Vol: 18 No: 1 August 19, 2019

In this issue:

Alliance of Parents & Teachers
Save the Date!
Message from Interim Executive Director
First Week of School
Important Dates
Weekly Announcements
OSA Picture Day
A’s Game Announcement
Parent to Parent
Useful Links

Alliance of Parents & Teachers

APT is committed to OSA as a diverse, equitable  and inclusive school community. A place where students thrive, and where parents, teachers, and students— together with the school leadership and board, partner to ensure the success of the school.

The APT Board is a diverse group of parents who have been involved at the school through: 

  • APT Board
  • APT general meetings
  • APT-POC (Parents of Color), and Students of Color Board
  • Special education advocacy 
  • Parent Education
  • School’s Pathway design and planning 
  • Arts emphasis committee(s) 
  • OSA events and fundraising activities

Please join us for the Monthly APT General Meetings!  Download: 2019-20 APT Welcomes You!! – Info Slides

Sign-up for KonstellaThis is how OSA’s APT provides you important information & updates on OSA!

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Save the Date!

General APT Meeting

Time: Thursday, August 29, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
SPECIAL MEETING: Meet OSA Board of Directors, and APT Board Members as we plan for OSA’s Charter Renewal and the year ahead!

The Charter Renewal process is CRITICAL to ensure the future of OSA.  Meaningful parent engagement is a key ingredient to the success of the Charter Renewal.  Please come out to learn more!

Location: OSA Student Center

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Message from Interim Executive Director

Welcome to the 2019-2020 School year!

We are so excited to begin this year and continue to grow as a community.  Our theme this year is, “If You Knew My Story”. With such an amazing and dynamic group of passionate people among us, we feel it is imperative to share our stories with each other and the story of OSA with the world around us.

We are working very closely as a team to support to ensure students and families feel assured that this will be a successful year.

We want to be sure you are aware of the new Leadership Roles:

  • Staci A. Smith – Interim Executive Director
  • Mike Oz – Interim Principal
  • Katy Zaugg – Interim Assistant Principal
More details to come soon!    We are looking forward to a fantastic school year!
Staci A. Smith
Interim Executive Director
Oakland School for the Arts

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First Week of School

Bell Schedule we are implementing is a 2­ Day Block schedule:

  • The school day will begin at 8:15am for all students.
  • Middle School will be released at 3:20pm.
  • High School will be released at 4:15pm.
  • Early Release Day is changing to Wednesday.
  • Block Schedule Days will be Wednesday and Thursday.

For more information, see Staci Smith’s end-of-year Family Letter.

Download OSA 2019-20 Bell Schedule

Be Sure To Be On-Time Everyday!  Tardy Bell Rings at 8:20am for Middle School & High School.

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Other Important Dates

OSA 2019-20 Academic Calendar

Monday, Sept 2
Event: Labor Day – NO SCHOOL

Thursday, Sept 5
Event: Back to School Night

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Weekly Announcements

After School Program

Please READ and SUBMIT the following ASP Letter and Form regarding 2019-20 After School Programming at OSA.

Thank You to OSA Parents for the Amazing OSA Teacher Appreciation Lunch!

Please see “Thank you Announcement” from OSA’s Romy Douglass.  – “When the teachers walked into Sweet’s for lunch, I wish you all could have seen the collective jaw drop at all the delicious food, drinks and desserts laid out for them. Just as our children express themselves through art, many of us also express ourselves through the act of giving and receiving food. The faculty felt nurtured and cared for today thanks to your efforts.”

OSA Student and Family Handbook

Please Download OSA Student and Family Handbook.  Please contact Katy Zaugg for questions: kzaugg@oakarts.org

PODS: Parents of Students with Disabilities

PODS is where OSA families can build community and support each other, and help the administration and faculty create and sustain an educational community where students with disabilities are fully supported and enjoy full inclusion, representation, respect, and dignity.

Next PODS Meeting: September 11, 6:00-7:30pm

(Konstella Event)

Interim Assistant Principal

Dear OSA Community, 

As we begin the ‘19-’20 school year, our focus is on ensuring students and families are being supported.  As Mike Oz has stepped into the Interim Principal role, there is a need for a Student Support Services administrator.  I am pleased to announce that Katy Zaugg has agreed to step into this role as Interim Assistant Principal. Ms. Zaugg’s position as Dean will be posted for a person to be on contract.  Until that position is filled, Ms. Zaugg and Mr. Oz and Ms. Schultz will work as a team to support students. 

Please join me in congratulating Ms. Katy Zaugg. Thank you. 

Staci A. Smith 
Interim Executive Director 
Oakland School for the Arts

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OSA Picture Day: August 27, 2019

Download Picture Day Flyer with order form code.

Please contact Katy Zaugg for questions: kzaugg@oakarts.org

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A’s Game Announcement

Date: September 20th
Event: Public Charter School Night at the Oakland A’s
Sponsored by: Families In Action for Quality Education (FIA)
What is it? A large scale event to celebrate Oakland charter school students, families and staff in order to build momentum and positive identity early in the school year. The better visibility that Oakland charter schools have in our community, the better. The goal is to have 5,000 identifiable charter families, teachers, faculty, etc at the game to show how many of us are committed to public charter schools.
More Details: Friday, September 20, 2019, 7:07pm

Game: A’s versus Texas Rangers

6:00pm – welcome table in parking lot

6:30pm-7pm charter families/stakeholders seated

How to order tickets:

Michael Rodgers, Ticket Office, mrodgers@athletics.com

Tickets for this event are $5 each, a 75% discount

Romy Douglass
Chief of Staff
Oakland School for the Arts
530 18th Street
Oakland CA 94612

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Parent to Parent


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

Upcoming Events to be Posted Here.  More to Come…

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Useful Links

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