Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - May 3, 2019

Important Dates


May 7 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

May 11 - PTO Color Run, 9am

May 13 & 14 - Field Day(s)

May 21 - Kindergarten Graduation, 7pm, HS Auditorium

May 24 - Last Day of School for Students

2018-2019 School Year Calendar

Get real time calendar on our website!



Elementary only:


Otsego Elementary Cross Country

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News From the Cafeteria

Please check your student's meal account balance. Otsego has many students with unpaid meal charges. Emails are sent twice weekly to the email account we have on file.

As of Monday, May 6th, if the student is over the three (3) meal charging limit they WILL NOT

receive breakfast. And they may be provided an alternate meal that meets the National School Lunch Program meal pattern (meat/meat alternate, grains, fruit, vegetable and milk). The meal will be charged to the student's account and the student will be encouraged to start packing their lunch and eating breakfast at home.

If you have any questions or concerns, please email jjeffers@otsegoknights.org or call me at 419-823-4381 ext.1104

As we near the end of another school year, we have the following menu changes:

Tuesday, May 21st - Walking Tacos. Beans, fresh Veggies, Fruit & Milk

Wednesday, May 22nd - Cheese filled Bread Sticks, Veggie, Fruit and milk

Thursday, May 23rd - Cooks Choice Chicken (strips, tenders, boneless wings. patties) Fries, fresh Veggies, Fruit and Milk

Friday, May 24th - Cooks choice Pizza ( french bread, cheese, fiestada), Vegetable, Fruit and Milk

Yearbooks are Here

Yearbooks have arrived and will be coming home with students who had ordered one.

We do have a few extra books for sale in the office. If you did not order one and would like to purchase a copy, you can stop in the office or send a check in with your student.

Checks should be made out to Otsego BOE and the cost is $17 per book. Copies will be sold on a first pay, first serve basis.

If you have any questions, please call the school office.

Ohio State Fair 4-H Spelling Bee

The Ohio 4-H program is once again hosting the Ohio State Fair Spelling Bee on July 27 at the Ohio State Fair. Otsego can send two students from each grade level (currently in grades 3-6) to represent us. Students need not be a 4-H member to participate. This is a fun, educational event and not sanctioned by Scripps; winners do not advance to any other bee or competition.

Please e-mail me if you are interested in having your student participate. The dates and times are listed below. Slots will be given to students on a first come, first serve basis.

Important dates and times

Entry deadline: June 1

Competition date: July 27, Martin Janis Senior Center

  • 3rd and 4th grade students
    • 8 – 9 am – Registration
    • 9 – 11 am – Competition
  • 5th and 6th grade students
    • Noon – 1 pm – Registration
    • 1 – 3 pm – Competition

Upcoming PTO Event

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Extended Care Newsletter

Please click the link below to view the May Extended Care Newsletter.

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Otsego Knights Girls Basketball Camp 2019

Featuring Nationally known clinician Steve Cramer!
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Reminder: 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.

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.

A Message from Debbie Bowers, HS Art Teacher

I want to thank everyone who attended our March Paint Party for Paris event! We had so much fun planning it and that evening couldn't have been better!

Our next party is Monday, May 6th at 6:30 in the High School Art room. Our inspiration this time is Spring. Go to our Google Form at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFW2ifBqsr1F3jbooc7nU57GdDcbhWpu-e9Ch-z--7z37tDQ/viewform?fbclid=IwAR1FhijOGkN8qEjAgP5XY0M5xNu0Nc0ExtDfYimImxGWaEGTgk-E8MC4s-Q to sign up.

Fill out the form to reserve your spot! It is 40$ at the door that evening. More Cupcakes by Olivia and other refreshments! Can't wait! Check out our painting examples attached!

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Important Food Service Information

Parents, please check your student's meal account balances. We have several students at or over the three meal charge limit. We send letters home twice a week with elementary students and also email parents at all grade levels.

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

  • Lunch Menu
    • Elementary - Lunch Menu
    • Breakfast = $1.10, $0.30 for students who qualify for reduced lunches
    • Lunch = $2.75, $0.40 for students who qualify for reduced lunches

Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year

If you have a student entering kindergarten for the 2019-2020 school year, and could not attend Kindergarten Round Up, please stop by the Otsego Elementary Office to pick up a registration packet, or you can download and print the forms from our school website (otsegoknights.org) under the Parent tab on the Elementary Page.

If you have any questions regarding Kindergarten Round Up, registration and/or screening please call the Otsego Elementary Office at 419-823-4381 Option 4.

Happy Friday, Knights! Don't forget that we have the Goodwill Clothing Drive coming up. Donations will be accepted Friday, May 3rd until 9:00 on Friday May 10th. Reminder sheets have been sent home today, so please check your child's bookbag. All clothing items collected will help support individuals living in Northwest Ohio. Last year we donated more than 5,000 pounds of clothes! Let's see if we can reach 6,000 pounds this year. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.


Ms. Syrowski

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

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.


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!


Otsego PTO

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


The next PTO meeting is May7th at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.

**Babysitting is provided!!**

Community Events & Information

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Imagination Station Summer Camp at BGSU: Catapults, Coasters 5 & Cars

Using engineering and creativity, campers design challenges with catapults, roller coasters and cars - but that's just the tip of the iceberg! Campers will also have the opportunity to make a rocket blast off, create a protective device for an egg and much more!

Campers receive:

  • Daily instruction, 9am - 4:00pm
  • Extended day available from 8:30am - 4:30pm at no additional cost
  • Take home activities
  • Camp T-shirt
  • 2 snacks daily
  • 4 complimentary admission tickets to Imagination Station
  • Imagination Station's Extreme Science Demo on Friday, June 7

Campers must be ages 6-13

Click here to download a flyer and registration form.

Call 419.244.2674 ext. 250 or visit us online at


NEW Ignite Mathematics Camp at BGSU

The 2019 Ignite Mathematics Camp is a two-day camp at BGSU where students will engage in fun-filled experiences about teamwork, problem solving, mathematics, and the connections between mathematics and the real world. The camp curriculum aligns with the Ohio Learning Standards for Mathematics.

Students attending camp must be entering the 5th or 6th grade in Fall 2019. Enrollment is limited for each camp so sign up today.

NEW Ignite Mathematics Camp

June 14th & 15th or July 19th & 20th

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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



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
As of today, we have used 4 out of 5 calamity days. That means we have one more snow/ice/fog day we can use before Blizzard Bags start. Blizzard Bags will be used for days 6, 7 and 8.

Elementary Blizzard Bags are available online under the "Parents" tab on the Otsego Elementary School website or at this link: elementary blizzard bags

If you are unable to print off the Blizzard Bags when school is cancelled, please ask your student's teacher for a copy.

Teacher Requests are always a touchy topic, and the procedures have changed over the years. This year, the following process will be followed:

1. Requests must be made through this Google Form- https://goo.gl/forms/8gzBjFVbbt4lht9f1

Please click on the link and complete the 3 questions to make your teacher request.

2. NO requests will be honored unless they have the 4th question answered regarding "reasoning for the request".

3. Requests will only be accepted during a 2 week period - March 15 - March 29th. It is too difficult to create class lists with requests coming in through June. (The only exception to this will be for students enrolling after this 2 week period).

4. While we do our best to honor requests, there is no guarantee.

Thank you for your understanding!