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

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.

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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


Our Mission: To work collaboratively with parents, students 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

Alameda Spelling Bee

The first annual Alameda Spelling Bee will be held at Otis on February 7th at 9:30AM. To register, click here.  For more information see alamedaspellingbee.org.  Continue
Posted by: Paul Fogel
Published: 1/21/15

Kindergarten Enrollment Process
if you have an incoming Kindergarten student for next school year, 2015-16, it is important that you begin the enrollment process soon.  

The on-line enrollment begins Thursday, January 15th.  

In order for siblings to be enro... Continue
Posted by: Paul Fogel
Published: 1/21/15

Nominate a teacher for AUSD's Teacher of the Year

Do you know a teacher who goes above and beyond in (and out of) the classroom? Alameda Unified School District (AUSD) is now accepting nominations for its Teacher of the Year program and wants to hear from you!

Designed to honor and recognize excellent teachers in AUSD, the Teacher of the Year award has in past years gone to a wide range of teachers, including:

  • a high school teacher who dedicates many hours to making sure his students understand the complexity of advanced math (Michael Lamb, Alameda High School);
  • an elementary school teacher who has shown outstanding commitment to her Title 1 students (Elizabeth Young, Washington Elementary School);
  • a high school teacher who introduced her students to innovative thinking and reading skills in the classroom (Tracy Corbally, Alameda Science and Technology Institute);
  • an 8th grade core teacher who started an innovative anti-bullying program (Chris Hansen, Lincoln Middle Sc
  • hool); and
  • a high school teacher who uses research-based instructional methods to help at-risk students (John Nolan, Island High School).

How the process works:
After being nominated, AUSD teachers who meet the county and state criteria are invited to participate in the next phase of the process, which requires them to submit an application packet (including a resume, an introductory letter, and letters of support) to the district office.

The AUSD Teacher of the Year Selection Committee then meets to screen applications and determine which applicants will move onto the next phase: classroom observations. During that stage, the Selection Committee members visit classrooms, interview finalists, and determine this year’s Teacher of the Year.

That teacher will be formally recognized by the Board of Education in May, 2015 and honored by the Alameda County Office of Education in the fall of 2015. He or she also becomes eligible for the Alameda County Teacher of the Year Award, as well as the State Teacher of the Year Award.

Who can nominate a teacher? Anyone in Alameda – including parents, students, staff, and other community members. Nomination forms are available here on the AUSD website; the deadline is February 9, 2015. Please send us your nominees (and stay tuned for news of the Classified School Employee of the Year program, too)!

New District Volunteer Fingerprinting Procedures!

As of January 15, 2015 there are new procedures for AUSD Volunteer Fingerprinting.

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.  Here are the new procedures:

  1. Parent/guardian volunteers will need to go to their child's school and pick up the NEW Livescan packet and begin the fingerprinting process.
  2. Complete Volunteer Information Agreement and leave with school office staff - office staff will go on to Megan's Law website to confirm volunteer is ok to volunteer and scan it to AUSD-HR.
  3. Take Livescan form to one of the vendors listed in packet - pay them directly.
  4. Bring completed Livescan form back to school - school will scan it to AUSD-HR.
  5. Livescan only needs to be done once for the lifetime of your child(ren) in AUSD.
  6. The Volunteer Information Agreement needs to be completed with each new school year.

For the paperwork, see Jan Evans in the Otis office.

Or, 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!


Alameda Little League Challenger Division Registration Open

TO: Parents and Caregivers of Special Needs Children in the City of Alameda
FROM: Alameda Little League

The 2015 season marks the inaugural season of the Challenger Division in Alameda Little League.  Challenger Division was established by Little League International to enable boys and girls with physical and mental challenges to enjoy the game of baseball along with the millions of other players who participate in this sport worldwide.  

In a Challenger game, each player gets a chance at bat. No score is kept.
Players receive uniforms and safety equipment and most importantly, play baseball!  

If your child resides in the City of Alameda, or the child attends a school in the Alameda School District, and might be interested in participating in the Challenger Division, please register for the upcoming season.  Registration fee for the upcoming Challenger Division season is $125.   Don’t let your child be left out!  Register today!  

To register visit: www.eteamz.com/alamedalittleleague

For more information contact: Clayton Woo, VP Challenger Division, clayton_woo@yahoo.com

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


Today: 1/30/15
11:00 AM Early Release - K @ 11:40, Grades 1-5 @ 12:30


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

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