Vol: 16 No: 31 May 11, 2018



Great news! The OSA 2017-18 Yearbook is live and available to purchase now. Visit www.oakarts.org and click the link on the front page. OSA Yearbooks are printed and sold through Lulu.com. You can choose a regular or hard cover version, and choose your shipping speed. Order soon to get your yearbook by finals time!





New After School Classes


Students are welcome to join Ms. Humphrey on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays for two new Google First CS classes.

Choose between an Animation class or an Art class. Classes will run from 3:20-4:30. Students will meet in Room 222 and walk to the Newberry Building together.





Middle School:

  • Learning Lab:
    Parent volunteers needed to relieve Ms. Smith supervising 3:15pm ­-5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • CAASPP Testing:
    6th Grade: English & Math 5/21-5/25
    7th Grade: English 5/21­-5/25; Math 5/25­-6/1
    8th Grade: Math 5/14­-5/18; English 5/21­-5/25
  • Final Exams:
    6th & 7th Grade: 6/4-6/8, Early Release
    8th Grade: 5/31-6/7
  • 8th Grade Great America Trip: ­
    6/11 Turn in $33.50 for Great America tickets by 5/21 to get group rate
  • 8th Grade Dinner/Dance:
    Date Change: 6/7 at Sweets Ballroom, Parent Chaperones needed and possibly food donations
  • 8th Grade Promotion:
    6/8, 10:30am at the Fox Theater, Provide names for guest list by provided deadline






Graduation will be held on Friday, June 8 at the Fox Theater.
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony will take place at 10:30 am
High School Graduation Ceremony will take place at 2:00 pm



OSA Spring Performances and Exhibitions


Monkey Project Auction Closing

This Sunday is your last chance to own a Visual Art / Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe monkey!

The close of the auction at 9 p.m. Sunday, May 13, ends an era.  The Monkey Project will be no more.

The Monkey Project was an annual collaboration between School of Visual Art and Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe.  It was part contest and part fundraiser to benefit the Visual Art department at OSA.

For the past 7 years, Visual Art students created monkey portraits and twelve of the portraits are selected to hang in the restaurant for a year before being auctioned off online.

The current batch of monkeys has been on display since 2016 and represent our final auction. To view the catalog and find out how to bid on your favorite monkey, visit osavisualartstore.squarespace.com

For more information, contact osava.info@gmail.com.




2018 Visual Art Senior Exhibition

Friday, May 18 4pm-8pm; Saturday May 19 1pm-4pm

White Box Studio, 1726 San Pablo Ave, Oakland



OSA Spring Dance Concert 2018



Come see Oakland School for the Arts School of Dance in their one and only Dance Concert of the year!

See what the Middle and High School dance students have been working hard toward all year!  

Featuring choreography from OSA School of Dance’s Senior Class of 2018 and Department Chair Mr. Reginald Ray-Savage!

4 Shows Only!

Thursday, May 24 @ 7pm**OPENING NIGHT SPECIAL:


Friday, May 25 @ 7pm
Saturday, May 26 @ 7pm
Sunday, May 27 @ 3pm

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to show your support for all the hard work and discipline these young people have put into themselves and their art!  

Tickets: $25 General Admission, $15 Students/Seniors (with valid ID)*

*Friday & Saturday Only: Groups of 6 or more get 10% off! Enter discount code “Group” at checkout.

**PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand, latecomers tickets are subject to being released**

Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the show starts, as parking in the area can be very challenging.

*Online ticket sales end 12pm on the day of the show for all 7pm shows and 12pm on Saturday for Sunday’s 3pm show.

Tickets will be available for sale at the Box Office starting 1 hour before show time.

Thank you for your support!






June 18-29 and July 9-27, Monday – Friday, 10am-1pm: Beginner/Intermediate; 1:30-5pm: Intermediate/Advanced at Oakland School for the Arts 3rd Floor Dance Studios

Savage Jazz Dance Company’s Summer Intensive is a 5 week training program for students 10 and up, headed by SJDC Artistic Director and Oakland School for the Arts School of Dance Department Chair, Mr. Reginald Ray-Savage.

With classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Body Conditioning, Repertory, and more, the program emphasizes a passionate and committed approach to training, and students will be expected to embrace this approach as they are challenged to hone their technique, improve their strength, and increase their flexibility and stamina.

An outstanding training ground for contemporary dancers, students of SJDC, Mr. Savage, and OSA have gone on and been accepted to University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Ailey/Fordham BFA Program, London Contemporary Dance School, The School of American Ballet, American Ballet Theatre Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Pre-Professional Division School, San Francisco Ballet School, Juilliard Summer Intensive, Hubbard Street II, Ailey II, Martha Graham Dance Ensemble, Philadanco, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, Oakland Ballet, Garth Fagan Dance, Mark Morris’ Hard Nut, Disney’s The Lion King, and more.

Anyone serious about their dance training will benefit from this program.

Those intending to pursue or currently in training to become professional dancers, particularly those interested in performing with Savage Jazz Dance Company, will have a chance to experience how the company trains and to learn SJDC repertory.  

Those wanting to attend OSA’s School of Dance will get to experience and gain a deeper understanding of what it is like to train as a young dance student at OSA.

Get $100 off the price of tuition when you register by May 14!
Download your registration form here: http://www.savagejazz.org/uploads/3/1/9/6/31964201/registration_form_summer_2018.pdf
Questions? Contact sjdcfb@yahoo.com

Get your training on!





Important Dates


  • 5/15 APT-POC meeting; *RSVP for location details (in Oakland) christinecatkins@gmail.com; 6pm
  • 5/28 Memorial Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • DATE CHANGE: 6/7 8th Grade Dinner Dance, Sweets Ballroom, 6pm
  • 6/8 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 10:30 am; Senior Graduation, 2 pm, Fox Theater



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.






FREE TheaterDance Master Class and Audition Opportunity!

With dozens of OSA students from various departments and many more from other local schools, I am often asked how to “get in”. We would like to invite you – our beloved OSA community – to participate in a free master class in TheaterDance with the opportunity to audition for a dance-based show during next school year!
TheaterDance is the study of 100 years of American TheaterDance, from the 1920’s to the present day. This includes jazz, ballet, lyrical, contemporary, hip hop, period dance, world dance, the styles of master choreographers, and lots of exciting Broadway repertory. We have 5 levels of school-year classes where you can enjoy dancing just for the fun of it, take classes to up your game in musical theater, or be very serious and gain solid training in this exhilarating and challenging art form. Our goal is to empower Bay Area Youth through Dance.
audition / master classSaturday May 12 or May 19, 6:30-8pm
show: “The Great Comet: A TheaterDance” – A musical theater DANCE show incorporating multiple dance styles from jazz to blues to rock to lyrical to contemporary, making it an extraordinary multi-level training opportunity.
rehearsals: Sundays 1-5pm from 9/16-2/10 plus performances
eligibility: middle and high school (inquiries for elementary school students welcome)
acceptance: based on merit and spirit. No audition preparation needed.
how to register: email Lee@TBOS.dance with your preferred date (5/12 or 5/19) to reserve an audition slot and receive more details.
Whether auditioning for the show, or just interested in trying out a TheaterDance class, please join us for this special opportunity!
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Job Type: Part-time (Can do swim lessons on the side) ; Free use of club facilities.
Salary: $15.00 /hour
Contact: Kevin Dillon, highlandscc@aol.com; (510) 849-0743

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