PTA Newsletter 9/23/19
Mon, Sep 23 6:43pm

 
PTA OUTLOOK
 
 
 OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER
September 2019
September 25th, Wednesday
-Dad's Club Meeting, McGees, 8:30 pm
September 26th, Thursday
-PTA Social Night, Alameda Island Brewing Co. 6-7 pm
September 27th, Friday
-Teacher Collaboration Early Dismissal, Kinder released at 11:40 am, 1st -5th released at 12:30 pm
October 2nd, Wednesday
-Walk & Roll to School Day, blacktop 8-8:20 am
October 7th, Thursday
-Dine & Donate at Chipotle
October 11th, Friday
-No School, Staff Development Day
October 16th, Wednesday
-Family Game Night Hosted by Dad's Club, MPR, 6:30 - 8 pm
October 18th, Friday
-Bake Sale Hosted by 5th Graders, Blacktop tables, 2:50-3:20 pm
October 23rd, Wednesday
-Picture Day Makeups
October 26th, Saturday
-Fall Carnival, Otis blacktop, 11 am - 2 pm
PTA CORNER
 
MESSAGE FROM PTA PRESIDENT JEFF CHORNEY &
PTA SOCIAL NIGHT DETAILS

The year has been off to a wonderful start and as you no doubt noticed, the PTA has been quite busy.  We are so appreciative of all of our program leads, volunteers, and members of our school community.  
 
One of my hopes as PTA president is to make sure we are always finding new ways to engage all of our families, which in turn leads to a better learning experience for all of our children. This Thursday we hope to prove that PTA meetings can be fun with our first ever meeting off campus! How exciting is that? Come share a drink with your executive board -- which includes myself and Principal Harris -- at Alameda Island Brewing Company. Bring your kids. Grab some food next door at the Monkey King. We're going to have a very small agenda and we promise not to talk about anything too serious, nor for too long.  I look forward to seeing you there. 
 
When: Thursday, September 26th, from 6-7 pm
Where: Alameda Island Brewing Company, 1716 Park Street
Who: Everyone! Kids included
What: Our First Ever PTA Social Night
Food: Available to order next door at Monkey King
 
 
JUST ONE WEEK LEFT
DIRECT DONATION AND MEMBERSHIP DRIVE!
 
We are at just barely over $40,000 which is awesome progress and we are so appreciative of those who have donated already! We are hoping to reach our goal of $50,000 by October 1st and we are so close, but not there yet.  Any amount helps. 

Make a Direct Donation - The money raised by the PTA makes it possible for Otis School to have STEAM Lab, Soul Shoppe, Reading Specialists, Educational Assemblies, Music, Art and Garden Docents... and so much more! But we can't do it without YOUR help!

We are offering Special Otis Swag Packs to the donor who gets us over the $50,000 hurdle (in addition to those who got us over the $30,000 and $40,000 marks)! Plus we'll choose 3 additional winners from all entries. Swag Pack features Otis gear to show off your Owl pride!
 
Join the PTA - Anyone can join - parents, grandparents, friends, and neighbors! Your voice is important to us and membership costs only $10 per person per year.
 
 
JOIN AND DONATE TODAY - Please see this flyer for details or CLICK HERE TO DONATE NOW and join the PTA. If you are making a direct donation and purchasing one or more PTA memberships at the same time, be sure to add them separately to your cart before checking out. Please contact Liz Sparber with questions.
 
 FROM THE SCHOOL OFFICE
 


SAFETY AND SECURITY - EXTERIOR DOORS
We are supposed to keep our exterior doors closed during school hours. The custodian will close all doors at 8:45am. Please remember to keep them closed behind you whenever you enter/exit school.
 
 
IMPORTANT SCHOOL NEWS AND EVENTS
 
SUMMER SCHOLARS SUCCESS!
 
Congratulations to the 2019 summer scholars! We had a record number of you this year: 196! A lot of effort and hard work was put into your summer work. Great job! 
 
If you would like your work back, please pick it up in the Owl Room by next Friday Sept. 27 (before the end of the school day). After that, it will be recycled. 
The Owl Room is right next to the office. 
Here is a link to the names of all the 2019 summer scholars.
 
A HUGE shout out to all the people who volunteered to help make the summer scholars picnic a success! Thank you so much. It was a lot of fun for the kids.
 
Katie Bails de Vries, Alison Butt, Jennifer Chin, Tiffany Ashbaker, Kimberly Kato Chambliss, Matt Wheeland, Rachel Wilson, Deirdre Freeman, Kristen Fox, Shalabh Moonat, Gabriella Lujan, Susan (who ran back and forth 100 times getting ice cream bars for the kids!), Meena Krishna Vasu, and Jennifer Beck.
 
A few of the kiddos left behind their water bottles. If your child didn't bring theirs home, please check the lost and found on Monday. That is where we left them.
 
A GIGANTIC thank you to Rebekah Balboni, the lead of this fantastic program. 
 
FANTASTIC FAMILY CELEBRATION PICNIC!



Friday's Family Celebration Picnic was an evening filled with laughter, music, connection, and community. We appreciate all of the families who came and contributed to this lovely event.

Many, many thanks to the Family Celebration Picnic event lead Gabriela Badilla and to ...

The committee: Jessica Garcia Landau, Ellen Lefkowitz, Katy Nasitka, Samara Plambeck, Jennifer Lucky, Brina Siv, and Rachel Wilson.
 
Our Volunteers who helped on the day of the event: Amy Kuwata, Jennifer Jeffers, Katie Honegger, Michelle Lange, Alex Reinwald, Allison Plambeck, Carrie Purins, Jenny Drummond, and everyone who helped make quick work of bringing tables back into the MPR at the end of the evening!
 
And to all of our performers, including the following members of our Otis community: Camilo Garcia Landau (Otis parent), Adam Davis (Otis parent), Laina Levy (Otis parent), Kara Levy (Otis alum), Farrah Morin (Otis student), and Kira Zink (Otis student)
 

 
FROM THE GREEN TEAM
TERRACYCLE AND WALMART ARE PARTNERING FOR ONE WEEK ONLY! 

Pays to be safe: Recycle the car seat your kiddo's outgrown and receive a Walmart gift card
It's here! Walmart Supercenters across the United States are trading car seats for $30 gift cards in their biggest car seat recycling program ever, through September 30. Just bring to a participating Walmart Supercenter, find the customer service counter, and be rewarded for recycling.
Check back weekly for new and easy ways that you can Go Green!
SOUL SHOPPE
 
Students have their first Soul Shoppe workshop on Tuesday this week, the "Check In". This awesome social-emotional program works best when the skills learned at school during the workshop continue to be reinforced, discussed, and explored at home. A letter will be going home in the Wednesday envelopes, but you can also check it out here or aquí en español. 
BIKE MOBILE AND WALK AND ROLL TO SCHOOL DAY
 
Our Bike Mobile event on 9/12 was successful in repairing 26 bikes! With the help of Richard Oelerich, students can now travel to and from school safely- just in time for our International Walk and Roll Celebration on October 2nd! 
 
On October 2, 2019, thousands of kids at schools around the Bay Area will walk, scoot, and bicycle to school as part of International Walk & Roll to School Day.

Walking, rolling, and scooting helps ease traffic congestion and build healthy habits that can last a lifetime. Please join us from 8-8:20am on the blacktop in celebrating International Walk and Roll to school day.
 
DINE & DONATE - CHIPOTLE
Make dinner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Otis Elementary PTA. Come in to the Chipotle at 2314 South Shore Center Drive in Alameda on Monday, October 7th between 5:00pm and 9:00pm. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone or tell the cashier you're supporting the cause to make sure that 33% of the proceeds will be donated to Otis Elementary PTA.
 
VOLUNTEER INFORMATION
 
VOLUNTEER LEADS STILL NEEDED!!
There are so many ways to contribute to Otis. If you haven't found a role that suits your skills and availability, maybe some of these will interest you. We are in great need of the following help:

1 - MOST PRESSING: YEARBOOK PROGRAM LEAD/S - We have so many wonderful happenings at Otis. Help us capture the memories in this year's Yearbook. Without a lead, we'll have no Yearbook this year. It's a year-round role, but you'll have support. We work with a company who helps us every step of the way.
 
2 - Good Eggs Fundraiser Volunteer Lead - This is a fun, fall-based fundraiser sponsored by the online shopping market, Good Eggs. We participated last year, but with no one 'owning' the fundraiser, we didn't make as much as we could.  Good Eggs provides the flyers, content, and participation incentives. The Volunteer Lead's role would be to promote the fundraiser on our social media pages and in our Outlook/Konstella.
 
3. - Otis PTA Website Manager - Connie Chapman is our Media Center teacher and also manages the Otis website. We need someone to work closely with Connie to make sure that our PTA pages are up-to-date. This is a pretty light - but important - year-round volunteer role.
 
If you want to learn more about any of these opportunities or if you're interested in taking one on, please contact me at jenniferdana72@gmail.com or (510) 517-0421. Thank you!! - Jenny Beck
 
 
VOLUNTEER FORMS
 
It is very helpful to get your volunteer forms in order now so they are taken care of for the year. They can all be found here. Start with the Otis Volunteer Agreement packet for instructions. Remember, once you are fingerprinted as a parent volunteer with AUSD, that lasts for your entire time in the district and it is great to get this done early so you are all cleared for the years to come. Otis parent and Live Scan professional Emi Johnston of Island Notary & Live Scan can be contacted directly by texting or calling 415-676-8007!  She is flexible and located right near Otis and can set up a time that works for you, including weekends, early morning, and after work.
SIGN UP FOR KONSTELLA AND FACEBOOK GROUP
Want to stay in the loop on Otis news? 
 
Please sign up for Konstella
Konstella is our primary communication tool! Eventually, the Otis Outlook may be available via Konstella only. 

Please join the Otis Facebook Group:(https://www.facebook.com/groups/Otis.Parents.Group/)
AUSD


2019 - 2020 
Welcome Back to School Meeting 
with New AUSD Leadership
 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019
Franklin Elementary
6:30pm - 8:30pm
Free Childcare
 
Speakers
Pasquale Scuderi             Pam Kazee
AUSD Superintendent      Director of Special Education

Come hear updates on Special Education in AUSD.  Bring your questions!
Lunch Purchase Information
To view the AUSD menu and information about purchasing lunch at school click here.  For the Free and Reduced Meals, you can sign up quickly and confidentially via myschoolapps or AUSD's Food & Nutrition Services webpage
Upcoming Board Meeting: 
September 24, 2019 Board of Education Meeting  
(public meeting starts at 6:30pm)
 Scheduled to be held at City Hall
2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
 
If you are not receiving emails from AUSD be sure to contact them to get on their list. 
OTIS COMMUNITY AND BEYOND
Alameda Education Foundation ("AEF")
After-school enrichment class registration is open and there are still some classes with available spots that start this week or later! 
 
Register online at http://alamedaeducation.org/. Please email otis@alamedaeducation.org if you have any questions. Limited scholarships for students on AUSD Free & Reduced Lunch. 
Teen Wellness Film Series
Presented by AUSD and PTA Council in partnership with student and community organizations
This film series will feature documentaries focusing on issues related to teen wellness, including mental health, sexual health, self-esteem, social media, and relationships. Our goal is to start community conversations about the challenges our teens face and how best to support them. Families are encouraged to visit Common Sense Media's Movie Reviews for age recommendations.
 
Please register to attend at here and to find screening location. Free Admission ($10 suggested donation to help us sustain our programming). First come, first served.
 
The next film is:
 
FINDING KIND "Finding Kind" is a documentary about the epidemic of girl on girl bullying and the role that kindness can play in helping to reduce it. Through interviews with girls, adult women, and experts, the filmmakers reveal the ways in which girls hurt - but can also learn to support - each other. 
Screening: Thursday, October 10, 2019 7:00-8:30 p.m. RSVP for screening location.
Co-host: Girls Inc of the Island City
Alameda Youth Basketball Registration is Open!
Registration is now open for Alameda Youth Basketball's 2019-2020 season! Participants can register online at www.sportability.com or in person on September 19th from 7pm - 8:30pm at the Alameda Boys & Girls Club. All boys and girls in grades 3-8 are eligible to play! No prior basketball experience necessary. Practices begin in November and games start in December. Games take place on weekends. For more information, please contact Randy Marmor at (510) 418-7451 or at randy4sports@hotmail.com. Come out and join the fun!!
 
West End Cub Scouts
The Cub Scouting program is a family-oriented program designed to instill in its members the values of the Boy Scouts of America. The focus is on building character, citizen development, and physical fitness, along with letting the scouts learn and develop leadership and teamwork skills. Alameda Pack 14 is accepting new members (both boys and girls can join!). Meetings take place 2-4 times a month from 6:30 to 7:30 at the Boys & Girls Club. For more information, contact Walter Fong or Hellen Minnis at alamedacubspack14@gmail.com.
 
Camp Bladium
The Bladium will be offering camps during AUSD holidays and non-student days throughout the year. Activities include rock climbing, basketball, dodgeball, arts and crafts, soccer, laser tag, and inflatable jumpers; lunch, snacks, and aftercare are provided.  A schedule of the camps is available at camps.bladiumalameda.com. For more information call 510-814-4999.
OUTLOOK CONTACT INFORMATION
PRINCIPAL: TANYA HARRIS
EDITOR:  BRINA SIV
PTA PRESIDENT:  JEFF CHORNEY
OUTLOOK EMAIL: OTISOUTLOOK@GMAIL.COM
QUICK LINKS TO OTIS SCHOOL
 
To contact Otis PTA Outlook, please send an e-mail to otisoutlook@gmail.com, or hit reply to this newsletter. These emails will go directly to the Editor's personal in-box. 

Thank you, 
Outlook Editor