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November 19, 2018

Dear Village Oaks Families,

It was great to see so many parents at our conferences last week. It’s hard to believe that Thanksgiving is on Thursday...it’s true what they say, “time flies when you’re having fun!” Over the next few days I encourage you to reflect with your child on his or her successes so far this year and discuss what they are grateful for at VO. I hope you and your family have a peaceful Thanksgiving Break. Please remember students will be dismissed at 12:30 PM on Wednesday, November 21st. We will not be eating lunch at school on Wednesday.



Diversity Day

As we look around at all the students we have at Village Oaks, we are so fortunate to see so many amazing students with many unique qualities. We are asking students and their families to explore their own traditions as a special school project. As a culminating activity, students will participate in “Diversity Day: What Makes Me Special” on Wednesday, November 21st. Students will get to share with their classmates what they feel makes them special!

Please see the attached flyer for details about this special day!

NEF Airtime Fundraiser

Date: Friday 11/30/18

Time: 1pm-11pm

Cost: $14

Where : 44255 12 Mile Rd. Novi MI 48377

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Outdoor Recess

As we face the snow and harsher weather conditions it is very important that students are dressing appropriately to go outside for recess. Students must wear snow pants and snow boots in order to go on our playground during recess when there is snow on the ground. For those students who forget their boots and snow pants they will stay on our blacktop during recess. For any parent who is in need of playground snowgear please let me know at your earliest convenience.

Thank You VO Parents!

Our book fair was a huge success thanks to all of the parent and grandparent volunteers that gave so generously of their time. Thank you! Also a huge thanks to all of you who stopped by to support the media center. All of the proceeds from the book fair go back to the media center in the form of new books and programs! Another big thank you to VOICE (PTO) for providing a delicious dinner for our teachers during parent-teacher conferences and organizing activities for our family fun night. Way to go VO!

Car Loop Parking Lot Changes

Thank you to everyone for not parking in our parking spots located in the drop off loop from 3:45pm-4:10pm. We are blocking off those spots during that time to ensure the safety of our students. As you all know pick-up time is extremely busy and we have had several incidents where cars have almost collided due to cars backing out of the parking spots during pick-up time. Additionally, we have had close encounters with students almost being hit crossing over to the parking spots during dismissal. We ask that you please park in our parking lot if you need to exit your car to pick up your child at the end of the school day. Contact me if you have any questions regarding changes during dismissal. Thank you for your understanding.

VO School Day Conversations

  • What are you most grateful for at VO?

  • What are you most proud about learning this school year?

  • What is your favorite recess game and what are the rules for the game?

At VO, we have HEART!

In Novi Community School District we believe in promoting high expectations for academics, meeting the emotional well being of our students and celebrating positive behavior for all of our learners.

At Village Oaks Elementary, we are building a culture of collaboration, leadership, and citizenship. As a school community, we strive to:

  • Have a growth mindset
  • Empathize and show kindness
  • Act responsibly
  • Respect everyone
  • Team up and collaborate with others

Last Leaderific Friday as a school we had a Novi4All lesson where we learned about students with disabilities. Earlier in the week we also paid tribute to our veterans during a special ceremony and breakfast to honor them for their service to our country. Check out the pictures below...

2018-2019 VOICE Volunteers

Hello Parents,

We are in need of new parents to volunteer this year! Attached is a flyer explaining all of the great things VOICE does for VO and the process to become a volunteer. Thank you!

VOICE Volunteer Sign-up


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Community Resources

Mentoring Support for Students:

Novi Youth Assistance offers three types of mentoring programs for students in our community.

  • If you are interested in having your child participate in or if you have questions regarding the Silver Lining school-based mentoring program, please contact our Social Worker, Amber Zarb at amber.zarb@novik12.org.

  • If you are interested in becoming a Mentor, please contact Novi Youth Assistance at 248-347-0410.

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities


Your support to our school in the volunteering of your time is extremely valuable to all of us! We cannot help our students and staff in the planned activities without YOU! Please consider signing up for one of our committees by clicking on the link below:

VOICE Volunteer Sign-up

Your time is so greatly valued and appreciated!

VO Flags

One of the things that makes our building so special is our diverse student population--we have families in our community who come from all over the world! To celebrate our global diversity we have hung flags in our cafeteria that represent many of the countries of our VO families. As a gift from VO retirees we were given flags of the following countries: Israel, India, England, Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Nigeria, South Korea, China, and USA. Thank you to our parents who have also donated the following flags: Poland, Singapore, Japan, Germany, Finland, Ireland, Nepal, Greece, Pakistan, Uruguay, Ecuador, Portugal, Spain, Central African Republic, South Africa, Wales, Iceland, Australia, and Armenia. If you would like to purchase a flag of your country of origin or to represent one of the many nationalities of our school please visit Amazon and search for an ANLEY 3x5 flag: VO Flags

Before purchasing and donating the flag to our school’s collection please contact me or one of our secretaries with the flag information so we can make sure that another family has not already ordered the same flag.

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Bonaventure Skate Night

Join us on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 between 6:00 pm and 8:30 pm for the Village Oaks Bonaventure Fun Night. Admission is $7.50. All children between 3 and 17 must pay to enter. Skate rental is included with admission.


Village Oaks & Orchard Hills Elementary were the first two elementary schools in NCSD to become part of the Play movement and make play a priority with Playworks in the 2017-2018 school year! This year all NCSD elementary schools will partner with Playworks to enhance the learning experiences for students throughout the district. Playworks is the leading nonprofit in Michigan and nationally using play to transform schools. A Playworks recess creates a place for every kid on the playground to feel included, be active, and build valuable social and emotional skills. Please click on the link below and read the attached Playworks article to learn more about our partnership and Patrice our Playworks Coach!

Playworks Informational Link

Learn more at https://www.playworks.org/services/welcome/teamup/

Here are some additional Playworks videos:

Looking Ahead

11/20/2018--Bonaventure Skate Night

11/21/2018--1/2 Day of school 12:30 pm dismissal

11/21/2018--Lions Roary Leadership Assembly

11/22 & 11/23/2018--No school--Thanksgiving

Parent Pick-up/Parking & Bus Stop Expectations

As you pick-up and drop off your children please be mindful of the following:

  • Do not park in front of our neighbors' driveways or mailboxes.
  • Park in our parking lot and keep your pet in your car.
  • For the safety of our students do not walk your children through our bus loop as students are loading/exiting our busses.
  • Stay in your car as you drive through our car loop.
  • Please do not drop off children before 8:55am. We do not have any supervision outside prior to this time.
  • If you arrive late, please walk your child into the office and sign them in.

We ask that you remind your children that VO expectations/rules apply at our bus stops. We expect all of our students to be on their best behavior as they wait for their bus and we appreciate your help.

Thank you for your support!


Please remember if there is a change in your child's CARE schedule you need to notify Holly Bengle no later than 3:15. She will then contact the teachers. Holly Bengle can be reached at

holly.bengle@novik12.org or (248) 449-1307.

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The mission of Village Oaks Elementary is to create and maintain an educational environment that supports academic achievement, consistent with district, state and national standards to meet all students' learning needs.

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