Vol: 16 No: 6 OCTOBER 27, 2017


OSA Annual Fund Update

In less than two months we have raised $137,743 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. 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!

8th Grade Information Night

This session will give information about the current OSA high school program including graduation requirements, elective offerings, and  AP/honors options. There will also be some time for a general Q and A. If you are looking for information to help make the appropriate choice for your student’s high school placement, please make sure to join us. Please also note that your 8th grader is welcome to attend. If you have any questions about the event, you can email our 9th and 10th grade counselor, Ms. Schultz, at aschultz@oakarts.org. We hope to see you there!

  • Location: Student Center
  • Date: 11/1/17
  • Time: 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

We Need 5 Minutes Of Your Time

OSA needs all parents to complete this application for Free and Reduced Lunch program, even if you know you don’t qualify. This is necessary to help us with funding and compliance reporting required by OUSD.

Please take a few minutes to go to a simple and secure online method and complete the application on the OUSD website – https://mealapps.ousd.org/.  Exceptions are households receiving benefits from CalFresh, CalWORKs, or FDPIR. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Ms. Jones at 510-873-8800.

Thank you completing the application and helping OSA have a successful year.

Hot Lunch Announcement

Every Tuesday is officially Pizza Day! Students are allowed one slice of pizza and will have to pay again for a second one. Check out the menu in our “Important Links” section below.

OSA Yearbook Wants Your Photos!

The 2017-2018 yearbook committee is requesting that you consider contributing photos for the yearbook.

Photos from actual cameras are preferable, but smartphone pictures might work if they are well lit and higher quality – 1000 pixel photos are the basic requirement. We appreciate all photos but strongly encourage them to be group photos from off-campus events, field trips, performances, informal gatherings, etc. Of course – amazing photos are always welcome, even if it’s a close-up of one student.

When sending/sharing the pictures please put in the subject line or the filename of the photos either the emphasis event you are taking pictures at, or the students you are taking pictures of. You can either share the photos from your Google account with yearbook@students.oakarts.org or email your photos to yearbook@students.oakarts.org.

By sending Oakland School for the Arts (OSA) photographs, OSA shall own all right, title, and interest, including the copyright, to be used for promotional purposes including without limitation to distribute all manner, format, and media. For any more questions please feel free to contact the email mentioned above.

After School Programs

We need a few people to help commandeer the Learning Lab for 2-3 hours on Mondays while teachers and staff are in meetings. Even if you can only help out for a fraction of the time or once a month, we need you!
Contact learninglab@oakarts.org.


Have you heard about our Computer Science Club? It’s happening every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15-4:30 in Room 222 with Ms. Humphrey. Come once a week or twice a week and learn how to use the computer to create, code and tell stories.  Come by or contact jhumphrey@oakarts.org for more information (or click on the logo!).


Technovation Challenge (MS and HS)
Hey girls! Love technology? Want to make a difference? Join the Technovation Challenge! Learn the skills necessary to become a tech entrepreneur and leader! Join a team to create, build, and sell an app that addresses a problem in your community! The program lasts 12 weeks and requires a commitment of about four hours a week. Registration starts October 18th. To register your team, visit Mrs. Yan in room 248 during lunch.
Here’s how it works:

  •     Assemble and register your team (2-5 girls)
  •     Identify a problem in your community
  •     Meet weekly with your team (around 4 hours a week) to go through the Technovation curriculum
  •     Create and code an app to solve that problem with the support of a mentor

What is your kid doing after school? Want them to stay at OSA but not sure what they can do? Just click here: After School Programs

Save the Date
Workshop by Disability Rights Education Defense Fund
When: Thursday November 16th, 6pm-8pm
Where: OSA Student Center
What:  English; Espanol

Thank you for the the generous support of the administration.

School Photos and Senior Portraits

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

For more information, click here.



Production Design, in collaboration with Fashion Design and Audio Production & Engineering presents it’s 2017 Haunted House: The spirits of mystical creatures, are trapped in a maze, walk through this labyrinth, and be prepared for the unexpected.

October 27, 28, and 29 from 7pm to 9pm, 530 19th Street, Oakland CA 94612

Student under 18: $5; Adults: $8; 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

Lunchtime Clubs for Kids!

Did you know there are many weekly clubs for students to participate in at lunchtime?
Check them out here: Lunchtime Clubs

Important Dates

  • 11/1 – 8th Grade Information Night, 6pm – 7pm
  • 11/10 – Veteran’s Day SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 11/14 – APT General Meeting, 6pm – 7pm
  • 11/15 – Cash for College Workshop, 6pm – 8pm
  • 11/16 – DREDF Workshop, 6pm-8pm
  • 11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Holiday SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 11/28 – APT-POC meeting, Student Center, 6:30 pm

Important Links:

  • Hot Lunch Menu – OUSD October Lunch Menu – will be updated to November next week
  • 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-end of school-day Wednesday) osanews@aptosa.org

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