PTA Newsletter - March 11, 2019
Mon, Mar 11 8:55pm
Frank Otis Elementary

Join Us on March 14 at 6pm in the MPR!



March 2019
March 13th-15th, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
- Spring Parent/Teacher Conferences - Early Release Days (Kinder at 12:30pm / Grades 1-5 at 1:50pm)
March 13th-15th, Monday -Friday
-Spring Book Fair, 7:50am-4:00pm, Media Center
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
March 28th, Thursday
-Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop, 6:30-8:00pm, Media Center
March 29th, Friday
-School Spirit Day - "Animal Day"
April 2019
April 1st - 5th
-Spring Break - NO SCHOOL!
April 11th, Thursday
-Art a la Mode (student art exhibition), 6:30pm, MPR
April 18th, Thursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center (childcare in room 102)
April 24th, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 6:00pm, Media Center
April 25th, Thursday
-Soul Shoppe Parent Workshop, 6:30-8:00pm, Media Center
April 26th, Friday
-School Spirit Day - "Crazy Hair Day!
April 27th, Saturday
-Spring Auction (adults only), 6pm-11pm, Grandview Pavillion

Dear Families,
What a great Owlapalooza! We didn't let the weather stop us from rocking on! Thank you to the Dad's Club for making this coordinating such a great time.
I am so proud of our Otis Community Service Club. Because of student leadership, over 100 Blessing Bags were put together and will be distributed to those in need. Please be on the lookout for information about an upcoming book drive to support the Bay Area Book Project. Former Otis Owl and current Alameda High Hornet, Elina Graham, is leading this community project.
Report Cards
Students will be released early March 13th-15th for report card conferences. Report cards will go home Friday, March 15th or during conferences. Conferences are scheduled on an individual basis by the teacher or at the request of the family.
Safety Around School
Please remember that there is no adult supervision on the playground until 8:10 am. Students should not be dropped of before then.
We encourage students and families to walk or ride to school, but ALL wheels need to be walked on the blacktop. This is for the safety of all.
We love animals, but please, NO DOGS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS during school hours. This includes the blacktop and the hallways/corridors, at morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up. Thank you for understanding. 
Equity and Inclusion/Heritage Months
We honored Black History during the month of February. Students across all grade levels participated in units of study. Our bulletin boards and classroom doors were a reflection of the learning. PTA's Equity and Inclusion committee supported this work through the donations of African American literature. 

We are celebrating Women's History this month. Again, thank you to the E&I committee for providing wonderful books that will live in classrooms and the media center.
Have a wonderful week,
Tanya Harris
Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Your Best

The Nominating Committee is looking for people to step up and join the PTA Executive Board for next school year. Serving on the Executive Board in any role is an opportunity for you to connect more deeply with fellow parents, get to know Otis better, and support our kids/teachers in a meaningful way. 
The following Board positions are open for next year:
If you are interested in serving Otis and this amazing community, or would like to be part of the Nominating Committee, contact Beth Aney for more information. 

MARCH 14, 2019
6:00-8:00 in the MPR

March 25th to March 29th

What is Ability Awareness Week?
It is an interactive, hands-on, multi-sensory experience designed to help students increase awareness about what it is like to live with a variety of disabilities. Some may be familiar to them, some may not, so our goal is to increase awareness and empathy. We also focus on creating a space for dialogue, teaching that it is okay to be curious about individual differences and show how communication fosters connection!.

Our students really enjoy Ability Awareness Week and look at it as one of the highlights of the year!

This is an entirely volunteer-led program and we need parent help to make AAW Week a success. As a volunteer you lead small groups of students through an easy, guided experience and foster dialogue as it comes up. You do not have to be an expert in awareness of differing abilities! All you need is a willingness to participate, your curiosity and your enthusiasm!

Click  HERE to see the  2019 Ability Awareness Volunteer Schedule. Please sign up!

Thank you,
Jackie JacksonDaley, AAW Coordinator

March is Women's History Month. The Otis Equity & Inclusion Committee is glad to announce that in cooperation with the PTA, we'll be providing each teacher with a book of their choice that can be used to introduce and discuss different women in history. 

Be on the lookout for a bulletin board that highlights the contributions of some these amazing women both past and present. 

Owlapalooza Was Amazing!
The Parliamentarian Committee (aka the Dad's Club) rocked it out of the MPR once again! The 7th Annual free music festival held on Saturday was a great success. 
Huge recognition and thanks goes to the event's organizers, Camilo Landau and Tom Collins, who booked a great lineup of Otis and Alameda talent for the event. Big thanks to volunteers Noel Rabinowitz, Jeff Chorney, Eric Vaught, Bryan Schwartz, David Mitchell, Michael Sparber, Jenny Diamond, Darcy Novo and Michael McKinnon who helped with everything from set-up and break-down, grilling hot dogs, playing in the bands, selling t-shirts and much more. Many thanks to 5th Grade Families for donating tasty treats for all to enjoy.
A special thank you goes to Brett Kime for organizing the 5th grade owl drawing contest and for designing the event's posters and t-shirts. A big congratulations goes to 5th Grader Anna Zhidan Huan whose owl graced the t-shirts and posters this year! If you want to purchase a t-shirt, contact Brett Kime to make arrangements.  
Finally, a big THANK YOU to all of the bands and individuals who performed at the event. We couldn't have Owlapalooza without you. We are blown away by all of the talent we have on our island. 
We are looking forward to next year's event already! 

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 6-11PM
This year we are offering tickets on a sliding scale to enable more people to attend. The standard ticket price is $50/person, however, the actual cost of the event is $80/person. When you purchase your ticket, select the Standard Ticket ($50 for Individual tickets, $100 for Couple Ticket). If you can contribute more than the standard ticket price, we ask that you add what you can in the "Choose Your Sliding Scale Add-On" field below your ticket selection. Your ticket add-on assures that costs are covered and all silent and live auction proceeds benefit valuable PTA programming!
  • Open seating
  • Sliding scale pricing
  • Open Seating for 2 people
  • Shared program and bidder number
  • Sliding scale pricing
VIP TABLE $800 (Hurry! Tables are selling fast!)
  • Reserved table in prime location for 8 people
  • Includes bubbly and swag!
We are still accepting donations for the auction. Interested in hosting a party or donating an item or service, or know someone who is? Contact Neveen Acero, Beth Leonardo or Kristan LaVietes for more information. All donations to the Otis auction are tax-deductible.

The countdown to Solid Gold fun begins!

Otis Night Out With the Oakland A's! 
May 10, 2019 - 6:35pm
Join Otis families to watch the A's take on the Cleveland Indians and then stay for the Hip Hop
fireworks show after the game. Seats are in section 312 so you can stay put to watch the fireworks, or make your way down to the field. 
Tickets are $22/each. Click HERE to buy tickets now! 
Questions? Contact Kimberly Kato Chambliss

The Box Top$ for Education collection bins are in the classrooms. Please continue to bring in Box Top$. The next collection is after Spring Break.  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 REMEMBER!!! REMOVE ALL BATTERIESbefore recycling. Also NO car seats, skateboards, bikes, scooters, or things of that nature. This is a pilot program, so take advantage and clear out those broken and unwanted toys now! This program will continue until further notice. 

Blessing Bag Project Update!
Dear Otis Community,
Thank you so much to everyone for donating supplies and helping us assemble blessing bags. Thank you also to the PTA who helped us make this happen!
We made 135 bags yesterday during Owlapalooza, and many Otis families took bags home to give out to people who need them. We'll be giving the rest of the bags to the Alameda Police Department and the Warming Shelter. Thanks for making a difference!
~Kaia Marbin, grade 5 on behalf of the Otis Community Service Club
Click HERE for a list of March volunteer opportunities.
And finally, a note from Otis alum Elina Graham about a project she's working on!
My name is Elina Graham and I'm an Otis Alum, now a 10th grader at Alameda High. I am running a book drive to collect new and like-new children's books to benefit the East Bay Children's Book Project (EBCBP) and was wondering if you had any new or like-new books (for babies, toddlers, elementary, middle, and high school children) that you would like to donate for the cause.
The EBCBP is a local, Oakland based non-profit organization that gives books to children of all ages in need. Any donation helps! I started the drive last year because of how important books have always been to me and because I wanted other kids to have access to books as well; with your help I collected over 500 books.
There will be a bin near the office, March 11-March 29. If you would like any more information on the organization, click HERE
Any questions can be sent to me at


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Whole Kid
Camp EDMO™ for Pre-K-8th Graders
At Camp EDMO™, kids develop their creative capacity, unleash their inner scientist, and plumb the mysteries of the natural world. They lose themselves in STEAM-infused activities designed in concert with experts from brilliant museums.
Young people are inspired to accept themselves and others, push their boundaries with confidence and, most importantly, act with real kindness and compassion. Kids grow on lots of levels.  
This entire experience is the product of the EDMO Method™ we've been perfecting since 2004. Your kids will love it, and they'll learn from it. 
2019 age-targeted sessions include; Critter Kingdom, Tiny Techies, Curious Chemists, Roblox Action Academy, Minecraft Code Masters, YouTube Star, Ecology College, and more. Click HERE for the camp brochure.
Learn more and enroll at

Free Bike Classes!
Bike East Bay is offering a series of free cycling classes for adults and children in Alameda over the next several months. Classes include Urban Cycling 101, Theft Prevention, Bike Commuting Basics, Biking After Dark, and Family Cycling Workshops. Click HERE for the flyer. Learn more and register HERE.
Yu Ying Learning Center
The Yu Ying Learning Center offers an after school enrichment program for children in grades TK-6th grade. Activities include homework, outdoor play, arts and crafts, roboctics, theater, and a Mandarin immersion program. Weekend and summer programs are also available. Call (510) 863-1651 or click HERE for more information and/or to register.



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