PTA Newsletter - November 5, 2018
Mon, Nov 5 2:52pm
Frank Otis Elementary

November 2018
November 5th-16th
-Sock Drive
November 6th, Tuesday
Election Day - Please Vote!
November 12th, Monday
-Veteran's Day, NO SCHOOL
November 14th, Wednesday
-Walk-A-Thon, 8:30-10:30am, Blacktop/Krusi Park
November 16th, Friday
-Bake Sale Hosted by 5th Graders, 2:50pm, Blacktop (round green tables)
November 18th-22nd
-Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
November 26th-30th
-Fall Teacher Conferences with Parents/Guardians
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

December 2018
December 5th, Wednesday
-Lincoln Middle School Information Night, 6:30-8:00pm, Multi-Use Room
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

Wednesday, November 14 
DONATE NOW by clicking HERE
VOLUNTEER at Walk-A-Thon by signing up HERE 
MORE INFO coming home THIS WEEK via your child's Walk-A-Thon Envelope 
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 need your student's help and their artistic skills. We'd like to repurpose all the political yard signs AFTER the election and turn them into Walk-A-Thon signs.  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!" Chris Ernst, Walk-A-Thon chair, will be at the round green tables every day at drop off to collect decorated or undecorated signs. Drop one off or pick up one to take home for your student to decorate.  Please also bring the wire sign holder. 

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.

Huge thanks to everyone who stopped by the Community Service table at the Otis Carnival! Together, Otis families made SIXTY FIVE cards that were dropped off to Meals on Wheels clients this week. Thanks also to all the big-hearted kids who donated their candy to help the animals of Alameda at FAAS!!  Go Owls!
The holiday season is quickly approaching, and there are a number of meaningful ways to get involved in service with your family this month! Check out this link for some great ideas. Saturday 11/17 is Family Volunteer Day and there are a few projects happening that day, so please check them out! If you'd like ideas on how to talk to your family about helping the hungry this holiday season, please click here for a helpful resource sheet.  
If YOU (parents or kids!) would like to be involved in the Community Service Club, please join the Konstella Community Service Committee, or email Jen Lucky or Jyothi Marbin or talk to Kaia Marbin, 5th grader, in Ms. Smith's class. 


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 Shelter and 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!

Soul Shoppe is off to a great start this year! On November 1st, students had their third Soul Shoppe assembly - "Clean It Up: The Sorry Show." Read the parent letter so you can understand the tools and concepts our students are learning and practicing during the school day. 
Soul Shoppe's mission is to support school communities by providing interactive programs and tools that teach students powerful life skills, and create learning environments that bring forth a culture of compassion, connection and curiosity, eliminating bullying at the roots! In addition to working with students, they also support staff and parents via dynamic development trainings.  
Soul Shoppe also supports a student leadership program that trains a team of select  4th and 5th grade Peacemakers to solve problems and provide ally-ship and communication support on the playground and in the classroom.  Look for Otis Peacemakers on the blacktop in their bright green shirts, helping other students walk the Peace Path and solve problems in productive ways.  
The PTA helps fund Soul Shoppe at Otis. Its continued success depends on the generous donations of our Otis families! 


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!


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, November 14, 2018
- Thursday, December 13, 2018
- Wednesday, January 9, 2019
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.

Each presentation begins at 6:15pm. School tours available on Thursday mornings. Click HERE for more information. ACLC WILL BEGIN ACCEPTING PRIORITY APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2019-2020 SCHOOL YEAR ON TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16.


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).  
  • 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