Voyager MS Parent Bulletin

November 29, 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


“The destiny of human rights is in the hands of all our citizens in all our communities.”


~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

November 29 - December 3

Activity Bus Leaves Promptly at 4:05pm


Fall Athletics Schedule


11/29 - Monday - 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

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

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

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 - 3:00 - 5:30pm - VO Gym


11/30 - 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 Games vs. Alderwood MS - 3:45pm @ Goddard Stadium

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


12/1 - Wednesday - A 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

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

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

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

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

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


12/2 - 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. Evergreen MS - 3:45pm - @ Evergreen

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

7th/8th Grade Boys Basketball Practice - 3:00 - 5:30pm - VO Gym


12/3 - Friday - A 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

Report Bullying, Vandalism, Drugs, & Other Safety Concerns to the SafeSchools Alert Hotline

Safety is one of the school district’s top priorities. To help safeguard the school community, the district provides a tip-reporting service that allows students, staff, parents, and members of the community to submit safety concerns by telephone, text, email, or the Internet. A person with a concern can submit a tip in any of four ways:



Called SafeSchools Alert, the system can be used to report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, or vandalism, or any other kind of safety issue. And, the tips can be submitted anonymously. (Those calling to report an emergency will be advised to call 9-1-1, instead.)

Every tip that is received will immediately be logged into the SafeSchools Alert system, which will automatically notify administrators so they can investigate and take appropriate action.

Whether a tip is submitted anonymously or with a name, the person who made the tip also can check back later to see how the matter was handled.

Clothes for Kids

Clothes For Kids, located in Lynnwood, WA, provides school clothing (including shoes & other personal garments) to students in our community whose families qualify for free or reduced meals at school. Click here for more information about who qualifies for Clothes For Kids. Each school year, Clothes For Kids provides quality clothing for thousands of students in a retail store environment, where kids and teens can pick out their own clothes with their families. The only thing that is missing is a cash register!


Clothes for Kids cultivates confidence and a readiness to learn by providing students and their families the opportunity to choose a personalized wardrobe at no cost. For additional information, including modified hours and appointments, please call 425-741-6500 or e-mail at office@clothesforkids.org.

Universal Human Rights Month - December 2021

For some cultures, December marks the season for holidays. Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and sometimes even Milad un Nabi are just a few of the celebrations that American citizens will commemorate this month, not to mention the closing of the calendar year. But December is also observed for another, lesser-known reason: it is the Universal Month for Human Rights.


In honor of this observation, please take the time to learn about another culture that is different from yours. Research their history or perhaps make a new friend that is a member of that culture. You’ll start to see quickly how similar all people really are. You’ll start to see just how important it is that everyone be treated with dignity, respect and kindness.


For additional information, please visit:

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

Operation Community Holiday Cards Drop - Because Kindness Matters - Starts Monday!

Operation Community Holiday Cards Drop - Starts Monday, November 29th!


In the spirit of the World Kindness Movement, Voyager students will be 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 between November 22 - 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

12/16: 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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Help your middle schooler set or renew academic goals

Now that the school year is well underway, you and your child probably have a better idea of where his strengths are and where he needs to improve. Over the winter break, take some

time to help your child establish goals for the remainder of the school year. While he should be the one to set his goals, your support and guidance will help him succeed. Encourage your child to do these five things:


  1. Be realistic. If he has struggled in the past, bringing every grade up to an A in one quarter may not be a realistic goal. Encourage him to identify his most important needs, and set goals to improve those.
  2. Write down goals. One study found that when people wrote down their goals, they were 33% more successful in achieving them than those who didn’t write them down.
  3. Plan. Accomplishing goals takes vision, effort and time. If bringing up a science grade will take an extra 30 minutes of study each night, your child may need to cut down on time spent on other activities.
  4. Check his progress every few weeks. How is he doing? What changes, if any, should he make?
  5. Review his goals at the end of the next grading period. Your child should figure out a maintenance plan for goals he’s met, an action plan for those he hasn’t and an exploration plan for new goals.


~ The Parent Institute

Shift school responsibilities onto your child

Middle schoolers don’t morph into responsible young adults overnight. But they may not turn into them at all if their parents always do everything for them. Students in the middle grades

are generally capable of taking responsibility for:


  • Making lunches. Give your child a lesson in how to load up her lunch bag. Lay down some basic rules about what’s OK—or not OK—to pack, and insist that she prepare her lunch the night before—even if she’s learning remotely.
  • Waking up on time. Show your child how to set an alarm clock. In the morning, let the alarm wake her up. (Act as her “backup alarm” until she gets the hang of it.) If she’s too quick to hit “snooze” and doze off again, have her place the clock across the room from her bed so she’ll have to get up to turn it off.
  • Keeping track of assignments. Ask about your child’s homework. But don’t question her constantly about her progress. Be clear that turning work in on time is her responsibility.


~ 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.