When Visiting Voyager
ALWAYS CHECK IN AT THE FRONT OFFICE:
We love having you visit our school, however, in our ongoing efforts to maintain security for our students and staff at Voyager, we are asking all visitors to check in at the office upon arrival and obtain a visitor's sticker. Please do not go to the classrooms, playground, or anywhere on the Voyager campus without a visitor's sticker. There is a sign-in sheet provided for you at the front office. You must sign in and out every time you are at school. In case of an emergency we need to know who is in the building. (This is also very helpful when someone is trying to contact you and we are trying to find you)
There needs to be as few interruptions in your child's classroom as possible to help create a positive learning environment. Lunches, homework, notes, etc. that need to be delivered to your child need to be left at the front office. We will make sure they receive them.
Calls From/To Voyager
If you see a Peninsula School District or Voyager phone number on your caller ID, we encourage you to check your messages before calling our office. The call could be an automated message, a call from any staff member in the building or from your student. If you call our office with the expectation that we will know who called you, we will do our best to assist you but we likely won't know where the call originated or what it was about. Make sure your child knows to leave you a message if they ever call you so you aren't left wondering who called you and why.
If at all possible, put your child on the bus! It increases their chances of being on time to school, improves parking lot congestion and safety, and it better for the environment.
If you do need to drop your child off, please pull forward as much as possible near the drop off area (by the gym), stop, drop, and keep rolling! Do not get out of your car to open doors, etc.
Parking Lot Procedures
Some important things to remember for safety reasons when driving through our parking lot:
- When possible, please have your child ride the school bus.
- Always drive slowly and cautiously, watching out for pedestrians.
- Follow the clearly marked arrows. There is only one direction to follow when coming in to the parking lot.
- Please do not park in the red and yellow No Parking Zones. The yellow zone is the drop off and pick up area only.
- Parents of preschoolers will no longer need to walk their students into the school as a teacher will be waiting out in front of the building for students as they are dropped off. If your student is tardy, however, you will need to walk them into the building and sign in at the office as there will not be a teacher waiting outside once classes start.
- The parent pick up process has also changed. It will not be necessary to come into the building to pick up your student(s) at the end of the school day. You will drive through the parking lot to the yellow loading zone. The students will be kept safely behind the fence by the outdoor covered play area. When staff makes contact with the driver we will send your student to the car. Once quickly buckled in, please move forward so that we can keep the line moving.
- Please do not try to go around the car in front of you. Wait your turn in line.
- Follow the arrows to exit the parking lot.
Our hope is that these changes will allow us to have a smooth flow of traffic and a safe parking lot for all. We will have several staff members helping direct traffic for the first few weeks of school.
What IF I Have A Concern?
Please contact your child's teacher by calling the Voyager office (530-4800) or by visiting the classroom before or after school. When calling, ask to speak directly to the classroom teacher. When visiting, please check in at the office and our office personnel will call the classroom to let them know of your arrival.
Please contact the school nurse, Kris Girard by calling the school office.
Emotional/Social Health Concerns:
The school counselor, Matthew Summers Smith, is available to help families find appropriate resources for children. Our counselor is also available for children needing extra support at school. Mr. Summers Smith can be reached through the Voyager Office (530-4800)
School Related Concerns:
Please feel free to contact the principal in the office (530-4800). Ms. Rimmele can help work through school issues/situations that happen inside or outside the classroom.
Remember, situations and/or concerns cannot be addressed if you do not make someone aware of them!
The goal of these guides is to assist parents in supporting the learning of their children.
It provides information regarding what students are expected to learn at each grade level. These resources provide ideas for what parents can do at home to support the learning goals.
How To Get Involved
Volunteering Opportunities at School
Voyager staff love to have parents/guardians and community members involved in our school. Please feel free to ask about opportunities for your involvement at Voyager.
Other Ways to be Involved
- Chaperone a Field Trip
Spend the day chaperoning a field trip. You will enjoy the outing and may find that you learned something new.
- Classroom Volunteer
Ask your child's teacher if he/she wants to have help! There are ways to help inside and outside the classroom. Just ask!
- Coffee with the Principal
Meet once a month as a forum to be informed about current school issues and topics that are beneficial to helping children.
- Family Academic Nights
Each year Voyager hosts a Math Night. This is a good way to learn about how to best support your child in the areas of Math.
- Open House
An open house is always scheduled for the end of September for families and the community to visit the school.
- Parent/Teacher Conferences
Parent/Teacher conferences are held each October and March. This is a perfect way to connect with your child's teacher and to find out how to best support your child at home.
- Visit the Website
Our school website has a wealth of information that can keep parents informed about our school, district and curriculum. Teachers have classroom websites that can help parents be informed about the classroom activities and current learning.
We really appreciate our volunteers. Before you are allowed to be in, the classroom you need to fill out a Washington State Patrol Packet and be fingerprinted. This is a quick procedure and can be done in the Front Office. There is no cost and it is valid for two years.