Specials Information

Curriculum Night Downloads

2018-2019 Specials Schedule

2018-2019 Friday Specials Rotation

2018-2019 Friday Rotation

September 7 - Monday
September 14 - Tuesday
September 21 - Wednesday
September 28 - Thursday
October 5 - Monday
October 12 - Tuesday
October 19 - Wednesday
October 26 - Thursday
November 2 - Monday
November 9 - Tuesday
November 16 - Wednesday
December 7 - Thursday
December 14 - Monday
December 21 - Tuesday
January 11 - Wednesday
January 18 - Thursday
January 25 - Monday
February 1 - Tuesday
February 8 - Wednesday
February 15 - Thursday
February 22 - Monday
March 1 - Tuesday
March 8 - Wednesday
March 15 - Thursday
March 22 - Monday
March 29 - Tuesday
April 12 - Wednesday
April 26 - Thursday
May 3 - Monday
May 10 - Tuesday
May 17 - Wednesday
May 24 - Thursday
May 31 - Monday
June 7 - Tuesday

Art Education

Meet Mrs. North… 

Welcome back parents and student artists! This is going to be an “ART-TASTIC” YEAR IN ART!   Most of you already know me. Welcome to our new families.  My name is JoAnne North. I have been teaching in the Novi Community Schools since 2000. I did my undergraduate studies at Eastern Michigan University and received my Master of Fine Arts at Eastern as well. My passion is clay. In my personal work I am a ceramic sculptor. I have taught Middle School, High School and Elementary art. The special reward I receive for teaching K-4 Art is, I get the opportunity to watch my students grow and develop as artists for 5 years! It is my goal and passion as an art educator to help my students develop their skills, creative voices and understand the culture and history of art.


Our student artists will have art once a week for 50 minutes and an additional 50 minutes on a 4 week rotation. This schedule may be adjusted due to half days, school days off and holidays/vacations.  Artwork will be displayed throughout the year in the halls. We will have a spring art show and all work will be sent home in a portfolio at the end of the school year.    Many parents ask “How is my child graded in art?” It is important to know and understand that everyone is an artist in their own way! Students are assessed on Following Directions, Behavior and the Effort (craftsmanship) they put into each piece they create! I do not base my assessments on the child's ability to draw or paint. Ability is a great thing to have and will be nurtured but raw talent alone isn't what art is entirely about! I want each and every one of my students to enjoy the time they spend in the art room regardless of their abilities!

The Core Concepts & Skills…

Students will work with a variety of materials including markers, crayons, paint, clay and technology. Our curriculum includes the role of artists in society, recognizing art as a form of communication and expression, and identifying elements of art such as line, shape, color, texture and space. Art history instruction and cultural art is also a component of the curriculum. Throughout the elementary art experience, we are exploring different, age-appropriate methods of becoming artists. All projects help students to use their imagination and creative voices. I also believe in the power of integrating art lessons with content from the classroom. This is highly beneficial for those students who are visual-spatial and bodily kinesthetic learners. It also allows students to bring knowledge they have learned in to the art room to demonstrate understanding or solidify abstract concepts from the classroom into practical use. I align my lessons carefully to our district art standards and the National Visual Arts Content standards. 

How YOU can help…

Many parents ask what they can do at home to help support their child. Give them time to create! Drawing, sculpting with clay, building with Legos or other toys, creating art on the computer, taking photographs - all these helps support elements of the art curriculum. Coloring with your child is invaluable ~ that simple practice of craftsmanship of staying in the lines helps so much with hand/eye coordination. Practicing to cut will also help! Have students cut coupons! Exposing children to art is also valuable, take them to a museum this encourages a life-long love of art.                                                                                  

Parent Volunteers…                                         

In the art room, we are always looking for volunteers.  There are many tasks to do before, during and after school so if you have the time and the desire to help out by hanging art in the hallway, preparing the art for display, helping students in the classroom or preparing supplies for our student artists…WE NEED YOU! You can sign up for a regular time or contact me when you find some extra time on your hands. A good elementary art program requires lots of hands! Thank you in advance for your valuable time.

* All Parent Volunteers must have a background check on file in the office

Spring Festival of the Arts…

Spring Festival of the Arts is our annual art show. This is an evening to celebrate and honor the work of our student artists.  It is also a special opportunity for many of our young musicians to share their talents with the Deerfield families so…

SAVE THE DATE:   MAY, 22nd 2019

Last but not least…

Please send an old oersize t-shirt as an art shirt with our student artists. Their name should be written in large letters on both the front and the back in permanent marker.  We use a ariety of materials in art and some may not be easily removed from clothing. 

If you need to contact me at any time:    joanne.north@novik12.org

 or you can call the office and I will return your call at the end of the school day.

 I will be out of the classroom for the month of September as I am recovering from surgery. My guest teacher will help me get the year started on the right foot and I will return in early October.


We celebrate the joy of reading, develop information literacy skills, and explore new technologies in our daily quest for knowledge during Media.

Fall Book Fair: 11/08/18-11/16/18
Fall Book Fair Information 1
Fall Book Fair Information 2

Spring Book Fair: 03/08/19-03/15/19

2018-2019 Curriculum Night Downloads
Guided Reading Levels Aligned with AR Levels
Culture of Creation
Accelerated Reader Home Connect
Type to Learn 4

2018-2019 Curiosity Kits

50 Movies All Kids Should Watch Before They're 12 
50 Books All Kids Should Read Before They're 12 
Best Book Series
Roblox: What parents must know about this dangerous game for kids 

Interested in volunteering in the Media Center? We are looking for help scanning, shelving, and organizing books Monday-Thursday mornings each week from 9:15-10:00. If you are interested please email me with what day(s) of the week you are available. Scheduling is very flexible and I am thankful for any help we can receive. All school volunteers must have a background check on file with the office. Thank you!

Physical Education

2018-19 Safety Patrol Applications


All-Star Wall Pictures

Please bring in a small or moderately sized picture of your student(s) doing ANYTHING that keeps them healthy and physically fit, and I will hang it up. It will stay on the wall for the entire school year. Please only bring in a picture that you will not want back at the end of the year, as they usually take a beating. You can bring this to me or simply send it in with your student during the school year.

The quote above the wall says "DEERFIELD STUDENTS ARE FITNESS ALL-STARS". This wording is purposeful... meaning, it doesn't say "sports all-stars". Physical Education goes beyond simply learning and playing sports. We deal with total body in my class, and I try to fold health and wellness principles into each of my lessons. That is why my All-Star wall can be a picture of anything your student(s) does that keeps them healthy. Things like: yoga in the basement, basketball in the driveway, trampoline, riding a bike, roller skating, football, basketball, tennis, hockey, soccer, dance, gymnastics, cheerleading, rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing, wrestling, running, weightlifting...just to name a few!