languages will be presented in January. Webinars will be recorded and shared on the district website for families who cannot attend.


More about Revolution Prep

Revolution Prep has been offering one-on-one or small group settings to provide online tutoring for academic support and test prep services since 2012. They have over 200 full-time faculty that include PhDs, STEM specialists, Special Education teachers, and English Language teachers. The sessions are offered in one-hour blocks with up to 5 other students. They are available after school, evenings and weekends. Students may drop-in to a session, but reservations are recommended as some session may fill up.


December 8, 5:30 p.m.
Click here to join
Passcode: 572621

Or One tap mobile:

US: +12063379723,,97000283765#

Or Telephone:

Dial +1 206 337 9723

Webinar ID: 970 0028 3765


December 9, 5:30 p.m. – presented in Spanish
Click here to join
Passcode: 085217

Or One tap mobile:
US: +12063379723,,92633677115#
Or Telephone:

Dial +1 206 337 9723

Webinar ID: 926 3367 7115

SOS Signs of Suicide

Dear Parent / Guardian,

During this challenging year, school staff are working to teach students about mental health and how to seek help if they are worried about themselves or a friend. The Mukilteo School District is using a program called SOS Signs of Suicide. The program teaches students about this difficult topic and encourages them to seek help.


SOS has been used by thousands of schools over the past few decades. Studies have shown that it effectively teaches students about depression and suicide while reducing the number of students’ self-reported suicide attempts.


Through the program, students learn:

  • that depression is treatable, so they are encouraged to seek help
  • how to identify depression and potential suicide risk in themselves or a friend
  • to ACT (Acknowledge, Care and Tell a trusted adult) if concerned about themselves or a friend
  • who they can turn to at school for help, if they need it


Students will watch age-appropriate video clips and participate in a guided discussion about depression, suicide, and what to do if they are concerned about a friend. Following the video, students will complete a response slip which asks whether they would like to talk to an adult about any concerns. School counselors will conduct brief meetings with any student asking to talk. The following day students will review the signs/symptoms of depression and how to ACT.


Students in all grade levels will participate on:

8th Grade: 12/7 and 12/8 7th Grade: 12/13 and 12/14 6th Grade: 1/11 and 1/12


We encourage you to visit http://www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs for youth suicide, useful resources, and some of the key messages students will learn.

Username: voyager-par Password: screening


IF YOU DO NOT WISH FOR YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE IN THE SOS SUICIDE PREVENTION PROGRAM, PLEASE FILL OUT THE FORM THAT WILL BE SENT HOME SOON AND HAVE YOUR CHILD GIVE IT TO THEIR CLASSROOM TEACHER. IF WE DO NOT HEAR FROM YOU, WE WILL ASSUME YOUR CHILD HAS PERMISSION TO PARTICIPATE IN THE PROGRAM. FORM DUE BEFORE THE FIRST LESSON.


Please know that if your student is currently in crisis (e.g. has thoughts of suicide, or experiences depression) please seek help immediately. You can call your child’s school counselor at 425-366-5300 for more information on community resources and mental health needs.


Community Resources for Suicide Intervention and Support:

  • SnoCo Care Crisis Line 1-800-584-3578
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255
  • Cocoon House: Project SAFE 425-317-9898 (Mental health support for parents of teens)

  • Crisis Text Line text ‘hello’ to 741-741​

Donuts with Your Grown Ups - Monday, December 13 - Drive Thru Event

Dear Voyager Families and Students,

Extraordinary times call for creative avenues. This year we will hold our annual Donuts with Your Grown Ups event with a take home treat, but with you and your families in spirit!


Start your week off with a delicious morning sweet treat together and put a smile on your child’s face! Enjoy some donuts, compliments of Voyager Middle School!


On Monday, December 13 Voyager will be holding a Drive-Thru "Donuts with Your Grown Ups" pick-up event after school between 3:00pm - 3:45pm. We will be proving you with a paper bag with donuts to share the following morning with your student (s) as you start the day together. Please make sure and stop by curbside to pick up your bag of sweet treats.


“At the end of the day, the most overwhelming key to a child’s success is the positive involvements of parents.”


~ Jane D. Hull

Universal Human Rights Month - December 2021

In honor of this observation, please take the time to learn about another culture that is different from yours. For additional information, please visit:

Universal Human Rights Month – Everything You Need to Know ...

Winter Spirit Week at Voyager - December 13 - 17

Operation Community Holiday Cards Drop - Ends Friday

Operation Community Holiday Cards Drop - Ends Friday, December 10!


In the spirit of the World Kindness Movement, Voyager students are writing holiday cards to local elderly neighbors living in nursing homes.


Accepting Holiday Card Donations

In support of our student's kindness efforts we would like to ask parents/guardians to consider donating new blank holiday cards to Voyager so that every student is able to send cheer to a senior resident through a hand written holiday card. In consideration of our diverse community, we ask that cards donated remain inclusive. “Happy Holidays” is accepted as the broadest and most inclusive greeting at this time of year.


Please drop off new holiday cards at Voyager Middle School's Front office in the donation box anytime now through December 10. Thank you in advance for your kindness.

Holiday Community Resources

Christmas House 2021

To learn more about volunteer opportunities and also to apply for Christmas gifts assistance, please visit www.christmas-house.org

Snohomish County - 2021 Holiday Dinners and Toy Distributions

The Arc of Snohomish County is offering assistance with holiday meals and toy distribution. In addition, the link also provides a list of foodbanks throughout Snohomish County. For information, please visit Snohomish County Holiday Meals & Toy Distributions 2021


Please note: These resources were gathered by The Arc of Snohomish County in early November 2021. Resources often change over time. You may want to verify the information with the individual source.

The Salvation Army Angel Tree – Christmas Assistance

The Salvation Army Angel Tree Application for Christmas Assistance

https://saangeltree.org/

Marine Toys for Tots - Christmas Gifts Assistance

If you would like to make a donation or apply for assistance from Marine Toys for Tots this Christmas CLICK HERE to find the Local Marine Toys for Tots Campaign in your community and visit their local campaign website for details and instructions.

Helpful Resources

Links

Mukilteo School District Web Site

Voyager Middle School Web Site

https://www.flashalert.net/login/

Mukilteo School District 2021-22 School Calendar

Voyager Calendar

Fall Athletics Schedule

Voyager Clubs for the 2021/2022 School Year: Voyager Clubs (mukilteoschools.org)

MSD Parent Center

FAMILY ACCESS: link

FlashAlert Newswire and Messenger

Covid Data Dashboard Return to School / COVID cases dashboard (mukilteoschools.org)

Nutrition Services webpage

Free Student Meals for the 21-22 School Year! Complete the application

Transportation Department (425)366-1306 or visit Find Your School Bus Route.

VO Facebook @voyagermiddleschool

VO Instagram @voyagerwolverines

Voyager Middle School - YouTube

Voyager School Counselors

Brenna Reid, 6th Grade Counselor ReidBC@mukilteo.wednet.edu, 425-366-5334

Vincenza Moody, 7th Grade Counselor MoodyVC@mukilteo.wednet.edu, 425-366-5333

Margaret Peterson, 8th Grade Counselor​ PetersonMJ@mukilteo.wednet.edu, 425-366-5332

Season Two Sports

For information on Season 2 Sports at Voyager please visit: Season Two Sports Information (mukilteoschools.org)


For Season 2 Sports Schedules, please visit: Fall Athletics Schedule

Mukilteo School District is Hiring!

We are hiring many positions, including bus drivers, food service workers, substitutes, paraeducators, and more! Learn more about the jobs and application process and ask questions during a weekly information Zoom meeting - every Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. The Zoom link is on the district home page and website calendar. https://www.mukilteoschools.org/Page/10...

State Mask Mandate

Masks are now required for outdoor events with 500 or more people, Regardless of vaccination status. Please remember this when attending school district sporting events, as masks are required for all attendees.

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Visit the Washington State Department of Health’s Testing for COVID-19 page for the latest updates, information about who should be tested, what you should do after you’re tested, vaccine information, testing locations and data dashboard.

Back to School Resources

If your child has a need for school supplies, food, clothing or community resources, please contact Kristen Anderson, Lead Student Support Advocate at AndersonKM@mukilteo.wednet.edu or Olga Mantilla, Family Engagement Liaison at Mantillaoy@mukilteo.wednet.edu

Stay Connected!

We send a schoolwide weekly newsletter and other regular communications out via Blackboard, our district wide communication system. By enrolling your child in our school, you are automatically set up to receive Blackboard messages from us. If you have updates to e-mail or phone numbers that you would like to make related to these communications, please call the main office at 425-366-5300.

Upcoming Events

11/22 - 12/3: Operation Community Holiday Cards Drop - Because Kindness Matters

11/30: 7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Games vs. Alderwood - 3:45pm - 5:00pm @ Mariner Goddard Stadium

12/2: 7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Games vs. North - 3:45pm - 5:00pm @ Lincoln Field

12/3: End of 1st Trimester

12/7: 7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Games vs. College Place - 3:45pm - 5:00pm @ Mariner Goddard Stadium.

12/9: 7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Games vs. Harbour Pointe - 3:45pm - 5:00pm @ Kamiak HS

12/10: Orchestra Concerts via Zoom/Live Stream

12/13: Donuts with Your Grown Ups - Monday, December 13 - Drive Thru Event - After School

12/13 - 12/17: Spirit Week at Voyager

12/16: 7th/8th Grade Boys & Girls Soccer Games vs. Explorer - 3:45pm - 5:00pm @ Mariner Goddard Stadium.

12/17: Early Dismissal at 12:00pm

12/20 - 12/31: Winter Break – No School

1/17/22: Martin Luther King Jr. Day – No School

2/21/22: President's Day – No School

2/22/22 - 2/25/22: Mid Winter Break – No School

4/11/22 - 4/15/22: Spring Break – No School

5/30/22: Memorial Day – No School

Friday - Learning Improvement Time (LIT) – EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE

6th Grade

8:05 - 9:30am - Core

9:35 - 10:50am - Elective

11:25 - 11:55am - Intervention

12:00 - 1:30pm - Core


7th Grade

8:05 - 8:35am - Intervention

8:40 - 11:40am Core

11:40 - 12:10 - Lunch

12:15 - 1:30pm - Elective


8th Grade

8:05 - 9:15am - Elective

9:20 - 12:15pm - Core

12:15 - 12:45pm - Lunch

12:50 - 1:30pm - Intervention

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Don’t fall into the trap of being a friend instead of a parent

Your middle schooler is growing up before your eyes and may look more like a young adult than a child. But remember:


She is still your child and not your peer. She needs you to be the responsible

adult—and you need her to respect you and your rules. To avoid falling into the friend trap:


  • Require your child to be respectful to you and other adults. Don’t continue a conversation with her if she is being rude. Walk away and agree to talk to her when she is ready to speak respectfully.
  • Insist that your child continue to follow your rules. Middle schoolers don’t need a long list of rules—just a few important ones that must be followed, whether they are at home or elsewhere.
  • Don’t try to be the “cool parent” in the neighborhood. You should be kind and caring to your child and her friends, but you are not “one of the gang.” Children lose respect for parents who act like children.
  • Do not make decisions based on what would please your middle schooler and her friends. It’s important to always trust yourself as the adult and make decisions accordingly.


“The child supplies the power but the parents have to do the steering.”

~ Benjamin Spock


~ The Parent Institute

Do you know how to talk about the tough issues?

Middle schoolers often face some pretty tough situations—from being offered alcohol to feeling pressured by a friend to skip a class. Are you helping your child face difficult issues head on? Answer yes or no to the questions below to find out:


  1. Do you talk about the difficult situations your child may face before they occur?
  2. Do you role-play different ways to say no? “My mom would kill me!” is a favorite standby.
  3. Have you told your child you expect honesty—especially about serious issues?
  4. Do you communicate your values to your child? Remember: Values are caught, not taught.
  5. Do you create everyday opportunities to talk with your child? Casual conversations often pave the way for more serious talks. How well are you doing? Mostly yes answers mean you are having positive talks with your child about tough issues. For no answers, try those ideas.


~ The Parent Institute

Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Dan Dizon (425-356-1319), dizonds@mukilteo.wednet.edu, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), pitschla@mukilteo.wednet.edu, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), moosekerkw@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) allenwr@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.

Family Engagement Liaison

My name is Olga Mantilla, Family Engagement Liaison here at Voyager Middle School. I am here to support students and their families through their middle school years at Voyager.