Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - April 20, 2018

Staff Spotlight: Linda Canterbury

Linda currently works part time in the Elementary cafeteria as a cashier. She is retired from BGSU Athletic Dept. after 32 years where she worked with Urban Meyer. She has 3 children, Mark, Jay, and Becky Buchman and 9 of the best grand kids ever. She and her husband Rick recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. Linda enjoys reading, playing bunco, and traveling to Ohio Amish country.

Yearbooks are here!

We will be handing out purchased yearbooks to students on Monday, April 30th. Students will be allowed to sign one another's books on that day.

We do have a few extra books for sale. If you didn't get a chance to order one and would like one, please send in $17 (checks made payable to Otsego BOE) with your student. These books will also be handed out on April 30th. Extra books are for sale on first come, first serve basis.

Box Tops!

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The Best Thing you can do to prepare your kids for the future of work?

I found this short (47 seconds) video on Twitter and thought it would be great to share through this newsletter. At Otsego, we are always working to prepare students for the future. This is a great way to continue to reinforce these ideas and practices at home!

Founder and CEO of Work It Daily, J.T. O'Donnell, gives you some tips on how to raise kids so they excel in the workplace.

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Don't Forget to register for the Knights Run the Knight 5K Run/Walk

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Volunteers Still Needed

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Order your 2018-2019 School Supplies!

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Dismissal Notes:

Please remember to send in a note for ANY change in your child's dismissal plan. Without a note we will send him/her home per regular routine. We understand that plans may change throughout a day and you may need to call the office to notify us about that change. We will write a note to your child's teacher notifying them regarding a change, however, we must receive a phone call by 2:45pm to ensure that we have time to deliver a note.

Please DO NOT email teachers regarding dismissal changes. Teachers are busy throughout the day and often unable to check emails until school has dismissed. Also, please DO NOT simply tell your child what his/her dismissal plan will be for the day. Without a written note or phone call to the office, we will NOT take a child's word and we will send him/her home per regular routine.

Please understand, we make every effort and take every precaution, to ensure our students' safety. For this reason, we must adhere to the above dismissal policy. Thank you for your cooperation and please call the Elementary Office if you have any questions!

Kindergarten Registration

On Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at 6:30pm, Otsego Elementary School held a Kindergarten Round Up Meeting. This meeting was for all parents of incoming kindergarten students for the 2018-2019 school year. Students must by 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2018 to enter kindergarten.

If you were unable to attend this meeting, but have a student entering kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year, please stop by the Otsego Elementary Office anytime to pick up a registration packet, or you can download and print the forms from our school website (otsegoknights.org) under the Parent tab on the Elementary Page.

If you have any questions regarding Kindergarten registration and/or screening please call the Otsego Elementary Office at 419-823-4381 Option 4.

Summer STEAM Camp

Otsego Local Schools will be running our own STEAM Summer Camp this summer. Please click HERE for more information and registration materials (these same materials were also sent home with each student).
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Phone Number Changes


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:


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


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 Eva Vasher at evasher@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 3156

I hope you all had a wonderful week and can enjoy the sunshine ahead. Just a couple reminders as we get closer to the end of the school year. First, we will be holding our Annual Goodwill drive in May. Information from Goodwill will be sent home at the end of April/beginning of May about the program. So while you start your spring cleaning, go through any clothes that you would like to donate and consider setting them aside for Goodwill.

In May we will also be holding a Career Cafe Day. This will take place on Monday, May 21st. If you are a parent or community member that owns a restaurant or bakery, or is a small business owner, please contact Miss Syrowski if you would like to come in and speak with our third through fifth grade students. Thank you all for your help and dedication to our students. Have a great weekend. Also, don't forget to check out the counseling website at: http://oesknightscounselor.weebly.com/

Warmest Regards,

Miss Syrowski

Important Dates


April 24-25 - 5th Grade State Testing, Science

April 26 - 1st Grade Music Performance, 7pm

May 1 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

May 8 - Volunteer Breakfast, 8am

May 14-15 - Field Day

May 16 - 5th Grade Ag Safety Day

May 17-18 - Field Day Rain Date

May 18 - 5th Grade Dance, 3:35-4:35

May 25 - Last Day of School for Students

Otsego PTO

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


The next PTO meeting is May 1st at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.

Community Events

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The new and improved leadership of the Weston ball program (Weston Youth League) would like to invite any child in the Otsego district to come out and join ball! We have Tball, 8U Boys, 10U Boys and 12U Boys for the 2018 Season (girls are welcome to play on the boys team). Sign-up packets are available at the Elementary office or the Weston Village Hall. See Flyer.
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Please see below for information regarding spring golf clinics in the area for girls ages 8-18. The clinics are not Otsego clinics, but some of our golfers do attend them. They are put on by the Ohio Girls Golf Foundation.

There are four clinics on Saturdays in April. Stone Ridge (BG) and Belmont (Perrysburg) are two local courses where you could attend. Each clinic is one hour and costs $15. You can go to one, two, three, or all of them.

To register, have a parent go to OGGF.org and complete the form by March 31st.

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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



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). 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