Otsego Elementary Extra
Principal's Weekly Update - April 13, 2018
5th Graders digging into the text using Close Reading strategies!
1st Graders working on adding movement and feeling to their Reader's Theatre plays!
2nd Graders measuring their long jumps!
Staff Spotlight: Lauri Dunham
Lauri Dunham is the Special Education Director for grades Pre-K through 12 at Otsego. She has worked at Otsego Local Schools since August of 2000. Prior to becoming the Special Education Director in 2013, she was an Intervention Specialist for thirteen years. She taught at Otsego High School, Haskins Elementary and Otsego Elementary. Mrs. Dunham earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary (1-8) and Special Education (K-12) in 2000 and a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration in 2003 from BGSU. She completed her administrative licensure at BGSU in 2013. Lauri and her husband have two wonderful children, a son and a daughter.
A New Addition!
The Best Thing you can do to prepare your kids for the future of work?
Founder and CEO of Work It Daily, J.T. O'Donnell, gives you some tips on how to raise kids so they excel in the workplace.
Don't Forget to register for the Knights Run the Knight 5K Run/Walk
Order your 2018-2019 School Supplies!
Please remember to send in a note for ANY change in your child's dismissal plan. Without a note we will send him/her home per regular routine. We understand that plans may change throughout a day and you may need to call the office to notify us about that change. We will write a note to your child's teacher notifying them regarding a change, however, we must receive a phone call by 2:45pm to ensure that we have time to deliver a note.
Please DO NOT email teachers regarding dismissal changes. Teachers are busy throughout the day and often unable to check emails until school has dismissed. Also, please DO NOT simply tell your child what his/her dismissal plan will be for the day. Without a written note or phone call to the office, we will NOT take a child's word and we will send him/her home per regular routine.
Please understand, we make every effort and take every precaution, to ensure our students' safety. For this reason, we must adhere to the above dismissal policy. Thank you for your cooperation and please call the Elementary Office if you have any questions!
On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:30pm, Otsego Elementary School held a Kindergarten Round Up Meeting. This meeting was for all parents of incoming kindergarten students for the 2018-2019 school year. Students must by 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2018 to enter kindergarten.
If you were unable to attend this meeting, but have a student entering kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year, please stop by the Otsego Elementary Office anytime 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 registration and/or screening please call the Otsego Elementary Office at 419-823-4381 Option 4.
Summer STEAM 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.
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.
Jane Gray RN, BSN
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Welcome back Otsego Family! I hope you all enjoyed your spring break and the warm weather that is finally starting to make an appearance. With only 6 weeks left of school we have a couple things to look forward to. First, we will be holding our Annual Goodwill drive in May. Information from Goodwill will be sent home at the end of April/beginning of May about the program. So while you start your spring cleaning, go through any clothes that you would like to donate and consider setting them aside for Goodwill.
In May we will also be holding a Career Cafe Day. If you are a parent or community member that owns a restaurant or bakery, or is a lawyer, please contact Miss Syrowski if you would like to come in and speak with our third through fifth grade students. Thank you all for your help and dedication to our students. Have a great weekend. Also, don't forget to check out the counseling website at: http://oesknightscounselor.weebly.com/
Finally, I would like to share two resources with all of our parents to help students who may be struggling with some test anxiety. Please see the attached link below. Also, check out the GoNoodle app for parents. These videos can be used at home to help promote mindfulness or workout nervous energy, to name a few topics.
1st Graders determining the best habitat for their animals!
Mrs. Funk's class enjoys the book being published with an Author's Tea!
Kindergarteners enjoying their lunch outside!
April 17-18 - 3rd-5th Grade State Testing, Math
April 24-25 - 5th Grade State Testing, Science
April 26 - 1st Grade Music Performance, 7pm
May 1 - PTO Meeting, 6pm
May 8 - Volunteer Breakfast, 8am
May 14-15 - Field Day
May 16 - 5th Grade Ag Safety Day
May 17-18 - Field Day Rain Date
May 18 - 5th Grade Dance, 3:35-4:35
May 25 - Last Day of School for Students
There are four clinics on Saturdays in April. Stone Ridge (BG) and Belmont (Perrysburg) are two local courses where you could attend. Each clinic is one hour and costs $15. You can go to one, two, three, or all of them.
To register, have a parent go to OGGF.org and complete the form by March 31st.
SAVE ALUMINUM CAN TABS
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!
SAVE BOX TOPS
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.