Good afternoon again Voyager Families,
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Carolina Voyager Parent Newsletter – Year 5 Edition 26 (#169) February 15, 2109
What’s coming up?
Monday, February 18th – President’s Day – School will be OPEN
Wednesday, February 20th – Progress reports distributed, mid-point of the third marking period
Wednesday, February 20th – Third through sixth grades to attend, Buffalo Soldiers, at the Gaillard Center
Black History Month
We have many activities going on this month at Voyager to celebrate Black History Month. Last month we celebrated Native American History, and the month prior, Hispanic American History.
This month, our upper grades will be attending two performances at the Gaillard Center. The first performance, Buffalo Soldiers, presents the history of the 9th and 10th Calvary regiments. These regiments were comprised of African American soldiers who served on the Western frontier following the Civil War. They also fought alongside the Cuban people to support their independence from Spain.
The second performance, Black Violin, is led by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin). Joining them onstage will be DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music, often described as “classical boom,” to overcome stereotypes and encourage people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. Their last record, Stereotypes, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Classical Crossover Chart and #4 on the Billboard R&B Chart. NPR praised the album and band, saying “their music will keep classical music alive for the next generation.”
In addition to these field trips, students in each of our classrooms have been busy learning about famous African Americans by reading books, doing reports, engaging in classroom discussions, watching documentaries, and completing projects. Our hallways are filled with informational displays about African American leaders, inventors, writers, scientists, musicians, entrepreneurs and athletes. The next time you are on campus, be sure to walk the halls and check out our student work.
Welcome Mrs. Julia Binnar
Mrs. Binnar has accepted a position at Voyager as one of our Teaching Assistants. She will be working with students in first, second and third grades. I know you will join me in welcoming Julia to our Dream Team.
Hello, my name is Julia Binnarr. I’m a Charleston native currently residing in West Ashley. I’m the proud mother of six wonderful children. Two of my children are current CVCS students and my youngest will join us in the fall. I am excited about joining the Carolina Voyager team. I have over fifteen years of experience working with children and I am excited to begin this newest opportunity. I look forward to getting to know the students and parents of Carolina Voyager.
Charleston STEM Festival
This week, each of our students received a bookmark about the upcoming Charleston STEM Festival. The event will be held at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds on March 9th from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. This year’s event will feature over 50 interactive exhibits, hands-on demonstrations, and stage performances to inspire excitement for science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The Festival is free for all families. You can find additional information about the Festival at: www.charlestonstemfest.org
The CCSD School Choice Lottery has officially opened for the 2019-2020 school year. Siblings of current Voyagers are placed first in line for open seats, but you must apply through the lottery website by March 11, 2019. Please contact the front office with any questions about this process. Current students do not need to apply. When enrolling a sibling, please make sure you include their brother or sister’s name on the application as well.
We’re staying home this weekend. It looks like a round of golf is definitely in play with the weather forecast near 70 degrees. Maryland has a HUGE basketball game this afternoon against 6th ranked Michigan. After a big win over 12th ranked Purdue this week, hopefully they show up for this one. Go Terps! Have a great weekend all and I’ll see you in the car loop on Monday.
Dr. Harry Walker