Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - January 11, 2019

Important Dates

2018-2019

January 21 - NO SCHOOL - MLK Day

January 25 - PTO Mother/Son Dodgeball, 7-9pm, Elementary Commons and Gym

February 5 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

February 15 - NO SCHOOL, Professional Development Day for Teachers

February 18 - NO SCHOOL , President's Day

February 19-22 - Kids Heart Challenge (formerly Jump Rope for Heart)

March 2 - PTO Pancake Breakfast, 8-11am

March 5 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

March 6 - Family Fun Knight

March 15 - End of the third nine weeks

March 28 - 2nd Grade Music Program, 7pm, HS Auditorium

April 2 - 3rd-5th Grade ELA State Test, Part 1

April 2 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

April 3 - 3rd-5th Grade ELA State Test, Part 2

April 11 - 1st Grade Music Program, 7pm, HS Auditorium

April 13-April 21 - Spring Break (NO SCHOOL)

April 24 - 3rd-5th Grade Math State Test, Part 1

April 25 - 3rd-5th Grade Math State Test, Part 2

April 30 - 5th Grade Science State Test, Part 1

May 1 - 5th Grade Science State Test, Part 2

May 7 - PTO Meeting, 6pm, Elementary Commons

May 11 - PTO Knights Run, Time TBD

May 13 & 14 - Field Day(s)

May 24 - Last Day of School for Students




2018-2019 School Year Calendar


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

5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation

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Team Pictures and Candids

Parents and Coaches:

Please have any team pictures and/or candids for this year's yearbook submitted to me electronically by January 20th, 2019.


Thank you!

A Message from the School Nurse

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A Message From the PTO

Parents,

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped with the Holiday Shop. We hope your child was able to do a little family shopping.


In 2019, we will be looking for donations of wrapping paper, bags, to/from tags and tape. Having plenty of these items will help speed up the wrapping station.


You can drop off any items to the office and they will get them to us. Thanks again, and on behalf of the PTO, we hope you all enjoy your family during this Holiday season.

Theo's Theatre Reminder to Parents

If your student has signed up for Theo's Theatre, and is planning to stay after school for it, please write a note to the classroom teacher to let them know. There are a lot of students signed up for Theo's Theatre, and they do not all go every week. We have no way of knowing which students are planning to stay or not, so parents need to send a note in letting the school know that their child is staying after school for Theo's Theatre. Please call the Elementary School Office if you have any questions.


Thank you for your assistance and understanding!

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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.

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.



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 Transportation Information

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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High School & JH Buses (Bus Routes for grades 6-12 & Penta)

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If you have any questions about bus routing information, please contact me at evasher@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext. 3156

Important Food Service Information

  • Lunch Menu
    • Elementary - Lunch Menu
    • Breakfast = $1.10, $0.30 for students who qualify for reduced lunches
    • Lunch = $2.75, $0.40 for students who qualify for reduced lunches

January 2nd and 7

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

Welcome back, Knights! I hope everyone received the rest, relaxation, and joy you all deserve over the winter break. It was nice to come back Monday and see so many happy faces. I have just a few updates about the counseling program this week.


First, Be the Change Club (BTCC) and myself will be present at the Mother Son Dodgeball Event on Friday, January 25th. We will have a table set up with various baked goods for purchase. All the money raised from the baked good sale will be used to carry out various random acts of kindness throughout the community. Some of the ideas the BTCC have come up with include taking lunch to a local nursing home and playing games together, visiting the children's hospital and bringing stuffed animals or other various toys of interest, and putting together various emergency/necessities bags for those in need. If you would like to support these kind kiddos on a mission to make the world a better place, please stop and see us at the Mother Son Dodgeball Event! :)


Second, National School Counseling Week is coming up on February 4th and will run the duration of the week. Throughout the week I will be promoting (at the school, through twitter, and possibly in the community) what it means to be a school counselor and what we work to accomplish each day. I know I am biased, but the school counselor is an integral part of the school community working to promote kindness, teach and develop character traits that students will use the rest of their lives, teach conflict resolution, communication, and friendship skills, while supporting students academic and career aspirations. If you would like to come learn about what I do, please feel free to contact me. I would be happy to chat!


Finally, I wanted to let everyone know that spring groups will be starting the end of February/beginning of March and run until May. At this time topics are not solidified, so if there is an area of need that you think could be filled, please let me know and send any referrals my way. Thank you all for your ongoing support. Stay warm.


Warmly,

Ms. Syrowski

Otsego PTO

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

www.otsegopto.com


The next PTO meeting is February 5th 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: @PrincipalWiley

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!

Bonnie Armitage

Administrative Assistant

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer