Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update -September 21, 2018

Important Dates

2018-2019

October 2 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

October 15 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL

October 18 - 5th Grade Music Performance, 7pm, HS Auditorium

October 19 - End of the 1st 9 Weeks

October 23 - 3rd Grade Fall ELA Test, Part 1

October 24 - 3rd Grade Fall ELA Test, Part 2

November 2 - Professional Development/Work Day - NO SCHOOL

November 6 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

November 7 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4pm-8pm

November 8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, NO SCHOOL

November 9 - NO SCHOOL

November 14 - Annual Family Knight

November 15 - 4th Grade Music Performance, 7pm, HS Auditorium


2018-2019 School Year Calendar


Get real time calendar on our website!

District:

http://www.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/calendar/?id=0&id=1&id=2&id=3&id=4&id=5&id=6&id=7

Elementary only:

https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/?id=0

Theo's Theatre Reminder to Parents

If your student has signed up for Theo's Theatre, and is planning to stay after school for it, please write a note to the classroom teacher to let them know. There are a lot of students signed up for Theo's Theatre, and they do not all go every week. We have no way of knowing which students are planning to stay or not, so parents need to send a note in letting the school know that their child is staying after school for Theo's Theatre. Please call the Elementary School Office if you have any questions.


Thank you for your assistance and understanding!

Otsego Baseball Youth Camp

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Powerschool Parent Access

Parents can access student grades and attendance through the Otsego website.


www.otsegoknights.org, students tab, online grades


All students user ID is their lunch number and all passwords are the first 3 letters of the student's FIRST name with the first letter being capitalized (Jane would be Jan).


If you have any trouble logging on, please call the office at 419-823-4381, option 4.

A note from the School Nurse

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Attention Parents:


Students taking prescribed medication need to have a form filled out and signed by the prescribing physician. New forms are needed at the start of EVERY school year. Forms do not carry over from the prior year. It is your responsibility to take care of this with your physician. No medication will be given without a signed form. It is not up to the school to take care of this.


Over the counter medication such as Motrin, Tylenol, Benadryl, etc. is available in the office if needed. Forms are available on line. We have had several students in the office complaining of a headache already. This is to help cut down on having to call parents to bring medication to the office or sending children home.


Allergies are in full swing. This can impact your child in a major way physically, runny nose, itchy/watery eyes, stomach ache from drainage, headache…, as well as concentration in class. If your child has allergies please medicate them on a regular basis during allergy season.

OES Parent Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures

Morning Drop-Off

  1. Please use the entire length of the drop off zone (even past the crosswalk) to keep the line moving. If all cars pull up as far as they possibly can we can fit more vehicles along the sidewalk and more students can exit at a time. This will make drop-off go quicker while maintaining safety.

  2. Students should only be let out on the side of the car that is next to the curb. This is to avoid students being hit by a moving car in the lane farther away from the curb. If your student needs to get out on that side of the car, please park in a parking spot and have your student walk into the building using the crosswalk.

  3. Please do not stop in the crosswalk. If you are dropping a student off, please do not stop your car in the crosswalk. This is a safe place for students to cross, and when there are cars in the crosswalk it creates a safety concern.

  4. The second lane is for driving only. No students should be let out of the car in the lane farther from the curb. Students should only be exiting cars onto the sidewalk so that we can ensure their safety.

  5. Please remember to NOT park your car in front of the school! The line needs to keep moving to efficiently get students into the school in a timely manner, and when there is a parked car in the drop-off line, the whole process gets backed up. If for some reason you need to leave your car, please use the available parking spaces.


Afternoon Pick-Up

  1. Please use the entire length of the pick-up zone (even past the crosswalk) to keep the line moving. If all cars pull up as far as they possibly can we can fit more vehicles along the sidewalk and more students can get into their vehicles. This will make pick-up go quicker while maintaining safety.

  2. Please do not stop in the crosswalk. If you are picking a student up, please do not stop your car in the crosswalk. This is a safe place for students to cross, and when there are cars in the crosswalk it creates a safety concern.

  3. The second lane is for driving only. No students should get into their car in the lane farther from the curb. Students should only be entering cars from the sidewalk or by using the crosswalk so that we can ensure their safety.

  4. Please remember to NOT park and leave your car in front of the school! The line needs to keep moving to efficiently get vehicles out of the pick-up zone in a timely manner, and when there is a parked car in the line, the whole process gets backed up. If for some reason you need to leave your car, please use the available parking spaces. If you are parked while you are waiting for your student (and you are IN the car), that is fine.



THANK YOU so much for your understanding and compliance with these procedures to ensure our students’ safety. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Katrina Baughman, Elementary Principal.

Important Transportation Information

Elementary Bus Passes: We will no longer be able to accept bus passes for grades PK-5 for your child to ride home with a friend on another bus route. We have seen our transportation numbers increase over the past several years and in order to continue to operate the most efficient way possible, we will no longer be able to accept bus passes in the elementary.


If you have any questions, please contact the elementary school office or Eva Vasher.


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Using the directions below, sign up for one or more of the notification groups.

You may opt-out any time by texting ‘unsubscribe’ to the appropriate group.


High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)

Text: @otsbus6-12 to 81010


Elementary Buses (Bus Routes for grades PK -5)

Text: @otsbuspk-5 to 81010


If you have any questions about bus routing information, please contact me at evasher@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 3156

Important Food Service Information

To better assist our parents, we have implemented an online free and reduced meal application. This will eliminate having to get a paper application, filling it out and returning it to your child’s school.


Fill out the online application under www.lunchapplication.com , just as you would the paper application. Once the application is completed we are notified so we can complete the application process. This will reduce your notification time.


Please make sure you have a correct mailing address on the application, so the notification letter gets to you.


  • Lunch Menu
    • Elementary - Lunch Menu
    • Breakfast = $1.10, $0.30 for students who qualify for reduced lunches
    • Lunch = $2.75, $0.40 for students who qualify for reduced lunches

OES Extended Care

Otsego Local Schools offers an Extended Care program for students age 5 through fifth grade. The before school program starts at 6:30am and goes to the start of school at 9:00am. The after school program begins at 3:30pm and closes at 6:00pm.


The hourly rate is $3.00 for the first child; $1.50 for the second child; $1.00 for the third child; and the fourth child and beyond are free. There is a $10.00 per family yearly registration fee which runs from June 1st to May 31st each school year.


You can access more information on Otsego’s Extended Care program at this link: https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=382480&type=d&pREC_ID=868128

Knight in Shining Armor Nominations

Knight In Shining Armor Nominations


Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.


Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!


Here are some things that we have done with KISA funds:


  • School supplies were purchased for multiple families.
  • Gas money has been provided to get to and from medical treatment.
  • Food cards have been provided to help families afford meals while going through medical treatment.
  • Cash donations have been made to families to help assist in paying bills during medical treatment.
  • Gift cards and supplies have been provided to help make ends meet after housing emergencies have occurred.




We now have TWO ways that you can nominate a family in need. Bookmark the link below to use as the need arises. You can also find this link on the Otsegoknights.org webpage under the "District" tab.


Please do not hesitate to nominate a family in need, and KISA will do their best to help out!


https://goo.gl/forms/mG7IctP7q8ZAaQOX2

Happy Friday, Knights! I hope everyone had a great week. We had a blast last week at camp. Please be sure to check out twitter for pictures from our adventures last week. Also, over the next week I will be adding the pictures to the counseling website for you to access at any time. Finally, if your student is missing anything from camp please remind them to check the office. We had plenty of clothes, shoes, and some pillows left behind. Nurse Gray was kind enough to wash all the belongings and they are nicely folded on a cart in the office.


This week I sent out parent letters and student application for a girls mentor group that we are piloting this year. If your 1st, 4th, or 5th grade daughter is interested in being a mentor or mentee, please have completed applications in by Wednesday, September 26th. The goal is to grow this program throughout the district, adding boys and additional grade levels in the year to come. With this being our first year, we are capping participants to 15 students per grade level. We appreciate your support and understanding.


If you have any questions or concerns in regards to your students, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. Have a great weekend.


Sincerely,

Miss Syrowski

Otsego PTO

Check out the PTO on Facebook and follow on Twitter @OtsegoPTO

www.otsegopto.com


The next PTO meeting is October 2nd at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.


**Babysitting is provided!!**

Community Events & Information

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SUNDAZE GRAND OPENING IS TODAY (9/21). They will be open today from 1pm-10pm!

Find our more, and follow them on Facebook at SundazeHaskins

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Follow Us on Twitter

Preschool: @OtsegoPreK

Kindergarten: @OtsegoK

1st Grade: @OtsegoFirst

2nd Grade: @OtsegoGrade2

3rd Grade: @OtsegoGrade3

4th Grade: @OtsegoGrade4

5th Grade: @OtsegoGrade5

School Counselor: @OEScounselor

Principal: @kbaughman723

Assistant Principal: @PrincipalWiley

STEM Teacher: @jemartinez714

PE Teacher: @AmyKonoff

School Nurse: @nursejaneots

Otsego Food Service: @Otsego_Cafe

Reminders

SAVE ALUMINUM CAN TABS

Please help our students by collecting tabs from aluminum cans. Each tab is easy to remove and can be donated to the Ronald McDonald House. The tabs help fund various projects for Ronald McDonald Houses and its visitors. Send the tabs in a bag to the school and our students will do the rest!


SAVE BOX TOPS

You can help the school earn money for supplies by collecting Box Tops. Our PTO collects and counts them and puts the money straight back into the school. (We earn 10 cents per Box Top). If you are able to collect a lot of these, it would be great if you could turn them in in groups of 50, but we will take them even if they are not grouped together.

Heard a rumor or have a question?

Please send me an e-mail or give me a call!

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer