The Ott Cub Press

Learning to Lead October 2021

Ott Bear Cubs are "Paws"itively Awesome Leaders!

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Ott students work hard at putting First Things First as they fill the bear paws on their leadership lanyards by showing safe, respectful and responsible acts of leadership. Once students fill their bear paw, students receive a 7 Habits pencil, bracelet, or piece of bubble gum from Dr. Laughlin and are recognized for their leadership during announcements. Students are also entered into a drawing to win a leadership t-shirt at the end of the month and participate in a special service project. We celebrated 108 full bear paws already 1st quarter! Way to go, Bear Cubs!

Parent Teacher Conferences are Coming Soon

Fall parent teacher conferences are right around the corner, October 19 and 20. We look forward to sharing your child's progress with you! Classroom teachers sent information home and emailed every Ott family a conference sign-up link. Please be sure to select one day and one time that would be most convenient for you to attend a conference with your child's teacher.


Because your time and participation during this conference is so valued and appreciated, please make childcare arrangements for younger siblings. If you need assistance signing up for a conference time or if you have any questions, please give us a call at 521-5435. We are happy to help!

LOOK WHAT'S HAPPENING AT OTT

Let's Go Play

Everyone at Ott is enjoying our awesome, new playground, especially since the weather has been so nice.
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ISD Foundation Week

Thank you for all your contributions during ISD's Foundation Week! Together, we raised over $1,700. Way to go Ott Bear Cubs! All donations collected during our district-wide spirit week will directly benefit staff, students and families in the Independence School District through the ISD Foundation. Students and staff had a fun time participating in Pajama Day, Tie-Dye Tuesday, Workout Wednesday, Twin Day Thursday, and our favorite, Team Spirit day! Check out our great pictures below!

Trunk or Treat Happening Soon

PTA will be hosting a Trunk or Treat on Thursday, October 28 from 6-7 pm in the north parking lot.
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Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind

Beginning with the End in Mind has students learning to think ahead, setting goals, considering consequences, and participating in the development of expectations. Students participate in activities that help them understand the impact of self-awareness, internal motivation, and the role of personal responsibility in achieving goals. Students also learn how setting goals helps improve academic performance.

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School Leadership Spotlight

Dates to Remember


  • October 16th: ISD Parade
  • October 18th: Book Fair Open for shopping
  • October 19th-20th: Parent Teacher Conferences
  • October 22nd: Non-Attendance Day for Students
  • October 25th: Parent opportunity for platform changes (in-person/virtual)
  • October 25th-27th: Kindergarten Puppetry Arts Study Trip
  • October 28th: PTA Trunk or Treat 6-7 p.m. through north parking lot


Information Worth Repeating

Free Breakfast Available for All Students

All Ott students can take advantage of free breakfast to start each school day. Upon arriving to school, students in grades K-2 may pick up their breakfast from the gym. Students in grades 3-5 may pick up their breakfast from the back hall. Students will then eat with their classmates in their classrooms. Early education students will be served breakfast in their classrooms.

Birthday Celebrations

We love all kinds of celebrations at school! Student birthdays are important, so we recognize these special days during our morning announcements. If you would like to drop off a birthday treat at the office for your child to share with the class, please make arrangements with your child's teacher. Due to health and wellness policies, all treats should be store bought and individually packaged. Healthy choices such as apple slices, baby carrots, string cheese sticks, pretzels, Goldfish® crackers, Rice Krispies® treats, etc. are encouraged!