Vol: 16 No: 2 SEPTEMBER 29, 2017


Old School, meet New School

Bridging the gap between past and present to build a stronger future

On Tuesday, October 10th @ 6pm, OSA’s APT invites you to its first parent education night:

Come and hear from inaugural graduating members, founding teachers, and a host of others as we work to strengthen and empower our school community. The event will start at 6:00pm and end at 7:00pm. Food will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Hot lunches at OSA

As a public school under the OUSD umbrella OSA is excited to partner with OUSD to provide and serve our lunches for 2017/18. OUSD sources locally whenever possible in preparing the lunches.

Exciting changes include:

  • Lunch program has been expanded to include Mondays
  • Fresh salad bar
  • Reduce price of lunch to $3.25 effective September 11, 2017
  • Students can purchase just milk – $.75 or fruit – $.75
  • Healthy snacks for purchase will be added in the near future
  • Possibility of Papa John’s Pizza Day on Tuesdays – We will have our first trial on Tuesday 9/26
  • Students will receive a lunch ID card they can scan when they get their lunch
  • New lunch server – June

Because we are participating in the Free and Reduced Lunch (FRL) program students must take a full lunch (unless just purchasing milk or fruit). A full lunch is:

  • Main course (must take)
  • Fruit or vegetable
  • Milk is optional

Cost for full lunch is $3.25. Families that qualify for reduced lunch pay $.40. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the FRL application on the OUSD website – https://mealapps.ousd.org/ by going directly to Application Instructions.

Families can prepay for meals using the following methods:

The monthly lunch menu is posted on the OSA website: Hot Lunch Menu. The menu lists several entrées of which only two will be served each day based on what is locally available.

We encourage you to have your student(s) try the new offerings.

If you have any questions please contact Ms. Jones ljones@oakarts.org


The OSA Annual Fund – DONATE TODAY!

Thank you to everyone who came to our State of the School events and the kickoff to our Annual Fund Giving Campaign!

The OSA Annual Fund helps bridge the gap between state funding and the real costs to deliver your child’s artistic and academic programs. OSA receives only 84% of what we need to run the school from the state and other income. This year, OSA is asking for a tax-deductible gift of $2,125 per student to bridge that gap.

It is our hope that you can help us meet this goal, but any gift counts. Your generosity will support our stellar faculty, maintain and enhance our historic facilities, provide classroom technology and tools, and bring our unique programs to life.

You can make a one-time gift or give a little each month with a recurring donation. One of the easiest ways to double or even triple your donation is through Matching Gifts. Contact your Human Resources department to see if your company will match your gift, or click here to find out if your company offers a Matching Gifts program.

Your tax-deductible gift to OSA’s Annual Fund will help us reach 100% family participation – proving that we all believe in the power of an Oakland School for the Arts education. Email Diana Schneider, Annual Fund Manager at dschneider@oakarts.org or call 1-510-873-8807 with any questions!

Thank you – every dollar from every donor makes a difference.

Androids needed!

Do you have an old Android phone laying around? Donate it to OSA for the Technovation Challenge. Technovation is a competition that offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders. Girls ages 10 to 18 learn to identify a problem in their community and create a mobile app solution to address that problem, and then learn how to communicate these ideas and translate them into a fully launched business. Each team needs an Android phone to test its app. Donate yours today, and support the next generation of girls in tech.

Phones are needed by October 29.  Thank you!

Important Dates

  • 10/4 – MS Parent Info Meeting – Internal Auditions for new emphases, Student Center, 5 pm
  • 10/5 – Academic Open House, 5 pm for MS, 5:30 pm for HS
  • 10/10 – APT/Emphasis meeting, 6 pm
  • 10/11 – College Support Night (Juniors & Seniors), 6-8 pm
  • 10/13 – Indigenous People’s Day – NO SCHOOL
  • 10/17 – APT-POC meeting, Student Center, 6:30 pm
  • 10/18 – Internal MS auditions (current 6th and 7th grades only) Student Center 4:30 pm
  • 10/25 – Director’s Coffee, Room 220, 8:30 am

See our calendar for more!

OSA News: Now accepting advertisements!

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

Click here for the details


Audio Production After Hours

Join Mr. McGovern in the recording studio and learn to take control of your productions! “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

 If you have any questions feel free to email Mr. McGovern at cmcgovern@oakarts.org

Dates, times and costs:

3-month long terms
In the Recording Studio (room 305)
4:30 – 6 Monday – Friday
During regularly scheduled school days

Dates for October: 2nd – 27th
(Except Indigenous Peoples Day October 13th)

Dates for February: 5th – March 2nd
Except Presidents Day February 19th)
Dates for March: 5th – 29th

$700 per student per term
8 seats available per term
Not open to current AP&E students

News item submissions (deadline-Tuesday Noon) osanews@aptosa.org


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