PTA Newsletter - April 23, 2019
Tue, Apr 23 2:42pm
Frank Otis Elementary

The Countdown Has Begun!


April 2019
April 22nd-26th, Monday through Friday
-Earth Week
April 24th, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 6:00pm, Media Center
April 25th, Thursday
-Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop, 6:30-8:00pm, Media Center
April 26th, Friday
-School Spirit Day - "Crazy Hair Day!
April 27th, Saturday
-Spring Auction (adults only), 6pm-11pm, Grandview Pavillion
May 2019
May 2nd, Thursday
-Birds & Bees Parent Workshop - (Nurturing Positive Identity), 6:30-8:30pm, Media Center (childcare in room 102) 
May 6th-10th, Monday through Friday
- Teacher Appreciation Week 
May 8th, Wednesday
-5th Grade Promotion Photos
May 10th, Friday
-A's Baseball Game, 6:35pm, Oakland Coliseum 
May 13th, Monday
-Bike to School Day, 8:20am, Otis Blacktop
May 16th, Thursday
-Otis Open House, 6:30-7:30pm, Otis classrooms
May 19th, Sunday
-Alameda Bike Fest & Rodeo, 9:00am-3:00pm, Otis Blacktop
May 22nd, Wednesday
-Volunteer Tea, 2:00pm
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 6:00-7:00pm, Media Center (childcare in room 102)
May 23rd, Thursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center (childcare in room 102)
May 27th, Monday
-Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL!
May 31st, Friday
-School Spirit Day - "Beach Day"
June 2019
June 5th-7th, Wednesday through Friday
-Minimum Days: 12:30pm dismissal for all grades 
June 6th, Thursday
- 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 10:30am, MPR
June 7th, Friday

PTA Meeting - Thursday, May 23 at 7pm
Please join us at the next PTA Meeting on May 23 where we will vote to elect next year's Executive Board and vote to approve the preliminary budget for the 2019-20 school year. It's an important meeting and we hope you can attend. Below are the nominees for the 2019-2020 PTA Executive Board:
  • President:  Jeff Chorney
  • Executive Vice President:  David Mitchell
  • Treasurer: Louis Cochrane (2nd term)
  • Secretary: Jennifer Lucky
  • Vice President of Membership:  Liz Sparber
  • Vice President of Programs: Jenny Beck
  • Vice President of Equity & Inclusion: Samara Plambeck (2nd term)
  • Auditor:  David Nixon
  • Historian: Jennifer Yip
  • Parliamentarian: Brina Siv
Jenny Beck, PTA President           


Thursday, April 24, 2019
Media Center
Please join us at the last Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop of the year! 
This Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop will focus on cooperation. Join our amazing Soul Shoppe facilitator, Amy MacClain, for an educational evening to better understand the social-emotional skills and techniques your student is learning and practicing, and how you can incorporate those skills and techniques into your daily life. Free childcare in Room 102.


The Solid Gold Gala Is Just 5 Days Away!
The Solid Gold Producers have been working hard to put on a dazzling event to celebrate and support our incredible Otis community. The Top 10 ways the Solid Gold Gala supports our Otis Owls are:
#10 Basic classroom necessities
#9 Math & Science Night
#8 Parent education workshops
#7 Field trips & assemblies
#6 Books & technology
#5 Recess supervision
#4 Small group learning, including math & reading intervention
#3 Art and Garden Docent programs
#2 Soul Shoppe, our social-emotional curriculum
#1 Otis' STEAM Lab  
Schedule of events:
Our school is extremely fortunate to have an active parent community that gives so generously. Thank you to all who have shared their goods, services, time and talents.
Whether you attend the event or not there are many ways to participate in this collective effort to help Otis stand on solid (gold) footing!
Not attending the Gala? You can  BID ONLINE (now through 10pm Saturday, May 4th), DONATE A CASE OF WINE or  MAKE A DONATION.
The Solid Gold Committee is a lean crew of dedicated parents. We have spent countless hours preparing for this evening to celebrate and support our school community. Please share some of the load and SIGN UP to lend a hand. While many people show up at the last minute to help without signing up, we would like a commitment ahead of time - especially if training is needed.
If you have any questions, please contact Beth Leonardo ( or Neveen Acero (


For the month of April, with support from the PTA, the Otis Equity and Inclusion Committee is providing each teacher with the opportunity to pick one book by Latinx authors that celebrate Latinxs contributions to our country. 
Latinx (la-TEEN-ex) (the plural is Latinxs) is the gender-neutral alternative to Latino and Latina. Used by scholars, activists and an increasing number of journalists, Latinx has gained popularity among the general public. It's part of a "linguistic revolution" that aims to move beyond gender binaries and is inclusive of the intersecting identities of Latin American descendants. In addition to men and women from all racial backgrounds, Latinx also makes room for people who are trans, queer, agender, non-binary, gender non-conforming or gender fluid. Latinx gives people a way to avoid choosing a gender for a group or an unknown individual, much like using singular "they" avoids the choice between "he" or "she" in English. 

Otis Night Out With the Oakland A's! 
May 10, 2019 - 6:35pm
LAST CALL FOR TICKETS! Join Otis families to watch the A's take on the Cleveland Indians and then stay for the Hip Hop fireworks show after the game. Seats are in section 312 so you can stay put to watch the fireworks, or make your way down to the field. 
Tickets are $22/each. Click HERE to buy tickets now! 
Questions? Contact Kimberly Kato Chambliss


At Otis we give the earth a whole week of our attention and celebration. Our focus this year is on reducing/recycling/reusing plastics to keep them out of the bay and our oceans. 
Classroom Plastic Bag Collection (April 22-26)
We ask that students bring plastic bags and wraps to their classrooms where teachers and Room Parents will collect these and help keep them out of landfills. We can take plastic bags from takeout/delivery restaurantsretail storesmarket produce bagsairpacks (popped) that come in shipped packages, and plastic film that paper towels, tissue boxes, toilet paper rolls, and dry cleaning bags, as well as any plastic bags that certain vegetables or fruit come in, such as onions (yes, the mesh bags), grapes, bananas, lettuce/bag salad, etc.
Used Sneaker Drive (April 15 - 26)
It's back! Donate your old, worn out or smelly athletic shoes to be recycled into playground material! Just place your shoes in the bin by the school office. We can only accept athletic shoes. No boots, sandals, dress shoes, cleats, etc. Click HERE for the flyer. 
Terracycle Voting (April 2 - May 3)
Last year, Otis Owls earned $67 for all of our Terracycle efforts. This year, we more than quadrupled this amount, raising $327 dollars that Terracycle will donate to an earth-friendly charity of our choice! Great job Owls!! There will be ballot boxes in the Main Office during this time and anyone can vote for the charity of their choice. We will announce the winner at an upcoming Morning Meeting.
Neighborhood Clean Up Project (April 27th, 10:30-12pm)
Join other Otis families as we work our way through our neighborhood, picking up trash that could otherwise make its way into the storm drains, hurting animals and plant life. We will start at the school, then work our way up Park Street and celebrate our work with an ice cream at Tucker's! Green Team will supply the gloves, bags and some trash picker-uppers.
Looking forward to celebrating Earth Week with all of you!
~The Otis Green Team

Bring in used pens and markers (including sharpies, ball point pens, 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!

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 REMEMBER!!! REMOVE ALL BATTERIESbefore recycling. Also NO car seats, skateboards, bikes, scooters, or things of that nature. This is a pilot program, so take advantage and clear out those broken and unwanted toys now! This program will continue until further notice. 


Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next Board of Education Meeting: April 23 at 6:30pm (City Hall).
  • Click HERE for the agenda.
Everyone Belongs Here Poem & Poetry Contest: Every Pronoun Belongs Here  Through your original art and writing show that whether you use she, he, they, or ze, or hir pronouns, you are part of our community, a citizen, and accept all citizens. The contest is open to 4th -12th graders. Contestants can write a poem, design a poster, or both. Awards will be given to winners grades 4-8 and 9-12. The overall winning poster will be displayed in AUSD schools and offices. 
Submissions are due April 30, 2019 and can be sent to Susan Davis at the AUSD district office (2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA, 94501) or to Gene Kahane at Books, Inc. on Park St. Direct questions to All entries must have: name, school, teacher, email and phone number. Click HERE for the flyer.


Alameda Education Foundation 
AEF's Salute To Education! Celebrate the great work going on in Alameda's public schools by students, teachers, staff, and volunteers. Join AEF for Alameda's premier event honoring our schools on Friday, May 3, 2019 from  6:00 - 9:00 PMat Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda. Purchase tickets HERE


Alameda Special Education Family Support Group Resource Fair
The Alameda Special Education Family Support Group (ASPEDPSG) will host a Resource Fair on Saturday, April 27th from 10 am to 2 pm. The fair will take place at Ruby Bridges Elementary School and will provide opportunities to build community and learn about local programs to support students.
Organizations sending representatives include: Alameda Recreation & Parks Department, Canine Companions for Independence, Community Resources for Independent Living, Decoding Dyslexia of California, North Region SELPA, Ala Costa Center, Environmental Traveling Companions, Oakland Ice Center Operated by Sharks Ice, First 5 Alameda County, Alameda Little League, Alameda Soccer Club, AUSD's Special Education Department, and many others! 
This year, there will be a Community Roundtable with the Director of North Region SELPA, Katy Babcock, and a workshop on Community Safety for Children and Youth with Disabilities presented by Suzee Meno, Senior Public Safety Dispatcher with the Alameda Police Department.  This is a family friendly event, and no registration is required to attend. 


Participate in the Safe Routes to Schools Parent
Survey to Win Prizes
Throughout the school year, our school community enjoys the free programming the Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) Program delivers to our students, such as Walk and Roll to School Day, and Bike to School Day. Now you can help improve the program! Please participate in the SR2S Parent/Caregiver Survey
Our partners at SR2S are constantly working to better serve our families' travel needs and these surveys help gauge the impact of the program in our school community. The survey is available in English, Chinese and Spanish. If you need to complete the survey in a different language, please send a request to surveys@alamedacountysr2s.orgThe survey only takes about 5 minutes to complete.
Complete the survey by April 26, 2019 to be entered into a drawing to win one of two $250 grocery store gift cards.


The Bay Area Book Festival is celebrating its 5th Anniversary on May 4-5 in downtown Berkeley with more youth and kids programming than ever before. With over 250 authors, there are exciting programs for everyone in the family. Click HERE for the full schedule.
The festival's Free Outdoor Fair showcases live literary presentations on four stages geared toward families, children and young adults; independent booksellers and book artists, literary organizations and writing associations, educational institutions, libraries, publishers, and scores of emerging authors from a range of genres; the ever-popular free book giveaway sponsored by Half Price Books; cozy reading lounges; Literary Death Match ─ a thrilling, humor-centric competition between established and emerging authors; and a delicious food court.

Children of all ages will flock to an interactive Family Fun Zone for DIY book and journal making, arts & crafts with found objects, mind games, robot building, and more. Two-time Grammy-nominee for "Best Children's Album" Alphabet Rockers returns for another inspiring program of hip-hop, craft-making, and community action. Also performing live shows both days of the festival, the beloved Oakland-based group sparks an intergenerational conversation about the world, creating a soundtrack for social justice.

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 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. 
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Thank you, 
Outlook Editor