Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - August 4th, 2020

From the Desk of Katrina Baughman

I hope everyone had a great and safe summer! I know this year is going to look very different, but I am really looking forward to having students and staff back in the building. I have a few different things I wanted to share.

1. Class Lists were going to be posted on Wednesday, August 5th. However, we are still having a lot of changes due to the current circumstances. So, they will be posted on Monday, August 10th at 3pm. They will be posted on the Elementary School Doors, and at the Weston and Grand Rapids libraries.

If your child is signed up for the online option, they will not be listed on a class list.

2. Open House this year will be virtual. We are still working out the details, but we will be sending out information electronically for students to meet their teachers. This information will also be located on the Otsego COVID-19 Online Resources page.


3. Since there will not be an Open House, we will be hosting a Supply Drop Off on August 13th from 2pm-8pm. This is not required, but is being offered so you can drop off your students' supplies before they come to school on the first day. Please make sure that the container/bag your students' supplies are in is labeled with their first and last name, grade level, and teacher. If you are unable to drop your students' supplies off at this time, your child can bring them on the first day of school.

4. The school day is going to look different this year. Please take a look at this document to learn more about what school will look like for students. A Day in the Life of an Otsego Elementary Student 2020-2021

5. Preschool is still waiting to hear back from the Ohio Department of Education regarding procedures we are required to follow this year. The changes we know right now include:

-No busing for typical students. We are only providing busing for preschool students on an IEP as this is all that is required by the state of Ohio.

-Preschool will not follow a hybrid/blended model if the district moves to that plan. Preschool students will continue to attend the days of the week they are assigned to come.

-If the district moves to an online model/plan, then PK students will also be fully online. Tuition will still be charged the usual rate.

-Preschool Screening will still take place at the time and date stated on the letter you received in the spring. Parents will not stay during the Screening time, and should plan to drop their student at the Elementary Office. Students will need to wear a mask. The Parent Meeting will be shared as a video you can watch at home.

-PK students first day of school is Thursday, August 27th.

6. Kindergarten will follow a staggered start. Each kindergarten student will attend one full day on either August 24th, 25th or 26th. All kindergarten students will attend every day starting Thursday, August 27th. Phone calls will be made this week by the Elementary Office letting families know which day their kindergarten student will be attending.

Thank you for your patience as we continue working through all the details to start this school year off successfully! Please reach out to me and/or the Elementary Office with any questions you may have. We will continue to share information as soon as possible!

Calendar 2020-2021

August 13th - OES Supply Drop Off, 2-8pm (See more information above)

August 17-21 - Professional Development for Teachers - NO SCHOOL

August 24 - 1st Day for Students 1st Grade-5th Grade

August 24-26 - Preschool Screening

August 24-26 - KG Staggered Start (Each child comes one full day)

August 27 - 1st day of school for all PK and KG Students

September 2 - Picture Day for Elementary Students

September 7 - Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

October 12 - NO SCHOOL

October 20 - 3rd Grade ELA State Test, Part 1

October 21 - 3rd Grade ELA State Test, Part 2

October 21 - End of 1st Quarter

October 27 - Picture Retake Day for Elementary Students

October 30 - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

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Chromebook Request Form

In case we go to a blended/hybrid model at some point during the school year, we would like to have a list of students who DO NOT need a Chromebook sent home.

Please fill out this form if you DO NOT NEED a device sent home for online assignments. If you have a unique scenario or have further questions, please contact Jessica Martinez (jmartinez@otsegoknights.org).


Face Mask Fundraisers

Several organizations are doing mask fundraisers. Thanks for the support!

The Otsego School Board has unanimously voted to implement a district-wide mask policy. Otsego will be providing one mask for every student and staff member.

In order to better protect our students and staff, it is recommended that your mask is washed after every wear. To reduce how often you have to launder your masks, it may be beneficial to purchase or provide multiple for your students.

There are adult and youth sizes available at all of the places.


The following link will allow you to purchase white background masks in adult sizes only.


The following link will allow you to purchase black background masks in youth and adult sizes, in over the ear or sports style. Please note, the sport style is done through screen printing, and may want to be turned so the design is off center to aid in talking, in addition, the Small/Medium would be the youth size, Large/Xl would be the adult size. The over the ear style is done through sublimation, so the design is fused to the fabric, and there is a sizing chart in the listing to reference.


Both fundraisers provide the option for direct shipments to your home. If you choose to pick up from the HS commons, we will organize a pick up time once all masks styles come in. We will share this time and date through newsletters and social media.



Elementary PTO


Thank you so much for your support.

Keep Scanning Those Box Tops!

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!)

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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: @buchman_becky

STEM Teacher: @jemartinez714

PE Teacher: @AmyKonoff

School Nurse: @nursejaneots

Otsego Food Service: @Otsego_Cafe

Heard a rumor or have a question?

Please send me an e-mail or give me a call!

Kirsten Martinez

School Counselor

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer