PTA Newsletter - March 4, 2019
Mon, Mar 4 5:05pm
Frank Otis Elementary

March 2019
March 7th, Thursday
-Birds & Bees workshop (for adults) "Nurturing Positive Identity", 6:30-8:30pm, Media Center (childcare in room 102)
March 9th, Saturday
-Owlapalooza, 10:00am-3pm, Krusi Park Stage (or MPR depending on weather)
March 10th, Sunday
-Daylight Savings Time Change: SPRING FORWARD 1 HOUR!
March 13th-15th, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
- 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
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

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 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. 

Dr. Seuss Birthday Fundraiser
We want to thank everyone who came out to Tucker's Ice Cream on Saturday to celebrate Dr. Seuss and support Otis Elementary! 

We had a fantastic turn-out, thanks to our wonderful community. A special thanks to Caephren McKenna who read Dr. Seuss books for two hours straight to a rapt audience! Another special thank you to Maya Goehring-Harris, her daughter Leah and her friend Katie who led our arts & crafts table, helping dozens of kids make colorful truffula trees. Leah and Katie are 4th graders at Otis and this event could not have been as successful as it was without their help!
A big shout-out to 2nd grader Micah Kines-Gilchrist who offered the winning name for the Dr. Seuss Ice Cream flavor - Blue-Seussa-Pallooza. Honorable mentions went to 1st grader, Noa Joseph with her name: Wacky Snacky Scoop; and 2nd grader Virginia Maier, with her name Bing Bong Boo Goo. They all sound like delicious treats straight from a Dr. Seuss book. Thank you to everyone who participated in the ice cream naming contest!
As soon as we know how much the fun fundraiser brought in, we'll let you know. Thank you to everyone who came out!

Saturday, March 9
Noon-4pm at the Krusi Park Stage

Owlapalooza is less than a week away! Come join the Otis community as we rock out at Krusi Park with home-grown talent. There will be food, music, karaoke, and new concert t-shirts on sale. Weather permitting, we're going to rock on outside this year for the first time! Come join us and bring your friends - it's going to be a great time!
We need volunteers to help sell t-shirts at the event and someone be the point person for our guest face painter. These aren't big jobs, but will be really helpful to the event coordinators. Click the link to sign up and help.

Media Center 
(Childcare in Room 102)
In this workshop, led by educator and parent Ronit Matabuena-Lev, parents will learn about what healthy sexual development and sexual safety look like at the elementary level, so that we can begin to shape our understanding of what to talk about, how and when. 
Ronit Matabuena-Lev has been educating children, teens, and families for more than 25 years. As a credentialed, public school teacher, Ronit witnessed the profound impact sexuality issues had on the lives of her students and their families. Her experiences inspired her to found Bird and Bee Education, which utilizes best practices in the field of sexuality education to educate and empower youth and families around sexual health and identity. Ronit is also the proud Mommy of a 2nd grade Owl at Otis.
You can learn more about Ronit and her work at or email questions to

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 6-11PM
Look for the Special Outlook on Wednesday for information about ticket sales and event details!  

MARCH 14, 2019
6:00-8:00 in the MPR

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. 

Awesome Otis owls showed up en masse to support our homeless care kit donation drive at The Local on Saturday! Thank you so much to everyone who came by and helped out! The community donated over 300 items for homeless care kits; come help us assemble them at Owlapalooza next weekend!
We still need volunteers to help manage blessing bag assembly during Owlapalooza on Saturday, March 9th from 10am- 5pm! If you can help, please sign up here!  
Thank you!


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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