Vol: 16 No: 24 March 16, 2018





OSA Day at the Ball Park!




The APT is excited to offer our students, teachers, parents, guardians and friends the opportunity to buy discounted tickets to see the Oakland A’s take on the Baltimore Orioles on Saturday, May 5 at 6:00 PM.

Let’s celebrate Cinco de Mayo together and start a new community event in the process!
Did we mention it’s also Marvel Super Hero Day?
AND did we mention that Black Panther bobbleheads will be given to the first 15,000 that attend?

Tickets can be purchased for $35 (normally $42). On sale now for the OSA community and your friends. Spread the word!

You can buy tickets here: Purchase A’s Tickets

We are also looking for parents to organize grade-level tailgates before the game. Sign up is here: Tailgate Sign Up

Thank you—we look forward to seeing you at the game!








We are very excited to announce that on Monday March 19th we starting to upgrade our lighting systems to both save energy and improve the lighting quality in our classrooms, studios, and offices.  We have secured funding under California Proposition 39 Clean Energy Jobs Act (Prop-39) that provides grant funding for a comprehensive LED Lighting Retrofit throughout our Main facility and the remaining areas of the Sweets Ballroom.

The new LED Lighting systems are designed to both improve our lighting quality and controllability.  Lighting color rendition will be very close to natural daylight.

These improvements to our lighting systems will also reduce our energy bills by approximately $20,000 annually, about half of what it now costs us to light the facilities. Work will be after classes and possibly on weekends.  It is anticipated that the project will take 8 – 10 weeks to complete.







The Middle School Leadership team is throwing a dance!

Friday, March 16 from 6:30 to 9:30 at Sweets Ballroom. Tickets are $6 at the door.








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AP Exams for enrolled High School Students


Tests for high school students currently enrolled in one of our six AP classes are approaching, and will be administered from May 7 – May 16. The schedule appears below. All AP students must submit a test order form and deposit of $20 toward the testing fee by Friday March 16th. Details and deposit forms have been distributed in AP classes; extras are available in the front office. The total fee, per test, is $94. Payment in full is also accepted.

If anyone is able to sponsor a student who may face economic hardship in paying for this test, please simply write your check – payable to OSA – for any additional amount as you are able. Any excess amount will be donated to the Student Leadership Fund, and is not tax-deductible. Additionally, those for whom the fee is an obstacle to taking the AP test(s) should please contact Ms. Douglass byMarch 16th in Room 227a or at 873-8815.

Tests will be given at school; rooms will be announced closer to the test dates.

Monday, May 7   12:00pm Psychology
Friday, May 11   8:00am US History
Friday, May 11   5:00pm Studio Art – deadline to submit online portfolio
Monday, May 14   8:00am Music Theory
Tuesday, May 15   8:00am Calculus AB
Wednesday, May 16   8:00am English Language & Composition

Thank you! Please contact Ms. Douglass with any questions: rdouglass@oakarts.org or 873-8815.




OSAEST Presents:

Social Media


Social media isn’t simply a way of life for kids — it’s life itself. To help them keep their online interactions safe, productive, and positive, we will talk about the most up-to-date research and guidance on social media basics. Once kids go online, their chances of finding cyberbullies, haters, and trolls is, sadly, quite high. This conversation will address age-specific guidelines, videos, and other advice to help with tough conversations about the modern age of communication. To help kids maximize the Internet’s benefits — while minimizing the risks — we offer the latest research, tips, and tools on what really keeps kids safe online.

Bay Area Clinical Associates, P.C., (BACA) is a physician-owned and operated organization offering evidence-based mental health services to youth and their families in the San Francisco Bay Area. They believe that all youth, regardless of socio-economic status, should have access to gold-standard mental health interventions. They believe that every individual’s mental health is an essential component of the overall well-being of our community.

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.

April 18th, 2018 at 4:00 PM in the Student Center (18th Street Entrance)

Presented by The OSA Education Support Team (OSAEST). Facilitated by Bay Area Clinical Associates.






Running April 10 through May 13, SJDC’s Spring Intensive 2018 offers 2 Dance Training tracks:

-Beginner/Intermediate Foundation Training: 4:45-6:15pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
-Intermediate/Advanced: 4:45-6:15pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and 11am-1:15pm on Saturdays and Sundays

Oakland School for the Arts, 3rd Floor Dance Studios
530 18th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

Download your registration form here: http://www.savagejazz.org/uploads/3/1/9/6/31964201/registration–spring_2018.pdf
Or stop by the Dance Studio to pick up a registration form from Ms. Hurley.

(Registration materials required for all students)

Contact sjdcfb@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.





Important Dates


  • 3/29 End of 3rd Quarter
  • 3/30 Cesar Chavez Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 4/2-4/6 SPRING BREAK
  • 4/10 APT Board Meeting; Student Center; 6pm-7pm
  • 4/17 APT and Emphasis Meetings; Student Center; 6pm-8pm
  • 4/18 OSAEST Presents: Helping Your Student With Social Media; Student Center; 6pm
  • 4/24 APT-POC Meeting; Student Center; 6:30pm-8pm



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.


Three OSA students will be performing for the United Nations’ International Women’s Day Forum on Wednesday, March 28! The Big Open Space (TBOS) TheaterDance Crew including OSA students Sammi Kane, Olivia Braun, and Roan Pearl will open the evening’s event with a beautiful set of dances choreographed and directed by Lee Kane.

United Nations Association (UNA) 2018 International Women’s Day Forum “Human Rights for Women & Girls: Promise Fulfilled or Just Dreams?”

Wednesday, March 28, 6:00-8:30pm
First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley
2407 Dana Street, Berkeley

The 2018 Women’s Day celebration will include a full dinner, music and dance performances, a keynote speaker and panel discussion. Topics will include women’s accomplishments, as well as barriers to the foundational questions of rights, equality, non-discrimination, respect, dignity, and advancing CEDAW (UN Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Discrimination Against Women).

Performances will complement the understanding of this UN theoretical vision while narratives by the panelists will exemplify various stages of progress of women in the arts, struggles in the political, and scientific fields with practical ramifications of these tenets in people’s day-to-day lives.

Tickets can be purchased online at: http://eastbayiwd2018.eventbrite.com

For information regarding Lee Kane’s TheaterDance program: contact Lee@TBOS.dance

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