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Dr. O's Weekly Parent Newsletter

NCSD Mission Statement

Developing each student's potential with a world class education.

May 25, 2020

Dear Village Oaks Families,

I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday weekend with their loved ones! As the year winds down and summer vacation quickly approaches us I encourage you to review the information below about summer school which will be offered through our Community Education Department and can also be found our NCSD page:

Summer School Refresher and English Language Learner Summer School Classes

Summer School Refresher Classes

Summer refresher classes offer a review and reinforce what students learned during the past school year. Please register for the grade attended during the 2019-2020 school year.

June 22 through July 23

Classes meet Monday-Thursday:

  • Math: 9:00 a.m.-10:30 a.m.

  • Language/Literacy: 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

  • Class Fee:

  • Per Subject In District: $240

  • Per Subject Out of District: $280

Location: Novi Meadows 5

English Language Learners (ELL) Summer School Classes

  • Grades K-6: This summer school class is for English Language Learners (ELL). The goal is to improve students reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English.
  • Grades 7-12: This summer school class is for English Language Learners (ELL) Newcomers. Students who have been in the United States less than 6 months or currently have an english proficiency on WIDA of Basic or Low Intermediate. The goal is to improve students reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills in English.
  • Class Fee:

    • In District: $275
    • Out of District: $300
  • Location: Novi Meadows 5 (room numbers assigned first day)

Please Note: The 2020 Novi Summer Camp (formerly C.A.R.E.) will be held at Meadows 5. Students enrolled in Grades PreK-6 and ELL summer school may participate in the 2020 Novi Summer Camp program. Email Stacey Job at stacey.job@novik12.org for additional information.

Please visit our Summer School page on our school website to register. https://ecec.novi.k12.mi.us/programs/summer-school



Novi Meadows Important Information

Dear 4th Grade Families,

In 5th Grade your child will have an opportunity to learn an instrument. Please view the following videos and materials to decide if you would like to play an instrument, and what instrument you would like to play.

Everyone needs to fill out the registration form regardless of your choice, so we can schedule your child accordingly. Please fill out the registration form by Friday, May 29th. See the attached flyer about renting an instrument.

Opportunities to switch to other instruments will be available during the 5th grade school year. Please keep in mind the following when selecting your instrument for 5th grade:

  • If you are interested in auditioning for oboe during 5th grade, it is recommended that you start on flute or clarinet.
  • If you are interested in auditioning for saxophone during 5th grade, it is recommended that you start on clarinet.
  • If you are interested in auditioning for French Horn in 5th grade, it is recommended that you start on trumpet.
  • If you are interested in auditioning for tuba in 5th grade, it is recommended that you start on baritone or trombone.
  • If you are interested in auditioning for percussion in 5th grade, you must start on a BAND instrument.

5th Grade Registration Form

Welcome to Band and Orchestra Video

Introduction to Band and Orchestra Class Video

Band and Orchestra FAQs

Instrument Rental Information

Guide to String Instrument Sizing

Please contact us with any questions. We are happy to help!

Michelle Rais


Alec Cooper


A Greener VO

Stay on top of the ZOONOOZ

ZOONOOZ? We are talking about staying on top of the ‘NEWS’ happening at the San Diego Zoo. Check out the San Diego Zoo’s list of Live Cams for the opportunity to watch some of the world’s most interesting animals in real time. While you are there, you may want to browse through the rest of the San Deigo’s Zoo’s website, where you can learn more about their conservation efforts to protect animals and plants in the United States and around the globe.



Enjoy 3rd grader Dhruupa Pabbathi's fine art work! :)
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May Birthdays--Cha-cha-cha!

Jackson Stanley--05/01/2010

Tej Khalsa--05/02/2014

Sophia Schira--05/04/2010

Fariya Mohsin 05/04/2012

Ronav Ramdas 05/05/2012

Ellyanna Sharrow-- 05/06/2010

Vivaan Inchal--05/06/2011

Namish Chandragiri-- 05/07/2012

Sarika Kolla--05/08/2014

Arnav Patil--05/09/2011

Vivaan Bahekar--05/09/2011

Suryaa Thote--05/09/2013

Elena Byczek--05/10/2013

Ali Bulan--05/10/2014

Ethan Carboni--05/11/2010

Akshaya Pindikur--05/11/2010

Nithila Jeyanthan--05/12/2013

Knight McKinnon--05/13/2012

Sharun Subudhi--05/13/2013

Jenna Davis--05/14/2010

John David--05/14/2010

Jayda Davis--05/14/2013

Ava Johnson--05/15/2011

Anvi Patil--05/16/2012

Joshua Parker--05/16/2013

Abhiram Saladi--05/18/2010

Landon Stevenson--05/18/2012

Brooklynn Cross--05/19/2011

Alexander Wing--05/20/2011

Lily Hovermale--05/20/2014

Vyasarya Katti--05/21/2011

Tanvi Dammalapati--05/21/2013

Shamruthtaa Shanmuga Prasad--05/21/2013



Elizabeth Kilgore--05/22/2013

Reshma Panapakam--05/23/2013

Riddhi Darji--05/23/2013

Aubrey Roller--05/23/2014

Bailey Ray--05/24/2012

Bavleen Rai--05/25/2012

Neil Taware--05/25/2013

Myles Lacy--05/26/2013

Martina Vulaj --05/28/2010

Aditi Madhu--05/28/2012

Gautam Nalamalpu--05/30/2013

Kenneth Nguyen--05/30/2013

James Frierson--05/31/2011

Novi Meadows Classroom Placement Parent Input

Dear Parents,

As we navigate through these unprecedented times, many new challenges have arisen. One of those challenges is how to effectively transition students and families from their K-4 experience to Novi Meadows in a way that is both comforting and informative. Below is a survey from the Novi Meadows Principals which allow them to gather feedback to guide student placement. Thank you for your feedback!

Novi Meadows Class Placement Survey


We have opened the online pre-enrollment registration for the 2020-2021 school year and are making plans to welcome the incoming kindergarten class. Please complete the online pre-enrollment, so we can share pertinent information going forward. Completing the online portion will help us plan for student placement. We will eventually communicate when families will be able to submit required documentation to the Early Childhood Education Center. We can’t wait to finalize the registration process and welcome the incoming Class of 2033. If you have any questions, please review the NCSD enrollment page or call 248-675-3400.

NCSD Tech Support

If you need help logging into any of the platforms (Seesaw, iReady, Clever, etc.) on a district issued device you can submit a service ticket for login issues or if you need tech. assistance.

Service desk contact information:

- Phone: 248-209-2060

- Email: servicedesk@oakland.k12.mi.us

- Online Ticket Submission: servicedesk.oakland.k12.mi.us

VOICE Spring Fling Update

With the cancellation of Spring Fling, we have had many parents email us and ask how they can support VOICE since this has always been our primary fundraiser. With the blessing of Dr. Matthews and Dr. Ofili, we have created a PayPal Pool link as a response to those parents who have asked how they can help. The link shows many of the ways that VOICE helps support Village Oaks and all of the wonderful things that happen at our school. During this difficult time, we are learning that the greatness of our school is not contained inside of the walls of our building. We are a community and a family who leads with HEART. We already knew our teachers were amazing, but WOW are they showing up for us right now! There is a goal of funds to be raised on our PayPal link, but what I would love more than anything is to see pride for our great school shared across the internet showing the love our students have for their classmates and their teachers. Search for Village Oaks PTO on Facebook. Please consider sharing our PayPal Pool link, but when you do post a photo or video of your student sharing WHY they love Village Oaks! Tag us #VOhasHEART so that we can all come together virtually. If you would like to give, but prefer to send a check or VENMO, please email our treasurer Jessica at VOtreasurer@gmail.com. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8owxzauYz4 Debbie Luke VOICE President Debbielukehomes@gmail.com
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VO Community Support!

While we could not be together for Spring Fling, we want to acknowledge the businesses who donated to us and say THANK YOU for their support year after year. Please consider supporting these local businesses!
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Social Emotional Support

The Novi Community Schools Social Work Department would like to share some opportunities and resources for social emotional learning for all students during this unprecedented time. Attached is a list of resources for students of all ages with different mediums of instructional delivery. There are some fantastic resources to assist with social skill development, mindfulness, anxiety, and materials regarding talking to students about COVID-19.

Please reach out to our school social worker Ms. Amber Zarb amber.zarb@novik12.org via email if you have any questions or concerns.

Enjoy the video below from Dr. Stephanie Grant, child behavior therapist and expert in trauma. Dr. Grant provides great insight on how to support your children through COVID-19.

Supporting Our Children Through COVID 19

VO School Day Conversations

  • What is one thing you learned last week from your online learning?

  • What is your favorite activity from Friday Zoom meeting?

  • What is one challenge you overcame during your online learning?

Novi Mental Health Alliance--Parent Emporwing Parent Program

The Parent Emporwing Parent Program connects parents in need with parents who know. PEP pairs up a parent who has experienced challenges in his or her own parenting to providing support, encouragement, and knowledge, to another parent going through a similar situation. Below are the flyers for program.

Learn more about the Novi Mental Health Alliance by visiting the website at: https://www.novi.k12.mi.us/community/novi-mental-health-alliance

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

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, United Kingdom, 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, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Russia, Scotland and Yemen. 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.

Country's Flags in VO Cafeteria

VO Staff Message

Please enjoy our staff's message for our students...we're all in this together!
VO Staff Message For Students


This year 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

Despite the current challenges Playworks is still committed to providing safe and healthy play for every child everyday. We see the work that you are doing to continue to educate our students and we are committed to providing the same SEL learning opportunities we have delivered in your classrooms all year. #PlayworksAtHome is a resource to help families and educators in a variety of formats so students can continue to #PlayAtHome.

Please see the resources below:

  • Daily online live stream recess on Playworks Facebook (@MakeRecessCount). A ( Playworks Coach will provide a virtual recess at 12:00 p.m., 2:00p.m., and 4:00p.m. every school day Monday - Friday

  • eLearning: Videos of adults leading Playworks games, minute movers, and stretches for kids that can be embedded into eLearning systems, shared on social media, embedded on websites, and more. Check out this example. These resources and more can be found on Playworks.org/PlayAtHome

  • Play At Home Playbook: This includes instructions for games that are adaptable and can be played with little to no equipment and with the CDC recommended guidelines for social distancing. These can be printed and distributed with homework and/or placed on school websites.

  • More resources - we also suggest sharing our traditional online Game Library allowing your community access to explore hundreds of games by group size, available space and equipment, appropriate ages, and developmental skills.

We thank you for continuing to be a supporter of play and sharing these resources on your social platforms and networks. We look forward to seeing you on our virtual playground!

Playworks Play at Home Game: Morning Stretch Shake It Out
Playworks Play at Home Game: Popcorn

Looking Ahead

5/27/20--Grade level Office Hours

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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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