Vol: 16 No: 10 NOVEMBER 24, 2017


Four More Days Until

On #GivingTuesday, Facebook and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will contribute up to $1 million to Facebook fundraisers. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will provide $500,000 in matching funds, up to $1,000 per Facebook fundraiser, and Facebook will waive up to $500,000 of fees on all donations.

For important information on how to take advantage of this generous offer, please click here.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to raise money for our school and get us closer to our $500,000 Annual Fund goal.


Don’t Miss This!

OSA Arts Festival Kick Off Meeting

When: Tuesday, December 12 at 6pm
Where: Student Center

Mark your calendars for March 2nd, 3rd and 4th!  Three days, all emphases, multiple venues. This is a school community-wide event.

The festival is a large scale endeavor that will require many parent volunteers to execute. We are asking that you join us at the kick off meeting to see how you can help make this a huge success.


It’s Easy!

Free $$$ for the APT

With the holiday season fast approaching, the APT is looking at small ways for you to extend your cheer:

Amazon Smile: Amazon will donate .5% to the APT with each purchase you make. To learn more, go to https://smile.amazon.com/.  Please designate your charity as Alliance Of Parents And Teachers At The Oakland School For The Arts.

Amazon Smile via Konstella: After you set up Amazon Smile, go to Amazon via https://konstella.com/amazon and Konstella will donate an additional 1% to the APT on every purchase.

Chipotle: Host a party with Chipotle catering and 50% goes to OSA. To learn more, https://www.chipotle.com/fundraisers

Shutterfly: Shutterfly will give 13% of your order to the APT. To learn more, visit http://apt-osa.shutterflystorefront.com

 eScrip: Register your credit card, shop and donate. To learn more, http://www.escrip.com/


Volunteers Needed for:

OSA First Annual Phonathon

Please join us on Sunday, December 10 from 9:30 – 12:00 pm in the OSA Student Center.  

Please sign-up by Wednesday, November 29: http://signup.com/go/DQudjJm

Contact Diana Schneider, 510-873-8807 or dschneider@oakarts.org with any questions.

Thank you to everyone who has signed up already.


Stay Connected On


You’re getting our emails, but are you registered on Konstella? When you register and add your child to their classroom, you will receive communications specific to your child’s grade/emphasis and can also participate in group discussions.

To register, simply click on the “Register at Konstella” button on the bottom of your Konstella emails.

What’s New?

After School Programs

New Session, New Schedule, New Price.  Starting in February:
Audio Production and Design After Hours (MS & HS, all emphases)

Who: Mr. McGovern
When: Tuesdays-Fridays, 4:30-6 during regularly scheduled school days

  • Session 2: February 5th – March 2nd (Except Presidents Day, February 19th)
  • Session 3: March: 5th – 29th

Where: In the Recording Studio (room 305)
Cost: $500 per student per session
What:  “Audio Production After Hours” is an opportunity for students outside of the AP&E emphasis to get an introduction to the music production process, and the tools used in creating original projects. Course Topics: Digital Audio Workstations, Software Instruments, Recording Engineering, Microphones, Synthesis, MIDI 8 seats available per session If you have any questions feel free to email Mr. McGovern at cmcgovern@oakarts.org

To learn about more After School Programs offered at OSA and in the neighborhood, just click here: After School Programs



Important Dates

  • 11/28 – APT-POC meeting, Student Center, 6:30 pm
  • 12/6 – Director’s Coffee
  • 12/10 – Phonathon, Student Center, 9:30am-12pm
  • 12/12 – OSA Arts Festival Kick Off Meeting, Student Center, 6pm-7pm
  • 12/19 – APT-POC meeting, Student Center, 6:30 pm
  • 12/22-1/5 – Winter Break – SCHOOL CLOSED


Important Links:






The Parent Trap




Sign up to audition for “Rock The Mic!” on Saturday, December 2nd.
Casting ages 5-18.
If you like pop, rock and rap music, you’ll love “Rock The Mic!” a high-energy youth pop concert featuring hit songs from today’s top artists, including Bruno Mars, Beyonce, Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift,
Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, Sam Smith, Adele, Shawn Mendes, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry and more!
This all singing, all dancing, live youth concert will perform on Sunday, April 15th at the beautiful and historic Great American Music Hall in San Francisco.
Our convenient 15 week program with Saturday only rehearsals makes participation in “Rock The Mic!” fun and easy for busy Bay Area families. No experience required, and all who audition will be accepted.
We hope you can participate in this exciting show at the Great American Music Hall!
All the best,
John Bisceglie


OSA News: Now accepting advertisements!

Ad space on the OSA NEWSLETTER is available for your business or organization.

Click here for the details

News item submissions (deadline-end of school-day Wednesday) osanews@aptosa.org
Submission Guidelines

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