Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - September 15, 2017

What is 2nd and 7?

The 2nd & 7 Foundation is a non-profit organization based in Columbus, Ohio. Three former Ohio State University football players, Luke Fickell, Ryan Miller and Mike Vrabel, started the foundation in 1999. Inspired by their involvement in various community outreach programs as student athletes, they decided to continue making a difference by promoting literacy and providing positive role models for children in central Ohio. Since that time, their outreach has grown into a national effort to pay it forward.

The purpose of the 2nd & 7 Foundation is to help promote literacy. The foundation focuses on serving schools where the need is great and on communities where we can make the biggest impact. With that in mind, we created the "Tackle Illiteracy" program.

Student-athletes from universities and high schools across the nation are a huge part of our program. They are out in the schools each week, reading to kids, handing out books, and reminding the 2nd graders why reading is so important. They also use the themes in the Hog Mollies books to reiterate valuable life lessons.

At Otsego, our very own high school athletes come over to the elementary school every 2nd Tuesday of the month to read to our 2nd Graders. The foundation sent us all the books for free, and the students each get to take a copy home. It is a great time, and the students LOVE getting their books "autographed" by the athletes. Tuesday, was our first day of 2nd and 7 for the year, and it was wonderful as always! (Check out the pictures below!)

Staff Spotlight: Jenn Fallon

Mrs. Fallon is an alumni and a lifelong resident of Otsego Local School District. She began teaching with Otsego in 2010. During this time she has taught first grade, second grade, art, and assisted with reading and math intervention. She completed her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Bowling Green State University in 2009 and her Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Teaching in 2016. She and her husband have two sons. Outside of school, Mrs. Fallon enjoys reading, baking, vacations at the beach, and spending time with her family.

Spirit Wear

PTO will be having another Spirit Wear Sale this Fall. The online store will open on October 2nd. It will be open until October 16th, and orders will be delivered to the school on November 6th. There will be more details to come, but be sure to mark your calendars and get ready to shop!

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

5th Grade Camp

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

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.


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 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.

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

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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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The Circus is coming to Weston!

Weston Village Hall has free tickets for kids while supplies last.
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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