Otsego Elementary Extra
Principal's Weekly Update - April 8, 2016
Still Need to Order a Yearbook?
*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
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!
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.
Jeanne L. Jeffers
Otsego Baseball at 5/3 Field
2016-2017 PTO Officers
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
Here it is!
PTO Family Fun Day!
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/
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
Historical Society of Grand Rapids - Summer Musical Auditions
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 AND CAMPBELLS SOUP LABELS
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.