Vol: 17 No: 5 September 23, 2018

In this issue:

Save the Date!
Upcoming Events for High School Seniors
The PSAT is Coming Soon for All 10th & 11th Graders
Important Dates
Congratulations to…
Weekly Announcements
CS First Coding Club
Financial Empowerment Summit for High School Girls
Parent to Parent
Did You Know…?
Useful Links

OSA Annual Fund


Thank you to everyone who came to our State of the School events and the kickoff to our Annual Fund Giving Campaign!

The OSA Annual Fund helps bridge the gap between state funding and the real costs to deliver your child’s artistic and academic programs. OSA receives only 87% of what we need to run the school from the state and other income. This year, OSA is asking for a tax-deductible gift of $2,250 per student to bridge that gap.

It is our hope that you can help us meet this goal, and any gift counts. Your generosity will support our stellar faculty, maintain and enhance our historic facilities, provide classroom technology and tools, and bring our unique programs to life.

You can make a one-time gift or give a little each month with a recurring donation. One of the easiest ways to double or even triple your donation is through Matching Gifts. Contact your Human Resources department to see if your company will match your gift, or click here to find out if your company offers a Matching Gifts program.

Your tax-deductible gift to OSA’s Annual Fund will help us reach 100% family participation – proving that we all believe in the power of an Oakland School for the Arts education. Email Diana Schneider, Annual Fund Manager at dschneider@oakarts.org or call 1-510-873-8807 with any questions!

Thank you – every dollar from every donor makes a difference!

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Save the Date!

APT General Meeting – Parent Education
When: Tuesday, October 9, 6:00 – 7:00 pm

APT Emphasis Meetings
When: Tuesday, October 9, 7:00 pm (right after the APT General Meeting)

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Upcoming Events for High School Seniors

Financial Aid for College

Learn about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, loans, scholarships, grants, etc.

Tim Lenahan, a Certified Public Accountant, specializes in financial aid and paying for college. He also has a Certificate in College Admissions & Career Planning from U.C. Berkeley Extension. Tim has two daughters who have graduated from college, so he has personal experience with the financial obligations of a college education.

This workshop will cover:

  • Overview of the cost of the different types of colleges
  • What sources are expected to pay for college
  • Need-based vs. Merit-based aid
  • How to determine the amount your family is expected to pay for college
  • How to apply for financial aid
  • How to determine the net price of a college
  • Review a financial aid package example
  • Understand the different types of aid (grants, scholarships, work-study, and loans)
  • The 3 things you need to do now

Date: Wednesday, September 26
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: Student Center

FAFSA Workshop

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid is a form that can be prepared annually by current and prospective college students in the United States to determine their eligibility for student financial aid. Claudia Villicuna from the Financial Aid and Scholarship Office at UC Berkeley will be leading the workshop. Families of seniors filling out the FAFSA beginning October 1 are strongly encouraged to attend and bring their questions.

Date: October 10
Time: 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Location: Student Center

Ongoing: College Application Workshops for Seniors

Support with college list, Naviance, personal statements and the application process
Dates: Mondays ongoing (from August 27)
Time: 1:30 to 3:30 pm
Location: Room 338

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The PSAT is Coming Soon for All 10th & 11th Graders

On October 10th, all 10th and 11th grade students will take the PSAT/NMSQT on campus starting at 8:15 am. For sophomores, it is a low-stakes opportunity to see the format of the test and get feedback from the College Board. For juniors, it is an opportunity to enter the National Merit Scholarship Corporation competitions as well as potentially qualify for other scholarship programs.

Last year, two OSA students scored in the top 2.5% of Hispanic/Latino PSAT test takers in our region and qualified for the National Hispanic Recognition Program, which allows them to include this prestigious designation on their college applications.

Soon, each sophomore and junior will receive a copy of ‘The Official Student Guide to the PSAT/NMSQT’ published by the College Board, which contains more details about the exam. Please encourage your student to take the free practice exams available on the College Board website.

We believe strongly in preparing our students for college, and believe this test to be an important part of our college prep experience. This test does carry a fee of $20, which may be submitted any time between now and the day of the test, October 10th. Please, if you are able, consider sponsoring another student who may find this fee a financial hardship. Any funds collected above and beyond the testing fee will be donated to the Student Activity Fund. Juniors who are on the Free/Reduced Lunch program have their fee waived automatically.

Please make checks payable to OSA for $20 and write PSAT/your student’s name in the memo line.

How To Prepare
Visit https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org/psat-nmsqt-psat-10/practice/full-length-practice-tests for free practice exams. Come to school on October 10th well-rested, with #2 pencils, and having eaten breakfast. Testing will take place on campus in designated testing rooms, and will replace our usual morning schedule.

How To Pay
Send your student with $20 via check or money order anytime between now and testing day. We prefer students do not pay in cash, but it will be accepted if that is the most convenient option for your family. Students who pay before the day of the test will receive a receipt strictly for your records – it will not be required for entry on testing day. Please consider sponsoring additional students if you are able. Students should bring their payment to Ms. Romy in room 232.

Please contact Romy Douglass with any questions:

Romy Douglass
Director of Data & Special Projects

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Important Dates

Tuesday, September 25

Event: APT – POC Meeting
Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
Location: OSA Room 302

Wednesday, September 26

Event: Financial Aid Workshop
Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Location: OSA Student Center

Tuesday, October 2

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

Friday, October 5

Event: Theater – “I’m Coming Out” Cabaret
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Sweet’s Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland

Saturday, October 6

Event: Theater – “I’m Coming Out” Cabaret
7:00 – 10:00 pm
Sweet’s Ballroom, 1933 Broadway, Oakland

Tuesday, October 9

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

Saturday, October 13

Event: Board of Directors Meeting
9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, October 16

Event: APT-POC Meeting
6:30 pm
Room 302

Thursday, October 18

Event: Quarter 1 Ends

Friday, October 19

Event: Indigenous People Day – NO SCHOOL

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Congratulations to…

…William Poulter, 11th grade Instrumental Music student (classical guitar ensemble), who was accepted as a member into the SF Symphony Youth Orchestra on Flute. San Francisco Symphony Youth Orchestra is hailed as one of the finest in the world!

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Weekly Announcements

General Announcements

OSA Planners: A limited number of OSA planners are available for high school students. They can be picked up in the counseling office or in 319.

Lunchtime Work Recovery: Students who have been marked down in a class due to tardiness should attend Work Recovery Tuesday at lunch in Room 338 for an opportunity to improve their grade

Savage Jazz Dance Company’s Fall Intensive 2018: Begins September 25 in OSA’s 3rd-floor dance studios. The intensive runs from September 25 through January 13 and offers two Dance Training tracks:

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

Register in advance to take advantage of steeply discounted class rates!

For more info or to pick up registration materials, come see Mr. Savage or Ms. Hurley at OSA’s 3rd-floor dance studios or email sjdcfb@yahoo.com.

Student Government Update

Congratulations to the following students for securing positions in our student government:

Middle School: 6th Rep- Reyhana Shepard, 7th Rep – McKenzie Mohun, 8th Rep – Isaiah Johnson, Secretary – Milo Trejo, Treasurer – Tessa Rosen

High School: 9th Rep – Xander Vasquez

Juniors and Seniors

SAT Prep Available at OSA for the November 3 Test: Achieve Learning is providing SAT Prep at OSA on Mondays, beginning 9/24, with a diagnostic test followed by class from 1:00 – 5:00 pm on 10/1, 10/15/ 10/22, and 10/29. (No class 10/8) Four hours of testing and 16 hours of instruction, $275. Email madison@achievelearning.org.

Club Announcements

Political Science Club: The club will begin going over local candidates for CA Elections. Students who are voting or who would just like to learn more about the next election come to Room 322 at lunch on Tuesdays.

Womxn of Color Club is meeting Tuesdays at lunch in Room 202.

The Robotics Club meets Tuesdays in Room 338.

The Gardening Club meets Fridays in Room 338.

BAStA (Bay Area Student Activist) reminds students that there are donation boxes at the 18th and 19th Street entrances for a large homeless camp that burned down recently. Many people lost all of their belongings. Please donate imperishable food, backpacks, toiletries, tarps, warm clothing, etc.

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CS First Coding Club

cs first coding club


  • Tuesdays after school – meet in Room 222 and we will walk to the STEAM lab
  • Thursdays at lunch – Room 222

Students can come to one or both sessions each week. Sign-ups are not required!

scratch cat

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Financial Empowerment Summit for High School Girls

YWCA financial empowerment summit

Click to view flyer

The YWCA is offering a Financial Empowerment Summit for High School Girls. This is a great opportunity for our high school juniors and seniors. Many seniors have already signed up!

Program Schedule
8:30 am: Registration & Breakfast Bites
9:30 – 9:45 am: Opening
9:45 – 11:00 am: Interactive Module
11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Two Workshops
12:30- 1:30 pm: Lunch
1:30 – 1:45 pm: Closing

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Parent to Parent

Events, activities, and classes shared by parents for parents. parent2parent

Calling all Middle Schoolers! Want to join the new Ultimate Frisbee team at OSA?
The sport of Ultimate, as it’s commonly referred to, combines some of the most exciting elements of basketball, soccer, and non-contact football. Practice begins Monday, October 1, 4:00 – 5:30 pm at Bushrod Park in Oakland. Players from other middle schools are also welcome to join, and this team will have players from Claremont Middle School in Oakland. No tryouts, no experience necessary, all are welcome. Ultimate frisbee is a fast-paced, low-cost sport. The team will participate in tournaments hosted by the Bay Area Disc Association, and financial aid is available. For more info, contact coach Patsy Smith (mom to 6th grade Monique Wethy – vocal music) at carmengetit@gmail.com, and join the google group at https://groups.google.com/forum/#!forum/ultimate-ms-claremont-osa/join. There is also a Konstella social group called “ultimate frisbee team middle school.”

Parenting U – Coming Saturday, October 13!
If you had the opportunity to find out from experts, in one short day, how to be a more knowledgeable, empathic, and effective parent, wouldn’t you take it?


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SOS4Students and The Julia Morgan School for Girls are excited to bring back, by popular demand, Parenting U, a conference for parents of students in grades 4 – 9. You won’t want to miss this event!

Event: Parenting U
Date: Saturday, October 13
Time: 9:00 am – 1:00 pm (Doors at 8:30 am)
Location: The Julia Morgan School for Girls (5000 MacArthur Boulevard)

Come away with key skills to make it easier to parent your tweens and teens, this year and onward. Learn from leading clinicians and educators! An unparalleled parent enrichment opportunity.

For more information and to register:

See you there!

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Did You Know…?

Did you know?

You can prepay online for student lunch! Set up an account at MySchoolBucks.com. Options include receiving notifications when your account balance is low and turning on automatic account funding.

OSA Commuters is an online resource for families looking to connect with other families for carpooling, commuting together on BART or bus, etc. Students can also find out where to buy discounted Clipper cards for use on BART. OSA Commuters is password-protected for your privacy. Request a password at https://aptosa.org/on-the-go/!

Shopping at konstella.com/amazon is better than shopping at smile.amazon.com! When you shop on Amazon via konstella.com/amazon or the Amazon links on Konstella, OSA receives 2% of the purchase amount. Compared to 0.5% for going directly to smile.amazon.com purchases, that’s a clear win. Bookmark konstella.com/amazon now so you’ll have it next time you shop!

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Useful Links

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