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Dr. O's Weekly Parent Newsletter
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June 1, 2020
Dear Village Oaks Families,
A big thank you to VOICE for organizing our Bottle Drive. We appreciate all of our families for their generosity and our volunteers who made this fundraiser a HUGE success! We absolutely exceeded our expectations and this event was another example of how our community leads with HEART! Enjoy some of the pictures below.
It's hard to believe that the school year is almost over! As we approach the final weeks before summer break please review the following reminders:
- On Tuesday, June 9 parents will be able to visit VO to collect their student's belongings and return school books (details below).
- On Thursday, June 11 at 4:30pm VO staff will participate in a community parade (details below).
VO Students' Belongings Pick Up--6/9/2020
On June 9th parents will be will able to return borrowed school books and pick up their student's personal belonging. To follow state recommendations we ask that all parents please wear a mask to school. We also ask that only one parent per household attend and no students. Please see the important details below:
Student bagged items for K-2 students will be in the the cafeteria and students bagged items for 3-4 students will be in the gymnasium. Entrance and exit doors will be marked. K-2 parents will use the cafeteria doors to enter and leave the building and 3-4 parents will use the doors near our gymnasium to enter and exit the building.
There will be a container for parents to drop off library books in both locations. There will also be a table for parents to pick up medication, drop off CARE fobs (for parents who no longer use CARE), and teachers may have a container near their students belongings to pick up unidentified items from their class.
Only 15 parents will enter the gym or cafeteria at a time.
Pick up Schedule
For efficiency, if you have multiple children please choose your oldest child’s designated time to collect and drop-off materials for all of your children.
4th Grade 8:00-9:30
3rd Grade 9:30-11:00
2nd Grade 11:00-12:30
1st Grade 12:30-2:00
VO Staff Parade--6/11/2020
On June 11th at approximately 4:30pm the Village Oaks staff will parade through our VO neighborhoods! Please see the attached flyer for details on the parade route to ensure your participation. If the parade doesn't pass by your home, we encourage you to find a safe area to wave, i.e. street corner. We respectfully ask that you remain on a grassy area, driveway, or sidewalk to ensure safety during this event. We are unsure about the time length of this parade. so please be patient and listen for honking cars. Show your Novi spirit and wear green and white during the parade or other VO gear!
VO Virtual Field Day
Virtual Field Day--June 10, 2020
Field Day is a celebration of another school year gone by! It is a great way to celebrate the end of the year with your friends and teachers! Although this year is a bit different, we encourage you to participate in Virtual Field Day with your family and make new memories on June 10th! Usually the activities and games include your entire class. This year, however, we have made the activities so you can participate by yourself or with a small group. We hope you have taken the past 2 weeks to gather your equipment and practice the activities during your Physical Education lessons so you can show us your best effort on June 10th! Mr. Belanger and Mrs. McEvers would love for you to share your pictures of you playing the Virtual Field Day games. They have made a Padlet (online bulletin board) for you to share your photos and comments about Field Day!
Please take pictures and share them: Village Oaks Virtual Field Day 2020
Or use the QR code:
A Greener VO
Connect With Nature During a 'Green Hour'
The National Wildlife Federation encourages kids and their families to spend more time outdoors with their 'Green Hour' initiative. Check out Green Hour resources along with other ideas to help students and families create deeper connections with nature and the outdoors on the National Wildlife Federation site.
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Novi Meadows Classroom Placement Parent Input
As we navigate through these unprecedented times, many new challenges have arisen. One of those challenges is how to effectively transition students and families from their K-4 experience to Novi Meadows in a way that is both comforting and informative. Below is a survey from the Novi Meadows Principals which allow them to gather feedback to guide student placement. Thank you for your feedback!
KINDERGARTEN ONLINE PRE-ENROLLMENT IS OPEN!!
We have opened the online pre-enrollment registration for the 2020-2021 school year and are making plans to welcome the incoming kindergarten class. Please complete the online pre-enrollment, so we can share pertinent information going forward. Completing the online portion will help us plan for student placement. We will eventually communicate when families will be able to submit required documentation to the Early Childhood Education Center. We can’t wait to finalize the registration process and welcome the incoming Class of 2033. If you have any questions, please review the NCSD enrollment page or call 248-675-3400.
NCSD Tech Support
If you need help logging into any of the platforms (Seesaw, iReady, Clever, etc.) on a district issued device you can submit a service ticket for login issues or if you need tech. assistance.
Service desk contact information:
- Phone: 248-209-2060
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Online Ticket Submission: servicedesk.oakland.k12.mi.us
VOICE Spring Fling Update
Social Emotional Support
The Novi Community Schools Social Work Department would like to share some opportunities and resources for social emotional learning for all students during this unprecedented time. Attached is a list of resources for students of all ages with different mediums of instructional delivery. There are some fantastic resources to assist with social skill development, mindfulness, anxiety, and materials regarding talking to students about COVID-19.
Please reach out to our school social worker Ms. Amber Zarb email@example.com via email if you have any questions or concerns.
Enjoy the video below from Dr. Stephanie Grant, child behavior therapist and expert in trauma. Dr. Grant provides great insight on how to support your children through COVID-19.
Novi Mental Health Alliance--Parent Emporwing Parent Program
The Parent Emporwing 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
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.
This year 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!
Despite the current challenges Playworks is still committed to providing safe and healthy play for every child everyday. We see the work that you are doing to continue to educate our students and we are committed to providing the same SEL learning opportunities we have delivered in your classrooms all year. #PlayworksAtHome is a resource to help families and educators in a variety of formats so students can continue to #PlayAtHome.
Please see the resources below:
eLearning: Videos of adults leading Playworks games, minute movers, and stretches for kids that can be embedded into eLearning systems, shared on social media, embedded on websites, and more. Check out this example. These resources and more can be found on Playworks.org/PlayAtHome
Play At Home Playbook: This includes instructions for games that are adaptable and can be played with little to no equipment and with the CDC recommended guidelines for social distancing. These can be printed and distributed with homework and/or placed on school websites.
More resources - we also suggest sharing our traditional online Game Library allowing your community access to explore hundreds of games by group size, available space and equipment, appropriate ages, and developmental skills.
We thank you for continuing to be a supporter of play and sharing these resources on your social platforms and networks. We look forward to seeing you on our virtual playground!
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