NEWS FROM PRINCIPAL RIMMELE
Dear Voyager families and community members,
We are thrilled to be entering the month of October. We have exciting activities and events happening at Voyager, including fall conferences, Missoula Children’s Theatre, Trunk or Treat, and our annual Halloween Parade. We look forward to seeing many of you at these events.
As you prepare for conferences with your child’s teacher(s), some questions you might consider ahead of time are:
What do you see as my child’s strengths?
What do you think are academic strengths and challenges for my child?
How is my child doing socially?
What can I do at home to support what you are doing in the classroom?
Many of our teachers will already be addressing these questions as part of their normal conference agenda. In addition to these suggested questions, we invite you to share concerns, information about home, and questions with your teacher. We truly want to be a part of your village and believe that the more we can communicate with each other, the better we can serve your child. We hope that you find value in meeting with your child’s teacher and encourage you to continue communication with your teacher(s) after conferences.
We have already received a lot of questions about Halloween costumes. As students are planning for costumes, we would like to remind you of our expectations:
Costumes may be worn all day, with the exception of masks, capes, and/or other decorative touches. These items may be worn during the parade only.
Costumes should be easy to wear. Students will need to be able to wear their costumes to recess and specialists.
Costumes should not be scary - no blood, gore, pretend weapons or other scary elements.
Costumes need to be appropriate for elementary-age students. This applies to both student and adult costumes.
Parents, siblings, and visitors are not able to join us in the parade, but are welcome to wait in classrooms or observe in the gym.
If a family prefers their child(ren) not participate in Halloween activities, please communicate with your classroom teacher.
Please remember that food for any party must be store-bought and follow established classroom guideline with regards to food sensitivities and allergies.
We look forward to a spooktacular day! In the past our parade has started promptly at 2:15pm. Please look for a confirmation on the time in the weekly Sunday email prior to Halloween.
Finally, we would like to loop all of you into a brief summary of our emergency procedures. Students practice our routines in great detail throughout the year. To help those of you who might be in the building during a drill or actual emergency, we ask that you do the following:
Go to the nearest room. Take any staff, students, or other adults with you
Lock the doors. Close blinds, cover windows, and turn off the lights
Spread out behind available furniture
Be prepared to barricade the door, run, hide, or fight (depending on situation)
Do NOT open the door for anyone
Do NOT evacuate the building if you hear a fire alarm, unless there is imminent fire danger
Remain in full lockdown until further instructions are given by an administrator or law enforcement
Quickly walk to the nearest exit per evacuation map (everyone evacuates to upper field, if possible)
Be sure to turn off lights and shut doors
At upper field, report to office staff who is taking attendance
Drop, cover, and hold on
Protect head, neck, and chest by taking cover under a sturdy desk or table near an interior wall
After shaking stops for at least 60 seconds, come out from cover
Listen for directions
If evacuation is necessary, exit quickly but safely to upper field
If outside during an earthquake, get away from building and elevated objects/trees
Drop to the ground and get into a ball
We hope that we continue to not experience a real emergency, but practice monthly for the worst-case scenario.
Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.
With great appreciation for all of you,
Mrs. Rimmele, Principal & Treasure Hunter
INFORMATION FROM MR. DEMPEWOLF
Did you know that missing 18 or more days can put your child's high school graduation at risk? Being absent for just two days every month of the school year can put your child behind academically. Thankfully, we are just in elementary school, but this is where good attendance starts (and matters significantly!). We know that students who attend regularly have a higher likelihood of being proficient readers by third grade. We also know that students who come regularly are more engaged and feel better about school.
You can help us by:
- making school a priority
- call in when your child is absent
- utilize sick days responsibly
- schedule vacations and other necessary appointments wisely
- help students complete assignments
We would also like to direct your attention to our district attendance policy, previously shared via the family handbook. You can access it here.
Please note, specifically, the required documentation around planned absences/vacations.
As always, we appreciate your support and commitment to our school and your child's learning.
As some of you are already aware, Mr. Summers-Smith is a new dad! He will be out for the next 2 weeks so we'd like to welcome Deb Wilson as our guest counselor!
Feel free to contact Deb or Rachel Farley (the part-time counselor) if you need any assistance during this time.
We have had a blast this past month is STEM. I hope your students told you about launching squishy kitties in our trebuchets and stomping our rockets to the moon. These engineering challenges were designed to teach teamwork as well as following instructions. Our kindergartners have had so much fun learning about the five senses. Actually, we did not teach about taste because we don't put things in our mouth in science, so talk to your child about taste. 1st graders focus on patterns. They are learning about the seasons and how the Earth takes one year to orbit around the sun. They all know how many times they have orbited the sun, just ask them.
Our second and third graders have been testing materials to find the best materials to build a muddy mat. They have almost figured it out! And last but not least, our 4th and 5th graders have begun to explore energy. Energy is a big part of what they will study and learn about this year. We are building the problem solvers of our future.
We are in need of toilet paper rolls. Please leave them in the box by the library. Thank you!
Please email us with any questions, suggestions or concerns.
Mrs. Haug & Mrs. Schwab
NEWS FROM THE GYM AND MUSIC TEACHERS
In Music, all grades are working hard on the fundamentals of rhythm. There's lots of stepping, clapping, and chanting to keep the building bouncing! The Voyager Viking Choir is focusing on songs for our Veterans Day assembly, and their voices sound beautiful. - Mr. Burnes
My job, in a nutshell, is to teach students to play nicely. The official term is Social-Emotional Learning. As a school, and as a district, we are working to support the whole child by addressing their academic AND social-emotional learning. Voyager uses a curriculum called Second Step to teach these skills, and I will email ways for you to support this learning at home. From Second Step:
The goal of the Second Step program is to increase students’ school success and decrease problem behaviors by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation skills. This is the same company that counselors will use to teach their anti-bullying lessons.
Please let me know if you have any questions.
Student Rights and Responsibility Form
You can access the form HERE or pick one up in the office.
Thank you to those of you who have turned the form in.
STUDENT/PARENT CONTACT UPDATE
Please click HERE to view the instructions on how to access/use your ParentPortal. If you have not completed this process, please do so as soon as possible, as this is the information we use to contact you.
Thank you to everyone who has completed their update for this year.
Spirit Wear Orders:
Spirit Wear orders are due Friday, October 18th. This year we have added pink and blue tie-dye options. Orders will be delivered before the Thanksgiving holiday. Link for order form and online purchasing: https://www.voyagerpta.com/spirit-wear
VPTA Presents “Toy Story 4”
3:30 pm - 5:45 pm
$5 per student, includes pizza, popcorn and bottle of water
Sign Up Forms due Friday, November 1st
Following the link for more information and a copy of the sign up form:
HELP US PURCHASE A NEW PLAY STRUCTURE!
Our fundraising for the purchase of a new play structure is officially underway! Please follow the link to the VPTA Website to learn more about the structure, our fundraising goals and ways you can donate.
ON-LINE PAY NOW AVAILABLE
TO PAY ON-LINE OR SEE YOUR PURCHASE HISTORY
To make credit card payments (field trips, book fines, class shirts etc) and access purchase history, follow the instructions below: Credit card payments are accepted on-line only. (Processing fees will be applied at time of checkout)
1. Go to psd401.net/vge
2. Click on Bookkeeper
a. Consider bookmarking this page for quick access in the future
3. Log in using your student's ID number as the User Name and student's last name (ALL CAPS) as the password.
4. Click on your student's name
a. Any fines and fees due will be RED just below your student's name.
i. Click on View.
ii. You can View the fine or fee in more detail or Select the items you wish to pay.
iii. To complete, click on Pay Selected Fines/Fees. (if your child has outstanding fines, they will show up)
5. Add items to your cart and click on Checkout to complete your payments.
6. To see Purchase History or reprint a receipt - Look under Reports.
When contacting the Office Manager, please consider using email as your first method of contact; Lynn Tachell, firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM THE OFFICE
* If your child will be absent or late, please contact our attendance line at 253.530.4807.
* Please call or send a note to the office when your student has an afternoon transportation change, this includes clubs.
* After school transportation changes need to be made by a parent/guardian and needs to be submitted before 2:45 pm each day. Please be sure to include the name of the teacher, and the first and last name of child. If your child is riding the bus with someone, please include the bus number and stop.
* When picking your child up early, please plan on arriving at least 10 minutes early, so that we have time to locate them and get them to the office. We do not call students down until you check them out at the office.
* To ensure the ongoing safety of the students at Voyager, we require ID from any individual we do not know.
* If you ARE NOT a parent/guardian and you wish to have lunch with a student, you must have prior approval from the parents/guardian. Please send a note with your child or call the office to inform us if you're planning on having someone visit your children during lunch.
* Please remember that helium balloons are not to be brought or delivered to school. They are a distraction in class and we have students with allergies to latex and other issues.