PTA Newsletter - January 28, 2019
Tue, Jan 29 6:59pm
Frank Otis Elementary


January 2019
January 29th, Tuesday 
-Incoming Kinder Tour, 9:00am (adults only)
January 30th, Wednesday
-Spring Fling Planning Meeting (adults only), 7:30-9:00pm, 1016 Broadway, Alameda
January 31st, Thursday
-Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop, 6:30pm, Media Center (childcare in Room 102)

February 2019
February 2nd, Saturday
-Alameda Spelling Bee (4th-9th Grades), 9:30am-12pm, Otis MPR
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 27th, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 6:00pm, Media Center
February 28th, Thursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center
March 2019
March 9th, Saturday
-Owlapalooza, 10:00am-3pm, Krusi Park Stage
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
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Media Center

The PTA is Please join us on Thursday, January 31st from 6:30-8:00pm in the Media Center for a PARENT WORKSHOP where our wonderful Soul Shoppe facilitator, Amy MacClain, will guide us in conversations around bullying and teasing, resolving conflicts at home and at school, and fostering powerful relationships at home. Free childcare provided in Room 102 with pizza and drinks for the kids.
What Is Soul Shoppe?
Soul Shoppe is a social emotional curriculum implemented at Otis this school year, funded in part by the PTA. Watch this VIDEO to learn more about the how the Soul Shoppe program impacts students in a positive way. 

The Mission
Soul Shoppe's mission is to support school communities by providing interactive programs and tools that teach students powerful life skills, and create learning environments that bring forth a culture of compassion, connection and curiosity, eliminating bullying at the roots! In addition to working with students, they also support staff and parents via dynamic development trainings.  
What Will Students Learn?
Grade Level Workshops: Students attend grade-level workshops throughout the year designed to give everyone common language and skills to know how to be safe, respectful and peaceful at school and in life. For example, students build empathy by learning to recognize, understand and manage their own feelings, as well as see and respect the feelings of others. Kids learn about and practice the concept of having a "full balloon" and learn to "empty" feelings using the "I Message." Be sure to ask your student all about it!
The Peacemaker Program:
Soul Shoppe supports a student leadership program that trains a team of select 4th and 5th grade Peacemakers to solve problems and provide ally-ship and communication support on the playground and in the classroom.  The Peace Path, painted in 2 locations on the blacktop, is a step by step conflict resolution model that helps students express themselves in productive ways, practice conflict resolution skills, and think about how to do things better. Our Peacemakers and trained adults guide other students through the process. 

Staff & Parent Training
Teachers receive special training to bring Social Emotional Learning to life in their interactions with students.
Parents and caregivers are invited to attend special "parent night" trainings led by Soul Shoppe staff. These trainings provide parents and caregivers with skills and language to support the foundational teachings of the program so they can use and practice the Soul Shoppe tools with their children at home. 

PTA provides financial support for the Soul Shoppe program. Thank you for your continued support!
The Otis Spring Fundraiser Needs YOU!
This adults-only annual event celebrates our amazing community, while raising close to 35% of the annual PTA budget. The money raised at this event supports: STEAM LAB, Soul Shoppe, Art and Garden Docent, small group learning, reading intervention, recess supervision, books, technology, field trips, assemblies and more.
The evening includes a sit down dinner, drinks, dancing, and silent and live auctions, and is scheduled for Saturday, April 27th 2019 at The Grandview Pavilion. Please mark your calendar now! This year's theme is still top secret, but will be made public soon. It's sure to be an amazing evening for all!
We need lots of help to pull this event off and make it a success for our students. Please join the Planning Committee to learn how you can help gather donations, create decorations, or help on the night of the auction. The success of this event depends on volunteers like you!
Come to our first planning meeting to learn more and find out how you can help:
Wednesday, January 30
7:30pm - 9:00pm
at 1016 Broadway in Alameda
Auction Committee Members Enter donation data into software, handle check-in and check-out at the event, data entry after each auction closes
Donations Committee Members Solicit and gather donations for online, silent and live auction
Sponsorship Committee Members Gather sponsors for the event
Parties Committee Members Gather and organize Otis community members to donate parties for the silent auction
Decorations Committee Members Brainstorm decor for the theme, create, build, source, set-up, and clean-up
Contact Spring Fling co-chairs, Beth Leonardo ( or Neveen Acero ( if you have questions.
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:

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 and clear out those broken and unwanted toys before the holidays!
The deadline to order personalized Yearbooks  
is JANUARY 31, 2019
To Order a yearbook go to:
Enter CODE: 32685M  
WE NEED PICTURES!! Upload your pictures from CARNIVAL, ASSEMBLIES, and GINGERBREAD SHOPPE! To upload pictures, clicking on this link:
Registration is now open for the 2019 Alameda Spelling Bee, to be held on February 2 from 9:30am-12pm at Otis Elementary in the MPR.
The Bee is open to students in the 4th-9th grades who live or attend school in Alameda. Prizes will be given to top spellers. Learn more at
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
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! 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.
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.
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