November 17, 2015

A weekly news and information publication for Oakland School for the Arts
OSA News
Hello OSA Community,

A reminder about important dates:
  • No school next week Monday, November 23 - November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday. Have a wonderful and safe holiday!
URGENT: The wonderful OSA Newsletter is seeking a new Editor! I need to step down and this leaves a vacancy that needs to be filled immediately.
  • Are you a busy person who has little time to be present at school but still wants to help?
  • Do you want to know what's happening and stay involved?
  • Do want to make a difference at the school?
If you answered YES to any of the above questions then this role is for YOU!

Please contact David Smith if you are interested.

Jennifer Murov, Editor
OSA News

Middle School Fall Ball!

OSA Middle School Leadership is excited to announce the Fall Ball! 

Come dance, have snacks, hang out, and have fun! This Friday at Sweet's Ballroom from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are being sold at lunch in Ms. Schultz's room (221) for $5 in advance. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $7. Make sure to bring a little bit of extra money (around $5 for food) and remember, there are no outside guests allowed.

The APT invites parents to participate in a Teacher & Staff Appreciation Brunch on Wednesday, December 16th. Look for the sign up sheet in the next newsletter and be prepared to make a dish to show our love for the teachers and staff at OSA. Email Wendy Snyder if you already know you would like to help.

OSA Reads at Laurel Book Store!

On Wednesday, December 9th from 6pm-9pm at Laurel Bookstore,
1423 Broadway, Oakland. the English Department and the APT are
cosponsoring OSA Reads, a book fair and book reading celebration.
Parents, faculty, staff and community members can come support by
purchasing books for the classrooms and hear students and staff read.
A portion of the proceeds from the books will also benefit teacher classroom libraries. If you are as wild as Ms. Guerin, our English Department Chair is about books, please sign up to help out!  Email lguerin@oakarts.org.

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STEP IT UP  was established in 2014 with a goal to make arts education accessible to underserved Oakland youth and to provide training and preparation for students to audition into OSA. The OSA  STEP IT UP program offers focused arts experiences to students who have a passion and aptitude for a specific art area, but may have been unable to access high-level training and support. Although short in duration, the program will give students a launching point from which they will understand and grow with the essential knowledge and skills that could make them a successful art student and young artist.  For more information contact  Kevin Choice .
Vocal Music

The OSA School of Vocal Music would like to cordially invite you to our annual Winter Choral Concert, "Light and Gold". This concert will take place on December 12th  at 7 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in Oakland.  "Light and Gold" will highlight the extraordinary work of our Vocal Music students as they demonstrate their ability to sing in complex harmony across musical genres.  All six of our choirs have been working tirelessly to perfect their pieces and can't wait to present a magical evening of music and cheer. Families and children are welcome!

The second  Bay Area Collegiate Theatre Auditions  (BACTA) will be hosted by Oakland School for the Arts on  November 13-15, 2015 at OSA !  This is an opportunity for Bay Area 11th and 12th grade acting and technical theatre students interested in a post-high school education in acting, directing, dramaturgy, and technical theatre to participate in this regional audition. Students can be considered for BFA programs, BA programs, AA programs, and certificate programs in acting, technical theatre, directing, and playwriting/dramaturgy conducted by representatives from some of the most respected collegiate programs throughout the region and the country. If you are a junior or senior interested in participating, please go to the OSA website for additional information and to register (free to students). Students from around the Bay Area are invited, so spread the word to anyone who might be interested. If you would like to volunteer to support this event, please contact Catherine Mercurio .

Two OSA Middle School Theatre Students in Peter Pan at Berkeley Playhouse

Seventh grade Theatre students, Sophie Eckber (Jane Darling/Lost Boy) and Max Lewis (John Darling) are performing in Peter Pan at Berkeley Playhouse from October 29 through December 6. They are both featured in the Barrie cast (youth roles are double cast). Also performing is Branden Thomas, an OSA graduate, as Pirate Mullens. Information may be found here.



Get Your Dance Training On!
Savage Jazz Dance Company's Fall Intensive!

Running now through December 13, SJDC's Fall Intensive 2015 offers 2 Dance Training Tracks:
Beginner/Intermediate Foundation Training:
4:30-6:15pmpm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays

4:30-6:15pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
and 11am-1:15pm on Saturdays and Sundays
Oakland School for the Arts, 3rd Floor Dance Studios
530 18th Street
Oakland, CA 94612
Discounted pre-registered rate for all 11 Weeks:
· Beg/Int (3 classes/week) = $300 (Less than $9.40/class!)
· Int/Adv (5 classes/week) = $450 (Less than $8.35/class!)
Stop by the Dance Studio to pick up a registration form or Download your registration form here.

(Registration materials required for all students)
Contact sjdcfb@yahoo.com with questions or for more information.
Tatianna Cordoba (Joanne) & Asher Witkin (Judas) both Vocal students & Ella Zalon (Robin) Literary Arts are in YMTC's production of Godspell. 

Last weekend of shows Nov. 20-22.

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Upcoming Schedule
Thanksgiving Break
Monday, November 23 -
Friday, November 27

Vocal Music Presents
Light & Gold 
December 12 @ 7 pm
First Congregational Church
2501 Harrison St., Oakland

How to Join the
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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
C. David Guerra 


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