PTA Newsletter - November 13, 2018
Tue, Nov 13 12:33pm
Frank Otis Elementary

November 2018
November 5th-16th
-Sock Drive
November 13th, Tuesday
-AUSD Board of Education Meeting highlighting Otis! 6:30pm, Island High (500 Pacific Ave.)
November 16th, Friday
-Last Day to Claim Items from Lost & Found
-Last Day to Make Donation for Fire Victims
November 18th-22nd
-Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
November 26th-30th
-Fall Teacher Conferences with Parents/Guardians
(Kinder dismissal at 11:40am; Grades 1-5 dismissal at 12:30pm)
November 26th, Monday
-Coffee Talk with Principal Harris, 8:30-8:45am, Blacktop (round green tables)
November 28th, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 5:00pm, Media Center
November 30th, Friday
-School Spirit Day! "Culture Day" theme
-Bake Sale hosted by 5th Graders, 12:30-1:15pm, Blacktop (round green tables)

December 2018
December 5th, Wednesday
-Lincoln Middle School Information Night, 6:30-8:00pm, Multi-Use Room
December 7th, Friday
-Walk-A-Thon, 8:30-10:30am, Blacktop/Krusi Park
December 18th-20th, Tuesday through Thursday
-Gingerbread Shoppe (classroom teachers will schedule date)
December 19th, Wednesday
-Lincoln Middle School Information Night, 6:30-8:00pm, Multi-Use Room
December 21st, Friday
-Spirit Day! "Fancy Friday" theme
December 24th-January 4th
-Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

Rescheduled to Friday, December 7th 
Due to the tragic fires near Chico, the air quality in Alameda is unhealthy for our students, staff and volunteers to be outside for prolonged periods of time. We therefore rescheduled Walk-A-Thon from November 14 to December 7 to ensure the safety and well-being of everyone. 
Please continue to collect Walk-A-Thon donations! Donations can be made via cash, check or online.  
  • Please make all checks payable to "Otis PTA"
  • For ONLINE DONATIONS, you must indicate the name of your student's teacher. Please let friends and family know this information so there aren't any delays in processing donations. 
If your student is collecting donations for each lap walked, please note the following. 
  • The course for kindergarten is 0.2 miles and they will be walking 1 hour.
  • The course for grades 1 and 2 is 0.28 miles and they will be walking 1 hour. 
  • The course for grades 3,4 and 5 is 0.42 miles. They will be walking for 1.5 hours. 
We still need volunteers from 8:00am to 10:30am to set up the courses, punch lap cards and monitor the course while students are walking to ensure our students stay on track and are safe at all times. Please  SIGN UP HERE to help. We need LOTS of volunteers to make this a successful and fun event for our students.

Walk-A-Thon is one of the PTA's biggest fundraisers of the year. Our goal is to raise $53,000 at this event alone. All funds go to support the STEAM lab which encourages collaborative problem solving, Soul Shoppe which supports social-emotional learning and productive conflict resolution, Small Group learning (reading and math) to support those students who need additional help, assemblies, field trips, art and garden docent, and so much more. All donations, no matter how big or small, are welcome. 

This year all students will be walking at the same time but on three separate courses. To clearly mark each course and provide encouragement to all students, we will repurpose all the political yard signs. Just turn the signs inside out to expose the blank side and then have your student create a colorful and creative poster to be used on the day of Walk-A-Thon with messages of encouragement, like "Go Owls!" or "Keep On Walking!" We will collect all the beautiful creations the week of December 3. Please also bring the wire sign holder. 
DONATE NOW by clicking HERE
VOLUNTEER at Walk-A-Thon by signing up HERE 
QUESTIONS? Contact Chris Ernst, Walk-A-Thon Chair, at 


The Fall Mini-Grant Program is here! Teachers, staff, students and family members are encouraged to apply for PTA funds to support classroom learning or enrichment activities that take place outside of the classroom. Grants range from $20-$500. See the application form for more details.
Submit a completed form by November 23rd to be in this cycle's application pool. Grant awards will be announced at the January 2019 PTA meeting. 
Questions? Contact Jenny Beck, PTA President.

The fires in Northern and Southern California are so tragic and heartbreaking. As our Owl community does time and time again, we are digging deep to help those in need and are asking Otis families to make donations for families affected by the fire. A former Otis family (Judy Jaber and Dave Worley) will be traveling to Chico on Sunday to deliver collected items. Here's what the fire affected communities need:
-Leashes and crates for the pets
-Small bags or backpacks
-New underwear and socks
-New clothing 
-New linens -- bedding and towels
-Paper plates and napkins
-Non-perishable food 
-Toiletries including feminine products and eyedrops
-First aid kits
-Wet and dry pet food 
-Gently used towels and blankets
-Gift cards (Wal-Mart, Target, Safeway, Trader Joes, Visa, etc.) 
Beginning on Wednesday (11/14), collections bins will be placed near the Lost & Found area (main school hallway). Please make a donation if you can. Thank you!
Questions? Email Jen Lucky or Jyothi Marbin


November 5-16, 2018
The 6TH ANNUAL "NEW SOCK DRIVE" has begun at Otis!  Please drop off a new pair or package of socks in any size (toddler, youth, women, and men) to the Sock Drive Bin, located in front of the school office. The socks will go to families at the Midway Shelterand guests of Pappo's Annual Soup Kitchen.  
If you have any questions, please contact Inbal at or Rhonda at


At The Crossroads, a non-profit that helps homeless youth in San Francisco, is asking for your extra Halloween candy. They make care bags with candy and toiletries to hand out during their evening outreach walks on the street.  
If you have extra candy, Otis parent Darcy Wheeles is taking donations for the next 2 weeks (through November 16). Please leave it on her porch at 1120 Pearl Street. 

Thank you!

IMPORTANT NOTICE: All items left in the Lost & Found after 12pm on November 16 will be donated to victims of the Northern California fires. If your student is missing anything, please take a look before it's all gone. All items are located in the small hallway just past the front door.


Otis t-shirt, sweatshirt and water bottle Pre-Sale Orders have arrived! 
If you placed a pre-sale shirt order, please pick your items up from All Good Living, 2332 Alameda Ave, Monday-Saturday between 10am-5pm, (510) 522-6288.
We still have a limited supply of shirts, sweatshirts and water bottles available for purchase here. Get them while supplies last - last chance for the 2018/19 school year!


There are collection containers in every classroom for your Box Top$. The class that collects the most Box Top$ will earn a reward of their choice worth up to $50, and more importantly, will have their class added to the Box Top$ trophy! We aim to earn $1,000 each year through Box Top$ so please bring yours in! 

Classroom containers will be picked up after Thanksgiving break. 

Claire Legas, Box Top$ Coordinator


To Order a yearbook for the 2018-19 school year, visit:
Enter CODE: 32685M  All orders due by February 1, 2019
WE NEED PICTURES!! We need all families to submit pictures of school events and activities like the Alphabet Rockers, Walk & Roll To School, Summer Scholars, Carnival, Soul Shoppe Assemblies, Field Trips, Art Docent, STEAM lab, and even recess. Submitting photos is easy! Just click on the link and start uploading!

Thank you!



It's time to start thinking about middle school. If you're interested in exploring options around the island, below are dates for scheduled information sessions for Lincoln, Wood, Junior Jets, AOA, Bay Farm Middle School, and ACLC, or click HERE for more information.
Lincoln Middle School
- Wednesday, 12/5
- Wednesday, 12/19
Each Parent/Guardian Information Night is from 6:30-8:00pm in the multi-use room.
Beginning in January 2019, every Tuesday and Thursday, LMS will be offering tours for you and your student. We have several of the same tours set up with a focus on 6th grade which include a brief overview of the subjects offered to 6th graders led by our Math, Science, CORE, and Elective teachers, along with a brief tour of the school. We have a tour focused on 7th and 8th grade subject areas also led by teachers and a brief student led tour of the school. There are two tours focused on electives and clubs offered at Lincoln in which you will hear from the elective teachers and given a brief tour by our Outdoor Development docents/students. Tour sign-ups will be available on the LMS website in December.
Junior Jets 
- Tuesday, 11/13
- Tuesday, 12/11
- Thursday, 1/10
Each Information Nights will start at 6:30pm in the Junior Jets office. Look for signage directing you (it is on the far right as you are facing the school).
Wood Middle School
- Thursday, 11/15
- Wednesday, 1/9
Each Information Night is from 6:00-7:00pm in the Media Center.  
- Thursday, 1/17 
- Thursday, 2/7 
Each presentation is from 6:00-7:00pm in the gym. Parents and students are welcome. Click HERE for more information.

- Wednesday, 11/14
- Thursday, 12/13
- Wednesday, 1/9
Each presentation is in the Multi-Purpose Room from 6:30-7:30pm. They are intended for parents and their incoming students. Click HERE for more information.


Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next Board of Education Meeting: November 13 at 6:30pm (Island High School).  Otis will be highlighted. Peacemakers will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and will recite the No Place for Hate pledge.
  • Click HERE for the agendas.
AUSD is offering a wide variety of parent enrichment speakers, workshops and events. See below for more information or click HERE
Teen Mental Health Wellness: How Parents Can Help
Lincoln Middle School Media Center
November 14, 2018 |7:00-8:30 p.m.

Screenagers Film
Paden Elementary MPR/GYM
February 7, 2019 |7:00- 8:30 p.m.
Event Information | Official Trailer

Parent University at Lincoln Middle School 
Program Information
Fall Session: 
November 7, 2018 6:00-8:30 p.m.

Spring Session: 
February 13, 2018 6:00-8:30 p.m.
School Smarts
Sessions begin week of January 15, 2019 at Ruby Bridges, Paden, Earhart and Haight elementary schools. Details coming soon! Schools alternate hosting the program every other year. If your school is not listed, you are still invited to attend your neighboring schools' program.


The Alameda Elks are running the Americanism Essay Contest again this year. All 5th-8th graders are invited to submit an essay for a cash prize. Last year, an Otis owl won the prize! This year's topic is "What Makes You Proud of America." Please encourage your child to put together 300 words and see how they do! 
Deadline to enter is December 15. See contest details and application packet here.



Alameda Girls Softball Association
AGSA is the only youth sports league in Alameda with a primary focus on development of girls in sports.  

Registration for the 2019 Spring Recreation season is open from NOW through January 6. Early bird registration ends November 30. Returning players should register NOW! Added bonus is that all games are played at the fields at Krusi Park!
For more information and to register, go to


Did you know Otis is part of the Sports Basement Basementeer program? You can get 10% off your purchase and 10% goes to Otis too! 
Become a Basementeer here!

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