PTA Newsletter
Tue, Aug 20 2:00pm
 
PTA OUTLOOK
 
 
 OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER
August 2019
August 19th, Monday
-1st Day of School, 8:20am
-1st Day Coffee with Principal Harris, 8:30am, MPR
-Kinder Early Release, 11:40am (August 19 - September 6)
-Grades 1-5 Early Release, 1:50pm (August 19 - 23)
August 21st, Wednesday
-PTA Meeting, 7:00pm, MPR
August 22nd, Thursday
-Kindergarten Back to School Night, 6:30pm, MPR
August 29th, Thursday
-Grades 1-5 Back to School Night, 6:30pm, in each classroom
September 2019
September 2nd, Monday
-Labor Day, No School
September 11th, Wednesday
-Picture Day
September 13th, Friday
-Otis Movie Night, MPR
LETTER FROM PRINCIPAL HARRIS
Dear Otis Owl Families, 
 
I am looking forward to the start of school. The Kindergarten Meet and Greet and Back to School Picnic were perfect events to launch what is sure to be an amazing year. We have incredible new Owl staff members joining our team and our whole staff has been putting in countless hours getting everything just right for all of our young owls. It is our mission to create a welcoming, safe, and joyful environment where students thrive both cognitively and socio-emotionally. 
 
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 on the Kindergarten yard. 
  • Bikes, scooters, and skateboards must be walked along the blacktop. Bike racks are located near the MPR and on Court Street
  • September 9th will be the first Monday morning gathering.
Lunch
As long as 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. (Please note, lunch for Kindergarten does not start until September 9th.)
 
On behalf of the Otis staff, here is to a great year! 
 
Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Your Best!
Tanya Harris
Principal, Otis Elementary
-Please remember sunscreen!!!!!
PTA CORNER
 
 
 
PTA Meeting this Wednesday, August 21, 7pm

Welcome New and Returning Owls! Please join us for the first PTA meeting of the 2019-20 school year, from 7-8 pm on Wednesday, August 21, in the Otis Elementary Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). Meet your PTA officers and learn about some of the great things the PTA makes possible at our wonderful school. We'll also share how you can contribute by volunteering for some of the ongoing programs and fundraising events at the school and approve our budget. Child care will be available.
 
Become a PTA Member and Make a Direct Donation
 
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! Join HERE and you can also make your Direct Donation at the same time (just add them to the cart one at a time). Your Direct Donation supports invaluable programs for all Otis children. These include classroom technologies, library books, reading specialists, music, art and garden docent lessons, motor fitness, educational assemblies, field trips, and more! 
 
PTA Members at Back to School Nights
At both Back to School Nights, PTA representatives will be there to discuss volunteer opportunities for the year, how to engage in the PTA, and the importance of contributing. We look forward to meeting you!
IMPORTANT SCHOOL NEWS
REMINDERS FOR THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
 
1st - 5th Graders find their classroom number painted on the blacktop and line up there at 8:10 when the first bell rings.  Kindergartners meet their teachers on the kindergarten yard.  After drop off, parents can head to the MPR for Back to School Coffee.

 
EARLY DISMISSAL AND LUNCH
 
Kindergarten
During early dismissal for first three weeks of school, there will be no supervised lunch in the MPR. Please send a healthy snack.
 
Grades 1-5
1st through 5th Graders will have supervised lunch during the first week of early release.
 
SUMMER SCHOLARS 
 
There's still time to complete the Summer Scholars program and receive a Summer Scholar
Award and pizza / ice cream party in the fall.   
  
Just return the completed form within the first week we return to school.
 
 
SCHOOL SUPPLIES
 
Otis teachers have prepared a school supply list for each grade. Families can also wait to hear more from individuals teachers about what is needed in the classroom. 
 
TRAFFIC AROUND OTIS SCHOOL
 
Please drive safely and always watch for pedestrians and bikers. NEVER double park, stop in a cross-walk, make a U-Turn, or leave your car unattended in the yellow drop off zone. Please click HERE for more information about student drop-off zones and important safety reminders. 
 
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
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/)
FROM AUSD
FRPM Program
The 2019-20 application for Free and Reduced Meals (FRPM) is now available online! Benefits of the FRPM program include affordable, healthy school meals as well as reduced fees for the PSAT, SAT, ACT, and AP exams and free college applications. You can sign up quickly and confidentially via myschoolapps or AUSD's Food & Nutrition Services webpage
 
Please note: A new application must be filled out each school year.
 
Lunch Purchase Information
To view the AUSD menu and information about purchasing lunch at school click here.
 
Positions Open
The Board of Education is still accepting applications for district representatives to the boards of two local charter organizations: Academy of Alameda and Community Learning Centers Schools (the organization that oversees ACLC and Nea). More information and the application are available in our community bulletin.
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") offers after school enrichment
programs at Otis. This Fall at Otis, AEF is offering Yoga, Spanish, Chorus, Tennis, and MORE! 
 
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 22, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. To register, go to https://alamedaeducationfoundation.org/enrichment/after-school-program/ and click on the after school enrichment blue button on the left. 

Questions? Send an email to: otis@alamedaeducation.org. 
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