Novi Meadows News

FEBRUARY 19, 2021

IMPORTANT DATES

    February

    01-28 - NPL: Month-Long Winter Reading Challenge

    19 - TONIGHT! Virtual Trivia Night at 7pm (Zoom link sent to those who signed up)

    22-26 - Food Drive

    26 - Meadows T-shirt orders (on-line)

    March

    01-31 - March is Reading Month (MRM)

    01-05 - Scholastic Book Fair (6th Grade Media Center)

    05 - Yearbook orders due (on-line orders only at Schoolpictures.com)

    08 - No school. Professional development day

    17 - Half day with dismissal at 11:30am

    17 - Virtual parent/teacher conferences

    19-21 - NEF "No Go" Green Gala

    26 - Time Capsule submissions are due

    29 - Spring Break Week

    OUTDOOR WINTER WEATHER APPAREL

    A friendly reminder that all students go outdoors (unless it's below zero) every day at lunch. Please send your student(s) with appropriate attire for our cold winter weather.

    NOON AIDES NEEDED - PAID POSITIONS

    Meadows is looking for two Noon Aides for lunches. The job is a NCSD paid position of

    3.25 hours a day, five days a week. The hours are roughly 10:00am to 1:15pm daily.

    Duties include inside and outside lunch recesses with students. Interested candidates can contact Patty D'Annibale at Patricia.Dannibale@novik12.org or Lisa Fenchel at Lisa.fenchel@novik12.org.

    FOOD DRIVE

    Meadows is supporting our local community through our food drive for the Novi Food Bank! We will be collecting boxed cereal, RiceAroni, canned pasta sauce (plastic jars only please), canned fruit, canned vegetables, soups, paper towel, and canned pasta such as SpaghettiOs. Donations can be dropped off between Feb. 22 and Feb. 26 into boxes located outside of our two main offices. Virtual student participants can drop off donations into bins located outside the school main doors. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

    READ-A-THON

    MARCH IS READING MONTH

    Today a reader, tomorrow a leader!


    Due to COVID, our annual Fun Fest fundraiser has been cancelled. Instead, the PTO will be running our first ever Read-A-Thon! We know Novi students are amazing readers, and we want to show them our support. The Read-A-Thon will take place during March is Reading Month. Information will be coming home soon explaining everything from setting up your account, to tracking minutes, to collecting donations, to chances to WIN PRIZES! Stay Tuned! The PTO will send more info!

    TIME CAPSULES FOR 2027 & 2028

    Every year, our Meadows students complete their own "time capsule" predictions, which will be opened at their Senior All-Night Party (SANP) a few year from now. It's a Novi tradition to open the Time Capsule in Senior year. Please have your child(ren) complete their predictions and return it to either one of our Main Offices by Friday, March 26.
    5th GRADE TIME CAPSULE LINK

    Due Friday, March 26

    6th GRADE TIME CAPSULE LINK

    Due Friday, March 26

    F.E.M.M.E.S. - STEM

    On behalf of F.E.M.M.E.S. at the University of Michigan, we would like to invite your students to our Winter Explore Capstone events!

    The F.E.M.M.E.S. Explore Capstone events this year will be a set of hour-long virtual sessions held from 11AM - 12 PM every Saturday from March 20 to April 17 for 4th to 6th graders. These events will expose students to various interactive STEM activities, allow them to gain hands-on experience in performing some experiments and projects, and give them an opportunity to interact with women pursuing college degrees and careers in STEM. The final session on April 17 will feature Dr. Meghan Duffy, Professor at the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at University of Michigan, as our keynote speaker! All of the events are specifically designed to support girls+ in developing confidence and interest in STEM fields, but like all F.E.M.M.E.S activities, is open to students of all genders.

    We are hoping that you will help us spread the word to your students! To this email, I have attached a flyer with the information about the event registration. They can register for our event via this online link: https://umich.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_6ta4qEQTvxW1ybs. The registration deadline is Friday, 26th February 2021.

    We will provide our participants with all of the materials required to perform these activities from the comfort of their homes while they attend our event. This materials packet will also contain an instruction manual for students who would like to attend the events but are unable to do so virtually. Participants can indicate their preferences during registration and we will provide them with the materials packets accordingly.

    We’d also like to share with you a downloadable computer game created by one of our F.E.M.M.E.S. team members! Game players arrive on another planet and are asked to help out with the aliens’ research efforts: framing hypotheses, collecting data, test materials, etc. The game was made specifically with 4th-6th graders in mind, and, on the game website, you’ll find a list of discussion questions that act as a great teaching tool post-game. We would be thrilled if you’re interested in sharing this creative resource with your students. You can check it out at the game link here: https://sydneee.itch.io/unearth-sciences-last-hope.

    Please reach out to me with any questions. You can also read more about F.E.M.M.E.S. on our website: http://femmes.studentorgs.umich.edu.

    We hope your students can join our virtual Winter Capstone events!

    Sincerely,
    Sophie Hill
    F.E.M.M.E.S. Graduate President
    STEM SIGN-UP LINK

    The F.E.M.M.E.S. Explore Capstone events this year will be a set of hour-long virtual sessions held from 11AM-12 PM every Saturday from March 20 to April 17 for 4th to 6th graders.

    2020-2021 YEARBOOK INFO

    YEARBOOK COVER DESIGN CONTEST

    Please follow the guidelines listed below if you are interested in submitting a design for the cover of our Meadows yearbook 2020-2021.

    Artwork should be drawn vertically, or portrait orientation, on plain white copy paper.

    • Submit hand-drawn, original artwork only

    • Include Novi Meadows and 2020-2021 in the title

    • Your design should reflect the uniqueness of the time we are living in and be neatly colored

    • Include your name and your teacher’s name on the back of your artwork

    • Hybrid students can submit artwork to your teachers

    • Virtual students can bring their submissions to Meadows - put them in the bin in the 6th grade vestibule (entryway).

    • Students may scan their submissions (must be scanned in color) and emailed to:

    lisa.erickson@novik12.org

    • In the event ‘scanned’ artwork is selected as a Winner, the original artwork must be brought to Novi Meadows for printing purposes.

    • Deadline for submissions is Monday, February 22.

    • Winners will be announced the week of February 22nd.

    YEARBOOK ORDERS LINK

    This year we are only taking online orders. Yearbooks are $16 each and can be ordered visiting the website: schoolpictures.com. Deadline for ordering is Friday, March 5.

    Scholastic Book Fair
    SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR LINK

    March 1 to 5. Hybrid students will have scheduled time to attend with their teachers. Both Virtual and Hybrid students may shop anytime online from February 23 to March 18. Sign up for e-wallet and deposit money into your child’s account online.

    POSITIVE BEHAVIOR INTERVENTION SUPPORT (PBIS) AT MEADOWS

    Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) is an application of a behaviorally-based systems approach to enhance the capacity of schools, families, and communities to design effective environments that improve the link between research-validated practices and the environments in which teaching and learning occurs.


    Meadows has an active committee implementing the PBIS program, and your support is essential. Together we can help our students know and uphold these expectations.


    Our Meadows PBIS parent letter can be found below, along with the PRIDE Behavior Matrix, which we ask be reviewed with your child.


    Lastly, we've updated our PRIDE Board for February, offering suggestions on how to practice Effort.


    Please follow @NoviMeadows on Twitter to see our PRIDE in action.


    If you have any questions, feel free to email me.


    Mrs. Allison Gray

    6th Grade Teacher

    Novi Meadows Elementary School

    allison.gray@novik12.org

    FEBRUARY PRIDE FOCUS: EFFORT

    PBIS FEBRUARY PRIDE BOARD LINK

    This month we are focusing on the 'E' in PRIDE. What is effort? It's a focused attempt to achieve something. It is a serious exertion to accomplish a goal.

    PRIDE BOARD VIA SCHOOLOGY

    Course Code for students to join: S48S-BHGV-64XD7

    PBIS BEHAVIOR MATRIX

    Please review this Matrix with your child.

    BAND & ORCHESTRA

    BAND/ORCHESTRA ROTATIONS

    With the hybrid students returning to a 5 day schedule, the Band/Orchestra Rotation will go back to the traditional schedule (pre-covid). This will affect both hybrid and virtual classes. Please see the attached calendars to see the Friday Rotation. Please note, that some Fridays will not follow the normal pattern to accommodate no-school days, and our upcoming 4th grade visits. We made every attempt to keep the rotation even.


    We will communicate this to our students and families. Please let us know if you have any questions.


    6th Grade

    Monday- Orchestra

    Tuesday- Band

    Wednesday- Orchestra

    Thursday- Band

    Friday- Rotates


    5th Grade

    Monday- Band

    Tuesday- Orchestra

    Wednesday- Band

    Thursday- Orchestra

    Friday- Rotates

    BAND ZOOM LINK

    Meeting ID: 896 4894 0406 Passcode: 7Gw7dd (case sensitive)

    ORCHESTRA ZOOM LINK

    Meeting ID: 876 6907 8443 Passcode: orchestra (all lower case)

    NPL Winter Reading Challenge
    NPL WINTER READING CHALLENGE LINK

    February 1 through February 28

    NPL BEANSTACK LINK

    Register here

    PTO
    MEADOWS T-SHIRT ORDER LINK

    Congratulations to Mihika Ranjan for winning this year's inaugural t-shirt design competition. Mihika's design is now available for purchase through our Spirtwear website. Free shipping on Spiritwear will run from February 26 to March 12.

    PTO ADVERTISEMENTS

    Do You Have a Business to Advertise?


    The PTO is trying to organize a student directory for all Meadows families, but we need your help! If you would like to advertise your business in the directory, please contact Jennie Gibson at jenniengibson@yahoo.com. Full-page and half-page ads are available.


    Please note, information will be sent home to all parents in the coming weeks asking if you want to be included in the directory. It is not mandatory.

    T-SHIRT DESIGN UPDATE

    We are so excited to premier Mihika's T-Shirt Design!

    The details are being finalized with The Sports Hut.

    Stay tuned for order details.

    MEADOWS LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER

    NUTRITION AND FOOD SERVICES

    MiSTAR PARENT PORTAL LINK FOR DEPOSITING LUNCH MONEY

    Money can be deposited by visiting the Parent Portal or by sending in a check or cash with your student. If you have any further questions please contact the Food & Nutrition Department.

    FOOD & NUTRITION DEPARTMENT UPDATE

    Per USDA, school meals are currently FREE for all students until otherwise notified.


    For questions or information please contact:

    Evol Gazzarato

    Food + Nutrition Director

    evol.gazzarato@novik12.org

    248-449-1225

    novi.k12.mi.us/departments/nutrition

    PANDEMIC EBT

    Pandemic EBT is returning to provide additional food supplements to families during this time. In order to receive Pandemic EBT benefits, you must have on file with the district an approved free or reduced meals application.


    If you feel you qualify for these benefits, please complete an application as soon as possible. You may complete an application electronically here.


    You may retrieve a paper copy of the application and read more about free and reduced meal benefits here.


    Any further questions can be directed to the Food & Nutrition Department.


    Evol Gazzarato | Food & Nutrition Director | Novi Community School District |

    o. 248.449.1225 |evol.gazzarato@novik12.org | Twitter: @ncsdfood

    MISCELLANEOUS

    TECH SUPPORT LINK TO OAKLAND SCHOOLS SERVICE DESK

    NCSD families needing technical support should contact the Oakland Schools Service Desk. Enter the info. specified on the form. Fields on the form vary, based on the type of request selected. Click “Create.”

    TECH SUPPORT LINK TO A "CHAT" SESSION

    Start a Chat Session by accessing the Service Desk Request page. Upon login, a "chat" box will appear in the lower right corner of your screen. Hours are 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

    ABSENT WORK

    Novi Meadows Parents:

    When students are absent, teachers will do their best to fill them in on the work they miss. Teachers utilize a variety of tools to keep students up to date on work (Schoology, Google Classroom, on-line planners, etc.). It is not feasible to have absent students Zoom into classes that are happening at school. In addition, teachers are not able to privately Zoom with students who are absent to reteach the lessons. A good time to get additional help is during

    Academic 30. Teachers will provide the work that can be replicated to students upon their return. It is not always possible to recreate classroom discussion or activities.

    STUDENT PICK-UP

    Due to Covid protocols, parents will not be allowed to enter the Meadows Building. If need arises for you to collect your child, please buzz the front door and have your ID readily available. In most instances, your child will be escorted to meet you outside the main entrance door. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping everyone safe and healthy.

    PPE

    • Students are required to wear a mask* while they are on the bus or in the school
    • Students will be given short mask breaks when they are outside
    • Hand sanitizer and wipes are available in each classroom
    • Students will be reminded to wash hands frequently

    ACCEPTABLE MASKS*

    NCSD is following CDC and Oakland County's guidelines for acceptable style masks. Therefore, we discourage masks with vents and gaiter-sleeve masks.

    SPECIALS CLASSES

    • Students will travel with their class to Specials each day
    • The Special they have will be every day for 7-9 weeks
    • Specials include (Art, Physical Education, Robotics (6th only),Vocal Music, World Language)
    • Teachers will marshal students to and from Specials to ensure proper behavior and social distancing in the hallways
    • Students in band/strings will attend this class during their A30
    • Students do not need instruments for the first week of school

    LUNCH & RECESS

    Hybrid students will be able to enjoy lunch in the cafeteria spread out at assigned seats

    5th Graders will have recess on Mondays & Tuesdays

    6th Graders will have recess on Thursdays & Fridays

    NOVI PUBLIC LIBRARY

    Novi Public Library Website

    MEADOWS PEACHJAR

    Peachjar captures all our Flyers

    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.

    PTO FACEBOOK PAGE

    The PTO has a Facebook Group. Go to "Novi Meadows Parent Organization" on Facebook to request membership

    FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

    Facebook: www.facebook.com/novischools

    Twitter: @NCSD

    Instagram: @novicommunityschooldistrict

    YouTube: Novi Community School District