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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

Safety Patrol in Action

Otis Outlook - Parent Newsletter

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

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

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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

No School - Staff Development Day - Monday October 12
Posted by: Paul Fogel
Published: 10/7/15

Early Release Friday Ocober 23 - Teacher Collaboration Day
K @ 11:40, Grades 1-5 @ 12:30 Continue
Posted by: Paul Fogel
Published: 10/7/15

New FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps May Impact You!
Linked below is a press release from the City of Alameda about the new FEMA floodplain maps. Based on new modeling techniques, they have identified properties in Alameda that may be affected by the 100 year flood or 500 year flood. These loca... Continue
Posted by: Paul Fogel
Published: 10/7/15


On Friday, October 30, 2015, the PTA will host one of our largest fundraising events at Otis School!

Last year, we raised more than $50,000 and this year we're hoping to meet or exceed that mark. We are asking each student try to raise a minimum of $100. The money we raise is used for art and garden docents, books, technology, small-group reading and math instructors, assemblies, lunchtime supervisors, kinder music, and much, much more.
Envelopes will be sent home this week. Students can collect cash or checks (made out to Otis PTA), or you can ask donors to make their donation online at otispta.myschoolcentral.com and choose the "Walk-a-Thon" option.
Students who raise money for Walk-a-Thon will have a chance to win amazing prizes. Every $20 raised earns a raffle ticket, and there are special prizes for top earners. The classroom that raises the most money wins a special pizza party, and if we meet our $45,000 goal, the whole school gets ice cream sandwiches and bonus recess time!
Here are some of the special prizes this year:
  • Grandparent Prize: Special prize for the largest single donation from a grandparent.
  • Aunt or Uncle: For the largest donation from an aunt or uncle.
  • Largest Number of Pledges: For the student who gathers pledges from the most people, even if it's not the largest total amount.
  • Highest Total Pledges Earned: The top fundraiser wins a Kindle Fire HD6 Tablet!
Every $20 raised earns a raffle ticket, and thanks to the hard work of parent volunteer Deirdre Freeman, our prizes this year include gift certificates for "Kid and Parent" dates at places like Cinema Grill/Alameda Theater, Capone's Restaurant, C'Era Una Volta, Trabocco, Linguini's, Subpar Mini Golf, Artistic Home, and other spots. Plus we'll be giving away gift certificates to local favorites like High Scores Arcade, Lauren's Closet, Honour Brand, Rocket Reuse, Soccer Post, Alameda Bicycle, Loard's Ice Cream, Color Me Mine, Tucker's Ice Cream, Monkey Bars, Pedal Beach, and Toy Safari. We have more than 50 prizes in all!
Students will arrive to school, go to classrooms, and begin walking according to the schedule:
We Need Volunteers!
Day-of volunteer sign ups: Click HERE
Other volunteers: Click HERE  
Have any questions? Send them to Jeryn at carlisi@mac.com.

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!

  1. Go to mylifetouch.com
  2. Log in with your Portrait ID and the Otis Access Code: CB035613Q0

Pedidos en español disponibles por internet. Utiliza tu ID del retrato y el código de acceso de tu paquete del retrato.

To redeem your complimentary digital SmileSafe card, click here.

Parent/Guardian, how was this year’s school picture experience? Take a survey

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!

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.

     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: 10/10/15


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