Vol: 17 No: 31 April 7, 2019

In this issue:

Heart of Oakland Tickets Now on Sale!
Parent Leaders Wanted for APT Board
Please Come to Our April APT-OSA General Meeting
Vocal Music Student Performance This Friday!
Help Us Fundraise With Good Eggs!
Save the Date!
Weekly Announcements
Savage Jazz Dance Spring Intensive
Parent to Parent
Useful Links

Heart of Oakland Tickets Now on Sale!

Heart of Oakland

Hello Parents,

My name is Tony Shavers III. I am an alum of Oakland School for the Arts (Class of 2010) within the Literary Arts department and excited to serve as the Annual Fund Manager for OSA.

We are three weeks away from Heart of Oakland and we would love for you to join us for OSA’s spring benefit happening Friday, April 26th at the Fox Theater. We have sold over 200 tickets and there is still an opportunity to invite your network.

Learn more about the event and purchase your tickets here

OSA’s Heart of Oakland brings together arts luminaries and the greater community to celebrate arts in public education. We are thrilled that Oakland’s legendary percussionist Pete Escovedo and sons Juan and Peter Michael will be joining us, as well as Rafael Casal, poet, musician, co-star and writer of Blindspotting. We will also be honoring OSA’s founder, former California Governor Jerry Brown, for his contributions to arts in education. Please join us for this important fundraiser and community event!

Heart of Oakland helps OSA close the gap between what funding we receive from the state and what it actually costs to run OSA as a tuition-free, public charter school. Some of the proceeds raised on April 26 will also directly support OSA’s Step it Up, a diversity and outreach program benefitting students at Title 1 schools that specifically lack arts education.

ps: We are still in need of volunteers! Please go here to sign up.
pps: We need your help getting the word out. Please share our Facebook event page with your friends on Facebook!
pps: Can you distribute flyers around your company/neighborhood? Contact Kathryn in Advancement to request flyers.

Tony Shavers III
Annual Fund Manager
Oakland School for the Arts – Class of 2010
(510) 873-8807
Join me in supporting Oakland School for the Arts

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Parent Leaders Wanted for APT Board

leadershipHello fellow APT parents:

Next year marks a tremendous opportunity to shape and influence the board of the Alliance of Parents & Teachers at OSA (APT). There are many open board positions, and we are looking for energetic and interested parents to help support and lead the way.  Here are the available positions:

Vice President of Community Relations
Vice President of Communications
Volunteer Chair
Newsletter Chair

If you are interested in one of these roles or have questions regarding them, please reach out to me at president@aptosa.org. I look forward to the opportunity to meet many of the incoming board members during the final week of school.

All the best,

Mark Lecker
APT President

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Please Come to Our April APT-OSA General Meeting

please-join-usOSA Parents,

Please join us for the next OSA general meeting this Tuesday, April 9, at 6 pm. Our agenda includes: Romy Douglass talking about spring testing and providing a follow-up on WASC accreditation, Matt Lipner hosting community building exercises, and the presentation of APT financials.

We look forward to seeing you there!


APT Board

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“Hear We Are” Vocal Music Student Performance This Friday


OSA invites you to come and enjoy the evening with our Vocal Music Dept student performers. The show will include all 6 choirs with original songs and arrangements by students and faculty.

At 7 pm on Friday, April 12, 2019, at Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, CA 94612.
Tickets can be purchased at Oakarts.tix.com.
$17 balcony open seating, $40 Floor seating.
Ticket prices will rise $5 again on the day of the concert – tickets available at 6 pm at OSRC.
OSA Student tickets will still be $12 at the door with OSA ID.

Show to feature music written by guest artist Betty Reid Soskin, the East Bay’s Own 97-year-old National Park Service Ranger and arrangement by Lisa Forkish. OSA Vocal Choirs are thrilled to be a part of celebrating Ms. Soskin’s Music.

The evening will close with all vocal music students will joining together to sing, “Thank You” written by celebrated alumna – Kehlani. Vocal Music would like to invite all OSA families to come share the music. Proceeds from the show go to support the entire OSA community, including  “Step It Up” – OSA’s afterschool program for Oakland elementary students to nurture and train Oakland youth in the arts – so please share this with your friends and help support OSA!

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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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Save the Date!

APT General Meeting
When: Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

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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Weekly Announcements

2019 Prom: Prom tickets are now on sale, $85 (for one person) and $160 (for two people). A five-person group package is $80 per person. Ticket prices will increase April 19 to $90 (for one person) and $170 (for two people), but the group package will stay at the same price. Students can buy them in Ms.Zaugg’s office or online at oakarts.tix.com. Financial Aid information and questions can be directed to Ms.Zaugg, and guest slips can be found outside of her office.

Prom Court: Prom court sign-ups are now up and the prom committee have made the promise to not make this year’s prom court a popularity contest. So all runners must support in raising funds for prom or complete some form of community service to be eligible to go on the ballot by April 26 no later than 4:15 pm. More information can be found outside of Ms.Zaugg’s office.

Throwback Series: KOSA Radio’s presents the THROWBACK SERIES, this is a two-part series airing Thursday, April 18 and Friday, April 19 from 6 pm to 8 pm. Please tune to this show that is going to put the modern twist on topics from the 2000’s all the way up to 2018 on kosaradio.org, Where, Minds, Words, Music and Rhymes Meet!

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Savage Jazz Dance Spring Intensive 2019 Begins April 9!

Savage Jazz Dance Spring Intensive 2019

Running April 9 through May 5*, SJDC’s Spring Intensive 2019 offers two 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 11am-1:15 pm on Saturdays and Sundays
  • *No class: 4/21

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

Registration materials required for all students. Download your registration form here or stop by the Dance Studio to pick up a registration form from Ms. Hurley.

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.

OSA Parent and Actress Dana Lewenthal Blankman in “The Mystery of Irma Vep”

irma vep

Catch OSA Parent and actress, Dana Lewenthal Blankman in the “The Mystery of Irma Vep” playing 4/12-28/19. Along with Alicia von Kugelgen, these two moms and comediennes play ALL the roles, have 5 dialects and 3 dozen costume changes in this vaudevillian tour-de-force. A tribute to Victorian melodrama, Gothic romance and classic horror films, The Mystery of Irma Vep is a hilarious full-length quick-change parody you have to see to believe! It’s also the professional PREMIERE of the two-woman cast. Appropriate for 6th grade and up.

Role Players Ensemble Theatre: April 12-28, 2019 at Village Theatre and Art Gallery in Danville, CA

FREE Previews on Wednesday 4/10 and Thursday 4/11. Contact Dana (danamarlo@danalewenthal.com) to reserve for previews. Save $: 10 people can enjoy a 30% discount.

OSA Theatre Faculty and Students Collaborate with Professionals in Upcoming Ragged Wing Ensemble Production “Time Sensitive”

April 6-May 4 2019time-sensitive-poster

OSA Chair of Production Design Jean-Francois Revon has designed and built an environmental set, with OSA student assistants in Scenic: Rocky Romero, Sara Wizig, Angelina (Nina) Ramirez. Sound Assistance from Atlix Martinez, Lighting Assistance from OSA Students Adaleyd Deleon, Emily Leonard and Auzar (Zita) Saffarian, and Assistant Stage Management Fellow OSA student Kipland Fletcher. All OSA student assistant fellows are mentored by professional Ragged Wing Ensemble designers and technicians/crew.

Time Sensitive is an original play by Artistic Director Amy Sass that combines clockwork choreography, rhythmic fugue and melting ice into a fantastical tale that urgently asks: How do we hold a moment if we constantly crave the next big thing?

The City swallowed the world. It ate the day and the night, the tides and the seasons. A woman speeds up her pregnancy to meet a deadline, The One At The Top finally comes down, and an old man invents a Clockwork Kid that can change everything.

Originally created in workshop with Ragged Wing Ensemble 5 years ago, our 2019 production will feature an updated script as well as a deep collaboration with Climate Artist Carter Brooks and his ice-art as well as an environmental scenic design by OSA Chair of Production Jean-Francois Revon and OSA student assistant fellows.

Jean-Francois Revon’s fantastic environmental design rendered below.


DATES: Apr 6 – May 4, 2019
-Fri & Sat 8pm, Sun 5pm
-*Sat matinees 2 pm: April 27, May 4
-Preview: April 6
QUESTIONS: Call Box Office at (510)320-3370 or email boxoffice@raggedwing.org

Useful Links

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