Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - October 9, 2015

No School on Monday

Just a reminder that there is no school on Monday, October 12th because teachers will be participating in a Professional Development Day. Enjoy the long weekend!

Home Football Games

A concern has been brought to our attention concerning elementary student safety at home football games. We love that our elementary students attend the games, but we ask that they please stay inside the area marked by caution tape (the caution tape will be up for the first time tonight). Students are not allowed behind the large bleachers or on any of the athletic equipment. This announcement has also been made to the students, so they are already aware. Please help us keep our students safe by ensuring they are following these rules at the football games. GO KNIGHTS!

Dismissal Changes

If you have any changes in your child's dismissal procedures please write a note or call the school office. E-mailing changes is not permitted because teachers may be absent or they might not see the e-mail before the school day is over.

Halloween Celebration

Classes will hold their Halloween parties on Friday, Oct. 30 at 2:45 pm. The students will have a parade in the school starting at 2:15 pm. Costumes can be worn but must be appropriate, no bloody and gory costumes or weapons will be permitted. If the staff deems a costume not appropriate it will not be worn during the parade or party. Parent volunteers that have been arranged with the the classroom teacher, only, are permitted for the parade and party.

Otsego Local Schools Family Night

Otsego Schools would like to announce our 1st ever “family night” on Monday, November 9th. 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!

Spending time with your family is a great investment, an investment that doesn’t take a lot of money. It just takes time and commitment. Our lives are all extremely busy and fast paced. We all need reminded from time to time how important spending quality time with your family is. Research shows that the benefits of family time on a regular basis can increase academic performance, decrease behavioral problems, decrease violence, and decreases the chances of drug abuse.

A few ideas to get you started thinking about your evening together.

Games: Play your favorite family board game or card game

Dinner: Plan a meal together and cook together

Memories: Look through old photos and family videos

Get Creative: Create an art project, crafts, or build something as a family

Get Fit: If the weather is nice, go for a long walk in a park as a family

We are also working with area businesses to offer discounts at local restaurants, movie theaters, and other family fun activities. We will provide more details on these locations later this month.

We will continue to provide information on Otsego Family Night, as we get closer to the day. If at all possible, please clear your calendar on November 9th and spend time with family!

D.A.R.E. Movie Night

D.A.R.E. Movie Night Flyer

D.A.R.E. Movie Night is scheduled for Wednesday October 28th from 5:30-9:00pm in the Elementary Commons. This event is open to 5th graders only. Please see the flyer for more information.

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

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 October 6 at 6:30 pm.

PTO's Fall Festival is Coming

Fall Festival will be Friday, October 23 from 5:30-9:00. The PTO is in need of donations and volunteers to assist with this event. Please see the Fall Festival Flyer for more information.

Counselor's Corner

Red Ribbon Week October 26-30

2015 Theme: "Respect yourself, be drug free!"

On Monday, October 26th we will hold a Red Ribbon Week kick-off fair in the gym! Every class will get a time to visit and will be able to sign pledge cards, sign a school banner, and pick-up free Red-Ribbon Week items.

Daily Themes:

Monday (10/26): Respect yourself, be drug free! Wear Red to kick-off Red Ribbon Week.

Tuesday (10/27): Sock it to drugs! Wear crazy socks!

Wednesday (10/28): Show respect, dress to impress. Dress up nice!

Thursday (10/29): Team up against drugs. Wear your favorite sports team.

Friday (10/30): Say Boo to drugs! Wear Otsego colors & bring a costume for the parade.

*Keeping your Red Ribbon all week & participating in daily themes will put you in the running for daily prizes!*

Hygiene Drive for Otsego Food Pantry

Respecting yourself means taking care of your body! Therefore, we will be collecting hygiene items to donate to the Otsego Food Pantry. Items that can be donated include: Shampoo / Conditioner, Body Soap, Deodorant, Toothbrushes / Toothpaste, Kleenex, Laundry Soap / Softener, Diapers, Toilet Paper, and Baby Wipes.

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

Important Dates

Oct. 12 - NO SCHOOL - PD for Teachers

Oct. 14 - 1st Grade Field Trip to MacQueen's Apple Orchard

Oct 15. - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Sauder Farms

Oct. 16 - Spirit Day - Wear Orange & Black

Oct. 21 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

Oct. 23 - End of 1st Quarter

Oct. 23 - PTO Fall Festival

Oct. 26-30 - Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 28 - D.A.R.E. Movie Night - 5th Grade

Nov. 3 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Nov. 4-12 - Book Fair

Nov. 4 - Parent Teacher Conferences - 4-8pm

Nov. 5 - NO SCHOOL - Parent Teacher Conferences - 10am-8pm

Nov. 6 - NO SCHOOL

Nov. 17 - 5th Grade Music Performance - 7pm

Nov. 18 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

Nov. 24 - Spirit Day - Wear the colors of your favorite sports team

Nov. 25-27 - NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

Dec. 1 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Dec. 2 - 3rd Grade State Test in ELA

Dec. 3 - 3rd Grade Music Performance - 7pm

Dec. 4 - D.A.R.E. Graduation - 1pm - 5th Grade

Dec. 4 - PTO Drop and Shop 6-9pm

Dec. 14 - 4th Grade Music Performance - 7pm

Dec. 15-16 - PTO Christmas Store

Dec. 18 - Spirit Day - Wear Orange & Black

Dec. 23 - Jan. 3 - NO SCHOOL - Winter Break

Jan. 4 - School Resumes

Jan. 5 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Jan. 14 - End of 2nd Quarter

Jan. 14 - Spirit Day - Wear Orange & Black

Jan. 15 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Workday

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

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 15-16 - Field Day

May 19-20 - Field Day Rain Dates

May 24-25 - Air Extreme Behavior Reward

May 27 - Last Day for Students

Check out our new App!

Otsego Elementary School… There’s an app for that!

Otsego Local Schools in partnership with SchoolInfoApp announced today the launch of the Otsego Local Schools app by SchoolInfoApp which is now available for iPhones®, iPads®, Android™, Blackberry™ and Windows™ devices. The Otsego Local Schools app by SchoolInfoApp enables parents, students, alumni, faculty and staff to quickly access all of the who, what, when and where for Otsego Local Schools. Click on the links below or search OTSEGO LOCAL SCHOOLS within your device’s online store. There are basically 4 apps in 1. In the menu bar there is a button called My Schools. Click there to add all of the schools.

Click here to download on an apple device

Click here to download on an android device

The Otsego Local Schools app by SchoolInfoApp is free and gives parents and students quick access to:

· Keep up with all of the latest news, information and announcements

· Find out about events and activities

· Contact teachers, staff and administration

· Access school menus, the online gradebook system and more

· Get important documents, picture galleries & other media

The Otsego Local Schools app by SchoolInfoApp also provides students with valuable tools, including:

· A TipLine to promote campus safety that allows students to anonymously report tips related to instances of bullying, academic integrity concerns or possible on-campus criminal activity

We will work to keep the app up to date and we will always be looking to make improvements.


The United Way is partnering with students from BGSU to aid student learning through actively engaging the community on several levels. The group is partnering with the United Way to conduct a survey that will ultimately aid kindergarten readiness in Wood County. The survey’s aim is to understand what services residents of Wood County use to prepare students for Kindergarten (daycare, in-home, pre-school etc.). This data will be used to both assess how aware residents are of existing resources as well as what they indicate to be barriers to ensuring their children’s kindergarten readiness. Please take a few moments to fill out this survey and help our county better prepare our students for kindergarten.

Survey Link: http://tinyurl.com/ocgl6qx


Veteran's Day Breakfast and Assembly, November 11th - 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 orlaustin@otsegoknights.org.

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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