Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - April 8, 2016

A new addition....

We are excited to announce the birth of Kylin Grace Martinez. She arrived on March 31st. Both mom and baby are doing well! Congratulations Mrs. Martinez!

Still Need to Order a Yearbook?

Yearbooks will be distributed in May. So, anyone that ordered one, will receive them then. We do have a few extra copies available for purchase. They will be sold on a first come, first serve basis. They cost $16.00. If you are interested in purchasing one, please contact Jenny Helberg at the Elementary School office.

*Those who purchase the extra copies will not receive them until May when the rest of the yearbooks are distributed.

Donations for OES Extended Care/Latchkey

Spring cleaning time has arrived!

As people are cleaning out cabinets, closets, and getting ready for garage sales, please keep our OES Extended Care Program (formerly called LatchKey) in mind for possible donations.

We can always use toys, games, puzzles, boxes of crayons, markers or colored pencils, and glue sticks.

We also have a Wii game system and could use extra controllers or school appropriate games that your family has outgrown. G rated DVDs would also be a bonus to our program as well as arts and crafts supplies. We also always need tissues if you have an extra box or two.

Any donations to the OES Extended Care Program (Latchkey) are greatly appreciated and can be dropped off in the office for us. Any item received that we deem to be unsuitable for our program use will be donated to Good Will. Thank you so much for thinking of our program.

State Testing Update

Our first 2 days of testing went very smoothly. The students did a fabulous job, and the staff did wonderful with the new "team approach" to testing. Thank you parents for ensuring your students were well rested, ate breakfast, and were at school on testing days! Below are the dates for the remaining testing dates for this year.

Below is the testing schedule for all 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students:

Thursday, April 21st: Math Part 1 (Grades 3-5)

Friday, April 22nd: Math Part 2 (Grades 3-5)

Tuesday, April 26th: Social Studies Part 1 (Grade 4) & Science Part 1 (Grade 5)

Wednesday, April 27th: Social Studies Part 2 (Grade 4) & Science Part 2 (Grade 5)

What can parents do to help?

While state testing is never our primary focus here at OES, we still strive to give our students their best chance possible. Parents can help with this by ensuring students are at school on the dates listed above, have had a good night sleep, and a healthy breakfast. At school we focus on encouraging students to do their best and show us what they know, reiterating that at home might help students feel less stress regarding taking these tests.

As always, feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns! Thank you for your assistance in giving our students their best education possible!

Cafeteria News

As many of you are aware, we have allowed student’s to charge meals this year. As we are approaching the end of the year we will no longer allow charging. STARTING APRIL 5th there will be NO CHARGING of meals. If the student does not have enough money on their account to cover the meal at the elementary they will receive a cheese sandwich. At the jr. high/high school their lunch will be pulled.

If a jr. high/high school student isn’t sure if they have enough money on their account they should ask the cashiers prior to going through the meal line.

We also have some students who are on free and reduced lunches with outstanding balances, they must be paid. These balances occurred prior to the paperwork being received by the cafeteria. You are responsible for the charges. The charges do not go away at the end of the school year. If they are not paid they are carried over to the following year.

If you have a senior with meal charges, they must be paid for you student to walk in graduation ceremonies.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Thank you,

Jeanne L. Jeffers

Otsego Baseball at 5/3 Field

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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 Tuesday, May 3, at 6:30 pm.

2016-2017 PTO Officers

At the PTO meeting on April 5th, the PTO Officers for next year were voted on. Please help me in congratulating the following parents:

Matt Shanahan - President

Karen Yaney - Vice President

Nicole Treen - Communications

Haley Wilkins - Communications

Nick Fallon - Treasurer

Angie Shidler - Secretary

Thank you so much for volunteering your time and energy to help make OES the best place for our students!

Pancake Breakfast Grand Prize

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Here it is!

Here is a picture of the actual Nissan Altima SL that you can win for a year. Sun roof, heated seats, heated steering wheel, leather interior, remote car start, keyless entry and a Bose sound system. Be sure to get your tickets soon! (see flyer above for more details)
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PTO Family Fun Day!

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Counselor's Corner

Pennies for Patients (March 14-24)

We are waiting for the bank to send a final count of our Pennies for Patients donations. Once the final count is received, the top fundraising class will be announced!

Goodwill Donation Drive (Also benefiting Otsego Clothing Closet) May 2-6

The first week of May we will be participating in the Goodwill Donation Drive. Last year, it was a huge success! This year we are also going to help the Otsego Clothing Closet with our donations, so please as you start spring cleaning, save any clothing/textile donations for this drive! :) More information will be sent home as the date comes closer.

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

Important Dates

April 10 - Family Fun Day at Mud Hens Game

April 16 - Father Daughter Dance - 7pm-9pm

April 20 - 2 Hour Delay - Teacher Inservice

April 21 & 22 - State Testing for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders: Math

April 23 - PTO Pancake Breakfast 8am-11am

April 26 - 1st Grade Music Performance - 7pm

April 26 & 27 - State Testing for 4th grade: Social Studies and 5th grade: Science

May 2-6 - Goodwill / Otsego Clothing Closet Donation Drive

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

Horizon Youth Theatre - Festival of Shorts

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Historical Society of Grand Rapids - Summer Musical Auditions

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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



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