Novi Meadows News

FRIDAY, MARCH 13, 2020

IMPORTANT DATES

    March

    • 28 - Report Cards viewable through MiStar Parent Portal
    April
    • 6 - Spring Break Week
    • 16 - Marshall Music Rental Night at Meadows 5th Grade Gym, 3pm to 9pm
    • 22 - Meadows Cultural Showcase, 8:30 to 10:00am, 6th Grade Cafeteria
    May
    • 4 - PTO meeting at 7pm, NM6 Media Center
    • 7 - Orchestra Concerts, 5th and 6th Grades, 6 to 8:30pm in the 6th Grade Gym
    • 11 - 4th Grade Orientation Night at 7pm in the 5th Grade Gym
    • 19 - Band Concerts, 5th and 6th Grades, 6 to 8:30pm in the 6th Grade Gym

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    THANK YOU FROM THE PTO!

    Thank you to all of the parents, teachers, and students who volunteered at our Fun Fest last week. Whether you baked cookies, worked a shift, donated a raffle item, or brought your family to participate in the fun - we appreciate your support!


    A special thank you to all of the businesses, listed below, who so generously sponsored events or donated raffle items:


    Allergy & Immunology Associates, Anytime Fitness, ArtiSun Bath, Ayerst Choi Kwang Do, Care Box Co., Chopped Olive, Christine Long Photography, Club Pilates, Color Street, Community Financial, Dancing Eye Gallery, Fabulous Nails, Feldman Auto, Gatsby's, Golf Leadership Academy, Guido's Pizza, JD Racing Indoor Karting, Jewel Gallery, Massage Green SPA, Menchie's, Noodles & Company, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Novi Athletic Boosters, Novi Athletic Department, Novi Bowl, Novi Cat Rack, Novi Escape Room, Novi Parks & Rec, Outback Steakhouse, Premier Pet Supply, Rocket Fizz Candy Shop, Spillane & Reynolds, Teriyaki Madness, Tom Holzer, Tony Sacco's, Un-Belted, Varsity Lincoln, and Vibe Credit Union!


    When you are looking for a service or a product, please support these businesses that generously support our Meadows Students!


    THANK YOU!

    The Meadow PTO

    ROLLERSKATING CANCELLED

    Rollerskating at Bonaventure on March 18 is cancelled.

    COVID-19 UPDATE FROM DR MATTHEWS

    March 11, 2020

    Dear Novi Community School District families and staff:

    On Tuesday, March 10, the State of Michigan alerted everyone that there are now two confirmed cases of coronavirus – COVID-19 – in the State of Michigan, one of them in Oakland County.


    Working together, the Novi Community School District can take steps to keep students and staff safe. We continue to be in contact with the Oakland County Health Department, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, the Michigan Department of Education, and the Center for Disease Control (CDC). We continue to follow their guidance and recommendations regarding this outbreak.


    On March 11, 2020, Governor Whitmer gave guidance on what she expects schools to do during this crisis.

    • Educate students and the community about COVID-19 and preventative hygiene practices.
    • Encourage staff and students to stay home when sick.
    • Communicate and reinforce best practices for washing hands and covering coughs and sneezes.
    • Regularly clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, like doorknobs, keyboards, cell phones, and light switches.
    • Limit large gatherings such as assemblies and limit inter-school interactions.
    • Schools with students at risk of severe illness should consider implementing plans for distance learning for those students, to the extent feasible.


    As such, we will be cancelling the upcoming parent teacher conferences to be held in our district on March 19. We will encourage teachers to communicate directly with parents via email or phone calls as appropriate.

    In addition, we will continue to create safe environments in our schools and on our buses. We are, and will continue, to prioritize disinfecting hard surfaces – door knobs, desks, lunch tables. We will disinfect buses. We will encourage hand washing.

    We are also practicing these effective strategies:

    • Remain at home if you are sick and avoid close contact with people who are sick.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol if soap and water are unavailable.
    • Cover cough with a tissue or sleeve. Provide adequate supplies within easy reach, including tissues and no-touch trash cans.


    As a district, we have begun to plan for an escalation of the crisis – if it occurs. We have the capacity to support student learning remotely if the crisis escalates. However, it is important to remain calm right now. There will be rumors and gossip. Please focus on what is known and not on the what-ifs. Practicing proven strategies to prevent the spread of germs is our best option. If we get further guidance from the various agencies monitoring the situation, we will communicate once again our plan.


    We have added a Coronavirus webpage to our School Heath webpage. There are links to the CDC and the Oakland County Health Department for more timely updates. We will continue working with our school nurse, the Oakland County Health Department, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to ensure that we stay up-to-date, to keep you up-to-date, and engage in best practice.


    Together, we will navigate through this concern. If this issue escalates, we will continue to communicate clearly on the Novi Community School District response, so that we can keep all of our students and staff safe.

    Sincerely,

    --

    Steve M. Matthews, Ed.D.
    Superintendent
    Novi Community School District

    SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR - POSTPONED

    The Scholastic Book Fair will be March 23-27 in the 5th grade library media center. All students will visit the fair during a time determined by their teacher. Also, the fair will be open during evening conferences on Wednesday, March 25th. Select the following link to sign up for e-wallet and to sign up for volunteer opportunities.
    BOOK FAIR INFO AND E-WALLET

    Our Book Fair will be March 23 to March 27 in the 5th Grade Media Center

    BOOK FAIR VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

    Please consider signing-up to work our Scholastic Book Fair

    NOVI PUBLIC LIBRARY LIBBY APP

    This Novi Public Library app allows users access to digital and audiobook collections. The Libby app streamlines the functions of the original Overdrive app to make finding, downloading and reading e-books and listening to e-audiobooks easier. Find Libby in your device's app store.

    THE LIBBY APP

    The free APP from Novi Public Library for digital books and audio books.

    NOVI MEADOWS CULTURAL SHOWCASE

    We are gathering students' names for those interested in participating in this year's Cultural Showcase held on April 22. Groups of 2-4 should submit their proposals to the 5th grade office by March 17.

    NOON AIDES NEEDED

    We have immediate opportunities for Noon Aides at Meadows 6th Grade during Lunch Hours (10:15am to 1:20pm). Substitute positions are available for both 5th & 6th Grades. If interested, please call or email Carrie Reichley at 248.449.1256 or Carrie.reichley@novik12.org.

    CLASS OF 2026 SCHEDULING CLASSES

    Any questions regarding 7th grade scheduling can be sent to leslie.condon@novik12.org

    Leslie Condon - MA, LPC

    NOVI MIDDLE SCHOOL - 7th - 8th Grade Counselor

    Students with - LAST Name - A - K

    Office – 248-449-1610 FAX – 248-449-1613

    SUMMER CAMP REGISTRATION

    Summer Camp registration at ECEC begins March 11. Camp is for students Preschool through 6th Grade and runs June 22 through August 19.

    PTO OPPORTUNITIES

    The PTO is still looking for committee chairs for Staff Appreciation Week in May. If you are interested, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Julie Song at jelyse75@yahoo.com.

    NEF GREEN GALA - POSTPONED

    NEF IMPACT TEAM

    Are you looking for ways where your valuable time can make a HUGE impact? The Novi Educational Foundation (NEF) impacts EVERY student in the Novi Community School District and NEEDS the teamwork of volunteers to cover all the bases. We are looking to fill the roster for our IMPACT TEAM, which consists of participating on one of our seven committees, joining our Board of Trustees or simply adding your name to our Volunteer List to act as a pinch hitter when needed. Talents in finance, legal, marketing, fundraising and/or event-planning are never benched. Our impact is only as large as our roster. We’ll have an IMPACT TEAM informational breakfast on February 28th at 7:30am to discuss our mission, committees and ways to help.


    For more information or to RSVP, please visit our website: novieducationalfoundation.org/impactteam, or contact us at NEF@novik12.org.

    MENTAL HEALTH ALLIANCE - POSTPONED

    The Novi Mental Health Alliance in coordination with the Novi Community Coalition is working to provide assistance to the families in Novi that may be adversely impacted by life events, medical challenges, or other circumstances.


    We hope to do this through a Parents Empowering Parents program that connects parents in need with parents who know.


    Our first training for Parent Peers is coming up on March 21st.


    Please feel free to share the flyers below. Feel free to reach out to Debbie Wertz or Bobbie Murphy with any questions or concerns.


    Thank you in advance for all you do to help our students!


    Mrs. Bobbie Murphy

    bobbie.murphy@novik12.org

    NOVI MENTAL HEALTH ALLIANCE

    Parents Empowering Parents, March 21 from 9-12:00 noon at Novi High School

    NOVI MENTAL HEALTH ALLIANCE

    Parents Empowering Parents - Tri Fold Informational Flyer

    REPORT CARDS FOR 2ND TRIMESTER

    Report Cards will be viewable on Saturday, March 28, through MiStar Parent Portal.

    PAASN: 4th ANNUAL TOGETHER WE RISE EVENT - POSTPONED

    Support Foster Youth

    Date: March 31
    Time: 7 PM
    Where: Novi Public Library


    Each $25 gift provides one child with a duffel bag of supplies - so keep in mind that a $100 will help four children! Last year we raiseD over $3000.00, and we were able to do nearly 100 bags. We had 56 volunteers come out to help pack!


    Register to Volunteer: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/508084CA8AC29A4F94-together1


    Thank you for your continued support.

    Questions? Please email Tia Marie at tmsanders48375@gmail.com
    PAASN EVENT - SUPPORT FOSTER YOUTH

    March 31st, 7pm at the Novi Public Library

    SUPPORT 'FEED THE NEED' IN NOVI

    NCSD will support "Feed the Need" with an evening of music featuring pianist, George Winston. George is an incredible musician. This concert will feature a food drive for the Novi Rotary Foundation’s 'Feed the Need' program. Feed the Need is a summertime lunch program organized by the Rotary, Novi Community School District, Novi Interfaith Network, and Novi Public Library.

    When: Saturday, April 18, 2020
    Time: 7:00 PM
    Where: Novi Middle School Auditorium
    Please Bring: at least one non-perishable food item
    Tickets: Eventbrite
    Questions: Call (810) 599-0491

    PIANIST GEORGE WINSTON FLYER

    Saturday, April 18 at 7pm, Novi Middle School

    MIDDLE SCHOOL MATH TEST OUT

    Math test out for incoming Middle School students. Tuesday, May 14 from 3:15pm to 5:15pm at Novi Meadows. Registration required.

    LGBTQ+ FLYER

    April 1st Meeting at Novi Public Library

    BAND & ORCHESTRA INFO

    Digital copies of practice calendars are available at our website under Band and Orchestra in the menu: http://www.novimeadowsmusic.com

    Mr. Alec Cooper and Mrs. Michelle Rais

    INTRAMURALS SCHEDULE

    Intramurals are on Mondays 3:05 pm to 4:25 pm. Activities include dodge ball, soccer, basketball, and floor hockey. No sign-up required.

    INTRAMURALS FAQs

    Read the Frequently Asked Questions about Intramurals

    WAKE UP TO A GREAT BREAKFAST AT SCHOOL

    Serving Times at Meadows: 7:50 am-8:20 am $1.75 or .30 cents for reduced price students, and free for those who qualify

    COFFEE WITH THE SUPERINTENDENT

    When: Wednesday, April 15

    Time: 10:15-11:15 AM

    Where: The Novi Public Library, Board Room 202

    MICHIGAN CHILD PROTECTION REGISTRY LINK

    It only takes a fews seconds to sign up your child(ren) for the Registry.

    BOX TOPS

    Click on the link above to watch a video on how to submit Boxtops electronically.

    STUDENT HYGIENE

    Good personal hygiene plays an important role in promoting positive self image and reinforces healthy habits. Please help us out by reminding your son/daughter about being mindful of their personal hygiene. This includes the topics like showering, using deodorant, brushing their teeth, etc. We appreciate your support!

    STUDENT PICK-UP

    Students who are being picked up for an appointment during the school day are called down to the Office when the parent arrives at Meadows. Kindly note that it is difficult to call a student down to the Office after 2:45pm because we are preparing for dismissal and buses are arriving. Thank you for your cooperation.
    PTO FACEBOOK PAGE (UPDATED LINK)

    The PTO has created a Facebook Group. Join the group and keep track of updates from your PTO!

    FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    Facebook: www.facebgook.com/novischools

    Twitter: @NCSD

    Instagram: @novicommunityschooldistrict

    YouTube: Novi Community School District