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April 13, 2020
Dear Village Oaks Families,
We have begun putting together a more robust learning plan that will be rolled out April 20 for families districtwide. Each Monday, starting on April 13, new learning opportunities that follow the pattern that has been established since the week of March 16 will be posted. Families will receive a student calendar, via Seesaw, with learning activities for each day of the week. For any of you who have experienced challenges accessing learning activities through the Seesaw Class App please view the video for assistance or look at the attached instructions below.
(Please keep in mind, the easiest way for students to log in to the Seesaw Class App is by logging in through their Clever account.)
Please stay tuned for information from VOICE in the upcoming weeks regarding ways to support VO in the absence of Spring Fling.
There are many questions that parents/community member have at this time. As a district we are gathering all questions and creating a list of answers. Please submit any questions that you might have to George Sipple firstname.lastname@example.org and Sheila Holly email@example.com. We will develop answers and share them district wide as we continue through this school year.
- For families in need of meals for their children, the district has arranged for curbside pickup of food items at Novi High School every Tuesday, from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at the Atrium entrance off of Taft Rd. (24062 Taft Rd). Students may receive 7 days of breakfast and lunch at no cost.
- Starting this week each Monday you will receive your weekly update via Seesaw from your child's teacher about ways to support your child academically during our time away from school.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
A Greener VO
Online Learning and Animal Fun
For students interested in learning more about animals and their habitats, the Aquarium of the Pacific is now offering a free Online Academy. Each day there are different presentations and video feeds of animals in the Aquarium’s collection. A nice feature is that each presentation is designed for different grade levels, meaning that some presentations are intended younger K-1 students, and some target older kiddos.
Social Distancing--Be Safe
As the weather begins to warm up many of us will begin to go outside more often to enjoy different outdoor activities. While outside please be safe and adhere to the social distancing recommendations made by many medical experts. Below is an insightful article outlining the importance of social distancing during this pandemic.Social Distancing: Why Keeping Your Distance Helps Keep Others Safe
Sample Daily Schedule
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The Winter Spirit Wear Sale has been extended!
Orders can be placed on the following website using this link: https://stitchandscribe.com/collections/village-oaks-spirit-wear/Village-Oaks-Spirit-Wear
20% of all spirit wear sales will go directly back to VO!
If you need additional info, please let me know.
Candice Kronsbein, CEO
Stitch & Scribe Inc.
VO Yearbook 2019-2020
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
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 email@example.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.
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:
Daily online live stream recess on Playworks Facebook (@MakeRecessCount). Starting March 20, a Playworks Coach will provide a virtual recess at 12:00 p.m., 2:00p.m., and 4:00p.m. every school day Monday - Friday
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!
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
firstname.lastname@example.org or (248) 449-1307.
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