PTA Newsletter - October 29, 2018
Tue, Oct 30 10:50am
Frank Otis Elementary

October 2018
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 - Clocks Fall Back 1 hour!
November 6th, Tuesday
-Election Day - Please Vote!
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
November 28th, Wednesday
-Equity & Inclusion Meeting, 5:00pm, Media Center

Dear Owl Families,

Reminder that our Halloween Parade is Wednesday. Thanks to AUSD and the Otis Student Council, we will have a school-wide costume parade around the blacktop from 1:00-1:40pm. 
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 as usual.
  • 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.
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
~Principal Harris

Our community came out in full force to enjoy the festivities at this year's Carnival. Families enjoyed food, bounce houses, carnival games, a cake walk, music, and a haunted house. 

The Carnival is always such a great way for the Otis community - and the greater Alameda community - to come together and this year was no exception. Thank you to everyone who contributed in any way and who attended the event. It's only because of your dedication, time, energy, and participation that this event happens in such a successful way each year.
We will be debriefing the event, working on how to improve it even more for next year; and if you have any thoughts - all constructive feedback is welcome - please let me or David Mitchell know. 
It takes many volunteers to make Carnival happen. Very special thanks to Carnival Chairs David Mitchell and Matt Martin for making this a wonderful community event. A HUGE shout out goes to Mike Sparber for running a fantastically themed Haunted House from start to finish with two frightfully amazing paths and managing our wonderfully scary LMS volunteers. A very special thanks to the Dads Club for rocking out the Otis Carnival BBQ, David McGrath for keeping the mood festive and the tunes flowin', Beth Leonardo and Marcus Carini for creating fantastic Carnival graphics, and Adam SandSusan HughesChris SabaLiz SandJennifer YipSuzi OwensBrett KimeKimberly Cato ChamblissJenna PayneLaina LevyEmi JohnsonCaephren McKennaJ.C. JohnsonBeth AneyJeff Chorney, everyone on the set up and clean up crews, and so many more. Finally, so many thanks to the droves of Otis and LMS Volunteers for running the booths, concession stands, cakewalk and Haunted House on the day of Carnival. 

  • Local Facepainter Alana Dill, for making our Owls into pieces of art. She is available for parties and bookings and tells Otis families to "ask about the Fall Carnival discount!"
  • Tyra Cable and the Lincoln Middle School Marching Band for their performance and parade. 
Thanks again and have a great week! Don't forget to submit your Carnival photos to the yearbook. See the link in the Yearbook section below.
Jenny Beck 
Otis PTA President


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.


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. 


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 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.



If you haven't tried Good Eggs yet, now's the time! Get a free snack pack if you are one of the first 200 new families to join the fundraiser this week! Winners receive a bag loaded with kid-friendly, lunchbox-ready snacks -- all new to the Good Eggs Marketplace. Be one of the first to enjoy these delicious snacks! 

Good Eggs is 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.  
Fine Print: 5% will count back to the school on all orders placed between October 1 and November 30. Orders placed between October 29 and November 4 by new customers will qualify toward the snack pack contest. You must use the code OTISGOODEGGS on your first order to count as a new customer. New accounts to the same household will not be counted. 


Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • Next High School Consolidation Committee MeetingOctober 30 at 6:30pm (Island High School). 
  • 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
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.


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