PTA Newsletter - May 6, 2019
Sun, May 5 11:45pm
Frank Otis Elementary
PTA OUTLOOK
 
 
It's Teacher Appreciation Week!
 OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER

May 2019
May 6th-10th, Monday through Friday
- Teacher Appreciation Week 
May 8th, Wednesday
-5th Grade Promotion Photos
May 10th, Friday
-A's Baseball Game, 6:35pm, Oakland Coliseum 
May 13th, Monday
-Bike to School Day, 8:20am, Otis Blacktop
May 16th, Thursday
-Otis Open House, 6:30-7:30pm, Otis classrooms
May 19th, Sunday
-Alameda Bike Fest & Rodeo, 9:00am-3:00pm, Otis Blacktop
May 21st, Tuesday
-Lego Build-A-Rama, 6:00-8:00pm, 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
-LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! 
PTA CORNER

 
 
May 6th - 10th
 
It's Teacher Appreciation Week! Let's shower our teachers and staff with love this week (and always)! 
 
We still need YOUR help!
  • Please sign up HERE to help with the week's events to honor our teachers and staff
  • Contact your classroom's Room Parent to help honor your Owl's specific teacher
QUESTIONS? Contact Teacher Appreciation Week Coordinator Jessie Seyfer at jessie.seyfer@gmail.com.

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LAST PTA MEETING OF THE YEAR!! - May 23, 7pm
If you haven't been to a PTA meeting all year - or if you've been to them all! - you will not want to miss this one! We are voting to elect the Executive Board for the 2019-2020 school year and also voting 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.
 
In order to elect our new board and approve the preliminary budget we need a quorum! Please come to the May meeting so we can close out this year and start the next year off on solid footing.
 
EARTH WEEK CLOSE OUT
During Earth Week, students collected hundreds of plastic bags for recycling, read about the importance of protecting our earth, and cleaned up the school and the neighborhood. Teachers and volunteers handed out over 300 Green Hoot Hoots to those students 'caught' picking up trash and putting them in the right bins. Volunteers handed out prizes to congratulate students on their hard work keeping their school clean. A HUGE thank you to all of those teachers and staff who supported Earth Week and work hard every day to keep our school clean and help us recycle, compost, and Terracycle. An ENORMOUS thank you to the Green Team volunteers: Alyx Karpowicz, Abigail Rauber, Anna Leah Ah, Liz Park, and Matt Wheeland. Remember Earth Week is EVERY week!
 
Thank you! See you at the May PTA meeting on the 23rd. 
~Jenny Beck
Otis PTA President
IMPORTANT SCHOOL NEWS

RECYCLE YOUR PENS AND MARKERS!
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!

RECYCLE YOUR 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. 

OTIS COMMUNITY AND BEYOND

 

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 togenekahane@gmail.com. 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!

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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.

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
 
To contact Otis PTA Outlook, please send an e-mail to otisoutlook@gmail.com, or hit reply to this newsletter. These emails will go directly to the Editor's personal in-box. 

Thank you, 
Outlook Editor