PTA Newsletter
Mon, Aug 20 12:38pm
Frank Otis Elementary
PTA OUTLOOK
 
 
 OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER
August 2018
August 20st, Monday
-1st Day of School, 8:20am
-Back to School Meet & Greet with Principal Harris, 8:30am, MPR
-Kinder Early Release, 11:40am (August 20 - September 7)
-1st - 5th Early Release, 1:50pm (August 20 - 24)
August 23rdThursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center
August 28thTuesday
-Kindergarten Back to School Night, 6:30pm (in classrooms/adults only)
September 2018
September 3rdMonday
-Labor Day, No School
September 11thTuesday
-Picture Day
September 12thWednesday
-Back to School Night for Grades 1-5, 7:00pm 
September 20stThursday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, Media Center
LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL HARRIS
Dear Otis Families,
 
It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to Otis Elementary for the 2018-18 school year! Teachers and staff have been putting in countless hours getting everything just right for all of our young owls. It is our mission to create a welcoming, safe, joyful environment where students thrive cognitively and socio-emotionally.
 
We have wonderful new teachers who have joined our team.
  • 1st grade: Monica Dortch and Michelle McNamara
  • 5th grade: Kristen Galvez and Susan Smith
  • Music: Anna Haley
  • P.E.: Marc Pence  
Start of School Student Release Times:
During the first week of school students will be released early:
  • Kindergarten students are released at 11:40 a.m. through September 7th.
  • All students in Grades 1 through 5 are released at 1:50 p.m. through August 24th.                     
Lunch
As long weather permits, we will be eating lunch at Krusi Park. Please remind your young owls that this is a privilege, and we must all do our part to keep the park clean. If you will be purchasing school lunch you can prepay at www.myschoolbucks.com. The front office does not handle lunch money.

Water Bottle Refill Stations
I am so pleased to report that we have two new water bottle refilling stations at Otis. One is located by the front office. The other, a very thoughtful and generous gift from last year's 5th grade class, is in the MPR. The new water stations will help us all stay hydrated and reduce waste. Please check them out and fill your reusable water bottle!
 
Drop off and Pick Up
    • Adult supervision does not start until 8:10 a.m. each morning. There is no supervision after school.
    • Kindergarten students are dropped off at the Kindergarten yard.
    • Bikes, scooters, and skateboards must be walked along the blacktop. Bike racks are located near the MPR and on Court Street.

Meet the New Owl!
Our school mascot, Otis D. Owl, got a makeover this summer. Make sure to check out our new shirts with the updated and awesome Owl logo! Don't forget to wear your Otis swag on Fridays to show school spirit!
 
On behalf of the Otis staff, here is to a great year!
Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Your Best!
 
~Principal Harris
PTA CORNER
 
PTA Meeting this Thursday, August 23, 7pm
Everyone is invited to our first PTA meeting of the year, to be held on Thursday, August 23 at 7:00pm in the Media Center. Free childcare is available in Room 102. 

This start-of-year meeting is very important because we will be voting to approve the preliminary budget that was approved at the end of last school year. A link to the budget is HERE. We will also be discussing PTA's goals for the year, upcoming fundraising and school community events, and volunteer opportunities. Please join us! Free childcare provided in Room 102. 
 
If you want to vote at the PTA meeting you must be a PTA member.  It only costs $10 to join the PTA, so join now! Drop off your completed membership form and check in the PTA mailbox in the main office, or join by making a credit card payment HERE.

Questions? Contact PTA President Jenny Beck.

Back To School Information Packets
The PTA is going green this year and is distributing Back to School information packets electronically. This year, the Back to School packet includes the following:
  • Back to School Packet Checklist
  • Welcome Letter from PTA President Jenny Beck
  • PTA Membership and Direct Donation Drive Information
  • Otis 101
  • Konstella Information
  • Traffic & Safety Around Otis
  • Allergy & Anaphylaxis Information
  • AEF After School Enrichment Programs
  • Ed100 Flyer
  • AUSD Calendar
All of these materials can be found on Konstella in the Files & Links folder, or click HERE.
 
HOOT HOOT! The PTA Outlook Newsletter will now be distributed each Mondaymorning so families have all the information they need at the beginning of the week. Check your inbox, Konstella feed, or the Facebook page each week so you're up to date on what's happening at Otis. If you have any questions about the Outlook, please contact Beth Aney, Outlook Editor, at otisoutlook@gmail.com
IMPORTANT SCHOOL NEWS
SUMMER SCHOLARS 
There's still time to complete the Summer Scholars program!    
  
Reading, Writing and Math is the name of the game this summer - just complete the activities over the summer and return the completed form within the first week we return to school.  
 
Awards and a pizza party will be given to ALL PARTICIPANTS! Have Fun! 
 
Questions? Contact Inbal Graham or Rebekah Balboni
 
VOLUNTEER AT OTIS
To make sure you are in the loop and ready to volunteer at Otis please complete your required  Otis Volunteer Paperwork ASAP. These requirements are in place to protect all of our children, as well as to protect you, the volunteer. Click HERE, or read below, to learn about the Otis volunteer requirements.
  • LEVEL 1: ALL classroom and on-campus volunteers must...
    • Complete the annual Otis Volunteer Form and have a photocopy of a current ID on file in the main office 
  • LEVEL 2: ALL volunteers supervising children without staff present must...
    • Complete Level 1 requirements
    • Have Live Scan fingerprint clearance through AUSD. Live  Scan clearance is required only once and is valid for the entire time you volunteer at Otis.
  • LEVEL 3: ALL Field Trip Drivers must... 
    • Complete Level 2 requirements
    • Complete the Transportation Form (available in the school office)
    • Drivers must also print out or photocopy current, unexpired Proof of Insurance, as well as listed coverage for Bodily Injury Liability, Property Damage Liability, Medical Payments, and Uninsured Motorist coverage. 
The PTA will host fingerprinting sessions at Back to School Nights and upcoming PTA meetings. Please stay tuned for information about sign-ups and location. If you would like to get a head start, contact Otis parent Emi Johnson at Island Notary & Live Scan at 415-676-8007.
 
SCHOOL SUPPLIES
Otis teachers have prepared a school supply list for each grade. Teachers do not need all of these supplies on the first day of school and families are encouraged to wait until Back to School Night to hear more from individuals teachers about what is needed in the classroom. 
 
TRAFFIC AROUND OTIS SCHOOL
Mornings and afternoons are busy times around Otis, especially during the first several weeks of school. Please drive safely and always watch for pedestrians and students who bike to school. NEVER double park or stop in a cross-walk. Safety Patrol volunteers will be out in force helping students in the designated drop-off zones on Fillmore and High Streets. 
PLEASE REMEMBER: FROM 7:55am to 8:30am, there is NO PARKING in the WHITE ZONES on Fillmore and High Streets
 
Click HERE to plan your route and learn more about student drop-off zones and important safety reminders. 
SIGN UP FOR KONSTELLA AND FACEBOOK GROUP
Want to stay in the loop on Otis news? 
 
Please sign up for Konstella
In the coming months, the Otis Outlook will be available via Konstella only. If you want to continue receiving the Outlook newsletter, you MUST sign up for Konstella!

Please join the Otis Facebook Group:(https://www.facebook.com/groups/Otis.Parents.Group/)
OTIS COMMUNITY AND BEYOND
Alameda Education Foundation ("AEF") offers after school enrichment
programs at Otis. This Fall at Otis, AEF is offering Spanish, Mandarin, Chorus, Cooking, Drama, Tennis, and MORE! AEF is also offering some off-site programs including Elementary Band for 4th and 5th graders, "Intro to Strings" for grades 2-8, and String Orchestra for grades 3-12.
 
More information will be coming home with students in the Wednesday envelopes. To see program offerings at Otis, click HERE. To see Alameda-wide program offerings, click HERE. Scholarships are available to those on the AUSD lunch program.
 
Registration opens on August 23, 2018 at 9:30 a.m. To register, go to https://alamedaeducationfoundation.org/enrichment/after-school-program/

Questions? Send an email to: otis@alamedaeducation.org
THE REGULARS
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 www.otis.alamedausd.ca.schoolloop.com 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. 
OUTLOOK CONTACT INFORMATION
PRINCIPAL: TANYA HARRIS
EDITOR:  BETH ANEY
PTA PRESIDENT:  JENNY BECK
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