Read the Mar 21 Outlook - Ability Awareness Week is Coming; Volunteers Still Needed!
Fri, Mar 23 5:32pm
Frank Otis Elementary
ABILITY AWARENESS WEEK IS COMING!
Volunteers still needed
Click here to read the March 21 Outlook for more Otis News
IN THIS WEEK'S OUTLOOK
UPCOMING EVENTS & SCHOOL DATES  
Wed, Mar 21: Screening of Angst - A Documentary at AHS
Thur, Mar 22: Soul Shoppe Parent Night; "Empathy, Restorative Justice & Mindfulness"
Mon - Fri, Mar 26-30: Ability Awareness Week, 8:20-2:50pm, Media Center
Thur, Mar 29: Axis Dance Company Assembly
Thur, Mar 29: Birds & Bees Parent Night; Nurturing a Positive Sense of Self in our Kids - Body Image, Gender Sexual Identity
Mon - Fri, April 2 - 6: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL!
Sat, Apr 21: 2018 Galactic Gala
MESAGE FROM PRINCIPAL HARRIS
-Standing together, Soul Shoppe, Recess and more! 
PTA CORNER  
- Upcoming PTA Board Elections, Ways & Means SurveyGalactic Gala Tickets ON SALE!
OTIS COMMUNITY & BEYOND  
- News and events from around Alameda and AUSD 
REMINDERS
VOLUNTEER CORNER
THE REGULARS  
- Support Otis, Stay Connected, Stay Informed
 
FROM THE PTA - Next PTA Meeting - Thursday, April 12 at 7:00 p.m. in the Media Center
 Please join us on Thursday, April 12 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. in the Media Center for our next PTA meeting. We will review the Ways & Means survey results and vote to elect the PTA Executive Board for the 2018-19 school year. Nominees are as follows:
  • President - OPEN
  • Executive Vice President - Beth Aney
  • Secretary - Beth Leonardo
  • Treasurer - Louise Cochrane
  • VP of Programs - Jenny Beck
  • VP of Membership - Jennifer Yip
  • VP of Equity & Inclusion - Samara Plambeck
  • Parliamentarian - Eric Vaught
  • Historian - Nick DeVries
  • Auditor - Brina Siv

We are still looking for a PTA President for next school year. We need someone to fill the President role and continue the strong tradition of PTA leadership at Otis. I will stay on the Board as the Executive Vice President for a year to help with the transition and guide the noble parent who steps up to serve in this gratifying position. If no one steps up, I will ask the Nominating Committee to withdraw my nomination for EVP. If you have any level of interest, please contact me at beth.f.aney@gmail.com . 

 
Thank you for supporting Otis and the PTA!

Beth Aney
PTA President
 
PTA WAYS & MEANS SURVEY
TELL US WHAT YOU THINK ABOUT PTA  PROGRAMS AND FUNDRAISING!

PTA EXPENSE BREAKDOWN FOR 2017-18 
 
Each spring, the Otis Ways & Means Committee distributes a survey to families and teachers to find out what PTA programs are working and what needs to change. The Committee reviews the responses and makes recommendations to the PTA Executive Board and Membership on how to prioritize and spend funds in the coming year. We need YOUR feedback to help guide PTA fundraising and spending for next year. 
  • Has Soul Shoppe made a difference for your student at school and at home? Let us know. 
  • Does your student love the STEAM Lab and want to go everyday? Let us know that too.  
  • Do you think the PTA should be spending money in different ways? Tells us why and how.  
  • Feel like the PTA does too much fundraising? Let us know. 
The more responses we get, the better the PTA Executive Board can respond. In the past several years we gotten fewer than 100 responses and that's not much feedback to work with. So far, we have only 44 responses this year.
 
Now's your chance to tell us what you think. Take the Otis Ways and Means Committee's annual online survey by clicking  HERE
 
Please complete the survey by April 1.  Survey results and recommendations will be presented at the April 12 PTA Meeting.
 
If you would like the survey translated into another language, please contact Jessie Seyfer at  jessie.seyfer@gmail.com.
 
Thanks very much!
 
-- Otis Ways and Means Committee     
 
MESSAGE FROM PRINCIPAL HARRIS
Dear Owl Families,
 
I want to extend my appreciation and admiration to the Otis community. Sadly, there have been incidents both in our immediate community and across the nation that have rocked us to our core. Thank you to the folks who recently organized a peaceful space for families to come together and stand against gun violence. The way in which the Otis community comes together in strength, solidarity and love reminds me of a Theodore Roosevelt quote. "This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in."
 
Soul Shoppe
One of my favorite additions to the Otis program has been Soul Shoppe. I am proud of how students are using restorative practices to solve conflict and how they are empowered to stand in allyship. Please join us Thursday, March 22 at 6:30pm in the MPR for the third of four Soul Shoppe parent workshops.
 
Recess
We are continuing to focus on the new recess protocols, and the transition from the blacktop to line and into the classroom has greatly improved. If you are a recess volunteer or are interested in becoming one, please meet Ms. O. at 1:50pm on Friday near the storage containers on the blacktop where she will be holding a recess supervision training.
 
Galactic Gala!
Happy spring, and looking forward to seeing you at the Spring Auction!
 
Go Owls!
Principal Harris