Vol: 18 No: 28 March 16, 2020

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 Announcements

Good afternoon OSA Community,

During this extremely difficult time, this notice to families and employees of OSA is that the building will be closed during the duration of the shelter-in-place order.  Essential functions will be carried out such as payroll for employees.  Thank you in advance to Lori Cheatham and Kimberly Palmore for working remotely to ensure everyone will continue to get paid. If employees have questions or concerns, please email or leave a voice message.

Please continue doing the things in life that bring you joy, (create art and talk to friends and family and get outdoors), while being mindful to do your part to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in the Bay Area with the hope that more lives will not be adversely affected by illness.

Thank you for honoring this request to work collectively as a community to decrease opportunities for the virus to be transmitted by minimizing unnecessary contact.  The goal is to make the sacrifice now so the future will be brighter. Remember to breathe to reduce anxiety.

We will continue to provide updates as information is made available to us about the steps we will take after April 7th.

Staci A. Smith
Oakland School for the Arts
Interim Executive Director


OSA Dance Department Spotlight 3/2020

Click HERE to learn about these dancer’s latest accomplishments.

Production Design’s Tiny Shelters Project

A bright story in tough times: OSA students are designing tiny homes to help the homeless. Please share the heartwarming video and help out with a donation if you can. Learn more.

Annual Fund

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Dear OSA Community,

On February 23 we held our annual phone-a-thon. We are happy to report that so far, we have raised $17,000 and have increased family participation in the Annual Fund from 42% to 51%!

Thank you to everyone who has given to the Annual Fund so far this school year! And a SPECIAL THANK YOU to the phone-a-thon volunteers who took time out of their weekends to support the school.

It’s not too late to participate! If we raise just $3,000 more we can reach $20,000! We continue to seek 100% family participation in the Annual Fund this 2019-20 school year and cannot achieve this without your help! The Annual Fund is a crucial part of OSA’s budget, supporting OSA’s robust arts programs, maintenance of our historic facilities, and our expanding technology needs. This year we are asking $2,500 per student. We know that not every family can afford this. Every donation is appreciated, at any level that is meaningful for your family.  

Please make your donation today!  We prefer checks, but we also accept donations online. We also accept stocks and securities! Please consider setting up a recurring monthly donation at any amount, and check to see if your employer has a matching donations program!  

Please mail your check to:
Oakland School for the Arts
ATTN: Advancement
530 18th St.
Oakland, CA 94612-1512

Kristin TT Robson; Annual Fund Manager; Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Oakland School for the Arts (e) krobson@oakarts.org (p) 510.873.8807  Join me in supporting OSA

OSA School of Dance: Fundraiser


Hopeful Date: Monday, April 27, 2020 (TBD)

Contact for Questions:  Renee Hoyer-Nielsen (510) 851-0551

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Come to the APT General Meeting:

(Pending updates on school closure timeline)

Tuesday, April 14th at 6pm. (5:30 social time). 

Time: TUESDAY, APRIL 14, 2020
5:30-6:00pm Community Building

6:00-7:00pm General APT Meeting

7:00-8:00pm Arts Emphasis Meetings

Location: OSA Student Center

Other Important Dates

OSA 2019-20 Academic Calendar

NO SCHOOL: Monday, March 16, 2020 – Thursday, March 26, 2020 – due to COVID-19

NO SCHOOL: Friday, March 27, 2020 – Cesar Chavez Holiday

NO SCHOOL: Monday, March 30, 2020 – Friday, April 3, 2020 – Spring Break

Classes expected to resume on Monday, April 6, 2020

Weekly Announcements

Pay School Lunches with PAYPAL!

Parents may now use PayPal to pay for their student’s school lunches. The link can be found on the family resources page of our website.  https://www.oakarts.org/FAMILY-RESOURCES-/index.html 

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 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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Useful Links

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