January 10, 2017

Your New Year's Resolution:  The Annual Fund

Many, many thank yous to OSA's parent community for coming together this end-of-year giving season. Your contributions boosted the OSA Annual Fund by $100,500 in December alone, and OSA now stands at a strong $331,155 in donations and pledges! 
2016 has come to an end, but the effort to support the OSA Annual Fund has not!  We are only 37% toward our goal of 100% family participation. The School of Dance leads with 72% family participation, Fashion Design is in second place with 65%, and Production Design comes in third with 54%.  Help us reach 100% participation by making your contribution today. Donate here.
Your generous support provides so many opportunities for creative expression and learning at OSA to Oakland and Bay Area youth. Thank you! 

APT January Meeting
Tuesday, January 10th
6:00 to 7:00 pm
Student Center

TONIGHT! At 6PM Sharp! Come meet our new School director Brian Köhn! Mr. Köhn will introduce himself and tell us about the vision he has for the school's future. 

Cat Brooks will talk about being a parent at the school and an activist for Black Lives Matter.

This and much much more at tonight's general APT meeting!

Sat, Jan 14
Sheraton Fisherman's Wharf, SF
12:00pm - 4:00pm

This is an opportunity for those who wish to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. Representatives will be available to review your artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art. 

No School on Monday, January 16th 
in Observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Audition Volunteers Needed!

The Admissions Department needs assistance on Saturday, January 14 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM to help with school-wide auditions. We need greeters and other friendly faces on hand to welcome new prospective families and help lead students to their auditions. We especially need parents who can pick up pre-ordered meals and set up for breakfast and lunch. Thanks!

Please contact Romy Douglass ( rdouglass@oakarts.org) to help.

Semester 1 Final Exams

Week of January 23rd - 27th, 2017 

Detailed schedules will be provided 
for Middle School and High School.

Middle School Final Exam Schedule

Challenge Day Volunteers Needed

Adult Volunteers are needed for Challenge Day at OSA. Our 7th and 10th grade students will participate in Challenge Day on March 15th and 16th. It is all day session and can not happen without adult volunteers! If you have a 7th or 10th grade student, we recommend you volunteer for the session that is not their grade level. See the flyer below for more information and visit the Challenge Day  website.

Questions or to sign up please contact  kzaugg@oakarts.org

Senior Portrait LAST CHANCE!

Hello Senior Parents,

If you also missed the senior portraits we are exploring another chance!

For $125.00 the photographers will come again.  OSA will not cover the cost, however if enough families are interested, the cost could be shared.

A new date will be set up for sometime in late January at OSA.
If you have any questions and/or want to sign up please email Katy Zaugg( kzaugg@oakarts.org).

Savage Jazz Dance Company's 
Winter Intensive 2017
Begins February 7!
Register Today!
Running February 7 through March 30, SJDC's Winter Intensive 2017 offers 2 Dance Training Tracks and a discounted, pre-registration rate. Classes are held at the  Oakland School for the Arts 3rd Floor Dance Studios. 

Stop by the Dance Studio to pick up a registration form or download your registration form. (Registration materials required for all students)
Contact  sjdcfb@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.

OSA Main Entrance

A friendly reminder that 18th Street is the main entrance for OSA.  If you need to come to the reception area for any reason including picking up your student, please enter on 18th Street.

School Start Time

Please do everything you can to ensure your students are at school by 8:05am for Middle School and 8:10am for High School so they can be seated and ready to learn when classes begin instruction.  The number of students arriving tardy to school has become a deterrent to student learning for those who are on time as well for those who arrive late.

Classes are experiencing up to 50% of the students arriving late on a regular basis.  Please help us provide excellent education for all students.

Calling ALL OSA Artists! Cash Prize of $200!

Instrumental Music needs new designs for our emphasis!

All OSA students, 6th through 12th grades, are invited and encouraged to submit high quality graphic art for this contest. You do not need to be in Visual Arts emphasis to enter your work; however, the artwork you submit should be original and creative - something you'd be proud to see on a t-shirt, poster, or on the wall in the music wing!
Requirements: The image you create should represent everything that makes our entire OSA IM department amazing! Your design should be creative, clear, and graphic allowing ease of printing (i.e. t-shirts, hoodies, mugs, stickers, or printed and framed for Newberry, etc.). Remember that our musicians play a variety of classical, jazz, rock, and world music!
Tech Specs:
  • Up to 3 images for each entry, and no more than 3 entries per artist.
  • File format: One non-compressed file like a .tiff, .psd, or .ai. (8x10" or 4k pixels on the shortest side), AND
  • One jpeg file (file dimensions: 640 x 480 pixels, 5 MB maximum)
  • Color Mode: 8-bit RGB only (no CMYK!)
  • File resolution: 300 dpi
  • Each file should be labeled with your last name_title of the image. For example: "Smith_Fancy Design"
  • A brief statement about the images you are submitting and how it was created.
  • Artist Statement (A brief statement about yourself!)
  • Contact information including email
  • Send your high-resolution images as email attachments to: instrumentalmusic.osa@gmail.com

Call For Artists - Cash Prize $200!
Instrumental Music Artwork Design Contest!
THANK YOU for your participation and GOOD LUCK!

OSA's Own Internet Radio Station

KOSA 98.9
Where Words, Minds, Music 
and Rhymes Meet.

KOSA Celebrates the Life and Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday,  January 16, 2017. The Students of Broadcast will present "King, From The Mountain Top,"  dramatic reads from Dr. King's Mountain Top speech. 

For more information or to have your music played on KOSA radio please contact Delores Thompson, Program/Music Director, at  dthompson@oakarts.org  or call 510.873.8800. 

OSA News Now Accepting 

Ad space on the OSA NEWSLETTER is now available for your business or organization: 

$200 = 4 consecutive weeks of ad, with 1 free (total 5 weeks)
$375 = 8 consecutive weeks of ad, with 2 free (total 10 weeks)

We also offer free classified ads for OSA-related items.

We encourage all our readers to scroll to the bottom of the OSA News every week to support the businesses that support our OSA Community.

(Some email servers truncate OSA News. Scroll down to the bottom of the email and click on "Show Full Message", "View Entire Message" or something similar.)

For more information or to place an ad, email OSANews@aptosa.org

To place a Classified Ad
Send an email to  osanews@aptosa.org   with all the details including 
your own contact information.  Ads must relate to OSA academics or arts, 
and will run for one week unless you specify otherwise. 
Arranging a carpool? 
The Classifieds can connect you! 
Need help with a project or production? 
Advertise in The Classifieds.
Need art supplies, performance clothes or instruments?
 Look to The Classifieds.
Your child lose something? 
Find it in The Classifieds! 

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Performance Calendar

Instrumental Music
Piano Recital
Feb 10-11

Production Design
"Hot Couture"
Feb 15
Production Design
Mini Architecture Show
Feb 17-19
Instrumental Music
Collaboration with
  Mercury Soul
Feb 24

Literary Arts
Spring Reading
March 10
Instrumental Music
Piano Duo Recital
March 18
Instrumental Music
Classical Chamber Concerts
March 24-25

Middle School Showcase
April 18, 20-21
Production Design &
April 20-30
Instrumental Music
Orchestra Concert
April 21

Visual Arts
Middle School Exhibition
April 21-22
Visual Arts
High School Exhibition
April 28-29
New Works Show
May 3-7
Vocal Music
Spring Show
May 4
Instrumental Music
May 5
Instrumental Music
Jazz Ensembles
May 6

Instrumental Music
Guitar Night
May 11
Instrumental Music
Piano Recital
May 12-13
Visual Arts
Senior Exhibition
May 12-13
High School Showcase #2
May 15-16, 18
Fashion Design
Fashion Show
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
All School
Arts Showcase
June 8

Please note that some dates may change and not all upcoming shows are listed. 
OSA News  will be bringing you updated information and more details as we get closer to performance dates. Information on all upcoming performances 
can be sent to
How to Join the
APT Google Group

Are you on the schoolwide APT Google Group? Membership grants access to certain private documents and keeps you up-to-date with issues and group discussions. If you'd like to be added, please email
David Guerra 


Please provide:


Your name

Your child's name, grade & emphasis

Your email  


Over 625 families are on the APT-OSA Family Roster, please click here. Please note: You must be a member of the APT-OSA Google Group to view.  This document will not be shared with individuals, so please don't ask... just join the group!


To add your name to the APT-OSA Family Roster, please first join the APT Google Group, then  click here.   


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