Principal's Message, January 2020


I love taking this time to reflect upon the wonders of the New Year.  Watching your children flourish with the guidance of our teachers at Otselic Valley, is truly a blessing.  While visiting classrooms, I witness children who are engaged and excited about learning.  I am very proud of the children and the staff at OV, and I look forward to more great things in 2020!


One of my New Year’s resolutions is to improve communication with our families.  In order to do this, we are asking that you update us on your home, cell and work phone numbers, addresses and any email addresses.  If you have recently had a change in any of these, please be sure to call the school for any updates.  It is also important that your voice mail is set up so that we may leave a message, especially in case of an emergency.  Please be reminded that all official announcements regarding school cancellations and early dismissals or delays are broadcast by radio and television, as well as the School Messenger system.  Another reason to make sure everything is up to date in our system.  Thank you very much for your assistance.


Students will be going outdoors during the winter months.  Coming to school prepared with the right clothes, gloves, hats, snow pants and boots for outdoor weather is very important.  Students will NOT go outdoors if the temperatures outside dip below 20  degrees, this includes the windchill.  Please ensure your child has cold weather gear for recess outdoors each and every day.  If you have additional items your child has outgrown, please feel free to send them to your child’s teacher so we can have extras on hand as needed.


The procedures and daily activities of your child’s classroom should be familiar and comfortable to them by this time in the school year.  If your child is still experiencing anxiety or any type of concerns, please contact your child’s teacher(s).  We can work together to come up with some ideas to help your child feel more successful at school.


Wishing you all the best in the New Year!


Mrs. Shelly Richards, P-12 Principal

Otselic Valley Central Schools

[email protected] 



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