PTA Newsletter - January 14, 2019
Mon, Jan 14 12:05pm
Frank Otis Elementary


January 2019
January 17th, Thursday 
-Incoming Kindergarten Information Night, 6:30-7:30pm, MPR 
January 21st, Monday
-NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
-MLK Jr. Shoreline Cleanup, 9:00am-12:00pm (Doolittle & Swan Way, Oakland)
January 22nd, Tuesday 
-Incoming Kinder Tour, 9:00am (adults only)
January 23rd, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 6:00pm, Media Center
January 24th, Thursday
-Incoming Kinder Tour, 9:00am (adults only)
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center
January 25th, Friday 
-School Spirit Day - "Comfy Day" theme
-Movie Night, 6:00-8:30pm, MPR
January 29th, Tuesday 
-Incoming Kinder Tour, 9:00am (adults only)
January 31st, Thursday
-Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop, 6:30pm, Media Center

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 provided)
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 27th, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 6:00pm, Media Center
February 28th, Thursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center
Happy Monday Otis Owls -
I wanted to draw your attention to the East Bay teachers and families who attended a rally over the weekend in support of our educators & schools. Otis teachers and families joined hundreds of others to rally for more and equitable funds for our public schools. Click HERE to read more.
With teacher strikes looming both near and far (LA and Oakland), it's helpful to stay on top of issues that impact California schools. I recommend checking out Ed100, a free, online, comprehensive resource that helps clarify the education issues in easy to read units and "lessons." I've read through several of the lessons and have found them to be incredibly helpful when breaking down complex issues and questions.
Another big and related issue that will be prominent in the next year - and appear on the 2020 ballot - is the revamping of Prop 13. The new measure will charge businesses and companies more in property taxes, with the aim that this added revenue will support California schools and social services. Click HERE to read more about this issue.
In Otis news, we have lots of great events and activities to look forward to. Read on for more information about our annual music concert, Owlapalooza, and other fun & enriching activities.
As always, thank you for being a part of this welcoming, engaged, and generous community!
Have a great week!
Jenny Beck
Otis PTA President
Movie Night Is Coming!
Friday, January 25th
from 6:00-8:30pm in the MPR   
$20 per student
Includes pizza, fruit, drink, dessert and popcorn!
Grades K-5 students only. Admittance limited to first 130 students registered.

Click HERE to register and pay (Venmo or PayPal), or complete the registration form in the school office (cash only and exact change required).
Sign Up Now! Movie Night sells out fast!!
Questions? Contact Beth Aney or Neveen Acero
All proceeds go to 5th Grade Promotion Activities. Thanks for your support!
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. 
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. 
To hear more about the event and get involved, the next Parliamentarian (aka Dads Club) meeting will take place on January 23rd at 8:30pm at McGees. Come one come all to learn more and see how you can support this really fun and uniquely-Otis event!
For questions and to volunteer, you can get in touch with the organizers directly at:
We have started a pen and marker recycling program at Otis. Teachers, students, and parents - please bring in used pens and markers (including sharpies 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 and clear out those broken and unwanted toys before the holidays!______________________________________________________________________
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:
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!
Happy 2019 from the Otis Community Service Committee!
There are so many great opportunities to volunteer in this new year. Please CLICK HERE to check out this month's Doing Good Together list of community service activities for the East Bay and beyond at 
MLK Day Of Service: One opportunity that we wanted to highlight is a shoreline litter cleanup, restoration and invasive plant removal event on Monday, January 21st (MLK Day) at the Martin Luther King Jr. Shoreline. Join a group of Otis families that will be in attendance. Program starts at 8:30 and ends at noon. 
Register your family HERE. Then email so we know you're coming and can figure out a place to meet up!
Stayed tuned for more about upcoming community service events and opportunities with the Otis Community Service Club!
Winter/Spring 2019 Alameda Education Foundation Enrichment classes:
Registration for the next season of enrichment classes opens on January 10 at 9:30am.

We have lots of classes to choose from including Mandarin, Chorus, Writing, Spanish, Jewelry making, Marine Science and many more! We are pleased to announce that Otis parent Mandar Wagholikar is teaching two AEF classes at Otis - "Adventures in Color!"during the Winter session, and "Adventures in Clay Sculpting & Modeling" during the Spring session.  Click HERE for the schedule of classes.

To register go to and click on the blue enrichment button.

Questions? Please email

A limited number of scholarships are available for students on the AUSD lunch program. Email to apply.

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.

School Smarts Starts in January!

Sponsored by AUSD, School Smarts for elementary parents and guardians is designed to support families on how to navigate the public school system. Research tells us that two important characteristics will influence a child's long-term academic success: a parents' ability to navigate the public school system, and a parents' clear communication of high expectations of their children. These workshops are free and include childcare and dinner. 

Come and learn about your child's development, what they will learn in school, and the important role you play in today's public education system. Plus, you will meet other amazing people in this journey with you. Come and make lifelong friends!Are you equipped to give your child the strong academic and social emotional skills needed to succeed in school? Click HERE to register.

Sessions and materials are available in multiple languages:
Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next Board of Education Meeting: January 22 at 6:30pm (City Hall).
  • Next High School Consolidation Committee Meeting: January 15 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.
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