Upcoming Events!

May 7: 4th grade musical 7PM (Monday and tuesday classes)
May 9: 4th grade musical 7PM (Wednesday and Thursday Classes)
May 9-20: Buy One Get one free book fair (open during celebration of learning)
MAY 22: festival of the arts 6-8pm

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. May 22, 2019.

Last but not least…

Please send an old oversize 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 via email at joanne.north@novik12.org or you can call the office and I will return your call at the end of the school day.


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

Thanks to all the families who participated in our amazing March is Reading Month activities. I am so grateful to all of the volunteers who came to read during Reading Ambassadors, got Novi Public Library cards for so many students, sorted calendars, ordered prizes, passed out Milk and Cookies, and so much more! The success of this very special month is truly because so many people in our community value literacy and for that I am eternally grateful.

Thank you to everyone who supported our students at the Spring Book Fair. We sold over $5000 in product so the Media Center will have over $2000 to buy new books and Media materials! Thank you all for the ongoing love and support of literacy!

We earned a buy one get one free book fair!
BOGO Book Fair: 05/09/19-05/20/19
Ewallet Information 

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!


Kids Heart Challenge


What is Kids Heart Challenge?

KHC is a fundraiser put on by the American Heart Association. Students from around the world collect monetary donations and submit them to the AHA. The funds go directly towards researching ways to cure and fight heart disease, helping those with heart disease and heart related illnesses, and also helping with medical bills for those who have had heart complications. The program also encourages our youngsters to live a heart healthy lifestyle. Essentially, Kids Heart Challenge and Physical Education share the same beliefs. This program used to be called Jump Rope for Heart...but though the name has changed, the purpose, mission and program remain the same. To date, Deerfield alone has raised more than $40,000 for the American Heart Association. This is something that gives me a tremendous amount of pride as I reflect on my Novi teaching career. I'm very excited to be running the program for the 4th consecutive year.


How can my student(s) collect donations?

Students can collect donations online, or in the envelope they have received today. In order to collect donations online, have your student create an online profile. Go to www.heart.org/kidsheartchallenge, search for Deerfield Elementary and follow the prompts from there. You can also download the Kids Heart Challenge mobile app and register on it directly. Explore all of the resources and information available to you on the website and app (if you registered online, I still highly recommend you also download the app). Typically, the bulk of the funds our community raises are online. If you have more than one student at Deerfield, please make them their own online profile! You can also collect tangible donations in the envelope itself. PLEASE NOTE: MR. TAYLOR WILL NOT ACCEPT MONETARY DONATIONS AT SCHOOL! Regardless of the amount your student(s) has collected, the funds are due on, or after our event, which will take place February 1st at Deerfield Elementary.


Instant gifts and thank you gifts:

Depending on the amount your student(s) raises, the AHA provides an instant gift. These come in the form of adorable character key chains, each of whom represents one aspect of living heart healthy. If your student earns one or more of these key chains, I highly recommend putting their initials on the bottom of each one in permanent marker. After our celebration, the AHA also has larger thank you gifts that your student can receive depending on their total amount raised. Please see the KHC envelope for details.


Kids Heart Challenge Celebration:

We will be fundraising throughout the month of January. Our efforts will culminate in a celebration at Deerfield on Friday, February 1st from 6-8 pm. It will be a great time, and a chance to celebrate our fundraising efforts for such an worthy cause.