December 2013 Newsletter


December 9, 2013

Hello Ott Families!

I hope everyone has had a good start to this December and has enjoyed the chilly weather!   We are keeping very busy at Ott, and students and staff have been hard at work!   I am pretty sure our students are ready for the break!  By now all 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have been assessed in core content areas by use of our district’s Curriculum Diagnostic Benchmarks (C.D.B.’s).   Teachers use the student data collected from these assessments to provide additional needed academic support and interventions for students.   Please contact your child’s teacher if you would like to know how well your child is performing on these assessments and in other subject areas.  Parents can also stay linked to student academics by creating an account through NISD’s Parent Connection.  The Parent Connection can be accessed through the NISD homepage, and it provides parents the opportunity to view their child’s daily grades, attendance, and to set triggers for alerts.  It is a valuable resource for parents and I use it myself to monitor my own child’s academic progress on a weekly basis.

We are thrilled to introduce our newly assigned NISD Police Officer Josh Atkinson.  Officer Atkinson will service Ott and nine additional schools in our area on a daily basis.   While on campus Officer Atkinson will work with administrators and staff to ensure campus safety and security for our students, staff, and visitors.  Students and staff are already becoming familiar with Officer Atkinson’s campus visits, and we are very pleased to have the additional security support on campus.

Please join the Ott PTA on Thursday, December 12th from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. for their Holiday Store Preview and to take a picture with Santa!  There will be no cost for the photo, but PTA does request for parents to bring their own camera to capture this memorable moment.  Our fabulous Ott Choir will perform in the cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. following Santa pictures.  The choir’s winter performance is guaranteed to capture the spirit of the season and we highly encourage families to attend this spectacular event!    Classroom winter parties are scheduled for December 20th, please make sure to report to the main office for a visitor’s badge if you plan on visiting on this day.

Although the break is going to be nice for our students and staff to rejuvenate, I still strongly encourage our students to continue to read at least 20 minutes daily and to practice their math facts.  Thank you parents for your continuous teacher and campus support.  We wish all of our families a happy holiday season and look forward to seeing everyone back on January 6, 2014.  Happy New Year Trailblazers!!!!

Warm Holiday Wishes,                                                                                      

Madeline Rodriguez