Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - August 12th, 2020

Finding Your Student's classroom

We are one week away from the start of the 2020-2021 school year. We are so excited to have you back at school.

Next week we are going to open the elementary school up from 3:30pm - 5:30pm Tuesday - Thursday night for students who are worried about finding their classroom to come into the building and navigate their way to their classroom. Please see the schedule below to determine which night you can come.

Tuesday, 8/18 - KG and 5th Grade Students
Wednesday, 8/19 - 1st & 3rd Grade Students
Thursday, 8/20 - 2nd & 4th Grade Students


You are required to wear a mask in the buildings at all times and we ask that you please try and maintain social distancing when possible. If you have students in multiple grade levels, please just choose one night and walk all your children through that evening.


These visits should take 5-10 minutes, and teachers will not be available to meet with families or students at this time. The purpose of this is to help ease anxiety in those students who are really worried. We encourage you to use the map below instead, but realize that will not work for everyone. Additionally, we will be sharing videos of how to navigate through the hallways with our Virtual Open House videos, so that should also help students visualize where they are going when they get to school next week.

Can't wait to see you and if you have any questions, feel free to contact Mrs Baughman, kbaughman@otsegoknights.org or Becky Buchman, bbuchman@otsegoknights.org

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OES Parent Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

Morning Drop-Off


*Due to COVID, please do not allow your students to congregate in front of the building before school starts. Ideally, they should wait with you in the car until the bell rings. If this is not possible, they need to wait on one of the social distancing markers that are located on the sidewalk area. This will ensure all students waiting to enter the building are 6 feet apart. Additionally, no students will be permitted to wait in the vestibule, in between the front doors and the doors to enter the building, to ensure social distancing is maintained before students are allowed in the building when the bell rings.


  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


*Due to COVID, please do not wait for students by the front doors. Parents should remain in their cars. If you see your student come out of the building, you can walk towards them, or stand by your car. We want to keep everyone safe, therefore no parents will be permitted to wait by the front doors for their student.


  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.

  5. Students must be picked up by 3:35pm. At 3:35pm, students will be taken to Otsego Extended Care at the cost of the parent/guardian (unless previous arrangements have been made).



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.

Extended Care Information

We just received word from the Ohio Department of Education today that we are able to operate at normal ratios for the start of the school year. So, if you are interested in using Extended Care during the 2020-2021 school year for before and/or after school care, please visit the website listed here:

https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=382480&type=d&pREC_ID=868128


All of the registration materials are available on this website. If you are unable to print the forms, hard copies are available in the Elementary Office.


A few things to remember:

1. Students must be at least 5 years old to attend Extended Care.

2. A $10 deposit is required for all families, and must be turned in before using the program.

3. A packet needs to be filled out for each student every year (paperwork expires each year on June 1st). So, if you did not use the program this summer, you need to fill out a packet for each of your children that will be using the program.

4. All parts of the packet must be filled out completely before a student can start using the program.


If you have any billing or registration questions or concerns, please contact Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@otsegoknights.org

From the Desk of Katrina Baughman

I hope everyone had a great and safe summer! I know this year is going to look very different, but I am really looking forward to having students and staff back in the building. I have a few different things I wanted to share.


1. Class Lists are available here:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1cJRBPv_OagWZS0vhk6zwEzouMVgbpUA-n6MvmVQM1gE/edit?usp=sharing


If your child is signed up for the online option, they will not be listed on a class list.


Preschool class lists are available here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/15Uwd2dgUyLeDmTn7WqzMRHOkKEL0iy2nq87VSrCS4N4/edit?usp=sharing

(Please use the tabs at the bottom to navigate between days of the week and teachers)


2. Open House this year will be virtual. We are still working out the details, but we will be sending out information electronically for students to meet their teachers. This information will also be located on the Otsego COVID-19 Online Resources page.

https://www.otsegoknights.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=881751&type=d&pREC_ID=1982779


3. Since there will not be an Open House, we will be hosting a Supply Drop Off on August 13th from 2pm-8pm. This is not required, but is being offered so you can drop off your students' supplies before they come to school on the first day. Please make sure that the container/bag your students' supplies are in is labeled with their first and last name, grade level, and teacher. If you are unable to drop your students' supplies off at this time, your child can bring them on the first day of school. If the Otsego Mask that we are giving each student has arrived by the 13th we will give you those too. If you ordered supplies through the elementary PTO, they will be delivered to your child's classroom before the first day fo school.


4. Chromebook pick up for those students who signed up for the 100% online Option: On August 13th from 2 to 8 pm we will have Chromebooks available for the students who signed up for the online option. You will pull around to the HS commons entrance and we will deliver your Chromebook to you.


5. The school day is going to look different this year. Please take a look at this document to learn more about what school will look like for students. A Day in the Life of an Otsego Elementary Student 2020-2021


6. Preschool is still waiting to hear back from the Ohio Department of Education regarding procedures we are required to follow this year. The changes we know right now include:

-No busing for typical students. We are only providing busing for preschool students on an IEP as this is all that is required by the state of Ohio.

-Preschool will not follow a hybrid/blended model if the district moves to that plan. Preschool students will continue to attend the days of the week they are assigned to come.

-If the district moves to an online model/plan, then PK students will also be fully online. Tuition will still be charged the usual rate.

-Preschool Screening will still take place at the time and date stated on the letter you received in the spring. Parents will not stay during the Screening time, and should plan to drop their student at the Elementary Office. Students will need to wear a mask. The Parent Meeting will be shared as a video you can watch at home.

-PK students first day of school is Thursday, August 27th.


7. Kindergarten will follow a staggered start. Each kindergarten student will attend one full day on either August 24th, 25th or 26th. All kindergarten students will attend every day starting Thursday, August 27th. Phone calls are being made today by the Elementary Office letting families know which day their kindergarten student will be attending.


Thank you for your patience as we continue working through all the details to start this school year off successfully! Please reach out to me and/or the Elementary Office with any questions you may have. We will continue to share information as soon as possible!

Supply Lists

There is a link on the Otsego Elementary webpage that contains all the Supply Lists. It is located under the "Parents" tab.


Here is the link:

https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=382108&type=d&pREC_ID=866962


If you ordered supplies through the elementary PTO, they will be delivered to your child's classroom before the first day fo school.

Calendar 2020-2021

August 13th - OES Supply Drop Off, 2-8pm (See more information above)

August 17-21 - Professional Development for Teachers - NO SCHOOL

August 24 - 1st Day for Students 1st Grade-5th Grade

August 24-26 - Preschool Screening

August 24-26 - KG Staggered Start (Each child comes one full day)

August 27 - 1st day of school for all PK and KG Students

September 1 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Tontogany Ball Field Shelter House

September 2 - Picture Day for Elementary Students

September 7 - Labor Day, NO SCHOOL

October 12 - NO SCHOOL

October 20 - 3rd Grade ELA State Test, Part 1

October 21 - 3rd Grade ELA State Test, Part 2

October 21 - End of 1st Quarter

October 27 - Picture Retake Day for Elementary Students

October 30 - Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL

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Preschool Openings for this Year

We DO have a few preschool spots still available for this school year. Spots are open for our 2 day or 4 day programs. Days would be Tuesday/Thursday or Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday-Friday. Please contact the office at 419-823-4381, option 1 as soon as possible if you would like to register your child for preschool for the 2020-2021 school year.

Yearbooks Have Arrived

If you purchased a yearbook last school year, we will be sending it home with your child the first week of school. If your child is completing our online schooling option the first semester, you will need to stop in the elementary office the first week to pick up the yearbook.


We do have a few extras for sale if you missed out on ordering one. The cost is $17 per book, cash or checks made out to "Otsego BOE". You can send money in with your student or stop in the office to purchase. These will be sold on a first come, first serve basis.

Hybrid Letters

If you did not receive a letter stating which days of the week your child would attend school in the event that we begin Hybrid learning, please contact the office. This would not affect preschool students.

Visitors, Treats, and Snacks

There will be no visitors in the building this school year. In addition, we will not be allowing any treats (birthdays, holidays, etc) or any other outside food to be brought in the building. This does not pertain to student's packed lunches.

Chromebook Request Form

In case we go to a blended/hybrid model at some point during the school year, we would like to have a list of students who DO NOT need a Chromebook sent home.


Please fill out this form if you DO NOT NEED a device sent home for online assignments. If you have a unique scenario or have further questions, please contact Jessica Martinez (jmartinez@otsegoknights.org).


https://forms.gle/ZBjUqS83BfdjciWXA

Face Mask Fundraisers

Several organizations are doing mask fundraisers. Thanks for the support!


The Otsego School Board has unanimously voted to implement a district-wide mask policy. Otsego will be providing one mask for every student and staff member.


In order to better protect our students and staff, it is recommended that your mask is washed after every wear. To reduce how often you have to launder your masks, it may be beneficial to purchase or provide multiple for your students.


There are adult and youth sizes available at all of the places.


HS STUDENT COUNCIL


The following link will allow you to purchase white background masks in adult sizes only.

https://www.bonfire.com/store/otsego-hs-student-council--mask-fundraiser/


The following link will allow you to purchase black background masks in youth and adult sizes, in over the ear or sports style. Please note, the sport style is done through screen printing, and may want to be turned so the design is off center to aid in talking, in addition, the Small/Medium would be the youth size, Large/Xl would be the adult size. The over the ear style is done through sublimation, so the design is fused to the fabric, and there is a sizing chart in the listing to reference.


https://otsegofacemasks2020.itemorder.com/sale



Both fundraisers provide the option for direct shipments to your home. If you choose to pick up from the HS commons, we will organize a pick up time once all masks styles come in. We will share this time and date through newsletters and social media.


HS POST PROM


https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DLznU23M1EeRbykm3INEtG-Tebjc-qsd/view?usp=drivesdk



Thank you so much for your support.

Opportunity to learn more about scouts!

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Keep Scanning Those Box Tops!

You can now just scan your receipt and our school will earn money! Please see the information below regarding the new Box Top App and Procedures for the 2019-2020 School Year!


There are two types of Box Tops this year - electronic (must scan your receipt with the new app to get the money to the school), and the original Box Tops (can cut them out and send them in with your student!)

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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

Principal: @kbaughman723

Assistant Principal: @buchman_becky

STEM Teacher: @jemartinez714

PE Teacher: @AmyKonoff

School Nurse: @nursejaneots

Otsego Food Service: @Otsego_Cafe

Heard a rumor or have a question?

Please send me an e-mail or give me a call!

Kirsten Martinez

School Counselor

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer