April 18th, 2017

APT MeetingTonight 6:00pm
Student Center

General APT Meeting  Tuesday, April 18th, 6 to 7pm, Student Center.
We will hear from the Chief Business Officer of OSA, Jonathan Faustine, about school finances and our audition process.  
For Earth Day we are hosting Constance Taylor from the Rotary Nature Center and Lake Merritt Wildlife Refuge to talk about her work and how students, families, faculty and staff can get involved. We'll also have parent Deidre Martin come speak about Earth Day events and activities in Oakland .
Virtual Reality Fundraiser
Also, find out about the OSA Safety Patrol volunteer opportunities and the plan to show the movie Screenagers-about kids growing up in the digital, online age--at OSA for parents and students. Get involved in our Virtual Reality fundraiser to raise money for teacher stipends!  Please plan on joining us!
All new shows
Starting this Tuesday 6:00 pm.
Beyond the Scope: The Gender Conversation (series)
Make That Change: 
Our World As We See It: The Media: Truth vs. Alternative Facts (series) 
We The People: Meet Our Director Mr. Kohn
Artist Spotlight: Sly & The Family Stone
OSA Safety Volunteers Needed!
We are looking for parents who can take some time in their morning to help with walking students across 18th St and helping parents stay safe when they drop off their students. 
Also, with the challenge of having students move between 4 OSA buildings and additional space at the Flight Deck (1540 Broadway), we are looking for a team of parent volunteers to help and monitor student movement around the school.
If you can volunteer for any of the slots below, please do by clicking 'Sign Up' on the relevant time.
Your volunteer slot:  Please check in at the OSA office so that the school is aware you're on site and ready for action (!). 
You'll also receive an OSA visitor sticker and safety vest (depending on your volunteer slot) to speed you on your way.
Thank you for pitching in with the needs of our OSA community!
Warm regards,
OSA Administration and APT Board
Here is the Sign up:
Spring into Action for 
OSA Classroom Technology Challenge Grant
This spring donations to the Annual Fund will go twice as far! Quest Foundation has awarded OSA a $20,000 matching challenge grant. This challenge grant will support classroom technology, allowing us to purchase many more much-needed Chromebooks for example, so that each student has access to one.  Quest will match donors' dollars one to one. Help us achieve this award by the end of  the school year!
Your contributions to the Annual Fund make an OSA education possible.  This is a great opportunity to double the impact of your donations. As you know, OSA's funding gap this school year is $1,900 per student.  =Your support this spring will help us expand OSA technology in our classrooms.
To make a secure online donation to OSA, click here. For other ways to give, such as check by mail, click here.
Questions? Contact Director of Advancement Kathryn Keslosky at (510) 873-8819.
Attention parents/guardians of students currently enrolled in AP classes:
The AP testing dates are rapidly approaching! As a reminder, this testing is for high school students who are currently enrolled in a designated AP class and who have already paid a deposit to have a test ordered for them. No additional AP tests may be ordered at this time.
AP Test Schedule:
Monday May 1          12:00 noon     Psychology
Thursday May 4        8:00 AM         US Government & Politics
Friday May 5             8:00 AM         US History
Monday May 8          8:00 AM         Music Theory
Tuesday May 9          8:00 AM        Calculus 
Wednesday May 10  8:00 AM         English Language & Composition
All tests will take place promptly in the STEAM lab in the Newberry Building, unless other notification is given. Students should arrive 10 minutes prior to the start of the test.
Tests are timed and latecomers will not be given extra time to work on the test.
AP Payment Information:
Students have already paid a $20 deposit for the test. The remainder is $73 and is due by Friday April 21st. 
Students currently qualifying for free/reduced lunch pay a remainder of $33, also due by Friday April 21st. 
Email Romy Douglass ( rdouglass@oakarts.org) to inquire about a reduced amount; some funds are available thanks to our supportive community. 
Checks should be made out to OSA.
They should have your student's full name and 'AP Test' in the memo field.
Students can give the payment to Ms. Romy in her office, Room 227a, and receive a receipt.
Contact Ms. Romy with any questions:
 Help OSA Achieve a Classroom Technology Challenge Grant!
Earlier this month OSA announced a $20,000 matching challenge grant opportunity for classroom technology. With this challenge grant from Quest Foundation, donations made to the Annual Fund this spring through the end of the school year will go twice as far! If you haven't yet contributed to the Annual Fund, now is a great time to double the impact of your donation. Quest will match your donation one-to-one
Help us achieve this award in the next 11 weeks! This challenge grant will support classroom technology, allowing us to purchase many more much-needed Chromebooks for example, so that each student has access to one. If you feel your student and family have benefited from OSA's distinctive arts education, please consider making a donation today.
To make a secure online donation to OSA, click here  For other ways to give, such as check by mail, click here
Questions? Contact Director of Advancement Kathryn Keslosky at (510) 873-8819
OSA Junior/Senior Prom t icket prices go up Monday, April 24th- buy them  at lunch through Ms. Schultz or Ms. Zaugg- s ingle $85/couple $160.  M ake checks out to Oakland School for the Arts, prom in the memo.
$45,000 to be awarded to Bay Area high school seniors
Producer Jo Schuman Silver, The Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon - the world's longest running musical revue - are proud to announce the 15th anniversary Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon "Scholarship for the Arts" program.  Created in 2002 as part of its commitment to the arts, the "Scholarship for the Arts" program has grown into an annual event eagerly anticipated by San Francisco Bay Area high school seniors.
High school seniors throughout the San Francisco Bay Area are asked to submit a completed entry form along with a three-minute performance in one of three categories: singing, acting or dancing.  Nine finalists - three from each category - will be selected by a panel of performing arts professionals and notified on Monday, May 8, 2017 and will perform their three-minute piece live at Club Fugazi (home of Beach Blanket Babylon ) on Monday, June 5, 2017 in front of a panel of celebrity judges and an invited audience made up of their family and friends.  One winner from each category will be presented with a $15,000 check from The Steve Silver Foundation and Beach Blanket Babylon  toward their higher education.  The "Scholarship for the Arts" is based entirely on talent; grades and financial needs are not factors.  All entries must be postmarked or uploaded by 11:59 p.m. PST on Friday, April 28, 2017.
Scholarship Information:
Application Open: April 17, 2017
Deadline to Apply: July 3, 2017
Program Dates: August 27 through December 8, 2017
Intern Closing Ceremony: November 28 - National Giving Tuesday
Application Open: December 16, 2016
Deadline to Apply: April 21, 2017
Award Distribution: July 21, 2017 Award Amount: $3,000
Number of Recipients: 10
Application Open: December 16, 2016
Deadline to Apply: April 21, 2017
Award Distribution: July 21, 2017
Award Amount: $3,000
Number of Recipients: 10
CBC Spouses Education Scholarship Spouses Essay Contest
Application Open: December 16, 2016
Deadline to Apply: May 19, 2017
Award Amount: Varies ($500 - $8,700)
Number of Recipients: Varies (200 - 300)
All written essay submissions are due by Friday, April 21, 2017 . Winners will be selected on or before Thursday, June 1, 2017. The first place winner will receive $1,500; second place will receive $1,000 and third place will receive $750. All three finalists will receive airfare and hotel accommodations to and from Washington, D.C. to attend a congratulatory luncheon and youth issue forum that is held during ALC '17 in September
The end of Troy was just the beginning...
The School of Theatre is proud to present  The Oresteia ('Tale of Orestes').  A world premiere trilogy by Theatre chair Matthew Travisano, and inspired by the Oresteia of Aeschylus, the action is moved from Ancient Greece to the present day. This three-part epic involves nearly 100 students who will bring to life a new play that speaks directly to the world they are inheriting and are already working to change for the better. A complete Oresteia trilogy hasn't been produced in the Bay Area for nearly two decades. See one, two, or all of the plays and be part of this groundbreaking event!
Tickets can be purchased for Agamemnon  and Electra/The Furies  separately.
Tickets are also available for the full trilogy on April 29 and April 30, with a  catered meal included that will be served during intermissions.  Free Student Matinees available
On Tuesday, April 25th  Art to Activism to Change will feature a panel discussion at 7pm about the social and political issues highlighted in the three plays. Leading figures in the arts and humanties will offer their thoughts and engage in discussion with the audience. This event is free to the public.  RSVP to attend.
The Oresteia is made possible with support from Cal Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The symposium is made possible with support from Alma Gaoaen. 

Team Audacity-  Annabelle Fields, Pablo Gomez, Nyla Gill, Rose Gelfand, Justin Walton, Gabe Grotke and Kipper Fletcher
The OSA School of Literary Arts SLAM team  will be competing in The 2017 Unified District Poetry Slam on Thursday, April 27th, 2017 at the New Parkway Theater  1:30PM|Bout 2: 2-4PM
Visual Art Middle School  5 to 9 p.m., Friday, April 21, 1 to 4 p.m.,  Saturday, April 22  OSA White Box Gallery  1726 San Pablo Avenue  Oakland, CA, 94612
Come see the imaginative and innovative works by young Visual Art students at the 9th Annual Spring Exhibition, the culmination of months of intensive art training.  
The Spring Exhibition 2017 showcases the best student works from school year with paintings, sculpture, drawings, mixed media and printmaking.  Works will be for sale through our OSAVA Online Store. Proceeds benefit both the young artists and the Visual Art program.   Admission is free and open to the public. For more information, contact: osava.info@gmail.com
Angry Asian Abrasion, the trio of OSA students Gus Hurteau, Kevin Xu and Timothy Mah will be taking part on May 5th, in Battle #4 in the 8th Annual Haight-Ashbury Street Fair Battle of the Bands, set time 8:30pm to 10:10pm
OSA students from vocal & theater - Jayne Lyell, Lyla Neely & Lily Stevenson
Join us on April 22nd at the  Starry Plough to celebrate the release of their EP! There will be music, fun, and CDs available.  Dead Girls Candy will perform along with a few other bands near Ashby Bart 4-7pm  Entry is free
This show will highlight the musical works of many contemporary Bay Area artists/bands that are making an impact on our community. Get your tickets now - May 5th, 2017@ 7 p.m. in the historic Fox Theatre Oakland!
APT Want to Get More Involved in Your Student's School?

We're offering a golden opportunity for you to connect with your child's education. Become a part of our team and help parents, teachers and students keep OSA a healthy and safe place to learn, create and share.

As an APT Board member, you'll get the inside scoop on academic and art programs. What better way to show your child that school is important because mom or dad is a Board member? Join the APT and help OSA continue to foster an exceptional learning experience! It's a win win for parents, teachers and students!
At the moment we are especially in need of a Fundraiser chair, and a communications director.

Call Nicolette Sommer at 510-847-1659 or Summer Giron at  707-297-0646
as soon as you can!
Tickets on sale now at  www.oakarts.tix.com  for Oakland School for the Arts School of Dance in their one and only Dance Concert of the year!
See what the Middle and High School dance students have been working hard toward all year!  
Featuring choreography from OSA School of Dance's Senior Class of 2017
and Department Chair Mr. Reginald Ray-Savage!
4 Shows Only!
Thursday, May 25 @  7pm**OPENING NIGHT SPECIAL: 
Friday, May 26 @  7pm
Saturday, May 27 @  7pm
Sunday, May 28 @  3pm
Don't miss this unique opportunity to show your support for all the hard work and discipline these young people have put into themselves and their art!  
Tickets: $25 General Admission, $15 Students/Seniors (with valid ID)*
**PLEASE NOTE: Due to high demand, latecomers tickets are subject to being released**
Please plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the show starts, as parking in the area can be very challenging.
*Friday & Saturday Only: Groups of 6 or more get 10% off! Enter discount code "Group" at checkout.
Group Discount Contact: Ms. Summer Giron at gir.summer@gmail.com or (707) 292-0646.
*Online ticket sales end  12pm on the day of the show for all  7pm showsand  12pm on Saturday for Sunday's  3pm show.
Tickets will be available for sale at the Box Office starting 1 hour before show time.
Come join the audio production and engineering team in the studio this summer for 3 weeks of workshops and get hands on experience with recording and production gear!
We will be covering the fundamentals of recording and music production, software, plugins, microphones, interfaces, and much more.  
Registration has begun, please contact Mr. McGovern at cmcgovern@oakarts.orgto register.   Classes are from:  Monday - Friday 12-3 p.m.  June 12th - June 30th  
Registration Now Open for SJDC's Summer Intensive June 19-30  &  July 10-28

Monday - Friday:
-10am-1pm (Beginner/Intermediate)
-1:30-5pm (Intermediate/Advanced)

Get $100 off the price of tuition when you register by May 15!

Classes in Ballet, Contemporary, Body Conditioning, Repertory, and more, 
taught by Mr. Reginald Ray-Savage and SJDC Dancers and OSA School of Dance alumni.
Stop by the Dance Studio to pick up a registration form or Download your registration form  here   (Registration materials required for all students)

Contact us at  sjdcfb@yahoo.com  with questions or for more information.

Artemis Rowing, based at the Jack London Aquatic Center, offers the fun and rigorous sport of rowing to East Bay youth in grades 6 through 12.   Rowing teaches teamwork, self-confidence, discipline and perseverance - traits that will serve our diverse group of rowers well past middle and high school.   At Artemis, the fundamentals of rowing are experienced in an environment that fosters healthy competition and unparalleled camaraderie.   As well as offering rowing year round, Artemis has summer camps and programs for both new and seasoned rowers.  Our one-week introductory Learn to Row camps for new rowers, grades 6 through 12, teach the basics of rowing, water safety, balance, boat handling, athlete conditioning and land training - all while having a lot of fun!  The Learn to Row camps are offered throughout summer; enroll in just one to learn the basics of the sport, or in multiple Learn to Row camps to be well prepared for the middle school recreational program or novice competitive rowing team in the fall.  For experienced rowers, Artemis has skill development programs for athletes to retain their competitive edge over the summer.   Please visit  www.ArtemisRowingClub.com or call  510.542.9673 for more information.
HandsOn Bay Area creates awesome volunteer opportunities to connect you with schools, parks and nonprofits that need your help! All you have to do is  sign-up , show up and make a difference. Find a Volunteer Project
Hello, My name is E'Nera S.Wilson.
I know this may be a little straightforward but I'm very very poor. 
Right now I'm homeless and looking for housing, but where I am, its very expensive and I only have JUST enough money from EBT to get halfway through the month. And being mentally scarred doesnt help...
I've been in and out the hospital many times, and I feel so broken I can barely think anymore. But I can ask for help.   But I'm still scared.   Soon I will have to leave where I am and I have nowhere else to go after that. I'm hoping to get enough money to finally be in a safe and happy home for the first time, and when that happens, my new life and healing process can finally begin.   Please, if you can,  any amount will help. Thank you for listening.
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April 21

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April 21-22
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April 28-29

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May 9th

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May 10(tentative)

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May 3-7
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May 5
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May 6

Instrumental Music
Guitar Night
May 11
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May 12-13
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May 12-13
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May 15-16, 18
Fashion Design
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May 17-20

Senior Showcase
May 19

Literary Arts
Senior Book Launch
May 19

Spring Dance Show
May 25-28
Digital Media
Film Screening
June 3
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Arts Showcase
June 8

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