Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - February 5, 2016

Preschool Registration for 2016-2017

Preschool pre-registration for 2016-2017 will begin February 22nd at the Elementary School. Paperwork packets may be picked up in the office or printed off the web site and dropped off. Classes are on a first come, first serve basis so be sure to register early. Registration form and tuition contract must be submitted as soon as possible to get on a class list. The rest of the paperwork, as well as the supply fee and deposit, are due by May 2nd. Please call the Elementary Office if you have any questions or need more information.

Kindergarten Registration for 2016-2017

Registration for Kindergarten will begin Monday, February 29th. Students registering for Kindergarten must be 5-years-old by August 1, 2016. Paperwork packets can be picked up in the Elementary office between 8:00am and 4:00pm. Registration forms are also available online, under the "enrollment" tab on the district page. The Kindergarten physical form is under the "forms" tab. Please call the Elementary Office if you have any questions or need more information.

Arrival Procedures

We recently added a painted yellow line with orange cones next to it on the drive in front of the school. When you are dropping students off in the morning, please pull all the way up to this yellow line. That way we can fit more cars in the line to drop off students which will make arrival go much quicker. Right now most people stop at the crosswalk (where I stand), but we have a lot more room for cars to stop and let students out. Cars have been getting very backed up in the morning with the colder weather, so please pull up as far as you can to ensure we can fit as many cars as possible.

Additionally, if you need to come into the building, please park in one of the parking spaces. Please do not leave your car parked in the drop off line.

Thank you so much for all of your help to make arrival efficient and safe for our students!

Kindergarten Students Singing

The kindergarten students have been practicing the National Anthem and will be performing it next Friday night (2/12) during the basketball game. Come support the Otsego Basketball Team and check out our Kindergarten students performance.

Community Forums

Members of the Otsego Team will once again be conducting community forums this spring. Otsego parents, staff, and community are invited to attend one of the informational sessions below. We need to hear from parents and community members on the things we are doing right and what needs improvement. We will update the community on key initiatives that we have implemented this year and look ahead to the next school year. We will also provide a financial overview of the past several years and will discuss the financial forecast. You will have the opportunity to ask the team questions and make suggestions on how we can strengthen the Otsego Local School District. “Our Students, Our Community, Our Success”

Wednesday, March 2nd

5:30PM at Haskins Town Hall (former site of Haskins Elementary)

7:30PM at Otsego High School Library

Wednesday, March 9th

5:30PM at the Weston Library (13153 Main Street)

7:30PM at the Grand Rapids Branch of the Weston Library (17620 Bridge Street)

We hope to see you there!

4-H Opportunity for 2016

Green Meadows 4-H Club is once again opening up membership for the upcoming 4-H year. Due to the recent graduation of a couple long term members, our numbers have dropped and we would be comfortable adding a few new members.

Green Meadows has traditionally been based out of Haskins, however, over the last several years, the meetings have been held within the Haskins, Tontogany, and Grand Rapids areas. Anyone is welcome to join whether your child would be a CloverBud (kindergarten thru 2nd grade), a first time 4-H member (in 3rd grade or has never been in 4-H), or a veteran 4-Her looking for a new club. Green Meadows is a smaller club, typically with membership numbers right around 15.

Members take a range of projects from cooking to clothing to livestock to pets to muskrat trapping to scrapbooking to independent projects. The list is endless. Shannon (419-356-9401) and Kim (419-205-5939) are the advisors and would gladly discuss the array of projects available for your child to take. For more information regarding this club, its expections, and the benefits of joining, please call or text one of the advisors.

Our first meeting will be held on Sunday February 28th at the 4-H Extension Office in Bowling Green so that the kids can review the variety of projects available and the books accompanying each project.

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 March 1 at 6:30 pm.

Father Daughter Dance Save the Date

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4th Grade Needs Volunteers

The 4th graders could use some volunteers to assist in glass mosaic art projects from 9:15 – 10:15am the week of February 22nd.

Interested? Email Tina Helle:thelle@otsegoknights.org

Thanks to Animal House Glass for helping with this project!

Counselor's Corner

Random Acts of Kindness Week

February 16-19 we will be participating in Random Acts of Kindness Week. Throughout the week we will be encouraging our students to help and do something kind for others without expecting anything in return. At lunch, students will have an opportunity to fill out a card if they have done a random act of kindness that day. We will then display the cards on the windows in the commons to create a kindness wall! I am excited to see how big we can make the wall!


I will be visiting every classroom to meet with each student for about a minute. The purpose of these mini-meetings is (1) for me to be able to meet with every student and build rapport, (2) to check in with each student and see how their school year is going, (3) to catch any students who may need help but are afraid or won't ask for help and (4) to gather data for the school counseling program.

For more information on school-wide programs & the Elementary Counseling program, visit Miss Mikesina's Website at http://oesknightscounselor.weebly.com/

5th Grade D.A.R.E. Basketball Night

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Important Dates

Feb. 12 - NO SCHOOL - PD for Teachers

Feb. 15 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day

Feb. 25 - Chowder's n Moor Fundraiser

Mar. 1 - PTO Meeting - 6:30pm

Mar. 16 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

Mar. 18 - End of 3rd Quarter

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 10 - Family Fun Day at Mud Hens Game

April 16 - Father Daughter Dance - 7pm

April 20 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

April 23 - PTO Pancake Breakfast

April 26 - 1st Grade Music Performance - 7pm

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

Laffalot Summer Camp

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