Read the May 30 Outlook - Last Movie Night is THIS Friday (6/1)
Wed, May 30 10:50am
Frank Otis Elementary
Last Movie Night is THIS Friday!
CLICK HERE to read the full May 30 Outlook
IN THIS WEEK'S OUTLOOK
UPCOMING EVENTS & SCHOOL DATES
Fri, June 1: Last Day to Buy "Battle of the Bay" Tickets 
Fri, June 1: Movie Night, 6:30-9:00pm, MPR 
Mon-Wed, June 4-6EARLY DISMISSAL!12:30pm all grades
Mon, June 4: ADL Recognition during Morning Assembly
Mon, June 4: Volunteer Happy Hour
Tues, June 5: 5th Grade Promotion
Wed, June 6: LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!
PTA CORNER
- Message from PTA President, Beth Aney
- Open Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2018-19
- Safety Patrol Sign-Ups for Next Year
VOLUNTEER CORNER
- Toast our volunteers, come to the Volunteer Happy Hour!
OTIS COMMUNITY & BEYOND  
- News and events from around Alameda and AUSD 
THE REGULARS  
- Support Otis, Stay Connected, Stay Informed
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FROM THE PTA
As the school year and my term as PTA president come to a close, I want to say thank you from the bottom of my heart to the PTA Executive Board, Principal Harris, teachers, staff, parents, grandparents, friends and family for your support. I think we have accomplished so many great things together for Otis this year. 
 
In August 2017, we launched the  STEAM lab, an innovative program that the PTA financially supports 100%. Its first year was a great success and I have heard from so many students, parents and teachers that STEAM lab is the highlight of the week. I am so proud and thankful that the Otis community supports this new program and so grateful that we have our own Jerrold Connors at the helm. Soul Shoppe was another excellent new program at Otis this year. Not only did students learn and practice life skills, but parents and teachers did as well - skills that will help us all be more thoughtful and resilient in this world. W hen I see students using their Soul Shoppe skills, whether it's a reminder to "check in and breathe" or asking "is your balloon full?" I know the work that the PTA does is important and has an impact. 
 
It's no secret that school budgets are shrinking, programs are being cut, and teachers are underpaid. For the 2018-19 school year, with a student population of more than 650 students and 26 teachers, Otis will have an operating budget of about $52,000. That's not a typo. Education funding reform needs to happen but until it does, schools like Otis will continue to rely heavily on their PTAs to provide funding not only for the essentials but all the extras, big and small, that make the school day special and even more enriching for our students.
 
As we all get ready to take a break from the hectic, busy and successful school year, I want to again thank everyone who contributed time, money, and resources to Otis and enriched the lives of our students. 
 
Thank You!
 
Beth Aney
Otis PTA President
 
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FINAL CALL FOR 2018-19 VOLUNTEER PROGRAM LEADERSHIP
Thank you to the many of people who have stepped up to lead in Volunteer Program Leadership Roles for the 2018-19 School Year! We only have four leadership roles left to fill. GO OWLS!
 
Click HERE and see below to learn about the positions that are still open. Many of these programs already have great teams in place, they just need YOU as their fearless leader.  These programs and events can only run if there is volunteer leadershipIf you see something on the below list that is important to you...please step up! 
 
Contact Otis PTA VP of Programs, Erica Kolodny, at EricaHartono@gmail.com to step up and learn more.  
 
  • CARNIVAL CHAIR
    • Oversees the coordination and planning of Carnival
    • Works closely with Carnival Committees to make sure everything comes together
  • RECESS VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR  
    • Works closely with Principal Harris and Otis' onsite Recess Support Coordinator to organize parent volunteers at lunch recess.
  • WHOO BREW SHADOW 
    • Shadows current Whoo Brew Lead, Laina Reynolds Levy, in order to take over coordinating Whoo Brew in 2019.
  • YEARBOOK EDITOR 
    • Gathers photos from the school community to create the annual Otis Yearbook
    • Manages the Yearbook Committee and Photographers to create the layout of the Yearbook
    • Advertises and sells the yearbook to the school community

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JOIN THE OTIS SAFETY PATROL 
  
 
Recruiting has begun for our 2018-19 Safety Patrol Squads. All current 3rd and 4th Grade students are eligible to apply for a Safety Patrol Squad. 

HOW TO APPLY: APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY FRIDAY, JUNE 1
 
ABOUT THE OTIS SAFETY PATROL
Student volunteers commit to assist with the Safety Drop Off Zones at Otis once a week from 8:00 a.m. to 8:20 a.m. Safety Patrollers are expected to arrive on time, be good role models, and report for duty rain or shine! The Safety Patrollers not only help to keep morning drop-off safe, they also promote a sense of community, leadership, altruism, confidence and teamwork at Otis. All current 3rd and 4th Grade Otis students are eligible to apply for a spot on a Safety Patrol Squad. 
 
QUESTIONS? 
Contact Safety Patrol Coordinator Beth Aney at beth.f.aney@gmail.com.
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A TOAST TO OUR VOLUNTEERS!
Come celebrate the end of the year with a Volunteer Happy Hour! Join fellow Otis volunteers on  the Dragon Rouge Patio  in Alameda on  Monday, June 5 from 5pm to 7pm.  Enjoy  Happy Hour Specials , starter apps courtesy of the PTA and fun company. Cash bar. Kids welcome. RSVP  HERE . 

This is my last year as Otis Volunteer Coordinator, and I am full of gratitude. Our community is full of willing and capable helping hands always ready to pitch in when needed. It's absolutely amazing.
 
Here's a quick, but far from complete list of what our volunteers accomplished this year...
  • Threw community events that involved hundreds of Owls such as: Carnival, Family Heritage Night, Owlapalooza, Walk & Roll, Bike to School...
  • Grossed over $185,000 with the following fundraisers: Walk-A-Thon, Spring Fling, Box Tops, A's Games, the Direct Donation Campaign...
  • Continued to strengthen our successful Art Docent, Garden Docent, Reading Helpers and Kinder Motor Fitness Programs
  • Deepened school-wide learning through Ability Awareness Week, Earth Day Celebrations and Assemblies
  • And SO, SO, much more!!!
THANK YOU!
-Erica Kolodny
2018-19 Otis Volunteer Coordinator