Highlights • April 12 Point Loma High “Future Pointers” K-8 Track Meet (Slideshow)

OTA Outdoor Ed-2015 Track Meet 1

Blue Ribbon!

  • Thank you to all OTA students who competed and parents who cheered!
  • Thank you Coach Curry & Mrs Curry for making it all possible!
  • Slideshow with more highlights coming soon!
OTA Outdoor Ed-2015 Track Meet-First Place

First Place Boys 4×100 relay (back to back victories 2014, 2015)

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OTA Outdoor Ed-2015 Track Meet 2

First Place “Boys 4×100 relay” team… and friends!

“Because we had two girls we had to run with the all boys division! Lyndon, Aiyana, Shyla, Spencer. They were magnificent. The ONLY coed team.” — Coach Curry

6th Grade Starts Piano Maestro – Sight Reading Music – Playing with the Band!


Why Piano Maestro? OTA Students started their piano journey with Soft Mozart, a perfect introduction to musical notation and the keyboard. But now they are ready to move up to the next level. The program is free on iPads for students at OTA (Download App, sign in, register w/ Anthony Kaneaster as teacher): all you need is an iPad and a keyboard (no cables!).

Piano Maestro-Joy Tunes Why Study Music

Piano Maestro-Learning Lab App of the Week

Reminder: Introducing Music Academy of San Diego! Friday 4 PM • OTA Parents & Students, come learn about the new After School music program

  • Music Academy*NEW Violins, Violas, Cello Instruction, Mon, Friday

*** Please arrive early so we can start on time. Parking is available in front of the field after 3:30. Old Town Academy address: 2120 San Diego Ave, 92110  7th Grade Room is on the first floor, first right out of elevator ***

Musicians Playing for you today:

Ai Nihira – Violin
– Contracted Musician from the San Diego Symphony
– Master Graduate from Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale School of Music    
Chiyuan Chen – Viola
– Principal Viola of the San Diego Symphony
– Top-prize winner of 2000 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and 2004 International Paris Viola Competition Ville d’Avray
-Doctoral’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory 
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Yao Zhao – Cello
– Principal Cello of the San Diego Symphony
– Top Ten Outstanding Young Chinese Cellist
– Faculty at the SDSU and Idyllwild Arts Academy
– Graduated from USC with Ms. Eleonore Schoenfeld
Jian Chan
Jian Chen – Cello
– Contracted Musician from the San Diego Symphony
– Master’s degree and Doctoral candidate from USC
– Three grade Sydney Chan’s mom!!!
Stanny Shiu / 肖宁
Director/  Music Academy of San Diego, Inc.
Director/ Asia Pacific Arts Management Ltd.
Executive Director / Great Wall International Music Academy
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Young Violinists

Friday, January 26th 30th at 4 PM in the 7th Grade Room, musicians and instructors from the Virtuoso Music Academy and the San Diego Symphony will present a 30 minute concert and presentation for parents interested in signing up for After School Strings Instruction.

Classes will start the second week of the quarter, meeting Monday and/or Friday (exact schedule TBD). Students will be accepted in Violin, Viola, and Cello (See What Instrument Do You Want to Play?), Grades K-8 welcome. OTA Orchestra with Mr. John Nettles will continue Tu & Th, with the VMA Teachers focusing on technique and on teaching students how to practice.

Why Study Music? Is Music the Key to Success?

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Learn from the best!
Dear Parents: Based on our decade of classical music education experience, we can’t wait to bring the best music education to students in greater San Diego. We will also bring the most renowned artists from the stage to our classroom; and vice versa, we will bring our best students from the classroom to the International music stages!

— Music Academy of San Diego Director, Stanny Shui

Reminder: Instruction begins promptly at 8:10. Please arrive early so your child gets the best hours of the day

Dear Parents, we have noticed an increase in tardy children whose late arrival is disrupting ten after 8 o clock-gray bkgrndclassroom instruction…

  • Old Town Academy students start every day with Mathematics: missing even 10 minutes a day adds up to 30 hours of missed math instruction over the course of our 185-day school year!

Please help your child and other OTA students do their best by arriving on time.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Mrs. Kamanski

Thank You ResMed, for Supporting the Music-Math Lab!

ResMed, a local medical company specializing in sleep apnea and respiratory care solutions, is a generous supporter of San Diego Education non-profits that work with children. At an Awards Luncheon yesterday ResMed presented OTA with a grant to support our Kiwanis Club of San Diego (Serving the World’s Children) Music-Math Learning Acceleration Lab
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What is ST (Spatial Temporal) Math?

Why ST Math?

ST Math score nationwide

Why Music at OTA?

2014 Music-It-Makes-You-Smarter-and-Younger

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

OTA Jog-a-Thon Surprise Dedication: ALICIA & TONY GWYNN FIELD!

Gwynn Family at Tony & Alica Gwynn Field Dedication

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Tony & Alicia Gwynn Field*


2015 Wine & Dine News • The ONLINE AUCTION is NOW OPEN!

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Old Town Academy K-8 Charter

  • Help us Celebrate four years of Equity and Excellence for all Students!

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2015 Wine & Dine News • The ONLINE AUCTION is NOW OPEN!

Online Auction-Amazing ExperiencesCLICK TO VISIT THE ONLINE AUCTION!

Old Town Academy K-8 Charter

  • Help us Celebrate four years of Equity and Excellence for all Students!

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Wine & Dine News • ONLINE AUCTION Starts Tomorrow at 9 AM! (Thursday, April 16)

OTA 2015 Wine & Dine: April 25! Click to Purchase Tickets . . . and support your school!

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California Charter School Families, We Need Your Help

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The voice of California’s charter school parents

Apr 15, 2015

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Dear OTA Parents

We need your help. State lawmakers are considering new legislation that will have a big impact on charter schools across California, including YOUR charter school. Some of these laws will help support and grow high-performing charter schools. But others are designed to attack charter schools and hinder the independence and flexibility that enable our schools to thrive.

Can you take just a couple of minutes today and share your voice on these critical issues?

Send an email to lawmakers TODAY urging their NO VOTE on 2 anti-charter bills – SB 322 (Leno) related to charter school expulsion, suspension and admission policies and SB 329 (Mendoza) which will allow school authorizers to deny charter petitions if they might have a negative financial impact on the school district.

Send an email to lawmakers TODAY urging their AYE VOTE on CCSA’s 3 sponsored bills – AB 1198 (Dababneh) which will allow charter schools to save money on facilities financing costs, AB 1344 (Jones) which will help charter schools better navigate the zoning waiver request process, and AB 1426 (Levine) which creates flexibility for site based blended learning programs.

Please take action now. This legislation will be heard on Wednesday, April 22. Your voice will make a difference!

Thank you for your partnership,

Jed Wallace
President and CEO
California Charter Schools Association




OTA Calendar Notes: Upcoming Half Days: Wednesday, April 15; Wednesday May 6; Friday May 22 • 2015-2016 Seat Offers Are Out • Wine & Dine Tickets for Sale

*** 2015 Wine & Dine • Purchase Tickets Now to help us hit our goal! —the OTA Foundation *** Sunday Funday, Wall of Wine, this Sunday April 12 *** 

  • Music Academy of San Diego classes have started again. Classes will meet Monday and Friday and the program is world-class. …(Walk-ins welcome today–ages K-8. Learn more here:
    •  Violins, Violas, Cello Instruction, Mon/ Friday • Scholarships are available
    • Registration & Pay Online: Q4 Classes start Friday, April 10
  • Lottery was held March 8 and all Seat Offers & Waitlist emails have been sent. The wait list stands at 460 for 2015-2016; so if you received a number higher than 20 for Kindergarten or higher than 5 for grades 1-8, you should not look at OTA as a realistic option for next year. Thrive Charter School (a new charter with a great leadership team and program is still taking applications for 2015-2016.
  • 3 Half Days: in this year’s new calendar teachers lost 5 planning days. After consulting with the OTA Parent Foundation we are going to try to help them make some of that planning time up by adding three working half-days to the schedule:
    • Wednesday, April 15;
    • Wednesday, May 6;
    • Friday, May 22 (day before Memorial Day Weekend
  • YMCA K-5 OTA Soccer Teamsplease turn in by Tuesday! if possible
  • Come root for OTA Students at the Track n Field Meet Sunday.
  • Remember, Grandparents Day is April 24 (The Day Before the Wine & Dine.; please encourage your children’s grandparents to attend! Children may bring a family friend if a grandparent is not available.

Reminder: April 17 is deadline to accept Admissions Offers for 2015-2016 School Year

Dear Prospective OTA Families, Admissions Offers were sent out over Spring Break. If you received an offer email like the one below, we need your reply by Noon, this Friday.

  • We have long waitlists for all grades; we need to hear back from you so we can contact the next family if you are not planning to accept your admissions offer.

Thank you

—The OTA Admissions Team

*** *** ***InfoSnap Admissions Email-Reply Due April 17

Kinder & First Are Hosting! Wine & Dine “Sunday Funday” • Sunday (April 12) Starting at 11 AM

Liberty Station Sunday Funday

The WOW (Wall of Wine) Committee wants to remind you….

Sunday Funday is this Sunday!!!!

Join us for an day of fun at the Liberty Station Park beginning at 11am on 4/12. Meet new parents or connect with friends and bring a bottle of wine valued at $20 or more to towards the Wall of Wine!

Kinder, First Grade, and all OTA Parents and Friends,

Please join us Sunday,

Lucy Covington (Mother of Tesla)

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Point Loma High K-8 Track Meet • 8 AM Tomorrow, Sunday April 12 • Let’s Go OTA!

This Sunday our OTA Track and Field athletes will compete with other local schools.

  • Arrive at 8 am, the first race will begin at 9 am!



  • Track meet is held at Point Loma High School Track
  • Wear your OTA Outdoor Ed uniforms and running shoes
  • Bring water and snacks for your child
  • Wear sunscreen!
  • Only Coaches will be on the field with the athletes
  • Please read the attached info sheet
  • If you haven’t signed up yet, it’s not too late! You can bring the registration form and $25 on Sunday morning between 8-10
  • Registration Form 
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  • Order of Events 3-8