Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - September 1, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Elizabeth Syrowski

Miss Syrowski is currently a Licensed School Counselor and Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the state of Ohio. Prior to starting her career as School Counselor at Otsego Elementary, Miss Syrowski worked as Behavior Specialist at Bowling Green City Schools. Miss Syrowski obtained her Bachelor's Degree from Cleveland State University prior to attending Bowling Green State University, obtaining a Master's in Education. As a duly licensed counselor, Miss Syrowski understands the importance of collaborating with the schools and families to provide a more holistic approach to student care. In her free time, Miss Syrowski enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, and cheering on the Cleveland sports teams. Miss Syrowski is also an advocate of physical wellbeing and participates in multiple sports to keep active and promote an overall healthy lifestyle.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Since it is a new year, I wanted to make sure everyone is aware of our arrival and dismissal procedures. If you have any questions, please let me know!

When students are being dropped off in the morning, please use the entire length of the drop off zone (even past the cross walk) to keep the line moving. Thank you for you assistance in keeping these busy times running smoothly!

Additionally, If you pick up or drop off your child, please, remember to NOT park your car in front of the school! The line needs to keep moving to efficiently get kids in and out of school in a timely manner. If for some reason, you need to leave your car, please use the available parking spaces.


In an effort to be a role-model of living and working with a growth mindset, I am asking for your help. Please provide feedback at any point on how I am doing in the following areas:

School Culture/Climate

  1. How can I improve my engagement with students/parents/community members to create an environment that supports student learning, achievement and well-being at OES?

Continuous Improvement

  1. How can I improve my leadership to ensure OES is setting, monitoring and achieving specific and challenging goals that reflect high expectations for all students and staff?

School Safety

  1. How can I improve our school environment to make it safer and friendlier to everyone?

Feel free to share your feedback in person, in writing, or by filling out a Google Form. Scan the QR code or just go to the following link. Feedback Form - CLICK HERE

I am looking forward to your feedback and hope to grow from your thoughts, comments, and concerns.


Katrina Baughman

Principal, Otsego Elementary School

Otsego Elementary Physical Education 2017-2018

The school year is off to a great start and as part of your child’s curriculum he/she will be taking physical education class. The physical education program’s main emphasis will be on motor skills, movement concepts, regular physical activity, health-enhancing level of physical fitness, responsibility and cooperation.

This carefully planned program for boys and girls is conducted both indoors and outdoors. We encourage students to wear clothing that is suited for physical activity; loose comfortable clothing. Tennis shoes are a must!!!!! With our schedule, students have physical education 2-3 days per week. It ends up being every other school day. We suggest students keep a pair of tennis shoes in their lockers/cubbies if necessary. Please no sandals, flip-flops, crocs or boots. Girls wearing dresses or skirts need to wear shorts or tights underneath. Please limit jewelry; especially dangling earrings.

Students needing to be excused from physical education must bring a written explanation of the illness/injury signed by a parent/guardian. If lack of participation is due to an extended illness or injury (more than a week), please send a note from your physician.

We encourage you and your child(ren) to exercise together and we would appreciate your assistance in promoting an attitude of “active for a lifetime” within your family.

We are excited to be working with your child(ren) this year. Thank you for your support and please feel free to contact us with any questions and/or concerns at AKonoff@Otsegoknights.org, FRehbein@Otsegoknights.org or (419)-823-4381.

Amy Konoff and Freda Rehbein

Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a life-changing character development program for girls in grades 3-5 that uses the power of running to teach every girl about her limitless potential and the importance of being healthy & active. For the second year, Otsego Elementary is starting a Girls on the Run group and we are very excited about it! Practices will start September 6th. They will be Mondays and Wednesdays after school from 3:30-5pm. See the flyer for registration information (Registration will be extended through September 13th or until we have 15-20 girls registered).
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Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department!

The transportation department will send out a Remind alert when a bus is running at least 10 minutes late.

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

Food Service

Free and reduced applications: If your student was on free or reduced meals last year you must fill out a new application for this school year. The carryover period will be ending in a few days. Click here for the Free and Reduced application

If you don't fill out a new application and return it to the cafeteria prior to the end of the carry over period, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY MEAL CHARGES YOUR STUDENT ACCUMULATES. These will not be covered under the new application.

Also if your student receives free or reduced lunches, they can also get free or reduced breakfast. Breakfast is served daily in the cafeteria. School Breakfast will give you more energy, keep your body healthy and improve your grades!

Breakfast available in the elementary and Jr High/High school cafeterias prior to the the start of school.

Price: Reduced .$30,Full Price $1.50 & Adult $1.50

If you have any questions, please feel free to call Jeanne Jeffers at 419-823-4381 ext.1104 or email at jjeffers@otsegoknights.org

Important Dates


September 4 - Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)

September 5 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

September 13-15 - 5th Grade Camp

September 19 - Grandparents Night, 5-6pm

October 3 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

October 9 - NO SCHOOL for students - District Professional Development

October 17 - Picture Retakes

October 19 - 5th Grade Music Performance, 7pm

October 20 - End of first nine weeks

October 24-25 - 3rd Grade ELA State Testing

October 27 - NO SCHOOL for students - Professional Development/Work Day

November 2-3 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences

November 7 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

November 14 - Family Fun Knight

November 16 - 4th Grade Music Performance, 7pm

November 22-24 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

December 5 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

December 7 - 3rd Grade Music Performance, 7pm

December 22-January 2 - NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break

January 3 - NO SCHOOL, District Professional Development/Work Day

Otsego PTO

“There’s a Minion reasons to join PTO”

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


The next PTO meeting is September 5th at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.

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

Little Knights Flag Football Sign-Up

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BG Parks and Rec. Fall After School Sport Programs

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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!


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).

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