October Newsletter


Wow, I can’t believe it’s already October!   Fall is in the air and our Ott staff and students have been hard at work this last month. This year we celebrate our 10 year anniversary!   I like to say we are celebrating 10 years of EXCELLENCE!   As a testament to their loyalty I would like to acknowledge the following staff members who have dedicated themselves to this campus for the last 10 years; Terry Precie, Diane Garza, Dan Bussard, Barbara Esposito, Christi Hundley, Cathy Ward, Lisa Alaniz, Lisa Carvajal, Dawn Garanzuay, Angie Rowley, Laurel Rodriguez, Stacey Tejeda, Rebecca Battaglia, Carmen Etter, Clarice Lyssy, Blair Beck, Liz Moran, Lorraine Vasquez, Carrie Gray, Jennifer Windham, Dee Dee Daul, Charla Milligan, Deborah Mimun, Sue Moffett, Debi Pepin, Andy Przybyla, Sandy Segovia,  Bruce Spears, Stacey Stilley, Christina Fernandez, and Yolanda Garza!  We will plan to celebrate this wonderful milestone later this year. 

At this point of the school year your child has been instructed in all subject areas, and has been assessed on their current reading and math academic readiness.  Teachers have a clear indication of instructional focus and are preparing daily interventions based on academic needs.  Parents, please make sure you have read your child’s progress report and are aware of their current academic standing.   Report cards will be sent home on November 1st.  Don’t forget to check your child’s communication folder daily, assist your child to complete homework, and to read at least 20 minutes nightly.  Ultimately, your child’s academic and behavioral success this year will not only solely be determined by school support, but also home support.  Don’t forget we are counting on you to assist in your child’s academic and behavioral success this year!!!

Student attendance will be closely monitored this year.  Parents, please make sure your child is attending school daily and he/she is on time and prepared for the academic day!  Excessive tardies, parent notes, unexcused absences, and early outs will not be tolerated and may result in conferencing with administration and possible truancy court filings.  Please be prepared to provide medical excuses after three consecutive days of being absent.  Parents are responsible for contacting the classroom teacher for any missed work.  Also, family vacations/personal days during the academic school calendar will never be excused with the exception of some military families.  We advise you to take family vacations during Thanksgiving, Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks.  Many of our children are also arriving at school late. This creates several problems and has a negative effect on learning.  The tardy child gets off to a bad start for the day and misses out on instructional time.  Missed class time prevents children from learning and causes gaps in their skills.  Lastly, they are learning an unspoken message that punctuality is unimportant.  Please remember school starts at 7:45 a.m. and students arriving after 7:50 a.m. will need to report to the office for a tardy slip.

We have a lot of exciting events planned for this month at Ott Elementary; please make sure you mark your calendars!  School picture day is scheduled for October 8th followed by a student holiday on October 14th.  PTA is also planning for our first annual Monster Bash on October 18th. This evening will be full of fun and entertainment.  We encourage families to dress in family friendly costumes and join the food and festivities.  More information soon to come!   Red Ribbon Week begins October 28th and our next Early Release Day is scheduled for November 1st.

Our Ott PTA Executive Board has been very busy this past month!  Our fundraiser was a tremendous success and we thank all of our families for supporting PTA!  If you haven’t already, please join our PTA!  You can pick-up a membership form in our school office, membership is only $8.00!  The PTA organization is the largest volunteer child advocacy program in the nation.  Membership not only gets you involved with our school, it also provides you membership discounts including Sea World, Fiesta Texas, and Schlitterbahn!   Please visit www.txpta.org for detailed information about area discounts.  Please don’t forget to stay connected and “Like” Ott Elementary PTA on Facebook or visit our PTA’s website at http://www.nisd.net/ott/pta.

Dad’s/father figures we invite you to be a part of our PTA WATCH D.O.G.S.  WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) is the father involvement initiative of the National Center for Fathering that organizes fathers and father figures in order to provide positive male role models for the students and to enhance school security. Today, more than 2,811 active programs in 46 states participate in the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.  The WATCH D.O.G.S. program was even featured on the Today Show this year with Matt Lauer.   We ask for only one day of your time this year, Ott Elementary will even buy you lunch in the cafeteria for your time!   Please email our WATCH D.O.G.S. Coordinator Johnathan Ezernack at OttElem_WatchDOGS@yahoo.com if you are interested in joining the program.

As always thank you for supporting Ott Elementary.  Our staff is committed to all of our students’ success and we appreciate your continued assistance.


Have a great month!  

Madeline Rodriguez