PTA Newsletter - September 24, 2018
Mon, Sep 24 3:09pm
Frank Otis Elementary

September 2018
September 26th, Wednesday
-Alphabet Rockers Assembly, 8:30am, MPR
September 28th, Friday
-Summer Scholars Pizza Party
-Minimum Day for all grades (dismissal at 12:30pm)

October 2018
October 4th, Thursday
-Walk & Roll To School Day, 8:00-8:20am, Blacktop
October 10th, Wednesday
-Family Literacy Night, 6:30pm 
October 16th, Tuesday
-Make-Up Picture Day
October 18th, Thursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center 
October 26th, Friday
-Minimum Day for all grades (dismissal at 12:30pm)
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,
On Wednesday, we will welcome the Alphabet Rockers, a Grammy nominated Hip-Hop group, for our first school-wide assembly in the MPR. It's sure to be an amazing show and I hope the students enjoy it. Click HERE to learn more about the Alphabet Rockers and the message they are spreading, which is aligned with the work we are doing here at Otis. We are so excited they are coming - thank you to the PTA for providing the funding to make this happen! 
We still need volunteers during lunch recess. Volunteering during this time is a great way to get to know the students, and the Otis team greatly appreciates the help in ensuring supervision, safety, and fun for the kids. Lunchtime volunteering can be an ongoing commitment (daily, weekly, or monthly), but you can also sign up to volunteer whenever you can, even if it's once or twice this school year. 
All volunteers are invited to a Soul Shoppe training to better understand and support our movement to a peaceful playground environment. Our next volunteer training session is scheduled for October 3rd from 10:00-11:30am. 
Kindergarten and First Grade
Time: 11:25am-12:20pm
Location: Bark Park and K Yard 
Students play on the Bark Park from 11:25-11:50 and eat from 11:50-12:20 (Kinders eat in Kinder yard)
Second and Third Grade
Time: 11:55am-12:40pm
Location: Bark Park and Black Top
Students eat at Krusi Park or in the MPR from 11:55-12:15 and play from 12:15-12:40
Fourth and Fifth Grade
Time: 11:55-12:40
Location: Black Top and Baseball Field & Grass for Field Games
Students play on the blacktop, grass, or baseball field from 11:55-12:20 and eat at Krusi Park or the MPR from 12:20-12:40
Please join up for the volunteer training session and sign up for time slots to volunteer during Lunch Recess. As always, thank you for making Otis a wonderful and safe place for our students.
Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Your Best,
Principal Harris 

Direct Donation Drive Ends on Monday, October 1
Be a Superhero and Make a 
Direct Donation Today!
Your Direct Donation helps ALL of our kids by:
  • Supporting Otis' STEAM lab complete with a dedicated instructor.
  • Strengthening their conflict resolution skills and resiliency through Soul Shoppe, a social emotional learning program 
  • Providing school essentials that are needed at the beginning of the year.
Our Fall Direct Donation Drive has already raised $33,000! Thank you to all who have already donated. We have set the ambitious goal of raising 25% of what the PTA needs to raise for the ENTIRE year with our Fall Direct Donation drive. Every penny counts, so please make your donation TODAY! We only need 76 more Direct Donations of $250 per student to make our goal. We can do this. GO OWLS! HOOT HOOT!! 
Don't forget! Many companies match their employees' donations to non-profit organizations, including the Otis PTA! Ask your employer about matching your tax-deductible donation.
Join the PTA!
When you join the PTA, you signal to your child that school matters and you are invested in their success.
  • Membership is only $10/adult per year
  • Our goal is to have 250 PTA members by October 1st. We currently have 173 members signed up.  Just a few more to go before we hit our goal! 
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. 
Please click HERE to sign up and volunteer to help with:
1) setting up tables and cutting fruit
2) handing out goodies and stickers for kids to indicate how they got to school that day
3) cleaning up  and returning table after the bell rings

It's easy, only takes 30 minutes of your time, and makes the kids feel super welcome at the school and excited about the event!
Questions? Contact Alyx Karpowicz.


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


Please be aware of where you park at morning drop off and afternoon pick-up. We have many pedestrians, bikers, and scooter riders who are trying to get to and from school in one piece. 
  • DO NOT park in the cross-walks! 
  • DO NOT double park! 
  • DO NOT block driveways or handicap ramps!
Doing any of these things creates a very dangerous situation for our students and is illegal. APD will be called if violations continue. Please ask all care providers, grandparents, aunts/uncles, friends, or family who help with drop off or pick-up to follow the rules.
Thank you for your cooperation.
~Otis Safety Patrol



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. 


"Bike for the Parks" Community Ride!
The 3rd Annual Bike for the Parks Community Ride around the outer edges of Alameda takes place on Saturday, September 29th at Washington Park. It's a fundraiser that helps us install new playground equipment in our parks throughout Alameda. We've already installed new structures in Longfellow, Woodstock, and Godfrey Parks. LittleJohn Park is next! 
It's a fun day with a party after the ride, with music, food, water and beer and games for the kids! Everyone is welcome. Everyone. If you register before September 13th, you will get a FREE T-Shirt. And TEAM RIDERS OF 6 or MORE CAN WIN PRIZES FOR "BEST TEAM" - Gather a group of friends or co-workers and come on out!!  
VISIT for information and registration.


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:


Team Silva Martial Arts Academy
Team Silva Martial Arts and Yoga Alameda are proud to present a State of the Art After School Program with Free Pick up from the elementary schools in Alameda.
We will pick up your child and bring to our downtown dojo in Alameda to learn Martial Arts, Yoga, Life Skills and Mindfulness Skills. Professor Sergio Silva and Rebecca Trissell special designed an outstanding After School program with the target to develop each kids reinforcing structure and fitness. We also are big in Meditation and Yoga stretches to decompress kids after school. Kids have an opportunity to get their homework done if it needed. 
We serve the entire island of Alameda from Monday through Friday. Pick up is at 6pm with a grace period of 15 minutes(6:15pm). Our web site is


Papalote Spanish School
If you have kids interested in learning a second language, or maybe you want them to keep up their Spanish skills, don't miss this opportunity. Papalote Spanish school is hosting a Spanish enrichment afterschool program at the Harbor Bay Club.  
Click HERE for more information or to enroll. 


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 Board of Education Meeting: September 25 at 6:30pm (City Hall). Click HEREfor the agenda.

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