PTA Newsletter - October 1, 2018
Mon, Oct 1 4:13pm
Frank Otis Elementary
October 2018
October 3rd, Wednesday
-Soul Shoppe Volunteer Training, 10:00am, MPR
October 4th, Thursday
-Walk & Roll To School Day, 8:00-8:20am, Blacktop
October 10th, Wednesday
-Bullying Awareness Night (For Adults), 6:30-7:30pm, Media Center; babysitting in Room 102
October 12th, Friday
-Bake Sale hosted by 5th Graders, 2:50-4:00pm, Blacktop (Round Green Tables)
October 16th, Tuesday
-Make-Up Picture Day
October 18th, Thursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center 
October 19th,Friday
-Movie Night! 6:00-8:30pm, MPR
October 24th, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 5:00-6:00pm, Media Center; babysitting in Room 102
October 26th, Friday
-Minimum Day for all grades (dismissal at 12:30pm)
-Coffee Talk with Principal Harris, 8:30am, Blacktop (Round Green Tables)
October 27th, Saturday
-Fall Carnival, 11:00am-2:00pm, Blacktop
November 2018
November 12th, Monday
-Veteran's Day, NO SCHOOL
November 14th, Wednesday
November 18th-22nd
-Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
November 26th-30th
-Fall Teacher Conferences with Parents/Guardians
Dear Owl Families,
School Culture and Climate
October is National Bullying Prevention Month. All across the country schools and community-based organizations will work in unity to address bullying and cyber-bullying. This is done through education and activities. On October 10th Otis will host a parent information night on bullying and bullying awareness. Please join us from 6:30-7:30 in the media center. Free babysitting will be available in Room 102.
Things that we can do together to address bullying:
  • Make friends with someone new (parents and students.)
  • Encourage students to never let someone play or eat or alone.
  • Demonstrates acts of kindness. (Open a door for someone, give someone a compliment, write a kindness note to someone).
Before School Blacktop Expectations
Please remember, there is no supervision on the blacktop before 8:10am. At 8:10am, teachers assigned to yard duty are outside to keep students safe by reinforcing school-wide expectation.
  • Students line up at 8:10am
  • There are no ball games (tether ball, football, kickball, four square, basketball)
  • Students should not be on the grass
  • Family pets may not be on the blacktop at 8:10. This is the official start of the school day.
  • Students may not climb the trees.
We recognize the great fortune of sharing a school playground with a beautiful park. With that comes two sets of rules--school rules and after school and weekend rules. We appreciate your help in reinforcing our school rules during the school day. Safety and supervision are key.
Thank a Teacher
Friday, October 5th is World Teachers' Day. We have wonderful teachers at Otis. Here is a shout out to them!
Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Your Best,
Principal Harris 
Direct Donation Drive Extended to Friday, Oct. 5
We are so close to meeting our goal...only $2000 to go!
In order to meet our fundraising goal - which will allow us to offer all of the enrichment activities and opportunities we've included in our budget - we are extending the Direct Donation and Membership Drive to this Friday, 10/5.
  • If you been thinking about donating but just haven't found the time...NOW's  your chance!
  • If you been thinking..."others will donate and it will be taken care of..." we actually need YOU! Yes, YOU!! Every dollar counts and makes a great impact on our school community.
  • All donations are tax deductible!
Don't forget to become an Otis PTA member for only $10 per year.  Attending meetings is not required, but your membership shows you care about the school and have a voice to impact change.
Make a Direct Donation and join the PTA. Click HERE to make an online donation or USE THIS FORM and drop off your cash/check donation in the PTA mailbox (located in the office). Hard copies are also available in the office.

Questions about PTA Membership or Donations?  
Please contact Jennifer Yip, VP of Membership, at
Pump up your tires, adjust your helmet, grab your skateboard, 
lace up your kicks and get ready for Walk & Roll to School! 
On October 4th, Otis will celebrate International Walk & Roll to School Day, with millions of children across the world celebrating walking and rolling to school throughout the week. 
We encourage all students and their families to bike, scooter, or skate to school. If that's not possible, the next best thing is to either carpool, or park a few blocks away and walk in.

From 7:50-8:20am, we will have greeting stations with some goodies to hand out to the kids at the High Street, Fountain, and Calhoun gates, and some music playing on the blacktop. 
Questions? Contact Alyx Karpowicz.
The Box Top$ Drive has begun! 
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! 

Even if you don't have many, your few added to someone else's makes a lot overall. Also, this is a great way to involve your extended family in supporting Otis without asking for more money. 

Classroom containers will be picked up after Thanksgiving break.

A full list of eligible products can be found here: PRODUCTS

Box Top$ expiring? If you have some Box Top$ that are going to expire on 11/1/18 PLEASE contact me and I will send them in before they expire. I will count them toward your class total. 

Thank you for all you do to support Otis! If you have questions or expiring Box Top$, please contact Claire Legas at
Claire Legas, Box Top$ Coordinator
Mark your calendars and come enjoy bounce houses, face painting, food, games, prizes, a Haunted House, music and MORE! Wear your costumes and get ready for a super fun day.
11:00     ALL Games + Activities + Food begin!
11:30     Costume Parade led by the LMS Marching Band
11:45     LMS Marching Band Performance
12:30     Music & DJ at the Krusi Park Gathering Space
Buy your Carnival tickets HERE by OCT 15 and skip the ticket booth line! Tickets will be delivered to students' Wednesday envelopes on Oct 24. All proceeds benefit our Otis Owls via the PTA.
Movie Night Hosted by 5th Grade Class
October 19th - 6:00pm in the MPR
Get in the Halloween spirit and watch Hotel Transylvania 3 with your Otis besties!
  • Doors open at 6:00 and pick-up is promptly at 8:30pm - plenty of time to have a kid-free dinner or run some errands!
  • This is a drop-off event but parents/caregivers are welcome to stay and enjoy the movie.
  • Event is limited to Otis students only (grades K-5). Sorry, no younger or older siblings.
  • Ticket price is $20/student and includes pizza, fruit, drink, dessert and popcorn. 
  • Kids can bring pillows, blankets, sleeping bags, and can wear jammies if they want.
Sign-up and pay online HERE.  Forms will be in the school office later this week if you want to pay cash.
All proceeds go to fund the 5th Grade Class promotion activities and ceremony.
To Order a yearbook for the 2018-19 school year, visit:
Enter CODE: 32685M

Full-Color Yearbook........................................$20.00
Orders Due: April 18, 2019
Full-Color Personalized Yearbook....................$30.00
This includes your student's name and photo on the yearbook cover!
All Orders Due: February 1, 2019
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Show your Otis School Spirit and order your Otis gear now!
Otis T-shirts and sweatshirts with the school's new logo are now for sale online through our fundraising partner and local Alameda business, AGL School Spirit. Click HERE to order and show your school pride in style! Buy 2 or more shirts and get 10% off. 

Great news Otis Families! This fall, 5% of every grocery order you place on
Good Eggs will go back to Frank Otis Elementary School!
If you haven't tried Good Eggs, it's an awesome grocery delivery service that also offers prepared meals and just about anything you'd want to find in a grocery store. It's super easy to use, so convenient and now it's even better because Otis can earn $$ when you shop!
Here's how you can get started: 
  • Visit
  • Enter the code OTISGOODEGGS -- click "Shop Now"
  • Add your groceries to your Good Eggs basket and check out.
*New customers get $15 off with this code, and if 20 new customers join the fundraiser, Otis Elementary will get a $500 fundraising bonus.  
**The first 5 new families to join the fundraiser from our school this week will receive a FREE flower bouquet!
Join Girls on the Run in Alameda!  
Girls on the Run uses the power of running to build healthy, confident girls. Our nationally recognized social/emotional curriculum is designed to build skills in the "6 C's:" Confidence, Competence, Caring, Connection, Character, and Contribution. We keep our team size small (16 girls) to give each girl the chance to speak up, find her voice, and create emotional safety around sensitive lesson topics such as Exploring Emotions and Communicating with Others.
Trained volunteer coaches facilitate our curriculum, which encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.  Physical activity is woven into each practice, to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.
Each practice consists of a discussion-based lesson, movement-based games, and a running workout. Girls train to complete the end of season Girls on the Run 5K run/walk event in Golden Gate Park, where girls from all of our Bay Area teams come together to cross the finish line!
Grade levels: 3rd, 4th and 5th
Practice days at Amelia Earhart Elementary (open to all Alameda girls): Wednesdays 4:30-5:45pm and Saturdays 9:00-10:15am
Register or LEARN MORE:
Alameda Little League offers a recreational and competitive baseball program. You can find most of the information that you need on our FAQ, or in one of the articles on our news page. If you would like to Manage a team, please contact Ron Matthews as soon as possible at

Click HERE to register. We offer a money back guarantee if your player decides they don't want to play before they are assigned to a team in late January.
TOPIC: Solutions to Common Family Challenges
LED BY: Lee-Ann Gray, Psychologist, National Speaker in Self-Compassion & Mindfulness
Explore new ways of easing family interactions around school, homework, bedtime, curfew, peer pressure, etc... Parents can discover ways to nurture themselves while caring for their kids. With anxiety, depression, and stress on the rise for students of all ages, parents can benefit from strategies and tools that increase family harmony and happiness. Learn Dr. Gray's ways of achieving success and fulfillment in the family and at school! 4 x 2-hour interactive small group sessions. Some mindfulness will be included; no meditation experience required. 1st session is offered at $5/parent for you to try it out. $150 for all the 4 sessions.
Click HERE for more information and to sign up. First session is October 2 from 6pm-8pm (PST).
Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next High School Consolidation Committee MeetingOctober 2, 2018 at 6:30pm (Island High School Multipurpose Room - 500 Pacific Avenue)
  • Next Board of Education MeetingOctober 9 at 6:30pm (City Hall). 
  • Click HERE for the agendas.
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