Otsego Elementary Extra
Principal's Weekly Update - October 25, 2019
November 1 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day
November 5 - PTO, 6pm, Elementary Library
November 6 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8pm
November 7 - NO SCHOOL - Parent/Teacher Conferences
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
Get real time calendar on our website!
Otsego Elementary Angel Tree
Again this year, we are hoping to make the holiday season a little brighter for some of our students whose families are facing hard times due to various reasons.
If you would like to help, please stop by the Angel Tree that will be set up in the commons during parent/teacher conferences. You can choose an angel from the tree to buy a gift(s).
If you or an organization you represent would wish to make donations (toys, clothing, or money) without actually choosing an angel, please bring those items to the elementary office and we will make sure the items are dispersed.
If you wish for your child to be on our Angel Tree, please complete the form that was sent home and return it to the school. Forms are due by October 28th. If you need another form, please contact the office.
Tennis Shoes for P.E.
4th Grade Basketball Open Gyms
Any 4th grader interested in playing travel basketball, there will be open gyms on Tuesdays at the Elementary School from 6-7:30 starting October 29th. Any boy interested in playing should attend. More information will be distributed at the open gyms. Please contact Steve Carroll (email@example.com) with any questions.
Girls Basketball Youth Clinics
The Dentist is Coming!
PTO Holiday Shop Information
OES Parent Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
October is the month we celebrate Red Ribbon Week. National Red Ribbon Week runs from October 23-October 31st this year and the theme is "Send a Message, Stay Drug Free". Throughout the week students will be able to engage in different healthy activities that support a positive and substance free lifestyle, in an age appropriate way. If you would like to learn more about Red Ribbon Week over the next week, please feel free to check out their website below.
As a school we will be participating in daily themes to spread a positive, drug free message. The dress themes for each day are as follows:
Monday, October 28th: "I am red-y to to stay drug free"- Wear red to kickoff RRW
Tuesday, October 29th: "I chose to be healthy and stay active"- Wear your favorite sports team apparel or workout clothes.
Wednesday, October 30th: "I take care of myself by getting enough sleep"- Pajama day
Thursday, October 31st: "Stay involved and stay drug free"- Wear your OES best colors and bring your Halloween costume to change into.
As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.
Ms. Syrowski & Ms. Martinez
Important Food Service Information
If you'd like to come in and have lunch with your child, we welcome you to purchase a school meal. Adult meals are $3.10. 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, firstname.lastname@example.org or Adam Koch, email@example.com. 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.
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.
Jeanne Jeffers, 419-823-4381 ext 1104 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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!)
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
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.
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 email@example.com 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!
Community Events & Information
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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.