PTA Newsletter - June 3, 2019
Sun, Jun 2 9:49pm
Frank Otis Elementary
PTA OUTLOOK
 
 


Congratulations 5th Graders!

 OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER

June 2019
June 3rd, Monday
-Volunteer Happy Hour, 5:00-7:00pm, Dragon Rouge (patio)
June 5th-7th, Wednesday through Friday
-Minimum Days: 12:30pm dismissal for all grades 
June 5th, Wednesday
-End-of-Year Dance Party!, 6:30-8:00pm, MPR
June 6th, Thursday
- 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 8:30am, MPR (doors open at 8:30am)
June 7th, Friday
-LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! 
-Annual 5th Grade vs. Teacher/Staff Kickball Game!
-Bake Sale hosted by 4th Graders (Rising 5th Graders!), 12:30p.m., Blacktop (round green tables)

August 2019
August 16th, Friday
-Kinder Mixer 2:00-4:00p.m.
-Back to School Picnic
August 19th, Monday
-1st Day of School

Stay tuned for more information over the summer about the Back to School Picnic and other fun summer activities.

Click HERE to see the AUSD calendar for the 2019-20 school year. 

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The MPR will be filled with pride, tears of joy, laughter and song on Thursday morning for the 5th Grade Class Promotion Ceremony.  Awards and diplomas will be presented and the 2019 5th Grade Class Legacy Gift to Otis will be announced. This year our 5th Graders raised money for this gift through Movie Nights, Bake Sales, and food sales at Owlapalooza. The 2019 5th Grade Class is proud to announce that their legacy gift will be a PICNIC TABLE for the 4th/5th Grade Building where students can gather and learn together. The table will be delivered to the school after construction of the new bathroom and fence installation are complete, but definitely in time for the start of school next year.  
 
Class of 2019 - we are so proud of you as you get ready to spread your owl wings and fly off to middle school! 
PRINCIPAL'S LETTER

Dear Owl Families,
As the school year ends and summer begins, it is from the bottom of my heart that I thank you for another amazing year!  Your endless hours of volunteering, chaperoning, reading, organizing, donating and doing whatever was necessary to support students, teachers, and at times other families, is what makes our community so special. A special thanks to our PTA who, as usual, went above and beyond the call of duty to provide whatever was necessary to ensure our students not only have the basics, but also that they have an enriched academic, social emotional, and joyful school experience.  
The end of the school year is always bittersweet. It's the time of year where we say goodbye to a very loved group of students and families. To those who are moving on,  I am so honored to have been your principal for three years. We have been through a lot together, but through the good and through the challenging, I have always felt your support and dedication to our school and our wonderful children.  
Until next school year, here's wishing you love, laughter and learning. And always remember, Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Your Best, and GO OWLS!
Ms. Harris

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Otis Summer Learning Program
 
The Otis Summer Learning Program helps students practice their reading and math skills over the summer, and promotes community service. Research has shown that without practicing the skills they've learned during the school year, students can lose up to 3 months of learning over the summer. The Summer Learning Program is completely voluntary and helps kids practice their skills, have fun, do good for their community, and earn a pizza party when they return to Otis in the fall. Click HERE for the Summer Scholars form. Additional information will be sent home with your child and will be posted to our website and in Konstella. 
 
All students have continued summer access to their Raz Kids accounts, an online guided reading program containing interactive books and reading quizzes, which can count towards summer reading time.  Students can access Raz Kids through the Otis website or click here and enter their teacher username and student password which were given to them this year by their teacher.  This is a great way to access books that have been leveled to each individual student.  If families need help accessing their accounts over the summer, they can email Colleen Paltrineri at cpaltrineri@alamedaunified.org for support.
 
PTA CORNER

 
 
Hi Otis Families!
 
I hope this school year has been a great one for you and your families. It's been great getting to know more of you and work alongside of you this year. Here are some end-of-year reminders and announcements. Enjoy your last week!!
 
VOLUNTEER HAPPY HOUR
None of our PTA programs could happen without your hard work and endless energy. Otis is incredibly lucky to have so many family members who are able to give of themselves and share their time and talents with our kids. We really can't thank you enough for enriching every day of the school year - but as a small token of our thanks, please come to Monday's Volunteer Happy Hour at Dragon Rouge from 5-7pm. We would love to see you there!
 
STAY IN TOUCH OVER THE SUMMER
Be sure to sign up for your Rising Grade Level 2019-2020 in Konstella (under Social Groups) so you can stay in touch with other families in your grade level over your summer. We don't have official Grade Level Ambassadors for each grade level to plan summer hang outs - but feel free to take that on in your social group. It's a great way to share information and keep in touch over the summer.
 
KINDER MEET & GREET and BACK TO SCHOOL PICNIC ... AUGUST 16
Mark your calendars! The Kinder Meet & Greet is on Friday, August 16th from 2-4pm. Incoming kinder families will be able to meet their new teachers (from 2-3pm) & meet other kinder families. Stick around for the Back to School Picnic later that afternoon. All families are invited!! This is a great way to see old friends and meet new ones. The Picnic is on the blacktop and will be a potluck (more information on that coming later in the summer). There will be great food, great folks, information about the PTA and how to get involved, opportunities to purchase cool Otis shirts, and more!
 
LOST & FOUND - PICKED UP JUNE 7
It's your last chance to pick up lost and found! All of the lost and found materials will be collected after school on June 7th. Be sure you check out the Lost and Found corridor to find any lost items before they're gone. Thank you!!
 
LASTLY - "Where in the World is Otis D. Owl?"
If you are going out of town this summer, or staying local, we'd love it if you participated in our new activity - "Where in the World is Otis D. Owl?". Snap a picture of you and your family in your Otis gear, tell us where you are, and send it to me (jenniferdana72@gmail.com). We'll post it on our PTA bulletin board to show that the Otis Owl flies far and wide! 
 
Have a wonderful week and a fantastic summer! Let me know if you have any questions about any of the information listed above - you can reach me at jenniferdana72@gmail.com. Hope to see many of you tomorrow night at Dragon Rouge!
 
Jenny Beck
Outgoing PTA President

 
IMPORTANT SCHOOL NEWS

VOLUNTEER HAPPY HOUR
Monday, June 3rd
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Dragon Rouge

 
Don't forget to join fellow Otis volunteers on the Dragon Rouge patio in Alameda on MondayJune 3 from 5pm to 7pm. Enjoy Happy Hour Specials, starter apps courtesy of the PTA, and fun company. Cash bar. Kids welcome. Spread the word!
 
RSVP HERE.

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DANCE PARTY!
Wednesday, June 5
6:30-8:00pm in the MPR 

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JOIN THE OTIS SAFETY PATROL!!
 
 
 
Recruiting has begun for our 2019-20 Safety Patrol Squads. All current 3rd and 4th Grade Otis students are eligible to apply for a Safety Patrol Squad.

HOW TO APPLY
APPLICATION DUE DATE EXTENDED TO THURSDAY, JUNE 6
ABOUT THE OTIS SAFETY PATROL
STUDENT VOLUNTEERS: Student volunteers commit to assist with the Safety Drop Off Zones on Fillmore Street or High Street once a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. for the entire school year. Safety Patrollers are expected to be prompt and polite, be good role models, and show up on their assigned day of duty rain or shine! The Safety Patrollers not only help to keep morning drop-off safe, they also promote a sense of community, leadership, altruism, confidence and teamwork at Otis. All current 3rd and 4th grade Otis students are eligible to apply for a spot on a Safety Patrol Squad.
PARENT VOLUNTEERS: We need 10 parent volunteers to lead our squads, put out safety cones, and ensure the safety of our students. It's a commitment of no more than 30 minutes each week, and one that has a significant impact on our school.  All squads must have adult supervision. Please note on the form if you can help.
WHAT TO EXPECT: You will receive notice of a squad assignment over the summer. Please note that assignments are made based on the order the application is received. Students not assigned to a squad will be placed on a waiting list. Training for all student and parent volunteers will be scheduled for a date in August before school starts. We do our best to assign each student to a squad where he/she has a friend, but cannot make any guarantees that will happen.
QUESTIONS? Contact Neveen Acero at neveen.acero@gmail.com.

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OTIS OWLS SUMMER DAY WITH THE A'S 
20th ANNUAL ROOT BEER FLOAT DAY!
Sunday, July 28 @ 1:07 p.m.
A's vs. Rangers
$20/person
CLICK HERE to buy tickets NOW!

LAST DAY TO BUY TICKETS IS JUNE 7
 
Join your fellow Owls for the ultimate Otis summer meet-up! What could be better than root beer floats on a warm summer day with your Otis besties? Seats are in Plaza Outfield, Section 204. First 80 tickets are $20/person and $25 after the first 80 tickets are sold. Buy your tickets now, you don't want to miss this back to school event!
 
TO PAY BY CASH OR CHECK or have questions? Contact Otis A's Game Coordinator Kimberly Kato Chambliss at katochambliss@gmail.com.

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SUMMER MOVIE SERIES TICKETS
On Sale Now in The School Office
$10 for 10 Movies
Alameda Theater & Cineplex
all proceeds benefit Otis School 

OTIS COMMUNITY AND BEYOND

 

Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next Board of Education Meeting: June 11 at 6:30pm (City Hall).
  • Click HERE for the agenda.

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Flyer for program

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES
 
The Alameda Recreation and Park Department will be offering STEM Summer Camps using LEGO Materials in Alameda this summer, including sessions focused on Minecraft and Harry Potter Engineering. Sessions for students ages 5-12 will take place June 24-June 28 and July 22 to July 26. For more information, please visitwww.arpdeplay.com or 2226 Santa Clara Avenue.
 
Fall 2019 Alameda Soccer Club Recreation League registration will open on June 1 for players U6-U16. No tryouts needed, everyone welcome. For more information and to register go to: http://alamedasoccer.org
 
AUSD science teacher Katherine Jolda is offering "Ancient Arts Summer Camp" sessions. The Craft Camp (for students ages 5-8) will include making plant paper and earth paints, wool felting, and squid dissection. The Fiber Camp (ages 8-11) will include the creation of natural dyes, rock drop spinning, spider weaving, and leaf printing. Sessions are July 8-12 or August 5-9. For more information, visit www.feltthesun.org.
 
The Yu Ying Learning Center is currently taking registrations for afterschool care for students in grades TK-5 for 2019-20. The center's STAR program offers science, theater, art, and recreation in its daily sessions. For more information, call 510-863-1651, email info@yuyinglearning.com, or visit yuyinglearning.com.
 
All Star Academics Summer Camp and Afterschool Program
All Star Academics is an after-school program and summer camp centrally located in downtown Alameda, near the Alameda Theater. Founded ten years ago by a group of Alameda parents, All Star Academics aims to help other working parents by offering after-school care and homework assistance for TK - 8th grade students in small classes of similar ages. One-on-one tutoring is also available, and transportation can be arranged through All Stars. The schedule and calendar of All Star Academics follow and compliment those of the AUSD, for parents' convenience.
The large facilities include an indoor gym, a game room, and a computer lab. Walks to nearby parks and the Alameda Public Library are a frequent activity for the younger grades, weather permitting. The goal at All Star Academics is to instill a foundation of sound work and study habits from an early age that will benefit the student for the duration of their scholastic career, while still providing time to make happy childhood memories of arts and crafts, games, and fun with peers. For more information call 510.769.8172, email info@allstaracademics.net, or visit www.allstaracademics.net.
 
Alameda Girls Softball Association 4th Annual Camps 
Players will receive hands on instruction in all aspects of the game from knowledgeable and enthusiastic staff. Mornings will be devoted to drills and instruction. Afternoons will be organized games where we teach game situations. Each camper should bring her own glove, a water bottle, and a bag lunch. All other equipment will be provided but if she wants to bring her own bat and batting helmet, please be sure it has her name on it. The camp will be run by Coach Maureen Layag (Former Division 1 Collegiate Player at Providence College, Current Encinal High Varsity Coach, Current AGSA Board Member) along with other college and high school players. Let's have fun and PLAY BALL!!!!
Dates: June 10-14 and August 12-16
Location: Krusi Fields 
Hours: 9am-3pm
Ages: 4-14 years of age
Cost: $350 + registration fees (partial week and sibling discounts available- Contact Coach Maureen Layag 415-420-3353)
 
THE REGULARS

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 www.otis.alamedausd.ca.schoolloop.com 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. 
OUTLOOK CONTACT INFORMATION
PRINCIPAL: TANYA HARRIS
EDITOR:  BETH ANEY
PTA PRESIDENT:  JENNY BECK
OUTLOOK EMAIL: OTISOUTLOOK@GMAIL.COM
QUICK LINKS TO OTIS SCHOOL
 
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Thank you, 
Outlook Editor