Vol: 17 No: 19 January 13, 2019

In this issue:

Annual Fund Update
Intersession Permission Forms Due Tuesday, 1/15!
Finals Schedule
Save the Date!
Important Dates
Weekly Announcements
Savage Dance Company Winter Intensive!
Parent to Parent
Did You Know…?
Useful Links

Annual Fund Update

THANK YOU OSA parent community for coming together this end-of-year giving season! Your contributions boosted the OSA Annual Fund by $95,000 in December alone, and OSA now stands at a strong $440,000 in donations and pledges. That puts us at 88% toward our goal of $500,000.

2018 has come to an end, but the effort to support the OSA Annual Fund has not! We are only 51% toward our goal of 100% family participation. Production Design leads with 68% family participation, Fashion Design is in second place with 62%, and Instrumental Music comes in third with 53%. Help us reach 100% participation by making your contribution today. And don’t forget to see if your company offers a matching gifts program – it’s one easy way to double, sometimes triple your donation!

Your generous support provides so many opportunities for creative expression and learning at OSA to Oakland and Bay Area youth. In case you have not seen the Annual Report highlighting our work from last fiscal year, please check it out to see how your contributions are put to great use at OSA. We thank you!

P.S.: The Advancement Department is looking to hire a new Annual Fund & Marketing and Communications Manager to fill the big shoes that Diana Schneider left behind as she embarks on new adventures. Please contact Kathryn Keslosky at kkeslosky@oakarts.org if you have any questions or know of anyone who may be interested 🙂

Kathryn Keslosky
Director of Advancement
Oakland School for the Arts

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Intersession Permission Forms Due Tuesday, 1/15!

Just a reminder that we need a permission slip completed for each OSA student. Please complete the form by 1/15.

On January 22, 2019, OSA will be having Intersession activities. OSA Intersession is a full day immersion for all students and staff. Intersession allows students to have different experiences, team building, community service or personal growth opportunities. These activities will help students learn more about their community, explore art and history, engage in new physical activities and develop or refine personal goals. (The catalog is attached.)

Projects and activities are being planned based on interest, grade level or local community resources. Proposed trips include historical sites, local museums, nature exploration, poetry, literature, biking, college tours, art appreciation and on-campus activities. Students were sent a form to select their preferred activities. We need you to fill out a permission slip for each of your children. You can complete this anytime during the winter break. We have also attached the catalog of activities for your reference.

Please help us raise funds to cover the costs for our families who cannot afford to contribute toward this opportunity. You can make a donation here. Be sure to make a note that your contribution is going toward Intersession. Thank you – every dollar counts!

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Finals Schedule

It’s finals week! Please review the week’s schedule here. You can refer to Google Classroom or teacher blogs for specifics about what is happening in each individual class. Monday – Thursday will all be early release days and there is no school on Friday. You can assist in your student’s success by ensuring they are getting appropriate time for preparation, adequate sleep, and a healthy diet.

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Save the Date!

APT General Meeting
When: Tuesday, January 15, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

APT Emphasis Meetings
When: Tuesday, January 15, 7:00 pm (right after the APT General Meeting)

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Important Dates

Tuesday, January 15

Event: APT General Meeting
Time: 6:00 – 7:00 pm
Location: Student Center

Event: Emphasis Meetings
Time: 7:00 pm

Tuesday, January 15 – Thursday, January 17

Event: Semester 1 Finals

Thursday, January 17

Event: Quarter 2 Ends

Friday, January 18

Event: Grading Day – NO SCHOOL

Monday, January 21

Event: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, January 22

Event: School Day: Intersession

Event: APT POC Meeting
Time: 6:30 pm
Location: Room 302

Wednesday, January 30 – Sunday, February 3

Event: Theater – 25th Annual County Spelling Bee
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Black Box Theater

Tuesday, February 5

Event: APT Board Meeting
Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Location: Student Center

Tuesday, February 12

Event: APT General Meeting – Parent Education
Time: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Location: Student Center

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Weekly Announcements

Intersession is January 22! Students can now sign up for their sessions through links posted to Google classrooms. All students will be participating, so please remind students to sign up early.

Off The Table: Be sure to check out OSA’s “Off the Table” on YouTube if you have not already done so. We are very proud of Ajai and Zeb for their amazing talents!

Food Drive: OSA students interested in supporting unfortunate families can drop off any non-perishable food from canned food to pounds of rice in one of the four bins at the 18th Street elevator next to the Student Center. The cans will be in place until the middle of January so please make as many donations as you can because the clock is ticking. Come on OSA and let’s give back to our community!

Yearbook: Students with pictures they would like to see in this year’s yearbook can submit them for possible inclusion. Photos can be of anything, from the student’s emphasis to the student eating lunch with their friends. Send to yearbook@students.oakarts.org!

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Savage Jazz Dance Company’s Winter Intensive 2019 Begins January 29!

Running January 29 through March 17*, SJDC’s Winter Intensive 2019 offers 2 Dance Training tracks:

  • Beginner/Intermediate Foundation Training: 4:45 – 6:15 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
  • Intermediate/Advanced: 4:45 – 6:15 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and 11:00 am – 1:15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays

*No class: 2/9

Classes held at Oakland School for the Arts, 3rd Floor Dance Studios. Download your registration form (http://www.savagejazz.org/uploads/3/1/9/6/31964201/registration–winter_2019.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.

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Parent to Parent


Events, activities, and classes shared by parents for parents.




dog sees god

Come support OSA students: Nora Cesareo-Dense (director/10th), Sarah Schecter (assistant director/10th), Noe Castrejon (actor/11th), Roan Pearl (actor/11th), Cheyenne Costanza (actor/10th)

What happens when beloved comic characters grow up? After the rabies-induced death of CB’s beloved beagle, CB questions the existence of an afterlife. His peers prove to be unhelpful, his best friend is burnt out, his sister has gone goth, his ex-girlfriend is institutionalized, and the rest of his friends are too inebriated. Watch what happens next! TICKETS AVAILABLE AT https://bpt.me/4022679

BAZP was founded in 2012 to provide Bay Area teenagers the opportunity to produce theater independently. All of the work on stage is entirely directed, performed, designed, and produced by teens. Thank you for supporting youth arts! find out more at bayareazetaplayers.org

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Useful Links

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