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Frank Otis Elementary
OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER
October 31st, Wednesday
-Halloween Parade, 1:00-1:40pm, Blacktop
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
-Fall Break - NO SCHOOL
-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
Please note the following:
Costumes must comply with AUSDs' dress code and cannot:
CARNIVAL WAS A B.L.A.S.T.!
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.
THANK YOU TO OUR OTIS CARNIES...
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 Sand, Susan Hughes, Chris Saba, Liz Sand, Jennifer Yip, Suzi Owens, Brett Kime, Kimberly Cato Chambliss, Jenna Payne, Laina Levy, Emi Johnson, Caephren McKenna, J.C. Johnson, Beth Aney, Jeff 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.
EXTRA THANKS TO OUR SPECIAL CARNIVAL GUESTS...
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.
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.)
ELECTIONS ARE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER!
DO YOU KNOW WHO YOUR SCHOOL BOARD CANDIDATES ARE?
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!
IMPORTANT SCHOOL NEWS
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:
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!
BUY YOUR OTIS YEARBOOK ONLINE
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! plicbooks.com/go/
OTIS COMMUNITY AND BEYOND
ATTENTION 5TH GRADE FAMILIES
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.
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:
*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.
FAMILY ENRICHMENT SPEAKER SERIES:
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.
Paden Elementary MPR/GYM
February 7, 2019 |7:00- 8:30 p.m.
Event Information | Official Trailer
Parent University at Lincoln Middle School
November 7, 2018 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Register here: http://bit.ly/
February 13, 2018 6:00-8:30 p.m.
Register here: http://bit.ly/
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.
AMERICANISM ESSAY CONTEST
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 www.alamedagsa.com.
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!
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 www.otis.alamedausd.ca.
Questions? Please contact any member of the PTA Executive Board for more information.
OUTLOOK CONTACT INFORMATION
PRINCIPAL: TANYA HARRIS
EDITOR: BETH ANEY
PTA PRESIDENT: JENNY BECK
OUTLOOK EMAIL: OTISOUTLOOK@GMAIL.COM
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