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Dr. O's Weekly Parent Newsletter

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September 7, 2020

Dear Village Oaks Families,

Our teachers were thrilled to meet so many of their students during our Virtual Open House. They truly enjoyed the experience and are ready to start the year! I realize things will be a bit different with our virtual learning and social distancing this year, but I look forward to continuing to connect with as many parents as possible to discover how I can be of service to you as your principal. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me if you need anything.

This year we have some new additions to our VO family. To help parents learn more about the wonderful professionals in our building I will provide information on our new staff members throughout the year in my weekly newsletter.

A few important updates:

  • For Hybrid Learners there will be no at-home learning given on Tuesday, September 8. The A group's first day of school is Wednesday, September 9.
  • Questions about our CARE program (after/before school daycare) can be directed to Holly Bengle. Holly can be reached at holly.bengle@novik12.org or (248) 449-1307.

  • We are still in the process of determining the dates for of our Curriculum Nights. Please stay tuned for additional information.

  • Please enjoy the Welcome Back Message below from Dr. Matthews!



Heartbreak and Reward | Dr. Steve Matthews Novi Community Schools 2020 Keynote Address - Original

VO FAQ's About Return To School 2020-2021

We encourage all parents to please review the ROAR plan to examine our district's approach to returning to school. ROAR Plan: https://www.novi.k12.mi.us/academics/roar-plan

Below are some VO specific answers to frequently asked questions:

Q-If I wasn't able to pick up my child's device last week, will there be another date?

A- Yes, as soon as the date and location are determined a district communication will be shared with all families.

Q-How will VO staff keep students safe during student drop off and pick up times?

A- During drop off times and pick up times students and parents will be required to wear their masks. We will also have staff members outside of the building reminding parents and students to socially distance.

Q-Will parents of virtual students have an opportunity to pick up school materials for their children (workbooks, instruments, etc.)?

A- Yes, sometime in September parents will be able to collect materials for their children who are doing virtual learning. Details coming soon.

Q-What doors will students (car riders and walkers) use to enter and exit the building?

A- Kindergarten and first grade students will use the Kindergarten entrance in our kindergarten hallway (door will be labeled K & 1). 2nd-4th grade students will use our main entrance.

Q- Will I be able to walk my child into the building in the morning?

A- No, unless your child is arriving after 9:08 am start time. If your child is late to school you may report directly to the office to sign your child in. Due to safety measures, parents will not be permitted to walk their child to their classroom.

Q- For the 2020-21 school year will there be a stronger medical professional presence at VO to support medical related questions, concerns, and issues?

A- Yes, each day we will have a district nurse visit our building and stay for a period of time for support and guidance. (Pictured below, NCSD Nurses: Reagan Huzella, Cathy Farris, and Danielle Stacer.)

More FAQ's will be answered throughout the opening weeks of school!


VO Staff

NCSD Nurses: Reagan Huzella, Cathy Farris, and Danielle Stacer.

First Day of School Poster

We created this special first day of school whiteboard poster to help you celebrate the first day of school, regardless of whether you are starting the year as a hybrid or virtual student.

  • Download the poster. Save it as a .jpg.
  • Print the poster (or display it on the screen of a tablet)
  • Have your child hold up the poster and take a picture on the first day of school.
  • Share the photo on social media on Sept. 8, using hashtags #NoviTogether and #NoviPride and #VOHEART.
NCSD 1st Day of School Poster

VO Staff Getting Ready for the First Day!

Enjoy a few pictures below from our first week back as a staff. We are all so excited to begin this year knowing that we will have to approach each day with agility and a willingness to adjust our plans/actions depending on the different circumstances we will face. Our theme as a staff this year is: Be Like Water--Flexible, Gentle, and Strong!

Image from Ms. Paulk's 1st Grade Class
Dr. O posing in front of VO
Culturally Proficient Slide From VO opening staff meeting
VO Small Group Activity at staff meeting
VO staff in gymnasium
Mr. Beltz and Mrs. Rize talking during staff meeting
Dr. Jay Marks talking to staff during opening staff meeting
HEART decorations in Ms. Paulk's class

Cub Scout Pack 239

Our own Cub Scout Pack 239 has served the Village Oaks community since 1971 and is welcoming new scouts this year. Boys and girls in grades K-5 are welcome. We continue to offer in-person outdoor activities year round as well as at-home alternates for families preferring virtual experience. Please contact us at info@pack239novi.com for more information and to register your child. NOTE: Photos are pre-COVID, masks and social distancing will be required.
cub scout group picture
cub scout group picture
cub scout group picture
cub scout group picture

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

2020-2021 Supply Lists

Please click on the link to view your child's supply list: 2020-2021 NCSD Suggested Supply Lists. (All supplies are collective donations to our school, not for specific student use.)

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.


Please login to MiStar and click on the "Annual Registration" link. (Re-enrollment if using the mobile app.) This must be done for ALL students annually before the first day of school. If you need help with your MiStar pin or password, please call the office. 248-449-1300 Additionally, if you require assistance or do not have access to a device to complete the registration, we have computers available in the main office. Office hours Monday-Friday from 9am-3pm.

Online Registration Save the Date

VO School Day Conversations

  • What is one thing that you're looking forward to on the first day of school?
  • What was one thing you learned about VO during Open House?
  • Do you know what HEART stands for 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

VOICE Bottle Return Update

WE ARE DOING A HAPPY DANCE! The trailers are EMPTY and the pop cans have all been returned.

A special thank you to all of the parents who donated their time this summer helping us return pop cans. It is because of your efforts we were able to raise $11,000 for our VOICE budget to help recoup funds lost due to the cancellation of Spring Fling!

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

Mrs. Cudnohufsky--help needed!

Our music teacher, Mrs. Cudnohufsky, has a volunteer opportunity for parents!

In an effort to engage with our virtual students, she is hoping to send some instrumental items home to them, but she needs help organizing the project and sorting items in to bags to send home ASAP.

Can you help out?


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Positive Message From VO Students!

Please enjoy the words of encouragement from VO students to teachers!


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 click on the link below and read the attached Playworks article to learn more about our partnership!

Playworks Informational Link

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.

Looking Ahead

9/8/20--First day of school

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