Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - October 26, 2018

Important Dates

2018-2019

November 2 - Professional Development/Work Day - NO SCHOOL

November 6 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

November 7 - Parent/Teacher Conferences 4pm-8pm

November 8 - Parent/Teacher Conferences, NO SCHOOL

November 9 - NO SCHOOL

November 14 - Annual Family Knight

November 14 - PTO Restaurant Night - Chowders 'N Moor

November 15 - 4th Grade Music Performance, 7pm, HS Auditorium


2018-2019 School Year Calendar


Get real time calendar on our website!

District:

http://www.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/calendar/?id=0&id=1&id=2&id=3&id=4&id=5&id=6&id=7

Elementary only:

https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/?id=0

3rd-5th Grade Fundraiser Delivery

Products that were sold for the 5th Grade Camp Fundraiser can be picked up in the Elementary Commons on Friday, November 2nd between 9am and 3pm.


Please call the office if you are unable to pick up your products on this date.

Family Knight

Otsego will once again being having a “family night” this fall. It will be on Wednesday, November 14th. The goal of Family Night is to encourage families to take the evening to focus on each other and spend time together as a family in whatever way works for your family. There will be no homework, assignments or tests the next day. There will also be NO athletic practices or any other extra-curricular activities on family night. We hope you can take advantage of this night and celebrate being a family!

Important Food Service Information

Menu Updates

Monday, November 12th there will be NO Salads available for anyone.


Also on Monday November 12th there is a menu change, we will be having Sloppy Joes, French Fries, Broccoli, Applesauce choice and milk


Thanksgiving meal will be Wednesday November 14th. There will be NO second choice or Salads

The menu for that day is as follows: Sliced turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, stuffing, juice, roll & butter, milk and a brownie.


Monday November 26th there will be NO salads

  • Lunch Menu
    • Elementary - Lunch Menu
    • Breakfast = $1.10, $0.30 for students who qualify for reduced lunches
    • Lunch = $2.75, $0.40 for students who qualify for reduced lunches

PTO Spirit Wear is on Sale Now!

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Otsego Biddy Wrestling Registration 2018

Registration Form and Calendar for Biddy Wrestling
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Bus Safety Week

This past week was Bus Safety Week. So, our drivers came in on Wednesday and ate lunch with their students! Thank you bus drivers!
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Preschool is in need of Field Corn and Old Phones

It is Harvest Time and preschool would love some field corn for their texture tables. They would like some of it off the cob, but mostly left on the cob. If you have some extra field corn, please consider donating some to our preschool.


Additionally, preschool is looking for some old flip phones of old cordless phones for their dramatic play areas. If you have any of these still laying around, please consider sending them in to the school for preschool!


THANK YOU!

Veterans Day Assembly

We will once again be hosting our annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Assembly. All are welcome. Please see the flyer below for more details.
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Theo's Theatre Reminder to Parents

If your student has signed up for Theo's Theatre, and is planning to stay after school for it, please write a note to the classroom teacher to let them know. There are a lot of students signed up for Theo's Theatre, and they do not all go every week. We have no way of knowing which students are planning to stay or not, so parents need to send a note in letting the school know that their child is staying after school for Theo's Theatre. Please call the Elementary School Office if you have any questions.


Thank you for your assistance and understanding!

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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.

OES Parent Drop Off & Pick Up 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 Katrina Baughman, Elementary Principal.

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.


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High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)

Text: @otsbus6-12 to 81010


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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

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!


https://goo.gl/forms/mG7IctP7q8ZAaQOX2

I can't believe we are reaching the last week of October! Where has the time gone?! Next week we will be participating in Red Ribbon Week at the Elementary. This will run from October 29th to November 1st. Red Ribbon Week is a week where people, schools, and communities unite and take a visible stand against drugs. At the elementary level, Red Ribbon Week is a week where we focus on healthy habits and choices, as a way to take care of our body and pledge to be drug free. Our kick-off event will take place on Monday, October 29th. Students will come to the gymnasium with their class to talk about making health choices and sign pledge cards. Students will also have the opportunity to win prizes and collect free Red Ribbon Week merchandise. Below is a list of the daily dress up themes that will take place throughout Red Ribbon Week.


Red Ribbon Week Daily Themes

Monday: Wear Red, take the pledge! Wear Red to kick-off Red Ribbon Week.

Tuesday: Life is a journey, this is mine. Wear something that represents your "journey" (this could be a favorite shirt/sweatshirt, something you bought on your favorite trip/place, a sports team, etc).

Wednesday: Drugs are scary! Bring your Halloween costume.

Thursday: Catch the spirit, be drug free! Wear Otsego colors & spirit wear.

Friday: No school! Teacher work day.


Also, looking ahead to conferences, I will be out of the building to attend my own conference during that week. So if there is anything you would like to meet, or talk, with me about please feel free to call or email me and we can set up a time to discuss your concerns. As always, if you have any questions or concerns in regards to your students, please feel free to reach out to me at any time. Have a great weekend.


Sincerely,

Miss Syrowski

Otsego PTO

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

www.otsegopto.com


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


**Babysitting is provided!!**

October Students of the Month: Courage

Community Events & Information

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Girls Softball

The Crush Fastpitch Softball Organization is looking for any 8u,10u or 12u girls interested in playing in the upcoming 2019 season. Please email crushfastpitchsoftball@gmail.com if you are interested.

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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

Principal: @kbaughman723

Assistant Principal: @PrincipalWiley

STEM Teacher: @jemartinez714

PE Teacher: @AmyKonoff

School Nurse: @nursejaneots

Otsego Food Service: @Otsego_Cafe

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