Vol: 16 No: 8 NOVEMBER 10, 2017



Spirit Rally

The votes are in and the student body has spoken: It’s time for a Spirit Rally!  Next Thursday, November 16, will be OSA’s first spirit rally of the 17-18 school year. There will be lip synching, trivia, glow sticks, and more! Grade levels will be competing in four events for a free pizza party.  


OSA Annual Fund Update

Together we have raised $260,000 in donations, pledges and matching gifts 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 todayEvery gift counts!

Ways to Give:

  • Recurring GiftPlease 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!


This Week:

Parent Cafe

When: Tuesday, November 14th, from 6pm to 7pm
Where: Black Box Theater
What:  T
he APT will host its next Parent Cafe series, focused on the importance of building parent/teacher relationships. We will also discuss the transfer of responsibility to students  during their middle school and high school matriculation.



This Week:

Cash 4 College Workshop

OSA College Counseling is hosting a Cash 4 College Workshop
When: Wednesday, November 15, 6pm-8pm
Where: Student Center
What: Claudia Villicaña, Financial Wellness and Outreach Manager from the UC Berkeley, Financial Aid and Scholarships Office will be walking parents of seniors through the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application.
Please RSVP if you will attend so we can get a count: 
Wendy Snyder, College Counselor.


This Week:

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 First Annual Phonathon

Attention all parents! OSA will be hosting its first ever Annual Fund Phone Bank and we are looking for 30 volunteers. Please consider joining us on Sunday, December 10 from 9:30am-12pm in the OSA Student Center.

OSA will provide breakfast treats, coffee, juice, tea  – you bring your cell phone and a willingness to reach out to OSA parents who have not yet given to the Annual Fund.
First time making calls? OSA will provide scripts and all the support you need.  The goal is to remind people about the Annual Fund and why it is important to the school.

Please sign-up here by Friday, November 24.
This kind of peer-to-peer outreach has been very successful at many public schools and we are hoping for the same result at OSA!

THANK YOU for supporting our school!

Email Diana Schneider or call 510-873-8807 with any questions.



#GivingTuesday is a movement to create an international day of giving at the beginning of the holiday season.

On Tuesday, November 28, OSA 
will be post short student video clips and faculty/student/staff photos throughout the day on our Facebook page to celebrate OSA and inspire giving to our awesome school.

To participate:

We hope this will get us a lot closer to our $500,000 Annual Fund goal. It’s also a powerful and fun way to share what’s special about OSA with the greater community.




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



Important Dates

  • 11/14 – “Parent Cafe” hosted by APT, Black Box Theater, 6pm – 7pm
  • 11/15 – Cash for College Workshop, Student Center, 6pm – 8pm
  • 11/16 – DREDF Workshop, Student Center, 6pm-8pm
  • 11/20-11/24 – Thanksgiving Holiday SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 11/28 – APT-POC meeting, Student Center, 6:30 pm
  • 12/6 – Director’s Coffee
  • 12/10 – Phonathon, Student Center, 9:30am-12pm


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 see and support this beautiful collaboration between seasoned artists and young up and coming 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 and 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 atwww.facebook.com/Savage.Jazz.Dance.Company , or follow us on Instagram at www.instagram.com/savagejazzdancecompany .

Thank you for your support!

Top photo of SJDC Dance Artist and OSA School of Dance Faculty, Ms. Alison Hurley, by Mark Kitaoka, Mark & Tracy Photography.
Bottom photo of SJDC Dance Artists and OSA School of Dance students (from left to right): Kennedy Cowan, Angelina Williams, Grace Krizay, Ava Jacobs, and Avery DeWeerd by Tracy Martin, Mark & Tracy Photography.

After School Programs

NEW! The Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP) is a 10-week program (January 9th – March 15th 2018) for girls and gender expansive youth ages eight through eighteen.

We strive to keep our programs accessible! We provide all instruments, financial aid is readily available and no one is ever turned away for lack of funds. We also offer student pick-up from some schools and transportation stipends to eligible families.

Over the course of ten weeks students attend instrument lessons, form a band, collaboratively write an original song, participate in workshops and at the end of it all perform with their band at a live showcase.

Our program exists to provide a space for young people marginalized through misogyny to feel empowered, learn more about themselves, learn how to communicate across differences and learn how to use music for self-expression and community building.

At GRASP we’re cultivating a new generation of skilled and confident young artists, and encouraging them to express themselves, challenge gender stereotypes, and follow their dreams.

For more information, please visit our website: GRASP

To learn about more After School Programs offered at OSA and in the neighborhood, just click here: After School Programs




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/


OSA News: Now accepting advertisements!

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

Click here for the details


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