Vol: 18 No: 15 December 2, 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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OSA Charter Renewal DECISION!

The OUSD Board has postponed the OSA Charter Renewal Decision until December 2, 2019.  PLEASE ATTEND and support the upcoming OUSD Board meeting where the decision regarding OSA’s charter renewal will take place.

Time: MONDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2019
6:00pm Agenda Begins: OUSD Board Meeting – OSA Decision will be later in the agenda

OUSD Recommendation for OSA Charter Renewal

Location: La Escuelita Auditorium: 1050 2nd Avenue, Oakland

OSA Intersession

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OSA Intersession is Wednesday January 22, 2020!

OSA  Intersession is a full day immersion for all students and staff to depart the classroom environment and experience different communities through exploration, team building, art making, reflection and fun!  These activities will help students learn more about their community, explore art and history, engage in new physical activities and develop or refine personal goals.

All OSA students will participate in this event. 

OSA Families- We need your help! If you are interested in helping in the success of Intersession, please complete a brief form so we can reach out to you directly: 


The CATALOG of ALL amazing Intersession offerings is available to download.

Thank you!

Kris Bradburn and Katy Zaugg  (Intersession Coordinators)

OSA Principal Friday Letter

Please read OSA Friday Principal Letter 11.22.19, from Mike Oz

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December General APT Meeting

Time: TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2019
5:30-6:00pm Community Building
6:00-7:00pm General APT Meeting
7:00-8:00pm Arts Emphasis Meetings

Christina, from the Executive Director Search Committee will be at the APT meeting on December 10th with members of the search committee to answer questions about the process and gather feedback on the skills, qualities and experiences you feel are most important in our next Executive Director.

Location: OSA Student Center

Parents of Students with Disabilities (PODS) Meeting

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6:00-7:30pm PODS Meeting

Do you want to learn more about how to support a young person with anxiety?  Do you want to learn more about how to support a young person with depression?  Do you want to learn more about disability justice and equity?  Do you want to support OSA in building inclusion and equity for students with disabilities?

PODS is convening a meeting to talk about how we can assist our OSA community in supporting our students with mental  health needs.  We’ve received ideas from parents around the school and we want to hold a space to discuss these ideas and issues and support each other.

OSA Parents of Students with Disabilities works to help the administration and faculty create and sustain an educational community where students with disabilities are fully supported, and enjoy full inclusion, representation, respect, and dignity at OSA.
We hope to see you there.

Location: OSA

Calling Middle Schoolers: Join OSA Ultimate Team

The middle school Ultimate Frisbee team, the Seawolves, is finishing the Fall season, and welcoming you to join us for Winter League in Berkeley.
There are two, 6-week sessions, and the Seawolves will participate in both.
Both sessions are Sunday afternoons 3:30-5pm at Gilman Street just west of I-80.
Cost: $54/player/session.  Generous Financial aid available.
Plus FREE Girls practice sessions 2-3:30 pm same location.
Session I dates are: 12/1, 12/8, 12/15, 12/29, 1/5, 1/12
You can register online here: https://bayareadisc.org/e/1920ywl-01, registration deadline is November 24th.
Session II dates are: 1/19, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23
You can register online here: https://bayareadisc.org/e/1920ywl-02, registration deadline is January 12th.
Ultimate frisbee is a fun, fast-paced, low cost, team sport. For more info, contact Coach Patsy Smith, mom to OSA 7th grade vocal student Monique Wethy, at carmengetit@gmail.com,

Supplies NEEDED: Mindful Crafting

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Mx. Kartane is holding a Mindful Crafting event for Intersession. Students will be given the freedom to create their own project(s), so they are now collecting crafting supplies. Items most needed are: paint, glue, paper, linoleum blocks, yarn, scissors, fabric, pens, markers, pencils, etc. Nothing will be turned away! If you would like to make a donation, please send them to Room 316.  Thank you!
Questions – contact Shani Kartane at skartane@oakarts.org

Other Important Dates

OSA 2019-20 Academic Calendar

NO SCHOOL: Monday, November 25, 2019 through Friday, November 29, 2019
Thanksgiving Week

NO SCHOOL: Monday, December 23, 2019 through Friday, January 3, 2020
Winter Break

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.

3 Easy Ways to Support APT while you doing Holiday Shopping!

1) When shopping on Amazon, a percentage of your purchase goes to the APT as a referral fee. Make sure you sign in through your www.smile.amazon.com account so OSA can get the donation.

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2) Support your child’s Art Emphasis through your normal shopping activities. To make this happen, just sign up for Escrip. www.secure.escript.com

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Collect Box Tops For Education

3) Ever see those pink box tops on cereal boxes, Ziplock bags, Pillsbury refrigerated/dairy items, Kleenex tissue, Nature Valley Granola products and many others, start clipping and saving those today. The school will get 10 cents for each box top turned in. It doesn’t sound like much but it sure adds up: If each OSA student just turns in 10 boxtops we will raise over $500.00 for OSA without spending an extra dime. It’s that easy!

How does it work?

  • Clip the box tops from participating brands and put them in a bag.
  • Drop off the box tops in the box located at the security desk at the 18th street entrance to the school.
  • Visit the Box Tops For Education web site to learn more and see all the participating brands. That’s it. It’s easy! Your family shops, our school earns dollars.

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Events, activities, and classes shared by parents for parents.

Upcoming Events to be Posted Here.  More to Come…

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