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Dr. O's Weekly Parent Newsletter

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September 21, 2020

Dear Village Oaks Families,

I hope you all enjoyed your weekend! It was a pleasure seeing some of you during our Virtual Student's Supply Pick-up for 4th, 3rd, 2nd grade students last week. We are off to a great start this year! Please review the reminders and updates below.

Virtual students

  • When breaks are given to students throughout the day by teachers we encourage all students to get up and move away from their screens so they are not constantly looking at their computers. Teachers will continue to remind students; please reiterate the message at home.
  • In order for teachers to get an accurate picture of your child's ability and support their specific needs we need to know their true ability level. So please let your child do their own work specifically when they are being assessed.
  • Teachers are accessible via email and during their prep hour (not during regular school hours). Please refrain from conferencing with your child's teacher during the day.
  • If your child needs help during a lesson, remind them to use the help button at the bottom of the Zoom page.

Hybrid students
  • Please remind your child to wear their mask over their nose.
  • Masks with vents are not permitted. If a student wears an inappropriate mask to school we will provide them with an appropriate one for the remainder of the day.

A few important updates:

  • Each week we're asking parents to send pictures of their children working virtually from home to Mrs. Katy Golden, our Media Specialist, at Katy.golden@novik12.org so we can celebrate their hard work on Friday morning announcements!
  • Wednesday, Sept. 23rd we will do a Virtual Student's School Supplies Pick-up for 1st, and Kindergarten students. Please complete the health screener before coming to the cafeteria to collect your children's school supplies. A hard copy is attached, which can also be filled out and brought back to the school before entering the building.
  • We are still in need of noon aides to help supervise our lunches. This is a paid position. For more information, please contact Melissa Kruger at melissa.kruger@novik12.org or by phone at 248-996-7215



VO Garden Donations

We Need your Support to Help our Garden Grow

The 2020-2021 school year has seen a lot of changes at Village Oaks, but perhaps the BEST change has been the addition of our new VO Garden and Greenhouse! The Novi Education Foundation has generously supported the mission of creating an outdoor learning space where students can learn about plants and gardening through hands-on experience. Our new Garden also helps with our vision of providing fresh, healthy food for our students and those in need. While we have been well supported by the District and the amazing NEF, we want to do more. In order to begin projects THIS FALL we are reaching out to our VO Community to ask for you support with supplies and materials to help both our new VO Garden and Greenhouse, and to improve our VO Pollinator Garden which did not get as much care and attention this past spring with the school being closed.

If you are interested in supporting Gardening and the learning opportunities they provide please consider donating the following items:

Flowers: Seeds/Bulbs: Equipment (can be gently used):

Chrysanthemum Radish Seeds Garden Rake

Pansy Lettuce Seeds Angled Shovel

Celosia Buttercup Bulbs Wheelbarrow

Aster Crocus Bulbs Watering Cans

Dianthus Daffodil Bulbs Hose (75 or 100 Foot Lengths)

Diasica Iris Bulbs Nozzle/Spray Attachment

Nemesia Lily Bulbs Adult/Kid Size Garden Gloves

Osteospermum *Any bulk fall bulb Garden Hoe

Donations can be dropped off on Thursday, September 24th, and Thursday, October 1st from 4:30-6:30 in front of the Main Entrance. On those evenings, or any other time you happen to stop by the school, we invite you to check out our new VO Garden Space and Greenhouse, which are located behind the school/outside of the Specials Entrance. Thank you!

VO Flower Beds
VO Greenhouse
VO Shed

Daily Health Screener is now on the VO website

Go to https://vo.novi.k12.mi.us/ , then scroll down and the screener is in the News Feed. Bookmark the screener so that it is easy to find and fill out each day. This needs to be done daily for each student before they enter the building.

VO Staff Training

Earlier this week Cathy Farris, NCSD Nurse, joined us along with other district nurses to review safety protocols and district requirements to ensure the safety of our students. Cathy and the other district nurses have done a terrific job of providing medical guidance for VO staff during the opening weeks of school.
VO Health Staff Mtg.

2020-2021 Curriculum Nights

Please mark the following dates on your calendars:

Kindergarten: Tuesday, Sept. 29th at 6:00pm

First Grade: Wednesday, Oct. 7th at 6:30pm

Second Grade: Wednesday, Sept. 23rd at 5:30pm

Third Grade: Monday, Sept. 28th at 6:00pm

Fourth Grade: Thursday, Oct. 1st at 6:00pm

Specials: Wednesday, Oct. 7th at 7:30pm

ESL: Wednesday, September 30 at 6:00pm

Virtual Student's School Supplies Pick-up Dates

Kindergarten & 1st Grade

Wednesday, September 23rd from 1:00-4:00 in the VO Cafeteria

Blaze Pizza Day/Night 10/14/20

Go to the Peachjar Flyer Board for more information
Fun Run Virtual September 30, 2020

Forgotten Lunches

We are taking safety precautions and are limiting the number of people who enter the school. We will provide your student with a free lunch if they forget their lunch from home. We appreciate your understanding as we keep our students and staff safe!

$2 charge for second slice of PIZZA

Due to a flexibility issued for the school meals programs by USDA breakfast and lunch will be FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS until December 31, 2020 or until program funds are depleted. However, there is a charge of $2 for a second slice of pizza. We kindly request that lunch money be deposited through the parent MiStar portal. Thank you!

Introducing our new 4th grade teacher, Mrs. LaPorte!

Hello! I am Erin LaPorte and I am the new 4th grade teacher! This is my 13th year teaching and 5th year teaching 4th grade! I am joining the Village Oaks team this year from Orchard Hills, where I have been the last 6 years. Previous to that, I taught in Wayne-Westland Community School District. I live in Novi with my husband and 3 daughters and dog. My oldest two, Ellie and Bella, go to Deerfield and Marigold is 3 years old. I graduated from EMU with my degree in Elementary Education and have endorsements in both reading and Early Childhood. I have my Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment from Marygrove College. I am so excited to be joining our VO family! It is going to be a great year!

4th Grade Teacher Erin Laporte

Picture Days at VO

Thursday October 8th for Hybrid A students

Friday October 9th for Hybrid B students

Wednesday October 14th for Virtual students-Photographers will be in the gym. Please enter gym from playground. (The rest of the building is deep cleaned on Wednesday.)

Please follow schedule:

9:00-10:00 Kindergarten

10:00-11:00 First Grade

11:00-12:00 2nd Grade

12:00-1:00 3rd Grade

1:00-2:00 4th Grade

(If you have siblings that attend VO, you may come at either time.)

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VO Box Tops 2020-2021

Hello Parents,

Please see the important information below about ways to support VO with Box Tops:

  1. Receipts from any store with Box Top items are eligible, including Costco and Target.
  2. Take a picture of your receipt within 14 days of purchase for it to be valid.
  3. Friends and extended family can also select Village Oaks as their donation school in their app.
  4. This is an easy and safe way to support Village Oaks and every little bit helps to make a big difference!

Thank you for your continued support!

Box top directions

VO Spirit Wear

HEY PARENTS! Don't forget to add Spirit Wear to your back to school list. Stitch and Scribe has so many options available this year. . Sherpa sweatshirts, t-shirts, masks, lanyards, water bottles and more! Visit their website https://stitchandscribe.com/collections/village-oaks-spirit-wear/Village-Oaks-Spirit-Wear and click the Village Oaks Spirit Wear link at the top. A portion of the sale supports Village Oaks!

VO Spirit Wear Poster

ROAR-Responsive Organizational & Academic Return Plan

The most current version of the ROAR plan is listed below and will be updated, as needed, throughout the 2020-2021 school year.

Picture of colored pencils

Yearbook Committee Seeking Photos

Do you have some great photos you would love to see in the yearbook?

We are currently seeking first day of school photos and other school related activities including lunch time, outdoor play and in academic activity photos.

Please submit them to the Yearbook Committee e-mail: VOYearbookPTO@gmail.com

Be sure to include a description of the event/activity in the photo including hybrid or virtual, as well as the teacher’s name if appropriate.

We are hiring noon aides!

We are currently looking for more noon aides to help supervise students during lunch and recess when we return to school. This is a paid position, not volunteer. We could use your help whether it's one or more days a week. For more information, please contact Melissa Kruger at melissa.kruger@novik12.org or by phone at 248-996-7215.

VO School Day Conversations

  • When was the last time someone was kind to you at VO and how did it make you feel?
  • Where is the Buddy Bench located and how is it used at VO?
  • What is your favorite food on the menu at VO?

Novi Mental Health Alliance--Parent Empowering Parent Program

The Parent Empowering Parent Program connects parents in need with parents who know. PEP pairs up a parent who has experienced challenges in his or her own parenting to providing support, encouragement, and knowledge, to another parent going through a similar situation. Below are the flyers for program.

Learn more about the Novi Mental Health Alliance by visiting the website at: https://www.novi.k12.mi.us/community/novi-mental-health-alliance

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

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, United Kingdom, 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, Armenia, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Russia, Scotland and Yemen. 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.

Country's Flags in VO Cafeteria

Thank you Novi Police!

We thank our Novi Police Department for their continued support! Below is a picture of Officer Webb who routinely visits our building to make sure we are all safe.
Officer Webb

Kindergarten Art

Nice job Nia Williams (Mrs. Malczewski's class)!
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This year NCSD elementary schools will continue our partnership 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 open the attached PDF to meet Coach C!

Looking Ahead

9-23-20 Virtual Student Supply Pick-up for Kindergarten & 1st grades

9-30-20 Virtual Fun Run

10-8-20 Picture Day Hybrid A Students

10-9-20 Picture Day Hybrid B Students

10-14-20 Picture Day Virtual Students

Parent Pick-up/Parking & Bus Stop Expectations

As you pick-up and drop off your children please be mindful of the following:

  • All adults and students are expected to wear their masks during pick up and drop off times.
  • Please socially distance yourself from others as you wait to drop off or pick up your child from school.
  • 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. Whenever someone enters the building they will be asked to complete a Covid Health Screener Form.

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. We appreciate your help.

Thank you for your support!

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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: 8:30 am-4:30 pm

Attendance line: 248.449.1301

Office phone number: 248.449.1300