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Otis Outlook - Parent Newsletter

To contact Otis PTA Outlook, please send an e-mail to otisoutlook@gmail.com 

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.

To subscribe, send an email to: 

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

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Safety Patrol in Action

Safety Patrol in Action


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.



We have a new Principal, Mrs. Tanya Harris.  Dr. Shirley Clem has taken a new position at our District Office working on Elementary Curriculum.  Read Mrs. Harris' introduction to the school below:

Dear Otis Elementary Community,


Welcome new and returning families to the start of what promises to be an amazing school year! 


My name is Tanya Harris and I am thrilled to embark upon this journey with you as your new principal. I am new to Alameda Unified, but have been educating children and supporting teachers for over 17 years. My husband and I have relocated from Oakland to Alameda with our 12 year old son, our cat, and puppy. Our older son is starting his freshman year at Arizona State University. We love "Island" life, and you can see us sipping coffee on Park Street, strolling along the beach with Pixie the pup, or shopping at Trader Joes. Mason, my 12 year old loves to ride his skateboard to get boba tea. I like to spend downtime reading, exercising, and eating!

I feel so privileged to become a part of the Otis family. Everyone I meet is welcoming and supportive. The energy at this school is dynamic, and I can feel how nurturing and community oriented Otis is as I walk around campus. I am incredibly moved by the public pledge of inclusion, I am inspired by teachers' dedication and innovation, and I marvel at the beautiful gardens. Thank you for allowing me to partner with you in ensuring an enriched and stellar educational experience for every Otis student.

I look forward to meeting you all at the picnic on the August 19th and having a cup of coffee on August 22nd.

In Appreciation,
Tanya Harris
Principal, Otis Elementary

Mrs. Harris has prepared a letter with all of the important information you'll need to get the year started right.  Click here to view or download her letter


Alameda Measure B1

Measure B1, the replacement parcel tax measure that provides 12% of AUSD's budget, will be on the November 8 ballot. Find out more about the impact of Measure A over the past five years HERE. Make sure to vote! You can register to vote online up to 15 days before the election; click here to get started!.

Otis Expectations Video

Your child's confidence depends on yours!

Join School Smarts, our school community’s annual parent education workshop:

Your opportunity to meet other families, talk about childhood development, learn how our school works, and share ideas on how to keep your child encouraged, learning, and confident is here!
Join School Smarts, it’s a free 7-week parenting conversation/workshop series; a light meal and childcare for school-aged children is provided. Register now, space is limited. Sessions start Tuesdays, 10/4-11/15 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Learn more: http://bit.ly/SchoolSmartsBrochure

Register: http://bit.ly/Register4SchoolSmarts

Free and Reduced Meal Applications

Free and Reduced Meal Applications for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year will be delivered to all sites the 1st week of August. We will be sending each site the amount of their enrollment. If more applications are needed, the application will be 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.


PLEASE look for this in your child’s 1st day envelope on Monday, August 22, 2016.

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. 

Don't Miss This Year's School Picture!

School portraits are on their way (or have been delivered), but it isn't too late if you haven't ordered yet!

  1. Go to mylifetouch.com
  2. Log in with your Portrait ID and the Otis Access Code: CB035613Q0

Pedidos en español disponibles por internet. Utiliza tu ID del retrato y el código de acceso de tu paquete del retrato.

To redeem your complimentary digital SmileSafe card, click here.

Parent/Guardian, how was this year’s school picture experience? Take a survey

Walkathon 2015 raises most money ever!

The results are in: the 2015 Otis Walkathon raised a whopping $51,854.51! This was more than our goal - and 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 Jeryn Carlisi and Monica Vigil-Dombeck, who put in many hours crunching the numbers and coordinating this year's event and to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to make this our most successful Walkathon ever!



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!

Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup for the 2016 - 2017 School Year

Will your child be turning 5 soon? Check out the AUSD timeline for enrollment into the Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten programs. Please note, the birthdate cutoffs outlined in California ...more

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.

California Gold Ribbon School
Today: 9/28/16
Hot, Hot Tuesday Homework Assignment


School Office Hours: 8:00AM to 4:00PM  

Grades K-5   8:20 - 2:50

Wednesday dismissal time is 1:50

Alameda Education Foundation

Supporting Student Success!

Enrichment Class Flyer for Fall 2015 - coming soon!

Otis Apparel

Don't forget to purchase your Otis t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags on-line at 



Show your school spirit by wearing your Otis School apparel!!!  GO OWLS!!   otis-youth-t-shirt-tie-dye-.jpg

Alameda Island Kids

AIK offers before and afterschool on-site daycare at Otis.  


Fundraising Opportunities

  • Free Money With a Clip!  Clip BoxTops for Otis!
    Please read the flier that was in your 1st Day Envelopes about clipping BoxTops for Otis.  This is an easy way for you to donate, and the kids have fun with classroom contests too!
  • A reminder to sign-up for eScrip so shopping at Safeway benefits Otis
    As part of eScrip's Back to Schools program, Safeway will donate 10% of select purchases to the Otis PTA, at no additional cost to you. 
    It's so easy!  Go to: http://www.escrip.com/
  • eScrip Flyer
  • Nob Hill Q Card Flyer