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September 10, 2018

Dear Village Oaks Families,

The first week of school was fantastic! Students and staff were excited to meet each other, teachers focused on creating safe learning communities in their rooms, and we began establishing rules/expectations throughout our building to guide students to success. I encourage all parents to attend the upcoming curriculum nights so you can learn more about our teachers, school routines, and the curriculum in each grade level. Please enjoy the images below from the first week of school!



New Staff Highlight--Katy Golden (Media Specialist)

Hi Village Oaks Families!

I graduated from University of Michigan with my degree in elementary education, and spent four years in the classroom teaching second, third, and fourth grade. When I got my master's degree in library science, I left the classroom to be a school librarian at the Bloomfield Hills middle schools. I'm excited to be back in Novi, where I grew up, to be the school librarian at Village Oaks! When I'm not at school, I love to read, cook, and cheer on the Michigan Wolverines.

Thanks :)


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2018-2019 Curriculum Nights

Please mark the following dates on your calendars:

Kindergarten--September 13 at 6:30pm

1st grade -- September 27 at 6:30pm

2nd grade--September 20 at 6:30pm

3rd grade--September 26 at 6:30pm

4th grade--September 12 at 6:30pm

Specials Curriculum Night --October 4 at 6:30pm

VO School Day Conversations

  • When a staff member tells you to 'catch a bubble' as you are walking in the hallway what does that mean?
  • Can you name some friends that you made during the first week of school?
  • At VO students Believe, Achieve, and __________ (Succeed) ?

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

Check out our Novi Bobcats below who do a great job of teaming up and collaborating!
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VO Cub Scouts Information

Last week we had an informational meeting to learn about opportunities for all of our 1st-4th grade students to join the Cub Scouts. Students brought home flyers on Friday. If you are interested in this fun program for your child please see the flyer below.
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Girl Scouts Meeting 9/25/18

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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 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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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:

Check out some pictures of our 2nd graders playing Mr. Fox and our lunch supervisors after a Playworks Planning Mtg.

Looking Ahead

9/12/18--4th Grade Curriculum Night: 6:30pm-7:30pm

9/13/18--Kindergarten Curriculum Night: 6:30pm-7:30pm

9/14/18--Fire Drill #1

9/20/18--2nd Grade Curriculum Night:6:30pm-7:30pm

9/21/18--Mr. Peace Assembly: K-2 9:35am-10:10am & 3-4 10:20am-11am

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.

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

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