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Dr. O's Weekly Parent Newsletter

NCSD Mission Statement

Developing each student's potential with a world class education.

April 27, 2020

Dear Village Oaks Families,

We have just completed our first week of the second phase of our online learning. I appreciate the feedback that I have received from parents and the high level of student engagement that occured last week. As Dr. Matthews has mentioned in earlier communications we will continue to assess our plan until next Friday and if changes need to be made we will implement them after that date.

As a staff we are aware that there will occasionally be challenges as we provide our online learning. Thank you for your understanding as work through those challenges. If your children are struggling with any concepts, new materials, or they need additional time with their teacher please encourage them to reach out to their teacher during their designated office hours. To maximize student engagement during Zoom meetings please consider the following:

  • Create an area for your child to participate in the meeting where they will not be easily distracted by their peers, toys, television, etc.
  • Due to the time constraints try your best to have students join their meetings on time.

For those interested in information on our Summer Enrichment for grades K-6 please look at the options here: https://ecec.novi.k12.mi.us/programs/summer-school. You can find the link on the district website by clicking on the Community tab and then the Community Education link.

A second round of technology distribution will be held next week. Many of you have reached out to us and your child(ren)’s names have been added to a list for a device. If you have NOT already reached out to us and are in need of a device, please take a moment to fill out the Phase 2 request for a device survey. In order for us to prepare the devices for distribution, this survey will be turned off on Monday, April 27, at 9:30 am.

The Phase 2 of device distribution will take place:

Date: Wednesday, April 29

Time: Noon to 2:00 PM

and then again from

4:00 – 6:00 PM for those who work during the day.

Where: Novi High School, Taft Road bus turn around

What you need to do:

  1. Pull up along the curb, (do not get out of the car)
  2. Give the individual your full name and your student’s full name
  3. Open your trunk and they will put your device(s) in your trunk and close it.

What you need to know: Phase 1 parents signed the user agreement below with this district. Because this will be a no contact distribution when you pick up your device, these are the conditions you are agreeing to.

  • The Equipment: The Student will hold no security or ownership interest in the Equipment. The School will maintain ownership of the Equipment during the Agreement Term.

  • Agreement Term: The School will issue the Equipment to a Student on the date stated below. The Student who is assigned the Device will return the Equipment in good operational order and condition. This agreement term is from the date of signing the user agreement. The Device must be returned to NCSD when the District is back in session, which will be indicated to NCSD families through approved district communication channels (District Website, School Messenger, Building Smores newsletter, etc.)

  • Equipment Use: The Equipment is to be used and operated only by NCSD Students. When not using the Equipment, the Student is responsible for the storage and security of the Equipment.

  • Requirements: The Equipment is intended to be used for the purpose of classroom instruction and school-related matters. The Student will engage in activities related to the academic use of this Equipment.

  • Care and Operation of Equipment: The equipment may only be used and operated in a careful and proper manner and in accordance with the School's Acceptable Use Policy.

  • Loss or Damage: The Student/Guardian agrees to take full responsibility for the assigned device. Failure to return the device in working order will impact the instruction and learning of other students. Please be a responsible user of the technology.

I received the Equipment on this date: April 29, 2020. Equipment is in good condition and operating order. I understand and agree to the terms and conditions of this agreement.

Parent/Guardian Signature:________________________________________

Stay Safe and Healthy!



We have opened the online pre-enrollment registration for the 2020-2021 school year and are making plans to welcome the incoming kindergarten class. Please complete the online pre-enrollment, so we can share pertinent information going forward. Completing the online portion will help us plan for student placement. We will eventually communicate when families will be able to submit required documentation to the Early Childhood Education Center. We can’t wait to finalize the registration process and welcome the incoming Class of 2033. If you have any questions, please review the NCSD enrollment page or call 248-675-3400.

NCSD Tech Support

If you need help logging into any of the platforms (Seesaw, iReady, Clever, etc.) on a district issued device you can submit a service ticket for login issues or if you need tech. assistance.

Service desk contact information:

- Phone: 248-209-2060

- Email: servicedesk@oakland.k12.mi.us

- Online Ticket Submission: servicedesk.oakland.k12.mi.us

VOICE Spring Fling Update

With the cancellation of Spring Fling, we have had many parents email us and ask how they can support VOICE since this has always been our primary fundraiser. With the blessing of Dr. Matthews and Dr. Ofili, we have created a PayPal Pool link as a response to those parents who have asked how they can help. The link shows many of the ways that VOICE helps support Village Oaks and all of the wonderful things that happen at our school. During this difficult time, we are learning that the greatness of our school is not contained inside of the walls of our building. We are a community and a family who leads with HEART. We already knew our teachers were amazing, but WOW are they showing up for us right now! There is a goal of funds to be raised on our PayPal link, but what I would love more than anything is to see pride for our great school shared across the internet showing the love our students have for their classmates and their teachers. Search for Village Oaks PTO on Facebook. Please consider sharing our PayPal Pool link, but when you do post a photo or video of your student sharing WHY they love Village Oaks! Tag us #VOhasHEART so that we can all come together virtually. If you would like to give, but prefer to send a check or VENMO, please email our treasurer Jessica at VOtreasurer@gmail.com. https://paypal.me/pools/c/8owxzauYz4 Debbie Luke VOICE President Debbielukehomes@gmail.com
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VO Community Support!

While we could not be together for Spring Fling, we want to acknowledge the businesses who donated to us and say THANK YOU for their support year after year. Please consider supporting these local businesses!
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VO Specials Weekly Update

Attached is the weekly update from our Specials teachers. They're excited about another great week of online learning!

VO Book Fair

Looking for something new to read? School may be closed, but our Village Oaks book fair is open! Order online from April 20 - May 3 to get books shipped straight to your door! 25% of profits go to benefit our school library. Thank you for your support!

Katy Golden, MLIS

VO School Librarian

A Greener VO

Vitamin Z and Try Engineering!

The Detroit Zoo is making more videos and information about their efforts to celebrate and protect wildlife available to families on their website- https://detroitzoo.org.

Another great resource for students and families to check out is TryEngineering.org. Engineers are tasked with solving so many of the environmental and societal issues that impact us all- to learn more about Engineers and what they do, visit the website https://tryengineering.org.

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 amber.zarb@novik12.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.

Supporting Our Children Through COVID 19

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

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VO School Day Conversations

  • Do you know what time your teacher's office hours are?

  • How are you staying active at home during our school closure?

  • What is one challenge that you overcame last week?

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

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 Staff Message

Please enjoy our staff's message for our students...we're all in this together!
VO Staff Message For Students


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

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!

Playworks Play at Home Game: Morning Stretch Shake It Out
Playworks Play at Home Game: Popcorn

Looking Ahead

4/29/20--NCSD Chromebook Distribution


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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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.

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