The Ottomon Times


June 1, 2022

Reading Comprehension Through Music!

We had a great assembly Tuesday with Phil Tulga! Phil is a music professor at Sac State and performs with Broadway Sacramento as part of their orchestra. Today, Phil helped students understand the following reading comprehension terms:
  • sequence
  • inference
  • prediction

He tells stories through music, such as the Rudyard Kipling story, "The Elephant's Child." See if your student can remember the sequence of the animals that went to meet the crocodile (elephant, monkey, giraffe, snake). They may even remember how the elephant came to have a long trunk! It was a great way to get back into the swing of things after a three-day weekend! Here are a few online resources from Phil you can use with your child:

- Calm and Energized Breathing with Music (on his videos page):

- Sequencing with Simon:

- Inference Riddles:

We have so many fun activities planned for the end of the year. We really want ALL students to be able to participate, so please coach your students EACH MORNING on being the best version of themselves! Remind them to use their words, ask adults for help when needed, and have safe hands. Thank you for your help these last few days of school! We really want our students to SHINE!


Carrie Manriquez, Principal

Special Dates to Know

  • June 2 - Dance Performances with Mrs. Snow - Blacktop - 8:15 - Parents welcome!
  • June 3 - Field Day - Volunteers Needed! Please see below!
  • June 6 - 5th Grade Promotion @ 8:30 AM in MP Room - Doors open at 8:15
  • June 7 - Kinder Promotion - 10:30 AM - MP Room - Doors open at 10:15
  • June 7 - Last Day of School - School dismisses at 12:15 - Only Breakfast is served - NO LUNCH
  • August 10 - Tentative "Meet the Teacher" Event at Orangevale Community Park
  • August 11 - First day of school - Earlier start time of 7:45 AM
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5th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Our 5th graders will have their promotion ceremony on Monday, June 6th, at 8:30 AM in the MP Room. Doors open at 8:15 AM. Please do not bring balloons into the MP Room as they will block the view of others and interfere with our lighting. Light refreshments will be served after. Please keep a close eye on messages from Mr. Carlson and Mrs. Nichols for more information. We can't wait to celebrate our incredible 5th grade class!

Kindergarten Promotion Ceremony

Our Kinders will have their promotion ceremony on Tuesday, June 7th, at 10:30 AM in the MP Room. Doors open at 10:15. Please do not bring balloons into our MP Room. Light refreshments will be served after. Please keep a close eye on messages from Mrs. Palermo and Mrs. Feblowitz for more information. Our youngest scholars are amazing, and we can't wait to recognize them for how much they have grown this year!
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Covid Protocols

As a district and site, we have seen a sudden increase in Covid cases. We really need your help to minimize the impact of this. Students who unknowingly come to school with Covid could pass it on to a classmate. Students who get Covid this late in the year could conceivably miss all of their end of the year festivities, and we really don't want that to happen! Here's how you can help:

1) Self-screen for symptoms daily using the symptom checker below

2) Do NOT send a sick child to school. Whether or not they have Covid, we don't want to be passing colds and flus to others

3) If your child has been out sick (or is sent home by our office) they must receive a negative test result from a doctor or a San Juan site in order to return. Alternatively, you may provide a doctor note stating there is an alternate diagnosis. We are happy to test here at school.

4) We have home test kits available in our office. Feel free to come in and take a kit (each kit includes two tests) so that you can test at home if your student is feeling sick. Although these tests cannot be used as your "return-to-school" test, it could save you a trip if you get a positive result.

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After School Childcare

Are you looking for an after school childcare program for next year? Bridges runs a phenomenal program here at Ottomon! Tina Olson and her team offer the following things during their program:

  1. Snack time
  2. Homework support
  3. Fun games and art activities
  4. Social-emotional teaching
  5. ....and an occasional random glow dance party!

Please visit the following website to apply for this program. Bridges usually has a waiting list, so don't delay!

PTA Needs Your Talents!

We are still recruiting for PTA officers for next year. We have two certain vacancies: Secretary and Vice President. You may also run for President and Treasurer against the current President and Treasurer who are willing to serve another year. Please see the flyer below to nominate yourself or a friend (make sure they have agreed!). You may email the PTA or print and return the flyer to us (you should have received a printed copy a couple weeks ago).

If you're interested in having an active role in our events, keep an eye on your email for more information, or reach out to us at

President: Ruth Latendorf

Vice President: Chris Kurtz

Secretary: Shilo Merchant

Treasurer: Stephanie Anzelc


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Chick-fil-A Was Awesome!

Thank you for supporting the Chick-fil-A fundraiser last Wednesday. Ottomon's PTA received $388.95. This money will help support a number of PTA initiatives planned for next year! Way to go, Otters!!!
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Volunteers Needed for Field Day, Friday, June 3rd

We are looking for 12-14 parent volunteers to help on Friday, June 3rd, with field day. Volunteers will be supporting various field day stations. The set up will start around 7:45 and your help will be needed until approximately 10:30 or 11:00. Please contact your child's teacher or our school office if you are able to participate with us!
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TK and Kindergarten Openings

We still have openings for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten next year! If you know a family who has children that are 4-5 years old, please make sure they know to register with San Juan Central and not wait until later this summer. If we are full, even our neighborhood students could be overloaded to another site. We can't wait to meet our newest Otters next year, so spread the word!

School Site Council

School Site Council (SSC) met on May 24th when we approved the LCFF budget for next year. Thank you to our Site Council Team for the important work you are doing!
Click the blue banner above to view our handbook. If you have not yet signed the family compact (last page), please do so and turn in to your child's teacher. Thank you so much for taking the time to review this important information.

Have you moved or changed phone numbers recently?

Please take a few minutes to update your student’s emergency contacts to make sure the office can reach someone if you’re not available. Contacts must be updated at least once per year. Learn more here.

Login to the Parent Portal with your pin and password. Then click "Re-enroll" at the top of the main screen. This process works best on a desktop or laptop computer.

Want to Know More About Ottomon?

There are five ways you can keep up-to-date with Ottomon news.

  1. Read up on Ottomon's policies and procedures in our updated family handbook at
  2. Visit our school website at
  3. Like us on Facebook at
  4. Watch for our school newsletter which is sent home twice a month on Fridays.
  5. Check out our marquee during drop off and pick up for a quick glance of upcoming activities.

The San Juan Unified School District Board of Education is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals in district programs and activities. District programs, activities and services shall be free from unlawful discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and/or bullying based on actual or perceived characteristics of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, immigration status, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, or genetic information, or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.