Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - January 15, 2015

Calendar Change

This is just a reminder that there is no school on Monday for Martin Luther King Day, and there is no school on Tuesday because it is now a Teacher Work day. We will see everyone back on Wednesday, January 20th.

Instant Alert Sign Up

We have been fortunate so far with winter, however, there is no guarantee that will continue! Please make sure you are signed up to receive alert phone calls for delays or cancellations. Below is the link to a PDF document with directions on signing up for the alerts. http://www.otsegoknights.org/files/Enrollment_Paren t_Helpful_Information.pdf

Also, check your local television and radio stations. For those of you on Twitter, Mr. Koch always posts information there too.

Yearbook Pictures

Any organization, sports team, club, ect. not organized and sponsored by the school that would like to have group or candid pictures in the yearbook must have them submitted to Mrs. Baughman by JANUARY, 28. The pictures must be submitted electronically. Make sure to include the name and grade level of your organization/team/club. Please share this information with any organizer that may not receive this update.

Be Prepared for Cold Weather

Since the weather is much colder now, PLEASE make sure your child is dressed appropriately! This includes a heavy coat, not just a sweatshirt. We do have indoor recess anytime the temperature, with wind chill, is below 20 degrees, but students are still outside before and after school.

If for any reason, you don’t have coats, hats, or gloves, please contact the school. We have donated items and other resources so all of the students can dress properly.

Community Forums

Members of the Otsego Team will once again be conducting community forums this spring. Otsego parents, staff, and community are invited to attend one of the informational sessions below. We need to hear from parents and community members on the things we are doing right and what needs improvement. We will update the community on key initiatives that we have implemented this year and look ahead to the next school year. We will also provide a financial overview of the past several years and will discuss the financial forecast. You will have the opportunity to ask the team questions and make suggestions on how we can strengthen the Otsego Local School District. “Our Students, Our Community, Our Success”

Wednesday, March 2nd

5:30PM at Haskins Town Hall (former site of Haskins Elementary)

7:30PM at Otsego High School Library

Wednesday, March 9th

5:30PM at the Weston Library (13153 Main Street)

7:30PM at the Grand Rapids Branch of the Weston Library (17620 Bridge Street)

We hope to see you there!

Otsego PTO

“There’s a Minion reasons to join PTO”

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


Don’t miss the next meeting February 2 at 6:30 pm.

Counselor's Corner


This month and into February I will be visiting every classroom to meet with each student for about a minute. The purpose of these mini-meetings is (1) for me to be able to meet with every student and build rapport, (2) to check in with each student and see how their school year is going, (3) to catch any students who may need help but are afraid or won't ask for help and (4) to gather data for the school counseling program.

There are no school-wide programs for the counseling program this month.

For more information on school-wide programs & the Elementary Counseling program, visit Miss Mikesina's Website at http://oesknightscounselor.weebly.com/

From the Desk of Emily Cornish

Important Dates

Jan. 18 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Jan. 19 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

Jan. 22 - Report cards go home

Feb. 2 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Feb. 12 - NO SCHOOL - PD for Teachers

Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day

Feb. 19 - PTO Drop and Dine - 6-9pm

Mar. 1 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Mar. 16 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

Mar. 18 - End of 3rd Quarter

Mar. 22 - 2nd Grade Music Performance - 7pm

Mar. 24 - Report cards go home

Mar. 25 - April 3 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

April 4 - School Resumes

April 5 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

April 20 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

April 26 - 1st Grade Music Performance - 7pm

May 3 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

May 11 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

May 16-17 - Field Day

May 17 - Kindergarten Graduation - 7pm

May 19-20 - Field Day Rain Dates

May 24-25 - Air Extreme Behavior Reward

May 27 - Last Day for Students

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 and Campbells labels from soup, juices and snacks. Our PTO collects and counts them and puts the money straight back into the school.

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