Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - October 13, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Patrick Hackney

Mr. Hackney has been teaching at Otsego Elementary since 2013. Mr. Hackney teaches third grade students (all subjects). Mr. Hackney earned a Bachelor's degree in Special Education from Bowling Green State University in 2013. He also coaches freshman boys basketball at Otsego.

Computer Class... for Parents!

2017: A time of Smartphones, the Cloud, 3D Printing, Snapchatting, live streaming, and Chromebooks. Are you feeling overwhelmed trying to keep up with your kids and their devices? Unsure what the Cloud even is (other than something in the sky that brings rain)?

We want to help!

We are trying to organize some adult technology classes to help parents become more comfortable with the technology we use everyday. We need to know if we have enough interested parents, and exactly what needs you have. If you would be interested in a technology class, please fill out this Google Form. Not sure how to fill out a Google Form? E-mail jmartinez@otsegoknights.org with your information :)

Otsego FIT-Knights

Otsego Local Schools has put together a Wellness Committee to promote the health and well-being of our students. The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental and social success, we need to create positive, safe and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year. We will be implementing various activities over the course of the year related to student health. Parents and Guardians can help by encouraging your children to eat healthy at home. The FIT-Knights Committee will be meeting again Thursday, October 19, at 3:30 in the elementary library. Staff, parents, and community members are welcome!

Spirit Wear

Spirit Wear is here!!! Orders are due MONDAY!

www.ortinauart.com/otsego_pto_fundraiser

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Testing Security Document

The State of Ohio requires that we share the following document with all students, parents and staff members regarding state testing security. Please read through the document attached below.


If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to call Katrina Baughman (ext. 4005) or David Fryling (ext. 3006)


Thank you!

Picture Re-Takes

Picture Re-Takes are October 17th. If your student(s) did not get a picture taken at Back to School days in August, OR if you are unhappy with your pictures, please complete the form below and send it with your student(s) on October 17th.
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Arrival and Dismissal 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 me at any time!

Phone Number Changes

Parents/Guardians,


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:

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS:


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

Food Service

Just a reminder that the carryover period from last year for free and reduced meals has expired.


If your child/children received free or reduced meals last year and you haven't filed a new application, you are now responsible for any charges that are incurred.


Meal benefit expiration letters were mailed on September 15th to the address that is on file.


If you have any questions, please contact:


Jeanne Jeffers

Director of Food Service

Otsego Local Schools

419-823-4381 ext.1104

Transportation

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

2nd Grade Field Trip to Sauders!

Important Dates

2017-2018

October 17 - Picture Retakes

October 19 - 5th Grade Music Performance, 7pm

October 20 - End of first nine weeks

October 20 - PTO Movie Night, 6-9pm

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

February 6 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

February 16 - NO SCHOOL, District Professional Development/Work Day

February 19 - NO SCHOOL, President's Day

February 20-23 - Jump Rope for Heart

Hello Knights! I hope everyone had a wonderful week. As we jump into October, here are some important fall events to be aware of. First, Red Ribbon Week (RRW) will be kicking off on October 23rd. Please look for the information sheet being sent home next week. The sheet will include general information about RRW and the daily theme schedule. We encourage all the students to participate in the daily themes to show unity as a community in our fight against substance use. I also encourage you to facilitate this conversation at home. The week following RRW is conferences and the start of our fall counseling groups. If you feel as though your child would be a good fit for a small group focusing on Self-esteem, Coping with Feelings, or Friendship, please let me, or your student's classroom teacher know. That is all from me this week. Please remember to check out the OES counseling website for ongoing information and resources: http://oesknightscounselor.weebly.com/


Best regards,

Miss Syrowski

Otsego PTO

“There’s a Minion reasons to join PTO”

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

www.otsegopto.com


The next PTO meeting is November 7th at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.

October Restaurant Fundraiser

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Support the Knight in Shining Armor Fund

Community Members,


Student Council has teamed up with Filmraiser to help us raise funds for our Knight in Shining Armor Fund. Knight in Shining Armor is a fund designed to be used to help any family in the district in their time of need. We will earn $1 towards our cause for each ticket bought. If you have any young ones who are interested in seeing My Little Pony, please consider purchasing your tickets by clicking on this link.

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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

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!

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer