PTA Newsletter - December 3, 2018
Mon, Dec 3 10:14pm
Frank Otis Elementary

December 2018
December 5th, Wednesday
-Lincoln Middle School Information Night, 6:30-8:00pm, Multi-Use Room
December 3rd-13th
-Used Sneaker Drive
December 7th, Friday
-Walk-A-Thon, 8:30-10:30am, Blacktop/Krusi Park
-Bake Sale hosted by 5th Graders, 2:50-3:30pm, Blacktop (round green tables)
December 11th, Tuesday
-Family Game Night, 6:30-8:00pm, MPR
December 13th, Thursday
-Rockets and Robots Assembly (Walk-A-Thon Reward For Entire School)
(K-2 @ 8:30am / 3-5 @ 9:30am)
-Dine & Donate at Panda Express, 4:00-9:00pm, 2630 Fifth Street 
December 17th, Monday
-Coffee Talk with Principal Harris, 8:30-8:45am, Blacktop (round green tables)
-Kindergarten Holiday Music Performance, 9:30am, MPR
December 18th-20th, Tuesday through Thursday
-Gingerbread Shoppe (classroom teachers will schedule date)
December 19th, Wednesday
-Lincoln Middle School Information Night, 6:30-8:00pm, Multi-Use Room
December 21st, Friday
-Spirit Day! "Fancy Friday" theme
December 24th-January 4th
-Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Friday, December 7th 
It's finally here! Walk-A-Thon is scheduled for this Friday, December 7, 2019. The weather forecast is for a beautiful sunny day, with fresh air and clear blue skies! 
As the big day approaches, please continue to collect Walk-A-Thon donations! Donations can be made via cash, check or online.  
  • Please make all checks payable to "Otis PTA"
  • For ONLINE DONATIONS, you must indicate the name of your student's teacher. Please let friends and family know this information so there aren't any delays in processing donations. 
DONATE NOW by clicking HERE

We need volunteers for the following jobs:
  • Kinder Course Monitors (3 people needed)
  • Grade 3-5 Course Monitors (5 people needed)
  • Grade 3-5 Lap Puncher (1 person needed)
  • Snack Station (1 person needed)
  • Water Station (1 person needed)
  • Music/DJ (1 person needed)
We do not have any volunteers representing the following classrooms: Mrs. Ashworth, Mr. Sullivan, Mrs. Hardman, Mrs. Smith or Mrs. Galvez. 

To sign up and volunteer, click HERE 
Because we know Walk-A-Thon will be a huge success this year and we are confident we will hit our fundraising goal, we will celebrate  with a school-wide "Rockets and Robots" assembly on Thursday, December 13. This assembly was a BIG hit last year with all students and we are happy to bring it back again this year as a way to celebrate the great things we do for the students. 
QUESTIONS? Contact Chris Ernst, Walk-A-Thon Chair, at 


Dine & Donate Fundraiser 
at Panda Express
December 13, 2018
Enjoy a night out and support Otis at Panda Express this month! Come in to the Panda Express at Alameda Landing on Thursday, December 13th between 4:00pm and 9:00pm. Show the attached flyer, or order online with code 259194, and Panda Express will donate 20% of the proceeds to Otis!


As the holiday gift-giving season quickly approaches, please remember that when you use Amazon Smile to make purchases, a percentage of your purchase will go back to Otis Elementary. Just go to and select Otis Elementary PTA as your charitable organization. Click HERE for more information. Tell your friends and family too! Thank you and happy shopping!


December 3rd-13th
Has you child outgrown or worn through another pair of shoes? Do you have piles of athletic shoes at home that you want to get rid of? Well, now's the time! Beginning on December 3, the Go Green Committee will collect your old, unwanted, worn out ATHLETIC SHOES ONLY (no dress shoes, sandals, flip flops, or shoes with cleats). 
Look for the bin outside the main school office. All shoes will be donated to Nike's Grind Project where Nike reuses old, worn out shoes and turns them into playgrounds, running tracks and more! 


Tuesday, December 11th
6:30-8:00pm in the MPR
Does your family have a favorite board or card game? Or are you looking to learn how to play something new? Come to the MPR from 6:30-8 pm on Wednesday, December 11, for the annual Otis Family Game Night, hosted by the Otis Dad's Club. 

Snacks and a variety of games for different ages will be provided. Battleship! Uno! Pokemon! Munchkin! Jenga! And much more! Please bring your favorite games to share!
For more information, contact Jeff Chorney at


The holidays are quickly approaching so it's time to start thinking about craft projects for the Gingerbread Shoppe! 
What is the Gingerbread Shoppe?  The Shoppe is a holiday tradition at Otis, where parents and family members make small homemade gifts and crafts for students to purchase and give to friends and family. The Gingerbread Shoppe will be open from December 18-20 and classes will take turns visiting and selecting their gifts. The gifts are meant to be inexpensive (think $3 for 5 crafts) - popular items from past years include: small soaps, candles pencil tops, small frames, journals, scarves, barrettes, cookie-making jars, hot chocolate kits, etc. 
The families of Otis celebrate many different holidays (and some do not celebrate holidays at all), so we ask that gifts donated to the Shoppe are non-denominational.
Students love the Gingerbread Shoppe and are always so excited to go holiday shopping. If you can donate items, we ask that you make (or purchase) a quantity of 30. With 650 students, we need LOTS of items so that each student can purchase several gifts. So if you're crafty, you have plenty of time to find the glue gun and get creative!  
Sign-up here to contribute to and volunteer at Gingerbread Shoppe. We need lots of volunteers to organize and set up, and help kids on the shopping days. Thank you in advance for your generosity!

QUESTIONS? Contact Gingerbread Shoppe Coordinator Zahia Hasen at     


The Alameda Collaborative for Children, Youth, and their Families, along with the Alameda Firefighters, Alameda Food Bank, Alameda Red Cross Youth, and other groups have launched the 2018 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program for low-income families in our district.
A collection bin is by the School Office through December 17. Please consider donating a new unwrapped toy, game, or gift card for a child in need! They are especially in need of gifts for older children, like sports balls, craft kits, and games. 


Sports Basement is inviting everyone at Otis to a very special shopping event, where you'll receive 20% off your entire purchase all day long. Mention your Basementeer account at the register, so your purchase supports Frank Otis Elementary School!

Date: December 16 - 19, 2018
Time: All day long!
Location: All 10 Sports Basement stores!
Can't join us at the store? Join the celebration by shopping online! Use the code 2050008418244 at checkout.


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:


Otis t-shirt, sweatshirt and water bottle Pre-Sale Orders have arrived! 
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!

Thank you so much to all of the Otis students and families who participated in our annual Sock Drive this year. We collected 341 pairs of socks during the one-week drive!! The socks will be donated to the Midway Shelter and to local residents through Pappo's Annual Soup Kitchen. 

The Community Service Club also raised and donated $50 to the Friends of the Alameda Animal Shelter from the Halloween candy we collected/ exchanged at the candy buyback at the Otis Carnival!

Just before the Thanksgiving holiday Otis families also quickly rallied to provide donations of needed items to communities affected by the Butte County firesGO OWLS!
During this holiday season there are a number of meaningful ways to get involved with community service as a family. Check out this link for a list of local service events happening this month in the east bay including: 
Stayed tuned for more about upcoming community service events and opportunities with the Otis Community Service Club!



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
- Wednesday, 12/5
- Wednesday, 12/19
Each Parent/Guardian Information Night is from 6:30-8:00pm in the multi-use room.
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 
- Tuesday, 12/11
- 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.

- Thursday, 12/13
- 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.


Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next Board of Education Meeting: December 13 at 6:30pm (Island High School).
  • Next High School Consolidation Committee Meeting: December 4 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.


The Alameda Elks are running the Americanism Essay Contest again this year. All 5th-8th graders are invited to submit an essay for a cash prize. Last year, an Otis owl won the prize! This year's topic is "What Makes You Proud of America." Please encourage your child to put together 300 words and see how they do! 
Deadline to enter is December 15. See contest details and application packet here.



Winter Animal Camp
Looking for a fun and interesting camp for the winter holiday? The East Bay SPCA offers two sessions of Winter Animal Camp where kids get to learn about and interact with dogs and cats. For more information and to sign up, go to  

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