Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - September 8, 2017

Otsego Elementary School PTO Spotlight

Our PTO at Otsego Elementary is outstanding. Last year they put $11,839.78 back into the classrooms and education of our students through mini-grants, field trips, and purchasing materials for the school and students.

In addition to the funding PTO provides, they also host, organize and/or provide volunteers for a number of activities and opportunities for our students and staff throughout the year including:

*Picnic in the Parking Lot for Open Houses

*Dinner for the Teachers during conferences

*Monthly Restaurant Fundraisers (next one is September 28th at Panera - see below for more details)

*Holiday Shop (December 12-13, 2017)

*Box Top counting and submission

*Father/Daughter Dance - proceeds go to 5th Grade Camp

*Pancake Breakfast and Auction (March 3, 2018)

*Knights Run the Night 5K Run & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run (May 4, 2018)

*Teacher Appreciation Week

*Field Day Volunteers and Popsicles

*Air Extreme Volunteers

*School Supply Kits

Please consider supporting our PTO in any way you can (volunteering, attending meetings, planning events, providing supplies as needed, counting Box Tops, etc.). The next meeting is October 3rd at 6:00 in the Elementary Commons. Please come out to find out what you can do to support PTO and our students! If you are unable to make the meeting, but want to help - please e-mail opto@otsegoknights.org or visit their website at www.otsegopto.com

Staff Spotlight: Nichole Hunsberger

Mrs. Hunsberger has been with Otsego Local Schools since the beginning of the 2015-2016 school year. She teaches ELA and math in fifth grade. Mrs. Hunsberger earned her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University and her Master's in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. During her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

What is PBIS?

Here is a short video that gives a great overview of what PBIS is and how it works. At OES we have been using a lot of these components for years, but this is our first year of full adoption of the PBIS Framework.

State Testing Dates Set

The AIR Testing Dates, required by the state of Ohio, have been determined for the 2017-2018 school year for Otsego Elementary School.

Parents - PLEASE do everything you can to ensure your students are at school on the days that they have state testing. If they are sick, we will have make-up days, but would appreciate if all healthy students could be here on their testing dates. Thank you!

3rd Grade Fall ELA Test - October 24th and 25th

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Spring ELA Test - April 11th and 12th

3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Spring Math Test- April 17th and 18th

5th Grade Science Test- April 24th and 25th

Phone Number Changes


If your phone number has changed and needs to be updated in our system PLEASE call the office with that information. There have been many recent issues where we do not have the right number or it has been disconnected when trying to contact a students parent or guardian. It is crucial that we have a working number in the event of an emergency.

Thank you

A Note from the School Nurse:


This year we have the following over the counter medications listed on the enclosed document stocked in each office. Please fill out the form and return to school with your child. We are hoping to cut back on parents needing to bring medication in and/or prevent sending students home. Hopefully this makes it easier on parents, teachers and staff.

Several students have been bringing cough drops with them to school without a note. Students may not take these without written permission from a parent/guardian. We have this listed on the form as well.

As always if you have any questions please feel free to call me at 419-823-4381 ext. 4002.

Thank you,

Jane Gray RN, BSN

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Once again the mobile dental team is coming in October. A fun, caring group will set up right in the elementary. They will take x-rays, clean your child's teeth, and apply fluoride and sealants if needed. The students love it not to mention the ease and convenience for the parents/guardians. No school missed, no work missed, and teeth are cared for! Available for all students preschool-12th grade. Forms were sent home with students this week. If you need another one please contact Jane Gray, district nurse @ 419-823-4381 ext. 4002.

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


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 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 12-13 - PTO Holiday Shop

December 22-January 2 - NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break

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

January 9 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

January 15 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. 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 October 3rd at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.

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Support the Knight in Shining Armor Fund

Knight in Shining Armor will be participating in TWO movie fundraisers this fall. If you have little ones, save the date the weekend of October 6th-8th. Lionsgate is releasing My Little Pony: The Movie. When you order your tickets through Fandango, $1 from each ticket sale will be donated to the Knight in Shining Armor Fund. Stay tuned for more details to come!
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Community Events

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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



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). 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!

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer