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Otis Outlook - Parent Newsletter
To contact Otis PTA Outlook, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org
Parent Talk at Otis? Join the Otis PTA YahooGroups.
A casual online setting where you can ask fellow parents questions, and a few teachers too.
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Calling all volunteers!
Please remember to sign-in at the office and wear a visitor/volunteer badge EVERY time you come to help! The staff and I will ask all adults to do this, even if you're a "regular" on site. Please understand that we're doing this for everyone's safety! Thank you
Safety Patrol in Action
WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOL
Our Mission: To work collaboratively with students, parents and community members to provide a caring, inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment that promotes high achievement and personal best for all students as life-long learners.
Please take a moment (less than five minutes) and complete the survey at the link provided below, by March 31.
We're interested in your feedback on the Otis PTA Budget, Programs, and Fundraising as we start to plan for the 2017-18 school year. There's also a question about Otis PTA Communications in the survey.
The full calendar is now available on the AUSD website. Click here to view.
The first wave of AEF’s Winter/Spring Enrichment classes start in the next few weeks. Join the fun at www.alamedaeducation.org and click on the Blue Enrichment button.
Late registrations incur a $15 fee.
Owls Behind the Wheel!
Drivers, during drop-off and pickup, please observe important safety laws and rules:
Our little 20-minute rush hour in the morning can be hectic. Please plan ahead, so you are not in a rush. Prepare to wait. With over 600 students, Otis has many families to welcome each day.
Otis Elementary School and the Traffic Safety Committee are currently working with the school district and local police to make the school zone safer for our students and to enforce traffic laws.
Thank you for helping to keep owls safe as they travel to and from school every day!
Tanya Harris, Principal
Save the Date!
AUSD Enrollment Schedule
AUSD has posted the enrollment schedule for the 2017-2018 school year. Click the image below for dates and information on enrollment options, information nights and also check the Otis Calendar for Kindergarten Tour dates.
Otis Expectations Video
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
Free and Reduced Meal Applications are available to print on the District website in the Food and Nutrition Services Department section. If you have any questions, please call Food and Nutrition Services at 510-337-7079.
Otis PTA Web Store
Want to make a direct donation to the Otis PTA, sponsor a child for the Walkathon, or buy Fall Carnival tickets?
Visit the Otis PTA Store at https://otispta.myschoolcentral.com.
We are Gold Ribbon!
Otis School has been recognized as a CA Gold Ribbon School for its exemplary Early Literacy Learning Program that involves parent and community volunteers, strategic reading groups, support for English Language Learners and research-based instructional strategies and assessments.
We are extremely proud of this accomplishment, and very grateful for the talent and dedication of our extraordinary teachers, program coordinators, reading volunteers, PTA, School Site Council, and supportive community who help to make literacy learning groups, and our kids, a big success.
Walkathon 2016 raises most money ever!
The results are in: the 2016 Otis Walkathon raised a whopping $56,000! This was more than our goal of $52,000 - and nearly 10% more than we raised last year - so THANK YOU parents - and thanks to all your friends and family - for all the hard work and generous donations that made this possible.
Special thanks to Monica Vigil Dombeck, our Walk-A-Thon chair, for organizing a wonderful event, and to all of the volunteers who helped make it happen.
2016 Spring Fling - A Record Breaking Success!
We are very happy to report that this year's Spring Fling was our most successful ever: as of Monday, this event (including ticket sales, online auction, silent and live auction, and other donations) raised a grand total of $53,091.81! Thank you once again to all the parents, teachers, and staff who made this success possible. These funds will help the Otis PTA with remaining expenses for the end of this year, and also will help us kick off next year poised to help teachers purchase supplies, plan assemblies and field trips, enhance recess support, and other needs. Did we mention Spring Fling was also a blast to attend? Thanks again to everyone for keeping this fun tradition alive!
Common Core Test Resources
Looking for information about the Common Core tests your students took last spring? AUSD’s "Common Core Assessments" web page offers a wealth of information on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), also known as the "Common Core Test" or "Smarter, Balanced Test." Please visit the page to find an FAQ about CAASPP, links to layperson-friendly websites about the assessment, and updates on when the results from last spring's test will be released. Families will also be receiving information about understanding the test results in the mail when the individual student reports are sent out in September.
Resources for Immigrant Families
Please go to this page for information about AUSD's Safe Haven Resolution, the City's Sanctuary City proclamation, and other resources about the status of immigrant families in our school district and community.
School Office Hours: 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Grades K-5 8:20 - 2:50
Wednesday dismissal time is 1:50
Alameda Education Foundation
Enrichment Class Flyer for Fall 2015 - coming soon!
Don't forget to purchase your Otis t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags on-line at
Alameda Island Kids
AIK offers before and afterschool on-site daycare at Otis.