Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - August 3, 2017

Welcome Back!

From the Desk of Katrina Baughman: Otsego Elementary School Principal

Otsego Elementary School is a great place to be! I can not express enough how thankful I am for our dedicated staff, caring students, and active parents. Otsego is truly a family, and I am grateful to be a part of it!

Otsego Elementary School is excited to officially adopt and roll out PBIS during the 2017-2018 school year. PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports, and it is a framework for schools to provide consistent expectations across the building, common language the students understand, and provide instruction on how students are expected to behave. (Check out the video below for a quick glimpse into PBIS).

This year we will continue the implementation of our Otsego Literacy Framework for our English Language Arts Curriculum. (A link to this document can be found at the bottom of this page). For the writing portion of the Framework, we will continue to use the Ohio Writing Project (OWP). This is an ongoing endeavor, and although teachers have had multiple trainings on this initiative, we will continue to participate in additional training sessions and opportunities. These changes have already proven to be meaningful for students as we prepare them to be lifelong citizens and productive members of society, and we are excited to continue to see the growth in students as we continue implementation for multiple years.

In addition to these new projects, we will continue another year of our 4 day specials rotation schedule, daily I/E (intervention and enrichment) block, and our new grade card. All of these initiatives have been extremely positive!

Our continued success is dependent upon communication. I welcome your input. Feel free to email kbaughman@otsegoknights.org or call 419-823-4381 option 4 at any time you think I can be of assistance. I send a weekly update during the school year. Please contact me if you do not receive the elementary update on Fridays throughout the school year and would like to be added to the distribution list.

I am looking forward to another great year at OES!

Katrina Baughman


Check out what's coming this year!

Otsego PBIS

Attention Parents of Incoming 5th Graders:

5th grade camp will be September 13, 14, and 15. Mark your calendars now. We will have more information available during Back to School Days and Open House.

Sales Tax Holiday

Sales Tax Holiday is this weekend!

2017 SALES TAX HOLIDAY - High School and Middle School Students/Parents can now see their schedules in PowerSchool if they want to use this to determine their supply lists.

Supply lists can be found here:

Elementary - Click Here

S.B. 9 enacted a sales tax holiday to occur only in 2017. The holiday starts on Friday, August 4, 2017 at 12:00 a.m. and ends on Sunday, August 6, 2017 at 11:59 p.m.

During the holiday, the following items are exempt from sales and use tax:

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less;
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less; and
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less.

Sales Tax Holiday Frequently Asked Questions

Dismissal Changes

In order to mainstream dismissal across the district, the elementary school will be dismissing 5 minutes later this year.

-Students who walk or get picked up will be dismissed at the 3:25 bell.

-Students who ride a bus, will leave their classrooms at 3:29 and walk out to board their buses.

We will still start at 9:00am, and the doors to the building will open for students at 8:50am (students eating school breakfast can enter starting at 8:40am)

Otsego Back to School Days and Open House Information

Back to School Week Information: High School Commons (please park in the back parking lot)

Wednesday, August 9th 2:00 - 8:00 pm

Thursday, August 10th Noon – 6:00 pm

  • School pictures taken for Elementary, Junior High, and High School 9th-12th grades (including Penta Students)
  • School fees-pay Elementary and JH.
  • Grades K-5 - $40
  • Grades 6-8 - $30
  • Athletics-all pay to participate fees, schedules.
  • Jeanne Jeffers, Food Service Director, to hand out menus, fill out free/reduced lunch forms, and add lunch money to your child’s account.
  • Eva Vasher, Transportation Director, to hand out bus schedules and bus stops.
  • Schedule pick up for HS and JH students.
  • High School Yearbooks will be for sale
  • Otsego Music Boosters will have a table at back to school days to collect Band and Choir fees, Music spirit wear, volunteer sign ups, Music related notification listings and Formal wear fittings.
  • Otsego Athletic Boosters will have a table for spirit wear sales and volunteer information.

Picture Forms: Please CLICK HERE to download the individual school picture form. There is a code in the top left corner of the page that you can use to order online before the event. If you do not want to order online there will be forms available during back to school days.

Online Registration: By now everyone should have received their email from FinalForms to register your children online for the upcoming school year. All students K-12, including PENTA students must complete the online registration through FinalForms. Please complete this as soon as you can. If you have any questions please contact Lisa Austin in the central office at 419-823-4381.

Open House Information – Thursday, August 17th

Elementary School – 6:00 to 7:00 pm

Junior High – 6:30 to 7:30 pm

High School – 7:00 to 8:00 pm

Community Wide Dinner in the Parking Lot the Night of Open House!

The Otsego Elementary PTO will be sponsoring various food trucks in the parking lot from 4:30 to 8:30 pm. on Thursday, August 17th (see flyer below).

Thank you for the support of the Elementary PTO!




If you have any questions please contact the school.

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Elementary Running Club - Grades K-6

A parent volunteer, Phil Baranski, is organizing a Knights Cross Country Club for Otsego Elementary Students. This is a parent sponsored activity and led by all volunteers.

This is our kick off year for Knights Cross Country. We are planning on practicing three times a week and have information on about 6-7 different meets. The cost to join is $25 per runner. Every runner will get a t-shirt! Race times and events will be posted around the first practice. If there are any questions please contact me Phil Baranski Call/Text/Email!

Grade levels : K-6

Practices Start 8/7/17 at Mary Jane Thurston State Park

Time: 6:30-7:30 pm

Contact: Phil Baranski 419-376-3952 or pbaranski@sbcglobal.net

Important Dates


August 9 - Back to School Days, 2-8pm

August 10 - Back to School Days, 12-6pm

August 17 - Open House

August 21 - 1st Day for Students (Grades 1-5)

August 21-23 - Preschool and Kindergarten Screening

August 23-October 6 - Camp Fundraiser (Grades 3-5)

August 24 - 1st Day for Preschool and Kindergarten Students

September 4 - Labor Day (NO SCHOOL)

September 5 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

September 13-15 - 5th Grade Camp

September 19 - Grandparents Night, 5-6pm

October 3 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

October 9 - NO SCHOOL for students - District Professional Development

October 17 - Picture Retakes

October 19 - 5th Grade Music Performance, 7pm

October 20 - End of first nine weeks

October 27 - NO SCHOOL for students - Professional Development/Work Day

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 22-January 2 - NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break

January 3 - NO SCHOOL, District Professional Development/Work Day

Otsego PTO

“There’s a Minion reasons to join PTO”

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


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

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



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. Our PTO collects and counts them and puts the money straight back into the school. (We earn 10 cents per Box Top).

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