Vol: 16 No: 4 OCTOBER 13, 2017

Thank you to everyone who was able to come to our first Parent Education event of the year, “Old School, Meet New School.” It was a very thought-provoking and informative evening that was enjoyed by all. Thank you to our panelists for their participation and to our APT Parent Education Chairs for hosting.

Please mark your calendars for our next APT General meeting on Tuesday, November 14 in the Black Box Theater (please note the change in venue). We will be hosting another exciting Parent Education event!  Details coming soon.

OSA After School Program

This was the first week of our after school program and we are off to a great start! Thank you for sending your children to us. We are honored to have the opportunity to enrich their OSA experience after school.

Important changes to the afterschool OSA LEARNING LAB

Parents with children in the OSA Learning Lab:  Reminding you to please read the letter carefully that went home with students over the last 10 days.

Payment for October was due the week of 10/9/17.

Please send the check for October with your child on Monday, October 16 , made out to Oakland School for the Arts.

To learn more about our exciting after school offerings, please check out our After School Programs link.


We are off to a great start with $77,000 raised and 16% schoolwide participation!

This year, OSA is asking for a tax-deductible gift of $2,125 per student to bridge the gap between state and local funding and what is needed to support your student’s education. It is our hope that you can help us meet this goal, but any gift counts.

Ways to Give:

  • One Time Gift (Checks preferred, or online).
  • Matching  Click here to find out if your company offers a Matching Gifts program.
  • Recurring Gift: Please consider a monthly gift of $177 to support your student’s 60+ hours per month of arts programming and our stellar faculty. If this gift is not possible, even $25/month goes a long way.

Please make your tax-deductible gift today to help us reach 100% family participation!

Email Diana Schneider, Annual Fund Manager at dschneider@oakarts.org or call 1-510-873-8807 with any questions!

Cash 4 College Workshop

Mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 15th, from 6 to 8pm in the Students Center where we will be hosting a “Cash 4 College” workshop, walking parents through the Free Application for Student Aid application.

We have a Google Classroom for College and Career Counseling set up where we’ve posted a lot of resources and links.  Please email the Ms. Snyder, OSA college counselor, if you have any questions, at wsnyder@oakarts.org.

The Jamming Nachos are opening for Fantastic Negrito!

OSA high school freshman Kareem Muhammad and his siblings, OSA alumni Messiah Foster, Rasul Madyun and Fatir Muhammad, are The Jamming Nachos. Catch their performance this Saturday.

October 14 at the  UC Theatre in Berkeley
Tickets may still be available.

Teen Yoga Classes

Yoga relieves stress, boosts self-esteem, increases energy, nurtures concentration and more.

Wednesdays from 4:30 – 5:30 pm
Oakland Yoga Studio
4 Yosemite Ave. Oakland, CA 94611

Teen Yoga classes with Shanna Dew, MA – www.shannadew.com

Important Dates

  • 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
  • 11/10 – Veteran’s Day SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 11/14 – APT General Meeting, 6:00
  • 11/15 – Cash for College Workshop
  • 11/20 – 24 – Thanksgiving Holiday SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 11/28 – APT-POC meeting, Student Center, 6:30 pm

Important Links:

Hot Lunch MenuOUSD October Lunch Menu

The OSA Telegraph – a monthly publication written, edited and published online by students in the Literary Arts department at OSA.

konstella.com/amazon – Amazon Smile, Alliance Of Parents And Teachers At The Oakland School For The Arts

After School Programs – after school offerings for OSA middle schoolers

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-Tuesday Noon) osanews@aptosa.org

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