Read the Mar 28 Outlook - Galactic Gala Tix selling fast, Take the Ways & Means Survey ASAP - HAPPY SPRING BREAK!
Wed, Mar 28 6:46pm
Frank Otis Elementary
SPRING BREAK IS NEXT WEEK!
Click here to read the March 28 Outlook for more Otis News
IN THIS WEEK'S OUTLOOK
UPCOMING EVENTS & SCHOOL DATES  
 
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
Fri, Mar 30: SCHOOL SPIRIT! - Rainbow Day
Mon - Fri, April 2 - 6: Spring Break, NO SCHOOL!
Fri, April 6: Last day to submit the Ways & Means Survey
Wed, April 11: Equity & Inclusion Meeting, Books Inc.1344 Park Street 
Thur, April 12: PTA Meeting 
Sat, Apr 21: 2018 Galactic Gala
 
PTA CORNER  
- Ways & Means SurveyGalactic Gala Tickets - Get your tickets NOW!
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 -
Are you ready for blast off? There are less than 50 Galactic Gala Tickets left and they are moving at light speed! CLICK HERE and buy your tickets while they last! And don't forget to sign up your mini space explorers for the Milky Way Movie Night when you purchase tickets. 
 
HOW THE GALACTIC GALA SUPPORTS OUR OWLS
Did you know that the Galactic Gala raises more than 1/3 of the Otis PTA's annual fundraising target of $192,000? Our school is extremely fortunate to have an active parent community that gives so generously to our school. T he Otis PTA funds an array of programs and curriculums at our school including:
  • Otis' brand new STEAM LAB
  • Soul Shoppe , our social-emotional curriculum
  • The Art and Garden Docent programs
  • Small group learning, including reading intervention
  • Recess supervision
  • Books & technology
  • Field trips & assemblies
Read the   Galactic Gala FAQs to learn more about how this fun event helps Otis reach past the stars!
 
CHECK OUT THE FEATURED AUCTION ITEMS AVAILABLE ONLY AT THE GALA! 
  • A Family Glamping Weekend - Includes 3 Nights at Mendocino Grove 
  • A Vintage 1981 Huffy BMX Bike - Courtesy of Alameda Bicycle 
  • An American Conservatory Theater VIP Weekend - Includes A.C.T. tickets, backstage tour & a stay at the  Kensington Hotel 
  • Priceless Collaborative Art Pieces by our Otis Owls - These works of art are created in the Otis Art Docent program
  • Hosted Parties & Gifts from the Heart - Guests get first dibs for parties and experiences hosted by Otis families and teachers. 
CAN'T COME? CLICK HERE AND DONATE NOW!
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. 
 
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 65 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 6.  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