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OTISVILLE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

2525 Mount Hope Rd., Otisville, NY 10963 (845)355-5850 / fax (845)355-5853

SINGALONG ASSEMBLIES COUNTER BULLYING WITH POSITIVE MESSAGES

Posted October 19 at 2:14pm

“Bullies aren’t cool,” but “It’s cool to care”—these were some of the messages Otisville students sang along too during school-wide anti-bullying assemblies on Tues., Oct. 17.

 

Award-winning, singer-songwriter Tommy Gardner's motivational assemblies rely on music and humor to inspire children to grow kinder, healthier and more tolerant. The program has an anti-bullying focus, including digital bullying—“Think before you type it.” Under the theme, "You are a Superhero," children are encouraged to fight bullying with their "superhero" power to communicate, and to practice kindness, inclusiveness and respect.

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SPIRIT WEEK: FIREFIGHTERS VISIT OTISVILLE ON FIREFIGHTER RED DAY

Posted October 11 at 7:30pm

Today's celebration of Spirit Week's Firefighter Red Day was complemented by the observation of Fire Safety Week. The day began with a sea of red spreading across Otisville's grounds, as students arrived in their fiery-red outfits. Soon after, firefighters with the Otisville and Howells Fire Departments rolled in their fire engines to instruct students on fire safety tips, gear and equipment. Grades K-3 were also treated to tours of fire engines. Our school community would like to thank our local firefighters for their time and for their service. 

SPIRIT WEEK CONTINUES...

  • Thursday: Silly Hat Day
  • Friday: Minisink's Green and White

MORNING DROP OFF PROCEDURES

Posted October 3 at 4:43pm

In order to ensure the safety of our children, the following procedures will be adhered to when dropping off child(ren) in the morning.

  • All vehicles will stay in one line and pull up to the designated spot to drop off in front of the building. Children should exit on the curbside.  A teacher will assist the children into the building so there is no need for parents to walk their child(ren) into the school unless they arrive after 9:00am
  • Children may not be dropped off before 8:40am.  
  • A security guard will be placed outside the main entrance location to assist with the flow of traffic.  
  • If a parent wants to walk their child inside, or enter for a scheduled appointment, please park in the visitor parking spaces.

OTISVILLE ELMENTARY “TOGETHER FOR PEACE”

Posted September 27 at 10:21am

"We are peace," "We are the world," Otisville students sang during the school’s celebration of the International Day of Peace, on Fri., Sep. 22.

 

Ahead of the celebrations, students decorated paper pinwheels with color and words of peace, inspired by the Pinwheels for Peace project. During the outdoor assembly on the school’s front lawn, Mrs. Frawley’s fifth graders led in the peace pledge. Mrs. Bendlin’s class sang “We are Peace,” while BOCES students performed “We are the world.” Mrs. Bannon’s fourth graders created a peace banner, and Mrs. Mynders’s class wrote and shared a peace poem. The event culminated with students whirling their Pinwheels for Peace in the wind.

 

Otisville Elementary has joined this world-wide celebration for ten consecutive years. This year’s outdoors assembly was organized by Mrs. Hughes, music teacher, and Mrs. Welsh, art teacher.

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OTISVILLE'S FIRST PTO FUNDRAISER RUNS THROUGH SEP. 29

Posted September 25 at 11:21am

Otisville's PTO is running this year's first fundraiser, through September 29. Yankee Candle catalogs went home with students last week. They contain wonderful gift ideas. 

Thank you for supporting all our PTO fundraisers which help provide student planners, field day t-shirts and water bottles, assembly programs, and much more!

MINISINK VALLEY “GOES GOLD” FOR CHILDHOOD CANCER ON SEP. 29

Posted September 25 at 8:05am

September is National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. On Fri., Sep. 29, our school community is wearing gold/yellow in solidarity with children and families affected by childhood cancer--including our own survivor, Valerie Moore, a high school junior.  

Childhood cancer is now the leading cause of death among children and adolescents in developed and developing countries. Gold is the national color for childhood cancer. “Go Gold for Childhood Cancer” is an awareness campaign that encourages people to take action and press for the development of new treatments and therapies.

So show your support for children who are fighting the disease, honor those we have lost, and celebrate survivors. GO GOLD on Sep. 29!  

OTISVILLE’S K-1 STUDENTS PRACTICE SAFE BUS RIDING

Posted September 12 at 11:29am

“This is a very good idea,” first grader Collin said of today’s bus safety exercises at Otisville. Collin doesn’t take the bus to school, but he sees the value in learning bus safety rules. “In case my Mom can’t drive me to school,” he explained.

 

London was happy to be outdoors but carried himself as a veteran rider: “I’ve been learning these rules for three years,” he said, hands in his pockets.

 

This week, first graders were the first to engage in the annual transportation department’s K-1 bus safety training. Covering all aspects of safe ridership, with an emphasis on crossing safety, this review and reinforcement of safety rules is especially critical for younger students who have little or no experience in bus riding.

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PARENTS/GUARDIANS INVITED TO OPEN HOUSE NIGHTS: SEP. 12 & 13

Posted September 7 at 8:15am

What is your child's daily experience in Otisville Elementary's learning environment? Our upcoming Open House events are your first opportunity to share in that experience, and to begin the all-important home and school communication this academic year.

 

OPEN HOUSE FOR GRADES K-2: Tue., Sep. 12

• Grade K: 6 - 6:30 p.m.

• Grade 1: 6:35 - 7:05 p.m.

• Grade 2: 7:10 - 7:40 p.m.

• AIS Information in the Library at 5:30 p.m.

 

OPEN HOUSE FOR GRADES 3-5: Wed., Sep. 13

• Grade 3: 6 - 6:30 p.m.

• Grade 4: 6:35 - 7:05 p.m.

• Grade 5: 7:10 - 7:40 p.m.

• AIS Information in the Library at 5:30 p.m.

 

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IMPORTANT: BUS SAFETY INFORMATION FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS

Posted September 6 at 10:43am

School is on and school buses are back on our roadways, with our most precious cargo on board. Today, students in all grades will participate in a School Bus Safety Drill, as required by the State Education Department.

To help parents/guardians reinforce these safety procedures and integrate them in our students’ daily bus routines, the MVCSD Transportation Department is offering a review of the drill and helpful safety tips for each school.

We encourage all school families to review and discuss safe bus ridding to help us maximize the safety of our students and community.

A MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL BIELE: WELCOME BACK!

Posted August 31 at 11:46am

It is my great pleasure to welcome Otisville students and families, faculty and staff to the 2017-2018 school year!

 

It’s always exciting to see our school return to full activity and feel the energy of new beginnings.

 

This year marks our tenth anniversary in our beautiful school building and grounds, and we are starting off with an Otisville Birthday Party to kick off the celebrations!

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