Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - May 20, 2022

Last Day of School Information

Our last day of school is June 2nd. This will be an early release day. Elementary students will be dismissed at 1:15. Lunch will still be provided to all students, and dismissal will be the same procedure as normal, but it will just be earlier. I wanted to get this information out to parents as soon as possible so you can plan accordingly.


Extended Care will be open to registered families on the last day of school starting at 1:15. Normal rates will apply starting at 1:15.

Upcoming Events

May 23-25: 5th Grade Camp

May 30: NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day

June 2: Last Day for Students, Students dismissed at 1:15

2021-2022 School Calendar

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2022-2023 School Calendar

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2023-2024 School Calender

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PTO Newsletter

PTO Newsletter

Click on this link for more information about meetings, volunteer opportunities, and flower sale pick up!

School Supply Kit Sale

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Extended Care Information

It is that time to enroll your child in the Extended Care Program for the Summer or the School year of 2022-2023. So if you are interested, please visit the website listed below after May 16th. The Registration packet and fee can not be signed or turned in, until on or after May 16th.


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


Summer OES Extended Care begins June 13th through August 12th, with the hours of 7 am-6 pm. In July we will be closed on the 1st through the 5th, to recognize the 4th of July.

OES Extended Care school year for 2022-2023 will start on August 24th, 2022 with the hours of 6:30 am - 6 pm.


All of the registration materials are available on the website or hard copies are available in the Elementary Office on or after May 16th for 2022-2023.

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).

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

  5. An active credit card form must be on file to pay for the Extended Care Amounts.



If you have any billing or registration questions or concerns, please contact Becky Hatfield at bhatfield@otsegoknights.org or 419-823-4381 ext 4401.

Fees and Credit Card Update

Otsego Local Schools has a new method for accepting Credit Card payments online now.

We now use PaySchools Central which allows parents to pay for their children's school fees and also to put money on their lunch account. You can still pay by check or cash, but this is the method to pay by credit card.


Here is the link to our website to get started:

PaySchools

You will need to create a PaySchools account and then add each of your children to your account.


**You will need the Student ID number in order to register your child. This is the same number that parents use to login into the Powerschool Gradebook and is the same as the lunch ID number. If you do not know your child's number, please contact the office.


If you have trouble setting up an account,

there is a support link or you can call their support line at 1-877-393-6628


In the case of shared parenting:

1. Invoices are emailed to the "primary residential parent" (which is the Contact #1 in Final Forms)

2. Each parent, however, can create a PaySchools account and add a child to their account to make payments.


Even if you do not use PaySchools to pay fees or add lunch money, you can still create an account so that you can "monitor" your student's balances.

Otsego Basketball and Football Camp Registration

Otsego's 2022 Basketball and Football Camp will be July 12th,13th 14th, Tues.-Thurs. for grades 3-8.

9:00-10:30 - Incoming 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade -Basketball / Incoming 6th, 7th and 8th Grade -Football
10:30-12:00 - Incoming 3rd, 4th and 5th Grade -Football / Incoming 6th, 7th and 8th Grade -Basketball

**Check In will be from 8:30 – 9:00 in the High School Commons on Tuesday July 12

Cost of the Camps:
Both Football and Basketball……$50
Football Only…………………….. $40
Basketball Only………………….. $40

*All campers receive a camp T-shirt
*Please bring your own drink

Registration Deadline: Friday, July 1st
(If players register after July 1st, we can’t guarantee a T-Shirt for them)

Make Checks Payable to: Otsego B.O.E.

Mail Payment to
Otsego High School
Steve Carroll
18505 Tontogany Creek Rd.
Bowling Green, OH 43402

OR - Please bring payment on first day of camp.

Questions:
Steve Carroll (419) 823-4381 ext. 1101
Josh Lindke (419) 389-2351

Virtual School Days

If we miss any more days of school this year, they will be Virtual Learning Days. Here is what that will look like at the Elementary Level:

1. All teachers will host a Zoom Meeting from 10am-2pm on the snow day for students to sign in and ask for assistance on any of their work. All students should sign on at 10am for a story to be read to them or for a short lesson. (If there is more than one student per household and not enough devices, each teacher will be repeating the 10am story/lesson at 11am).


2. Attendance must be taken. Students should make every effort to attend the Zoom Meeting. However, since we do not allow students to take home their devices, we have other factors in place to account for attendance (see #4).


3. If students show up to the Zoom and complete the activities they get full attendance. If students show up to the Zoom meeting and do NOT complete activities they are marked for 0.25 days present. If students only complete the work, they get full attendance.


4. Students will have a Virtual Day Choice Board sent home ASAP that they will complete on the snow day. This is similar to Blizzard Bags, but the activities will be different and the teachers are available on Zoom all day for assistance.


5. Virtual Day Choice Boards are due the following day of school unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher. (This is different than Blizzard Bags)


If you have any questions, please reach out to me or your child's teacher(s).

Reminders from the Office

1. PLEASE make sure you are contacting the Elementary Office if your child is absent from school. Even if you let the classroom teacher know, you still need to call the office. 419-823-4381, Option 4


2. ANY changes in transportation need to be called into the office by 3pm OR sent in writing to the classroom teacher/elementary office. This is to ensure students are getting home safely every day.

Kindergarten Registration Information for the 2022-2023 School Year

If you were unable to attend the meeting on March 9th, but have a student entering kindergarten for the 2022-2023 school year, please stop by the Otsego Elementary Office anytime starting March 10, to pick up a registration packet, or you can download and print the forms from our school website (otsegoknights.org) under the Registration tab on the Elementary Page. (These forms will not be accessible until March 10).


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.

Otsego Knights Have Your Back Armory

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Technology Safety

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Our children are inundated with technology. Unfortunately, it can pose dangers to kids when not used appropriately.


It can be overwhelming to monitor and make decisions about your child's technology use. We will regularly be sharing tidbits on the apps, games, and websites your child may be using.


If you have questions or concerns about your child's technology use, please reach out to Jessica Martinez (jmartinez@otsegoknights.org).

Birthday Treats

This year, we will not be allowing any treats (birthdays, holidays, etc) to be brought into the building. This does not pertain to student's packed lunches.


In lieu of bringing in birthday treats, each student will get a cupcake from the cafeteria one day during the month of their birthday.


Thank you for your understanding!

OES Student Pick Up and Drop Off Procedures

Morning Drop-Off


*Due to COVID, 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


  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.

Transportion Information

Online Bus Route Information - https://www.infofinderi.com/ifi/?cid=OLSD3GH6PNQOH


This site will identify the schools assigned to your residential address, as well as a bus number, designated stop, pick-up and drop-off time.



Pick-up and Drop-off

· Please ensure your child is at the bus stop at least five (5) minutes before the scheduled time to ensure they are there when the bus arrives.

· Pick-up and drop-off times may need to be adjusted during the beginning weeks of school and will become more consistent for the remainder of the year.

· Times posted on this site reflect the expected time the bus should depart during good weather.

· Inclement weather or traffic congestion may cause the route to run later than the posted time.

· The school bus is on a tight schedule so that we can deliver students to all school levels on time.



Instructions for Navigating this Site:

1. No student information is available on Infofinder I.

2. Enter your street address (including house number). This is the only required field. You might need to add a hyphen in the street name (ex. Long-Judson Rd.).

3. Click on the Search button.

4. Click your street address / zip code from the list of Address Matches.


If you cannot find your student's information please contact the Transportation Department at 419-823-4381, ext 3156 or evasher@otsegoknights.org

Food Service Information

Meals will be FREE all year. All students will have access to free breakfast and lunch the entire year.


Free and Reduced Application – We still need you to fill out a free and reduced application if you qualify. This is VERY important for a lot of different reasons. There is a very convenient way to fill this out online. https://www.lunchapplication.com/.


Please fill this out if you were free or reduced last year or your circumstances have changed and you think you qualify. If you qualify, you may be allowed to waive other fees throughout the year. It is very important that this gets filled out ASAP.


Future menu changes will be posted here:

Elementary Lunch Menu 2021-2022

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. Please 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!

These funds are not for routine expenses such as utilities, bills, rent, etc. It is designed for assisting community members in an emergency situation. This can include, but is not limited to unforeseen medical expenses, medical related travel expenses, and household emergencies such as a fire, water leaks, etc. Please keep this in mind when submitting a nomination.

Please refer to this link at any point during the year as a need arises, and KISA will do their best to help out!

https://goo.gl/forms/mG7IctP7q8ZAaQOX2

Community Events/Information

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Girls Summer Basketball Camp

Please see the attached flyer for a youth girls basketball camp this summer.


The registration link is https://forms.gle/rez9mJ35SDXEfbz3A


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Crush Baseball Golf Outing

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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: @OEScounselors

Principal: @kbaughman723

Assistant Principal: @buchman_becky

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!

Jenny Helberg

Administrative Assistant

Angie Norman

Administrative Assistant

Deputy Brian Ruckstuhl

School Resource Officer

Safe School Helpline

Dear Parents, Students and Friends,


Recent polls show that parents’ first concern about schools today is their child’s safety. That is my concern as well. Fortunately, the Otsego is very safe. However, no community is immune from the threats of violence and drugs that endanger public schools nationwide.


We are introducing a Safe School Helpline® to help prevent such actions. It is designed to assist you in reporting any wrongdoing that impacts our schools, our students, or our staff – anonymously, so as to protect your privacy. For example, you may wish to report acts of violence, theft, drug or alcohol use, weapons, or sexual harassment.


Just call from a touch-tone phone to 1-800-4-1-VOICE, ext. 359 (418-6423) to leave your information. Or TEXT: 614-426-0240 Then type: TIPS Your message will not be traced, and you will not be identified. The Safe School Helpline® team will transcribe and fax your message to school officials, so appropriate action can be taken.


Thank you for your continued support to provide a better education for all Otsego students.


800-418-6423 (800-4-1-VOICE ext. 359)

TEXT: 614-426-0240

Then type: TIPS

www.safeschoolhelpline.com

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