Vol: 16 No: 7 NOVEMBER 3, 2017



Stay in Touch!

Hey OSA families! If you have moved or changed your phone number, please let us know so that you continue to receive important school information and phone calls.
Please email attendance@oakarts.org and give us your new information at your earliest convenience.



Make-Up Photos and Senior Portraits

Sign Ups

Shooting Stars will here this Monday, 11/6, for senior portraits. Times are available throughout the day to utilize seniors’ free periods and in the afternoon after the early dismissal. You will be able to view all proofs and select the pictures you wish to order. Proofs, pricing and package info will be posted on the Shooting Star website soon after the sitting. The wraps- gown, tux and white graduation robe and cap will be provided  by the company for the photo. 
Please use the link below to book your sitting time, enter the access code alsk4817G to gain access to the list to sign-up. Sign-ups will close at midnight on Sunday, November 5th.
For more information, Click Here



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.



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.



OSA Yearbook Wants Your Photos!

The 2017-2018 yearbook committee is requesting that you consider contributing photos for the yearbook. Here’s how you do it: OSA Yearbook Photo Submissions



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.



  • When: Meets every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:15 – 4:30pm through Jan. 30, 2018
  • Where: STEAM Lab in the Newberry Building (meet in Room 222)
  • Who: 15 Middle School Students – sign up to attend either Tuesday OR Thursday (both days possible, if there is room)
  • What: The first session is based on “Storytelling” using the language, Scratch

Use the computer to design your own stories, create and share your own animations, and learn how technology is used in the film and media industry! Sponsor/Guide: Ms. Humphrey. For more info, email at Ms. Humphrey or visit room 222.


Traditional Chinese Music Lessons – Available to ALL OSA students!

  • 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.

Email Mr. Kanozik and meet us at 1:30pm on Nov 6 at Newberry. Sign up ASAP to guarantee a spot!!

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



New Lunchtime Club

Imaginative Impact 
OSA is introducing a new club called ‘Imaginative Impact’. We will meet every Monday from 1:00 to 1:15 in room 202. Imaginative Impact will travel to charity organizations in the Bay Area, sharing our artwork and performances. We hope to use our students’ talent to spread joy and strengthen the community. If you’re interested, please join us this coming Monday at 1:00 in room 202. If you have any questions please reach out to Mr. Oz, or junior, Maria Newman.



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.



Important Dates

  • 11/6 – Senior Portraits and Picture Make Up Day
  • 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 November Lunch Menu
  • After School Programs – after school offerings for OSA middle schoolers
  • Lunchtime Clubs – lunchtime clubs for MS and HS students
  • 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



Savage Jazz Dance Company Presents

Sketches of Oakland!

November 16 -19, At The Malonga Casquelourd Center for the Arts (1428 Alice St., Oakland)

Featuring brand new works from SJDC Artistic Director and OSA School of Dance Chair, Mr. Reginald Ray-Savage, live music from composer Leslie La Barre, collaborations with Oakland School for the Arts School of Dance, OSA School of Instrumental Music faculty and musicians Emily Tian and Justin Ouellet, and visual artist Kaya Fortune.

Come show your support for the artists and student artists from OSA’s School of Dance and OSA’s School of Instrumental Music!

Get your tickets today at http://sketchesofoakland.brownpapertickets.com/ or call Brown Paper Tickets at 1-800-838-3006!

4 Shows Only!
Thursday 11/16, 8:00 pm
Friday 11/17, 8:00 pm
Saturday 11/18, 8:00 pm
Sunday 11/19, 3pm

General Admission: $20 online in advance, $25 at the door, Student/Senior: $10 (with ID), Children 12 & under: $5

Door sales at the Malonga Ticket Office will begin 1 hour before each performance’s curtain time. Please note that only cash and check payments will be accepted at the door.

To join Savage Jazz Dance Company’s email list, get information on classes, or donate to the Savage Jazz Dance Company email info@savagejazz.org, visit www.savagejazz.org , visit the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/Savage.Jazz.Dance.Company , or follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/savagejazzdancecompany .

Thank you for your support!
Photo of SJDC Dance Artist and OSA School of Dance Senior, Joshua Ponton, by Mark Kitaoka, Mark & Tracy Photography.


OSA Oath
We promise to devote ourselves to a way of life that manifests respect for all humankind; to eagerly support others and to remain steadfast in the pursuit of self-enlightenment.

OSA Diversity Statement
Oakland School for the Arts is an artistic and intellectual community founded on diversity and inclusion. OSA embraces differences in culture, race, ethnicity, gender expression & identity, sexual orientation, Specific Educational needs, ability, socio-economic status, religion, nationality, immigration status, age, body type, and the many forms of life experience present in our community. All OSA stakeholders will promote these core values in practice and behavior.


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.

​ACAP (Accounting Career Awareness Program) is partnering with CalCPA to expose high school students to various careers in accounting and finance.  Our 2017 conference will be held on November 11, 2017 at California State University East Bay from 9:00am – 1:30pm.  The conference will include workshops for students focusing on college planning and workshops for parents focusing on financial planning.
Space is limited, register today!

ACAP is designed to increase the number of underrepresented ethnic minorities pursuing careers in accounting and related business areas.
Through ACAP’s efforts, participating high school students receive educational enrichment experiences and practical help they need to prepare for university-level programs. Students are selected based on a variety of factors including high school counselor recommendations, student applications, and personal interviews.

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/


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