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Alamo Elementary Weekly Newsletter - November 5, 2018

Important Dates

Nov. 6 - Mileage Club

Nov. 7 - Delayed Start

Nov. 7 - Stars Practice

Nov. 7 - School Store

Nov. 8 - School Store

Nov. 9 - Mileage Club

Nov. 9 - Veteran's Day Brunch @ 7:30 a.m.

Nov. 12 - PTO meeting @ 4:00 p.m.

Nov. 12 - Board of Education meeting @ 7:00 p.m. Dix Street Elementary Media Center

Nov. 13 - Picture Retake Day

Alamo PRIDE

Positive Attitude - Brayden Remillard & Chloe Landon

Responsible Actions - Joshua Farrer & Cole Holmes

Integrity WIthin - Cooper Mejeur & Emerson Jager

Determination to Succeed - Nick Menzel & Isaac Milton

Expect Excellence - Kendall Newby & Addyson Livingston

Fall Parent Teacher Conferences

Our fall parent-teacher conferences will be held on Mon., Nov. 19th & Tue., Nov. 20th. Students will have a ½ day on both days and will be released at 12:10 p.m. You will receive an email requesting that you select a conference time. As a courtesy to your child’s teacher, we ask that you sign up for only one conference session per child. We have also included each teacher’s link for your convenience as well. If you do not have internet access, please contact our office at 692-6150 to schedule. We are hoping for 100% attendance!


Mrs. Lane - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0849AAAF2DAAF49-fall


Mrs. Cramer - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945A4AB2CA5FA7-fall3


Mrs. Gallup - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70A094BAEAB2AA4FF2-fall


Mrs. Jewett (1st grade) - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945A4AB2CAAFB6-fall1


Mrs. Myers - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0D44ADA722A5FB6-fall


Ms. Hughes - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945A4AB2CAAFC1-fall1


Mrs. Jewett - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0945A4AB2CAAFE3-fall1


Mrs. Trumley - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E4AABA62CAAF94-fall2


Mrs. Bierenga - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090B4AA4A722AAFE3-fall1


Mrs. Randall - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E45ACAE2DA7F49-fall1


Mrs. Breese - https://www.signupgenius.com/go/30E0E44A8AB2AA0FF2-fall

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Girls on the Run Coaches Needed

Girls on the Run registration will begin shortly. Coaches are needed. Please contact the Alamo office if you would be willing to volunteer to coach a team this year.


Phone - 269-692-6150

Email - rwilliams@otsegops.org or nknight-lucas@otsegops.org

Thank you Alamo PTO!

Alamo staff and students would like to thank the Alamo PTO for a fabulous Halloween day. The students enjoyed the trick or treat trail filled with treats and prizes along with the superhero themed hallway. You are greatly appreciated!!!
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Destination Imagination Needs Your Support

Every year Destination Imagination teams start fundraising in September with the hope of raising enough money to pay for their Global Finals trip in May. Global Finals is the culmination of the DI season with a week long celebration of creativity in Kansas City, Missouri. This year the team is made up of seven students and two team managers. The team's goal is to raise $9,000 to cover the cost of a trip to Global Finals.


Alamo's Destination Imagination is looking for a company sponsor to help support their journey. The team will be holding monthly fundraisers throughout the year and is looking for a company that would be willing to match the amount raised per fundraiser. Sponsoring companies will have their name/logo printed on the team's shirts and acknowledged in the school newsletter. If you are interested in helping out the Alamo Destination Imagination team or know of a business that would be, please contact Terry Webber at twebber@otsegops.org or call 269-694-7600.

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Updated Pick-Up Procedure

It is of upmost priority to us to keep your child safe while he/she is at school. With the addition of our new entrance we ask that parents wait outside to pick up their child at the end of the day. We have recently made a few adjustments to our end of the day procedures.



  • Pick Up Students - All parents who are picking up their child will need to wait outside the building near the cafeteria exit. Parents need to pick up their child from the classroom teacher. Kindergarten students will exit out the west side of the building near the bus loop. 1st-5th grade pick up students will exit out the cafeteria doors.
  • Bus Riders - Bus students will exit out the main doors.



We LOVE interacting with our students' families and welcome you into the building after dismissal is complete. If you need to pick your child up early or need to speak with the office you are welcome to enter the office prior to the end of the day.

National School Safety Week & OK2Say Presentations

Otsego Public Schools launched OK2SAY during National School Safety Week, as a new tool in our school safety plan. While we believe Otsego Public Schools are safe, we are not immune from potential threats or dangers to our students or learning environment. We know that someone is usually aware of an activity before it happens; we want to empower students to speak up. That’s why we are joining forces with OK2SAY, a student safety initiative in Michigan that enables students to confidentially report potential harm or criminal activity aimed at students, teachers, staff or other school employees. Alamo students participated in OK2Say presentations on Friday where they learned about rude, mean & bully behavior, internet safety & cyber bullying.


You can read more online here:

(https://www.otsegops.org/apps/news/article/933338)

Watch D.O.G.S.

The staff and parents at Alamo Elementary believe in providing a safe quality educational environment for our kids. WATCH D.O.G.S. is a one of a kind, school-based father involvement program that supports education and safety.


If you are interested in being a Watch DOG or would like to make a financial donation to assist in supporting this program please contact Nicole M. Knight-Lucas (nknight-lucas@otsegops.org) or Natalie Trumley (ntrumley@otsegops.org).


Register to be a WatchDOG and sign up by clicking on the link at VolunteerSpot: https://signup.com/client/invitation2/secure/1998773/false#/invitation


To purchase a shirt (and other great WatchDOGS gear) please visit http://www.fathers.com/watchdogs/ and click on “Dogstore”.

To learn more about WatchD.O.G.S. click on the video link below.

Alamo Mileage Club

Purpose of Alamo Walking/Mileage Club:
  • Motivate K-5 children to exercise
  • Helps students control body weight
  • Helps students burn off excess energy
  • Improves school performance
  • Builds self-esteem

Expectation for grades 3-5

  • 2 feet completed by end of May to participate in all school field day
  • Kids can go at their own pace to achieve this.
  • if students averaged 4 punches per recess their goal would be completed by November/December

Expectation for K-2 grade

  • Students are encouraged to participate and can earn prizes for participation


The Alamo Mileage Club will take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at lunch recess. The program is designed to increase physical activity among the students and promote exercise. Parents are welcome and encouraged to come and walk every Tuesday and Friday. Be sure to register in the office.


Lunch Recess Times

K - 11:55-12:15

1st - 11:55-12:15

2nd - 12:05-12:25

3rd - 12:25-12:45

4th - 12:35-12:55

5th - 12:15-12:35

Thank you Fun Run Sponsors

An enormous thank you goes out to all of our company sponsors for this year’s Fun Run. Please help support them just as they have supported us.


Real Wood Floors

Vlietstra Fertilizing Services

National Storage Company

Engbers Masonry

Esper Electric, LTD

Preferred Plastics

Warner Memorial Camp

Preferred Plumbing and Heating

Steensma Lawn and Power Equipment

Butler, Toweson and Payseno, PLLC

Hazelhoff Builders

USG Otsego Paper

Dress Code Review

As we begin to ride the temperature rollercoaster that is the norm here in West Michigan, it is a good time to review the recess dress code.


All students must wear snow pants, coat, and boots to go off the paved areas of the playground when there is snow on the ground or if it is muddy. Also as the weather and temperature fluctuates our policy for outdoor gear is as

follows:


50’s – Jackets are suggested, but optional


40’s – Jackets, coat, sweatshirt, or sweater

required.


30’s – Coat, hat, gloves, boots, & snow pants

required.


We use the wind chill temperature to determine the dress requirements. The office will inform the students when the temperature is questionable.

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Get Involved, Make a Difference

Alamo PTO needs you! The PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) is a wonderful way to become involved in your child's education and to get to know other parents and teachers. The PTO has many activities throughout the school year that you can help with by volunteering. The PTO meets once a month, alternating between 4:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. in the Alamo Media Center. Listed below are the dates for this year's meetings. We would love for you to attend!


November 12th @ 4:00 p.m.

No December meeting

January 7th @ 6:30 p.m.

February 11th @ 4:00 p.m.

March 4th @ 6:30 p.m.

April 8th @ 4:00 p.m.

May 6th @ 6:30 p.m.

OPS Compliment Box

As part of our Capturing Kids Hearts culture and strategic plan, boxes have been placed in our front office to collect feedback. The intent is to have students, staff, parents, and community members complete a compliment card and drop it in the box. These cards will be collected and reviewed by Mr. Haase, and will be used to acknowledge staff and provide feedback. I encourage you to stop in the Alamo office to pick up a card, share some positive encouragement and leave it in the box. Thank you for helping us continue to make Otsego Public Schools a great place to grow our kids.

Updated Contact Numbers

Due to an update we received over the summer with our phone system, several of our numbers have changed. Below are the correct contact numbers for Alamo Elementary.


Office 269-694-7600

Attendance 269-694-7680

Transportation 269-694-7940

Base 269-694-7635

Fax 269-694-7699