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Message from Superintendent Cary Matsuoka -

Open Alternative School - An Update for 2017-2018

The Open Alternative School has been in operation since 1975 and it will continue to be part of Santa Barbara Unified in the 2017-18 school year. 
While the enrollment at OAS has declined in recent years, the district is committed to keeping OAS open as an alternative elementary school.  OAS will discontinue instruction for grades 7 and 8 for the 2017-18 school year, but transitional and regular kindergarten enrollment is welcomed and encouraged for next school year. 
 The district will lead a re-design process for OAS as we seek to update the vision and mission of a small, alternative elementary school in our district.  This re-design process will begin in spring 2017 and conclude with recommendations to the Board of Trustees in the fall of 2017.
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Festival Of Lights

Thursday, December 15th 5:30-7:00pm
Don't miss this most beloved of OAS traditions! Join the fun as we celebrate winter holidays from around the world.  Travel from classroom to classroom to experience fun activities and food from different cultures . Shop for student-created gifts in the Holiday Store. Wander through a Lego Winter Wonderland in the Library. 
There will be prize drawings for goody baskets created by our families.  See you there!
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Mr. Popper’s Penguins and The Hobbit – Two One-Act Musical Plays - One Night Only from OAS Students - Directed by Maureen and Eric Leeman

This Thursday, November 10th at 6 p.m., Open Alternative School presents the student’s Annual School Musical Play Night with Mr. Popper’s Penguins and The Hobbit, performed by grades 1-5th at 6 p.m. from OAS in the La Colina Auditorium. Tickets are very affordable for this family-friendly night out: $4 for children and $6 for adults. All Proceeds to benefit the Children’s Theater, Music and Arts program at Open Alternative School!
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