Vol: 18 No: 10 October 21, 2019

Alliance of Parents & Teachers

APT is committed to OSA as a diverse, equitable  and inclusive school community. A place where students thrive, and where parents, teachers, and students— together with the school leadership and board, partner to ensure the success of the school.

Please join us for the Monthly APT General Meetings!  Download: 2019-20 APT Welcomes You!! – Info Slides

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Savage Jazz Dance Company Presents

27 Years!
In Oakland
Featuring select OSA Dance students, OSA Class of 2012 Guest Artist, Evan Kharrazi, and OSA Dance Co-Chair, Ms. Alison Hurley,
in choreography from SJDC Artistic Director and OSA Dance Department Co-Chair, Mr. Reginald Ray-Savage!
Thursday, October 31 @ 7:30pm*Special OSA Fundraiser at discounted prices–50% of proceeds go to Oakland School for the Arts! + Post-Performance Q&A with Mr. Savage and dancers!
Friday, November 1 @ 8pm
Saturday, November 2 @ 8pm
Sunday, November 3 @ 3pm
Malonga Casquelourd Theatre
1428 Alice St, Oakland, CA 94612
Buy your tickets now at https://sjdc.brownpapertickets.com or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006
10/31 Special OSA Fundraiser at Discounted Ticket Prices
Adults: $10 advance and at the door
Students, Seniors & Children: $5 advance and at the door
11/1-11/3 Performances Ticket Prices
Adults: $20 advance online / $25 at the door
Seniors & Students (with ID): $10 advance and at the door
Children (12 and under): $5 advance and at the door
Door sales at the Malonga Ticket Office begin 1 hour before each performance’s curtain time. 
Please note that ONLY CASH and CHECK payments will be accepted at the door.
27 Years!  is a production that spotlights the streets, the life, the good, the bad, the ugly, the art, the soul, the fight for, and the love for Oakland presented in dance. 
The production is a set of dances that works to dispel the misconceptions of a city, Oakland. There are a lot of unknowns in this diverse city and dance is one way to illuminate some of those unknowns to the artistic minds of the SF Bay Area. 27 Years!  also hopes to dissipate the untruths of this extraordinary city.
Please come show your support and OSA love for these OSA students, alum, and faculty!
Thank you and hope to see you there!

Save the Date!

General APT Meeting

Time: TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 12, 2019
5:30-6:00pm Community Building
6:00-7:00pm General APT Meeting
7:00-8:00pm Arts Emphasis Meetings

Join other OSA parents & participating OSA staff in community building prior to the APT General Meeting.

Location: OSA Student Center

OSA Executive Director Letter

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Hello OSA Families!

I woke up this morning so grateful for where we are as a school and as a community.  I often remind myself that we have to be taught to be grateful. The nuance of gratitude is that it is better to be shared than to be kept to ourselves.


  • For the people who worked on the Charter Renewal Application as a team –  OSA Board members, faculty, the APT Board members, APT parents, students and the team of Romy Douglass, Mike Oz, Matthew Travisano, Katy Zaugg, Michaela Peters, and Lori Cheatham.
  • OSA Faculty, students and parents for showing up and speaking up and being willing to discuss the present and future of our school.
  • OSA Families and Faculty who were visible support at the 10/10/19 OUSD Board meeting and for those who supported us virtually from other locations.
  • Students in Audio, Production & Engineering, Production Design, Dance, Theatre, Literary Arts, Digital Media, Instrumental Music, and Vocal Music for providing wonderful demonstrations of what OSA is really about for students.
  • The families, faculty and OSA Board members who attended the Annual Fund Kick-Off event.  Congratulations to Kathryn Keslosky and Matthew Travisano for planning a fun-filled evening.  It is only the beginning of opportunities to come to celebrate the specialties of OSA as a community
  • The OSA community as a whole, for building trust in each other and the team who are working tirelessly to be the best we can be for each other and most of all, for the students for whom OSA was designed to serve. 

 Staci A. Smith

 Interim Executive Director

 Oakland School for the Arts


OSA Principal Friday Letter

Please read OSA Friday Principal Letter 10.18.19, from Mike Oz

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Free & Reduced Lunch Applications May Still Be Submitted!

The extended deadline to apply for free or reduced lunch is October 31st. 

We strongly encourage everyone to fill out the application on our website, whether your child plans to eat a hot lunch at school or not! Besides receiving lunch daily, students who qualify will get lower fees for AP exams, SAT and PSAT exams, and free college applications. Additionally, each child who qualifies for free or reduced lunch triggers a higher level of funding to OSA from the state so that we can provide more intensive services for those who may need it. Please go to https://mealapps.ousd.org/ and fill out your application today!

Haunted House: by OSA Production Design

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Don’t Miss the 2019 Haunted House 
Note the slight change in the times. Bring all your friends to the Black Box during Halloween week to experience CABIN FEVER, the Production Design department’s freakiest creation ever! Tickets sold at the door.
($8 students; $12 adults)
Wed. Oct. 30,  1 pm to 6 pm
Thurs. Oct. 31, 4 pm to 8 pm
Fri. Nov. 1, 1 pm to 7 pm
Sat Nov 2, 2 pm to 7 pm

Other Important Dates

OSA 2019-20 Academic Calendar

END OF QUARTER 1: Friday, October 25, 2019

NO SCHOOL: Monday, October 28, 2019
Teacher Work Day – Quarter 1

NO SCHOOL: Friday, November 1, 2019

NO SCHOOL: Monday, November 11, 2019
Veteran’s Day

Weekly Announcements

Special Education Announcement

Please READ the following SPED Letter regarding 2019-20 Special Education Programming at OSA.

After School Program

Please READ and SUBMIT the following ASP Letter and Form regarding 2019-20 After School Programming at OSA.

OSA Student and Family Handbook

Please Download OSA Student and Family Handbook.  Please contact Katy Zaugg for questions: kzaugg@oakarts.org

OSA Bell Schedule

Download OSA 2019-20 Bell Schedule. Be Sure To Be On-Time Everyday!  Tardy Bell Rings at 8:15am for Middle School & High School.

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