Otsego Elementary Extra

COVID-19 Edition #5 - June 5, 2020

From the Desk of Katrina Baughman

Thank you so much for everything this year! It has definitely been an odd ending, but I could not be more thankful to be a part of such a wonderful school system and community.

Moving forward - if you still have Chromebooks, mice and/or chargers to return to the school, please contact me so I can ensure someone is in the office to receive them when you plan to drop them off.

I am including a parent letter below from a company called eSpark. Some of our teachers used this program this year, and most of our teachers will be using it next year. They are offering a FREE Summer School Option and any Otsego Elementary student can sign up. If your student used eSpark during the year already, their account will remain active over the summer. If your student is new to eSpark, this is a great way to keep them engaged in learning during the summer months! PLEASE CHECK OUT THE DIRECTIONS BELOW!

Starting next week, the Elementary Office will be closed, but you can still contact me at anytime to set up a time to pick up or drop off anything you might need.

I hope everyone has a wonderful and safe summer!


We’re excited to be using eSpark as part of our summer school program. We believe eSpark will play an integral role in closing learning gaps and preparing your child for a strong fall.

  • Usage Expectations: Please have your child use eSpark for 20-30 minutes each day for both reading & math. During this time, they’ll be learning & practicing at their individual level.

  • Parent Portal: Please sign up for parent access by going to esparklearning.com/at-home. Once you sign up, you will be able to link to your child’s account, and eSpark will send you an email each time your child masters a new skill in eSpark.

  • Parent Resources: eSpark offers a variety of parent resources to help support your child at home. Check out eSpark’s “at home” hub for parents to access a training video and other helpful resources.

As always, the eSpark team is here to support us during summer school. You may reach out to support@esparklearning.com with any questions.

Have a great day!

Mental Health and Behavior Resources for Parents

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E-book and Companion Coloring Book for Young Children in the time of COVID

After many weeks of practicing social distancing, being out of traditional routines, and away from friends and family, it is understandable if you have noticed a change in behaviors. Recently the counseling department has gone through a series of webinars to support students, and their families', from a distance who may be experiencing a change in internalizing and externalizing behaviors. Below we have attached some parent intervention tips for dealing with depression, anxiety, attention problems, and/or academic problems. Take a look at the links below and reach out to your counselors with any concerns. We are here to help. Stay safe, Knights.

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Attention Concerns:




Learning Resources and Activities

FREE access to ABCmouse, Adventure Academy and ReadingIQ

See below for login information!
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Keep Scanning Those Box Tops!

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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Otsego Cross Country (If we have sports)

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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: @buchman_becky

STEM Teacher: @jemartinez714

PE Teacher: @AmyKonoff

School Nurse: @nursejaneots

Otsego Food Service: @Otsego_Cafe

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