Novi Meadows News
FEBRUARY 19, 2021
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)
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
NOON AIDES NEEDED - PAID POSITIONS
3.25 hours a day, five days a week. The hours are roughly 10:00am to 1:15pm daily.
MARCH IS READING MONTH
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
F.E.M.M.E.S. - STEM
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!
F.E.M.M.E.S. Graduate President
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
2019-2020 Yearbook Cover Winner
Last year's winner
2019-2020 Yearbook Cover Runner Up
Last year's runner up
2019-2020 Yearbook Back Cover
Last year's back cover
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:
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.
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.
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
FEBRUARY PRIDE FOCUS: EFFORT
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.
BAND & ORCHESTRA
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
The details are being finalized with The Sports Hut.
Stay tuned for order details.
MEADOWS LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER
NUTRITION AND FOOD SERVICES
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.
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 |email@example.com | Twitter: @ncsdfood
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.”
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.
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.
- 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
- 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
5th Graders will have recess on Mondays & Tuesdays
6th Graders will have recess on Thursdays & Fridays
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 PTO has a Facebook Group. Go to "Novi Meadows Parent Organization" on Facebook to request membership