Otsego Elementary Extra

Principal's Weekly Update - May 13, 2016

May is busy at OES!

We had a lot of great events this week: Ag Day for 4th Grade, Volunteer Breakfast, Preschool Picnic, and the 4th Grade visit to Toledo Express to see a C17 GlobeMaster. Of course this is in addition to all of the great things we have going on in our classrooms!

Don't forget that PTOs Family Fun Day at the Mud Hens is on Sunday at 2:00. You can reserve your tickets ahead of time, or buy them at the door - just remember to mention Otsego so PTO can get $1 for each ticket bought! (Check out the flyer near the bottom of the newsletter for more specific information).

Next week we will have Field Day, 5th Grade field trip to Imagination Station, APE Fitness Day, Ag Day for 5th Grade, Kindergarten Graduation, 4th Grade Field Trip to Seven Eagles, the last Career Cafe for grades 3-5, and the 5th Grade Dance on Friday.

OES Volunteer Breakfast

Thank you so much to all of our wonderful volunteers. We could not do our jobs without you! You are amazing!

Summer Reading Program

The Weston Library and Otsego Schools are excited to announce that we will be teaming up this summer to offer a summer reading program in each Village the month of June and July. We will have weekly story time for children birth to 4 years old, and programs and prizes for students 5-18, and weekly sensory activities and library time for special needs individuals. The theme this year will be ON YOUR MARK GET SET READ.

There will be a combined Reading RewardsDay on August 1st from 10:00 to 12:00 at the Otsego Elementary Commons. There will be games, pizza, and drawings to win prizes such as a Fitbit, IPAD, Gift cards, Bikes, Mini Scooter, Xbox and lots more! There will be bussing available from Weston, Haskins, and Grand Rapids on this day.

The more you read and attend the weekly events, the better your chance at winning awesome prizes! Please contact the school or the Weston Public Library for more information.

Click here for more information regarding the summer reading program

Summer Reading Program Schedule for June and July

Field Day 2016 Information

On Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17, we will hold our annual field day event. Students will participate in 13 different events from 9:20 a.m. to 11:40 a.m. In the afternoon, students will receive popsicles from the parent teacher organization, participate in tug-o-war, and have some playground time.

I suggest students bring a refillable water bottle, sunscreen (please apply at home), hat, and sunglasses. Please encourage your child(ren) to wear light colored, comfortable clothing (follow the school’s dress code), and tennis shoes (NO sandals or flip flops). A towel to sit on in the afternoon is optional.

Thank you for your cooperation,

Amy Konoff

Physical Education Teacher

Monday, May 16th K, 1st Hannewald, 1st Chamlis, 4th, (5th Gregorsok and 5th Nofziger are working in the morning)

Tuesday, May 17th – 1st Fallon, 1st Meadows, 1st Word, 2nd, 3rd, (5th Riley and 5th Hunsberger are working in the morning)

5th Grade Dance

Our annual 5th Grade Dance will be Friday, May 20th immediately after school for all 5th grade students. The dance will be held in the Elementary Commons from 3:30-4:30pm. There will be a DJ and the PTO will be providing pizza and drinks.

Permission slips must be signed and turned in by Monday, May 16th in order for students to be able to stay for the dance. Students will NOT be allowed to stay without a signed permission slip.

If your student has lost their permission slip, please e-mail Jenny Helberg (jhelberg@otsegoknights.org) to give your child permission to attend the dance. E-mails must also be received by the end of the school day on Monday, May 16th.

Students must be picked up at 4:30pm at the main entrance.

OES Extended Care SUMMER 2016 registration open.

The Summer Program will begin on Tuesday, June 7, 2016 and will conclude on Friday, August 12, 2016. Summer hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Our program will be closed July 4, 5 and 6 for the 4th of July holiday.

Registration information is available on the Otsego Schools website www.otsegoknights.org , and is also available in the Elementary Office, as well as from Program Supervisors. Registration paperwork must be complete and submitted to the program before your child can participate.

There is a $10.00 per family registration fee and the hourly rates are $3.00 for the first child, $1.50 for the second and $1.00 for the third, with a minimum of one hour per session. All field trip costs are extra and are expected to be paid prior to the date of the field trip. Certain field trips will have a minimum number of registrations required 2 weeks prior to the date of the field trip and will be subject to cancellation if the minimum is not met. The program does not have provisions for students not wishing to attend field trips. If your child is in attendance on a field trip day they will accompany the program on the field trip and you will be billed the hourly rate plus fees. Every effort is made to return to the Elementary Building by 4:00 p.m. on field trip days.

Children enrolled in the program must bring a packed lunch each day and snacks if they choose. No cafeteria service is available during the summer. Children may also bring breakfast to eat upon arrival if they choose.

Please remember that students are active all day long and must wear tennis shoes or sneakers for their safety. Students engage in many activities including: daily reading, journal writing, use of the playground, periodic walks to Centennial Park for lunch and play, board games, card games, science experiments, making silly putty and play-doh, various arts and crafts, weekly swimming at Grand Rapids Pool, weekly library visits , several bowling trips, Imagination Station, the Toledo Zoo, sidewalk chalk and bubbles, and water games in the courtyard, every other Monday is Movie Monday with popcorn, just to name a few. Please see the calendar of activities for more details.

Our trained and qualified staff look forward to helping your child have an enjoyable summer experience.

If you have any questions please email Crystal Stough at cstough@otsegoknights.org or leave a message at 419-823-4381 ext. 4408.

4th Grade Ag Day - Thank you FFA

4th Grade Visit to Toledo Express - Thank you Mr. Atkinson

Counselor's Corner

Goodwill Donation Drive (Also benefiting Otsego Clothing Closet) May 2-6

As a school we collected 1,119 grocery bags of clothing! Absolutely awesome! It is great to be part of such a caring community! Mrs. Digby's 3rd grade class won the pizza party by just 5 bags. Thank you all for your generosity!

Yearbook Distribution

All students who ordered yearbooks should have received them early this week. If you did not order one and would like to, you can call the main office to see if there are any extras left for purchase.

For more information on school-wide programs & the Elementary Counseling program, visit Miss Mikesina's Website at http://oesknightscounselor.weebly.com/

Otsego PTO

“There’s a Minion reasons to join PTO”

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


The next PTO meeting is June 7th, the time is TBD.

Be sure to order your school supply kits for the 16-17 school year by May 31st

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The Family Fun Day at the Mud Hens is Sunday May 15th

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Defiance College Basketball Camp

If you are interested in having your son attend a summer basketball camp at Defiance College, please check out the pamphlet and registration form and registration form. They have a camp for boys age 4 -2nd grade and one for grades 3-9.

Important Dates

May 16-17 - Field Day

May 17 - Kindergarten Graduation - 7pm

May 19-20 - Field Day Rain Dates

May 24-25 - Air Extreme Behavior Reward

May 27 - Last Day for Students

August 10 - Back to School Days, 2pm-8pm

August 11 - Back to School Days, 12pm-6pm

August 18 - OES Open House, 6pm-7pm

August 22 - First Day of School for students in grades 1-12

August 25 - First Day of School for Preschool and Kindergarten

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



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!


You can help the school earn money for supplies by collecting Box Tops and Campbells labels from soup, juices and snacks. Our PTO collects and counts them and puts the money straight back into the school.

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