PTA Newsletter - April 29, 2019
Sun, Apr 28 9:21pm
Frank Otis Elementary
Solid Gold Was Brilliant!

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

The numbers are still being tallied but we are right on track to meet and even surpass our fundraising goal. THANK YOU to all who attended, donated or volunteered at the event and made it a dazzling success.

It's not too late to contribute. The online auction is in full swing with lots of great items for sale like two Disneyland Park Hopper ticketswine tours, a night of camping at Petaluma KOA, discounts for summer camps at Camp Edmo and GalileoOtis yearbookskids movie night with Librarian Connie Chapman, fun parties, tickets to local museums and theatrical events, and gift certificates to great restaurants. Don't miss out on your opportunity to support Otis and score some great items!

Get busy and bid in the online auction now!  Stay tuned for the Special Outlook this week highlighting new additions to the online auction, including priceless Gifts From The Heart (teacher gifts) and Parties that have spots still remaining. The online auction closes on at 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 4th
You can also make a donation to support Otis and the great programs the PTA supports for our kids, teachers and families.




May 6th - 10th
We need YOUR help to honor our wonderful teachers and staff!

Otis teachers and staff work tirelessly every day to plan and prepare their classrooms, teach our kids, and provide a caring and nurturing environment for learning. Otis office and support staff spend hours and hours patiently handling individual needs to ensure that everything runs as smoothly as possible and needs are met. Everyone goes above and beyond on a daily basis to help our students. Our community is so fortunate.
This year our school-wide efforts of appreciation will include the following:
  • Decorate the Faculty and Staff Room with a "Wall of Gratitude" and fresh flowers
  • Feed our Teachers and Staff daily with fresh pastries, fruit and coffee/tea
  • Shower teachers with love from their classrooms
How you can participate.
  • Sign up HERE for a task
  • Contact your classroom's Room Parent to help honor your Owl's specific teacher
QUESTIONS? Contact Teacher Appreciation Week Coordinator Jessie Seyfer at


Birds & Bees Parent Workshop
"Nurturing Positive Identity"
Thursday, May 2, 2019
6:30-8:30 pm
 Media Center
free childcare in Room 102
How can we parent our children in such a way that our they feel loved and valued within the family, their peer group, and themselves? How do we especially achieve this with aspects of identity that are heavily impacted by mixed, or even negative, messaging: particularly body image, gender, and sexuality? In this workshop, family members of elementary children can learn how to strengthen children from within by building a positive sense of self, and how to critically examine and counter detractive messages that come from without. Please join Ronit Matabuena-Lev for a profound exploration of how we can truly nurture positive identity in every child - if your child is a human being, this workshop is for you.
Ronit has been educating children, teens, and families for close to 30 years.  As a credentialed, public school teacher, Ronit witnessed first-hand the profound impact sexuality issues had on the lives of her students and their families. Her experiences inspired her to found Bird and Bee Education, which utilizes best practices in the field of sexuality education to educate and empower youth and families around sexual health and identity. Ronit is also the proud Mommy of a 2nd grade Owl at Otis. You can learn more about Ronit and her work at or email questions to


Hello from the Otis Community Service Committee!
Thank you to everyone who stopped by at Art A La Mode to help make cards for Meals on Wheels Recipients - with the help of some awesome Lincoln Middle School Volunteers we were able to make 57 cards to deliver to Alameda's Meals on Wheels program! 
Now that Spring is here, are you and your family looking for opportunities to volunteer in the community? Check out the list of community service opportunities in this month's  Doing Good Together newsletter!
A couple of highlights include:
  • Care for Therapy Horses with Mindful Littles 
    • Date/Time: Sunday, May 19, 11am -12:30pm
    • Location: Xenophon Therapeutic Riding Center, 60 Don Gabriel Way, Orinda
    • Ages: Families with children ages 7 - 11. Parents/guardians are required to attend with their children.
    • Time Commitment:  One and one-half hours
    • Contact: Registration is available online. There is a $10 per person fee. Please register each individual family member. 
  • Lake Merritt Food Distribution Pantry with Lake Merritt United Methodist Church
    • Date/Time: Saturday, May 25, 8:30am - noon
    • Location: 1330 Lakeshore Avenue, Oakland
    • Ages: Families with children 10 and older are welcome to volunteer.
    • Time Commitment: Three and one-half hours
      The Food Pantry distributes fresh produce and nutritious shelf stable food (such as tofu, canned tuna, dried beans, rice and hot cereal) one Saturday a month. Volunteers are needed to staff the distribution from the line set up, monitor and and distribute food resources, and clean up.
    • Contact: or 510.465.4793
Stay tuned for more info about an upcoming gratitude celebration for all of the Otis families, students and staff that have helped to make the Community Service Club a success this year!

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 are 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.


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: May 14 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.


36th Annual Salute to Education   
Friday, May 3, 2019
6:00-9:00 p.m.  
Rhythmix Cultural Works at 2513 Blanding Ave. 

The Alameda Education Foundation cordially invites you to the 36th annual Salute to Education on  May 3, 2019 from 6:00 - 9:00 PM at Rhythmix Cultural Works (2513 Blanding Ave), where the Otis Equity & Inclusion Committee will be recognized. 
Samara Plambeck and Brina Siv, who lead Otis' Equity & Inclusion Committee, will be honored as Otis' outstanding volunteers.  
Tickets are just $30 and include a beverage and gourmet hors d'oeuvres from Alameda restaurants.  Purchase advance tickets today at:  Paper tickets may be purchased from the AEF office, 400 Grand St. (Wood School), Portable A4. Email for more information.
RAFFLE! For $10, you can have a chance to win great prizes including $1,000 in cash, a $500 gift card, new bicycle, $800 in local gift certificates, premium spot A's and Giants tickets, and much more!  Tickets on sale now through AEF. Need not be present at the event to win. Click here for more info.


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. 
To contact Otis PTA Outlook, please send an e-mail to, or hit reply to this newsletter. These emails will go directly to the Editor's personal in-box. 

Thank you, 
Outlook Editor