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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 

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: 


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.


Notice of Public Hearing

In accordance with California Education Code Section 56205[b][1] and 56205[b][2], this serves a public notice that the Policy Board of the North Region Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) at its next regularly scheduled meeting, will be reviewing and adopting 

  • The 2016-17 North Region SELPA Annual Service Plan, and 
  • The 2016-17 North Region SELPA Annual Budget Plan. 

The meeting will be held on May 26, 2016, from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM, at the District Conference Room, Albany Unified School District Office, 1051 Monroe Street, Albany, CA 94706.


If you have questions, please contact the SELPA Office at (510) 525-9806.

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. 

Family Math & Science Night!

Tuesday, May 17th 
6:30-8:00 pm

Otis MPR


Come enjoy an evening of math and science fun for the whole family! 
Build a marshmallow pyramid, fly an airplane, look through a microscope and participate in the Slime Olympics!
Get your passport stamped by completing at least 4 activities and earn a homework pass.

Hope to see you there!

CAASPP Testing in May for Grades 3-5

The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASPP, which has replaced the Standardized Testing and Reporting, or STAR Program, is the new state academic testing program.  CAASPP is a system intended to provide information that can be used to monitor student progress and ensure that all students leave high school ready for college and career.  CAASPP includes computer adaptive tests in English Language Arts and Mathematics as well as paper-based tests in science.


Otis' third, fourth and fifth grade students are scheduled to take the CAASPP tests May 2-26.  Your child’s teacher will provide you with his/her exact testing dates.  The computer adapted tests will be administered on Chromebooks, and some of your children may have told you that they have done practice tests already. I am confident that our Otis students are going to do well.  



To learn more about the types of questions on the computer-based test, you and your child can view the practice test online at the California Department of Education (CDE) Smarter Balance Practice Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/practicetest.asp.


Following the spring 2016 testing, students will receive individual score reports.  These reports will be sent home to parents and will include the overall score, a description of the student’s achievement level for English Language Arts and Mathematics, and other information. It is important to note that these scores cannot be compared to scores that your child previously received on the STAR Program tests because this test is based on the new Common Core State Standards, involves different types of test questions, and will not be reported using the STAR Program reporting categories.


If you would like more information, please visit the Parent/Student tab of the CDE CAASPP Web page at http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/ .

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!

  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

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.

     Download Your Otis Event Pictures Here   

Otis Yearbook Lifetouch site:
Enter Access Code: FHRPIO


Questions can be directed to 
Amy Stewart-Deaker and Marlem Bueno at yearbookotis@gmail.com.
Thank you!      


California Gold Ribbon School
Today: 5/31/16


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!

Otis Apparel

Don't forget to purchase your Otis t-shirts, sweatshirts and tote bags on-line at 



Show your school spirit by wearing your Otis School apparel!!!  GO OWLS!!   otis-youth-t-shirt-tie-dye-.jpg

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