PTA Newsletter - May 13, 2019
Mon, May 13 12:07am
Frank Otis Elementary
Otis Open House is Thursday!

May 2019
May 16th, Thursday
-Otis Open House, 6:30-7:30pm, Otis classrooms
May 19th, Sunday
-Alameda Bike Fest & Rodeo, 12:00-3:00pm, Otis Blacktop
May 21st, Tuesday
-Lego Build-A-Rama, 6:30-8:00pm, MPR
May 22nd, Wednesday
-Volunteer Tea, 2:00pm
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 6:00-7:00pm, Media Center (childcare in room 102)
May 23rd, Thursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center (childcare in room 102)
May 27th, Monday
-Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL!
May 31st, Friday
-School Spirit Day - "Beach Day"
June 2019
June 5th-7th, Wednesday through Friday
-Minimum Days: 12:30pm dismissal for all grades 
June 5th, Wednesday
-End-of-Year Dance Party!, 6:00-8:00pm, MPR
June 6th, Thursday
- 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 10:30am, MPR
June 7th, Friday

Dear Owl Families!
Happy Mother's Day to all the Mama Owls! I hope you had a wonderful day. The count down to the end of the year has started, and I want to take this opportunity to say thank you for a great year!
I am so appreciative of the students and parents on safety committee who stand outside rain or shine making sure that our little owls get to school safely. This is a wonderful way to volunteer, and as we think about the upcoming school year, I encourage folks to think about supporting this program. I also want to remind the community that:
  • Those on the safety committee are early morning volunteers and we should all show appreciation and kindness.
  • Mr. Jesse is the only crossing guard assigned to Otis, and is an employee of an outside agency who partners with AUSD.
  • For more information on Otis traffic guidelines please CLICK HERE.
We are on schedule with construction. The loudest part of the work is over. Fencing will begin as soon as the materials are delivered. The project completion date in June 20.
Teacher Assignments For Next Year
The process of creating classes is taken very seriously.  Teachers and administrative staff devote a significant amount of time and thought to balancing many factors when building class lists.  We aim to use an equitable process that honors each child's needs and to find the absolute best learning environment for each individual, as well as the whole group.  Below is a list of factors that are considered when developing classes for the upcoming school year (in no particular order):
  • Gender
  • Special services (IEP, Speech, 504, etc.)
  • English language skills
  • Academic abilities
  • Social compatibility
  • Learning styles
  • Behavior
  • Classroom environment
  • Other extenuating circumstances
If you would like to give more input as to your child's learning style and/or if you have particular social or academic concerns of which you would like to make us aware, please complete a Classroom Placement Input Form. Forms are located in the Otis office and on the school website. Please submitted completed forms to the office by Monday, May 20Unfortunately, specific teacher requests cannot be considered.
Have a wonderful week!
Principal Harris 

PTA Meeting
Thursday, May 23
7:00 p.m. in the Media Center 
The last PTA meeting is right around the corner. Please join us to elect the Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year. Below are the nominees for the 2019-2020 PTA Executive Board:
  • President:  Jeff Chorney
  • Executive Vice President:  David Mitchell
  • Treasurer: Louis Cochrane (2nd term)
  • Secretary: Jennifer Lucky
  • Vice President of Membership:  Liz Sparber
  • Vice President of Programs: Jenny Beck
  • Vice President of Equity & Inclusion: Samara Plambeck (2nd term)
  • Auditor:  David Nixon
  • Historian: Jennifer Yip
  • Parliamentarian: Brina Siv
We will also vote to approve our preliminary PTA budget for the next school year. We will also have a special presentation by Connie Chapman, our Media Center teacher. Learn about the different online programs and technology our kids are working on in the Media Center and in the classrooms, and hear what they'll be learning in the coming year.
Free childcare in Room 102.

Tuesday, May 21
6:30-8:00pm in the MPR


Alameda Bike Festival & Rodeo
Sunday, May 19 
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
at Otis Elementary

Bring your friends and family to this city-wide bike festival hosted at Otis Elementary School.
Festival activities include:
  • Free raffle prizes from local businesses including a new bike donated by Alameda Bicycle!
  • Learn about the planned bike improvements around the City
  • Free bicycle tune-ups with the BikeMobile
  • Learn about BikeLink eLockers and sign up for a card
  • A bike rodeo to practice skills and drills
  • A helmet and bicycle decoration station
  • Helmet fittings and giveaways
  • Bike-blended smoothies
  • A bicycle Trivia Wheel
  • A taco truck
  • And a whole lot more to inspire, educate and encourage bicycle riding in Alameda

Click HERE for more information.


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!

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. 


Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next Board of Education Meeting: May 14 at 6:30pm (City Hall).
  • Click HERE for the agenda.
Everyone Belongs Here Poem & Poetry Contest: Every Pronoun Belongs Here  Through your original art and writing show that whether you use she, he, they, or ze, or hir pronouns, you are part of our community, a citizen, and accept all citizens. The contest is open to 4th -12th graders. Contestants can write a poem, design a poster, or both. Awards will be given to winners grades 4-8 and 9-12. The overall winning poster will be displayed in AUSD schools and offices. 
SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 20! Send all submissions to Susan Davis at the AUSD district office (2060 Challenger Drive, Alameda, CA, 94501) or to Gene Kahane at Books, Inc. on Park St. Direct questions All entries must have: name, school, teacher, email and phone number. Click HERE for the flyer.
Survey on Homework and Dress Code Policies
As part of its ongoing work on AUSD's Homework Policy and Student Dress Code, AUSD is asking parent/guardians to take a survey. Please take a few minutes to take this survey - and encourage your family members to take it, too!

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