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February 17, 2020

Dear Village Oaks Families,

I hope everyone is enjoying our Mid-Winter break. Girls get your fancy dresses ready, VO’s first daddy/daughter style dance is this week! Girls may bring an adult of their choosing for this dance. Attendees will enter the building through the specials doors near our gym for check in. No tickets will be passed out at school, we will have a list of those registered. We will have cupcakes, lemonade, and water refreshments and an opportunity to have your picture taken. We will email the photo link out after the dance. Please let us know if have any questions or still are in need of purchasing tickets. Let's get our glow on Friday, Feb. 21. 6-8pm!!!



VO Party flyer

Black History Month

Throughout the year we are very intentional about celebrating the vast diversity within our building. In February we set aside a special time to talk about Black History Month. It gives us a chance to celebrate African-American culture and honor those who have made our country and world a better place. This month we will have a schoolwide African Drum & Dance assembly, highlight African American artists in Art class (Faith Ringgold, Tyree Guyton, Charles McGee, Ashley Bryan), and we will provide opportunities for students to complete research projects on influential black professionals. When we learn more about each other we find that we have many things in common.

Famous African-American poet Maya Angelou once wrote something like this:

When we sew a beautiful cloth with different colors of thread, each thread is important no matter what color it is.

The same is true with people. We can all join together to create a better future for America. Each of us can bring something important to our country, just like each thread in the beautiful cloth.

At Village Oaks we are taking some time to learn more about African-American heroes that have helped to make life better for everyone in our country. Check out a few images of African-American pioneers located in our third grade hallway.

Black History Picture

2020 Celebration of Thinking

Celebration of Thinking Flyer

VO Yearbook 2019-2020

Yearbook Flyer

Are you looking for ways where your valuable time can make a HUGE impact?

The Novi Educational Foundation (NEF) impacts EVERY student in the Novi Community School District and NEEDS the teamwork of volunteers to cover all the bases. We are looking to fill the roster for our IMPACT TEAM, which consists of participating on one of our seven committees, joining our Board of Trustees or simply adding your name to our Volunteer List to act as a pinch hitter when needed. Talents in finance, legal, marketing, fundraising and/or event-planning are never benched. Our impact is only as large as our roster. We’ll have an IMPACT TEAM informational breakfast on February 28th at 7:30am to discuss our mission, committees and ways to help.

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For more information or to RSVP, please visit our website: novieducationalfoundation.org/impactteam, or contact us at NEF@novik12.org.

NEF Flyer

Novi Youth Assistance Bowl-a-Thon

Bowl-a-Thon Flyer
Bowl-a-thon Registration

Box Top Collection Time

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Parents of Fourth Graders-Growth & Development Lesson

The fourth grade lesson on Growth & Development will be presented on Friday, May 22, 2020 to boys and girls separately by staff trained by Oakland Schools in Reproductive Sexuality and HIV/AIDS for elementary students. Parents are welcome to view the videos and learn the curriculum during a presentation on Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 6:00pm in the Novi Woods Elementary Media Center. A letter will be sent home with your student next week. If you do not wish to have your child participate in all or some of the lessons, please fill out and send the form back to your child's teacher before Friday May 8, 2020.

The 14th Annual Green Gala

Donations to the Novi Educational Foundation have allowed us to fund $17,280 in grants and programs at Village Oaks in just the last few years. The Green Gala is a premier event where parents and community members show their support for the great work that happens everyday in our school district.

The NEF and our presenting sponsors invite you to attend our 14th annual Green Gala on Saturday, March 21 at The Suburban Collection Showplace in Novi. The evening will include dinner, a silent auction, an escape room, casino gaming, a wine pull, an interactive photo mirror, and more!

The Killer Flamingos are returning to provide the entertainment.

Tickets are now available for purchase now on the NEF website. An early bird discount is available until February 29.

Why attend?

  • Money raised will benefit the students in the NCSD

  • Major VI from the High School will be performing

  • Student presentations

  • New this year - a dinner duet (steak and chicken) or a vegetarian/vegan/gluten free option

Please join us on 3/21 for an evening of fun and entertainment.

Green Gala Flyer

Remind Transportation Updates

Get information for Novi Community Schools Transportation Department right on your phone-not on handouts. For example, you'll be notified if a bus is running late.

Click here to sign up for Remind

If you don't have a smartphone, you can get text notifications for Village Oaks Bus updates. Text the message @cf3aa7 to the number 81010. If you're having trouble with 81010, try texting @cf3aa7 to 248-236-1777.

NCSD Lice Information

As school is now in session, it is important to remember the guidelines for avoiding head lice. It has been found in classrooms already this year so please be vigilant in looking for it and treating it effectively. The website below has very helpful information.

Head Lice Information

VO School Day Conversations

  • Earlier this year we introduced the term synergy. When was the last time you synergized with classmates or with family members at home?

At VO, we have HEART!

In Novi Community School District we believe in promoting high expectations for academics, meeting the emotional well being of our students and celebrating positive behavior for all of our learners.

At Village Oaks Elementary, we are building a culture of collaboration, leadership, and citizenship. As a school community, we strive to:

  • Have a growth mindset
  • Empathize and show kindness
  • Act responsibly
  • Respect everyone
  • Team up and collaborate with others

Team up and Collaborate

To spread love during Valentine's Day our our Sunshine Squad teamed up to celebrate our lunch supervisors, Coach P, and Mrs. Martinez...way to lead with HEART!

Sunshine Squad Students
Sunshine Squad Poster
Mrs. Martinez hugging a student
Coach P receiving a flower

2nd Grade Concert

Hats off to Mrs. Cudnohufsky and our second graders for a wonderful performance last week!
2nd Grade Concert
Mrs. Cudnohufsky receiving flowers
2nd Grade concert

Volunteer and Donation Opportunities

VOICE 2019-2020

Hello Parents,

Our VOICE (PTO Organization) is seeking volunteers for chairpersons for several of our committees. If you have interest in volunteering with VOICE during this school year, please check out the Sign Up Genius link below. If you'd like more information, please contact Debbie Luke at debbielukehomes@gmail.com


Yearbook Committee Seeking Photos

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

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, as well as the class if appropriate.

Save the date for Spring Fling! April, 24, 2020

We need many volunteers for this event to be successful. If you have any questions about a committee position please email debbielukehomes@gmail.com

Please consider volunteering by using the link below to sign up.

Spring Flyer Save The Date

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

VO Chess Champs

Two weeks ago the 2020 Michigan Scholastic Chess Team Tournament was held at Cass Tech School. Four second graders from Village Oaks participated and won a trophy:Aarav Sreejit, Anvi Patil, Ronav Ramdas, Sai Abhinav, and Reddy Konda. They were rated among top 10 in Michigan in the k-3 section and they secured eighth place among 18 participating teams! Nice job team!

VO Chess Champs

Mac & Cheese Food Drive Winners

Ms. Rice's class enjoyed a pizza party for being our top earning class for our VO Food Drive!
Ms. Rice's class enjoying a pizza party


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!

Playworks Informational Link

Testimonial: Developing a Well-Rounded Student

Looking Ahead

2/17/20 & 2/18/20--Mid-Winter Break No School

3/13/20--End of second trimester

3/16/20--Beginning of third trimester

3/16-3/20/20--Book Fair

3/19/20--Parent/teacher conferences

3/24/20--3rd Grade Concert 6:30pm-7:30pm

3/26/20--Bonaventure Skate Night 6:00pm-8:30pm

3/30-4/3/20--Book Fair

4/3/20--Celebration of Thinking Grades K, 1 & 2 9:15am-10:15am

4/3/20--Celebration of Thinking Grades 3 & 4 2:30pm-3:30pm

Parent Pick-up/Parking & Bus Stop Expectations

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

  • 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.

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 and we appreciate your help.

Thank you for your support!


Please remember if there is a change in your child's CARE schedule you need to notify Holly Bengle no later than 3:15. She will then contact the teachers. Holly Bengle can be reached at

holly.bengle@novik12.org or (248) 449-1307.

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