- Otis 101
Click HERE to access the Summer Scholars Online Resources.
Calling all volunteers!
Please remember to sign-in at the office and wear a visitor/volunteer badge EVERY time you come to help! The staff and I will ask all adults to do this, even if you're a "regular" on site. Please understand that we're doing this for everyone's safety! Thank you
Safety Patrol in Action
Otis Outlook - Parent Newsletter
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A casual online setting where you can ask fellow parents questions, and a few teachers too.
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WELCOME TO OUR SCHOOL
Our Mission: To work collaboratively with students, parents and community members to provide a caring, inclusive, safe and engaging learning environment that promotes high achievement and personal best for all students as life-long learners.
Annual Back to School Registration
Welcome Back! Starting Wednesday, August 3, 2016, Alameda Unified School District's Annual Online Back to School Registration window powered by InfoSnap was opened.
Your child's confidence depends on yours!
Join School Smarts, our school community’s annual parent education workshop:
Your opportunity to meet other families, talk about childhood development, learn how our school works, and share ideas on how to keep your child encouraged, learning, and confident is here!
Learn more: http://bit.ly/SchoolSmartsBrochure
The Main Branch of the Alameda Free Library turns 10 years old in November! To celebrate this milestone the Friends of the Alameda Library would like to gather as many Alameda 10 year olds as they can to participate in a group photo to be used for marketing and in media publications. The photo will be taken on Saturday, September 10th in front of the Main Library at approximately 9:00am.
If your child is interested in being a part of the photo, a photo release will need to be filled out prior to participation. The photo release (and more information about the event) can be found on the library website: www.alamedafree.org or by calling (510) 747-7705.
Kindergarten classes will have new hours this year, aligning them with grades 1 - 5:
M,Tu,Th, F 8:20am - 2:50pm
Wednesday 8:20am - 1:50pm
We have a new Principal, Mrs. Tanya Harris. Dr. Shirley Clem has taken a new position at our District Office working on Elementary Curriculum. Read Mrs. Harris' introduction to the school below:
Dear Otis Elementary Community,
Welcome new and returning families to the start of what promises to be an amazing school year!
My name is Tanya Harris and I am thrilled to embark upon this journey with you as your new principal. I am new to Alameda Unified, but have been educating children and supporting teachers for over 17 years. My husband and I have relocated from Oakland to Alameda with our 12 year old son, our cat, and puppy. Our older son is starting his freshman year at Arizona State University. We love "Island" life, and you can see us sipping coffee on Park Street, strolling along the beach with Pixie the pup, or shopping at Trader Joes. Mason, my 12 year old loves to ride his skateboard to get boba tea. I like to spend downtime reading, exercising, and eating!
I look forward to meeting you all at the picnic on the August 19th and having a cup of coffee on August 22nd.
Mrs. Harris has prepared a letter with all of the important information you'll need to get the year started right. Click here to view or download her letter.
New Bell Schedule
Due to the construction happening on the blacktop, Dr. Clem developed a new bell schedule intended to limit the number of kids on the yard at any one time. There are now 3 morning recesses instead of 2. There are still 2 afternoon recesses like the old schedule.
Become an Otis Summer Scholar!
Did you know that kids can lose up to 3 months of learning during the summer?
Prevent "Summer Slide!" Participate in our Summer Scholar Program!
Through reading and practicing math skills, students can earn a Summer Scholar Award, a collectable button and a pizza party in the Fall. Forms went home in Wednesday envelopes on June 8, and they can also be found HERE. Check out the awesome online summer learning programs on our Media Center webpage, and keep learning alive!
Free and Reduced Meal Applications
Free and Reduced Meal Applications for the upcoming 2016-2017 school year will be delivered to all sites the 1st week of August. We will be sending each site the amount of their enrollment. If more applications are needed, the application will be available to print on the District website in the Food and Nutrition Services Department section. If you have any questions, please call Food and Nutrition Services at 510-337-7079.
PLEASE look for this in your child’s 1st day envelope on Monday, August 22, 2016.
We are Gold Ribbon!
Otis School has been recognized as a CA Gold Ribbon School for its exemplary Early Literacy Learning Program that involves parent and community volunteers, strategic reading groups, support for English Language Learners and research-based instructional strategies and assessments.
We are extremely proud of this accomplishment, and very grateful for the talent and dedication of our extraordinary teachers, program coordinators, reading volunteers, PTA, School Site Council, and supportive community who help to make literacy learning groups, and our kids, a big success.
2016 Spring Fling - A Record Breaking Success!
We are very happy to report that this year's Spring Fling was our most successful ever: as of Monday, this event (including ticket sales, online auction, silent and live auction, and other donations) raised a grand total of $53,091.81! Thank you once again to all the parents, teachers, and staff who made this success possible. These funds will help the Otis PTA with remaining expenses for the end of this year, and also will help us kick off next year poised to help teachers purchase supplies, plan assemblies and field trips, enhance recess support, and other needs. Did we mention Spring Fling was also a blast to attend? Thanks again to everyone for keeping this fun tradition alive!
Walkathon 2015 raises most money ever!
The results are in: the 2015 Otis Walkathon raised a whopping $51,854.51! This was more than our goal - and more than we raised last year - so THANK YOU parents - and thanks to all your friends and family - for all the hard work and generous donations that made this possible.
Special thanks to Jeryn Carlisi and Monica Vigil-Dombeck, who put in many hours crunching the numbers and coordinating this year's event and to all of the volunteers who worked so hard to make this our most successful Walkathon ever!
Don't Miss This Year's School Picture!
School portraits are on their way (or have been delivered), but it isn't too late if you haven't ordered yet!
Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten Roundup for the 2016 - 2017 School Year
Will your child be turning 5 soon? Check out the AUSD timeline for enrollment into the Transitional Kindergarten or Kindergarten programs. Please note, the birthdate cutoffs outlined in California ...more
Common Core Test Resources
Looking for information about the Common Core tests your students took last spring? AUSD’s "Common Core Assessments" web page offers a wealth of information on the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP), also known as the "Common Core Test" or "Smarter, Balanced Test." Please visit the page to find an FAQ about CAASPP, links to layperson-friendly websites about the assessment, and updates on when the results from last spring's test will be released. Families will also be receiving information about understanding the test results in the mail when the individual student reports are sent out in September.
Otis PTA Web Store
Want to make a direct donation to the Otis PTA, sponsor a child for the Walkathon, or buy Fall Carnival tickets?
Visit the Otis PTA Store at https://otispta.myschoolcentral.com.
Click here to watch the Otis Expectations Student Video.
School Office Hours: 8:00AM to 4:00PM
Grades K-5 8:20 - 2:50
Wednesday dismissal time is 1:50
Alameda Education Foundation
Enrichment Class Flyer for Fall 2015 - coming soon!
Don't forget to purchase your Otis t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags on-line at
Alameda Island Kids
AIK offers before and afterschool on-site daycare at Otis.