Vol: 17 No: 26 March 3, 2019

In this issue:

Volunteers Needed for Heart of Oakland
Help Us Fundraise With Good Eggs!
AP Tests for Enrolled High School Students
Save the Date!
Important Dates
Weekly Announcements
Parent to Parent
Useful Links

Volunteers Needed for Heart of Oakland

Heart of Oakland

Volunteers are needed for Heart of Oakland, a spring benefit for OSA happening on Friday, April 26 at the Fox Theater!  We are looking for help on the day of the event as well as support leading up to the event. If you are interested in helping out, please sign up here!

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Help Us Fundraise With Good Eggs!

good eggs

Hey OSA Parents,

This March and April, the grocery delivery service Good Eggs will donate 5% back to the Alliance of Parents & Teachers (APT) every time you shop. Enroll in the fundraiser by visiting schools.goodeggs.com, enter the code OSA, and place an order. 5% will go back to our school’s parent organization.

Haven’t tried Good Eggs? You’ll get $15 off your first order when you enroll!


APT Board

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AP Tests for Enrolled High School Students

AP tests
Year-end exams for high school students enrolled in one of our six AP classes are approaching and will be administered from May 9 – May 17. This letter, below, was sent home with students last week:

Dear AP student,

Thank you for your academic commitment to this challenging course of instruction. AP tests are approaching and will be administered on campus from May 9 – May 17, 2019. The schedule of exams appears below.

As there is a fee associated with ordering tests, we will only be ordering the exact number of tests that we need. There will be no extra test packets available if you change your mind after the ordering period has passed. Please indicate that you would like a test ordered by returning the following page along with your initial deposit of $20 toward the total test fee of $94. We will be collecting the remaining $74 between now and the test date. You may also pay the full exam amount at this time.

Students currently on our records as qualifying for free/reduced lunch have a total fee of $53. Please submit a $20 deposit check, made out to OSA, by the deadline, and bring a check for $33 between now and the test date. You may also pay the full exam amount at this time.


If anyone is able to sponsor a student who may face economic hardship in paying for this test, please simply write your check for any additional amount as you are able. Any excess amount will be allocated 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 me before March 15th.

No one will have to miss the test because of an inability to pay.

Also, those students who wish to request accommodations under the terms of their existing 504 or IEP plans must do so by the deadline of Friday, February 22nd. Any accommodation requests for this national exam go through the College Board organization and are entirely separate from any accommodations you may already be receiving at school. Those with 504 plans should contact Ms. Snyder at extension 8804 or in room 335. Those with IEPs should contact Ms. Simons at extension 8257 or in room 257. All accommodation requests must be filed by February 22.

AP Test Schedule 2019


Thursday, May 9 @ 12:00 pm: Psychology
Friday, May 10 @ 8:00 am: US History
Friday, May 10 @ 5:00 pm: Studio Art deadline to submit online portfolio
Tuesday, May 14 @ 8:00 am: Calculus AB
Wednesday, May 15 @ 8:00 am: English Language & Composition
Friday, May 17 @ 8:00 am: Music Theory

Be aware that we do NOT offer late AP exams and there is no ‘make up’ option. If you miss the scheduled AP exam, you will forfeit your deposit and be unable to take the test. Also, if you are arriving past the scheduled start time on exam day, you may not be admitted to the testing room and will forfeit your deposit.

Thank you! Please contact me if you have any questions or would like to make a payment toward the testing fee.

Romy Douglass
Director of Data & Special Projects

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Save the Date!

APT General Meeting
When: Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

APT Emphasis Meetings
When: Tuesday, March 12, 7:00 pm (right after the APT General Meeting)

Heart of Oakland Spring Benefit & Student Showcase
When: Friday, April 26, 2019

2010-20 Academic Year Start Date
When: Monday, August 19, 2019

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Important Dates

Wednesday, February 27 – Saturday, March 2

Event: Theater Mainstage ~ Hamlet
Time: 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: Black Box Theater

Saturday, March 2

Event: Theater Mainstage ~ Hamlet
Time: 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Location: Black Box Theater

Tuesday, March 5

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

Tuesday, March 12

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

Friday, March 22

Event: Quarter 3 Ends

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Weekly Announcements

OSA In Solidarity: Individual OSA arts and academic teachers and staff signed and sent a letter in solidarity with Oakland teachers who are on their fifth day of a strike. They are also, on their free time, going to school sites in the early morning bringing music, words of support and coffee. Students are invited to reciprocate the same for our teachers. If interested in showing support, students may contact Rami KD at ramixkd@gmail.com.

Black History Month Assembly: Thank you to everyone that performed, supported and attended this year’s Black History Month Celebration! It was such a hit and we cannot wait for next year!

OSA College Night: Mark your calendar for Tuesday, March 12, after school from 4:30 to 7:00 at Sweet’s. Part college fair, part forum and an opportunity for students to connect with OSA alums about their college and career experiences and talk to representatives from community colleges, college support programs and a handful of colleges near and far away. Students may talk to their counselors for more info.

Yearbook: Students who have photos that could go in this year’s yearbook are invited to send them to yearbook@students.oakarts.org!

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Parent to Parent


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


Let’s Talk About Sex is a FREE evening of fun designed to facilitate better understanding about sexual health and wellness between women & girls (age 14+) with different life experiences and backgrounds.

Featuring mini-workshops, games, and raffles, LTAS will also include a poster contest, a talent showcase, and the opportunity for students to win a scholarship by designing a logo for WORLD’s Sisters United Now program.

Food will be provided, and again, the event is TOTALLY FREE! Save your place by registering today, and reach out to Molly at mroberts@womenhiv.org or 510-986-0340 with any questions.

Register here.

OSA Students in Upcoming YMTC Production

A Man of No Importance

OSA Students Grace Connallon and Walter Marion will appear in YMTC’s upcoming production of A Man of No Importance. 1960’s Dublin is the setting for this musical about an Oscar Wilde-loving bus driver, who directs shows at a local church and confronts the forces of bigotry and shame over a love “that dare not speak its name.”  March 9-17 at the El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater.  Tickets and information: www.ymtcbayarea.org.

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Useful Links

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