Vol: 16 No: 9 NOVEMBER 17, 2017



Coming up:


#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 First Annual Phonathon

Attention all parents! OSA will be hosting its first ever Annual Fund Phone Bank and we are looking for 30 volunteers. We are halfway to our $500,000 Annual Fund goal, but we are only at 27% school-wide participation.

Please join us on Sunday, December 10 from 9:30 – 12:00 pm 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 by Wednesday, November 29: http://signup.com/go/DQudjJm

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 the school!

Contact Diana Schneider, 510-873-8807 or dschneider@oakarts.org with any questions.



Free $$$ for the APT

With the holiday season fast approaching, the APT is looking at small ways for you to extend your cheer:

Amazon Smile: Amazon will donate .5% to the APT with each purchase you make. To learn more, go to https://smile.amazon.com/.  Please designate your charity as Alliance Of Parents And Teachers At The Oakland School For The Arts.

Amazon Smile via Konstella: After you set up Amazon Smile, go to Amazon via https://konstella.com/amazon and Konstella will donate an additional 1% to the APT on every purchase.

Chipotle: Host a party with Chipotle catering and 50% goes to OSA. To learn more, https://www.chipotle.com/fundraisers

Shutterfly: Shutterfly will give 13% of your order to the APT. To learn more, visit http://apt-osa.shutterflystorefront.com

 eScrip: Register your credit card, shop and donate. To learn more, http://www.escrip.com/

OSA Arts Festival

What’s happening? When? What have you heard?

Mark your calendars for March 2nd, 3rd and 4th!  Three days, all emphases, multiple venues. This is a school community-wide event.

The festival is a large scale endeavor that will require many parent volunteers to execute. We are asking that you join us at the kick off meeting on Tuesday, December 12 at 6 pm to see how you can help make this a huge success.


After School Programs

New Session, New Schedule, New Price.  Starting in February:
Audio Production and Design After Hours (MS & HS, all emphases)

Who: Mr. McGovern
When: Tuesdays-Fridays, 4:30-6 during regularly scheduled school days

  • Session 2: February 5th – March 2nd (Except Presidents Day, February 19th)
  • Session 3: March: 5th – 29th

Where: In the Recording Studio (room 305)
Cost: $500 per student per session
What:  “Audio Production After Hours” is an opportunity for students outside of the AP&E emphasis to get an introduction to the music production process, and the tools used in creating original projects. Course Topics: Digital Audio Workstations, Software Instruments, Recording Engineering, Microphones, Synthesis, MIDI 8 seats available per session If you have any questions feel free to email Mr. McGovern at cmcgovern@oakarts.org



Girls Rock After School Program (GRASP)

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




You’re getting our emails, but are you registered on Konstella? When you register and add your child to their classroom, you will receive communications specific to your child’s grade/emphasis and can also participate in group discussions. To register, simply click on the “Register at Konstella” button on the bottom of your Konstella emails.



KOSA Radio

All new programming, all new hosts! Check out the schedule and enjoy your favorite shows on KOSA Radio.



Important Dates

  • 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
  • 12/12 – OSA Arts Festival Kick Off Meeting, Student Center, 6pm-7pm


Important Links:




Only 3 Shows Left of

Savage Jazz Dance Company’s Sketches of Oakland!

November 17 -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!

Only 3 Shows Left!

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 at www.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 Senior, Avery DeWeerd, by Tracy Martin, Mark & Tracy Photography.
Bottom photo of SJDC Dance Artists and OSA School of Dance faculty and students (from left to right): Joshua Ponton, Kennedy Cowan, Ava Jacobs, Mr. Savage, Ms. Alison Hurley, Avery DeWeerd, Angelina Williams, and Grace Krizay by Mark Kitaoka, Mark & Tracy Photography.





The Parent Trap

“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.

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News item submissions (deadline-end of school-day Wednesday) osanews@aptosa.org
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