Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - August 18, 2017

Welcome Back!

We are excited to see all 1st-5th graders back at school on Monday, August 21st!

Preschool and Kindergarten students have screening at some point during the first 3 days of school. If you are unsure of your screening date and time, please call the elementary office (419-823-4381 Option 4).

The first day of school for Preschool and Kindergarten students is Thursday, August 24th.

From the Desk of Katrina Baughman: Otsego Elementary School Principal

Otsego Elementary School is a great place to be! I can not express enough how thankful I am for our dedicated staff, caring students, and active parents. Otsego is truly a family, and I am grateful to be a part of it!

Otsego Elementary School is excited to officially adopt and roll out PBIS during the 2017-2018 school year. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, and it is a framework for schools to provide consistent expectations across the building, common language the students understand, and provide instruction on how students are expected to behave. (Check out the video below for a quick glimpse into PBIS).

This year we will continue the implementation of our Otsego Literacy Framework for our English Language Arts Curriculum. (A link to this document can be found at the bottom of this page). For the writing portion of the Framework, we will continue to use the Ohio Writing Project (OWP). This is an ongoing endeavor, and although teachers have had multiple trainings on this initiative, we will continue to participate in additional training sessions and opportunities. These changes have already proven to be meaningful for students as we prepare them to be lifelong citizens and productive members of society, and we are excited to continue to see the growth in students as we continue implementation for multiple years.

In addition to these new projects, we will continue another year of our 4 day specials rotation schedule, daily I/E (intervention and enrichment) block, and our new grade card. All of these initiatives have been extremely positive!

Our continued success is dependent upon communication. I welcome your input. Feel free to email kbaughman@otsegoknights.org or call 419-823-4381 option 4 at any time you think I can be of assistance. I send a weekly update during the school year. Please contact me if you do not receive the elementary update on Fridays throughout the school year and would like to be added to the distribution list.

I am looking forward to another great year at OES!

Katrina Baughman


Check out what's coming this year!

Otsego PBIS

Attention Parents of Incoming 5th Graders:

5th grade camp will be September 13, 14, and 15.

A Parent Meeting for all parents of 5th grade students will be held on Wednesday, August 30th at 7pm in the Elementary School Commons. A representative from Camp Palmer, along with Mr. Mike Wiley, will be there to answer questions and provide information.

If you did not receive your 5th Grade Camp information at Back to School Days or Open House, please contact Elizabeth Syrowski, school counselor, at esyrowski@otsegoknights.org

Dismissal Changes

In order to mainstream dismissal across the district, the elementary school will be dismissing 5 minutes later this year.

-Students who walk or get picked up will be dismissed at the 3:25 bell.

-Students who ride a bus, will leave their classrooms at 3:29 and walk out to board their buses.

We will still start at 9:00am, and the doors to the building will open for students at 8:50am (students eating school breakfast can enter starting at 8:40am)

Total Solar Eclipse - August 21, 2017

As most of you are probably aware, on Monday, August 21st there will be a total solar eclipse and this happens to be our first day of school. You are also aware that we have a phenomenal library in our district in the Weston Public Library. Shelen wrote a grant and received enough glasses for the entire school! Thank you Shelen and the Weston Public Library!

We will be giving one pair to each student on the first day of school. The timing is shown below. We are not in the path of totality, but pretty close. Safety is very important to us and we need your help educating your child not to look directly at the sun during the eclipse. We will be giving our students a chance to view the eclipse with the eye protection provided to us by the Weston Public Library and they will be sent home with your child. The elementary will be in school for the majority, but the JH and 9th graders will be on the bus for the max eclipse at 2:27.

Community Members - If you would like a pair of glasses to view the eclipse you may go to the Weston Library and receive a FREE pair.

Cool Facts about the US Total Solar Eclipse:

1. 1st Total Solar Eclipse in 38 Years

2. Most North Americans Will Be Able To See Totality

3. A Once-In-A-Lifetime Event

4. Parts of 14 American States Will Go Dark.

5. Stars During the Daytime

Resources if you wanted to talk about it at home with your children.


Elementary Running Club - Grades K-6

A parent volunteer, Phil Baranski, is organizing a Knights Cross Country Club for Otsego Elementary Students. This is a parent sponsored activity and led by all volunteers.

This is our kick off year for Knights Cross Country. We are planning on practicing three times a week and have information on about 6-7 different meets. The cost to join is $25 per runner. Every runner will get a t-shirt! Race times and events will be posted around the first practice. If there are any questions please contact me Phil Baranski Call/Text/Email!

Grade levels : K-6

Practices Start 8/7/17 at Mary Jane Thurston State Park

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

Contact: Phil Baranski 419-376-3952 or pbaranski@sbcglobal.net

Important Dates


August 21 - 1st Day for Students (Grades 1-5)

August 21-23 - Preschool and Kindergarten Screening

August 23-October 6 - Camp Fundraiser (Grades 3-5)

August 24 - 1st Day for Preschool and Kindergarten Students

September 4 - Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)

September 5 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

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 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 22-January 2 - NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break

January 3 - NO SCHOOL, District Professional Development/Work 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 September 5th at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.

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).

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