Fall Festival – This Saturday!

Posted October 15, 2014 By sara


This is Ocean View’s biggest fundraiser, with an emphasis on FUN.

There will be carnival games, food, arts and crafts, glitter tattoos, a silent auction, the walk-a-thon, a giant slide, and more.

New this year will be an online auction with dozens and dozens of items from restaurants, museums, stores, theaters, etc. Last week Information was sent home with your student including the walk-a-thon pledge sheets and how to collect pledges online at https://99pledges.com/fund/fallfestiv . Send this link to friends and families so they can easily support your student in the walk-a-thon.

To make this event a success we need volunteers. To sign up you can a) go to http://vols.pt/giFFiJ, b) return the volunteer sign-up form that went out last Friday, or c) email volunteers@oceanview-pta.org.
Among other things, funds raised at this event help provide for: classroom supplies and teacher support, enrichment programs, noontime aides and a noontime sports coordinator, tutors, parent education programs, educational school assemblies, field trips, community building events, and more.


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Support Ocean View while getting prepared for an earthquake. MorePrepared.com is selling emergency preparedness kits for the Ocean View PTA. There are different types and sizes of kits to choose from for your home, car and office. All kits contain the basic food, water, shelter, first aid and other supplies necessary to sustain you in the event of a disaster.  The food and water are good for 5 years so you can continue to rely on the kit year after year.  After 5 years, simply replace the expired items, no need to purchase a whole new kit.
100% of Ocean View PTA’s profits from purchases of any items on this website will be used to support the PTA and its programs. The fundraiser will run through November 30, 2014.  Please don’t forget to use the promo code “OVE14″ at checkout so that our school gets credit for your purchase.  Thank you for your support!
And come to the parent education night Thursday – October 2 – 7-8:30pm!

Hear from Albany School Board candidates

Posted September 24, 2014 By sara

The Berkeley/Albany/Emeryville chapter of the League of Women Voters is sponsoring a candidates’ night for those running for the Albany Board of Education.  It will be held on Wednesday, October 1st from 7-9 PM at the Council Chambers, Albany City Hall @ 1000 San Pablo Avenue.

This is a free program.


October 2 – Get educated about emergencies!

Posted September 23, 2014 By sara
Did you feel the Napa Quake on Aug 24th?
Lots of us felt the quake and it spurred us to action. But it may have raised questions as well…..
  • where is my gas shut-off?
  • how much water should I store?
  • should I run outside when there’s an earth quake?
  • what items are essential for my earthquake kit?
  • what has the City ofAlbany done to prepare & when can I expect them to come help me?
Albany’s CERT Instructor Karina Tindol will give a presentation on disaster preparedness on Thursday, Oct 2, at 7pm in Ocean View Elementary’s Multi-Purpose Room and will answer all of these questions and more. She will bring examples of dessicant, lifestraw, SAM splints and more. Don’t know what these are? Then you should DEFINITELY come!
This Parent Education Night is open to Cornell, Marin and Ocean View Elementary Schools. The Ocean View PTA will also be taking orders for emergency backpack kits (there will be sample kits available for you to check out).



Important School Board Meeting – tonight! 6pm

Posted September 23, 2014 By sara

The Board of Education invites you to join the discussion at the Board of Education’s Work Study Session to Develop the Process for Future Budget Priority Meetings. The Board Work Study Session is scheduled for Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Albany City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Avenue.

At the Board Work Study Session, the Board will hear from staff regarding the state of public education funding, the District’s budget, and begin the process of collecting valued and appreciated employee and community input on education priorities. The Board of Education is committed to create a budget review/priorities process that is transparent, accessible, and fully inclusive of all stakeholders. Please plan to attend to hear the Board develop the process that will be used to collect your input.
From Kim Trutane, Marin PTA president -
There was an important report on the state for the budget at the last School Board. It’s not good news. The short version is that the governor’s new school funding formula (LCFF) had winners and losers: Albany is one of the losers. We are worse off than we would have been under the old system, and even if measure LL passes, we will still be bleeding about a million dollars a year. As Allan Garde (AUSD Chief Business Offical) reported, we face a number of disproportionately rising costs that LCFF won’t keep up with, including energy, health benefits, and retirement benefits. Barring an economic miracle, we’ll need to make reductions in the next year or two.

The district is inviting the community to participate at the board meeting next Tuesday, Sept. 23, from 6:00 – 7:30. This will be a study session on how best to begin developing budget priorities for the coming years. The purpose is NOT to create a list of priorities now, but to develop a process
for establishing priorities over the next few months. The goal is a process that is as inclusive and fair as possible. It would be a great time for people to weigh in, not on what they want preserved or cut, but on how best to come together as a community to craft the most effective educational
program we can with the funds available. We all have an interest in this–if you can contribute toward shaping the priority-setting process, please attend.