PTA Newsletter - April 8, 2019
Mon, Apr 8 10:42am
Frank Otis Elementary

April 2019
April 11th, Thursday
-Art a la Mode (student art exhibition), 6:30pm, MPR
April 12th, Friday
-Plant Sale hosted by Ms. McKenna's 1st Grade Class, 2:50pm, Garden Docent Yard
April 18th, Thursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center (childcare in room 102)
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"
-Family Pride Potluck, 6:30-8:00pm, Otis Blacktop/MPR

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

URGENT REQUEST! We still have open positions for next year's board. If we don't fill these roles, we will not have a PTA next year. We need to vote on our new slate of board members at our next PTA meeting on April 18
Please contact Beth Aney if you are willing to step up and make a difference in the lives of all Otis students. 
I hope you had a restful Spring Break and had time to rejuvenate and energize for our last quarter of school! We have so many fun, community-building, earth-saving events coming up - read about them below and please consider participating and attending!
Before the break, we held our annual Ability Awareness Week, led by Jackie JacksonDaley. This was a HUGE SUCCESS and a BIG ACCOMPLISHMENT - Jackie gathered over 50 volunteers across all classrooms to help lead interactive, hands-on, multisensory activities aimed at helping students increase their awareness about what it is like to live with a variety of disabilities. A BIG THANK YOU to JackieMike Webber and all of the volunteers who helped make this week so engaging, interesting and fun for our students.l
Our school needs your feedback! Please take 5 minutes to complete this anonymous parent survey designed to provide teachers, administrators, and other school staff with information directly from parents that can be used to foster positive learning and teaching environments, parent involvement, and student achievement, health, and well-being. Please complete the survey by April 19. Thanks for your time!
Hope to see you at Art a la Mode this Thursday! Have a great week!
Jenny Beck, PTA President           


  • MARVEL at the 600+ pieces of student art on display!
  • GET INVOLVED at our community art table, making cards for Meals on Wheels (hosted by the Community Service Club).
  • EAT delicious Rita's Italian Ice ($5/each - bring cash!) Proceeds go to Otis. (The Green Team encourages families to bring your own bowls and spoons in order to reduce waste.)
  • GAZE IN WONDER at the 21019 Collaborative Art Pieces by each class!
  • VOTE for which Collaborative Pieces go up for live auction!
  • CELEBRATE our artists' creativity. 
This event is not to be missed! Every student will have a piece of art on display. 
The 2019 Collaborative Art Pieces by each class will make their debut at Art a la Mode before being auctioned at Spring Fling on April 27th. Art a la Mode is your one and only chance to get a sneak peek at these must-have, priceless art pieces. 
See you there!


To Order a yearbook go to:
Enter CODE: 32685M  
WE NEED PICTURES!! Upload your pictures from CARNIVAL, ASSEMBLIES, FIELD TRIPS, and MATH & SCIENCE NIGHT, ABILITY AWARENESS WEEK! To upload pictures, clicking on this link:

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 6-11PM
The Solid Gold Gala team is heartened by the generosity of Otis families to support PTA programming. With our limited space, tickets are sold out. Thank you to all the families participating and special thanks to our many community supporters including:
Phoenix Alameda Team Silva Camp
Tacos Sinaloa Bay Island Gymnastics
Alana Dill - Face Painter Pagano's OMCA
DJWorkR KOA Petaluma
Trabocco Costanoa
High Scores Ridge Wine
YuYing Dance/10
San Francisco Fire Department Sarah's Science
Pedal Cycling Camp EDMO
Tutu School And MANY MANY MORE!
And special shout out to the Otis's Community Service Club! Thanks to their efforts, and the leadership of Jennifer Lucky and Jyothi Marben, we received a donation of multiple Disneyland Park Hopper tickets through Disney's Family Volunteering Reward Program to auction off!
Some of these items will be available on the online auction, which goes live Saturday, April 20. A link will be posted on Konstella, in the Outlook, and on the Facebook page.
You can still participate by donating an auction item or a case of wine by clicking here. Can't make it but would like to donate directly? Click here.


Otis Night Out With the Oakland A's! 
May 10, 2019 - 6:35pm
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



Dear Otis Families:
The book drive was a huge success! I more than tripled my goal of 500 books, by collecting 1,755 books in excellent condition and $50 in cash donations! I am absolutely blown away by the generosity of the Alameda community and willingness of people to help donate and spread the word. Because of this drive, I really can see the power of what happens when a community teams up for a good cause, and how something as simple as collecting books can make such a big impact. 
I really appreciate all the help I have gotten, and can't thank you all enough for the success of my book drive! Thank you all very much for your support, and I couldn't have done it without you.
~Elina Graham


The Box Top$ for Education collection bins are in the classrooms. Please continue to bring in Box Top$. We will be collecting Box Top$ soon so please turn them in NOW! Thank you for supporting Otis!


: Friday, April 12 starting at 2:50pm (until plants are gone)

WHERE: Garden Docent Yard near the shed 

The first graders from Ms. McKenna's class planted small plants to sell as part of their Garden Docent work with the goal of selling the plants to raise money to help the earth. We'll have those potted plants plus additional donated plants to sell at the event. 

Prices start at $1 for small plants. Larger plants will be a few dollars more.  All of the proceeds will benefit "One Tree Planted", a non-profit organization that focuses on reforestation. One tree is planted for every dollar donated. 

They have planting events around the world including California. See the link for events and more information. Give the Earth a little more oxygen, one plant at a time!


Did you know that more than 8 MILLION TONS of plastic are dumped into the oceans every year? And more than 4,000 plastic bottles are used every SECOND? And 50% of all plastic is single use - plastics have an average useful lifetime of 12 MINUTES.
This Earth Week (yes, at Otis we love the earth so much we celebrate Earth Day all week!) we are concentrating on reusing, reducing, and recycling plastics to keep them out of our bay and oceans. We'll have a lot of fun activities planned for our kids and families. We'll send out more information as we get closer to Earth Week, but here's a sneak peak at what's to come:
  • Plastic bag collection
  • Neighborhood cleanup
  • Shoe Drive
  • 'Green' Hoot Hoots for putting trash in the correct bins
  • Terracycle donation contest
  • Door decorating contest
Thanks for being such a supportive and earth-friendly community! 
Jenny Beck & Alyx Karpowicz, Green Team Leads


TerraCycle® and Dixon have partnered to create a free recycling program for Ticonderoga, Prang, and Lyra art supplies and writing instruments.
Program accepted waste: Prang Art Markers, Ticonderoga Highlighters, Ticonderoga & Dixon Pencils (mechanical and wood), LYRA & Prang Paint Kits, Prang Crayons, Prang Glue Sticks, Prang & Dixon Erasers, and Prang & LYRA Colored Pencils.

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!

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 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 9 at 6:30pm (City Hall).
  • Click HERE for the agenda.
AUSD Superintendent Search: Leadership Associates, a consultant hired to coordinate the search process for a new AUSD Superintendent, developed an online survey designed to collect feedback about the desired characteristics of the next superintendent. Please take the time to provide your input! The survey is available here. Please also check the AUSD Superintendent Search page 
for ongoing updates and important announcements regarding the superintendent search process.
Everyone Belongs Here Poster 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.


Alameda Education Foundation 
After School Enrichment at Otis

The next round of AEF after school enrichment classes is starting this week. To sign up, please CLICK HERE.  Classes include Yoga, Tennis, Art, LEGO, Claymation! Enjoy! 
Questions? Please email:
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 PM at Rhythmix Cultural Works, 2513 Blanding Ave, Alameda. Purchase ticketsHERE


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.




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