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Alamo Elementary Weekly Newsletter - November 16, 2018

Important Dates

Nov. 19 - 1/2 day students, evening Parent/Teacher Conferences, dismissal @ 12:10 p.m.

Nov. 19 - Stars Practice after school @ WSE

Nov. 20 - 1/2 day students, afternoon & evening Parent Teacher Conferences, dismissal @ 12:10 p.m.

Nov. 21-25 - Thanksgiving Break, no school

Nov. 26 - Cookie Capers

Nov. 27 - Tots N' Tunes

Nov. 28 - Lattes with Lucas @ 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m. in the Alamo Media Center

Nov. 28 - School Store

Nov. 29 - School Store

Nov. 30 - Popcorn Friday

Dec. 1 - Otsego Home Town Christmas Celebration & Parade


Positive Attitude - Gage Peloquin & Phoenyx Balkema

Responsible Actions - Logan Hudson & Jackson Cross

Integrity WIthin - Kate Littel & Peyton Petersen

Determination to Succeed - Reese Engbers & Emma Crowe

Expect Excellence - Raegan Moran & Sadie Miller

A Time For Thanks

Dear Alamo Families,

Thanksgiving marks the beginning of the holiday season as well as a time to reflect on what we are most thankful for this year. Like most year’s I am thankful for my family and all of the great memories we have made this year. I am thankful for the good health that we have and for every new day that we are blessed with. Although we may not have everything we want, we have everything we need and then some. I am also thankful for good friends and the support you feel from them during times of need. But this year, I am especially thankful for the Alamo family. Thank you to all of the parents, students and staff for your hard work and dedication towards making Alamo Elementary a positive learning environment where all kids achieve excellence. Your support and encouragement has helped make the beginning of the 2018-19 school year successful. I look forward to continuing our collaborative effort to provide such a rich learning experience for our students. The family here at Alamo has had such a positive impact on my life and I am thankful to serve such a wonderful group of children, parents and staff.

Best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Mrs. Knight-Lucas

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Congratulations November Students of the Month

Back Row

4th Grader - Mitchell Hazelhoff

5th Grader - Sarah Woodin

3rd Grader - Alexis Chaivre

Front Row

2nd Grader - Lucky Town

1st Grader - Sebastian Koubaitary

Kindergartener - Tristans Haskins

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Our fall parent-teacher conferences will be held on Mon., Nov. 19th & Tue., Nov. 20th. Students will have a ½ day on both days and will be released at 12:10 p.m. You will receive an email requesting that you select a conference time. As a courtesy to your child’s teacher, we ask that you sign up for only one conference session per child. We have also included each teacher’s link for your convenience as well. If you do not have internet access, please contact our office at 692-6150 to schedule. We are hoping for 100% attendance!

Mrs. Lane -

Mrs. Cramer -

Mrs. Gallup -

Mrs. Jewett (1st grade) -

Mrs. Myers -

Ms. Hughes -

Mrs. Jewett -

Mrs. Trumley -

Mrs. Bierenga -

Mrs. Randall -

Mrs. Breese -

Homemade Holiday Cookies Needed

Would you be willing to donate one dozen homemade cookies on Monday, Nov. 26th. Our Student Council members will be compiling cookie platters after school on Nov. 26th for Wings of Hope Hospice families. If interested, please send in one dozen homemade cookies in a zip-lock bag on Nov. 26th. Click here to sign up to donate cookies .

Alamo Destination Imagination Poinsettia Sale

Just in time for the Holidays and in support of our DI team. Poinsettias will be available in a variety of sizes and colors for purchase during parent teacher conferences.

Thank you Veterans!

The Alamo Veteran's Day breakfast was a big success. Thank you to all of the Veterans who joined us to say "Thank You" for your service to our country.

Locker Clean Out

Wondering where all of your child’s coats and sweatshirts are? I bet we have an idea! We will be having an all-school locker clean out on Tuesday. Nov. 20th before the holiday weekend. You might want to send in an extra bag with your student on that day so that all items may be taken home. Please take a look at our lost and found table as well when you are in for conferences. We have accumulated a large amount of clothing already!

Alamo Christmas Blessings

Alamo will once again be adding a little Christmas cheer to local family’s holiday season. Please join us in sponsoring a family for the 2018 Christmas season.

Starting on Monday, November 19th you will find our Alamo Angel Tree in the lobby outside the cafeteria. On that tree will be ornaments with gift ideas for families. You may take whatever ornaments you'd like from the tree. We're asking that all items be returned to the school no later than Wednesday, December 12th. Please do NOT wrap the items. Please be sure to include the ornament with your present so we know to which family member it belongs.

Please contact Nicole Knight-Lucas or Robbin Williams with any questions. 269-692-6150 or Gift cards and monetary donations to go toward gifts are also welcomed. Thanks!

Thank you for your generous gift of giving!

We will be wrapping all the presents for the families. If you can help we would love it! Wrapping will be on December 14 and 15th from 8:30 - 11:30.

Holiday Gift Shop

The holiday gift shop is back! December 10th-13th.

The Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe allows students to shop for their family during school hours. Students can easily purchase five or six inexpensive gift items for their loved ones. It’s one of the few times $10 is more than enough.

We will need some volunteers to help kids shop and total them up. The store will run from December 10-13 from 9:00-12:00 (Wednesday will be 10:00-12:00).

Click here to volunteer to work the holiday gift shop - Penguin Patch Store

More information will be sent home with your child shortly.

Playdough & Craft Kits Needed

Hello Otsego Families!

The Alamo Student Council is partnering with second grader Sadie Tolan. She was challenged by her church to see what good she might be able to do in her community this season. She would like to help make sick kids feel a little better. Her and her family met with a donation specialist at Bronson’s Child Life program. They expressed a desire for CRAFT KITS OR PLAY-DOUGH KITS which will be given to their patients and siblings of kids in their care over Christmas.

Would you be interested in helping care for these kids too? If so, you can drop off items starting Monday, November 19th until Friday, November 30th in the donation box next to the Alamo Giving Tree. Items will be transported to Bonson at that time! Thank you for thinking of these kids and their families!!

We have seen time and time again how generous the Alamo community is and would like to thank you in advance for your gift.


Sadie Tolan & Alamo Student Council

Destination Imagination Needs Your Support

Every year Destination Imagination teams start fundraising in September with the hope of raising enough money to pay for their Global Finals trip in May. Global Finals is the culmination of the DI season with a week long celebration of creativity in Kansas City, Missouri. This year the team is made up of seven students and two team managers. The team's goal is to raise $9,000 to cover the cost of a trip to Global Finals.

Alamo's Destination Imagination is looking for a company sponsor to help support their journey. The team will be holding monthly fundraisers throughout the year and is looking for a company that would be willing to match the amount raised per fundraiser. Sponsoring companies will have their name/logo printed on the team's shirts and acknowledged in the school newsletter. If you are interested in helping out the Alamo Destination Imagination team or know of a business that would be, please contact Terry Webber at or call 269-694-7600.

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Dress Code Review

As we begin to ride the temperature rollercoaster that is the norm here in West Michigan, it is a good time to review the recess dress code.

All students must wear snow pants, coat, and boots to go off the paved areas of the playground when there is snow on the ground or if it is muddy. Also as the weather and temperature fluctuates our policy for outdoor gear is as


50’s – Jackets are suggested, but optional

40’s – Jackets, coat, sweatshirt, or sweater


30’s – Coat, hat, gloves, boots, & snow pants


We use the wind chill temperature to determine the dress requirements. The office will inform the students when the temperature is questionable.

Girls on the Run Coaches Needed

Girls on the Run registration will begin shortly. Coaches are needed. Please contact the Alamo office if you would be willing to volunteer to coach a team this year.

Phone - 269-692-6150

Email - or

Alamo Mileage Club

Purpose of Alamo Walking/Mileage Club:
  • Motivate K-5 children to exercise
  • Helps students control body weight
  • Helps students burn off excess energy
  • Improves school performance
  • Builds self-esteem

Expectation for grades 3-5

  • 2 feet completed by end of May to participate in all school field day
  • Kids can go at their own pace to achieve this.
  • if students averaged 4 punches per recess their goal would be completed by November/December

Expectation for K-2 grade

  • Students are encouraged to participate and can earn prizes for participation

The Alamo Mileage Club will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at lunch recess. The program is designed to increase physical activity among the students and promote exercise. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come and walk every Tuesday and Friday. Be sure to register in the office.

Lunch Recess Times

K - 11:55-12:15

1st - 11:55-12:15

2nd - 12:05-12:25

3rd - 12:25-12:45

4th - 12:35-12:55

5th - 12:15-12:35

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Thank you Fun Run Sponsors

An enormous thank you goes out to all of our company sponsors for this year’s Fun Run. Please help support them just as they have supported us.

Real Wood Floors

Vlietstra Fertilizing Services

National Storage Company

Engbers Masonry

Esper Electric, LTD

Preferred Plastics

Warner Memorial Camp

Preferred Plumbing and Heating

Steensma Lawn and Power Equipment

Butler, Toweson and Payseno, PLLC

Hazelhoff Builders

USG Otsego Paper

Watch D.O.G.S.

The staff and parents at Alamo Elementary believe in providing a safe quality educational environment for our kids. WATCH D.O.G.S. is a one of a kind, school-based father involvement program that supports education and safety.

If you are interested in being a Watch DOG or would like to make a financial donation to assist in supporting this program please contact Nicole M. Knight-Lucas ( or Natalie Trumley (

Register to be a WatchDOG and sign up by clicking on the link at VolunteerSpot:

To purchase a shirt (and other great WatchDOGS gear) please visit and click on “Dogstore”.

To learn more about WatchD.O.G.S. click on the video link below.

Get Involved, Make a Difference

Alamo PTO needs you! The PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) is a wonderful way to become involved in your child's education and to get to know other parents and teachers. The PTO has many activities throughout the school year that you can help with by volunteering. The PTO meets once a month, alternating between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Alamo Media Center. Listed below are the dates for this year's meetings. We would love for you to attend!

No December meeting

January 7th @ 6:30 p.m.

February 11th @ 4:00 p.m.

March 4th @ 6:30 p.m.

April 8th @ 4:00 p.m.

May 6th @ 6:30 p.m.

OPS Compliment Box

As part of our Capturing Kids Hearts culture and strategic plan, boxes have been placed in our front office to collect feedback. The intent is to have students, staff, parents, and community members complete a compliment card and drop it in the box. These cards will be collected and reviewed by Mr. Haase, and will be used to acknowledge staff and provide feedback. I encourage you to stop in the Alamo office to pick up a card, share some positive encouragement and leave it in the box. Thank you for helping us continue to make Otsego Public Schools a great place to grow our kids.

Updated Contact Numbers

Due to an update we received over the summer with our phone system, several of our numbers have changed. Below are the correct contact numbers for Alamo Elementary.

Office 269-694-7600

Attendance 269-694-7680

Transportation 269-694-7940

Base 269-694-7635

Fax 269-694-7699