Otsego Elementary Extra
Principal's Weekly Update - March 18, 2016
3rd Graders engaged in a reading activity
Kindergarteners enjoying the windy day!
4th Graders using Brainpop's Supreme Decision to discuss first amendment rights
From the Desk of Katrina Baughman
A reflection on my day of shadowing an OES Student:
Going back to 1st grade was engaging and enjoyable. Since we had a 2-hour delay that morning, the schedule was very "go-go-go". There was very little down time, and we were busy all day.
Daily 5 was a lot of fun, and my classmates were very friendly and helpful in showing me how to play the different education games on the ChromeBooks. In music class I got to play an instrument, and I struggled through the warm-up in gym with push-ups and sit-ups!
Overall, the day was a great way to remember what it is like to be a student!
State Testing Dates
Below is the testing schedule for all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students:
Wednesday, April 6th: ELA (English Language Arts) Part 1 (Grades 3-5)
Thursday, April 7th: ELA Part 2 (Grades 3-5)
Thursday, April 21st: Math Part 1 (Grades 3-5)
Friday, April 22nd: Math Part 2 (Grades 3-5)
Tuesday, April 26th: Social Studies Part 1 (Grade 4) & Science Part 1 (Grade 5)
Wednesday, April 27th: Social Studies Part 2 (Grade 4) & Science Part 2 (Grade 5)
What can parents do to help?
While state testing is never our primary focus here at OES, we still strive to give our students their best chance possible. Parents can help with this by ensuring students are at school on the dates listed above, have had a good night sleep, and a healthy breakfast. At school we focus on encouraging students to do their best and show us what they know, reiterating that at home might help students feel less stress regarding taking these tests.
As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! Thank you for your assistance in giving our students their best education possible!
From the Desk of the Superintendent
Otsego Parents and Community Members:
The safety and welfare of our students and staff is our highest priority at the Otsego Local Schools. We practice safety drills throughout the year to help our students know what to do in an emergency. The Ohio Department of Education has recently changed the guidelines regarding emergency response drills. Otsego is required to have six emergency evacuation drills, three tornado drills, three school safety drills where students must be secured in the school building or rapidly evacuated in response to an immediate threat, and one theoretical school safety drill to provide faculty and staff with instruction in the procedures to follow in such situations.
The school district is working closely with the Wood County Sheriff’s Office to correctly implement these procedures. The goals of the training drills are to improve our ability to protect students, save lives, reduce injuries, and communicate clear expectations for students and staff. These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans and improve our response skills.
On Thursday, March 24th, all buildings will be having a safety drill and will be evacuating to our off site locations. Each location is within walking distance. The evacuation safety drill will take place in the afternoon. We will also be having age appropriate conversations with our students before and after the drill. The conversations will be centered on a violent intruder. Teachers, building staff and students will have the option to evacuate, barricade, or use evasive distractions to get away from an armed intruder. (Run-Hide-Fight)
If you have any questions or need further information, please do not hesitate to call us.
Parent Volunteers Needed for Art Class
For example: Student 1 wants 4 raffle tickets so they bring in $1 and 8 food items. Student 2 wants 3 raffle tickets so they bring in $1 and 6 food items, etc.
The first raffle ticket must be purchased. All other tickets will be received by food donations.
Raffle tickets and food donations will take place on Monday April 4th, Tuesday April 5th, and Wednesday April 6th on the stage in the cafeteria at the start of school.
A Knight for a Princess Father/Daughter Dance
Pennies for Patients (March 14-24)
We still have one more week of Pennies for Patients! Students can collect coins to make a difference in the lives of children with blood cancers. They should all have their own personal collection boxes and all the classrooms have a larger box that they deposit their change into. The classroom who raises the most will earn a pizza party! Keep collecting your loose change!
Bus Driver Appreciation Day: Wednesday, March 23
Wednesday, March 23 is bus driver appreciation day. At the elementary, students have made a card for each bus driver and every student on that bus will be able to sign the card. Students will also be encouraged to say "Thank You!" to their bus drivers! :)
For more information on school-wide programs & the Elementary Counseling program, visit Miss Mikesina's Website at http://oesknightscounselor.weebly.com/
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 6 & 7 - State Testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders: Reading and Writing
April 10 - Family Fun Day at Mud Hens Game
April 16 - Father Daughter Dance - 7pm-9pm
April 20 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice
April 21 & 22 - State Testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders: Math
April 23 - PTO Pancake Breakfast 8am-11am
April 26 - 1st Grade Music Performance - 7pm
April 26 & 27 - State Testing for 4th grade: Social Studies and 5th grade: Science
May 3 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm
May 11 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice
May 16-17 - Field Day
May 17 - Kindergarten Graduation - 7pm
May 19-20 - Field Day Rain Dates
May 24-25 - Air Extreme Behavior Reward
May 27 - Last Day for Students
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 AND CAMPBELLS SOUP LABELS
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.