Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - September 22, 2017

Staff Spotlight: Heidi Feehan

Mrs. Feehan has taught in the district since 2002. She is a graduate of Otsego High School. Mrs. Feehan earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from Bowling Green State University in 2002 and a Master's degree in reading in 2005. She and her husband have two children that attend Otsego Local Schools. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her family and cheering on the Cleveland Indians, Browns and Cavaliers.

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

Transportation

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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

First, I would like to start by thanking everyone for welcoming me to the Otsego Community. We are off to a great start and I can not wait to see what the rest of the year holds! With the completion of 5th grade camp, our older students (grades 3-5) are now completing the Color Quiz. As the year goes on, students will learn more about their color and how it relates to different skills they have and potential career paths. Students will begin to meet with different members of the community to learn about their line of work during monthly Career Cafes. This will start in November.


Also, be on the lookout for some returning school-wide programming such as, Dear Nick, the OES Postal Services, and Be the Change Club. Videos for Dear Nick will start in October, with information being sent home during the second week of each month. Students will be encouraged to share their written responses with Miss Syrowski. The Postal system will also be starting back up in October. Students will be able to send letters to anyone at OES, with the help of our 4th Grade postmen and women. If your 4th grade student is interested in being a member of our postal team, please check their folder for the applications. Applications will be sent home by 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 will also be sent home by September 25th, and must be returned by October 2nd to Miss Syrowski. Please contact Miss Syrowski with any questions you may have about these programs and the school counseling program. 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 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.

Otsego Elementary School PTO Spotlight

Our PTO at Otsego Elementary is outstanding. Last year they put $11,839.78 back into the classrooms and education of our students through mini-grants, field trips, and purchasing materials for the school and students.


In addition to the funding PTO provides, they also host, organize and/or provide volunteers for a number of activities and opportunities for our students and staff throughout the year including:


*Picnic in the Parking Lot for Open Houses

*Dinner for the Teachers during conferences

*Monthly Restaurant Fundraisers (next one is September 28th at Panera - see below for more details)

*Holiday Shop (December 12-13, 2017)

*Box Top counting and submission

*Father/Daughter Dance - proceeds go to 5th Grade Camp

*Pancake Breakfast and Auction (March 3, 2018)

*Knights Run the Night 5K Run & 1 Mile Kids Fun Run (May 4, 2018)

*Teacher Appreciation Week

*Field Day Volunteers and Popsicles

*Air Extreme Volunteers

*School Supply Kits


Please consider supporting our PTO in any way you can (volunteering, attending meetings, planning events, providing supplies as needed, counting Box Tops, etc.). The next meeting is October 3rd at 6:00 in the Elementary Commons. Please come out to find out what you can do to support PTO and our students! If you are unable to make the meeting, but want to help - please e-mail opto@otsegoknights.org or visit their website at www.otsegopto.com

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Support the Knight in Shining Armor Fund

Knight in Shining Armor will be participating in TWO movie fundraisers this fall. If you have little ones, save the date the weekend of October 6th-8th. Lionsgate is releasing My Little Pony: The Movie. When you order your tickets through Fandango, $1 from each ticket sale will be donated to the Knight in Shining Armor Fund. Stay tuned for more details to come!
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Community Events

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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