Vol: 16 No: 18 February 2, 2018




OSA Arts Festival: Future Spaces

Volunteer Job Descriptions

Please donate your time to support our students during this wonderful event! Sign Up to Volunteer Here

Chair Set Up:  9:00 – 10:30 am on 3/3
Meet in Student Center for debrief. Unload chairs from racks and set them up in venue. Rack pick up locations will be in the Student Center and Sweets Ballroom. Move chairs from Student Center to Dance studio and White Box (they only need 20).  

Venue Set Up and Décor:  9:00 – 10:30 am on 3/3
Help beautify each venue space.  Ensure that trash is picked up, items on shelves are straightened, surfaces look clean, and venue space is presentable and ready for the public. Each Dept. chair will have specifics guidelines for their particular venue needs.

Venue Clean Up:  After last performance on 3/3 and 3/4; 1 hour
Job Description on 3/3: Pick up trash in venue, straighten chairs, wipe down surfaces, make sure items on shelf are straightened, set up ticket taking chairs and tables for Sunday’s shows, place all trash bags directly outside of venue door. Note: chairs do not need to be put away as they will be used the following day for shows.
Job Description on 3/4: Fold chairs and return them to their racks in the Student Center. For classrooms that had chairs already in the venue, ensure that chairs are stacked and placed in an orderly fashion in the room.  Pick up trash, wipe down all surfaces, make sure items on shelves are straightened, and take down any signs on doors/windows. Place all trash bags directly outside of venue door.

Ushers:  Arrive 30 minutes before performance; 1.75 hours
Help audience to their seats. Help manage the traffic flow before and after the show.  Ensure that show starts and ends on time (all shows will run 45 minutes – 1 hour). Help clear venue after show.

Ticket Takers:  Arrive 45 minutes prior to each showtime; 1 hour
Set up ticket taking tables and chairs.  Use alphabetical will call list to check people in for each show.
Note: The majority of the sales for the festival will be online. For audience members that would like to purchase tickets on the day of the show, we will have three box offices (Sweets, Newberry, and 19th St. elevator area of the Black Box). Ticket takers in each venue will solely be checking people in at will-call. They will not be dealing with any cash or ticket purchasing.

Green Room Chaperone:  Arrive 30 minutes before performance; 1.75 hours
Keep students quiet and organized within the classroom throughout performance. Monitor hallways outside of classroom to make sure students aren’t wandering.  Monitor student bathroom visits.  Set up designated secure space in the room for students to put their personal belongings.  Set up food per department chair’s instructions. Pick up trash throughout the day, wipe down all surfaces, make sure items on shelves are not touched, make sure teachers desk is not touched.  Generally make sure that the room is kept quiet and orderly. Post ends 15 minutes after performance ends.

Spread the Word!

Tell your friends and family; email a link to OSA Arts Festival; invite friends to our FB event page at OSA Arts Festival FB Event Page; distribute post cards; ask your kids to help spread the word!


Since space is limited, we encourage you to purchase your tickets asap!  Purchase Tickets Here

If you are experiencing problems accessing Konstella, please contact Meg McAdam.







TONIGHT!  Friday Night Movie

Students are invited to a screening of My Life As A Zucchini hosted by Gender Equity Club on Friday February 2 at 4:30 in Room 338. It is a heartwarming claymation movie about a boy finding his way in the foster care system and challenging norms of masculinity.


OSA Parents of Students with Disabilities Meeting – Thursday, February 8

OSA Parents of Students with Disabilities (OSA P.O.D.S.) works to help the administration and faculty create and sustain an educational community where students with disabilities are fully supported, and enjoy full inclusion, representation, respect, dignity at OSA.
—Mission Statement

All are welcome at the next OSA P.O.D.S. meeting February 8, 67 p.m. in Room 347 at OSA.

Key topics for this meeting include:
-How can our group can serve parents who need immediate support or resources?
-Building the partnership with staff and teachers

Please join us! No need to RSVP, but if you want to let us know you’re coming or have any questions, contact Elisa at e.g.isaacson@gmail.com

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

If you haven’t done so already please complete the Free and Reduced lunch application by going to the OUSD website –https://mealapps.ousd.org/Completing the application helps OSA with funding and compliance reporting required by OUSD and benefits your student if the are eligible for Free or Reduced lunches.

Please take a moment to fill out the application, even if you do not qualify, We need it for reporting purposes. Thank you completing the application and helping OSA have a successful year.


BART Tickets

Ms. Jones will continue to sell the discount paper BART tickets while the supply last.  

Remember to sign up for the Youth Clipper Card for the best savings. Additional information for signing up can be found atwww.clippercard.com.




OSAEST Presents:

Helping Your Anxious Teen: Ways to Support and Pitfalls to Avoid


Please join the OSA Education Support Team for “Helping Your Anxious Teen: Ways to Support and Pitfalls to Avoid” on February 8 at 6pm in the Student Center.  This is the second in a series of Spring seminars presented by The OSA Education Support Team (OSAEST). 

Topics will include

  • Understanding how anxiety works in the brain and body
  • Identifying common misconceptions parents/guardians have when trying to help their child cope with anxiety
  • Discussing strategies that parents/guardians can use to decrease anxiety in the long run


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.

Facilitated by Maya Levine and Arlyle Schultz.

Maya Levine has been the Clinical Intervention Specialist at OSA for over four years.  She has a background in teaching and mental health. She has a Master’s in Clinical Social Work and is a licensed therapist.
Arlyle Schultz is the Lead Counselor and has been at OSA for over 12 years. For the last five years, she has taught and overseen the academic support classes.

The OSA Education Support Team endeavors to build capacity in our students, their families, and the Oakland community.  We hope to be able to contribute insightful recommendations that will improve, strengthen and help expand support for students with special needs. We provide resources, referrals, information and networking.  We desire to foster strong, solid working foundations between parents and the school, so that everyone who is invested in the education of a student is able to function as a team to obtain the best possible education for our students.

Mark your calendars for the entire series. Details about each topic will be forthcoming.
How to Help Your Child Cope with Anxiety at School and Home: Thursday, February 8, 2018
Executive Functioning: Helping your child get organized: Thursday, March 8, 2018
Helping your student with Social Media: Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Promoting Positive Body Image in Teenagers: Wednesday, May 9, 2018




Benefits of Konstella


Stay Connected

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.


Earn APT Dollars

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.




Save the Date!


The APT is excited to announce our First Annual APT/Oakland A’s fundraiser. We will be heading to the ballpark on May 5th to watch the A’s take on the Baltimore Orioles!

The game starts at 6 pm but we are planning some fun pre-game Cinco de Mayo activities. This is one you don’t want to miss!

We will update you with more details but mark your calendar!




Audio Production and Design After Hours

MS & HS, All Emphases Welcome

2 Terms Left:

February 5th – March 2nd (Except Presidents Day, February 19th)
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

  • 2/8 – How to Help Your Child Cope with Anxiety at School and Home; Student Center; 6pm
  • 2/8 – OSA Parents of Students with Disabilities (OSA P.O.D.S.); Room 347; 6pm-7pm
  • 2/13 – APT and Emphasis Meetings; Student Center; 6pm
  • 2/19 – President’s Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 2/20 – APT – POC meeting; Student Center, 6:30pm
  • 2/23 – Black History Month Community Celebration, Sweets Ballroom, 6:30pm-8pm
  • 3/2-3/3 – OSA Arts Festival: Future Spaces



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.




All grade levels are invited to participate:
The F3 Awards are open for student entries in 4 different contests for awards of $250-$1,000.  The law firm of Fagen, Friedman, and Frost LLP (F3) is an advocate for excellent education and committed to celebrating success in public education.   F3 is offering a series of awards for students who attend California public schools in the following areas:

  1. Essay writing
  2. Photography
  3. Art
  4. Environmental Education

For details about the contests, refer to F3 site at: https://www.f3law.com/f3studentawards

Due Date: 2/28/18




OSA News: Now accepting advertisements!

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