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Otis Outlook - Parent Newsletter

To contact Otis PTA Outlook, please send an e-mail to otisoutlook@gmail.com 

Contact the Otis School Webmaster

Parent Talk at Otis? Join the Otis PTA YahooGroups.

A casual online setting where you can ask fellow parents questions, and a few teachers too.

To subscribe, send an email to: 

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

The memory board for Rachel and Annika at Otis is now on display outside the Multi-Purpose Room during the day (generally 9am-4pm). Parents and children are encouraged to stop by, remember, and reflect.

In order to develop a permanent memorial on the Otis campus, the school has established the "Zinsley Memorial Fund".  If you would like to contribute, please make checks payable to Otis School, with a line in the memo that says "Zinsley Fund." Donations can be given directly to Terri Cooley in the main office, or mailed to 3010 Fillmore Street, Alameda, CA  94501.


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.

Otis News & Notes

New District Information on Free and Reduced-price meals
Please visit the district page for information about free and reduced-price meals.  You may apply online via this link: https://alamedausd-ca.schoolloop.com/FRMP. Continue
Posted by: Paul Fogel
Published: 8/14/15

Back To School Registration for Returning Students

Back To School Registration is the process of updating important information such as your child’s emergency card, health information, and contact information.  Through this process you will be routed through online forms and asked to read important notifications and respond with your authorization.  To complete this process you will need the back to school registration letter that was mailed home on Friday, Aug. 7, to every single currently enrolled AUSD family outlining the instructions for completing the Back To School Registration Process and containing your unique confidential snapcode.  Completion of the Back To School Registration Process is mandatory for every student/family.


Back To School Registration 


After completing Back To School Registration please check back here often for other important Back to School information and dates.

Principal's Welcome Back Letter

Greetings Otis School!  Are you ready for another great year filled with learning and fun?

Read the Principal's Welcome Back letter for lots of important information that you'll need to get back into the swing of things.  Crucial information about

  • Online Re-Registration
  • Class Assignments
  • Office hours
  • the School schedule
  • and much, much more

Click here to read or download the letter in full.  Go Owls!

Re-registration Assistance

If you are having any trouble re-registering your student on the AUSD registration site.  If English is your second language and you don't understand the re-registration process.  If you don't have a computer available.  If you want any help re-registering your student...please come to Otis for that assistance!

Re-registration Help at Otis
Friday, August 21st 9am - 12pm
No RSVP needed, just show up!

Back to School Picnic!

Please join the fun and come to the Otis Back to School Picnic (5:30 pm on

Friday, August 28) at Krusi Park. Everyone is welcome!

This is a great chance for kids and families to get to know each other

before school starts.

Note that this is a POTLUCK, so if your last name begins with... please


· A-G, Drinks

· H-N, Fruits or Vegetables

· O-T, Side dish or chips

· U-Z, Dessert

Hot dogs, condiments, plates, and utensils will be provided by the PTA.

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 Summer Scholar Program

Become an Otis Summer Scholar!  Earn an OWL Award and Prize!

Parents, 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!

Earn a Summer Scholar Award when you return Summer Scholar form with the completed tasks within the first week after we return to school.

THERE’S A SPECIAL CONTEST! Awards and a pizza party will be given to the TOP STUDENTS at each grade-level who have completed the most work in reading and math!

Click here to get your copy of the Otis Summer Scholar Program.

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.

District Volunteer Fingerprinting Procedures

Eager to join your child's class on the fun field trip their teacher has scheduled?  Want to volunteer as your child's class's Art Docent?  

Don't forget that you need to be registered with Livescan beforehand.  Any volunteers who may supervise students outside the presence of certified staff must go through this procedure.

Click here to read AUSD's Livescan Procedures for Volunteers and remember that it will take some time, so don't leave it for the last minute!


     Download Your Otis Event Pictures Here   

Otis Yearbook Lifetouch site:
Enter Access Code: FHRPIO


Or send pictures or questions directly to 
Amy Stewart-Deaker and Marlem Bueno at yearbookotis@gmail.com.
Thank you!      


Today: 8/31/15
8:20 AM Early Release Day - Grades 1 - 5
8:20 AM First Day Of School!
8:20 AM Early Release Day - Kindergarten


School Office Hours: 8:00AM to 4:00PM  

Grade 1-5   8:20 - 2:50

Wednesday dismissal time is 1:50

Kindergarten hours :

8:20 -1:40 - 2 days a week

8:20 - 12:40 - 3 days a week


Alameda Education Foundation

Supporting Student Success!

Enrichment Class Flyer for Fall 2015 - coming soon!

Alameda Island Kids

AIK offers before and afterschool on-site daycare at Otis.  


Fundraising Opportunities

  • Free Money With a Clip!  Clip BoxTops for Otis!
    Please read the flier that was in your 1st Day Envelopes about clipping BoxTops for Otis.  This is an easy way for you to donate, and the kids have fun with classroom contests too!
  • A reminder to sign-up for eScrip so shopping at Safeway benefits Otis
    As part of eScrip's Back to Schools program, Safeway will donate 10% of select purchases to the Otis PTA, at no additional cost to you. 
    It's so easy!  Go to: http://www.escrip.com/
  • eScrip Flyer
  • Nob Hill Q Card Flyer