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Dr. O's Weekly Parent Newsletter

NCSD Mission Statement

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

October 1, 2018

Dear Village Oaks Families,

NCSD is committed to developing each student's potential with a world class education. To achieve this goal, we have implemented W.I.N. (What I Need) time to meet the specific needs of all students. Throughout the day each grade level has a different WIN time 45 minute block where students are receiving intervention and enrichment opportunities. During this time, interventionists, special education teachers, and English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers will support identified students by going into classrooms or pulling out small groups of students to work with them. During WIN time teachers will not introduce new content; however, they will review, reteach, and extend content or skills to maximize learning. Throughout the year I will highlight some of the great ways students get what they need during What I Need time at VO!



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'Live in the D: Our Teachers Rock!' Awards

Help us celebrate exceptional teachers! Live in the D and Local 4 News want to hear about YOUR favorite K-12 educators. Parents can nominate the teacher in their life they believe deserves to be recognized as an outstanding educator. Five deserving educators will be selected and each will win a $500 gift card from Somerset Collection and be recognized on Live in the D weekdays at 10 a.m. on Local 4. People can nominate a K-12 teacher who is currently teaching full-time at a public or non-public Macomb, Oakland, Wayne or Washtenaw County school. Nominators must be able to show how a teacher has made a positive impact on students' growth and learning. Nominations are open until Thursday, October 4. Check out the attached link!

New Staff Highlight--Stefanie Kurzer (Kindergarten Teacher)

Hello VO Families!

I have been teaching for 7 years now and my experience includes working in a private school setting, public school setting, and charter school. I helped create and implement my school's IB program at the elementary level. I hold certificates in administration, gifted and talented education, and ESL. Some fun facts about me: I have been married for 15 years, have three kids, and a dog. I enjoy dancing, traveling, and reading. I like to spend time with my family outside of school and am usually found at the soccer fields because all three of my children play soccer.



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Count Day/Picture Day

Count Day is this Wednesday, October 3. Please email laurie.kravick@novik12.org if your child will be absent, late or leaving early on that day.

Picture Day is this Wednesday, October 3. All children will be photographed even if they are not purchasing pictures. Please return your picture envelope or order at Schoolpictures.com (school code AA0306).

2018-2019 Curriculum Nights

Please mark the following dates on your calendars:

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

VO School Day Conversations

  • Who is your Villa teacher?
  • How do you act responsibly when other students are taking a test?
  • What game did Coach P introduce this week?

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 first Villa meeting! As a school we sang our VO Leadership song before we all reported to our Villas. Check out a short snippet below...

NCSD Student Opt-out Information

This message comes to you on Behalf of Dr. Steve Matthews, Superintendent of Schools:

Our students engage in many learning activities and opportunities throughout the school year. We capture this excitement and enthusiasm for learning through photos and videos that are shared on social media, the district website, and occasionally through press releases.

If, however, you would prefer not to have your child featured, please contact your child's school and they will be happy to give you an Opt-Out form. Please be aware that in filling out this form, your child will not be included in any photos, videos, articles, or student directories.

Steve M. Matthews, Ed.D.


Novi Community School District

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!

2018-2019 Picture Day Volunteers

Village Oaks picture day is coming soon! We need 8-10 parent volunteers to help us with this important day! October 3rd, from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. You MUST have a volunteer background check completed in order to volunteer. Please contact Lana Genter, lanagenter@gmail.com, if you are available. We will also need helpers on re-take day (date TBD) so if you can't make the October date, please let us know if you can help in November!

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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The Power of Yet!

As a staff we are committed to teaching our students about being persistent and not giving up as learners. During our first Villa many of our staff members sported a I Believe in The Power of Yet tee as we introduced this concept...see the pic below!
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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:

Looking Ahead

10/2/18--Fire Drill

10/3/18--Count Day & Picture Day

10/4/18--New Families VO Breakfast: 9:15am

10/4/18--Specials Curriculum Night: 6:30pm

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

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.

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