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Dr. O's Weekly Parent Newsletter

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

January 27, 2020

Dear Village Oaks Families,

As a school we are committed to providing leadership opportunities for our students and promoting the good character students are displaying throughout our building. To continue in the VO tradition of highlighting the great things that are going on in our building our Fourth grade students will have the opportunity to report news going on at VO. These newscasts will happen once a month and will be called "Heart 2 Heart." The plan is that it will be about 10 minutes and will be uploaded to our site for families to view. Students will report on events happening around the building, will interview teachers, report out birthdays for the month, give a weather forecast and highlight exceptional VO leaders who have shown HEART, or who have accomplished something pretty special inside or outside of school! We are so excited for our fourth grade students to lead with HEART and showcase the 7 habits. Our first episode is scheduled to occur sometime in February...stay tuned!




Introducing VO's G.R.L. Power Club

Leadership club meets girl scout fun! G.R.L. Power Club will begin a new tradition at Village Oaks for our young ladies. G.R.L. Power Club will focus on fun activities such as going to Tree Adventure, participating in the Detroit Free Press 1 mile Fun Run, and the first VO Shark Tank where our ladies will pitch their new business ideas. We are seeking girls K-4th grade who are interested in having fun while learning how to be great, respectful, leaders. Come Join us on Tuesday, January 28 from 6:30pm-7:30pm at our G.R.L. Power Club Information Meeting to learn more.
GRL Power Flyer

The 14th Annual Green Gala

Donations to the Novi Educational Foundation have allowed us to fund $17,280 in grants and programs at Village Oaks in just the last few years. The Green Gala is a premier event where parents and community members show their support for the great work that happens everyday in our school district.

The NEF and our presenting sponsors invite you to attend our 14th annual Green Gala on Saturday, March 21 at The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The evening will include dinner, a silent auction, an escape room, casino gaming, a wine pull, an interactive photo mirror, and more!

The Killer Flamingos are returning to provide the entertainment.

Tickets are now available for purchase now on the NEF website. An early bird discount is available until February 29.

Why attend?

  • Money raised will benefit the students in the NCSD

  • Major VI from the High School will be performing

  • Student presentations

  • New this year - a dinner duet (steak and chicken) or a vegetarian/vegan/gluten free option

Please join us on 3/21 for an evening of fun and entertainment.

Green Gala Flier

2020 US Census

Visit the 2020 Census website at 2020Census.gov to learn more about the 2020 Census and how to help everyone in your community be counted.
US Census Flier
US Census Flier

Remind Transportation Updates

Get information for Novi Community Schools Transportation Department right on your phone-not on handouts. For example, you'll be notified if a bus is running late.

Click here to sign up for Remind

If you don't have a smartphone, you can get text notifications for Village Oaks Bus updates. Text the message @cf3aa7 to the number 81010. If you're having trouble with 81010, try texting @cf3aa7 to 248-236-1777.

Food Drive Collection

Elementary schools in Novi are beginning our annual, winter drive to support the Novi Emergency Food Pantry. Village Oaks has been assigned to collect Macaroni & Cheese! Please send boxes of Macaroni & Cheese to school with your child in bags labeled 'Food Drive' to help us support families in need in our community. The drive continues until February 7th. Thank you!

Mac & Cheese Flyer

Me and My Pal Dance 2/21/20

On February 21st from 6:00pm-8:00pm please join us for our first Light up the Night--Me and Pal Dance brought to you by VOICE! Girls can bring a special guest of their choosing for this fun event! (The boys dance will be held on Friday May 15th.) For any parents who need assistance purchasing their tickets please see Dr. Ofili.


Dear Village Oaks Families,

I have asked Dr. Ofili to send out this email on behalf of VOICE, as we are very excited about trying some new traditions at Village Oaks to support our school community and provide fun experiences and opportunities for our students. One of those new traditions is our upcoming dance on February 21.

We have started to receive some registrations back for the dance and are excited to see that many of you are looking forward to attending! If your student would like to attend, please send in the registration form by Friday, February 14.

The upcoming dance on February 21 is intended to be a daddy-daughter style dance where our female students can invite their father or any other special role model or adult figure in their life that they would like to bring to the dance. We certainly do not want anyone to feel excluded, therefore we have decided to market it a bit differently so that everyone feels welcome and excited to attend.

Looking ahead at May 15, we will be hosting another dance for our male students to attend. The intention would be the same for this dance as a mother-son style dance, where our male students can invite their mother or any other special role model or adult figure in their life that they would like to invite. We will again market this dance in a sensitive manner so that everyone feels welcome and excited to attend.

Here at VOICE, we appreciate you support of both Village Oaks Elementary School and for supporting our efforts as a PTO organization at our school.


Debbie Luke

VOICE President

VO Party flyer

NCSD Lice Information

As school is now in session, it is important to remember the guidelines for avoiding head lice. It has been found in classrooms already this year so please be vigilant in looking for it and treating it effectively. The website below has very helpful information.

Head Lice Information

VO School Day Conversations

  • Occasionally new students join VO. What can you do personally to help a new student feel welcome at school or in your classroom?
  • Last week we celebrated MLK day. What is one thing that you learned about Dr. King and his dream for our country?
  • What is your favorite Playworks 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

Team up & Collaborate

Our 3rd grade students teamed up last week to complete a Tug of War thinking routine and activities to highlight the Chinese New Year. Check out a few pictures below!

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An Evening With George Winston

An evening with pianist, George Winston. You may not be familiar with George, but he is an incredible musician.
This concert will also feature a food drive for the Novi Rotary Foundation’s Feed the Need program. Feed the Need is a summertime lunch program organized by the Rotary, Novi Community School District, Novi Interfaith Network, and Novi Public Library.

When: Saturday, April 18, 2020
Time: 7:00 PM
Where: Novi Middle School Auditorium
Please Bring: at least one non-perishable food item
Tickets: Eventbrite
Questions: Call (810) 599-0491

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Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

VOICE 2019-2020

Hello Parents,

Our VOICE (PTO Organization) is seeking volunteers for chairpersons for several of our committees. If you have interest in volunteering with VOICE during this school year, please check out the Sign Up Genius link below. If you'd like more information, please contact Debbie Luke at debbielukehomes@gmail.com


Yearbook Committee Seeking Photos

Do you have some great photos you would love to see in the yearbook?

Please submit them to the Yearbook Committee e-mail: VOYearbookPTO@gmail.com

Be sure to include a description of the event/activity in the photo, as well as the class if appropriate.

Save the date for Spring Fling! April, 24, 2020

We need many volunteers for this event to be successful. If you have any questions about a committee position please email debbielukehomes@gmail.com

Please consider volunteering by using the link below to sign up.

Spring Flyer Save The Date

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

1st Grade Mathematicians

Enjoy the picture below of first grade students in Ms. Paulk's room showing off an impressive math scroll!

1st Graders in Ms. Paulk's class


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

Testimonial: Dr. RJ Webber

Looking Ahead

1/30/20--Pizza Kit Pick-up 4:00pm-5:30pm

2/7/20--VOICE Family Fun Night

2/11/20--Second Grade Concert 6:30pm-7:30pm

2/17/20 & 2/18/20--Mid-Winter Break No School

3/13/20--End of second trimester

3/16/20--Beginning of third trimester

3/16-3/20/20--Book Fair

3/19/20--Parent/teacher conferences

3/24/20--3rd Grade Concert 6:30pm-7:30pm

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.

VO 2018 National Blue Ribbon Exemplary School

Village Oaks Elementary

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Office hours: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

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Office phone number: 248.449.1300