Vol: 18 No: 5 September 16, 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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Save the Date!

General APT Meeting

Time: Tuesday, October 15, 2019 (Alternate date due to Yom Kippur)
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 Principal Friday Letter

Please read OSA Friday Principal Letter 09.13.19, from Mike Oz

Picture Retakes Moved to Oct. 7

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For questions about your orders, please call the Lifetouch local office in Hayward at: 1-877-825-7922 if you would like to order, find your order, or refund for order.

SJDC Fall Intensive 2019 Begins September 23!

Running September 23 through December 22, SJDC’s Fall Intensive 2019 offers 2 Dance Training tracks:

Beginner/Intermediate Foundation Training: 4:45-6:15pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays
Intermediate/Advanced: 4:45-6:15pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and 11am-1:15pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Oakland School for the Arts, 3rd Floor Dance Studios
530 18th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Download your registration form here: http://www.savagejazz.org/uploads/3/1/9/6/31964201/registration–fall_2019.pdf

Or stop by the Dance Studio to pick up a registration form from Ms. Hurley.

(Registration materials required for all students)Contact sjdcfb@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.

Chief of Staff Updates

Attendance Counts!

As many of you know, attendance is one of the primary factors influencing how much funding our school receives. Regular attendance is also vital for students to engage in classrooms, connect with peers, and stay on top of homework. We have submitted our monthly attendance report and can proudly say that overall school attendance is looking pretty good! Sixth grade has the highest level of attendance at 99.47%, and middle school overall is at 98.97%. High school is a little lower but still doing well at 97.81%.

Those who attended last spring’s budget meetings may recall that we build our annual budget on an estimated attendance percentage. If students don’t attend classes, and our actual attendance rate is lower than anticipated, we come up short on funds at the end of the school year. Please help OSA and help your student at the same time by sending them to school every day. Plan vacations for scheduled school closures only (see the academic calendar on our website).

New this year – OSA will host a pizza party for the grade who has overall highest attendance each quarter! Expect to see regular reporting on our attendance in future newsletters.

Pick up and drop off

We encourage everyone to slow down and be mindful of all the children in our OSA community when you drop off and pick up your student. Remember that middle and high school students look to us as examples – whether it feels like it or not! – in how to treat people courteously, cope with stress, and be part of a community. Be the kind of driver you’d like them to be, once they’re behind the wheel of a car.

Free & Reduced Lunch Applications Open Now!

The deadline to apply for free or reduced lunch is October 1st. 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!

OSA Chief of Staff: Please contact Romy Douglass with any questions at rdouglass@OakArts.org

Other Important Dates

OSA 2019-20 Academic Calendar

Thursday, September 26
Sweets Ballroom – Free Concert
Event: Kick-Off Annual Fund (More info coming…)

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 8:20am for Middle School & High School.

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