Read the Feb 21 Outlook - Owlapalooza is this Saturday!
Thu, Feb 22 1:57pm
Frank Otis Elementary
 

OWLAPALOOZA IS THIS SATURDAY! 

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IN THIS WEEK'S OUTLOOK
UPCOMING EVENTS & SCHOOL DATES 
Thur, Feb 22: Soul Shoppe Parent Night - Bully-Proof Your Kids
Sat, Feb 24: Owlapalooza
Fri, Mar 2: Dr. Seuss Day - Wear Pajamas to School
Wed, Mar 7: E&I Meeting; Temple Israel Visit 
Fri, Mar 9: Last day to submit photos to yearbook 
Mon, Mar 12: Lifetouch Spring Photos - Volunteers NEEDED!
Wed-Fri, Mar 14-16: Spring ConferencesEARLY DISMISSAL! 
Sat, Apr 21: 2018 Galactic Gala
PTA CORNER  
- 2018-19 PTA Executive Board Nominees announced
LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL 
- AUSD Emergency Procedures
OTIS COMMUNITY & BEYOND  
- News and events from around Alameda and AUSD 
REMINDERS
-Last call for Pennies for Patients, Submit your Yearbook photos
VOLUNTEER CORNER
THE REGULARS  
- Support Otis, Stay Connected, Stay Informed
 
FROM THE PTA - 
2018-19 PTA Executive Board Nominations Announced!
At the February 15 PTA Meeting the nominations for the 2018-19 Otis PTA Executive Board were announced. The nominees are:
  • OPEN - President
  • Beth Aney - Executive Vice President
  • Louise Cochran - Treasurer
  • Beth Leonardo - Secretary
  • Jennifer Yip - VP of Membership
  • Jennifer Beck - VP of Programs
  • Brina Siv - Historian 
  • Eric Vaught - Parliamentarian
  • OPEN - Auditor
Serving on the Executive Board in any role is an opportunity for you to  connect more deeply with fellow parents, get to know Otis better, a nd support our kids/teachers in a meaningful way. The Nominating Committee is still looking for people to step up and join the 2018-19 PTA Executive Board as either the PTA President or Auditor. The PTA will vote next year's PTA Board in at the March 15 PTA Meeting.
 
If you are interested in serving Otis and this amazing community, contact Erica Kolodny or Beth Aney for more information.
 
Thank you for supporting Otis!
 
Beth Aney
PTA President
 
CELEBRATING BLACK HISTORY MONTH 
FEBRUARY 21, 1933: A STAR IS BORN NINA SIMONE 
Nina Simone (nee Eunice Kathleen Waymon) - singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement - was born on this day, February 21st, 1933 in North Carolina. 

Simone's musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied expressive, jazz-like singing in her contralto voice. 

Known for her rousing song, " Mississippi Goddam" - her fiery response to the killing of Medgar Evers and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Alabama that killed four young black girls, both in 1963 - she became a staunch yet controversial civil rights activist who advocated for armed revolution and black nationalism. Despite that stance, she wrote in her autobiography, she and her family regarded all races as equal. 

Simone is regarded as one of the most influential recording artists of the 20th century. Artists representing diverse musical styles cite her as an important musical influence. Artists include Elton John, John Lennon, Aretha Franklin, Adele, David BowieSade,BeyoncéJanis JoplinNick CaveVan MorrisonChristina AguileraTalib KweliMos Def,Kanye WestLena HorneBonoJohn LegendElizabeth FraserCat StevensAnna CalviLykke LiPeter Gabriel,Maynard James KeenanCedric Bixler-ZavalaMary J. BligeFantasia BarrinoMichael GiraAngela McCluskeyLauryn HillPatrice BabatundeAlicia KeysLana Del ReyHozierMatt BellamyIan MacKaye and many more. 

Her unique voice, in sound and social justice, continues to influence musicians and activists alike. 
 
Equity and Inclusion Committee Meeting
March 7th, 7:00pm
Temple Israel Alameda
3183 Mecartney Rd., Alameda, CA 94502
Please join us at Temple Israel to learn about the Alameda Jewish Community.