PTA Newsletter - October 8, 2018
Mon, Oct 8 11:47am
Frank Otis Elementary

October 2018
October 10th, Wednesday
-Bullying Awareness Night (For Adults), 6:30-7:30pm, Media Center; childcare in Room 102
October 11th, Thursday
-Soul Shoppe Assembly for Students. Topic: "Stop & Breathe"
Click HERE to view parent information letter
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 (Hotel Transylvania 3)
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)
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

Direct Donation Drive - WE DID IT!
It took a few extra days, but we surpassed our goal by $2,985 and raised $44,985.00 in support of our kids! We also had 210 individuals join the PTA!
HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who donated to this critical fundraiser. You have helped put us on a strong path for the rest of the year, as we provide essential academic and enrichment support for our students. As the saying goes, "It takes a village to raise a village," and this Otis village has come together in a big way on behalf of our kids and teachers. We are so grateful and proud of the love and support you've demonstrated.
You will see the results of your generosity in every Soul Shoppe assembly, every Art Docent and Garden Docent lesson, in every small group and intervention class, in every field trip, and in every classroom full of school supplies and student work. THANK YOU AGAIN FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN!
As we celebrate this great achievement, keep in mind that our work is not done to reach our overall fundraising goal this year of $212,000. Our next big fundraiser is Walk-A-Thon on November 14th. This is a school-day event where all students have fun walking laps around designated tracks at the school and collect donations from friends, family and neighbors for each lap they complete. This is a great way to solicit support for Otis among your larger network and cheer our kids on as they reach their personal goals. More information to come...
Jenny Beck
Otis PTA President


Bullying Awareness Workshop
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Media Center
(Childcare in Room 102)
Celebrate Anti-Bullying month with an information night on bullying and bullying awareness featuring Deb Cuny, an experienced school-based Social Emotional Learning & Restorative Justice Coach. 
Check out this video that Coach Cuny made about the work she leads at Glenview Elementary. 
Free Childcare is provided by the PTA. Hope to see you there!


Walk & Roll To School - A Great Success!
Thank you to everyone who volunteered and participated in Walk & Roll to School Day 2018! It was a huge success, and the kids had a blast! Looking forward to our next event already- save the date for Bike to School Day on May 13, 2019!

And a huge shout out to our sponsors, Encinal Market and Nob Hill for all the tasty treats! 


Mark your calendars for October 27th 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.
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)
Have or know LMS students who want to volunteer at Carnival? Here's the LINK to the sign-up sheet. All middle school students earn volunteer hours for their work!
Questions? Contact David Mitchell at


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.
Click HERE to sign up and pay online. Paper forms are available in the school office (cash only please). 
All proceeds go to fund the 5th Grade Class promotion activities and ceremony.


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


To Order a yearbook for the 2018-19 school year, visit:
Enter CODE: 32685M  All orders due by February 1, 2019

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!
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!


Show your Otis School Spirit and Order by October 15!
Otis T-shirts, sweatshirts and NEW water bottles 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! 
LAST DAY TO ORDER IS OCTOBER 15! Orders will be delivered by first week of November - in time for  holiday gifts!



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. Tell the cashier you're there to support Otis Elementary to make sure that 50% of the proceeds are donated to Otis! Click HERE for the flyer. 



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.


$500 Continuing Ed Scholarships for PTA Members
Did you know that California State PTA offers several scholarships for PTA members? To help school professionals and volunteers continue their educations, California State PTA offers $500 scholarships for credentialed teachers and counselors, school nurses and PTA volunteers.
All scholarship applications require two references and application forms can be completed online. All scholarships require current membership, so if you aren't a current member join today! Learn more and apply at All applications are due by October 15 at 5pm.


Click HERE to sign up to receive newsletters and other important information from AUSD. 
  • 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