PTA Newsletter - February 4, 2019
Mon, Feb 4 2:06pm
Frank Otis Elementary


February 2019
February 7th, Thursday
- All About The Birds and the Bees - Sexuality Overview For Parents, presented by Ronit Matabuena-Lev, 6:30-8:30pm, Media Center (childcare in Room 102)
-Screenagers (movie), 7:00-8:30pm, Paden Elementary (
February 15th, Friday 
-School Spirit Day - "Funny Friday" theme
-Bake Sale hosted by 5th Graders, 2:50pm-3:30om, Blacktop (green tables) 
February 18th-22nd
-NO SCHOOL - President's Week
February 26th, Tuesday
-Dine & Donate at Tomatina! 11am-9pm
February 27th, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 6:00pm, Media Center
February 28th, Thursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center (free childcare in Room 102)
March 2019
March 9th, Saturday
-Owlapalooza, 10:00am-3pm, Krusi Park Stage (or MPR depending on weather)
March 13th-15th
- Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences - Early Release Days (Kinder at 12:30pm / Grades 1-5 at 1:50pm)
March 14th, Thursday
-Math & Science Night, 6:00-8:00pm, MPR
March 21st, Thursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center
March 22nd, Friday
-Early Release Day - 12:30 dismissal for all grades
March 25th-29th
-Ability Awareness Week, Media Center
March 27th, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 6:00pm, Media Center
Happy Monday Otis Owls! 
PTA units across California are supporting an increase  in arts education in our schools. I'm not sure what this campaign will mean for Otis, but it's important to stay informed (and get active) on the campaigns and initiatives out there that can have a significant impact on our kids. Check out the following information on this initiative to bring more arts to California's schools:
Every student has the right to a dynamic, creative education that includes the arts - California Education Code requires it. Yet, 88% of California schools are failing to meet this standard. This. Must. Change.
That's why California State PTA joined forces with Create CA to launch one of the most impactful public will campaigns for the arts in recent history to demand arts education for all students. See the campaign. Simply put - creativity is not optional! The goal of the campaign is to spark a movement with the public, parents, educators, artists and policy makers to demand a comprehensive, sequential arts curriculum for all children in grades K-12.
The campaign brings awareness to demand a quality education for every student in California, and is currently building a base of engaging, passionate people - on the local level - across the state. Join California's movement for arts education. Sign up at You can also stay informed of California's education policies, history and initiatives with Ed100 ( With a challenge to Prop 13 on the 2020 ballot, Ed100 can keep you informed on the history of this proposition and its (unintended) consequences. Check out the lesson HERE.
There are so many fun, informative, and important events coming up at Otis in the weeks ahead. Check them out in this week's Outlook. We hope you'll be a part of these - as volunteers and participants! Have a great week!
Jenny Beck
Otis PTA President
Lunar New Year is on February 5th

The Otis Equity and Inclusion Committee is pleased to announce that with support of the PTA, we will be providing each teacher with two books of their choice that can be used to introduce and discuss Lunar New Year. The teachers have also been given links to videos on Lunar New Year that can be shared with their classes. As you're walking down Otis halls, remember to look for dragons on bulletin boards and other good signs of a prosperous and peaceful new year.
新年快乐! 恭喜发财!  
Dine & Donate Event
Tuesday, February 26th
1338 Park Street
15% of food and beverage sales from lunch, dinner and takeout from any customer who presents this flyer will be donated to Otis school.
All About The Birds & The Bees
A Sexuality Overview For Parents
Thursday, February 7th
6:30-8:30pm in the Media Center
Join Otis parent, credentialed teacher, and Sexuality Health Educator, Ronit Matabuena-Lev, for an informative evening  that's all about the birds and the bees. Learn about and discuss early childhood sexual development, age-appropriate language we can use when discussing sensitive topics, strategies for keeping our young children safe, and reflective parenting and clarification of values, messages, and goals. 

For more information about Ronit, go to

Free childcare in Room 102 with pizza and drink served. 
SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 6-11PM
Dust off your dancing shoes and brush up on the Hustle because this year's spring fundraiser is sure to be Solid Gold! 

This adults-only annual event celebrates our community, while raising close to 35% of the annual PTA budget. Our dazzling theme this year promises to be full of action with a sit-down dinner, drinks, dancing, and silent and live auctions. Mark your calendars and get ready to bring in the gold! Find inspiration here

Saturday, April 27; 6-11pm
300 Island Drive, Alameda CA 94502
  • Donate a High Value Experience or Item! Help by donating auction items that generate universal interest to raise lots of GOLD! Examples of auction items that are crowd pleasers are: Airline miles, vacation homes, tickets to cultural or sporting events, camps, tours and adventures. Contact Spring Fling Co-Chairs,  Beth Leonardo or Neveen Acero
  • Host A Donated Party! One of the biggest draws of the Spring Fundraiser silent auction are the incredible parties hosted by parents and faculty. Some great parties in the past have been: Movie Nights, A Speakeasy, Teacher Appreciation Shindig and a Bad Art Soiree. Click HERE to learn more. Contact Party Coordinator, Kristan LaVietes, to donate a party.
  • Join the 2019 Solid Gold Team! Come join the Planning Committee and help gather donations, create decorations or run the auction. Contact Beth Leonardo or Neveen Acero for more information, or just sign up here


Owlapalooza Is Back!
Saturday, March 9th
from 10am-3pm 
at the Krusi Park Stage
Owlapalooza is the annual Otis music festival with amazing talent provided by Otis families & friends. Come support our local musicians and singers, eat some delicious chili, mingle with Otis families and have a great time. 
For the first time (weather permitting), we are holding the event at the Krusi Park stage! Bring your blankets and camp chairs and get ready to enjoy a musical extravaganza!!
There will be live bands (consisting of student, parents, teachers and community members) and a live band karaoke contest between students and grownups! Stay tuned for more information how to sign up and be part of this great event. 
For questions and to volunteer, you can get in touch with the organizers directly at: Tom: or Camilo:
Box Top$ Are Back!

The Box Top$ for Education collection bins have been returned to the individual classrooms so you can bring any you have been saving in at any time. Box Top$ bins will be collected after Spring Break (second week of April) so you have plenty of time to bring them in. 
Please look at your Box Top$ to ensure that they are not expired. Some may expire March 1, 2019. If so, please contact me directly at and I will make arrangements to get them from you, credit your child's class, and get them turned in on time to receive credit. Expired Box Top$ will not earn any money for the school. You can bring in the Box Top$ loose, in an envelope or a Ziploc bag; they don't have to be glued or taped to a sheet, but if that makes it easier for you, then please go right ahead. 
A big thank you to all of you who contribute your Box Top$ to our school. And congratulations again to Ms. Galvez's class who won the Fall contest!! 
If you have any questions or need more information about the Box Top$ for Education program, please contact Claire Legas, Box Top$ coordinator.
Thank you for supporting Otis!
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 REMOVE ALL BATTERIES before recycling. Also no carseats, skateboards, bikes, scooters, or things of that nature. This is a pilot program, so take advantage now!


In February, we are focusing on helping people who are homeless. The Community Service Club will be collecting items for blessing bags (see below) during the month of February. We will have a table at Owlapalooza for Otis families to assemble bags to give to people who are homeless. Please read the letter below from 5th grader Kaia, and help homeless families in our community by donating items for the blessing bags!
Dear Otis Community,
Every day on your way to school or work, you probably see someone who is homeless. Those people are just like you and me but they don't have homes. They might be a war hero but when they come back they don't have a home or anything; they aren't even recognized for their heroism.
This spring, the Community Service Club at Otis will be leading a project to create 100 blessing bags during Owlapalooza. Blessing bags are bags with basic necessities (like soap, shampoo, lip balm, socks, deodorant, band-aids, tooth brushes and toothpaste, sanitary products, socks, granola bars, pretzels, etc.) for people who are living on the street. We will give the bags to homeless shelters and will also let Otis families take some bags with them to give to people they see who need them.  
During Owlapalooza, kids will assemble blessing bags, and will also be able to write a letter or draw a picture to put in the blessing bags.
YOU CAN HELP by donating items to put in the blessing bags, like small travel size soaps, deodorants, shampoo, etc. Please put all items in the bin in front of the Otis office.  If your work has 100 t-shirts or water bottles, you can donate those.
I think it is important to take care of everyone, especially when they don't have a home. It means a lot to do nice things for people - it makes you feel good inside and it makes the person you helped feel good too.
Please donate to help us make blessing bags. Thank you!
- Kaia Marbin, grade 5, and the Otis Community Service Club
Saturday, February 9th, 2019 at 2pm
Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts
1428 Alice St, Suite 200
Oakland, CA ,94612
A family performance - AXIS presents the creation of a new performance program designed for all young audiences and their families in a relaxed environment. This interactive show will engage the full family with short performances of AXIS' latest works including Robert Dekkers' Flutter, AXIS Artistic Director Marc Brew's Quartet No. 1, and Nadia Adame's Historias Rotas. Guest appearance by SF Ballet Trainee Program students. 
Come early for pizza from Mozzerias food truck!
$15 Youth (under 18)
$20 Adult Low-Income
$25 Adult

Beginning in January 2019, every Tuesday and Thursday, LMS will be offering tours for you and your student. 

Several tours 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. Other tours focus on 7th and 8th grade subject areas also led by teachers and a brief student led tour of the school. Finally, several tours focus 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. 

Click HERE to sign up for a tour.
Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next Board of Education Meeting: February 12 at 6:30pm (City Hall).
  • Click HERE for the agenda.
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.
Flag Football Alameda
Registration is open for Alameda Flag Football's spring season. The program is open to boys and girls aged 7-12. 
Practices are on Saturdays, March 9 to May 18. For more information, 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. 
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Thank you, 
Outlook Editor