Vol: 16 No: 22 March 2, 2018



OSA Arts Festival: Future Spaces

Final Note: OSA Arts Festival Message from Cava

Dear OSA Families,

We are so excited for this coming weekend and our Arts Festival.  Here are a couple final notes as we embark on one of the biggest Arts showcases our school has ever produced. We are looking forward to celebrating with you and supporting the work of these incredible young artists!

If you have not yet purchased tickets, please go to: www.oakarts.org/osaartsfestival

Our online ticket link will be closing on Friday afternoon, so please purchase your tickets in advance. For those of you that are not able to purchase tickets in advance, there will be three onsite box office locations during the festival on March 3rd and March 4th.

OSA Box Offices:
There are three locations for our OSA Box Office: SoleSpace, the 19th St. elevator area, and Sweets Ballroom.  Tickets will be available for purchase there during the festival hours.  We will take both cash and credit card. Tickets are $15 per show.

Volunteer Check In:
Our general volunteer check in point will be at the 19th St. elevator area.  All volunteers will receive a wristband and a comp ticket to any show of their choosing. Additionally, there will be a large sign on the wall of the check-in point with a description of all volunteer duties in case there are last minute questions.  Please note, all volunteers must sign up online in advance of the shows. We will not be able to manage walk-up volunteers.

To sign up to volunteer, please log into Konstella at: Konstella Volunteer Sign Up

Solespace Info Hub and MS Art Gallery:
One of our own VA parents, Jeff Perlstein, is the owner of SoleSpace (www.solespace.com). We are so grateful to him for partnering with OSA for the Arts festival and creating a space for us to showcase the Middle School Visual Art student work.  Please drop by SoleSpace between the hours of 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. on March 3rd and 4th. You can pick up an Arts Festival map here, check out the free Middle School Visual Art gallery, and support this fantastic local business.

Marketing the show:
We still need your help in marketing our show.  Please consider using your social media outlets to share the poster, the press release, and our FB events page below:

 Press release:
The youth of Oakland and the Bay Area envision the future through art! Join us on Saturday March 3rd and Sunday March 4th for Oakland School for the Arts’ first Arts Festival, where you can enter an array of future spaces. Students from grades 6 to 12 and from all 11 of our arts emphases showcase work in 9 venues in the heart of downtown Oakland, work inspired by the concept of Future Spaces. Imagine a spoken word poem about what follows gentrification, a dance exploring the widening distance in a relationship, a song from a colony on Mars, a painting of Oakland after its adapted to rising sea levels. Show times range from 12 PM to 9 PMwith 3 shows per day in each venue. Ticket prices are all $15 general admission per show; get them now as capacity is limited.
For more information about this immersive artistic experience or to purchase tickets, go to https://www.oakarts.org/osaartsfestival

 As always, we thank you for your support of the Oakland School for the Arts. Remember, all net proceeds to this show go to our overall fundraising efforts for the school at large.

Thank you in advance for supporting our amazing students and making our  “Future Spaces” Arts Festival a success!

Cava Menzies, OSA Artistic Director


First Friday Kick-Off Party

for the OSA Arts Festival


Please join us Friday night at SoleSpace, rain or shine – and Share out the event link: http://bit.ly/FutureSpaces – to help pack the house for the middle school Visual Arts showcase & party that kicks off the “Future Spaces” weekend. It’s free and all ages, with food and drink, plus Warriors DJ D Sharp.
PLUS it’s a fundraiser for OSA since we were able to get PLAE Shoes of SF to donate 10% of their sales at the shop Friday – and throughout the month!
In keeping with the theme, PLAE is also bringing their 3D-printer to demo and nationally-recognized local artists Sirron Norris and Lisa Pisa to create on site. They’ll be turning pairs of shoes into art pieces that will be raffled off in support of OSA.
SHARE on Facebook:
a) Click here and say you’re going, then invite your people
b) Or just paste the link on your page: http://bit.ly/FutureSpaces
SHARE by email or Twitter:
– Copy and paste the link http://bit.ly/FutureSpaces
6pm-10pm + Family Friendly + FREE; SoleSpace is located at 1714 Telegraph Avenue




Amended School Day Schedule – 3/5/18


In recognition of the Art Festival performance schedule on Saturday, March 3rd and Sunday, March 4th, we are adjusting the school day slightly on Monday, March 5th.
There will be no Art classes, however, Academic classes will begin later to allow students to get extra rest in the morning. The Student Center will be open at 7:45 for students that need to be dropped off before the amended start time.

Middle School
Period 1 – 9:30 – 10:05
Period 2 – 10:10 – 10:45
Period 3 – 10:50 – 11:25
Period 7 – 11:35 – 12:10
Period 8 – 12:15 – 12:50

High School
Period 1 – 9:35 – 10:10
Period 2 – 10:15 – 10:50
Period 3 – 10:55 – 11:30
Period 4 – 11:40 – 12:15
Period 5 – 12:20 – 12:55

Due to the time changes, the buildings will open as follows:
18th Street – 8:45 am
19th Street – 9 am
Newberry –  9 am
The Student Center will be open at 7:45 for students that need to be dropped off before the amended time.

Lunch will be served in the student center.



Every year, OSA 7th and 10th graders experience the impact of this day of social emotional learning.

Imagine a school where everyone feels safe, loved and celebrated. Imagine enemies finding common ground and making peace; friends healing past hurts and making amends; people igniting their passion for service and leadership; adults and youth working together to create a school where everyone is included and thrives.

This is Challenge Day.

We need a total of 30 volunteers. OSA will be hosting Challenge Day on Wednesday, March 14th for 10th grade and Thursday, March 15th for 7th graders. This is a wonderful opportunity to support the OSA community, address bullying, build empathy and make positive change.

Volunteers are part of the entire day from 8:00 to 3:30. Information and links to videos about Challenge Day and testimonials can be found at http://www.challengeday.org/volunteer/

Email Wendy Snyder at wsnyder@oakarts.org if you would like to volunteer.




OSAEST Presents:

Executive Functioning Symposium: How can I help my ADD child get organized?

Please join the OSA Education Support Team for the next seminar in their Spring Series on March 8th, 2018 at 6:00 PM in the Student Center.

The discussion will look at the components and barriers to executive functioning in the following ways:

  • Understanding ADHD and Executive Functioning deficits
  • Organizational tools and tips
  • Best practices
  • Self-advocacy

Presented by The OSA Education Support Team (OSAEST). Facilitated by Christian Patz, Caroline Raffanti, and Amanda Simons.

At the end of the 45-minute interactive presentation, there will be time for questions and answers.  Given the nature of the topic, questions will be limited to general questions not about individual students.

Caroline Raffanti has been an Education Specialist for over five years and has worked with all grade levels at OSA. She has a background in coaching gymnastics, teaching, and Special Education. She is working towards her Master’s in Education.

Amanda Simons is an Education Specialist for the high school students at OSA. She is in the final semester of her Special Education Master’s program. Her thesis is investigating transition planning for students entering high school through the development of self-advocacy skills.

The OSA Education Support Team endeavors to build capacity in our students, their families, and the Oakland community. We strive to contribute insightful and recommendations that will improve, strengthen and expand support for students with diverse needs. We provide resources, referrals, information and networking. Our goal is to foster cohesive and collaborative working foundations between parents and the school, so that those invested in the education of their student is able to obtain the best possible support system for our students.




Audio Production and Design After Hours

MS & HS, All Emphases Welcome

1 Term Left:

March: 5th – 29th

In the Recording Studio (room 305)
4:30 – 6, Tuesday – Friday
during regularly scheduled school days

$500 per student per session; 8 seats available
Not open to current AP&E students

“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: Software Instruments, Microphones, Signal Flow, DAWS, MIDI

If you have any questions feel free to email Mr. McGovern at cmcgovern@oakarts.org




Important Dates

  • 3/2-3/3 – OSA Arts Festival: Future Spaces
  • 3/8 OSAEST Presents: Executive Functioning Symposium; Student Center; 6pm
  • 3/13 APT General Meeting/Emphasis Meetings – Student Center, 6pm
  • 3/14 Director’s Coffee, 8:30am-9:30am
  • 3/14 Challenge Day – 10th Grade, 8:30am-3:30pm
  • 3/15 Challenge Day – 7th Grade, 8:30am-3:30pm
  • 3/29 End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/30 Cesar Chavez Day – SCHOOL CLOSEDS



Important Links





The Parent Trap!

This is where you’ll find information about any and all fun events, activities and classes shared by parents for parents.

Feature Story on OSA Alumni Joseph Hansen’s Gap Year Abroad

With Global Citizen Year

Oakland School for the Arts Class of 2017 graduate Joseph Hansen is currently on a gap year in Ecuador with Global Citizen Year. Joseph lives in Pijal, Ecuador in the region of Octovalo and apprentices as an English teacher at a bilingual school in his town. Joseph says he decided to take a gap year because he “had an urge to see the world and learn through living.” He says:

“My gap year with Global Citizen Year has given me a much wider perspective on the different places and mindsets different cultures create. It has changed the way I think about positioning and the effect of someone’s past on their worldview. In the past, I viewed massive institutional issues as semi-unfixable and now I see that through small change we make great change. I feel  a greater responsibility to serve and help those in need all over the world. I have a more comprehensive understanding of effective international aid and I have gotten to see first-hand the terrible effects of poorly administered aid. I think the perspectives which have shifted most simply concern maturity and a greater understanding of plight. I will walk away from this with an experiential understanding of a small number of global issues and I will be well equipped to encounter and work to combat as many others as I see fit.”

Joseph says a gap year is for anyone who “has the drive to make change in the world” and who “wants to learn something through living it.” Joseph will be followed by current Oakland School for the Arts senior Ariella Brodie-Weisberg who will spend her Global Citizen Year in Brazil.

Ariella is taking a gap year because she believes “you don’t really get outside your own echo chamber when you travel as a tourist” and she chose Global Citizen Year for the length and depth of the immersion. She says she “wants to understand the minutia of what makes a place a place because it’s a much more beautiful way of learning about a culture.”

The Global Citizen Year staff are so excited to see what the rest of Joseph’s Global Citizen Year holds and what Ariella will experience and hope to have many more Oakland School for the Arts graduates join their family.

Seven talented OSA students are performing in YMTC’s upcoming production of Tony Award winning A Chorus Line.  Come see Walter Marion, Jack Melcher, Lucy Swinson, Caleb Meyers, Sophie Eckber, Asher Kashani and Sofia Valdez in this musical theatre classic!

A bit about the musical:
Set on a bare stage during an audition for a Broadway show, the performers describe the events that have shaped their lives and their decisions to become dancers.  The production will feature a live 17-piece band playing the original arrangements written by Marvin Hamlisch, and the cast will perform the original Michael Bennett choreography for the opening and closing numbers as well as new dances by choreographer Janet Collard.

Director Jennifer Boesing notes that “A Chorus Line isn’t just a play about dance.  it is a play about people following their dreams, striving for something that feels big and important, and against all odds.”

A Chorus Line opens Saturday February 24, 2018 and runs through Sunday, March 4, 2018 as follows:
Saturday 2/24, 8:00 p.m. (Opening Night)
Sunday 2/25, 2:00 p.m.
Friday 3/2, 8:00 p.m.  (Pay What You Can Night)
Saturday, 3/3, 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, 3/3, 8:00 p.m. (Pre-Show Lobby Talk, 7pm)
Sunday, 3/4, 2:00 p.m.  (Pre-Show Lobby Talk, 1pm)

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

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