Washington Street Elementary - August 24, 2023
Welcome back, Bulldogs!
Welcome back, Washington Street Elementary Families!
We had a wonderful first week! From finding lockers to losing teeth, we thoroughly enjoyed meeting new friends and getting acclimated to classrooms! We are looking forward to a great year!
This is the weekly Washington Street Elementary newsletter. Please be sure to check your email, at the end of every week, for new updates throughout the school year. Thank you for partnering with us!
Morning Drop-off Procedures
In an effort to keep all students as safe as possible, please follow our drop-off procedure for students who will not be utilizing bus transportation before school:
- Doors will open at 8:20 a.m. Students MUST stay in their vehicles until that time.
- Please pull up as far as possible (all the way to the stop sign) when utilizing the drop-off zone in front of the building. This allows us to clear traffic off of Garfield Street.
- Students are to be dropped off on the curbside ONLY when utilizing the drop-off zone. We do not want students in the path of traffic.
- Parents who are using the drop-off zone in the morning should NOT exit their vehicles.
- If you would like to visit the office, please park by the playground and walk up the sidewalk.
- Please be safe and slow down when driving through the parking lot.
- Parents may park by the playground and help their children out of the car. If desired, you may walk them up the sidewalk.
- Staff members will be available to ensure each student arrives safely and directly to their classroom.
Dismissal and Pick-up Procedures
All students not using school transportation will have a designated outdoor pick-up location which parents/guardians will access from their vehicles only. We are asking all parents to stay in their vehicles while school staff direct students to parent/guardian vehicles once they are stopped in the pick-up lane.
All parents/guardians will need to use Garfield Street as the entrance to the pick-up area. Washington Street will ONLY be used as an exit at dismissal/pick-up time.
3rd-5th grade students will be picked up in front of the school building near the main entrance. Kindergarten-2nd grade students will be picked up on the east side of the building in the designated pick-up lane that is usually part of the parking lot (cars will NOT be parked in that area).
At the front of the school 5th graders will be furthest to the west, followed by 4th graders, and then third graders. On the east side of the building, 2nd graders will be lined up first, then 1st graders, followed lastly by the Kindergarteners. If parents have both upper elementary and lower elementary students, they will pick up their children at the youngest child's dismissal location.
3rd-5th-grade parents should stay in the outside lane.
Kindergarten-2nd-grade parents may use the inside lane to access the "turning lane". Do NOT get in this lane until after the OMS Parking Lot.
There can only be one lane of traffic until after the OMS Parking Lot in case there is an emergency.
After reflecting on last year, we feel this pick-up procedure puts student safety at the forefront as we can see who each student is dismissed to every day. Please drive slowly during student pick-up times, and remain focused when pulling out into the driving lane after being stopped in the pick-up lane.
Counselor’s Corner - Angie Bender, MA, LPC
What Does an Elementary School Counselor Do?
School counselors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Elementary school counselors work with every student to improve academic achievement, personal and social development, and career planning.
As an elementary school counselor I manage a comprehensive, developmental, results-based school counseling program that promotes and enhances student success. I teach classroom counseling lessons, facilitate small counseling groups on various needed topics, and counsel children individually on a short-term basis. I consult and collaborate with the principal, teachers, and parents. Working together we create safe harbors for children. The knowledge, attitudes, and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career, and personal/social development during the elementary years serve as the foundation for future success.
Elementary school counselors help children manage any problems that are keeping them from being the best learners they can be. When problems arise, whether they are occurring at school or at home, I help children to find their own best solutions to their problems. When children feel good about themselves, they have a much better chance to be academically successful. Parents can reach me by phone at 694-7826 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wolverine Conference Pass for Otsego Students
Free/Reduced Lunch Forms
Good news! With the passage of Michigan's budget this year, breakfast and lunch will be FREE FOR ALL STUDENTS for the 2023-24 school year! However, it is still vital that you fill out the Free & Reduced Meal Application because it is tied to more than school lunches. If you qualify, you could receive discounts on internet service, school Chromebook insurance fees, testing fees, and more! These applications are also tied to a portion of the district's federal funding that helps provide tutors, summer school, counselors, programs and materials, and more. It's a quick form to fill out - you only complete one per family. Fill it out today at https://otsego.familyportal.cloud.
*Please note: students will be charged if they purchase milk only.
If you have questions, please contact Julie Guthrie, Otsego Food Service Coordinator, at email@example.com or 269-694-7447.
Washington Street Elementary
Attendance Line: (269)694-7880
WSE BASE: (269)694-7835
Location: 538 Washington Street, Otsego, MI, United States
Phone: (269) 694-7800