Outlook Newsletter - January 7, 2019
Mon, Jan 7 2:20pm
Frank Otis Elementary


January 2019
January 7th, Monday
-Back To School!
January 11th, Friday 
-NO SCHOOL - Teacher Work Day 
January 17th, Thursday 
-Incoming Kindergarten Information Night, 6:30-7:30pm, MPR 
January 21st, Monday
-NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
-MLK Jr. Shoreline Cleanup, 9:00am-12:00pm (Doolittle & Swan Way, Oakland)
January 22nd, Tuesday 
-Incoming Kinder Tour, 9:00am (adults only)
January 23rd, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 5:30pm, Media Center
January 24th, Thursday
-Incoming Kinder Tour, 9:00am (adults only)
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center
January 25th, Friday 
-School Spirit Day - "Comfy Day" theme
-Movie Night, 6:00-8:30pm, MPR
January 29th, Tuesday 
-Incoming Kinder Tour, 9:00am (adults only)
January 31st, Thursday
-Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop, 6:30pm, Media Center
Dear Owl Families,
Happy New Year and welcome back! The New Year is always an exciting time, full of promise, hope, and new or reaffirmed resolutions. The Otis staff maintains collective resolve in ensuring a quality educational experience for all students. This includes instructional excellence and academic rigor, social-emotional safety and support, and open communication and partnership with families.  

To say that Otis families are generous would be an understatement. Thank you for all of the wonderful holiday gifts and cards.  Thank you for the annual giving and Walk-A-Thon donations and for the continued support of Otis programming. 2019 is going to be a wonderful school year!
Tanya Harris
Before we dive into 2019, I want to direct your attention back to 2018 so we can give a big HOOT HOOT to Zahia Hassen and her team of Gingerbread Shoppe volunteers who worked so hard to make this arts & crafts fair so special for our kids. 
Thank you to the following parents who volunteered their time helping students pick out the perfect gifts for their friends and families: Regina Dawson, Heather Weber, Gaby Badilla, Matt Wong, Danielle Barber, Rechelle Diamond, Michelle Lobo, Emilly Nurthen, Uyen Vuong, Sylvia Balding, Kate Kasberger, Ruitao Liang, Melanie Morash, Maya Goerhing-Harris, and Heather Harper. Please forgive me if I forgot anyone!
There were also OVER 40 parents who used their creativity and energy and time to make and gather items to sell. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your ability and willingness to step up and continue this sweet Otis tradition. The Gingerbread Shoppe raised approximately $1,000 (we'll have an exact count this week) - all of which will go directly back into our general operating funds to support all of our PTA-sponsored activities and resources for students and teachers. Thank you everyone!
By extending the Walk-A-Thon donation deadline, we were able to raise approximately $14,000 in the span of a week! The final numbers aren't in quite yet, but it looks like we have raised over $40,000 from this event alone, which will ensure funding for many PTA sponsored programs. We are so grateful to all of you for getting your fundraising dollars in. Because we didn't quite make our goal we may have to come up with some alternative means to fill the gap so that we don't have to cut any essential services for our kids during this half of the school year. We'll keep you posted on our progress. If you have any fundraising suggestions or ideas, please reach out to me. Thanks!
A BIG HOOT HOOT to Jeff Chorney and the Otis Dads Club for organizing Game Night in December!! It was a really successful night, with families filling up the MPR to play games together and build community. Thank you Jeff and your crew for organizing!
Thank you for all you do for Otis! Let's have a great 2019 together.
Jenny Beck
Otis PTA President
We have started a pen and marker recycling program at Otis. Teachers, students, and parents - please bring in used pens and markers (including sharpies and dry erase markers) and put them in the box inside the office. You'll find the special box on top of the pencil dispenser across from LaShonda's desk. We go through lots of pens and markers - let's keep them out of the landfill!
Terracycle has partnered with Hasbro Toys to recycle used, broken toys! There is a bin for this in front of the main office. The toys DO NOT have to be strictly Hasbro brand, and can include stuffed animals (which we all know cannot be donated), board games, electronic toys & games, metal/plastic/wood toys & games, action figures, dolls, etc.

Please REMOVE ALL BATTERIES before recycling. Also no carseats, skateboards, bikes, scooters, or things of that nature. This is a pilot program, so take advantage and clear out those broken and unwanted toys!
Join 1000's of other teachers, parents, educators and students in letting the incoming governor and legislature know that we are demanding a new day for California students and educators, including:
  • Closing the Prop 13 loophole so commercial property owners pay their fair share of property taxes going to public education.
  • Pressuring the State to assume a greater share of the funding for federally mandated services for students with special needs.
  • Promoting policies that provide educators with the salaries and conditions needed to provide students with the best possible education.
Brought to you by The East Bay Coalition for Public Education, comprised of local CTA chapters, including Alameda Education Association, Albany Teachers Association, Castro Valley Teachers Association, Dublin Teachers Association, Emery Teachers Association, Fremont Unified District Teachers Association, Hayward Education Association, New Haven Teachers Association, Newark Teachers Association, Oakland Education Association, San Leandro Teachers Association, San Lorenzo Education Association and San Ramon Valley Teachers Association.

Click HERE or HERE (Facebook) for more information! Hope to see you there!
To Order a yearbook for the 2018-19 school year, visit:
Enter CODE: 32685M  All orders due by February 1, 2019
WE NEED PICTURES!! Upload your pictures from assemblies, field trips, art docent, STEAM lab by clicking on this link: plicbooks.com/go/8DtP
If you placed a pre-sale shirt order, please pick your items up from All Good Living, 2332 Alameda Ave, Monday-Saturday between 10am-5pm, (510) 522-6288.
We still have a limited supply of shirts, sweatshirts and water bottles available for purchase here. Get them while supplies last - last chance for the 2018/19 school year!

MLK Service Day: January 21
MLK Day is coming up and many of us celebrate Dr. King's legacy through service! If you are interested in joining other Otis families in service at the MLK Jr. Shoreline from 9-12pm on Monday, January 21st, please let us know! 
Register your family here. Then email smarbin@gmail.com so we know you're coming and can figure out a place to meet up!
Winter/Spring 2019 Alameda Education Foundation Enrichment classes:
Registration for the next season of enrichment classes opens on January 10 at 9:30am.

We have lots of classes to choose from including Mandarin, Chorus, Writing, Spanish, Jewelry making, Marine Science and many more! We are pleased to announce that Otis parent Mandar Wagholikar is teaching two AEF classes at Otis - "Adventures in Color!"during the Winter session, and "Adventures in Clay Sculpting & Modeling" during the Spring session.  Click HERE for the schedule of classes.

To register go to www.AlamedaEducation.org and click on the blue enrichment button.

Questions? Please email Otis@AlamedaEducation.org

A limited number of scholarships are available for students on the AUSD lunch program. Email Otis@AlamedaEducation.org to apply.

It's time to start thinking about middle school. If you're interested in exploring options around the island, below are dates for scheduled information sessions for Lincoln, Wood, Junior Jets, AOA, Bay Farm Middle School, and ACLC, or click HERE for more information.
Lincoln Middle School
Beginning in January 2019, every Tuesday and Thursday, LMS will be offering tours for you and your student. We have several of the same tours set up with a focus on 6th grade which include a brief overview of the subjects offered to 6th graders led by our Math, Science, CORE, and Elective teachers, along with a brief tour of the school. We have a tour focused on 7th and 8th grade subject areas also led by teachers and a brief student led tour of the school. There are two tours focused on electives and clubs offered at Lincoln in which you will hear from the elective teachers and given a brief tour by our Outdoor Development docents/students. Tour sign-ups will be available on the LMS website in December.
Junior Jets 
- Thursday, 1/10
Each Information Nights will start at 6:30pm in the Junior Jets office. Look for signage directing you (it is on the far right as you are facing the school).
Wood Middle School
- Wednesday, 1/9
Each Information Night is from 6:00-7:00pm in the Media Center.  
- Thursday, 1/17 
- Thursday, 2/7 
Each presentation is from 6:00-7:00pm in the gym. Parents and students are welcome. Click HERE for more information.

- Wednesday, 1/9
Each presentation is in the Multi-Purpose Room from 6:30-7:30pm. They are intended for parents and their incoming students. Click HERE for more information.


School Smarts Starts in January!

Sponsored by AUSD, School Smarts for elementary parents and guardians is designed to support families on how to navigate the public school system. Research tells us that two important characteristics will influence a child's long-term academic success: a parents' ability to navigate the public school system, and a parents' clear communication of high expectations of their children. These workshops are free and include childcare and dinner. 

Come and learn about your child's development, what they will learn in school, and the important role you play in today's public education system. Plus, you will meet other amazing people in this journey with you. Come and make lifelong friends!Are you equipped to give your child the strong academic and social emotional skills needed to succeed in school? Click HERE to register.

Sessions and materials are available in multiple languages:


Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next Board of Education Meeting: January 8 at 6:30pm (City Hall).
  • Next High School Consolidation Committee Meeting: January 15 at 6:30pm (Island High School).   
  • Click HERE for the agendas.
AUSD is offering a wide variety of parent enrichment speakers, workshops and events. See below for more information or click HERE
Screenagers Film
Paden Elementary MPR/GYM
February 7, 2019 |7:00- 8:30 p.m.
Event Information | Official Trailer

Parent University at Lincoln Middle School 
Spring Session: 
February 13, 2018 6:00-8:30 p.m.
School Smarts
Sessions begin week of January 15, 2019 at Ruby Bridges, Paden, Earhart and Haight elementary schools. Details coming soon! Schools alternate hosting the program every other year. If your school is not listed, you are still invited to attend your neighboring schools' program.
Registration for Little League is still open. Click HERE to register now. 
2019 Evaluation Schedule - January 12-13
The 2019 Player Evaluation dates for Baseball Divisions (Majors, AAA, AA, and A) for ages 12-7 are scheduled for the weekend of January 12 and 13. Player Evaluations will be held at the Alameda Little League fields at Grand Street and Otis Drive behind Wood Middle school. Evaluations are required for all baseball divisions. No player may be drafted into Majors without being evaluated. Again, players who are eligible to play in Majors MUST be evaluated. Farm and T-Ball players do not need to evaluate. Players should arrive to sign in and do warm ups at least 30 minutes prior to their group's assigned start time. The sign in table will be in the walk way between the Major and Minor fields. A player's evaluation group is based on age. Below is the schedule based on LEAGUE AGE.
Please use the  2019 AGE CHART to determine age and attend the correct time. 
OTIS 101
Ever wonder what a room parent does, what "MPR" means, how the money from PTA fundraising events is used, or what's what at Otis?  If so, you will find this guide to be a helpful resource and reference guide.  It's also posted on the school website at www.otis.alamedausd.ca.schoolloop.com for easy reference.  Please take a few minutes to read Otis 101 so you're up to speed!

Questions?  Please contact any member of the PTA Executive Board for more information. 
To contact Otis PTA Outlook, please send an e-mail to otisoutlook@gmail.com, or hit reply to this newsletter. These emails will go directly to the Editor's personal in-box. 

Thank you, 
Outlook Editor