Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - November 7, 2019

Important Dates

2019-2020

November 8 - NO SCHOOL

November 13 - Family Fun Knight

November 13 - PTO Restaurant Night - Chowders n Moor

November 19 - 5th Grade Music Performance, 7pm, HS Auditorium

November 21 - 4th Grade Music Performance, 7pm, HS Auditorium

November 27-29 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

December 3 - PTO, 6pm, Elementary Library

December 4 & 5 - PTO Holiday Shop (during school hours)

December 5 - 3rd Grade Music Performance, 7pm, HS Auditorium

December 23-January 3 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

January 6 - NO SCHOOL - PD/Work Day

January 7 - PTO, 6pm, Elementary Library

January 13 - Literacy Night, 6-7pm

January 20 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

January 28 - PTO Restaurant Night - Rapid Fire Pizza

January 31 - Mother/Son Dodgeball 6-9pm





Get real time calendar on our website!

District:

http://www.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/calendar/?id=0&id=1&id=2&id=3&id=4&id=5&id=6&id=7

Elementary only:

https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/?id=0

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2019 Otsego Christmas Basket Program

If you and your family need some extra help this holiday season, please fill out this form and return it to your teacher by December 6, 2019. Please make sure to include a valid address, lot or apartment number and a phone number we can contact you with. Please make sure you list all adults and children in the home so we can accommodate you with a proper size food basket.


A letter will be mailed to you on or around December 10 to inform you of the details of the distribution. Date for pick up this year will be December 14th between 9-11am. Please plan for your pick up on this date.

Family Fun Knight Activities

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PTO Spirit Wear On Sale Now

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Cafeteria Thanksgiving Meal at School

We will be having our Thanksgiving meal on Thursday, November 21st.

This will be the only meal offered that day, no Knightables or Salads.


We will be having, sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, stuffing, green beans, dinner roll,

juice, milk and dessert.

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Tennis Shoes for P.E.

Please make sure your child has tennis shoes and socks for P.E. class. It is often easier if students leave a pair of tennis shoes and socks in their locker, so they have them when they need them. Thank you!

Girls Basketball Youth Clinics

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PTO Holiday Shop Information

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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.

  5. Students must be picked up by 3:35pm. At 3:35pm, students will be taken to Otsego Extended Care at the cost of the parent/guardian (unless previous arrangements have been made).



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.

Happy Friday, Knights! As we get closer to Thanksgiving we will be participating in our annual Ohio State vs. Michigan food drive to helps supply Knights Have Your Back and the Otsego Food Pantry with nonperishable food items. We will be collecting items from Monday, November 18th until Tuesday, November 26th. Items will be placed outside of your students' classroom and should be labeled with an "O" or an "M" to be added to the correct teams' totals. Check back next week for a list of items needed to help support the food bank. Flyers will also be sent home with your student in the coming week. Have a great weekend!


Warmly,

Ms. Syrowski & Ms. Martinez

Important Food Service Information

Cafeteria News:

If you'd like to come in and have lunch with your child, we welcome you to purchase a school meal. Adult meals are $3.25. The meals consists of a main entree, vegetable, fruit and milk. We can only accept cash or check for meals.


If your child/children were on free and reduced meals last year, and you believe you qualify this year, you must submit a new application. Any meal charges, that occur prior to a new lunch application are the responsibility of the parent to pay. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


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

  • Breakfast = $1.50, $0.30 for students who qualify for reduced lunches
  • Lunch = $2.85, $0.40 for students who qualify for reduced lunches

Box Top Update

You can now just scan your receipt and our school will earn money! Please see the information below regarding the new Box Top App and Procedures for the 2019-2020 School Year!


There are two types of Box Tops this year - electronic (must scan your receipt with the new app to get the money to the school), and the original Box Tops (can cut them out and send them in with your student!)

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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

You can check your bus routes here - https://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=OLSD3GH6PNQOH


Please take a look at the attached document for an explanation on how to use the bus finder website.

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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.


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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!


https://goo.gl/forms/mG7IctP7q8ZAaQOX2

Otsego PTO

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

www.otsegopto.com


The next PTO meeting is December 3rd at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.


**Babysitting is provided!!**

Community Events & Information

COME SEE OUR VERY OWN MRS. MARTI CLAYTON...

This year she auditioned for and was selected to join the Masterworks Chorale of Toledo--http://www.masterworkstoledo.com/. Her first concert, which consists of sacred Christmas music--some light hearted, some more solemn--is Dec. 7th and 8th. This is a group of talented, amateur singers conducted and accompanied by professional musicians. It is held at Epworth United Methodist Church on Central Avenue in Toledo. Interested parties may order tickets through the website, which includes a small transaction fee. She will also have tickets available personally, which would not have a transaction fee (mclayton@otsegoknights.org). She have been an audience member at their concerts in the past as well and has found them to be a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit!.

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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: @buchman_becky

STEM Teacher: @jemartinez714

PE Teacher: @AmyKonoff

School Nurse: @nursejaneots

Otsego Food Service: @Otsego_Cafe

Reminders

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.

Heard a rumor or have a question?

Please send me an e-mail or give me a call!

Kirsten Martinez

School Counselor

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer

Type in the web address below to shop the Otsego PTO store.


Orders will be delivered in time for Christmas!