Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - February 7, 2020

Important Dates

2019-2020

February 17 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day

February 18 - PTO Restaurant Night - Panera (BG)

February 18-21 - Kids Heart Challenge

March 3 - PTO, 6pm, Elementary Library

March 7 - PTO Pancake Breakfast, 8-11am, Elementary Commons

March 11 - Spring Pictures

March 11 - Family Fun Knight

March 23 - NO SCHOOL - Professional Development Day

April 6-13 - NO SCHOOL - Spring Break

April 14 - PTO, 6pm, Elementary Library

April 15 - Ohio State Test, ELA Part 1, Grades 3-5

April 16 - Ohio State Test, ELA Part 2, Grades 3-5

April 21 - PTO Restaurant Night - Pork Belly BBQ

April 28 - Ohio State Test, Math Part 1, Grades 3-5

April 28 - 1st Grade Music Performance, 7pm, HS Auditorium

April 29 - Ohio State Test, Math Part 2, Grades 3-5

April 30 - 2nd Grade Music Performance, 7pm, HS Auditorium

May 2 - PTO Color Run, Time TBD

May 5 - Ohio State Test, Science Part 1, Grade 5

May 5 - PTO, 6pm, Elementary Library

May 6 - Ohio State Test, Science Part 2, Grade 5

May 18 & 19 - Field Day

May 21 & 22 - Field Day Rain Dates

May 25 - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

May 27 - Kindergarten Graduation, 7pm, HS Auditorium

May 29 - Last Day of School for Students




Get real time calendar on our website!

District:

http://www.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/calendar/?id=0&id=1&id=2&id=3&id=4&id=5&id=6&id=7

Elementary only:

https://elementary.otsegoknights.org/apps/events/?id=0

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Youth Olympics (4th and 5th Graders) - There are still spots available!

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Kindergarten Round Up and Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year

On Tuesday March 10, 2020 at 6:30pm, Otsego Elementary School will be holding a Kindergarten Round Up Meeting. This meeting is for all parents of incoming kindergarten students for the 2020-2021 school year, including those students who already attend our preschool program. Students must be 5 years of age on or before August 1, 2020 to enter kindergarten.


Kindergarten Round Up will include basic information about kindergarten, explanation and distribution of registration forms, and an opportunity to sign-up for your child's Kindergarten Screening time slot in June of 2019.


Feel free to bring proof of residency, certified original birth certificate, photo ID of parent/guardian, immunization record, and complete court file-stamped custody papers (if applicable) to the meeting and we can make copies and add them to your student's file following the meeting. If you are unable to bring them at this time, please plan to have them at your screening appointment in June.


If you are unable to attend this meeting, but have a student entering kindergarten for the 2020-2021 school year, please stop by the Otsego Elementary Office anytime starting March 11, 2020 to pick up a registration packet, or you can download and print the forms from our school website (otsegoknights.org) under the Parent tab on the Elementary Page.


If you have any questions regarding Kindergarten Round Up, registration and/or screening please call the Otsego Elementary Office at 419-823-4381 Option 4.

Preschool Registration for 2020-2021

We will begin accepting registration paperwork for NEW preschoolers on Tuesday, February 18th at 8:00am. Paperwork will be online to print out or available for pick up in the Elementary Office beginning February 18th. We will NOT be accepting or distributing paperwork prior to February 18th. Classes are on a first come, first serve basis, so be sure to register early as classes fill up quickly.


*Please note: You will need your $210 deposit as well as the $40 supply fee with you when you register. If you qualify for free tuition with the required paperwork or are placed on the waiting list, your deposit/check will be returned.


*Students must turn 3 on or before August 1st, 2020, and be completely potty trained (unless on an IEP), to attend preschool. Also, 3 year olds may ONLY attend 2 or 3 days per week and are not eligible to attend more days.


*Students who are not Otsego School District Residents, and who are not following a staff member, will not be placed in a class until after June 1, 2020. You are still welcome to register at the above date and time.


IF YOU HAVE A RETURNING PRESCHOOLER, PAPERWORK TO CONTINUE IN THE PROGRAM WILL BE SENT HOME BY FEBRUARY 4TH WITH YOUR STUDENT.

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A Note from Nurse Jane Gray:

We are in full blown flu season. Please Click Here to read more and determine if your child should stay home or come to school.
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PTO Pancake Breakfast Letter to Parents

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Kalahari Raffle Information

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STEAM CAMP INFORMATION

Complete the Online form https://forms.gle/RsdUFRHYV3YX1fGTA ), and send a check (payable to Otsego Local Schools) to the Otsego Elementary Office.
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Tennis Shoes for P.E.

Please make sure your child has tennis shoes and socks for P.E. class. It is often easier if students leave a pair of tennis shoes and socks in their locker, so they have them when they need them. Thank you!

OES Parent Drop Off & Pick Up 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.

  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.

Happy Friday, Knights!


Today, January 31st, PTO is hosting a mother/son dodgeball night. This is second year they are putting on the program and with their support some of the member of the 5th grade Be the Change Club will be in attendance to offer baked goods for a donation of your choice. All the money we raise will be used to complete a service project by the students. Last year the BTCC went to Grand Rapids Care Center to visit the residents. We played games, sang, painted finger nails and had an overall great visit. This year we are looking to do another community based service project, so any and all donations at the dodgeball event will be greatly appreciated. Make sure to stop by and see us for a night of fun and delicious goodies!



If you, or someone you know, is looking for a winter coat, hat, or gloves please contact Ms. Syrowski for any needs you may have. We want to make sure everyone is safe and appropriately dressed as we face the cold months ahead. Have a great weekend.


Warmly,

Ms. Syrowski & Ms. Martinez

Dueling Piano Night is Coming to Otsego!

Dueling piano night is coming to Otsego! The Otsego Endowment Foundation is excited to announce the details for our revamped spring event. We are thrilled to bring to you a fabulous night filled with great food and live entertainment. On Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Nazareth Hall: Cadet West Ballroom we will be bringing you #AKnightToRemember. Put two incredibly talented musicians with two baby grand pianos on stage, add a room full of people and you get an evening of fast, funny and unforgettable entertainment. You can visit our website, oef.otsegoknights.org, to learn more and even purchase your tickets! You can also purchase tickets from any member of the OEF Board of Trustees. Tickets are $50.00 each and include your dinner and entertainment. Cash bar will be available, as well as some extra games for added entertainment. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to otsegoendowment@otsegoknights.org or contact Ashley Severt (asevert@otsegoknights.org) or Andy Vollmar (andrew.vollmar@gmail.com), Board of Trustees Co-Chairs, at any time! We look forward to seeing you at the event for a great time!
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Looking for an easy way to help out OEF? Shop through smile.amazon.com instead of the regular site or app and choose Otsego Endowment as your charity of choice and Amazon will donate a percentage of your total directly to our organization at no charge to you! Email us for questions at endowmentfoundation@otsegoknights.org

Important Food Service Information

Cafeteria News:

If you'd like to come in and have lunch with your child, we welcome you to purchase a school meal. Adult meals are $3.25. The meals consists of a main entree, vegetable, fruit and milk. We can only accept cash or check for meals.


If your child/children were on free and reduced meals last year, and you believe you qualify this year, you must submit a new application. Any meal charges, that occur prior to a new lunch application are the responsibility of the parent to pay. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.


The free and reduced meal applications are available online or in the school office. CLICK HERE FOR THE ONLINE APPLICATION


As many of you may remember we have the "Pay it Forward" account which is to keep students from receiving an alternate meal. At this point, the account is nearing zero. If you are interested in donating to the Pay It Forward program please contact Jeanne Jeffers, jjeffers@otsegoknights.org or Adam Koch, akoch@otsegoknights.org. Once the Pay It Forward account gets to zero, we will have no choice but to implement our districts unpaid meal charges policy, which follows.


Charging Policy


Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Jeanne Jeffers, 419-823-4381 ext 1104 or jjeffers@otsegoknights.org

  • Breakfast = $1.50, $0.30 for students who qualify for reduced lunches
  • Lunch = $2.85, $0.40 for students who qualify for reduced lunches

Box Top Update

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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Powerschool Parent Access

Parents can access student grades and attendance through the Otsego website.


www.otsegoknights.org, students tab, online grades


All students user ID is their lunch number and all passwords are the first 3 letters of the student's FIRST name with the first letter being capitalized (Jane would be Jan).


If you have any trouble logging on, please call the office at 419-823-4381, option 4.

Important Transportation Information

You can check your bus routes here - https://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=OLSD3GH6PNQOH


Please take a look at the attached document for an explanation on how to use the bus finder website.

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Elementary Bus Passes: We will no longer be able to accept bus passes for grades PK-5 for your child to ride home with a friend on another bus route. We have seen our transportation numbers increase over the past several years and in order to continue to operate the most efficient way possible, we will no longer be able to accept bus passes in the elementary.


If you have any questions, please contact the elementary school office or Eva Vasher.


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Sign up to receive text messages from our Transportation Department!


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

Knight in Shining Armor Nominations

Knight In Shining Armor Nominations


Please use the following form to inform OHS Student Council about a family in need within the school district. While the family does not need to have students in the district, we do ask that they are a member of the Otsego Community. Use this form to share information about their current situation as well as how they can best be assisted.


Please be sure to understand that while Knight in Shining Armor (KISA) would love to help all community members in need, we are still a new program, and may not have the funds to do so. With that being said, we will consider each request on a case by case basis. Filling this form out does not guarantee that we will be able to assist the family, but we will try our hardest to do so!


Here are some things that we have done with KISA funds:


  • School supplies were purchased for multiple families.
  • Gas money has been provided to get to and from medical treatment.
  • Food cards have been provided to help families afford meals while going through medical treatment.
  • Cash donations have been made to families to help assist in paying bills during medical treatment.
  • Gift cards and supplies have been provided to help make ends meet after housing emergencies have occurred.




We now have TWO ways that you can nominate a family in need. Bookmark the link below to use as the need arises. You can also find this link on the Otsegoknights.org webpage under the "District" tab.


Please do not hesitate to nominate a family in need, and KISA will do their best to help out!


https://goo.gl/forms/mG7IctP7q8ZAaQOX2

Otsego PTO

Check out the PTO on Facebook and follow on Twitter @OtsegoPTO

www.otsegopto.com


The next PTO meeting is March 3rd at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.


**Babysitting is provided!!**

Community Events & Information

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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

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!

Kirsten Martinez

School Counselor

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer

Type in the web address below to shop the Otsego PTO store.


Orders will be delivered in time for Christmas!