Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - March 18, 2016

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

This year, as a building, we are working as a team to minimize the number of days we will be testing. With the addition of hundreds of Chromebooks this year, we are able to test all students in the building at the same time. This will make an extraordinary difference on the number of days we have to alter the building schedule to accommodate state testing.

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.

Kindergarten Registration

Please spread the word to any families you may know that have students that will be entering Kindergarten next year. Registration has begun, and packets are available in the Elementary Office. Each new Kindergartener will need to have this packet completed to register.

Parent Volunteers Needed for Art Class

Mrs. Helle would love for some parent volunteers to help her with Kindergarten Art Classes. These classes are from 12:15 - 1:15 daily. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Helle at thelle@otsegoknights.org
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Otsego PTO

“There’s a Minion reasons to join PTO”

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


Don’t miss the next meeting Tuesday, April 5 at 6:30 pm.

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Otsego PTO and the Toledo Mud Hens are giving Otsego Elementary students the opportunity to throw out the first pitch and to yell "Play Ball" on Sunday April 10, 2016. Your child can purchase a raffle ticket for $1 to have their name entered. If you would like more chances to win your child can receive 1 raffle ticket for every 2 food items they bring in to be donated to the Otsego Food Pantry.

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

The PTO is again hosting the Father/Daughter Dance. A registration form was sent home with all girls Preschool through 5th Grade this week. If you need another copy, please click HERE

Counselor's Corner

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/

Important Dates

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

Girl Scout day camp

Girl Scouts of Western Ohio is hosting a Spring Break Day Camp for any girls in grades K-5. Please check out the FLYER if you think your daughter might be interested!

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 and Campbells labels from soup, juices and snacks. Our PTO collects and counts them and puts the money straight back into the school.

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