Voyager MS Parent Bulletin

December 10, 2021 Weekly News

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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


Fill your life with experiences, not things. Have stories to tell, not stuff to show.


~ Joshua Becker

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.

REMINDER: Early Dismissal Friday, December 17

Voyager students will be dismissed at 12:00pm on Friday, December 17. There are no after school activities or activity buses on early dismissal days.

Upcoming Winter Break - December 20 - December 31 - NO SCHOOL

School resumes on Monday, January 3, 2022

Week at a Glance

December 13 - December 17

Activity Bus Leaves Promptly at 4:05pm


Season Two Sports - Fall Athletics Schedule


12/13 - Monday - 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

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

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

Donuts with Your Grown Ups - Drive Thru Event - 3:00 - 3:45pm @ Voyager

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

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

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Games vs. Alderwood - 3:45pm - Alderwood


12/14 - Tuesday - 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

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 Practice - 3:00 - 5:00pm - VO Field

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


12/15 - Wednesday - A Day:

Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:30am

After School

Wolvy Book Club - 2:55 - 4:00pm - VO Library

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

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

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

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

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


12/16 - Thursday - B 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. Meadowdale - 3:45 @ Meadowdale

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

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


12/17 - Friday - A Day: EARLY DISMISSAL @ 12:00PM


Before School

Library Open 7:40 - 8:00am

During School

Literacy Center 8:10 - 9:10am

After School

No After School Clubs or Sports on this day


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

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

Dear Voyager Families and Students,


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 providing 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.


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!


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


~ Jane D. Hull

It Is Winter Spirit Week at Voyager!

December 13 - 17
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Voyager Music Boosters Club - First Meeting on December 14

Parents of students in the Voyager Band, Orchestra, or Choir,


If your student is in any of the music classes above, you are automatically a part of the Voyager Music Boosters. As you may know, the music programs and fundraisers have been on hold for the past 20 months due to COVID-19. We need your help more than ever to help the music program get back on its feet! If you are a parent of a music student, please join us at our next meeting via Zoom to find out how you can support your student. All are welcome! Please come and share your ideas!


Meeting Date & Time: Tuesday Dec. 14th at 7:30pm


Join Zoom Meeting
https://mukilteoschools-org.zoom.us/j/97607044041?pwd=dy9hOGswMWhEclI3SWRWV09qVG5sdz09

Meeting ID: 976 0704 4041
Passcode: 069931


For questions, please contact Ann Fox at voyagermusicboosterclub@outlook.com

Free tutoring services for middle and high school students!

Students in grades 6 through 12 will have access to 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.


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 sessions may fill up.


Webinars were recorded and shared on the district website for families who could not attend earlier this week. You can access recordings here Free tutoring for middle and high school students! Additional family webinars in other languages will be presented in January.

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 ...

Are You Moving Over Winter Break?

Please let our office know as soon as possible if you are planning on moving during or after our winter break. Advance notice of a move helps us complete necessary paperwork and ensure a smooth transition to your child’s new school. Please forward any changes to Voyager@mukilteo.wednet.edu. Remember to include the student’s full name, effective date and authorizing parent/guardian’s name.

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

Revolution Prep. Academic tutoring accessible through the student portal (Free Tutoring Services for Middle and High School Students)

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

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

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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Give your child opportunities to make valuable contributions

The myth that middle schoolers are lazy is just that: a myth. The truth is that adolescents want to be useful and feel like their contributions matter.


Help your child find ways to contribute in the community year-round. Not only will it make him

feel good about himself, it may help nurture his sense of responsibility toward people around him. Your child could:


  • Join a service organization. Whether national or local, service organizations can be perfect places for middle schoolers to make a difference and connect with other students who share similar interests.
  • Be a caring neighbor. Is your older neighbor stuck at home because of a recent snowfall? Have your child grab a shovel and get busy. The same goes for bringing in a sick neighbor’s trash can from the curb. Point out ways your child can take the initiative and pitch in. Responsible actions contribute to the overall well-being of his community.
  • Support a cause. He could collect goods for a local shelter or host a bake sale to raise funds for a charity. Help him do some research and make a plan.
  • Write letters of thanks. Encourage your child to write a thank-you note to a public servant, such as a fire fighter. He’ll learn how nice it feels when one responsible member of society applauds another!


~ The Parent Institute

Questions & Answers

Q: I know that attendance is important, but we’re planning to travel over the holidays, and my seventh grader will miss a week of school. How can I keep her from falling behind?


A: First, take a look at your itinerary. Is it possible to alter your plans so your trip falls within the school’s break? That’s the only way to ensure your child won’t miss out on important learning. If your travel dates are written in stone, though, here are three things you can do to help your middle schooler stay on top of things:


  1. Talk to her teachers. Well in advance, explain the situation to each of them. If they’re planning to assign readings or worksheets right after break, see if your child can get started now. Find out which teachers maintain updated classroom websites, and see if your child can follow each day’s lesson from afar. But keep in mind: Teachers are under no obligation to adjust to your vacation schedule.
  2. Focus on learning while you are away. Look at your trip as a learning opportunity. Explore museums and cultural or historical attractions and discuss them as a family. Try to immerse your child in educational activities she might not get at home.
  3. Set aside time for reading and writing. Even if your child has no official work to complete while she’s away, insist she read for pleasure and write about her trip in a notebook. A vacation from school should not be a vacation from learning!


~ 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.