Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update -August 17, 2018

Important Dates

2018-2019

August 20 - 1st Day of School for 1st-5th Graders

August 21 - 1st Day of School for Kindergarteners

August 23 - 1st Day of School for Preschoolers

September 3 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

September 4 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

October 2 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

October 15 - Professional Development Day - NO SCHOOL

October 19 - End of the 1st 9 Weeks

November 2 - Professional Development/Work Day - NO SCHOOL


2018-2019 School Year Calendar


Get real time calendar on our website!

District:

http://www.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/calendar/?id=0&id=1&id=2&id=3&id=4&id=5&id=6&id=7

Elementary only:

https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/?id=0

Win a New Car!

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PTO Spirit Wear is now available

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PTO Family Fun Knight!!

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OES Parent Drop Off & Pick Up 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 Katrina Baughman, Elementary Principal.

Important Transportation Information

Elementary Bus Passes: We will no longer be able to accept bus passes for grades PK-5 for your child to ride home with a friend on another bus route. We have seen our transportation numbers increase over the past several years and in order to continue to operate the most efficient way possible, we will no longer be able to accept bus passes in the elementary.


If you have any questions, please contact the elementary school office or Eva Vasher.


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High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)

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If you have any questions about bus routing information, please contact me at evasher@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 3156

Important Food Service Information

To better assist our parents, we have implemented an online free and reduced meal application. This will eliminate having to get a paper application, filling it out and returning it to your child’s school.


Fill out the online application under www.lunchapplication.com , just as you would the paper application. Once the application is completed we are notified so we can complete the application process. This will reduce your notification time.


Please make sure you have a correct mailing address on the application, so the notification letter gets to you.


  • Lunch Menu
    • Elementary - Lunch Menu
    • Breakfast = $1.10, $0.30 for students who qualify for reduced lunches
    • Lunch = $2.75, $0.40 for students who qualify for reduced lunches
We are excited to announce that we will be switching from styrofoam trays and plastic silverware in the cafeterias to washable trays and real silverware. I would like to thank last years 4th-grade students for analyzing our trash usage and negative impact on the environment that our styrofoam trays had. We are excited to be able to reduce our carbon footprint this year. Our trash consumption will decrease significantly as a result of this change. We are excited to announce a partnership with WLI - Work Leads to Independence to help us wash our dishes.


WLI is made up of several different components, working as one comprehensive coordinated system delivering services to people with disabilities throughout Northwest Ohio. We have been in business since the early 70's and just recently became a fully independent provider of services. WLI has always prided ourselves on providing quality services with meaningful results to each and every individual we serve.

Pay It Forward Project

We will be once again helping our students out with our Food Service Pay It Forward Project. This fund will provide meals to students who do not have lunch money in their account and cannot charge anymore. We want all of our students to get a hot meal every day. If you are interested in helping with this project you can send money into the central office or any of the buildings. Just put Food Service Pay It Forward on the envelope. You can make checks payable to the Otsego BOE. Thank you so much!!


If you have any questions please give Jeanne or I a call or send us an email.

OES Extended Care

Otsego Local Schools offers an Extended Care program for students age 5 through fifth grade. The before school program starts at 6:30am and goes to the start of school at 9:00am. The after school program begins at 3:30pm and closes at 6:00pm.


The hourly rate is $3.00 for the first child; $1.50 for the second child; $1.00 for the third child; and the fourth child and beyond are free. There is a $10.00 per family yearly registration fee which runs from June 1st to May 31st each school year.


You can access more information on Otsego’s Extended Care program at this link: https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=382480&type=d&pREC_ID=868128

It's officially time to start the new school year. I am so excited to see all you little knights on Monday! Here are a few important reminders for the upcoming school weeks.


Girls on the Run (GOTR): We are excited to announce that the Girls on the Run program is returning for another season! We had so much fun and learned so much last season we are gearing up for the new year! We will offer a different curriculum with new games and activities, but cover the same core values and tackle important life lessons. New participants are encouraged to sign up and girls who have already completed the program are invited back! If we have enough girls sign up and find volunteer coaches (we currently have two) we will be off and running in late February! Online registration opens Monday, August 20th and runs through Wednesday evening. You can register your 3rd through 5th grade daughter through the link below, which opens Monday.

https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/fall18programNWO



5th grade Camp: If you have a student(s) in 5th grade we make our yearly trip to Camp Palmer on Wednesday, September 12th and return on Friday, September 14th. Which does not leave us with much time after the start of the school year. So here is what you need to know.


If you were unable to attend our Back to School or Open House events and pick up the camp packet, do not fret. I have a copy for you in the office with your student's name on it. I will be sending these packets home on the first day of school, so please be on the lookout for them. This packet will have all the information that you and your student will need for camp. There are several pages that will need to be returned to me by the end of the school day on September 7th at the latest. Please look the packet over as soon as you can and contact me with any questions. In addition to returning the needed information, I will also need your student's $40 camp fee by September 7th.


On September 12th we ask that the campers be dropped off at school by a parent, to ensure they have everything they need for camp. We will meet near the High School Commons entrance at 9:30 am. After checking in, parents are able to leave. We will return to school on Friday, September 14th around 1:30 pm. At this time all campers will be dismissed for the day. We again ask that a parent (or other noted caring adult) be present to pick your student up. Again, if you have any questions please feel free to contact me by phone at (419)823-4381 ext 4010 or email at esyrowski@otsegoknights.org.


I can not wait to start this new school year with you all.

2018 Otsego Football Spirit Wear is on Sale Now!

Knight in Shining Armor Nominations

Knight In Shining Armor Nominations


Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Please use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.


Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!


Here are some things that we have done with KISA funds:

  • School supplies were purchased for multiple families.
  • Gas money has been provided to get to and from medical treatment.
  • Food cards have been provided to help families afford meals while going through medical treatment.
  • Cash donations have been made to families to help assist in paying bills during medical treatment.
  • Gift cards and supplies have been provided to help make ends meet after housing emergencies have occurred.


Please refer to this link at any point during the year as a need arises, and KISA will do their best to help out!


https://goo.gl/forms/mG7IctP7q8ZAaQOX2

Otsego PTO

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

www.otsegopto.com


The next PTO meeting is September 4th at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.


**Babysitting is provided!!**

Community Events & Information

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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