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Alamo Elementary Weekly Newsletter - November 30, 2018

Important Dates

Dec. 3 - Lego Robotics

Dec. 3 - Battle of the Books

Dec. 4 - Stars Rehearsal, 8:30-11:15 a.m.

Dec. 4 - Stars Program, 7:00 p.m. @ Otsego High School Auditorium

Dec. 4 - Destination Imagination

Dec. 5 - Student of the Month & 1st Trimester Awards Assembly, 10:30 a.m.

Dec. 6 - Destination Imagination

Dec. 7 - Nutcracker @ Otsego High School Auditorium (k-5th grade 12:45-2:30 p.m.)



Upcoming Dates

Dec. 10-14 - 4th & 5th grade swim unit (No Wednesday)

Dec. 10-13 – Holiday Gift Shop

Dec. 10 - Board of Education Meeting, 7:00 p.m. @ Otsego Middle School

Dec. 12 – Coffee w/the Sup @ Mezzo

Dec. 14 - 8th grade band concert @ 10:00 a.m.

Dec. 18 – Tots N’ Tunes @ 9:30 a.m.

Dec. 20 – All School Christmas Party

Dec. 21 - All School Pajama Day

Dec. 22-Jan. 6 - Christmas Break

Alamo PRIDE

Positive Attitude - Easton Kirkpatrick & Harper Rowekamp

Responsible Actions - Noah Bydash & Charlotte Hinz

Integrity WIthin - Ty Hanley & Mya Engbers

Determination to Succeed - Jacob Zimmermann & Tristan Haskins

Expect Excellence - Brynn Fitzgerald & Harper Holmes

Alamo Online Spirit Wear Now Open!

Happy Holidays!


The Alamo PTO has put together our second Alamo Spirit Wear shop. The online Spirit Wear shop will only be open until midnight on December 5th. If you are looking for some Christmas ideas, check it out.


All products will be delivered before Christmas break and all proceeds from the sale go directly to Alamo Elementary. No late orders will be accepted.



Click the link to check it out. Thanks!



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Wishing you a very Merry Christmas,


Alamo PTO

Thank You!

Alamo Student Council would like to thank all of you who donated cookies for Cookie Capers. Students were able packaged 66 dozen cookies for Wings of Hope Hospice. Thank you for helping us brighten someone's holiday.

Girls on the Run Registration Kicks Off!

It’s time to start thinking spring! Girls on the Run online registration began Dec. 1st and runs through Dec. 16th at 11:59 p.m.


Online Girl Registration can be found here: GOTR 2019 Program Registration


If you have a daughter in 3rd-5th grade, you definitely want to look into this wonderful opportunity! We are planning on two teams. Each team is limited to 15 girls. The girls will be meeting on M/W or T/Th from 3:50-5:25 p.m. Girls on the Run is a curriculum based, after-school character development program designed for 3rd-5th grade girls of ALL fitness levels. The 10-week curriculum attempts to help each girl find and stay true to her REAL self. Groups of 8 to 15 girls meet twice a week with their trained, volunteer coaches to discuss important life lessons while playing fun running games. Girls on the Run emphasizes independent thinking, making healthy choices, healthy group dynamics and problem solving. The curriculum stresses peer support and doing your best. The program finishes with the girls running or walking in a non-competitive 5K. The program runs March 6th -June 1st after school. The registration fee is $165. Scholarships are available on a sliding scale with a $5 minimum.

Girls on the Run Coaches Needed

Girls on the Run registration began on December 1st. Coaches are needed. Please contact the Alamo office if you would be willing to volunteer to coach a team this year.


Phone - 269-694-7600 Email - rwilliams@otsegops.org or nknight-lucas@otsegops.org

Alamo Christmas Blessings

Alamo will once again be adding a little Christmas cheer to local family’s holiday season. Please join us in sponsoring a family for the 2018 Christmas season.



Starting on Monday, November 19th you will find our Alamo Angel Tree in the lobby outside the cafeteria. On that tree will be ornaments with gift ideas for families. You may take whatever ornaments you'd like from the tree. We're asking that all items be returned to the school no later than Wednesday, December 12th. Please do NOT wrap the items. Please be sure to include the ornament with your present so we know to which family member it belongs.

Please contact Nicole Knight-Lucas or Robbin Williams with any questions. 269-694-7600 or nknight-lucas@otsegops.org. Gift cards and monetary donations to go toward gifts are also welcomed. Thanks!

Thank you for your generous gift of giving!


We will be wrapping all the presents for the families. If you can help we would love it! Wrapping will be on December 17th & 18th from 8:30 - 11:30.

Holiday Gift Shop

The holiday gift shop is back! December 10th-13th.



The Penguin Patch Holiday Shoppe allows students to shop for their family during school hours. Students can easily purchase five or six inexpensive gift items for their loved ones. It’s one of the few times $10 is more than enough.


We will need some volunteers to help kids shop and total them up. The store will run from December 10-13 from 9:00-12:00 (Wednesday will be 10:00-12:00).


Click here to volunteer to work the holiday gift shop - Penguin Patch Store



More information will be sent home with your child shortly.

Destination Imagination Needs Your Support

Every year Destination Imagination teams start fundraising in September with the hope of raising enough money to pay for their Global Finals trip in May. Global Finals is the culmination of the DI season with a week long celebration of creativity in Kansas City, Missouri. This year the team is made up of seven students and two team managers. The team's goal is to raise $9,000 to cover the cost of a trip to Global Finals.


Alamo's Destination Imagination is looking for a company sponsor to help support their journey. The team will be holding monthly fundraisers throughout the year and is looking for a company that would be willing to match the amount raised per fundraiser. Sponsoring companies will have their name/logo printed on the team's shirts and acknowledged in the school newsletter. If you are interested in helping out the Alamo Destination Imagination team or know of a business that would be, please contact Terry Webber at twebber@otsegops.org or call 269-694-7600.

Alamo Destination Imagination Poinsettia Sale

Just in time for the Holidays and in support of our DI team. Poinsettias will be available in a variety of sizes and colors for purchase during parent teacher conferences.
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Watch D.O.G.S.

The staff and parents at Alamo Elementary believe in providing a safe quality educational environment for our kids. WATCH D.O.G.S. is a one of a kind, school-based father involvement program that supports education and safety.


If you are interested in being a Watch DOG or would like to make a financial donation to assist in supporting this program please contact Nicole M. Knight-Lucas (nknight-lucas@otsegops.org) or Natalie Trumley (ntrumley@otsegops.org).


Register to be a WatchDOG and sign up by clicking on the link at VolunteerSpot: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1998773/false#/invitation


To purchase a shirt (and other great WatchDOGS gear) please visit http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/ and click on “Dogstore”.


We still need a WatchDOG for:

Wednesday, December 5th

Wednesday, December 12th

Monday-Friday, January 7th-11th

To learn more about WatchD.O.G.S. click on the video link below.

Get Involved, Make a Difference

Alamo PTO needs you! The PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) is a wonderful way to become involved in your child's education and to get to know other parents and teachers. The PTO has many activities throughout the school year that you can help with by volunteering. The PTO meets once a month, alternating between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Alamo Media Center. Listed below are the dates for this year's meetings. We would love for you to attend!


No December meeting

January 7th @ 6:30 p.m.

February 11th @ 4:00 p.m.

March 4th @ 6:30 p.m.

April 8th @ 4:00 p.m.

May 6th @ 6:30 p.m.