Vol: 16 No: 5 OCTOBER 20, 2017



OSA Halloween Costume Policy: Halloween costumes cannot include a full face mask. Fake weapons are not allowed. This policy applies to costumes worn on campus as well as to the Middle School Halloween Dance. The Middle School Halloween Dance is tonight, October 20, from 6pm – 9pm in Sweets Ballroom – $6 at the door; Pizza and drinks, $1 each.

Quarter 1 ends on Friday, 10/27/17

School Photos and Senior Portraits

Make up photo day and Senior portraits Monday, November 6th

Make up photo day and Senior portraits Monday, November 6th.

Seniors should know that the sitting is free and they will be able to view their photos before ordering. The package pricing ranges a la carte from $20 to larger packages up to $200. Please sign up for a sitting time using the link shared in your senior classes.

Non-seniors who are taking their photos on make-up day can use the access code: alsk4817 to preorder photos through our website, Shooting Stars, and selecting the link “Order Before Photo Day”.

Retakes are free of charge, but please return any unwanted packages to our staff. Parents/students can sign-up for retakes by filling out our retake request form: Retake Request Form

NEW IDS on way! The corrected ID cards are on their way and will be distributed ASAP. Many were printed without a date of birth.

Online orders are only shipped directly to home addresses.

You can still order photos taken on the earlier photo day online at Shooting Stars or reach customer service at 800-311-7784.  They will provide the access ID number assigned to your student.

Any students or families who are missing items or have questions about their orders should contact our Customer Service Department so we can send all corrections directly to families’ home addresses.

      Shooting Stars Customer Service Department is available Monday – Friday, 9am – 5pm.
      Phone: 1-800-311-7784 X0
      Email: customerservice@shootingstarsphoto.com

Lunchtime Clubs for Kids!

Did you know there are many weekly clubs for students to participate in at lunchtime?  Clubs are open to middle schoolers and high schoolers unless otherwise noted.

Latinos Unidos in room 316 (Ms. Charity’s room)
Gender Equity Club in room 323 (Ms. Watts’ room)

Middle School Leadership Club in room 248 (Ms. Yan’s room)
Student Academic Support Club, starting at 1:00pm, in room 346 (Ms. Schleimer’s room)
The Womxn of Color Club in room 316 (Ms. Charity’s room)
Middle School Science Club in room 222 from 3:15 – 4pm. No sign-up necessary – different experiment each week!

Black Student Union in room 316 (Ms. Charity’s room)
Robotics Club in room 338 (Ms. Kinblad’s room)

Queer Trans Club (QT Club) in room 323  (Ms. Watts’ room)

After School Programs

Learning Lab Announcements:

  1. Calling all volunteers! The Learning Lab has kicked off and is a great way for students to get additional academic support in a fun, relaxed environment. Currently, the Lab is in need of parent volunteers on Mondays for 2-3 hours to supervise and assist middle schoolers with general homework questions. We need your help! Please email learninglab@oakarts.org to inquire.
  1. Participating Families: Return the Information Card along with payment beginning the week of 10/9/17

Fee: $100 October, $100 November and $75 December.  Please remit payment on first school day of each month. Make checks payable to:  Oakland School for the Arts

Fees are for the Learning Lab Only. Clubs are free of charge and outside activities have their own fee. If the Learning Lab fee presents a financial hardship, please contact Ms. Austin at caustin@oakarts.org for a possible scholarship option.


Exciting New After School Class starting on Monday, October 30:

Traditional Chinese Music Lessons – Available to ALL OSA students!

Oakland School for the Arts is excited to announce its second year collaborating with the Purple Silk Foundation and the Great Wall Chinese Orchestra. The collaboration includes free afterschool traditional Chinese instrument lessons starting Monday, October 30th. These lessons include instruction on an instrument of your choice (some options below) and inclusion in the Great Wall Chinese Orchestra concert at the end of the year. Lessons are open to ALL OSA students (regardless of emphasis) 6th-12th grade of any emphasis. As an additional bonus, this opportunity will grant a college elective credit to any UC school! Please don’t miss out on this opportunity to further develop the cultural richness of this area.  

  • START DATE: Oct 30th 2017
  • TIME: Lessons run from 1:30pm-3:30pm every Monday except on school holidays
  • LOCATION: Meet at Newberry RM 402
  • INSTRUMENTS: [Plucking instruments] Xiao Ruan, Zhong Ruan, Moon guitar (Yue Quin), pipa, Liu Quin [Bowing Instruments] Erhu, Zhong Hu, Cello [Wind] – Di Zi (transverse flute) [Percussion] Yang Quin, Hammered Dulcimer, Drums, Gongs, Cymbals [Vocals] Singing in Mandarin.
  • See http://purplesilk.org/anatomy-orchestra.php for a list and demo of the instruments.

If interested, email nkanozik@oakarts.org and meet us at 1:30pm on Oct. 30th at Newberry. Sign up now to guarantee a spot!!

To learn more about other after school offerings, just click here: After School Programs


The Annual Fund donations are coming in!  We have raised $110,239 towards our goal of $500,000!

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.

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

Ways to Give:

  • Recurring Gift: Please consider a monthly gift to support your student’s 60+ hours per month of arts programming and our stellar faculty.
  • Matching  Click here to find out if your company offers a Matching Gifts program.

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

OSA’s 2017 Haunted House is completely deranged. The spirits of mentally unstable patients who suffered in this institution are still in here and the doctors who worked on them have left them on their own….

This year’s eight semi-annual Haunted House takes its cues from the abandoned insane asylum. What happens when doctors leaves behind insane patients? OSA’s production design students will frighten, amaze and spook thousands of downtown visitors during the evenings of October 27th, 28th and 29th in the Black Box Theater located at 534 19th Street (directly behind the historic Fox Theater in the heart of Downtown Oakland).

TICKETS ONLINE – Get your tix online NOW and save a lot of time without waiting in long lines!

Choose from 5 time slots: 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm, 8:30pm or 8:45pm each night

Tickets at the door:  Adults $8 (over 18) and Kids $5

Important Dates

  • 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 Menu – OUSD October Lunch Menu

After School Programs – after school offerings for OSA middle schoolers

The OSA Telegraph – read about the NFL’s political stances to music reviews for artists like Sza, Tyler the Creator, and Kendrick Lamar. There’s info on OSA clubs, the San Francisco opera, as well as a closer look at the impact of Hurricanes Harvey & Irma

Nomenclatter – hedonism is the theme of the new issue of Literary Arts’ webzine

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

The Parent Trap!

Welcome to our new section called The Parent Trap. This is where you’ll find information about any and all fun events, activities and classes shared by parents for parents.

Five talented OSA students are performing in YMTC’s upcoming production of Frank Loesser’s Guys and Dolls.  Come see Sean Busse-Boozer, Gabby Ricks, Walter Marion, Jack Melcher and Lucy Swinson in this musical theatre classic!

A bit about the musical:

Set in Damon Runyon’s mythical New York City, it tells the story of gambler Nathan Detroit, his long-time girlfriend Adelaide, fellow gambler Sky Masterson, and missionary Sarah Brown. The show moves from the heart of Times Square to the cafes of Havana, and even into the sewers of New York City. But eventually everyone ends up right where they belong. Frank Loesser’s bold, brassy songs light up this hilarious romp, and populated by memorable characters with good intentions and hearts of gold.

According to YMTC Artistic Director Jennifer Boesing, “Guys & Dolls is the quintessential musical comedy. It is a brilliant book musical, with truly unforgettable characters, great dancing, and a wonderful, singable score that provides great teaching opportunities for our students, who deeply love this art form.”

Performances/3 matinees and 3 evening shows:
Saturday 11/4, 7:30 p.m. – Opening Night
Sunday 11/5, 2:00 p.m.
Friday 11/10, 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, 11/11, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 11/11, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11/12, 2:00 p.m.

Where: El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater, 540 Ashbury Avenue, El Cerrito.

Ticket Prices: $15–28. Student, senior, teacher, military, and group discounts are available.  Purchase tickets at www.ymtcbayarea.org. Tickets also available at the door one hour prior to performance.  

SINGLE TICKET SALES:  https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=ymtc

YMTC WEBSITE:  http://ymtcbayarea.org

“Rock The Mic!” Youth Theater Auditions 12/2

If you like pop, rock and rap music, you’ll love “Rock The Mic! a high-energy youth pop concert featuring a hit parade of chart busting hits from the 70′s, 80′s, 90′s and today!

Sing hit songs from 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 concert will perform on Friday, April 13th, and Saturday, April 14th, at the beautiful Marines’ Memorial Theater 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.

For more information: http://www.sfcmt.com/theater-auditions/

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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