Vol: 16 No: 33 May 25, 2018



One Million Marks is a collection of mark-making drawings that depicts every high school student enrolled at Oakland School For The Arts, planned and illustrated by Zebadiah Drees. All 450 drawings will be displayed in the school, debuting on May 29th. The purpose of the work is to promote the love and acceptance of all walks of life, using the idea that all of us at our core are made up of marks which represent the memories, people, and experiences that shape us. The uniqueness in our appearances and compositions is celebrated, while simultaneously recognizing that we are all made of the same stuff and are all deserved of a life of dignity and respect. One Million Marks will raise funds for Refugee Transitions, a bay-area nonprofit.

Original Drawings:  Students or a family member can purchase the original drawing of themselves for $10 (or more)

On Campus Sale Dates:  May 30 & 31June 1 & 4

Pickup Date: Thursday June 7th

Book: One Million Marks will also be sold in book form including images of all 450 drawings. The book will be available for purchase online on May 31st, in both paperback – $15 – and hardcover – $25. The specific link to the Lulu.com page where you will be able to get your book will be available via the Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter pages for One Million Marks on May 31st.

Refugee Transitions:  100% of the money made from this project will be donated to Refugee Transitions, a non-profit organization that helps acclimatize refugees from across the world into the Bay Area, and setup new lives for them.

You can learn more about the organization by visiting the link provided:


You can follow the project on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, under One Million Marks.






Hello OSA!
We have a few more weeks of school and are just $8,000 away from meeting our Annual Fund goal!

If you have already given to the Annual Fund, please accept our tremendous thanks! Your support has made such a difference.

We have about 300 households left to give – if everyone made a gift of $30 or more we would meet our goal!!

Every gift of any amount makes a difference! Even a $10 dollar gift that increases our Annual Fund participation numbers will help open doors to outside funds.

Email Diana Schneider, Annual Fund Manager at dschneider@oakarts.org or call 1-510-873-8807 with any questions!







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!





  • The building will close at 4:30pm on Friday, June 1st for the OSA Year End Staff Party. Please plan accordingly.
  • Mr. Smith is organizing a week this summer aimed at tidying up hardware for next year. He is looking for two or three parents to help get Chromebook carts back in order, collect e-waste for pick up and possibly some other technical projects. The current target week is June 11 but Mr. Smith has some flexibility so if you’re interested, please email techhelper@oakarts.org with your availability. Lunch will not be provided so please plan on bringing something to eat.
  • Learning Lab:
    Parent volunteers needed to relieve Ms. Smith supervising 3:15pm ­-5pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Final Exams:
    6th & 7th Grade: 6/4-6/8, Early Release
    8th Grade: 5/31-6/7
  • The 8th Grade Dinner Dance: Thursday, June 7th; 6pm-9pm; Sweets Ballroom;$25.00. That money will cover the cost for the deejay, food, photo booth, and decorations. Students may bring one outside guest, upon approval by our principal, Ms. Smith. All outside guests must submit a guest slip, which is available for download at the top of Mrs. Yan’s blog (teachers.oakarts.org/~cyan), and in Mrs. Yan’s room (248). Guests may not be older than 15 years old, unless they are OSA students. All guest slips are due by 5/31, and all tickets must be purchased by that same date. Students can use cash or checks to purchase tickets from Mrs. Yan. Checks should be made out to “Oakland School for the Arts”, with “Dinner Dance” in the memo section.
    If you are unable to afford admission for your student, please email Mrs. Yan (cyan@oakarts.org). We would like every eighth grader who wants to attend to attend this special event. If you would like to sponsor a student who is unable to afford the admission price, we will gladly accept donations.
  • Eighth grade promotion: Friday; June 8th; 10:30 am. Please have your student report to the Fox Theater by 9 am for a final rehearsal.  Each graduating student will receive seven guest tickets. Children over two-years-old require their own ticket. Please email the names of your guests (and the name of your graduate) to Mrs. Yan at cyan@oakarts.org by June 4th. Some families may not need seven tickets, so if you need more, ask around! Most students dress up, though it is not required. Students will not be wearing caps and gowns.
    There will be a rehearsal from 12:30-1:30 on June 6th in the Student Center. Please make sure your student is present.
  • OSA is also offering to help students get a group rate on admission to Great America on June 11th. If 15 students or more show interest, students can access the group rate and purchase a Great America ticket for $33.50. All tickets must be purchased by Friday, June 1st. Students can use cash or checks to purchase tickets from Mrs. Yan or Ms. Smith. Checks should be made out to “Oakland School for the Arts.”  Please print your student’s name and “Great America” in the memo section.
    *Please note, this is not a school-sponsored trip. Families will need to arrange transportation and proper supervision for their students on the day of the trip.






Three sessions of the San Francisco Shakespeare Festival’s Bay Area Shakespeare Camps (for ages 7-18) are scheduled at Oakland School of the Arts this summer:

  • July 9-20for ages 7-13
  • July 9-20for ages 12-18
  • July 23-Aug 3for ages 7-13

These 2-week sessions meet weekdays, from 9am-3pm, with optional aftercare available until 5:30pm.

Campers are taught by trained theatre practitioners who lead interactive classes in Shakespeare’s language, clowning traditions, voice and movement techniques, stage combat and set and costume design. The camp culminates in a performance of an abridged Shakespeare play staged for an audience of family and friends. Experience is welcome but not a requirement to get into the act at Shakespeare Camp! The teaching artists will build on the capabilities of those with prior experience. Those who are new to theater will develop their abilities in a fun and supportive environment and experience the thrill of their first performance on the final day.

This summerShakespeare Players (the 7-13 age group)  will be performing in productions ofPyramus and Thisbe, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and The Comedy of Errors.

Upstart Crows (the 12-18 age group) will stage their own version ofLove’s Labour’s Lost.

Scripts, materials, and supplies for the performance are all included for only $635 for BOTH weeks!

Optional aftercare until 5:30 pm is available for $140 for both weeks. Call or send email (sfshakes@sfshakes.org)  for information about need-based scholarship assistance.

Enroll online:  Shakespeare Players    Upstart Crows

Enroll by phone: 415-558-0888






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 $50 off the price of tuition when you register by May 31!
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


  • 5/28 Memorial Day – SCHOOL CLOSED
  • 6/7 8th Grade Dinner Dance, Sweets Ballroom, 6pm
  • 6/8 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 10:30 am; Senior Graduation, 2 pm, Fox Theater



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




Family Dance & Music Camp

Bay Area Country Dance Society

July 1-7, 2018

Aptos, CA

If your family (all ages! Multiple generations!) loves to make acoustic music, dance, do art, and play in nature, this camp is for you! Childcare and activities for all ages. Plus, a professional chef does all the cooking!!!

Music and dancing from 9 AM to midnight! Various accommodations available.

Dance styles include English Country Dance, Contra dance, American square dance, and beyond!


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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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