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Oakland School for the Arts

Vol: 17 No: 2 September 2, 2018

In this issue:

After School Program Starts Tuesday
OSA Picture Day
Save the Date!
Upcoming Events for High School Seniors
Important Dates
Weekly Announcements
Savage Dance Company's Intensive Fall 2018
Did You Know…?
Useful Links


After School Program Starts Tuesday

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OSA's after school care program begins Tuesday, 9/4, under the direction of assistant principal Mike Oz and supervision of Cassandra Freeman.

Times: Mondays, 1:00 - 5:00 pm, & Tuesdays - Fridays, 3:15 - 5:00 pm
Where: Student Center

Cost: $10 daily flat rate for families that pay in advance; $20 drop-in flat rate. The program coordinator will alert families when the account balance reaches $30 or less. NOTE: Students are only charged on days that they attend the program. Students must enroll and prepay if they would like the $10 daily fee. (The daily fee will be waived for families who qualify and sign up for free and reduced lunch.)

To Sign Up: Print and fill out the OSA After School Program Registration Form and return to the front office (Mr. Oz’s box). Payments should be included with the form and are by cash or check only (make checks to OSA and write “After School” on memo line). 

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OSA Picture Day

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Picture Day
When: Thursday, September 6 (Middle School & 9th Grade) & Friday, September 7 (10th, 11th, and 12th Grade)
Click here to order photos. Online Ordering CLOSES at MIDNIGHT 9/7.

  • Middle School will be going at the start of the PE or dance period. For dancers, the very beginning of 3rd period.
  • For seniors, this is the ID and required school photo. Senior portrait sign-ups for September 17th formal portraits will be shared in a separate email with the link to sign up.)
  • The photo company will be on campus from 8 am until 3:15.

Senior Picture Day
When: Monday, September 17 NEW DATE
Formal senior portraits have been changed to Monday, September 17th. Students will be able to select and sign up for a portrait sitting time next week. Seniors will still have their informal portrait taken for school IDs next Friday, September 7th.

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Save the Date!

Academic Back to School Night
When: Thursday, September 6, 6:00 - 7:40 pm (Time is tentative and subject to change.)
Meet your students' teachers and learn about the syllabus and expectations for each class. This is a parent-/guardian-only event.

APT Emphasis Meetings
When: Tuesday, September 11, 7:00 pm (right after the APT General Meeting)

State of the School, Annual Fund Kick-Off
When: Tuesday, September 18, or Thursday, September 20, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Families have the option of which night to attend.

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Upcoming Events for High School Seniors

College Application Workshops for Seniors
Support with college list, Naviance, personal statements
and the application process
Dates: Mondays ongoing (from August 27)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Location: Room 338

College Counseling Meeting for 12th Graders
Date: Wednesday, September 5
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: Student Center

Financial Aid for College
Learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, loans,
scholarships, grants, etc.
Date: Wednesday, September 26
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: Student Center

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Important Dates

Monday, September 3

Event: Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, September 4

Event: APT Board Meeting
Time: 
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: 
OSA Student Center

Wednesday, September 5

Event: College Counseling Night 
Time: 
6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: 
OSA Student Center

Thursday, September 6

Event: 2018 - 2019 Picture Day for all Middle School students and 9th Grade
Location: OSA

Event: Back to School Night
Time: 6:00 - 7:40 pm (Time is tentative and subject to change.)
Location: OSA Student Center

Friday, September 7

Event: 2018 - 2019 Picture Day for 10th, 11th, and 12th Grade
Location: OSA

Tuesday, September 11

Event: APT General Meeting (Emphasis meetings will take place immediately after, at 7:00 pm.)
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 pm
Location: OSA Student Center

Monday, September 17

Event: 2018 - 2019 Senior Portraits (NOTE: Date has changed from 9/10 to 9/17.)
Location: OSA

Tuesday, September 18

Event: State of the School
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Sweet's Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland

Thursday, September 20

Event: State of the School
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Location: Sweet's Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland

Wednesday, September 26

Event: Financial Aid Workshop
Time: 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: OSA Student Center

Tuesday, October 2

Event: APT Board Meeting
Time: 
7:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: 
OSA Student Center

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Weekly Announcements

Lunchtime Work Recovery: If you have been marked down in one of your classes due to tardiness, please attend Work Recovery for an opportunity to improve your grade. It starts on Tuesday at lunch in Room 338.

24 Hour Play Festival: The School of Theatre and Manifested Theatre Company (a student-run production company within the emphasis) would like to invite the OSA community to their co-production event, the 24 Hour Play Festival. It will take place on Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 7:00 pm in Sweet's Ballroom. Come experience new work, produced in just 24 HOURS! This event is donation-based and all contributions are welcomed and accepted! Hope to see you all there!

OSA Club Leaders/Presidents: HS Student Council/Leadership would like all clubs, even in proposal or renewal, to contact Leon Jones Jr, the HS Secretary, for a potential project that we would you guys to be a part of! You can contact him at leon.jones@students.oakarts.org!

Political Science Club: The Political Science club is a forum for political action, discussion, and debate. If you are interested in politics and are tired of not taking action, come by Ms. Kuzmeski's room, Room 322, on Tuesdays at 1:00 pm, during lunch. This club is open to all high school students.

National Honor Society: NHS meetings will start next week. Friday, September 7, will be seniors and Friday, September 14, will be juniors. All meetings take place at lunch in Room 322.

Latinos Unidos: Latinos Unidos will be meeting on Tuesday at lunch (12:50 - 1:35 pm) in Mr. Chazaro's Room 306. All are welcome /todos bienvenidos!

College Counseling Night for Seniors & Families: On Wednesday, September 5, 6:00 - 8:00 pm, Ms. Snyder will hold a college counseling night for seniors and their families to check in around
the college application process and help support you in this exciting process!

Senior Meeting: We will be having our senior meeting this Friday in Room 306 at the start of lunch. Seniors, please join us to discuss prom, graduation, senior trip, end of the year events, etc. Feel free to bring your food.

Middle School Science Club: Middle School Science Club begins on Wednesday at 3:15 pm in Room 322 and will meet every Wednesday at the same time. No need to sign up, just come by and have some science fun.

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Savage Dance Company's Intensive Fall 2018
Begins September 25th!

Fall Int Flyer 2018
Running September 25th through January 13th*, SJDC's Fall Intensive 2018 offers 2 Dance Training tracks:

  • Beginner/Intermediate Foundation Training: 4:45 - 6:15 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Intermediate/Advanced: 4:45-6:15 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
    and 11:00 am - 1:15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays

*No classes: 9/9

Location: Oakland School for the Arts, 3rd Floor Dance Studios

Download your registration form here or stop by the Dance Studio to pick up a registration form from Ms. Hurley. (Registration materials required for all students)

Contact sjdcfb@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.

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Did You Know...?

Did you know?

OSA Commuters is an online resource for families looking to connect with other families for carpooling, commuting together on BART or bus, etc. Students can also find out where to buy discounted Clipper cards for use on BART. OSA Commuters is password-protected for your privacy. Request a password at https://aptosa.org/on-the-go/!

Konstella Social Groups are open to any parent wishing to connect with other parents about their students' emphasis, questions related to OSA middle school or high school, parenting, and more. Log in to Konstella to join. Current Social Groups include:

  • Weekend Activities
  • Parenting
  • Parents of High Functioning Teens on the Autism Spectrum
  • juniorbach.org vocal/instrumental ensemble
  • OSA families IEP/504 students with disabilities
  • Middle School Discussion Group
  • Fundraising Social
  • School of Fashion Design
  • High School Discussion Group
  • Foundational Choir
  • OSA Parent Green Team
  • Parents of Middle School PD
  • Parent Q & A
  • School of Vocal Music 7th Grade
  • Production Design
  • Digital Media
  • Theatre Production: CHURCH
  • ultimate frisbee team middle school
  • Spanish for Middle School
  • New Middle School Family Meet Ups
  • Vocal Dept- Encore

It's not too late to apply for free or reduced lunch! If you qualify, not only do you get lunch, but you also help the school and qualify for free or reduced rates on college-prep exams like the SAT, ACT, or AP exams. Apply online at https://mealapps.ousd.org/. Questions? Ask Romy Douglass at rdouglass@oakarts.org

Parent Meetings for each emphasis take place on the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:00 - 8:00 pm. These important meetings give parents a chance to meet new parents and get to know each other. Parent leadership is needed to support each emphasis so students can thrive. Examples of leadership vary by emphasis and may include chaperoning field trips, helping with after-school activities, supporting the many efforts required for successful performances, searching for supplies, etc. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend! The first meetings are scheduled for September 11.

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Useful Links

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