Dear OSA Families,
We want to keep everyone up to speed on our charter renewal efforts and upcoming dates. Please read the following information carefully and mark your calendars!
The two-day site visit from OUSD went really well. They saw us for the magical place that we are! Thank you to those who helped make this happen, especially the teachers, families, and students who participated in our focus group sessions.
Here's what's up next – and we could use some support from the community!
Thursday 10/10 The Submission
5:30 PM at La Escuelita Elementary, in the Great Room
1050 Second Ave, Oakland 94606
Ms. Smith submits our renewal packet to OUSD during public comment. We need to have a good crowd there to cheer her on! Wear your Heart of Oakland or other OSA t-shirts so folks know how much community support is out there for us! No public speaking needed – this is just to submit our documents. It’s especially important to turn out for this, as there may be anti-charter hecklers in the crowd.
10/22 & 10/24 Public Speaker Workshops
5:00 – 6:30 OSA Student Center
Manny Vasquez from CCSA is hosting training & support workshops for folks making public comment on 11/6. CCSA is committed to helping us successfully navigate renewal and we welcome Manny’s expertise. If you're interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday 11/6 The Hearing
Time and location TBD
OSA’s Renewal Hearing with OUSD. This is where we need LOTS of support, public comment, wearing our OSA t shirts, etc. This is our chance to make our case to the OUSD Board. Ms. Smith is presenting plus we expect lots of community public comments from folks who have been working with Manny Vasquez.
Wednesday 11/20 The Decision
Time and location TBD
This is the night that the OUSD Board votes on our renewal. There will likely be questions from the Board and Ms. Smith plus an OSA board member will be addressing them. We again need to turn out to show our support!
If you plan on attending any of the OUSD events – and we hope to see all of you there! - check your closet for OSA gear to wear. We have a few Heart of Oakland shirts left available at $10 each (women’s shirts in size L and men’s in 3XL and 4 XL), and there may be a chance to place one last rush order for t-shirts before the November meetings (more information will be sent as it becomes available). Please reach out if t-shirt cost is an issue, as we want everyone included!
Thank you for your ongoing support and commitment to OSA!
- OSA Leadership