Vol: 18 No: 6 September 23, 2019
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.
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Special APT Meeting w/ OSA School Leadership
Time: Wednesday, September 25, 2019
6:15pm General APT Meeting
Join OSA Board Chair Elise Darwish and Interim Executive Director Staci Smith for a special Alliance of Parents and Teachers (APT) General meeting focused on Charter Renewal.
Location: OSA Student Center
The OSA leadership has released its assessment on the financial and legal risks of presenting a charter renewal with its current audition policy. Given the high stakes, OSA leadership is considering a new student admission policy and they would like to hear from the parent community on a hybrid admissions model. The hybrid admissions model is currently being developed and can be enriched with parent contributions and forward-thinking. Once again OSA’s school community can step into its innovative, bold and equity-minded DNA and offer access to its immersive arts experiences in a college preparatory setting to all passionate and talented students.
Join us for the discussion!
OSA Board of Directors Meeting
Time: Monday, September 30, 2019 at 6:00
Location: OSA Student Center
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
Picture Retakes Moved to Oct. 7
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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/
Or stop by the Dance Studio to pick up a registration form from Ms. Hurley.
(Registration materials required for all students)Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or for more information.
Chief of Staff Updates
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
RESCHEDULED: NOW – October 17, 2019
Sweets Ballroom – Free Concert
Event: Kick-Off Annual Fund (More info coming…)
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
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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