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August 20, 2018

Dear Village Oaks Families,

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! It is going to be another great year. We are eager to begin another learning journey with your children. We have been very busy getting ready to start the new school year. Below are a few bits of important information for you to review as you enjoy the last few days of summer with your children:

  • This week you will receive a letter of introduction from your child's teacher and the Student Emergency Information Record that should be returned completed to your child's teacher during Open House.
  • Open House will take place on Wednesday, August, 29 from 6:30pm-7:30pm.
  • Transportation schedules will be available on the Parent Portal in MISTAR on Thursday, August 30.
  • First day of school is Tuesday, September 4th.
  • Questions about our CARE program (after/before school daycare) can be directed to Holly Bengle. Holly can be reached at holly.bengle@novik12.org or (248) 449-1307.

  • The NEF All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast is Saturday, September 8 from 7:30am-10:30am. (See flyer below.)



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Safe Routes To School

Last year NCSD partnered with the City of Novi to participate in the Safe Routes to School program. In order to secure grant funds for any and all sidewalks that might be in need of repair throughout the city of Novi we need as many parents as possible to complete the VO Parent Survey SRTS below. For more information on the Safe Routes to School initiative please see the attached link below.

2018-2019 Supply Lists

Please click on the link below to view your child's supply list:


VO School Day Conversations

  • What is one question you would like to ask your teacher during Open House?
  • What fun summer memory will you share with your classmates on the first day of school?
  • What was your favorite book that you read or that was read to you this summer?

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 other

Please enjoy a short snippet from our end of the year HEART Assembly!

Novi Food Service

Information regarding our lunch program and monthly menus can also be found on the district web-page. Go to the section District and choose Food Service. Applications for free and reduced lunch are also located on this web-site. Please remember you must apply each year in order for your child to receive free or reduced lunch prices. Lunch prices will be 2.50 for lunch. Milk comes with lunch but students can purchase just milk for .50 cents. Village Oaks also offers a breakfast program. Students can purchase breakfast for 1.50. Fees will be deducted from your child’s lunch account.

VO New Staff

We are very excited to have some excellent new staff members joining our team. Please welcome the following new staff members: Stefanie Kurzer (Kindergarten), Paige Morris (3rd grade), Katy Golden (Media Specialist), Colleen Ponte (Speech Pathologist), Renee Wilkins (Psychologist), Lori Vogelgesang (ESL Teacher), Amanda Bailey (Resource Room) and Nicole Rosemary (Resource Room).

VO Butterfly Garden 2018-2019

At the end of the 2017-2018 school year our NEF awarded VO with funds to create a butterfly garden. Thanks to the hard work of Ms. Ager and Mr. Weigel-Hubler this summer we have started the first phase of beautifying our courtyard! Check out the picture below.
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2018-2019 VOICE Board Members

Hello Parents,

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


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 at the link below: VOICE Link

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 our retirees from last year we were given ten 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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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

During our Open House, please visit our gymnasium to meet Coach Patrice and other Playworks representatives to discover the great work that will take place at VO during 2018-2019 school year!

Looking Ahead

8/29/18--Open House: 6:30pm-7:30pm

8/30/18--Transportation Schedules are viewable on the MISTAR Parent Portal

9/4/18--First day of school: 9:08am-4:00pm

9/8/18--NEF All You Can Eat Pancake Breakfast: 7:30am-10:30am

Parent Pick-up/Parking & Bus Stop Expectations

As you pick up your children before/after school please be mindful of our neighbors and do not park in front of their driveways or mailboxes. We also ask that parents please park in our parking lot and keep your pets in your cars. Thank you for your understanding.

Please remind our students that VO expectations/rules apply at our bus stops. We ask that all students are on their best behavior as they wait for their bus.

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. Thank you.


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.

Village Oaks Elementary

VO school hours: 9:08 am-4:00 pm

Office hours: 8:15 am-4:15 pm

Attendance line: 248.449.1301

Office phone number: 248.449.1300