Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - October 20, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Erin Funk

Mrs. Funk has been with Otsego Local Schools since the year 2000. She has taught 3rd grade, 5th grade, and is currently a 2nd grade teacher. Mrs. Funk earned her Bachelor's degree from Urbana University in 1999 and followed up with a Masters in the Art of Teaching from Marygrove College in 2003. She lives in Waterville with her husband, Caleb, and their three children, Liam, Aidan, and Lucy Kate. In her spare time, she likes reading and hanging out with her family.

3rd Grade State Testing

Next Tuesday (24th) and Wednesday (25th) all of our 3rd Grade students will be taking the Ohio English Language Arts test. These students will take another version of this same test again in the spring.

What can parents do to help?

While state testing is never our primary focus here at OES, we still strive to give our students their best chance possible. Parents can help with this by ensuring students are at school on the dates listed above, have had a good night sleep, and a healthy breakfast. At school we focus on encouraging students to do their best and show us what they know, reiterating that at home might help students feel less stress regarding taking these tests.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! Thank you for your assistance in giving our students their best education possible!

Donations Needed

Otsego Preschool is asking for donations of field corn - both on the corn and off. Please send any donations in to the Elementary Office. THANK YOU!

Adult Technology Courses

Thank you for your feedback about the possibility of an adult technology class. We are still working to plan this. If you are interested, there is still time to fill out the Google Form or e-mail jmartinez@otsegoknights.org.

In the meantime: I will be hosting an open lab in the elementary during conferences. If you have any technology related questions, concerns, or simply need help, stop in before or after your parent-teacher conference!

Angel Tree

Again this year, the Angel Tree Program at Otsego Elementary is being sponsored by the Otsego Elementary PTO. We are hoping to make the holiday season a little brighter for some of our students whose families are facing hard times due to a variety of reasons. If you wish to have your child as a possible participant in the program, please complete the information on this form, and return the form to your child's homeroom teacher by OCTOBER 25.

If you are interested in purchasing gifts for the angel tree please stop over at the elementary starting on November 1st.

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!

Veteran's Day Breakfast and Assembly

Veteran's Day Breakfast and Assembly, November 10th - We will once again have a Veteran’s Day Assembly and breakfast to honor our local Veterans. There will be a flyer put up around the community, but if you could start spreading the word, we would appreciate it. Breakfast is free to all veterans and Otsego Senior Citizens. Breakfast will start at 8:15 in the High School Commons. The program will start at 9:15 in the High School gym. Please CLICK HERE to RSVP for the breakfast. If you are not able to RSVP online please call Lisa Austin at 419-823-4381 or laustin@otsegoknights.org.
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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!

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


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:


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


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

5th Grade Music Performance

Important Dates


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. With October well underway it is time to kick-off Red Ribbon Week (RRW) and our fall groups! Here is some information that you will need as students and caregivers.

First, RRW begins on Monday, October 23rd with a kick-off event in the gym. Each class will have an opportunity to learn about RRW, taking a pledge to say no to drugs, and engage in class building exercises. Please join us in taking a stand against substance use by wearing RED on Monday. A RRW flyer with all pertinent information has been sent home with each student. You can also find it on the counseling website, linked below. This flyer includes general information about RRW, our daily theme schedule, and contest information. We encourage all students to participate in the daily themes to show unity, in our fight against substance use. I also encourage you to facilitate this conversation at home. Listed are our daily dress themes:

Monday: "I'm Red'y to say no to drugs!" Wear Red to kick-off Red Ribbon Week

Tuesday: "Put a cap on drugs!" Wear a silly or favorite hat

Wednesday: "Put a sock on drugs!" Crazy sock day

Thursday: "Show your OES Spirit and be drug free!" Otsego spirit day

Friday: No School/Teacher Work Day

Following RRW is conferences and the start of our fall small group counseling. 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. Have a great day! 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


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

Otsego 5th & 6th Grade Girls Basketball

Who: Any 5th or 6th grade girl interested in playing organized basketball.

When: Games will begin in January on Saturday mornings, practices will be determined by coaches and will normally be held one or two week nights beginning in November/December.

Where: Games will be held at league schools including Otsego High School. Practices will be held at gymnasiums within the district (OHS, OJHS, Otsego Elementary).
Why: To have fun and learn the fundamental skills of basketball in a team setting.

Other: Cost will be minimal–if needed, the cost of a jersey (approx. $20)

Fill out the form below if you are interested!

Family College Planning Events set for October 24 & 25

Perrysburg Schools Foundation and the Perrysburg Jr. High Parents’ Organization (JHPO) are excited to welcome Dan Bisig and a night of Planning for College, where he will go through the 10 Costliest Mistakes Parents Make in the College Process. For many years, Dan Bisig the CEO of College and Beyond LLC and co-founder of College and Beyond – Test Prep has been providing helpful advice to parents, guardians and students about career identification, college selection, college admissions, test preparation, funding and more. It will be held in the Perrysburg Jr. High Auditorium (550 East South Boundary Street) beginning at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 24, 2017.

The event is focused on families of 7th and 8th graders, but will have relevance to those of all ages. It is free and open to the public, regardless if they are within Perrysburg Schools or not, thanks to JHPO sponsor Adam Day, Wealth Management Advisor with Northwestern Mutual.

Mr. Bisig will also hold a presentation on Wednesday, October 25 beginning at 10:00 a.m. focused on how grandparents may help with their grandchildren’s education. This will be held at the Commodore Building cafeteria (140 E. Indiana Ave.).

So that we can plan accordingly, please register for your seat to either event by emailing Marissa Dombrowsky at mdombrowsky@perrysburgschools.net or call 419-874-9131 ext. 2158 with your name and the number attending.

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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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). 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