Vol: 17 No: 7 October 7, 2018

In this issue:

Please Come Join Us for the First APT General Meeting of the Year!
APT-OSA Fundraiser on GoodEggs.com!
Coffee and Q&A with Dr. Christian Patz
Spanish Classes on Campus! Registration Deadline is 10/10!
OSA Yearbook!
Save the Date!
Upcoming Events for High School Seniors
The PSAT is Coming Soon for All 10th & 11th Graders
Important Dates
Weekly Announcements
The Technovation Challenge
CS First Coding Club
Financial Empowerment Summit for High School Girls
Parent to Parent
Useful Links

Please Come Join Us for the First APT General Meeting of the Year!

Hello fellow parents,

This coming Tuesday, October 9, will be our first APT general meeting of the year. We invite all parents to come by the Student Center at 6 pm. The first part of the meeting will be a facilitated gathering led by APT Secretary Matt Lipner. There will be community building activities, including gauging levels of comfort and knowledge of OSA. We will also solicit questions and comments about your experience with OSA. This is also a great time to meet your fellow parents.

The second half of the meeting will feature Matthew Travisano, OSA’s Artistic Director. He will discuss enhancements to the arts program, including thematic approaches and changes at the emphasis level. Mr. Travisano will take questions as well.

Our meeting is from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Emphasis meetings follow, so please plan on being at OSA from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Thank you. We look forward to seeing you then!

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OSA Annual Fund UPDATE

******DONATE TODAY!******

We are off to a fantastic start with $190,563 raised and 21% school participation!

This is twice what we had raised at this time last year!

This year, OSA is asking for a tax-deductible gift of $2,250 per student to bridge the gap between state and local funding and what is needed to support your student’s education. It is our hope that you can help us meet this goal, but any gift counts.

Ways to Give:

  • One Time Gift: (Checks preferred, or online).
  • Matching: Click here to find out if your company offers a Matching Gifts program.
  • Recurring Gift: Please consider meeting the per student ask with a monthly gift of $250 to support your student’s 60+ hours per month of arts programming and our stellar faculty. If this gift is not possible, even $25/month goes a long way.

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

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Place a Good Eggs order this week to be entered to win a yearlong family membership to the Exploratorium

5% on all orders goes back to our school this fall.

good eggs

How do you join the fundraiser?

1. Visit schools.goodeggs.com.

2. Enter the code OAKARTS and click “Shop Now.”

3. Add your groceries to your Good Eggs basket and place your order. You will see confirmation text on the checkout page that says “You’re supporting Oakland School for the Arts APT!”

New customers get $15 off with this code and if 20 new customers join the fundraiser, our school gets a $500 fundraising bonus.

Shop for Good Eggs’ “Exploratorium Snack Packs”
Each snack pack includes a week’s worth of kids’ snacks and a DIY science experiment designed by the Exploratorium.

exploratorium snack pack

Fundraiser terms & details

One winner across Good Eggs’ school partners will be chosen to win a yearlong family membership to the Exploratorium. Five additional families will win a 4-pack of family day passes. Orders placed between October 8 to October 14 qualify for the contest. You must use the code OAKARTS on your order to join the fundraiser and enter the contest. You will see confirmation text that reads “You’re supporting Oakland School for the Arts!” at checkout. If you use another code at checkout your order will not be counted toward the fundraiser. Once you’ve used the code on an order, it will stick in your basket through the fundraising period –– no need to enter it again.

Good Eggs is an online grocery market in the Bay Area delivering absurdly fresh groceries.
Shop today for same-day delivery straight to your doorstep––no subscription required.
Delivery is free on all orders over $60.

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Click image for full-size Good Eggs flyer

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Coffee and Q&A with Dr. Christian Patz

Please join us for coffee and Q&A with Dr. Christian Patz, our Director of Special Ed at OSA.

On Wednesday, October 17, at 8:30 am we will serve up coffee in the Black Box Theater, accessible via our 19th Street entrance. OSA has traditionally held a ‘Coffee with the Executive Director’ in years past, and this year we are expanding to include not only Brian Köhn but also additional members of staff.

Our first coffee of the year features Dr. Patz, who will be able to answer questions about the assessment process and general structure of OSA’s Special Ed department. Please note that due to privacy concerns, Dr. Patz will not be able to discuss specific students and their particular needs.

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Spanish Classes on Campus, 2 Levels, 2x/Week

Registration Deadline: October 10/10

Who: Students 6th – 8th grade in Fall 2018
What: Spanish language classes led by native speakers — Classes will focus on comprehension and conversation related to topics relevant to teens. Students will be exposed to a variety of grammatical concepts and verb tenses. Students learn through music, learning games and cultural projects, as well as traditional reading, writing and listening activities. Students with no prior Spanish experience should enroll in the “New Students” class. Those who have a minimum of 2 years of prior experience in Spanish should enroll in the “Prior Experience” class. Minimum 6 / maximum 15 students per class.
Where: Oakland School for the Arts (rooms TBD)
When: 3:30 – 4:20 pm, Wednesdays & Fridays
Dates: Oct. 17, 2018 – May 24, 2019 (54 classes, follows school calendar)
Tuition: $810

  • Non-refundable deposit of 12% of tuition due at registration
  • Option to pay balance as 7 monthly payments of $107.31
  • 10% discount for 2nd + sibling
  • By registering you are committing to pay the full year tuition either as one annual payment or 7 additional monthly payments
  • Refunds for early withdrawal will be given for unused months of class, less 30% of remaining tuition due
  • A $25 per month late fee will be charged if tuition is not paid by the 10th of the following month
  • A limited number of partial scholarships are available. Please contact Viva el Español.
  • All classes subject to cancellation due to low enrollment or classroom availability
  • Registration: Registrations confirmed on a first-come, first served basis.
  • Please register online at www.vivaelespanol.org/east-bay-programs/school-based-programs/. Registration
    deadline is October 10.

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OSA Yearbook!

We’re really excited about this year’s Oakland School for the Arts Yearbook. Why? Because you can add your own photos and memories to your personalized copy. All you have to do is create a free account with TreeRing, our new publisher.

Your book includes two free pages for you to personalize with your own photos and memories. The personal pages are totally optional, so if you just want the more traditional yearbook, that’s okay, too.

Whichever you choose, you can click here to purchase a yearbook for $45.00. Look for discounts if you purchase in October.

If you are going to use the personal pages, please have them done and buy your copy of the yearbook by March 15, 2019.

Oakland School for the Arts Leadership Class Yearbook Team

Direct Purchase link: https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1015363566552388

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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

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, October 9

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

Wednesday, October 10

Event: PSAT Testing (Grades 10&11)
8:00 am

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

Thursday, October 25

Event: Literary Arts – Enizagam Reading
6:00 – 7:30 pm
Black Box Theater

Event: Theater Mainstage – CHURCH
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sweet’s Ballroom

Friday, October 26

Event: Visual Arts – Drawing Exhibit
4:30 – 8:00 pm
White Box

Event: Theater Mainstage – CHURCH
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sweet’s Ballroom

Saturday, October 27

Event: Visual Arts – Drawing Exhibit
1:00 – 4:00 pm
White Box

Event: Theater Mainstage – CHURCH
7:00 – 9:00 pm
Sweet’s Ballroom

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Weekly Announcements

Latinos Unidos will be meeting every week on Tuesday and this week on Wednesday at lunch to help plan for the Latino Heritage assembly on Oct 18th. Todos bienvenidos!

Come to the youth-led “Voces Fuertes” benefit concert to support families at the border on October 26th at First Presbyterian Church Of Berkeley. It will feature many talented young artists from around the Bay Area. All proceeds go to Migrant Clinicians Network, an organization that provides medical care for families seeking asylum and connects them with lawyers, doctors, and educational resources to facilitate a path towards safety, health, and stability. You can purchase your tickets online at vocesfuertes.eventbrite.com!

On Friday at lunch, CKerr held a Teach-In for anyone interested in learning more or sharing information about children and families held in detention centers. Tuesday, October 9, is the deadline for legibly handwritten letters to a child held in detention centers from all interested OSA students and employees. If you find that CKerr’s box is full, they’ll also have a separate box for letters in the main office.

October’s issue of OSA’s school newspaper, The Telegraph, is now online! Go to osatelegraph.org to read articles written and published by the Literary Arts department, featuring an interview with Daveed Diggs, an examination of recent Nike partnership with Colin Kaepernick, reporting on the sexual assault of Ariana Grande, the rise of electric scooters in Oakland—plus updates on current art and music in the bay and beyond. Also be sure to check out your October horoscope told through poetry! All on this month’s issue of the OSA Telegraph.

Congratulations to the Inaugural Staff of KOSA Radio
These students applied and interviewed for the positions below¨ please take time to congratulate them:

  • Program Director – Tobiassen Andres
  • Music Director – Sarah Schecter
  • Assistant Program Director – Jack Melicher
  • Assistant Music Director – Metsehafe Eyob
  • Webmaster- Maxwell Tatem

In addition to the new positions, KOSA has an Inaugural Marketing & Promotional Team and webmaster.

KOSA RADIO Presents “The Stranger Things” Treasure Hunt starting Oct. 22nd – 31st. Collect the all the treasure and win the Grand Prize DVD season 1 and 2 Netflix series “Stranger Things.” Find the daily treasure and collect a waffle treat……..

For more details Listen to KOSARADIO.Org Where Minds, Words, Music, and Rhymes Meet.

Womxn of Color Club now meets Fridays at lunch in Room 202!

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The Technovation Challenge

technovation challenge

Girls, are you interested in learning to code and making a difference in the world? The Technovation Challenge offers girls around the world the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to become tech entrepreneurs and leaders.

You will join a team to create, build, and sell an app that addresses a problem in your community. You will be given the opportunity to pitch your idea at a special event in San Francisco.

Please note that Technovation requires a commitment of about 4-5 hours a week, either after school or at lunch, to complete the curriculum in time.

To be eligible to participate in Technovation as a student, you must be between the ages of 10 to 18 as of August 1, 2019 and identify as female. To be fully registered, you must form or join a team. No more than 5 girls are allowed to join a team. You can only join one team.

Interested? Contact Mrs. Yan in room 248 or shoot her an email at cyan@oakarts.org. Registration begins on October 1, so sign up ASAP!

To learn more, visit technovationchallenge.org.

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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!

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Financial Empowerment Summit for High School Girls

YWCA financial empowerment summit

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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!

Date: Friday, November 2
Time: 9:00 am – 1:45 pm (Doors at 8:30 am)
Location: YWCA, 2600 Bancroft Way, Berkeley
See flyer for additional details.

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

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Auditions for “Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead” by Bert V. Royal are on October 14th!

Bay Area Zeta Players, founded in 2012, is the East Bay’s only teen-run, nonprofit theatre company. Join a community of high school theatre artists in our 6th season ever! Email bayareazetaplayers@gmail.com to secure your audition slot. Go to: bayareazetaplayers.org to learn more.


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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Useful Links

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