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Dr. O's Weekly Parent Newsletter

NCSD Mission Statement

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

October 15, 2018

Dear Village Oaks Families,

Please join us for updates of district news and upcoming Village Oaks family events at our first PTO meeting on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Oaks Media Center. At this meeting you will also be introduced to three Novi community members who are candidates for our School Board. Free childcare will be provided. We look forward to seeing you.

Please click on the VOICE link below to sign up as a VO volunteer for different activities throughout the year.

VOICE Volunteer Sign-up



VO Butterfly Garden Challenge


VOICE Information

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NCSD Movie Night (High School Football Field)--10/19/18

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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--Paige Morris (3rd Grade Teacher)

Hello VO Families!

My name is Paige Morris and I am a new member of the third grade team. A little about me:

- Michigan State University Grad, degree in Elementary Education and Teaching English as a Second Language.

- First year teaching, but I have worked in grades Pre-K through 6th.

- I love to travel, I have been to 17 countries so far!

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Car Loop Parking Lot Changes

Thank you to everyone for not parking in our parking spots located in the drop off loop from 3:45pm-4:10pm. We are blocking off those spots during that time to ensure the safety of our students. As you all know 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. We ask that you 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.

VO School Day Conversations

  • Why is it important to set goals?
  • What does it mean to begin with the end in mind?
  • What Disney character should Dr. Ofili be for Halloween (make sure you tell him)?

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 as a school we focused on goal setting and Beginning with the End in Mind! Check out a pictures from our 2nd graders in Mrs. Saven's class.

Bonaventure Skate Night

VO families had a great time at our skate night! Check out a few pics below...

2018-2019 VOICE Board Members

Hello Parents,

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

VOICE Volunteer Sign-up


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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 the 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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4th Grade Authors

Last week 4th grade students in Mrs. Massengill's class chatted virtually with an author/screenwriter in California about the writing process! Check it out below...


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:

VO students ending lunch recess with a fun Playworks chant!

Looking Ahead

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

11/2/2018--End of First Marking Period

11/2/2018--VOICE Family Fun Night 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.

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Village Oaks Elementary

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

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Office phone number: 248.449.1300