PTA Newsletter - October 22, 2018
Mon, Oct 22 3:38pm
Frank Otis Elementary

October 2018
October 23rd, Tuesday
-Dine & Donate Event at Chipotle (South Shore Center), 4pm-9pm
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)
-ELAC Meeting, 8:40am (Room 334)
October 27th, Saturday
-Fall Carnival, 11:00am-2:00pm, Blacktop
October 31st, Wednesday
-Halloween Parade, 1:00-1:40pm, Blacktop

November 2018
November 1st, Thursday
-School Board Candidate Forum, 6:30pm, Phoenix Alameda (2315 Lincoln Ave.)
November 4th, Sunday
-Daylight Savings Time Ends - Turn Clocks Back 1 Hour!
November 6th, Tuesday
-Election Day (polls open from 7am-8pm)
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,

Early Release Friday
Friday, October 26th is an early release day. All students are released at 12:30pm. School lunch will be available; however, there will be no lunch supervision. Please make sure to pick up your students on time as teachers will be leaving the site for a teacher training.

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 for class at 8:10am.
  • There are no ball games (tetherball, football, kickball, four square, and basketball) before school starts.
  • Students should not be on the grass.
  • Family pets may not be on the blacktop at 8:10am. This is the official start of the school day.
  • Students may not climb the trees.
  • All scooters, skateboards, and bikes must be walked on the blacktop.
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.

As you know, Halloween activities are now permitted in AUSD. The Otis Student Council has come up with the school-wide celebration. Please note the following:
  • Students are permitted to wear their costumes (per AUSD's dress code policy) all day. Anything that covers the face or interferes with learning must be saved for the parade.
Costumes must comply with AUSDs' dress code and cannot:
  • Be demeaning to any person or group based on age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, nationality, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or to any individual staff or student at the school
  • Create a safety hazard
  • Include weapons or replica weapons
  • Hide the identity of the student or impair a student's vision or movement (e.g., ability to climb stairs)
  • Include obscenities or references to prohibited substances
Otis Halloween Parade Logistics
  • There will be an Otis Halloween Parade around the blacktop on Wednesday, October 31st from 1:00-1:40pm.
  • Classes will meet at their Monday morning line up locations at 1:00pm.
  • Families may gather along the perimeter of the blacktop to watch the parade.
  • Students will be dismissed at 1:50pm from their classrooms.
  • Please communicate with your teachers in regard to classroom specific activities during the day.
  • If your classroom is having a party, please remember that many students and families have food allergies.
  • We appreciate foods free from tree nuts. We are also promoting health and wellness.
  • Fresh fruits and vegetables are great options as are pencils, eraser, and other non-food items.
  • We will have an alternate activity for students who choose not to participate in the Halloween parade. Families, please let your classroom teacher know this week if your child will not be participating in the Halloween parade so we can ensure they are included in the alternate activity.
Culture and Climate
Please join us for our first Equity and Inclusion Meeting on Wednesday, October 24th from 5:00 to 6:00pm in the Media Center. We will discuss the Equity and Inclusion vision and plan for upcoming events.

We have scheduled three Soul Shoppe parent workshops. Each workshop corresponds with the student/teacher workshops. Our hope is that we are strengthening the home school connection and building common language. The parent workshop are scheduled for January 31, March 28 and April 25 from 6:30-8:00pm in the MPR. Please stay tuned for more information! 
~Principal Harris

Equity & Inclusion Committee Meeting 
Wednesday, October 24
5:00-6:00pm in the Media Center
Please join us for the first Equity & Inclusion of the year on Wednesday, October 24th at 5:00pm in the Media Center. We will discuss the committee's vision and plan for upcoming events. Please join us! 
Free childcare in Room 102.


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.


It's going to be a fun day full of 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
We need LOTS AND LOTS of cakes for our Cake Walk, and cookies and other sweet treats for our Bake Sale.  Put your baking skills to the test (or pick something up at the local market) and sign up HERE to donate a cake or sweet treat. 
We need loads of volunteers to make this event a success. Please click HERE to sign up. We have special need for the following:
  • Decorations
  • Carnival Setup - Morning (9am-11am)
  • Carnival Cleanup - Afternoon (2pm-3pm)
  • Dad's Club BBQ Helper
  • Haunted House Setup (Friday night on 10/26)
LMS students who want to volunteer at Carnival can sign up in the LMS office. All middle school students earn volunteer hours for their work!
Questions? Contact Carnival Chair David Mitchell at


Alameda School Board Candidate Forum
Thursday, Nov. 1 at 6:30pm 
Phoenix Alameda (2315 Lincoln Ave.)
On November 1st, you'll have a chance to meet the AUSD School Board candidates, hear their positions, and ask them questions about issues that concern you. School Board members help shape the priorities and direction of our school district. Make sure you come to the ballot box informed and confident about your decision for school board! 
Join families from across Alameda for an enlightening evening!

We are excited to announce a NEW Community Service Club at Otis! We hope to give our students and families opportunities to serve and connect with the world around them.The goals of our club are to:
  • Build Otis students' sense of connection to community and to each other.
  • Provide Otis students and families with opportunities to get involved in serving their community.
  • Build relationships between Otis students and community organizations for community service requirements in middle school.
  • Get to know other students in Alameda interested in service.
  • Provide a network for families interested in service.
Look for monthly updates in the Otis Outlook and Konstella for ways your family can get involved in community service activities.
Check out Doing Good Together to learn about ways you and your family can get involved in local service activities!  

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. 

You can also sign up to volunteer for our first community service club activity at the Otis Carnival! We will have a table set up where people can make cards for Meals on Wheels recipients and will be collecting donations for Alameda's local animal shelter. To help at Carnival, sign up HERE


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!



Chipotle Dine & Donate Delicious Fundraiser 
Tuesday, October 23rd
Enjoy a night out and support Otis at Chipoptle this month! Come in to the Chipotle at South Shore Center on Tuesday, October 23rd between 4:00pm and 9:00pm. Click HERE for the flyer or tell the cashier you're there to support Otis Elementary. 50% of the proceeds are donated to Otis! 



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 AOA, Bay Farm Middle School, and ACLC. Information about Lincoln and Wood will be available soon. 

-Thursday, 11/1 
-Thursday, 1/17 
-Thursday, 2/7 
Each presentation is from 6-7pm 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 6:30-7:30 pm. 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.



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.  


Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next Board of Education MeetingOctober 23 at 6:30pm (City Hall). 
  • 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
Marijuana and the Brain
Alameda High School Cafeteria
November 1, 2018 |7:00-8:30 p.m.

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.


Spooky Night Party @ Alameda Main Library 
Wed. Oct. 24 from 7-8pm
Costume parade starts at 7pm!

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