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Dr. O's Weekly Parent Newsletter

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October 8, 2018

Dear Village Oaks Families,

It is with great pleasure that I congratulate our students, parents, community members, and staff--past and present--for working together to make VO a National Blue Ribbon Exemplary School! Only twelve other schools in our state received this great honor for the 2018 school year, which we earned through completing an extensive application, having high student test scores, implementing new initiatives, and building on best practices to support the specific needs of each of our students. Please visit the links below highlighting this special award for our beloved school. At a later date we will have a ceremony where we will unveil our NBRS plaque and banner for our entire community to enjoy. Thank you to everyone for partnering to make VO an elite learning institution!

VO NBRS Press Release

Village Oaks Elementary 2018 National Blue Ribbon School Profile



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Car Loop Parking Lot Changes

Starting Monday, October 8th the parking spots located in the drop off loop will be closed from 3:45pm-4:10pm everyday to ensure the safety of our students. 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. 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.

VOICE Meeting

Please join us for updates of district news and upcoming Village Oaks family events! Our first PTO meeting will be Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Oaks Media Center. Free childcare will be provided. We look forward to seeing you!

Halloween Parade

On October 31st we will have our Halloween Parade at 9:45am around our track. Teachers will contact parents with specific information regarding their classroom parties. As you prepare for Halloween and decide on whether your child will wear a costume, please make sure that the costume is not gory and no weapons are allowed. Additionally, please make sure that your child is wearing clothing under his/her costume. If you have any questions regarding costumes feel free to contact your child’s teacher or someone in the main office.

New Staff Highlight--Amanda Bailey (Resource Room Teacher)

Hello VO Families!

My name is Amanda Bailey. I am the new Resource Room teacher at Village Oaks. I graduated from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, in N.Y. and have my Master’s degree in Literacy from Adelphi University. This is my 14th year teaching. I have experience in both general education and in special education. I am extremely grateful to call Novi Community Schools my new place of employment.

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VO School Day Conversations

  • During Villas we learned about the Power of Yet. What skill, activity, or action can you not do yet that you plan on being able to to do through practice and hard work?
  • Why is it important to collaborate in school?
  • When are the Words of Wisdom shared during day by Dr. Ofili?

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 we had our second Villa meeting. During the meeting we had discussions about things we could not do yet and then we completed an activity that focused on the power of yet! Enjoy the pictures below...

Coffee with the Superintendent

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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!


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Community Resources

Holiday Assistance

If your family is in need of holiday assistance, Novi Youth Assistance has an "Adopt a Family" program. It is "first-come-first served" and based on eligibility guidelines set forth by Novi Youth Assistance. Program closes November 1, 2018 - or when family limit is reached. If interested, please turn in completed forms directly to:

Novi Youth Assistance office, located in Novi Civic Center.

45175 W. Ten Mile * Novi * Office 248-347-0410 * Fax 248-347-0552

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 in the near future...updated link to sign-up coming soon!

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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W.I.N. Time in Kindergarten

During W.I.N. (What. I. Need) time at VO our teachers are providing a wide range of learning opportunities to support our learners. Check out some of the pictures below that capture the learning taking place during W.I.N. time in Kindergarten!


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

10/9/18--Bonaventure Skate Night 6:15pm

10/16/18--VOICE meeting: 7:00pm

10/17/18--Title One Curriculum Night: 10:30am

10/17/18--Title One Curriculum Night: 5:00pm

10/17/18--ESL Curriculum Night: 6:30pm

10/26/2018--Animal Magic Assembly

10/31/2018--Halloween Parade 9:45am

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: 8:15 am-4:15 pm

Attendance line: 248.449.1301

Office phone number: 248.449.1300