Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - August 16, 2019

WELCOME BACK!

I am so excited to have everyone back for another great year at Otsego! The school just doesn't feel the same without the smiling faces of the students and staff! I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer - we are ready to get back to learning!


Monday at 6:00 is the Elementary Open House (flyer is located a few topics down). There will be Food Trucks in the parking lot starting at 4:30. Come on in to see the building and classrooms, meet the teachers, and sign up for conferences. PTO, Girls Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Orange Crush Softball will all have tables set up in the Commons if you would like any more information about any of those organizations.


See you soon!

From the Desk of Katrina Baughman:

Otsego Elementary School is a great place to be! I can not express enough how thankful I am for our dedicated staff, caring students, and active parents. Otsego is truly a family, and I am grateful to be a part of it!


OES is excited to continue PBIS this year. As a district, we officially rolled PBIS out during the 2017-2018 school year. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, and it is a framework for schools to provide consistent expectations across the building, common language the students understand, and instruction on how students are expected to behave. We are looking forward to continue improving our policies, procedures and routines to fully align with PBIS.


This year we will continue the implementation of our Otsego Literacy Framework for our English Language Arts Curriculum. (A link to this document can be found on the right side of this page). For the writing portion of the Framework, we will continue to use the Ohio Writing Project (OWP). This is an ongoing endeavor, and although teachers have had multiple trainings on this initiative, we will continue to participate in additional training sessions and opportunities. These changes have already proven to be meaningful for students as we prepare them to be lifelong citizens and productive members of society, and we are excited to continue to see the growth in students as we continue implementation for multiple years.


Our continued success is dependent upon communication. I welcome your input. Feel free to email kbaughman@otsegoknights.org or call 419-823-4381 option 4 at any time you think I can be of assistance. I send a weekly update during the school year. Please contact me if you do not receive the elementary update on Fridays throughout the school year and would like to be added to the distribution list.


I am looking forward to another great year at OES!

Katrina Baughman

Please welcome our new Assistant Principal, Becky Buchman

Mrs. Buchman was hired by the Otsego School District in 2000. Mrs. Buchman has taught special education, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grade classes as well as Reading Recovery intervention to 1st graders. Mrs. Buchman earned a dual Bachelor’s degree in Special Education and Elementary Education with a concentration in Science from Bowling Green State University, a Reading Recovery Certification from The Ohio State University, a Masters of Education with a Reading Endorsement from The University of Findlay, and became a National Board Certified Teacher. Most recently she completed the Principal Licensure program through University of Findlay. She and her husband have one son and two daughters. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and gardening.

I hope to see everyone at Picnic in the Parking Lot and Open House on August 19th! See more information on those events below.
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Important Dates

2019-2020

August 13 - Back to School Day, 8am-8pm, HS Commons

August 19 - Teacher Work Day/Open House

August 20 - PD Day

August 21 - First Day for Students (1st-5th)

August 22 - First Day for Kindergarten Students

August 26 - First Day for Preschool Students

September 2 - No School Labor Day

October 11 - PTO Fall Fest

October 14 - PD Day

October 22 - Picture Retake Day

October 23 - End of 1st Quarter


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

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Otsego Elementary Cross Country

You can still sign up in you are interested. Please contact Phil Baranski (information below).
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Mark Your Calendars!

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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.

  5. Students must be picked up by 3:35pm. At 3:35pm, students will be taken to Otsego Extended Care at the cost of the parent/guardian (unless previous arrangements have been made).



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 Food Service Information

The free and reduced meal applications are available online or in the school office. CLICK HERE FOR THE ONLINE APPLICATION


As many of you may remember we have the "Pay it Forward" account which is to keep students from receiving an alternate meal. At this point, the account is nearing zero. If you are interested in donating to the Pay It Forward program please contact Jeanne Jeffers, jjeffers@otsegoknights.org or Adam Koch, akoch@otsegoknights.org. Once the Pay It Forward account gets to zero, we will have no choice but to implement our districts unpaid meal charges policy, which follows.


Charging Policy


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Jeanne Jeffers, 419-823-4381 ext 1104 or jjeffers@otsegoknights.org

  • Breakfast = $1.50, $0.30 for students who qualify for reduced lunches
  • Lunch = $2.85, $0.40 for students who qualify for reduced lunches

Box Top Update

You can now just scan your receipt and our school will earn money! Please see the information below regarding the new Box Top App and Procedures for the 2019-2020 School Year!


There are two types of Box Tops this year - electronic (must scan your receipt with the new app to get the money to the school), and the original Box Tops (can cut them out and send them in with your student!)

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Please welcome our new counselor, Mrs. Kirsten Martinez. She will be helping Miss Syrowski meet the needs of all of our students!


Kirsten Martinez is the Co-Elementary School Counselor at Otsego Elementary School. Prior to working at Otsego, Miss Martinez worked at Botkins Elementary School in Botkins Ohio as an Elementary School Counselor and EMIS support personnel. Miss Martinez obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toledo and her Master’s in Education in School Counseling from Bowling Green State University. In her free time Miss Martinez enjoys paddle boarding, kayaking, fishing and reading. She is recently married and is looking forward to settling down in the Northwest Ohio region!

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.

Important Transportation Information

You can check your bus routes here - https://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=OLSD3GH6PNQOH


Please take a look at the attached document for an explanation on how to use the bus finder website.


Tontogany Bus Routes Elementary Only - We were need of changing a few things up throughout the district this year and for the safety of our students, we added a few bus stops in Tontogany this year for Elementary Students only. This will be for the PK-5 students on the West side of the train tracks. If you go to a babysitter in Tontogany, you will need to fill out an alternate transportation form for the Tontogany address.

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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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Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department!


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

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

Otsego PTO

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

www.otsegopto.com


The next PTO meeting is September 3rd at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.


**Babysitting is provided!!**

Community Events & Information

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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!

Kirsten Martinez

School Counselor

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer