Good morning Voyager Families,

My Weekly Newsletter follows.  Have a great weekend and Happy Reading!

Best,

Harry Walker, Ed. D.

School Leader
Carolina Voyager Charter School
721 Wappoo Road
Charleston, SC 29407
843-203-3891
www.carolinavoyager.org

www.facebook.com/CarolinaVoyagerCharterSchool

Carolina Voyager Parent Newsletter – Year 5   Edition 24 (167)     February 1, 2109

What’s coming up?
Tuesday, February 5th – PTO meeting @ 5:30 p.m. here on campus.  All parents are invited to attend.
Friday, February 8th – Funky Friday @ 8:05 a.m. – Families invited
Friday, February 8th – Mrs. Jordan’s last day – Good luck with that baby, Momma!

An Important Announcement from our Board of Directors
Dear Carolina Voyager Parents,
We are excited to share with you that the Charleston County School District (CCSD) Board of Trustees voted to continue allowing Voyager to serve your children at the former St. Andrews Middle School campus through the end of the 2020-2021 school year.
Last year, we shared that we were planning to build our school in West Ashley, but unfortunately as a result of the diligence process, our Board of Directors had to cancel that contract. We are actively and exhaustively working with CCSD’s Board of Trustees and staff to identify a location to align with the original charge of our charter.
This has been an outstanding year for Voyager, and we look forward to an even brighter future. Thank you for your continued patience, support, and understanding.

The Carolina Voyager Charter School Board of Directors

Too Much Technology?
After thoughtful consideration, I have come to the conclusion that a number of our students are spending too much time on their devices, at times with limited educational benefit.  Starting next week, access to websites will be limited what is known as a “whitelist” of specific sites teachers have determined are necessary to support their educational objectives.   We are also doing away with “free time” on technology and technology use as an activity when students have completed their work.   Any screen time will be limited to specific learning activities to support academic growth (e.g., iReady and Epic).  When kids have free time, we will be encouraging them to do things like reading, journaling, drawing, playing games that require them to socialize with peers, etc., rather than going straight to their devices. Minecraft, racing games, worm games or whatever games you may approve of can be played at home on their personal devices.

While technology is an important component of our children’s educational experience, I trust that you will support this decision and understand the rationale behind my thinking.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Carolina Voyager Annual Spelling Bee

Our annual Spelling Bee will take place on Tuesday, March 5th beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.  The Spelling Bee is open to all third-sixth graders.  Classroom competitions will be held the week of February 25th to identify the top three spellers in each classroom.  These top spellers will compete on the night of March 5th for the championship.  Study list of the spelling bee words came home this week.  If you have a 3rd-6th grader, look for more information to come home from your child’s teachers.

Love Tennis?
The tennis team is in need of another volunteer coach.  If you have tennis experience and are interested in coaching, please contact our tennis coaches, Marc Stein mstein@alphagraphics.com , or Roy Francia. rfrancia091673@gmail.com.

Happy Birthday Cade
So, one of our second graders, Cade Williams, is eight years old today.  For his party, he decided he wants to have people buy presents for a young girl who he learned has a terminal illness.  For his birthday last year, presents were given to the Animal Society.  What a compassionate, amazing young man!  Thank you Cade for reminding me, and most all who will read this newsletter, what we could be doing for others.  I know that moving forward, I will be looking for additional ways to make this world a better place.

Congratulations Ethan Stein
This morning, Ethan Stein, one of our fourth graders, received special recognition from the South Carolina Department of Education for achieving the maximum score possible on last year’s SC Ready Math Test.  Parents, that’s like scoring a 1600 on your SAT’s. Ethan received a certificate, a medal, and applause from all of his classmates.  Way to go Ethan!

Heads up – President’s Day – We’re Open
In light of the days of school missed due to this year’s hurricanes, Carolina Voyager will be open on Monday, February 18th.

PTO News
Our next PTO Meeting will be Tuesday, February 5th at 5:30 p.m. here on campus.  All families are invited and encouraged to attend.

I’m hoping this week was our last shot of winter until next January.  I know that it could be worse.  Chicago experienced record bone-chilling cold and my teacher friends in Baltimore had just two full days of school this week due to snow. They can have it!

This weekend is looking much more conducive to shedding the layers of clothes that helped me to survive this week’s morning car loop duty.  Golf is on the schedule for tomorrow and afterwards, Kerri and I are headed downtown for dinner and then to the Gaillard to hear the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.   We are so fortunate to have such an outstanding group of musicians to call our own.

Something special is happening Sunday, right?  Oh yeah, the Super Bowl.  To all of my Voyager families who are Patriot fans:  I love you all, but your team? Not so much. Go Rams!  To be quite honest, I’ll likely be more into the commercials this year than the football.  I’m still licking my wounds from my Ravens early exit from the playoffs…

I hope everyone has a great weekend and I’ll see you in the car loop on Monday.

Best,

Dr. Harry Walker
School Leader

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