Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - November 17, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Karen Magrum

Mrs. Magrum has been part of the Otsego Community for many years. She graduated from Otsego in 1996. She then went on to pursue Early Childhood Education. She earned an Associate's Degree from Owens Community College in 1999, a Bachelor's Degree from Lourde's College in 2003, and a Master's Degree from Findlay University in 2005. She has worked at Otsego Elementary since 2003. Karen taught reading intervention at Grand Rapids Elementary then went on to teach 2nd grade at Haskins Elementary and is currently teaching 2nd grade. She has also enjoyed writing grants, presenting new concepts to teachers, and participating in planning summer school. She and her husband of 18 years have three children: Justin, Olivia, and Isabel who attend Otsego. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and shopping.


Mrs. Magrum was also just awarded the 2017 Outstanding Alumni Award from Penta Career Center. Each year, this award is bestowed upon individuals who have completed a career-technical training program at Penta and who are currently working in a successful career. Read more in this article: OUTSTANDING ALUMNI AWARD

Prepare for Outside Recess

Students will be going outside for recess everyday unless it is raining/sleeting/snowing in excess or below 20 degrees with wind chill. As the weather is starting to get colder, please make sure your child has a coat for recess. Students that we feel are not dressed properly will be kept inside. If it is below 50 degrees, students can NOT go outside with only short sleeves.

Donations Needed

Parents! As many of you may know, the technology in our district has greatly expanded this year. We are now a 1:1 district, with each student K-12 having access to a Chromebook in their classroom. This provides great learning opportunities for our students and allows them to be 21st century learners! As we have been implementing Chromebooks into the curriculum with our youngest learners, we have found the trackpads on the Chromebooks are tricky for little fingers to manipulate, and they do much better with a mouse. Many students have mentioned old technology at home that is no longer in use. If you have an old mouse at home that you no longer need, please consider donating it to the Elementary. Our little hands would greatly appreciate it! Thank you!

~Jessica Martinez, Computer & Technology

STEM at OES and a Coding Opportunity for 5th Grade Girls

Thanks to grant awarded by the Otsego Endowment Foundation, the Otsego Elementary computer lab is now home to 12 Sphero SPRK+ Robots. Students have been working this month to learn how the robots work as well as coding them to complete tasks and go through obstacle courses. Between 2012 and 2022, the projected growth of computer science jobs is 15-20%, and if the current trend continues, the vast majority of these jobs will be filled by men. BGSU is hosting a Computer Science Mentorship Program for girls and they will also be using the Sphero Robots. Please see the flyer and write-up below for more information on how to sign your daughter up.


If you have any questions, feel free to contact me (jmartinez@otsegoknights.org). ~Jessica Martinez, Computer and Technology

CODE4her is the new computer science mentorship program for girls in grades 5 through 8 organized by the BG Women in Computing (BGWIC) student organization and their faculty advisor Jadwiga A. Carlson. The CODE4her mentorship program is sponsored by Google igniteCS. IgniteCS provides funding and resources for groups of college and university students to make a difference in their local communities through CS mentorship.

Let HER learn to program with Sphero SPRK+ Robots. Five 2.5 hour meetings held on BGSU campus on Sundays of 2018

  • January 21
  • February 18
  • March 18
  • April 8
  • April 22


Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at code4her.org.

Space is limited!

Reserve her spot today!

Click here to download a flyer (pdf)

For more information about BGSU's Women in Computing please visit: http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/computer-science/women-in-computing.html.

Please direct all questions to Jadwiga A. Carlson at jacarls@bgsu.edu

4th Grade Music Performance: Johnny Appleseed

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

Parents/Guardians,


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:

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS:


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

Parents:

We have a large amount of negative lunch balances this year. Please check your child's back pack for low/negative balance letters. These are sent home twice a week, Tuesday's and Thursday's.


You can also track your child's purchases and balances by setting up an account on the K12 payment center. You do not need to pay online to track your child's account. You can also set up alerts to warn you of the low balances.


Per the school policy children are allowed to charge only 3 lunches. Once they are over 3 lunches they will receive an alternate meal. They are not allowed to charge breakfast or ala carte items.


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Jeanne Jeffers

Director of Food Service

Otsego Local Schools

#050724

419-823-4381 ext.1104

Transportation

2017 Ohio Transportation Director of the Year!

We have the privilege to have the 2017 State of Ohio Transportation Director of the Year as part of our Otsego Team! Eva Vasher.

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

Important Dates

2017-2018

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

March 6 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

March 27 - 2nd Grade Music Performance, 7pm

March 30-April 8 - NO SCHOOL, Spring Break

First, I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has donated to our Annual Ohio State v. Michigan Food Drive. We have received an overwhelming response and the students have shown such pride in participating. One of the things I am thankful for is the ability to work alongside so many gracious, giving, and hard working individuals here at Otsego. If you still wish to donate, please have any nonperishable items to the office by Tuesday morning (11/21/17). Be sure to label your donations with your team of choice (OSU or Michigan), so our 5th graders can provide us with a final total of items collected. Thank you all for your donations and continued support.


For anyone who received a permission form for their student to participate in a small group, please return the signed form to the office by Monday, November 20th. Please feel free to call or email me about any questions, comments, and concerns. Have a great Thanksgiving! I hope you all get to spend time with those you love.


Best Wishes,

Miss Syrowski


Don't forget to check out our counseling website for ongoing updates and information. http://oesknightscounselor.weebly.com/

Otsego PTO

“There’s a Minion reasons to join PTO”

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

www.otsegopto.com


The next PTO meeting is December 5th at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.

5th Grade Girls Basketball Open Gyms

5th grade Girls Basketball
Open Gym - please bring your own ball
Mondays and Wednesdays 6:30-7:30 in the Elementary Gym
(no Open Gym on Wed. Nov. 22)
Contact Lynn Hillesheim with questions.
419-367-1772

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!

Community Events

Otsego Biddy Wrestling Registration 2017


General Information:


When: First Practice will be Monday, December 4th at 6:00 pm. Ends 2/18 (Otsego Tourney)

Practices: Mondays and Wednesdays 6pm - 7pm (Calendar on Back)

Where: Otsego Wrestling Building

Cost: $50 per wrestler

Why: Experience the joys of wrestling! Gain confidence and discipline. Compete as a team at the annual NBC meet.


Stay informed about practice cancelations etc. by using the Remind App. To join text to the number: 81010 this message: @otsegobi

Or use this link:

www.remind.com/join/otsegobi


To participate in wrestling, please complete the attached form and turn it in at your first practice.


Biddy Wrestling Flier


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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

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