Otis Stands Together Tomorrow at 6pm!

Tue, Jun 30 2:18pm

  Meet at the Krusi Park Stage this Wednesday, July 1st at 6 pm  Wear your mask and follow distance protocols Bring signs, instruments, and art Stand up for safety, love, and equality in our neighborh ... [More]

A Message From Ms. Chapman

Fri, Jun 5 6:39am

Otis Library Book Return/Materials Return Info: Good Day Otis Community, I wanted to support the return of devices and or library books you do not wish to keep over summer. You may hang onto these mat ... [More]

Ask Mr. Jerrold Videos

Wed, May 27 3:28pm

Have you seen Mr. Jerrold's videos? He makes these based on questions posted to the Otis Parents Facebook Group. Enjoy!

05/26/2020 PTA Newsletter: 5th Grade Promotion Ceremony Thursday 5/28 & PTA Meeting Friday 6/5

Tue, May 26 9:57am

  May 26, 2020 PTA Newsletter     Message from the PTA President   End of year message from PTA President Jeff Chorney   Remember the back-to-school picnic last August at Krusi? Families shared potluc ... [More]

Otis Yearbook Pickup

Mon, May 25 6:52am

Otis Yearbook Pick-up Monday, May 25 9 am - 1 p.m. Tuesday, May 26 3 - 6 p.m. Pick up will be at 3241 Encinal Ave (between High and Fernside). It will be as contactless as possible with you checking i ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris 05/21/2020

Thu, May 21 11:36am

Due to coronavirus (COVID 19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT be ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris 05/20/2020

Wed, May 20 3:40pm

Hello Families, Please join us this Friday as elementary schools across the district celebrate their 5th graders on Encinal High School’s student-run radio station, KJTZ. The program will run from 7:3 ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris 05/18/2020

Mon, May 18 3:33pm

I know many have questions about the school year ending earlier than expected. Please know that more information, including an FAQ is forthcoming from AUSD. Thank you for your ongoing understanding as ... [More]

The Speakeasy Soiree Was a Roaring Success!

Mon, May 18 9:53am

      SPEAKEASY SOIREE SUCCESS!!   Thank you to everyone who made Saturday night's party so much fun! And many thanks to the sponsors, donors, and bidders who helped us not only hit our goal, but exce ... [More]

Speakeasy Soiree - Thank You and Still Time to Meet Our Goal!

Sun, May 17 10:18am


Teacher Appreciation Party Sponsor slots are LIVE on Speakeasy Soiree

Sat, May 16 11:26am

Good morning, Owls! Many Otis families have joined us over the last 9 years for our Teacher Appreciation Party,  a big bash typically held in May, this year TBD in Sept/Oct.  We always have great food ... [More]

The Speakeasy Soirée Event Is Tomorrow!

Fri, May 15 9:23am

        SPEAKEASY SOIREE ****SPECIAL OUTLOOK****  THE SPEAKEASY SOIREE EVENT IS TOMORROW!   Saturday, May 16 8:00-10:00pm Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 977 7301 1362 Password: igiveahoot *NOTE: The Zo ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris 05/11/2020

Mon, May 11 9:43pm

Dear Otis families, I am writing tonight to deliver the sad news that a former Otis student – Elijah Naidu – died in a car accident last Thursday. Elijah attended Otis for third and fourth grade in  2 ... [More]

Get Ready for the Speakeasy Soirée Online Affair!

Mon, May 11 10:49am

        SPEAKEASY SOIREE THE SPEAKEASY SOIREE PLANNING COMMITTEE CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO AN ONLINE AFFAIR   Saturday, May 16 8:00-10:00pm Join Zoom Meeting Meeting ID: 840 2724 1150 Password: igiveah ... [More]

Speakeasy Soirée Online Auctions Starts....Now!

Wed, May 6 7:41am

        SPEAKEASY SOIREE AUCTION...READY, SET, BID! The Auction is Open - START YOUR BIDDING!   The moment we've all been waiting for is here, it's the grand kickoff for the Speakeasy Soirée online au ... [More]

Speakeasy Soirée Starts Tomorrow!

Tue, May 5 9:43am

  May 5, 2020 PTA Newsletter     IMPORTANT SPEAKEASY SOIREE MESSAGE The online auction goes LIVE  TOMORROW, WEDNESDAY, MAY 6TH at 9:00AM!    It's almost here. The online auction opens tomorrow, Wednes ... [More]

Plant Sale To Benefit Garden Docent Program

Thu, Apr 30 7:45pm

From Otis parent Sarah Elliott: Mini Plant Sale this Saturday! Before life got turned upside down there was a plan to hold a plant sale to benefit the schools garden docent program. To prep for this m ... [More]

Resource To Help Families

Wed, Apr 29 12:06pm

Dear Otis Community - We wanted to share with you a valuable resource to help families connect to affordable, reliable and safe Internet service at home (beyond the cellphone). A number of major Inter ... [More]

04/27/2020 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Apr 27 10:46am

  April 27, 2020 PTA Newsletter   PTA Meeting and Speakeasy Soiree Donations PTA MEETING THIS FRIDAY, MAY 1ST AT 3 PM Zoom PTA Meeting this Friday at 3 pm! Please join us from 3-4 pm Friday, May 1 for ... [More]

04/23/2020 PTA Newsletter - Special Edition

Thu, Apr 23 9:03am

  April 23, 2020 PTA Newsletter     SPECIAL SPEAKEASY EDITION Deadline for Donations Extended to Thursday, April 30th!   We are just two weeks away from the kickoff for our first-ever online-only Spri ... [More]

04/13/2020 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Apr 13 7:48am

  April 13, 2020 PTA Newsletter     SPECIAL SPEAKEASY EDITION     The Speakeasy Goes On...line!   Dear Otis Community:   We are sending you this special edition of the Outlook in the midst of really d ... [More]

Principal Harris Shared A Video

Wed, Apr 8 3:53pm

Get a tissue ready before watching what our fabulous 2nd Grade teacher Ms. Wong put together.   CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO

Last Chance To Order 2019-2020 Yearbook!

Tue, Mar 31 7:28pm

Last chance to order your 2019-2020 yearbook is TONIGHT! You won't "actually forget 2019-2020," but you should get a yearbook! HERE'S THE LINK Code #44895Y

Call For Medical Supplies

Sat, Mar 21 1:30pm

Hi Friends and Neighbors, We have Medical Providers in Oakland that are in need of basic personal protective equipment. This is what they need:   Any Clorox or sani-cloth wipes, and isopropyl alcohol ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris 03/18/2020 6:30PM

Wed, Mar 18 6:21pm

Dear Owl Families, The Otis team, along with AUSD is working to develop engaging distance learning opportunities, some of which will work best through the use of a device. We want to make sure that AL ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris: 03/16/2020 9:15PM

Mon, Mar 16 9:19pm

Dear Owl Families, I hope that you are finding peace in these odd and challenging times. It seems as though things are moving at rapid speed, and I want to thank you for your patience as we all try to ... [More]


Sun, Mar 15 11:55am


Absence Reporting

Fri, Mar 13 7:13am

If you need to report an absence, please email LaShonda and/or Manya in the office: LKnox@alamedaunified.org MMorris@alamedaunified.org Thank you.

A Message From Principal Harris 03/10/2020 8:50AM

Tue, Mar 10 8:49am

Dear Owl Families,   Last night the AUSD community received communication for the Superintendent regarding important precautions that are being taken in an effort to help contain the spread of COVID-1 ... [More]

Read-a-Thon Events Postponed

Mon, Mar 9 10:26pm

Hi Everyone - Due to the latest AUSD announcement that all non-essential activities be postponed until after Spring Break, we are postponing all Read-a-Thon incentives until further notice. If your ch ... [More]

03/9/2020 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Mar 9 12:06pm

  March 9, 2020 PTA Newsletter    OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER March 2020 March 9th - March 13th, Monday - Friday (also Sunday March 15th, see below) -Book Fair, Media Center, Mon & Tues 7 ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris: 3/5/2020 6:00AM

Thu, Mar 5 5:43am

Dear Families, The last day to complete the WestEd Survey is Friday, March 6th. I am committed to fostering an inclusive, welcoming school community where ALL children thrive, but I need your voice an ... [More]

Book Fair Volunteer Signup

Wed, Mar 4 12:03pm

If you would like to volunteer for the Book Fair, please sign up HERE.

UPDATED LINK A Message From Principal Harris: 03/02/2020 3:10PM

Mon, Mar 2 3:15pm

Dear Families,  Your feedback is critical, as family voice informs all decision making at Otis.  WestEd is conducting a family survey that should take no more than five minutes. My goal is to have at ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris: 03/02/2020 2:30PM

Mon, Mar 2 2:31pm

Dear Families,  We are attempting to ensure that our students wash their hands or use hand sanitizer prior to eating lunch. Hand sanitzer is much easier for me to monitor, but the world seems to be so ... [More]

Brand New Ability Awareness Week

Mon, Mar 2 1:41pm

I'm So excited to announce that Ability Awareness Week is back with a whole new curriculum! This curriculum was created by a Franklin parent and met with rave reviews there. It is MUCH less volunteer ... [More]

03/02/2020 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Mar 2 11:03am

  March 2, 2020 PTA Newsletter    OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER March 2020 March 4th, Wednesday -ATAP (Autism Technical Assistance Program) Parent Info Night, Media Center, 6-7 pm -Equity & ... [More]

PTA Mini-Grant Program

Mon, Mar 2 5:25am

MINI-GRANTS ARE BACK!   The Mini-Grant Program is back! We are able to offer a second round of mini-grants this year. Teachers, staff, students and family members are encouraged to apply for PTA funds ... [More]

Dr. Seuss Ice Cream Flavor Finalists!

Sat, Feb 29 8:56am

Happy Saturday everyone!   Our panel of outside judges selected two names from over 100 entries!! What a way to show your love for Dr. Seuss AND ice cream! The judges only had the names of the flavors ... [More]

A's vs Yankees - Saturday, April 11th

Fri, Feb 28 4:25pm

OTIS OWLS NIGHT OUT PREMIUM FIREWORKS GAME Sat, April 11 @ 6:07 pm: A’s vs. Yankees $30/person plus convenience fee - Discounted parking will be offered closer to the game. Join your fellow Otis Owls ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris

Fri, Feb 28 3:36pm

Dear Families, Unfortunately a second frightening incident happened today. During  lunch one of our students became lodged in one of our fences. In order to help him get out safely, we called the  fir ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris

Fri, Feb 28 11:08am

Dear Families,   At 10:10 this morning one our students grabbed the classroom telephone and inadvertently set off the lockdown alert. As a result each classroom received a digital message and an all c ... [More]

Get Out The Vote For Measure A!

Fri, Feb 28 11:06am

Otis Community! Election Day is Tuesday.  There are just a few days left to show your support for our teachers, schools and kids by volunteering for Measure A. Twenty-seven people from Otis have volun ... [More]

Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration - This Sunday at Tucker's Ice Cream!

Wed, Feb 26 8:38am

Hello Otis Owls! Mark your calendars to help celebrate the life of one of the greatest writers of all time - Dr. Seuss!    Tucker's Ice Cream is hosting our party on Sunday, March 1st from 1-3pm. 10% ... [More]

02/24/2020 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Feb 24 5:36am

  February 24, 2020 PTA Newsletter    OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER February 2020 February 24th, Monday -First graders singing at morning circle, Blacktop, 8:20-8:30 am February 25th, Tuesd ... [More]

Read-a-Thon Update - WE ARE SO CLOSE!!!!

Tue, Feb 18 9:42pm

We are just three days away from our online donation deadline and we are at a little more than $45,500!!! Just a little push will get us over the edge to reach our goal!!   If there are folks you are  ... [More]

Read-a-Thon: February Break Announcements

Fri, Feb 14 6:56pm

Hello Otis Families!   Very preliminary numbers are showing that  - so far - we have raised a little over $30,000! That's great and very encouraging....but there's still a gap to fill to reach our goa ... [More]

Read-a-Thon FAQs

Wed, Feb 12 2:19pm

Hello Otis Families!!   Today we officially closed out our first ever Read-a-Thon with lots of stories, style, and smiles! We started the day with an assembly featuring a world renown storyteller and ... [More]

02/10/2020 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Feb 10 5:54am

  February 10, 2020 PTA Newsletter    OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER February 2020 February 12th, Wednesday -Last day of the Read a Thon -School Site Council Meeting, Media Center, 3:15-4:00 ... [More]

Read-a-Thon Reminders

Sun, Feb 9 2:18pm

Read-a-Thon is almost over! Here are some important reminders for the rest of the week: This event is one of the PTA's biggest fundraisers - raising almost one-third of our budget! Your fundraising wi ... [More]

02/03/2020 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Feb 3 5:57am

  February 3, 2020 PTA Newsletter    OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER February 2020 February 4th, Tuesday -Star Pizza and Books, Inc. (5-8 pm) Read-A-Thon fundraisers February 6th, Thursday -E ... [More]

Volunteers Urgently Needed This Weekend - Measure A

Fri, Jan 31 11:48am

Measure A Update - Volunteers Urgently Needed This Weekend   Dear Otis Community:   * This is the LAST weekend we have to identify YES voters before absentee ballots are mailed. * 29 amazing volunteer ... [More]


Tue, Jan 28 6:38am

READ-A-THON HAS BEGUN!!! TODAY IS THE DAY! TIME TO START TRACKING, READING, AND COLLECTING PLEDGES!   If we make our school-wide fundraising goal of $50,000, our hero, Ms. Harris, will transform into. ... [More]

AEF Scholarship For STEM Lego Class

Mon, Jan 27 2:31pm

Hi Otis Friends! There is a 90% scholarship available for any student on the lunch program for the above class! Pls email otis@alamedaeducation.org to apply. STEM Lego takes place Mondays 3 - 4.30pm o ... [More]

01/27/2020 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Jan 27 10:15am

    January 27, 2020 PTA Newsletter    OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER January 2020 January 27th - February 12th -Otis Read-A-Thon! January 31st, Friday -School Spirit Day - Hat Day February ... [More]

New Otis Chess Club for All Grades - Limited Spots - Sign Up Today!

Wed, Jan 22 5:45am

Otis friends -    Starting Monday, February 3rd, Otis will have a chess club, for all grade levels! The club will meet at Otis from 3-4 p.m. in the teachers' lounge, and will be led by Chess Wizards, ... [More]

01/21/2020 PTA Newsletter

Tue, Jan 21 12:33pm

January 21, 2020 PTA Newsletter      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER January 2020 January 22nd, Wednesday -Otis Gives Back Night, MPR, 6:00-8:00 pm -AUSD African American Town Hall, Ruby Brid ... [More]

Food Drive for Alameda Food Bank until 1/31

Thu, Jan 16 2:33pm

The 1st graders' community service project is to collect items for the Alameda Food Bank. The Food Bank directly serves Alameda families who don’t have enough money to feed everyone in their family fo ... [More]

01/13/2020 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Jan 13 8:39am

    January 13, 2020 PTA Newsletter      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER January 2020 January 16th, Thursday -Incoming Kindergarten Information Night, MPR, 6:30-7:30 pm -Spring Auction Planni ... [More]

Measure A still needs volunteers! You care, but do you care enough to make a difference?

Sat, Jan 11 2:45pm

Measure A still needs volunteers!   You care, but do you care enough to make a difference?   Find out what it's all about and get your volunteer training in a festive atmosphere this Sunday (tomorrow) ... [More]

Children's Book Drive/Adult Warm Clothes Drive: Part of "Otis Gives Back" Event 1/22!

Fri, Jan 10 7:46am

As part of the "Otis Gives Back" Community Service event on Wednesday January 22, 6-8pm in the Otis MPR, we will be collecting: - Children's books (board books through young adult) for kids who are se ... [More]

AEF Classes: Adventures With Color/Adventures With Clay

Wed, Jan 8 6:05am

Hello all, I'm a fellow Otis parent and a local artist. After lots of fun in the last AEF season, I will be coming back with two AEF art classes this season, ‘Adventures with Color’ in Winter and ‘Adv ... [More]

AEF Class Registration

Wed, Jan 8 5:53am

Hi Otis Friends, Winter/Spring online registration for AEF classes open Thursday, Jan 9th at 9.30am at alamedaeducation.org. Each family should have received the class schedule via post. This winter, ... [More]

01/06/2020 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Jan 6 8:32am

January 6, 2020 PTA Newsletter    OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER January 2020 January 7th, Tuesday -Measure A Volunteer Training, First Congregational Church of Alameda,  1912 Central Ave. ( ... [More]

Otis Gives Back

Sat, Dec 28 9:00am

Dear Otis Community -  In just a few weeks the Otis Community Service Committee will be hosting our first Otis Gives Back - an evening of community service at Otis Elementary! The event will take plac ... [More]

Otis PTA Bylaws for Confirmation at January Meeting

Mon, Dec 23 10:13am

At our January PTA meeting we will be re-voting to approve our current Bylaws which were amended during the 2017-2018 school year, in order to correct a technical issue with the prior date of signing/ ... [More]

Special Order Otis T-Shirts ready for pick up from AGL Saturday

Fri, Dec 20 5:57pm

If you ordered a Special Order Otis Shirt, your order may be picked up from All Good Living (2332 Alameda Ave.) starting this Saturday. AGL is open Mon-Sun 10-5, but will be closed Christmas Eve and C ... [More]


Thu, Dec 19 5:26am

I hope everyone is gearing up for a really nice time off. While you’re enjoying the break and the holidays, you’ll have two amazing reasons to be excited to return to school in the new year. There is ... [More]

12/16/2019 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Dec 16 5:33am

  December 16, 2019 PTA Newsletter      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER December 2019 December 16th, Monday -Community Building Project: Collaborative Poster, Blacktop, 7:45-8:15 am -Measure ... [More]

Message from Principal Harris

Fri, Dec 13 3:59pm

Dear Otis Families,   It is hard to believe that 2019 is winding down. We only have one more week together before the new year.    This is such a wonderful community. Regardless of what happens we alw ... [More]

12/9/2019 PTA Newsletter

Mon, Dec 9 5:07pm

  PTA Newsletter December 19, 2019      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER December 2019 December 6th - December 12th -Sports Basement Discount Shopping Days for Otis December 10th, Tuesday -Nei ... [More]

2019 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program

Wed, Dec 4 10:41am

OTIS HAS A COLLECTION BIN OUTSIDE OF THE OFFICE We are happy to announce the launch of the 2019 Alameda Firefighters Toy Program, which ensures that all low-income Alameda families who sign up at the ... [More]

Special Order Adult Black Otis T-Shirts NOW Through Tuesday 12/10

Tue, Dec 3 1:10pm

Get your Otis swag NOW! Otis swag makes great gifts! https://aglschoolspirit.com/collections/otis-elementary-school A special order of adult black Otis T-Shirts is happening NOW through Tuesday 12/10! ... [More]

Art Across The Island: Featuring Art By Ms. Johnson's 3rd Grade Class

Tue, Dec 3 10:38am

Lilac Dress Boutique - 1918 Encinal Ave - Alameda, CA 94501

PTA Newsletter 12/2/2019

Mon, Dec 2 7:54am

  PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER December 2019 December 2nd, Monday -Strong Schools for Alameda Volunteer meeting, Christ Episcopal Church, details here, 7-8 pm December 3rd ... [More]

Otis PTA Mini-Grants Program

Mon, Dec 2 5:39am

The Mini-Grant Program is here! Teachers, staff, students and family members are encouraged to apply for PTA funds to support classroom learning or enrichment activities that take place outside of the ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris

Fri, Nov 29 10:57am

Dear Owl Families, I am sorry to have to let you know that we discovered a considerable amount of graffiti on our new building yesterday and that the graffiti included a swastika. The Alameda Police D ... [More]

Alameda Little Leagues Registration Now Open

Sat, Nov 23 7:52am

PTA Newsletter 11/18/2019

Tue, Nov 19 4:44pm

  PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER November 2019 November 18th - 22nd, Monday - Friday -Family-Teacher Conferences, Early Dismissal, 11:40 Kinder, 12:30 1st-5th grades -Book F ... [More]

Box Top$ Bins Being Collected Tomorrow, Wed 11/20/2019

Tue, Nov 19 9:58am

The Box Top$ bins are being collected tomorrow - Wednesday the 20! Please bring in any remaining clips you may have and add them to your class bin.  For anyone who has been scanning receipts and "givi ... [More]

Good Eggs Fundraiser

Mon, Nov 18 9:30am

Good Eggs Fundraiser - help us earn cookies for Otis teachers! Keep up your orders on Good Eggs! Through the end of November, Otis earns 5% on all purchases. Bonus for this week: If just 2 new familie ... [More]

The Book Fair is Open!! Info and Volunteer Sign-ups

Sun, Nov 17 8:37pm

    The Book Fair is Here!    Mark your calendars for Nov. 15-23   We had a terrific opening  on Friday the 15th and will extend the week-long fun to culminate with Cocoa & Coffee on Saturday the 23rd ... [More]


Wed, Nov 13 3:49pm

1-2 volunteers needed each day: Tuesday, Nov. 19, morning shift 7:45-noon, split shift? M-F Nov. 18-22 after school 12:30-4pm, esp first hour Take-down on Saturday, Nov. 23, 12:15-1:15pm Volunteers ea ... [More]

A Message From The Otis Office Regarding Parking And Drop-Off

Wed, Nov 13 10:11am

Along Fillmore St. in front of Otis Elementary, there are several signs that drivers need to be more aware of. From the entrance to Otis down to the Kinder yard, the curbs are painted and have specifi ... [More]

Good Eggs Fundraiser

Tue, Nov 12 9:28am

Keep up your orders on Good Eggs! Through the end of November, Otis earns 5% on all purchases. Bonus for this week: Place an order to be delivered on Thursday and you will be entered to win $100. What ... [More]

PTA Newsletter 11/12/2019

Tue, Nov 12 8:14am

     OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER November 2019 November 14th, Thursday -All About the Birds & the Bees: Keeping Our Kids Healthy & Safe, Parent Education Presentation, Media Center, 6:30 ... [More]

PTA Newsletter 11/4/2019

Mon, Nov 4 9:13am

  PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER November 2019 November 7th, Thursday -English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) Meeting, Media Center, 5-6 pm -Equity & Inclusion Meeting, M ... [More]

The Otis Fall Carnival Was A Huge Success!

Mon, Nov 4 5:35am

The Otis Fall Carnival was a another huge success this year!! We had great turnout, our kids had a fantastic day, and all of the donated baked goods & cakes were incredible this year!   As you may or ... [More]

PTA Newsletter 10/29/19

Tue, Oct 29 10:45am

PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER   October 2019 October 30th, Wednesday -School Site Council Meeting, Media Center, 3:15-4:15 pm -Dad's Club Meeting, McGee's, 8:30-10:30 pm Oc ... [More]

Air Quality Watch

Mon, Oct 28 8:57am

From Principal Harris: Air quality watch - As of 8:50 this morning, the Air Quality Index in Alameda was at 152, which is in the Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups category.   As a result, students will b ... [More]

District Releases Otis Gate Schedule

Sun, Oct 27 7:08am

I have some big news about the fence. The Alameda Unified School District has released a gate schedule for the fence, and key details are below. I was not aware this schedule was in the works at the d ... [More]

Carnival Breakdown Help Needed!

Sat, Oct 26 2:04pm

If anyone can help break down Carnival, it just ended and they could really use the help right now. Thanks!

Air Quality Watch

Fri, Oct 25 11:51am

As of 11:06 this morning, the Air Quality in Alameda was at 57, which is in the Moderate category.  However, with smoke from the Kincade fire expected to enter the Bay Area throughout the day today, w ... [More]

PTA Newsletter 10-22-19

Tue, Oct 22 3:36pm

PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER October 2019 October 21st - November 1st -Used Sneaker Drive October 23rd, Wednesday -Picture Day Makeups October 25th, Friday -Spring Auction ... [More]

Carnival Volunteers

Mon, Oct 21 9:06pm

Hello Otis Families, We still need more volunteers for the Carnival happening this Saturday! We would love to have at least one more person in ticket sales and a few more in pumpkin patch sales. There ... [More]

Good Eggs Fundraising

Mon, Oct 21 5:32am

Place a Good Eggs order this week to help us win fall treats for our hardworking teachers! If 10 orders are placed by 10/27, we will unlock this prize. Shop for groceries, dinner kits, and more (free ... [More]

SSC Candidate

Thu, Oct 17 4:07pm

Great News! Emilly Nurthen, a second and fifth grade super mom, has stepped up as SSC parent representative.  Emilly brings an executive management and global lens to the team. She is also a dedicated ... [More]

Otis Girls Inc. (GEMS) Full

Tue, Oct 15 5:29am

Otis Girls Inc. (GEMS) groups for 1st - 5th Grade girls are now full. Any new applications turned into the office will be waitlisted.

PTA Newsletter 10/14/19

Mon, Oct 14 11:49am

  PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER October 2019 October 16th, Wednesday -Family Game Night Hosted by Dad's Club, MPR, 6:30 - 8 pm October 18th, Friday -Bake Sale Hosted by 5th ... [More]


Thu, Oct 10 11:47am

ONLINE TICKET PRE-SALE: https://otispta.schoolauction.net/carnival2019 SKIP the lines and buy your tickets ahead of time! Online Ticket pre-sale will close on OCT 18. Tickets will be delivered to stud ... [More]

Lost & Found Items To Be Donated

Wed, Oct 9 5:33am

THE LOST & FOUND is full. Please come and collect items. I looked through all 150+ jackets, water bottles, leggings, hats, etc and could only find 5 things with names written l on it. I will be lookin ... [More]

Good Eggs Fundraiser

Tue, Oct 8 5:48am

A new way to earn money for Otis: Otis is part of the Good Eggs Fundraiser, and we are now in week 2! Otis earns 5% on all purchases in October and November. Bonus: if we get 8 orders from Otis in the ... [More]

PTA Newsletter 10/7 - Dine and Donate Tonight!

Mon, Oct 7 5:27pm

PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER October 2019 October 7th, Thursday - TONIGHT! -Dine & Donate at Chipotle October 11th, Friday -No School, Staff Development Day October 16th, ... [More]

The Yearbook Needs Your Photos!

Mon, Oct 7 9:27am

Send in your photos!   The yearbook is looking for your amazing candid shots of all the Otis kids and teachers! Please submit any photos you have at plicbooks.com/go/aWahS.   We are currently looking ... [More]

PTA Newsletter 9-30-19

Mon, Sep 30 6:40pm

PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER October 2019 October 2nd, Wednesday -Walk & Roll to School Day, blacktop 8-8:20 am October 3rd, Thursday -First Equity & Inclusion Meeting, Me ... [More]

Join The School Site Council (SSC)

Mon, Sep 30 3:31pm

We are still looking for 2-3 people to join the School Site Council (SSC) and are hoping to have the first meeting at the end of October.

Final Day! Otis Needs Your Support!

Mon, Sep 30 8:54am

Otis Direction Donation drive ends Oct 1! We have $3K to go! Donate Now. Please donate so we can continue to support the great programs that the PTA funds. Every donation, every bit helps! Donate Now. ... [More]

Final 4 Days! We Need Your Support!

Fri, Sep 27 2:50pm

We are still $5K short in our Direct Donation fundraiser ending Oct 1. Donate Now  Please donate so we can continue to support the great programs that the PTA funds. Every donation, every bit helps! D ... [More]

Friday Is School Spirit Day

Thu, Sep 26 1:17pm

Wear Otis gear or red for our first spirit day of the year TOMORROW! Fridays are school spirit days. This Friday, the student council wants all students to wear Otis gear or red for our FIRST spirit d ... [More]

PTA Newsletter 9/23/19

Mon, Sep 23 6:43pm

  PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER September 2019 September 25th, Wednesday -Dad's Club Meeting, McGees, 8:30 pm September 26th, Thursday -PTA Social Night, Alameda Island Bre ... [More]

Hoot Hoot! We Need Your Direct Donation!

Wed, Sep 18 10:24am

Please donate to ensure we can continue to support the great programs that the PTA funds. Every donation, every bit helps! Donate Now. Many thanks to all who have contributed so far. We're over halfwa ... [More]

Read-A-Thon Committee

Wed, Sep 18 9:49am

The Read-A-Thon is coming to Otis! This is a brand new FUND-raising and FUN-raising event for our school! The Read-A-Thon will take place in mid-February and will include many fun features - lots of i ... [More]


Tue, Sep 17 5:33am

It’s officially a month into school and the lost and found rack is overflowing. I also snapped some pics of the outside tables covered with discarded jackets today (soaking wet from morning rain). Ple ... [More]

PTA Newsletter 9-16-19 - Family Celebration Picnic This Friday!

Mon, Sep 16 4:54pm

  PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER September 2019 September 18th, Wednesday -Soul Shoppe Training for Noon Supervisors/Parent Lunch Recess Volunteers, MPR, 9:45-11:15 am Septe ... [More]

Hoot Hoot! Help! Direct Donations

Wed, Sep 11 9:03am

Hoot Hoot! Help! Direct Donations The money raised by the PTA makes it possible for Otis School to have STEAM Lab, Soul Shoppe, Reading Specialists, Educational Assemblies, Music, Art and Garden Docen ... [More]

PTA Newsletter 9/9/19

Mon, Sep 9 7:11pm

PTA OUTLOOK          OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER September 2019 September 9th, Monday -Monday Community Circle (assembly), blacktop 8:20 September 11th, Wednesday -Picture Day September 1 ... [More]

A Few Nuts & Bolts From The Otis Office

Mon, Sep 9 2:07pm

If your student is tardy due to a doctor or dentist appointment, please bring a note from that office in order to be excused. Please inform your student when you are picking them up during lunch, so t ... [More]

The Otis Garden Docent Program needs YOU!

Thu, Sep 5 1:48pm

This program provides outdoor activities & gets kids digging in the Otis garden.  Parents who volunteer as Garden Docents  share prepared lessons about gardening, nature, and science. Only 1-2 hours p ... [More]

A Message From Principal Harris

Wed, Sep 4 11:11am

Contractors will be on site tomorrow, Thursday 9/5, to work on the fence. Because they are installing additional poles there will be jack-hammering. Barricades will be up for safety.

PTA Newsletter 9-3-2019

Tue, Sep 3 9:27pm

     Apologies for the duplicate post - there were some formatting issues!        PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER September 2019 September 5th, Thursday -Last day to turn in ... [More]

Summer Scholar Packets Due Tomorrow: Friday 8/30

Thu, Aug 29 5:31am

Summer Scholar packets are due tomorrow, Friday 8/30. Teachers have hopefully reminded your kids as well. Please make sure your student's name and their teacher's name/room number is on their form/pac ... [More]

We Need You! Direct Donation Drive, Volunteer, Join PTA - Important Information

Wed, Aug 28 3:51pm

  We hope everyone is having a great start to the school year! As our returning families know and our new families are learning, volunteers and donations are crucial to sustain many of our wonderful p ... [More]

PTA Newsletter 8-27-19

Tue, Aug 27 10:11am

  PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER August 2019 August 26th, Monday -Kinder Early Release, 11:40am (August 19 - September 6) August 29th, Thursday -Grades 1-5 Back to School Ni ... [More]

A Message From Our Go Green! Committee

Mon, Aug 26 2:33pm

Here is your handy how-to guide for Going Green. This cheat sheet will be coming home with students in the Wednesday envelope, but feel free to print yourselves a copy and bring it to your offices as ... [More]

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 ... [More]

Speaking Of AEF Classes

Tue, Aug 20 1:40pm

Mandar's classes are not the only AEF classes that are taking registrations Thursday, all AEF classes at Otis start registration Thursday! A message from Willa Jalleh, who is in charge of our AEF prog ... [More]

Special AEF Classes By One Of Our Otis Dads

Tue, Aug 20 12:40pm

Mandar Wagholikar, Otis dad and local artist, is offering two AEF classes this fall, and sign-ups begin this Thursday for both. Please read Mandar's post: After a successful last season, I am coming b ... [More]

Reminder of First PTA Meeting and Budget

Mon, Aug 19 8:47pm

 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 PT ... [More]

Kinder Mixer & Back To School Picnic - LOCATION CHANGE TO KRUSI PARK

Thu, Aug 15 9:56am

Location change for 8/16 Kinder Meet and Greet and Back-to-School Picnic/Potluck - Krusi Park   Unfortunately, due to the ongoing construction at Otis, the Kinder event from 2-4 and the picnic from 4- ... [More]

Welcome Back Letter - Kindergarten Families

Tue, Aug 13 10:24am

Hello New Kinder Families,   It appears as though several families did not receive the Welcome Back Letter from Otis via email through the Aeries system.  Please see the attachment to read the full le ... [More]

Support for Otis Family

Mon, Aug 12 10:31pm

Please read the important message below from Alyx Brun about support for the Meeks family and how to help:   Hello Otis families, old and new, I am hoping we can continue our support for the Meeks fam ... [More]

PTA Newsletter

Mon, Aug 12 9:26pm

  PTA OUTLOOK      OTIS SCHOOL CALENDAR - DATES TO REMEMBER August 2019 August 16th, Friday -Incoming Kinder Mixer, 2:00pm - 4:00pm, Kinder Yard -Back To School Picnic, 4:00pm-6:30pm, Otis Blacktop & ... [More]

Welcome Back Letter

Mon, Aug 12 9:10pm

Hello Otis Families,   It appears as though several families did not receive the Welcome Back Letter from Otis via email through the Aeries system.  Please see the attachment to read the full letter i ... [More]

Data Confirmation Process

Wed, Jul 31 3:23pm

Data Confirmation Process: Login here: https://studentinfo.alameda.k12.ca.us/Parents/LoginParent.aspx Press "Click Here" at the top (in a yellow section) to complete your Data Confirmation; which is c ... [More]