Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - October 27, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Mark Nofziger

Mark Nofziger is on his 4th year teaching 5th grade Math at Otsego Elementary. He has also taught 5th grade Social Studies. Prior to teaching at Otsego, Mr. Nofziger taught three years of 6th grade Math and Social Studies in Manassas Park, Virginia. Mr. Nofziger attended college at Bowling Green State University and earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Middle Childhood Education, concentrating in Math and Social Studies. He also has a reading endorsement.


Mr. Nofziger's hobbies are spending time with family (wife: Adelle, son: Owen, daughter: Molly) and friends, camping, sports, and outdoor activities. Mr. Nofziger is also the 8th grade head football coach and assistant varsity baseball coach at Otsego. Mr. Nofziger quoted, "I am passionate about what I do and I want to help students become the best that they can be."

Fundraiser Item Pick Up

The items from the 5th Grade Camp Fundraiser are scheduled to be delivered on November 2nd, during Parent Conferences. They are going to try and get everything delivered in the morning, but there’s no guarantee. Tables will be set up in the cafeteria with the items and student names. Parents are free to stop by and pick up their student's items during the day.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Elementary School Office or Mike Wiley, mwiley@otsegoknights.org.


Thank you for your cooperation!

Donations Needed

Otsego Preschool is asking for donations of field corn - both on the corn and off. Please send any donations in to the Elementary Office. THANK YOU!

Adult Technology Courses


Thank you for your feedback about the possibility of an adult technology class. We are still working to plan this. If you are interested, there is still time to fill out the Google Form or e-mail jmartinez@otsegoknights.org.


In the meantime: I will be hosting an open lab in the elementary during conferences. If you have any technology related questions, concerns, or simply need help, stop in before or after your parent-teacher conference!

Angel Tree

Again this year, the Angel Tree Program at Otsego Elementary is being sponsored by the Otsego Elementary PTO. We are hoping to make the holiday season a little brighter for some of our students whose families are facing hard times due to a variety of reasons. If you wish to have your child as a possible participant in the program, please complete the information on this form, and return the form to your child's homeroom teacher by OCTOBER 25.


If you are interested in purchasing gifts for the angel tree please stop over at the elementary starting on November 1st.

Otsego FIT-Knights

Otsego Local Schools has put together a Wellness Committee to promote the health and well-being of our students. The District believes that for students to have the opportunity to achieve personal, academic, developmental and social success, we need to create positive, safe and health-promoting learning environments at every level, in every setting, throughout the school year. We will be implementing various activities over the course of the year related to student health. Parents and Guardians can help by encouraging your children to eat healthy at home. The FIT-Knights Committee will be meeting again Thursday, October 19, at 3:30 in the elementary library. Staff, parents, and community members are welcome!

Veteran's Day Breakfast and Assembly

Veteran's Day Breakfast and Assembly, November 10th - 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 or laustin@otsegoknights.org.
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October Students of the Month - Courageous

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

Just a reminder that the carryover period from last year for free and reduced meals has expired.


If your child/children received free or reduced meals last year and you haven't filed a new application, you are now responsible for any charges that are incurred.


Meal benefit expiration letters were mailed on September 15th to the address that is on file.


If you have any questions, please contact:


Jeanne Jeffers

Director of Food Service

Otsego Local Schools

419-823-4381 ext.1104

Transportation

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

Red Ribbon Week

Important Dates

2017-2018

November 2-3 - NO SCHOOL - Conferences

November 7 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

November 14 - Family Fun Knight

November 16 - 4th Grade Music Performance, 7pm

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

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 November 7th at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.

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!

Support the Knight in Shining Armor Fund

Community Members,


Student Council has teamed up with Filmraiser to help us raise funds for our Knight in Shining Armor Fund. Knight in Shining Armor is a fund designed to be used to help any family in the district in their time of need. We will earn $1 towards our cause for each ticket bought. If you have any young ones who are interested in seeing My Little Pony, please consider purchasing your tickets by clicking on this link.

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Community Events

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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