Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - September 29, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Amy Luidhardt

Mrs. Luidhardt has been working as a third grade teacher in the Otsego School District since 2001. Mrs. Luidhardt earned a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University in 2000, and a Masters Degree in Reading from Bowling Green State University in 2001. She lives in Bowling Green with her husband Andy and three children Kaitlyn, Drew, and Brayden. In her spare time, she enjoys attending Eastwood sporting events (where her children go to school), reading, running, and attending the many games of her three active kids.

Picture Re-Takes

Picture Re-Takes are October 17th. If your student(s) did not get a picture taken at Back to School days in August, OR if you are unhappy with your pictures, please complete the form below and send it with your student(s) on October 17th.

Pre-Sale Football Tickets!

Pre-sale tickets for the Varsity football game on October 6 will be on sale Monday - Friday in the elementary office 8:45 - 3:45 and the junior high office 7:30 - 2:00. The October 6th game is our Little Knights night. Tickets are required to enter the stadium to watch the Little Knights cheerleading pre-game performance and to watch the flag football players run out with the team. Adult tickets are $6. Student/62+ tickets are $4.

August/September Students of the Month: Respectful and Responsible

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Morning Drop-Off

  1. Please use the entire length of the drop off zone (even past the crosswalk) to keep the line moving. If all cars pull up as far as they possibly can we can fit more vehicles along the sidewalk and more students can exit at a time. This will make drop-off go quicker while maintaining safety.

  2. Students should only be let out on the side of the car that is next to the curb. This is to avoid students being hit by a moving car in the lane farther away from the curb. If your student needs to get out on that side of the car, please park in a parking spot and have your student walk into the building using the crosswalk.

  3. Please do not stop in the crosswalk. If you are dropping a student off, please do not stop your car in the crosswalk. This is a safe place for students to cross, and when there are cars in the crosswalk it creates a safety concern.

  4. The second lane is for driving only. No students should be let out of the car in the lane farther from the curb. Students should only be exiting cars onto the sidewalk so that we can ensure their safety.

  5. Please remember to NOT park your car in front of the school! The line needs to keep moving to efficiently get students into the school in a timely manner, and when there is a parked car in the drop-off line, the whole process gets backed up. If for some reason you need to leave your car, please use the available parking spaces.


Afternoon Pick-Up

  1. Please use the entire length of the pick-up zone (even past the crosswalk) to keep the line moving. If all cars pull up as far as they possibly can we can fit more vehicles along the sidewalk and more students can get into their vehicles. This will make pick-up go quicker while maintaining safety.

  2. Please do not stop in the crosswalk. If you are picking a student up, please do not stop your car in the crosswalk. This is a safe place for students to cross, and when there are cars in the crosswalk it creates a safety concern.

  3. The second lane is for driving only. No students should get into their car in the lane farther from the curb. Students should only be entering cars from the sidewalk or by using the crosswalk so that we can ensure their safety.

  4. Please remember to NOT park and leave your car in front of the school! The line needs to keep moving to efficiently get vehicles out of the pick-up zone in a timely manner, and when there is a parked car in the line, the whole process gets backed up. If for some reason you need to leave your car, please use the available parking spaces. If you are parked while you are waiting for your student (and you are IN the car), that is fine.



THANK YOU so much for your understanding and compliance with these procedures to ensure our students’ safety. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any time!

Spirit Wear

PTO will be having another Spirit Wear Sale this Fall. The online store will open on October 2nd. It will be open until October 16th, and orders will be delivered to the school on November 6th. There will be more details to come, but be sure to mark your calendars and get ready to shop!

Phone Number Changes

Parents/Guardians,


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

State Testing Dates Set

The AIR Testing Dates, required by the state of Ohio, have been determined for the 2017-2018 school year for Otsego Elementary School.


Parents - PLEASE do everything you can to ensure your students are at school on the days that they have state testing. If they are sick, we will have make-up days, but would appreciate if all healthy students could be here on their testing dates. Thank you!


3rd Grade Fall ELA Test - October 24th and 25th


3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Spring ELA Test - April 11th and 12th


3rd, 4th & 5th Grade Spring Math Test- April 17th and 18th


5th Grade Science Test- April 24th and 25th

A Note from the School Nurse:

ATTENTION PARENTS/GUARDIANS:


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

Food Service

Just a reminder that the carryover period from last year for free and reduced meals has expired.


If your child/children received free or reduced meals last year and you haven't filed a new application, you are now responsible for any charges that are incurred.


Meal benefit expiration letters were mailed on September 15th to the address that is on file.


If you have any questions, please contact:


Jeanne Jeffers

Director of Food Service

Otsego Local Schools

419-823-4381 ext.1104

Transportation

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

Important Dates

2017-2018

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 20 - PTO Movie Night, 6-9pm

October 24-25 - 3rd Grade ELA State Testing

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 12-13 - PTO Holiday Shop

December 22-January 2 - NO SCHOOL, Holiday Break

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

January 9 - PTO Meeting, 6pm

January 15 - NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Hello Otsego Knights! I hope everyone had a wonderful week. Here are some reminders about Dear Nick, Be the Change Club and OES Postal Service, and the upcoming application due dates.


First, videos for Dear Nick will start in October, with information being sent home during the second week of each month. Students are encouraged to share their written responses with Miss Syrowski. You will be able to access the Dear Nick videos online through the counseling website or through google classroom (if you have a 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student). Again, responses should be in written form and returned to the Dear Nick bin outside of Miss Syrowski's door.


The Postal system will also be starting back up in October. With the help of our 4th Grade postmen and women, students will be able to send letters to anyone at OES. If your 4th grade student is interested in being a member of our postal team, please check their folder for the applications. Applications were sent home on Monday, September 25th and must be returned no later than Monday, October 2nd.


Finally, our 5th graders are eligible to participate in the Be The Change Club. Applications and information for this program were sent home on September 25th, and must be returned by October 2nd. Please contact Miss Syrowski with any questions you may have about these programs. You can also find this information on OES's counseling website. Here is the link: http://oesknightscounselor.weebly.com/


As we wrap up the Donation Drive for individuals impacted by the recent hurricanes, I would like to take a moment to thank all those who have participated. From the people who donated, to the students who collected and sorted items, and the staff that helped to organize this project, I hope you know that you make a difference everyday in our community and our world. Thank you for making Otsego great.


Best regards,

Miss Syrowski

Otsego PTO

“There’s a Minion reasons to join PTO”

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

www.otsegopto.com


The next PTO meeting is October 3rd at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.

Support the Knight in Shining Armor Fund

Community Members,


Student Council has teamed up with Filmraiser to help us raise funds for our Knight in Shining Armor Fund. Knight in Shining Armor is a fund designed to be used to help any family in the district in their time of need. We will earn $1 towards our cause for each ticket bought. If you have any young ones who are interested in seeing My Little Pony, please consider purchasing your tickets by clicking on this link.

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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

Reminders

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

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