Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - August 30, 2019

It has been a wonderful first full week of school! We are off for Labor Day on Monday, so we will see everyone back on Tuesday, September 3rd!


We still have quite a few families who have not completed Final Forms. Please make sure you take care of this as soon as possible. This is how we get our Emergency Contact information along with lots of other important information for each child. The link is listed below.


PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU HAVE COMPLETED ALL FORMS FOR EACH STUDENT IN FINAL FORMS.

https://otsego-oh.finalforms.com


Important Dates

2019-2020

September 2 - No School Labor Day

September 17 - Grandparents Night, 5pm-6pm

October 1 - PTO, 6pm, Elementary Library

October 11 - PTO Fall Fest

October 14 - PD Day

October 16-18 - 5th Grade Camp

October 22 - Picture Retake Day

October 22 - 3rd Grade ELA State Test, Part 1

October 23 - 3rd Grade ELA State Test, Part 2

October 23 - End of 1st Quarter

November 1 - NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day


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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New Staff Members

We are growing, and we have quite a few new staff members this school year. Below are their pictures, names and job titles. We hare excited to have them as a part of our OES Family!
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Friday Night Football

This year at each home football game we have special events planned. Please take a look at the schedule below.


Aug 31st

FB-Home Scrimmage Northwood

Meet the Teams Night

All get in free


Sept 6th

FB - Home (Van Buren)

FFA Dinner

Ag. Appreciation Night - All community members in the agricultural community will receive free admission to the game.


Sept 27th

FB -Home Eastwood (Homecoming)

Alumni Dinner


Oct 11th

FB - Home Elmwood

Family Night - Elementary PTO will have games set up near the stadium including bounce houses, and a dunk tank.


Oct 18th

FB - Home Rossford

Military/First Responders - All Active and retired military personnel and first responders will get in free to the game.


Nov 1st

FB - Home Genoa (Senior Night)

Mark Your Calendars!

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A Message from our P.E. Teachers

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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.

Important Food Service Information

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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As we get back into the swing of school it is easy to become overwhelmed and nervous about all the changes taking place. This can range from meeting a new teacher and classmates, to transitioning to a different wing of the building, learning new routines, or a new school all together. Sometimes these worries can be too much and it can be a challenge to come to school.


Linked below I have added a parent friendly article that talks about the impacts of school and separation anxiety, how it can manifest in our kids, and how we can support them. When we experience this intense anxiety it is a challenge to engage in our daily life and get to school, but you are not alone. We are here to work as a team and support your student, and you, through this process. As you read through the article, if you find it resonates with you (or your student) please don't hesitate to reach out to the counselors and teachers, if you haven't already. I hope you find the article helpful. Have a great weekend Knights!


https://www.heysigmund.com/how-to-deal-with-school-anxiety-no-more-distressing-goodbyes/


Warmly,

Ms. Syrowski & Ms. Martinez

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.


Tontogany Bus Routes Elementary Only - We were need of changing a few things up throughout the district this year and for the safety of our students, we added a few bus stops in Tontogany this year for Elementary Students only. This will be for the PK-5 students on the West side of the train tracks. If you go to a babysitter in Tontogany, you will need to fill out an alternate transportation form for the Tontogany address.

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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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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 September 3rd at 6:00 in the Elementary Library.


**Babysitting is provided!!**

Community Events & Information

Code 4 Her : Computer Science Mentorship for Girls

CODE4her is the new computer science mentorship program for girls in grades 5 through 8 organized by the Bowling Green Computer Science Department, BG Women in Computing (BGWIC) student organization under direction of their faculty advisor Jadwiga A. Carlson. The CODE4her mentorship program was initially sponsored by Google igniteCS. IgniteCS provided funding and resources for groups of college and university students to make a difference in their local communities through CS mentorship. In addition a generous donation from the Miller family allowed the program to begin and to continue.

Let HER learn about computer science at these 2.5 hour meetings held in Olscamp Hall 225 and Hayes Hall 020 on BGSU campus.

Five Sundays 1:30-4pm:

  • September 8
  • September 29
  • October 20
  • November 10
  • December 1

Each girl (5th through 8th grade) will work with the same BGSU student mentor and member of BG Women in Computing student group.

Cost is $100 per mentee.

Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis at code4her.org.

Space is limited!

Reserve her spot today!

Click here to download a flyer (pdf)


For more information about BGSU's Women in Computing please visit: http://www.bgsu.edu/arts-and-sciences/computer-science/women-in-computing.html.


Please direct all questions to Jadwiga A. Carlson at jacarls@bgsu.edu

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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