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Audience: Resources, Resources, SSC, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community,

 

Thanks to the many parents that attended Friday’s Principal’s Chat is the library.  It was nice to meet so many new families join the conversation.  I hope everyone can attend this Wednesday’s first PTSA General Meeting of the school year, in the library at 7pm. This meeting is open to any community member.  In addition to PTSA business, we will be reviewing the school budget for the school year.  
Thanks to Student Government, staff, and the many parent volunteers that made our first ever “Freshman Sleepover” event this past weekend a success for all who participated.

 

Wednesday, September 26 is an “Early Dismissal” day for all students. School is dismissed after lunch and there is no Arts Block that day.  

 

The School Site Council meets Thursday at 4:30pm in the third floor conference room.  We are still seeking candidates to join this important school advisory board. This meeting is open to a community member that may be interested. For more information, see here: https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/ruthasawaSOTAssc

 

The African American Parent Advisory Council meets Tuesday at 5:30pm in room 304.

 

The Inclusive Practices Parent Advisory Council meets Monday at 5:30pm in the library.

 

All parents are invited to sign up for a workshop series with Dr. Aaminah Norris on Cultural Humility and Anti-Racism and how to talk to our students about race and identity.  More information is here: Cultural Humility Workshop Series

 

Spring Musical 2019 Audition Information:
AUDITIONS: Monday, September 24, 2018 • 4:30-7:30pm • DKMT
CALLBACKS: September 25, 26, 27, 2018 • 4:30-7:30pm • DKMT • All auditionees must be present at callbacks to be considered for a role.
First Day of Rehearsal: Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 4:30pm
Performance Dates: March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2019
TO AUDITION: Students may pick up an audition packet from Mr. McCan in Room 328 and return the signed Student/Parent Agreement to Mr. Rombro. All Asawa SOTA students are encouraged to audition regardless of experience.

 

School picture retakes will be Monday, October 1 in the cafeteria all morning in the cafeteria

 

This Tuesday, September 25, is National Voter Registration Day. You can register online to vote using the California Secretary of State’s Online Registration Application or on paper using a Voter Registration Application from your local post office, SF Public Library branch, or the DMV office. For more information on voting visit the San Francisco Department of Elections. Students that are 16 or 17 can pre-register to vote and their registration will become active on their 18th birthday as long as they meet all other registration requirements. If you are already registered to vote make sure your registration is current.  The last day to register to vote in the November 6, 2018 Mid-term Election is October 22.

 

BOE Candidate Forum.  Please save the date, Monday October 15th, for the Board of Education Candidate Forum taking place on our campus in the Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre from 6:30 to 8:30pm.  RSVP and find out more by clicking HERE.

 

A big thank you to Mr.Kwapy, Heidi, Liz, Kim and our students for helping out at the San Francisco High School Fair at Lick-Wilmerding High School on Saturday.

 

Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Early Dismissal for all students on Wednesday at 1:10pm, no Arts Block
  • College visits continue all week through the College Center, see Ms. Alberts for details
  • Musical Auditions are all week after school
Staff Meetings this Week:
  • Arts Leads meet Monday at 11am in the Dojo
  • Counseling team meeting is Tuesday at 11am in the conference room
  • Faculty Meeting is Wednesday at 1:10pm in the library 
  • Year 1 and 2 Teacher PLC meets Thursday at 1:30pm in room 237 (Bethel)
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room
Community Meetings this Week:
  • IPPAC meets Monday at 5:30pm in the library
  • AAPAC meets Tuesday at 5:30pm in 304
  • PTSA General Meeting is 7pm Wednesday in the library.
  • SSC meets Thursday at 4:30pm in the conference room

 

Student Performances this Week:
The Ruth Asawa SOTA Dance Department presents “Senior Solo Showcase” on Friday, September 28, with two shows at 4:30pm and 7:30pm in the Dan Kryston Main Stage Theatre.  Tickets will be for sale at the door or in advance in the main office all week: Dance Department Senior Solo Showcase

 

Have a great week!  Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/23/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, SSC, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Come learn about the candidates running for a seat on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education on October 15th from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in the Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre.

 

The forum will be moderated by the SF Chronicle's Jill Tucker.

 

Help us gauge attendance by registering for this event. No need to print your tickets!

 

Chinese & Spanish Interpretation will be available.

 

Sponsored by Parents for Public Schools SF, Second District PTA, San Francisco Education Fund, Support for Families with Disabilities and the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA.

 

Questions?  Email us at asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/23/18




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You can register online to vote using the California Secretary of State’s Online Registration Application or on paper using a Voter Registration Application from your local post office, SF Public Library branch, or the DMV office. For more information on voting visit the San Francisco Department of Elections.
 
Students that are 16 or 17 can pre-register to vote and their registration will become active on their 18th birthday as long as they meet all other registration requirements.
 
If you are already registered to vote make sure your registration is current
 
The last day to register to vote in the November 6, 2018 Mid-term Election is October 22.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/23/18




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NOTE:

Advance tickets available for purchase in the main office at lunch this week. Tickets can also be purchased at the door.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/22/18




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iPPAC MEETiNG

Inclusive Practices Parent Advisory Committee

 

WHEN Monday, September 24, 2018 starting at 5:30pm

 

WHERE School Library at Asawa SOTA

 

WHO  Any community member interested in Special Education, Learning Differences, IEPs, SSTs or 504s is welcome to attend. If your kid is struggling to turn in homework, make it through their coursework or just having a hard time, this is the group for you.  We share resources on how to make school easier and more supportive for students who learn differently. High School can be a really challenging time for families and teens. This group works together to find solutions that will help all of our kids experience success at Asawa SOTA.

 

WHAT  Come meet our RSP Teachers (Teresa Castillo, Mark Almanza, Mary Lucid) and our Wellness Coordinator (Marcus Christmas).  We will continue the conversation from our last meeting by discussing programming and inclusive practices at our school. We will also confirm meeting dates & times.  Plus brainstorm some ideas for Inclusive Schools Week.

 

Please join us!

 

2018-2019 iPPAC SCHEDULE

Meetings are currently scheduled on the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm. Today’s meeting date and time was adjusted due to scheduling conflicts.

  • Oct 30
  • Nov 27
  • Jan 28
  • Feb 26
  • March 19
  • April 30
  • May 28

Save the Date!  Inclusive Schools Week is December 3 - 7.  

This year’s theme is “Kaleidoscope of Friends”. Interested in helping coordinate some events at our school?  Email us at asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com.

 

Join the IPPAC yahoo group!  

To subscribe, just send an email to: asawasotaippac-subscribe@yahoogroups.com

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/22/18




Audience: ALL SOTA
The Annual Visual Arts Potluck Picnic is happening this weekend! 
 
Please join us with your students to celebrate the new school year, meet new and returning families, and catch up with the Visual Arts teachers. 
 
Date: Sunday, September 23rd
 
Time: 1pm - 4pm
 
Venue: Athletic Field @ SOTA 
 
Please help us make the picnic a success by signing up to bring a dish, drinks, supplies or to help on the day. 
 
 
Thank you and we hope to see you on Sunday!
 
Liza Ramrayka (Ella, '22) & Jackie Hanson (Cora, '22)
Visual Arts Co-liaisons
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/19/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, SSC, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
This year, we are embarking on a re-invigorated outreach effort at the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts to improve upon our equity goals and create a pipeline for underrepresented students/students of color. To achieve this, we need a group of parent/student volunteers who can present information about Asawa SOTA to middle schools throughout San Francisco as well as provide support to prospective students and their families who are less familiar with the audition process. 
 
Our success will depend on meeting prospective students, parents and guardians in person and we hope you can join us. 
 
The first outreach event is THIS SATURDAY (9/22) at Lick Wilmerding High School.
Location: 755 Ocean Avenue
Time: 12:30-3:30pm.
If you can help out, please let me (jonesa7@sfusd.edu) or Paulette Cauthorn (CauthornP@sfusd.edu) know!
 
Additionally, if you have a moment, please click here to complete a short questionnaire and let us know how you can participate. 
 
Last but not least, save the date! Our first advisory meeting will be on Tuesday, October 2nd @ 5:30pm.
 
We look forward to hearing from you. 
 
Thank you,
Alex Jones
Outreach Coordinator
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/19/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Please join us for the first PTSA meeting of the school year on Wed, September 26th at 7pm in the school library.

Find out Who’s Who and How Things Work at our school. In addition to our regular PSTA business, Mr.Payne will also give a brief presentation on the updates to the school budget. 

Help us determine how much food to order! RSVP here and please note any dietary restrictions. 

Become a PTSA member by next Monday, and you will be entered into a drawing for some fabulous Asawa SOTA merchandise.  

Full agenda attached.


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/19/18




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DANCE MASTERCLASS

Saturday, September 22, 2018 • 12-4pm • Room 334 (MT Studio)

 

Come take a dance class and get a sneak peak at the style of dance that will be in the Spring Musical. ALL Asawa SOTA students are welcome to attend regardless of dance level or experience. Attendance does not have an impact on your audition.

 

AUDITIONS

Monday, September 24, 2018 • 4:30-7:30pm • DKMT

 

TO AUDITION: Students may pick up an audition packet from Mr. McCan in Room 328. All Asawa SOTA students are encouraged to audition regardless of experience.

 

CALLBACKS

September 25, 26, 27, 2018 • 4:30-7:30pm • DKMT • All auditionees must be present at ALL callbacks to be considered for a role.

 

FIRST REHEARSAL

Tuesday, October 2, 2018 at 4:30pm

 

PERFORMANCE DATES

March 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 2019

 
Ron S. McCan
Director, Musical Theatre Department
Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts
w: http://www.sfsota.org/musicaltheatre
p: (415) 695-5700
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/17/18




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Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

Congratulations to the Theatre Department on a tremendous Field Day victory!  Many thanks to Student Gov and sponsor Sara Park for organizing a fun filled afternoon.  

 

This Friday is our first ever “Freshmen Sleepover” event to build community and have fun among the Class of 2022.  Students will have dinner, play games, watch movies and sleep over in the gym.  Permission slips went out through Freshman English classes, and we need parent volunteers. Sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0f4da4a723a6fb6-freshman1

 

Thanks to Friends of Ruth Asawa SOTA for hosting the back to school picnic on Saturday.  Students and families enjoyed BBQ, games, and watching Paul Kwapy and me go down in the dunk tank. The Friends of Ruth Asawa SOTA annual fundraising campaign to support our unique arts programs will be starting soon!

 

School Site Council elections are happening soon.  The SSC is the lead shared governance body for public school is California, and works with the school administration on the school annual budget, staffing, and master schedule.  We are seeking parents, students, and staff for this important work. Self nominate here: Ruth Asawa SOTA SSC

 

Save the date for Back to School Night on Tuesday, October 9th. More details will be coming soon.  

 

Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday during lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Admin/Student Gov meeting is Wednesday at lunch in 223
  • College Visits all week in the third floor college office.
  • NACAC Performing and Visual Arts College Fair is Thursday from 7pm to 9pm in the quad/gym.  Students can view participating schools and register online: CLICK HERE
  • Freshman Sleepover is Friday at 7pm to 8am Saturday in the gym
  • Dance Masterclass is Saturday from 12pm-4pm in Room 334
 
Staff Meetings this Week:
  • WASC team meets Monday at 2:30pm in the conference room
  • Artist in Residence meeting is Wednesday at 11am in the library
  • Academic Lead team meets Wednesday at 1:30pm in the conference room
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room
 
Community Meetings this Week:
  • Band & Orchestra Parent Meeting with Arts Leads on Monday at 6pm in the school library
  • Friends of Ruth Asawa SOTA Board meets Tuesday at 6pm in the conference room
  • The Principal Chat is on Friday at 8:15am in the school library. Coffee and treats provided by the Asawa SOTA PTSA
Have a great week!

 

Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/16/18




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Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Families:

 

See the message below from Colleen Ivie, Executive Director of "Friends Of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts" our non-profit fundraising partner.  Please join us for tomorrow's community picnic, free to all community members from noon to 3pm in the center quad on campus. 

 

See you then! Thank you!  

 

Sincerely,

B. Payne, Principal

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Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community –
 
We are looking forward to our second annual community-wide picnic on Saturday, September 15th from 12-3pm and you are cordially invited to attend.  Please join us on campus for food, fun and community as we launch our 2018-2019 fundraising campaign.
 
I would like to personally thank the remarkable families who have been so generous in their support and who have put their trust in the Friends of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts (FoRASOTA) over the years.   For our new families who may not be familiar, FoRASOTA is the 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that serves as the school’s fundraising partner. With the support of our parents/guardians, FoRASOTA has been successful in providing the supplemental funding needed to provide quality art programs for our students.
 
As many of you are aware, last April, SFUSD announced plans to take back many of the direct services that had been provided by FoRASOTA over the years.  We appreciate all who voiced their concerns and urged the District to meet with our Board, acknowledge the importance of FoRASOTA, and work out a transition plan with the nonprofit moving forward.  Your voices were heard!
 
In June, Superintendent Matthews distributed a letter to our community apologizing for any perceived misunderstandings and miscommunication between school district staff and the school community. And, over the summer, our dedicated PTSA Board members joined FoRASOTA in meetings with District leadership.  Assistant Superintendent of High Schools Bill Sanderson now serves as our primary point of contact and we are pleased to announce that FoRASOTA has entered into a partnership agreement that will allow the nonprofit to continue to fundraise and support the school’s unique artist-in-resident program.
 
After this weekend’s picnic, our annual campaign will begin, please look for our letter in the mail, and please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly with any questions.
 
Sincerely,

Colleen Ivie

Friends of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts
Executive Director 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/14/18




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Registration for GIRLS ON BEAT is now open!   
 
CLiCK HERE TO REGiSTER

Girls on Beat is a beginner-to-advanced drumming program for self identified girls and young ladies ages 8 - 24 aged youth. The group will explore the diaspora of drumming styles but specializing in the Afro-Latino Bateria tradition. 

Our first class will take place on September 19, 2018 at 5:30pm at Ruth Asawa School of the Arts in the Dojo (home of the World Music + Dance Department).  We will have signage and greeters to guide you from the Parking Lot to the DOJO. Please wear comfortable pants, bring a bottle of water, and an open mind to the DOJO for our first class.


There is no cost for the class. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and there is a cap on the number of participants that will be allowed to join the class. All participants are expected to attend all classes throughout the year, and participate in at least two (2) performances. 

 
Thank you!
 
GIRLS ON BEAT

"Empowering Women One Beat At A Time!"

Leiyah Tate-Roger, Founder
Assasta Conley, Co-Founder
Simone Jacques, Co-Founder
Telephone (513) 970-DRUM
Email: girlsonbeat.sf@gmail.com
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/13/18




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Spirit Week is wrapping up tomorrow with Field Day!  Students can show their school spirit by wearing their department colors.  
 
To allow a little more time for the special activities, they will be using the Student Activity Day Schedule. 
 
And please be advised of dress code standards for Field Day: Ruth Asawa SOTA Field Day Dress Code.
 

 
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Published: 9/13/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, SSC, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

In order to support the school in achieving its mission and goal of being an anti-racist and equitable learning environment, we are inviting Ruth Asawa SOTA parents and caregivers to participate in a five-session training to develop the capacity to pro-actively communicate with your children about racism in the current sociopolitical context.  This series of workshops is free & open to Ruth Asawa SOTA parents and caregivers, however registration is required.  Please click THIS LINK or the image above for more information and to register.
 
*****

 

Cultural Humility & Anti-Racism Training Workshops with Dr. Norris

Participants are asked to commit to a minimum of three sessions. 
  • October 11 - Cultural Humility & Anti-Racism: Creating Spaces of Inclusion in Multicultural and Multiracial Contexts.
  • October 25 - Naming and Framing: Race and Racism in the current sociopolitical context of public schools and society.
  • November 8 "Microagressions and Cultural Humility: The impact of unconscious bias on our everyday interactions".
  • November 15 "Colorblind Racism: How to make invisible forms of racism visible”
  • December 6 - Reflect, Act, and Transform: Three steps to supporting equity, justice, and proportionality in our school, community, and society
Meetings run from 7pm-9pm, except the Nov 8th workshop which will run from 8-9pm.
Facilitator Bio

Dr. Aaminah Norris is parent of alumna Tasneem Norris, 2017 graduate from the Musical Theater Department and Aasiya Norris, current senior in the Vocal Classical department. 

 

Dr. Norris is a critical multicultural educator whose overall focus is instituting educational practices, which affirm the instantiation of more positive identities for youth across the United States and internationally. Norris has more than 20 years of experience supporting schools and not for profit organizations in addressing issues of educational equity for low income students of color. Her background in education includes teaching, administration, and curriculum-development for thousands of students in grades K-16. She researches, teaches, and advocates use of digital and social media in formal and informal learning environments to address racial and gender inequities. 

 

Dr. Norris authored curricula for the films Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In. 

 

Currently, she is Assistant Professor in the Teaching Credentials Branch of the College of Education at Sacramento State University.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/11/18




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"What Goes Around" by James Parker Pennington, Media 2020 was featured on opening night of the Bernal Heights Outdoor Cinema 2018 Festival this past week at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts.
 
"Flare Out” by Monica Menor, Media 2020 and "Dance With Me" by Isaac Karliner-Li, Media 2019 were both featured in the Emerging Artists block of the Film Crawl on Cortland this past Friday.
 
Coming up!  "Flare Out" was selected to screen at the LA Film Festival in their "Future Filmmakers" program on September 22nd.
 
A big round of applause to the Media Department!
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/10/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, SSC, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

This is Spirit Week culminating in Field Day on Friday.  For me, Field Day is an opportunity to reinforce our school-wide values around creating a radically inclusive school community, where all students feel honored and celebrated for their own identity and for being part of the thirty-six year history of our distinguished school.

  • Monday is Pajama Day
  • Tuesday is Twin Day
  • Wednesday is “Hyperbeast” Day (aka Designer Day)
  • Thursday is Meme Day
  • Friday is Field Day (department colors)

Spirit Week and Field Day are supposed to be fun, however school and district rules are enforced at all times, and students are expected to attend all academic and arts classes as scheduled.  Also please be advised of dress code standards for the week and Field Day: Ruth Asawa SOTA Field Day Dress Code

 

Congratulations to the Visual Arts department and the many student performers at the Castro Art Walk event last week. The show remains at Spark Arts, 4229 18th Street, even if you missed the opening event.

 

Congratulations to the Environmental Club for their leadership in this past weekend's Climate Change March, and to the many students and families that came out to support.

 

Thanks to the many parent chaperones and drivers for supporting the Instrumental Music program on their annual trip to Cazadero Music Camp last Friday and Saturday.

 

Tuesday is a late start for students at 9:20am and a faculty meeting for staff at 8am.

 

Monday after school/evening is the annual Historically Black College and University fair at MIssion HIgh School. This event is open to all students and grades that are interested in learning more about these highly regarded institutions.  Seniors that bring a copy of their transcript may be offered admissions on the spot. The school will provide transportation via yellow bus for all students. See Mr. Rombro is the main office for details.

 

College Visits begin this week through the College/Career center on the third floor, including the University of Chicago, NYU, Bard, Mills, and Puget Sound. Stop by for a schedule or contact College Counselor Beth Alberts at albertsb@sfusd.edu

 

The African American Parent Advisory Council meets Tuesday at 5:30 pm in room 302.

 

Asawa SOTA Community Picnic

Sponsored by the Friends of the Ruth Asawa SF  School of the Arts

Saturday 9/15 • 12-3pm

In the Quad • FREE for all Asawa SOTA Students, Families, Alumni and Friends

 

Student Activities this Week:

  • Spirit Week is this week
  • College Visits to the College Office all week
  • Prom committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • HBCU Fair is Monday after school at Mission HS
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Tuesday is student Late Start at 9:20am
  • Friday is Field Day and there is a special bell schedule

 

Staff Meetings this Week:

  • Arts Leads meet Monday at 11am in the Vocal Room
  • Admin/UBC meet Monday at 4pm in the conference room
  • Faculty Meeting is Tuesday at 8am in the library. Breakfast provided by the PTSA.
  • World Language department meets Thursday at 12:30pm in 231
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Friday at 1:30 in the conference room

 

Community Meetings this Week:

Have a great week!  Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal

Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/9/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, SSC, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

 

Spirit Week and Field Day are supposed to be fun, however school and district rules are enforced at all times, and students are expected to attend all academic and arts classes as scheduled.  
 
Also please be advised of dress code standards for the week and Field Day: Ruth Asawa SOTA Field Day Dress Code
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/8/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Dear Asawa SOTA Community!

 

On September 8th, the West Coast will be coming together for the RISE march for Climate in San Francisco. SFUSD has created an official march section in support of the Climate Movement. Join us!

 

The first 400 to show up to our section get iconic SFUSD Climate Action Pins available in four colors!

 

Who: SFUSD Students, Educators, Families, Staff, Administrators

 

What: Rise for Climate, Jobs, and Justice March 

 

When: September 8, 10:00 am

 

Where: Meet in front of the Ferry Building, next to Embarcadero Plaza (main gathering place).

 

Why show up: It is expected that this will be the largest environmental march west of the Rockies. Ever. This is happening right in our city, in timing with the Global Climate Action Summit the following week, when world leaders are converging for a Climate Conference right here in San Francisco.

 

 
Sincerely,
Kyle,
Sustainability Director 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/3/18




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Students are back in school and our Asawa SOTA staff is hungry to teach them, they're also hungry for breakfast!

 

Let's give them a nourishing morning meal to keep them going on September 11's late start. Donations of baked items are needed, along with folks who can help set up and clean up. The Asawa SOTA PTSA will be providing yogurt, fruit, hard-boiled eggs, coffee and tea.

 

CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFO & TO SIGN UP!

 

With appreciation,

 

Mia, Virg, & Barb

The Staff Appreciation Team

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/3/18




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Please join us this Thursday, September 6th, at Spark Arts gallery in the Castro for the Visual Arts Department Fall Student Show!
 
Current students from the visual arts department will showcase their work. There will also be live entertainment from talented Ruth Asawa SOTA students - from music to poetry! 
 
If your student is interested in performing, there are still a few spots left - please contact Ellie Stokes (MT 2020) by Tuesday afternoon if you’d like to showcase your talent!
 
CASTRO ART WALK: BACK TO SCHOOL W/ SCHOOL OF THE ARTS!
  • Thursday, September 6, 2018
  • Opening Party with Live Entertainment and Refreshments
  • 6:00 PM  to 9:00 PM
  • Performances from Ruth Asawa SOTA students begin at 6:30 PM
Spark Arts is a gallery and community art space located in the Castro.  Check them out at https://www.sparkarts.com/
 

 
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Published: 9/3/18




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iPPAC MEETiNG
Inclusive Practices Parent Advisory Committee

 

WHEN Tuesday, August 28, 2018 starting at 6:30pm

 

WHERE Main Conference Room at Asawa SOTA

 

WHO  Any community member interested in Special Education, Learning Differences, IEPs, SSTs or 504s is welcome to attend. If your kid is struggling to turn in homework, make it through their coursework or just having a hard time, this is the group for you.  We share resources on how to make school easier and more supportive for students who learn differently. High School can be a really challenging time for families and teens. This group works together to find solutions that will help all of our kids experience success at Asawa SOTA.

 

WHAT Interested in finding out more about our Resource Specialist (RSP) or 504 Coordinator roles and responsibilities?  Do you have questions about the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or 504 notification process and timeline? Do you need clarification on the Study Skills course? Do you have concerns over the summer homework accessibility? And what about the world language pathways for SpEd students?  Curious to hear more about the Staff Inclusion Training plan?

 

If so, please join us for an informal Q&A on special education at Asawa SOTA at our first meeting of the school year!

 

2018-2019 iPPAC SCHEDULE
Meetings are currently scheduled for the last Tuesday of the month at 6:30pm.

 

  • Sept 25
  • Oct 30
  • Nov 27
  • Jan 28
  • Feb 26
  • March 19
  • April 30
  • May 28

 

Save the Date!  Inclusive Schools Week is December 3 - 7.  
This year’s theme is “Kaleidoscope of Friends”. Interested in helping coordinate some events at our school?  Email us at asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com.

 

BOOKS & MAGAZiNES -  SOME iPPAC FAVS
  • A Student’s Guide to the IEP by Marcy McGahee-Kovac  PDF HERE!
  • The Autistic Brain by Temple Grandin
  • The Dyslexic Advantage by Brock Eide and Fernette Eide
  • The Dyslexia Empowerment Plan by Ben Foss
  • Driven to Distraction (Revised): Recognizing and Coping with Attention Deficit Disorder
  • From Emotions to Advocacy by Pam Wright & Pete Wright
  • The Explosive Child by Dr. Ross Greene
  • My Anxious Mind: A Teen's Guide to Managing Anxiety and Panic by Michael A. Tompkins and Katherine A. Martinez
  • My Kid is Back by June Alexander and Daniel Le Grange
  • Overcoming Obsessive Thoughts: How to Gain Control of Your OCD by David A. Clark
  • The Sensory Team Handbook: A hands-on tool to help young people make sense
  • Triggered: A Memoir of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder by Fletcher Wortmann
  • Trauma and Recovery by Judith Herman
  • White Bears and Other Unwanted Thoughts: Suppression, Obsession, and the Psychology of Mental Control by Daniel M. Wegner
  • ADDitude Magazine
Have a favorite website, book or resource?  
Please email it to asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com and we will add it to the list.
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/23/18




Audience: ALL SOTA

In Sept, Assessor Carmen Chu is bringing back by popular demand her Office’s community event to help San Francisco families build their financial futures, the Family Wealth Workshop.

 

Often when speaking with community members, Assessor Chu receives questions about estate planning and passing on a family's most valuable asset, their home. In response, she created the Family Wealth event series as a one-stop shop to answer those questions.  The event this September will offer guidance on property tax savings for families, estate planning, and safeguarding against financial abuse, especially for seniors. 

 

We invite you to join us for this free community event on Saturday, September 29, 2018, from 3:00 – 5:00 pm at Eureka Valley Recreation Center, 100 Collingwood Street. 

 

For more information and to register, please visit www.sfassessor.org/familywealthforum

 

Flyers in English, Spanish & Chinese are attached!

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/22/18




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Cause an Effect - Make diner a selfless act by joining us for a fundraiser to support Ruth Asawa SOTA - Sojourn Program. 

 

Come and join us for our 1st “Chipotle Take Over” to help send our children to SOJOURN TO THE PAST, a tour of Southern Historical Landmarks (http://www.sojournproject.org). All food must be ordered on-site at the restaurant in order to be eligible for our fundraiser. 

 

Date: Monday, August 27, 208

Time: 4:00pm - 8:00pm

Address: 

Stonestown Mall, 

3251 20th Ave

San Francisco, CA  94132

 

Print out these flyers to present to your food server and we will receive 50% of your purchase. We look forward to seeing!

 

Fundraiser Reminders

  • Online orders will not be included in the fundraiser total. Please be sure to inform your supporters that only in-store purchases will count.
  • Make sure your supporters show the fundraiser flyer (hard copy or on their phone) or tell the cashier at checkout that they are there for a fundraiser before they pay! If they don’t tell our cashier, your organization won’t get credit for the sale.
  • A minimum of $300 in total sales is required in order to receive a donation.
  • Your organization is NOT permitted to hand out flyers to anyone (including your own supporters) or promote the event inside or outside of the restaurant or in the parking lot at any time — that’s cheating! Violation of this policy will result in your fundraiser being cancelled. All promotion should be done prior to the fundraiser – this is your time to sit back and enjoy a big tasty burrito.
  • Gift cards purchased during fundraisers do not count towards total donated sales, but purchases made with an existing gift card will count. 
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Posted by: Barnaby Payne
Published: 8/21/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Monday, August 13, 2018

 

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA School Community:

 

Welcome new and returning students and families. I am humbled to be returning for my third year as principal of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, and my twenty-fifth year as an educator in the San Francisco Unified School District.  As one of the foremost Arts High Schools in the country, we must reaffirm our commitment to honoring and protecting the individual identities of our students that is imperative to artistic and academic freedom.

 

Likewise we strive to be an anti-racist, anti-sexist, harassment free, inclusive school community so that students and adults feel safe and supported in all their academic and artistic pursuits. I’m excited to work with our outstanding staff that holds the highest expectations for young people, while providing the love and support needed for students to meet those expectations every day.

 

The best source for school information is the Ruth Asawa School Loop Website and includes daily news and calendars: https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/

 

Important Information to note for the first week of school starting Monday, August 20 at 8am:

 

  1. All Students report to Arts Classes at 8am on August 20, 2018. Student schedules will be distributed through Arts Block teachers. Students who require schedule changes will be able to make an appointment with their Counselor.
  2. Picture Day (for 9/10th grades) is Monday, August 20. Make up photos and 11/12th grade students will be photographed on Monday, August 27.
  3. Meal Applications (a.k.a. Multi Purpose Family Income Forms) are DUE Friday, September 1st. The link to the application can be found here. Please note, submission of this document is mandatory and impacts consideration for fee reductions on Advanced Placement exams and SAT fee waivers. Reach out to school personnel for assistance.
  4. Ruth Asawa SOTA 2018-2019 School Opening Docs packets will be sent home via your Art Director on the first day of school. These must be reviewed, signed and returned by Friday, August 24, 2018. Students must return documentation directly to their art department director. An electronic file containing all required documents, PTSA and helpful school information, can be accessed here.

This year we will have positions open on our School Site Council, the primary shared governance body for all schools in California.  We are seeking new members from staff, families, students and other community members. Find out more information here.

 

We are incredibly fortunate to have strong parent support of our school through PTSA, please read this message from the PTSA Board:

 

“Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year from the Asawa SOTA PTSA.   Please join us on the First Day of School for our Welcome Back Coffee on August 20th from 8am-9am in the school cafeteria.  Come have a cup of coffee, enjoy a tasty treat and catch up with other Asawa SOTA families. Spirit wear will be available for purchase and PTSA board members will be on hand to answer questions. And if you haven’t already, please join the community yahoo group!   Just send an email to: asawasota-subscribe@yahoogroups.com. ENJOY the last bit of your summer from the Asawa SOTA PTSA Board.”

 

Thank you and see you soon!  

 

Sincerely,

 

Barnaby O. Payne, Principal

Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/19/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
Fall 2018 Course at City College of SF - Islam: Identity & Culture.   A great opportunity for Ruth Asawa SOTA students.  Note that a one semester, three credit CCSF course equals a full year (10 credit) high school course with a weighted GPA and is fully transferrable to UC and CSU.   The class will celebrate Eid and take a visit to the contemporary muslim fashion show at the De Young.  
 
See the attached flyer for more information and or visit their website.
 
Students that are interested in taking this course, should reach out to Ms. Carissa Jow, Asawa SOTA counselor.  
 
And please pass along to any student you think might be interested.
 

 
 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/18/18




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
Our teachers and staff were back on campus this week getting ready for the new school year.  A BIG thank you to the staff appreciation team for providing coffee, breakfast and yummy treats for some of the meetings this week.  And special shout out to Mia Waller, our new PTSA staff appreciation chair.
 
We also wanted to take this opportunity to send a warm welcome to our new staff and teachers :)
 
Welcome To Our New Staff!
Administration: Monette Benitez, AP
Math: Brian Bethel
Science: Francisco Hernandez
English: Daniella Ocampo
World Language: Martin Duncan 
Wellness: Marcus Christmas
Special Ed: Teresa Castillo
Inclusion Support: Leslie Lum
Theatre: Elizabeth Carter
Spoken Arts: Chrissy Anderson Zavala
Classical Voice: Angie Doctor *** 
Security: Keith Smith 
Custodial: Mei Mei 
 
*** Filling in for Kristen Grzeca while she is on maternity leave :)
 
Just a quick reminder that the PTSA will be hosting a Welcome Back Coffee in the school cafeteria from 8am-9am on the first day back to school (Monday, August 20th).
 

 
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/17/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

Let me first express my gratitude and appreciation to the Board of the Friends of Ruth Asawa SOTA and Executive Director Colleen Ivie on their outstanding service to the school community for many years.

 

This summer, the “Friends Of”  Board has been working closely with Assistant Superintendent of High Schools, Mr. Bill Sanderson, to develop a concise fundraising partnership agreement according to Board of Education policy that will ensure the continued and robust long-term relationship between the school, the nonprofit and the school district.

 

The non-profit will continue to play a vital role in the school community that includes fundraising and other support that will be outlined specifically in the days and weeks to come. The agreement between the District and the non-profit does not require an MOU but is a collaborative memo that allows the non-profit to continue to officially support and fundraise for the school.

 

Again I am truly humbled by the level of collaboration in our community to re-vision our unique relationship with our non-profit, in service to our students, families, and unique artistic and academic programs.

 

Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal

Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/15/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
There are a lot of ways to stay connected at our school.  Here is a basic listing of most of them.
 
Synergy (by Edupoint)
Synergy (also known as Gradebook for All, ParentVUE, StudentVUE…). This is the main website used by the district for attendance, grades, schedule and communication from admin and teachers.
 
There is a very basic tutorial here: 
And this is the link to login or sign up for ParentVUE  
https://studentportal.sfusd.edu/  Click SIS Family Portal. 
 
NOTE: For ParentVUE, you will need an activation code to create your account.  For incoming families, you will receive your activation code in the Fall after school has started. You can either call the main office or email Emily DelReal directly at delrealE@sfusd.edu if you do not receive one the first week of school.  In order to receive Mr.Payne’s Monday Reminders, you will need to have your ParentVUE account set up with your email.  
 
Asawa SOTA School Loop 
The website portion will still be up and running for the rest of this school year and maybe some of next year.  Logging into the site or on the app is no longer available.  Basic updates to school loop will be made over the year and the links to the school google calendars will still be available.
 
Master Calendar on School Loop
You can click on the individual calendar links to subscribe and import into your personal calendars.
 
Community Yahoo Group
Stay in touch!  Join our community yahoo group.  It's a great place to get reminders, ask questions and share information. To join, just send an email to: asawasota-subscribe@yahoogroups.com
 
Asawa SOTA website
Your resource for everything related to shows, admissions and more.  Show calendar has been posted.  Under the community tab are hot links to the school directory, FoSOTA website, PTSA website etc.
 
You can also subscribe to the SOTA shows newsletterhttp://www.sfsota.org/subscribe/
 
Asawa SOTA Website & Shows
Links to ticket purchase when ready are posted under the SOTA shows page or calendar.
 
PTSA Website
On our website you can join the PTSA, sign up to volunteer, connect with your department liaison and more. The calendar includes of quick glance of meeting dates, events, late start, early release, holidays etc.  For all show listings visit the main SOTA website.  
 
FoSOTA Website - Friends of SOTA Foundation
Fundraising, outreach and box office.
 
Facebook
Main Asawa SOTA Facebook page  https://www.facebook.com/AsawaSOTA/
 
Ruth Asawa SF SOTA (group - mostly run by alum) https://www.facebook.com/groups/2204676542/
 
A lot of departments also have Facebook pages.  They are not all listed here, but you can easily do a quick search and it should pop up. 
 
Twitter
Do you tweet?  Be sure to follow SOTA shows and the PTSA twitter feeds!  
 
Instagram
Some departments, student government, SOTA shows have Instagram feeds.  If IG is your thing, just do a quick search to follow the feeds you are interested in. :)
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/13/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Our teachers and staff are returning to work next week and the PTSA is coordinating a yummy breakfast on Wed, August 15th.

 

We are supplying yogurt, fruit, granola, hard-boiled eggs, coffee, tea, and juice, but we are looking for donations of baked goods and some help with set up & clean up.

 

Please sign up using the link below!

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/12/18




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

 

The Ruth Asawa SOTA School Site Council (SSC) will be having elections this Fall.  Interested in joining, working on developing the Academic Plan, working on the school site budget and learning more about our school?   

 
Please fill out this Self Nomination Form!  We are looking for community members (parents, guardians and other family members) and for student members. 
 
The SSC is expected to:
  • Review the SFUSD Strategic Plan: Beyond the Talk
  • Review and analyze student data.
  • Solicit community input and develop a needs assessment.
  • Assist the principal in developing the Academic Plan and school site budget.
  • Monitor the implementation and effectiveness of the Academic Plan on an ongoing basis.
  • Approve the Academic Plan and school site budget before it is submitted to the District for final review and approval
To nominate yourself and be placed on the ballot, please fill out the self nomination form by September 17, 2018.  Elections will take place in early October.  New members and alternates will take their seats at the scheduled October meeting (10/18/2018). 

Questions?  Please reach out to Mr.Payne, Principal at payneb@sfusd.edu or visit the SSC page on school loop.  Please note, hard copies of the self nomination form (including translated copies) will be available the first week of school.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/7/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA


 

Sad news for those of us in the Asawa School of the Arts Community. One of our former principals, Joe Rosenblatt, passed away this week. Joe was principal from 1993-2000.  They were formative years for the school and Joe was a passionate and devoted principal, who guided the school through some difficult times.

He continued his involvement with the school until the present. He was instrumental in helping found the Friends of SOTA Foundation and continued to be on the board until his passing.

Joe not only went to every performance while he was principal, but just about every major performance at the school since his retirement. He would be ecstatic about the wonderful performances that he had attended, never missing an opportunity to tell everyone he could about how great the students were in those performances.

Joe was a loving and kind human being. He was passionate about the school and did all he could to support every student. He will be deeply missed by our community.

There will be a memorial for Joe this coming Sunday, August 5 at 12:00pm at Sinai Memorial Chapel, 1501 Divisadero St. in San Francisco. All are welcome.

A MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WILL BE ESTABLISHED IN JOE'S NAME, TO BE AWARDED TO A SOTA STUDENT EACH YEAR.

 

The Rosenblatt family has asked that instead of flowers, contributions to the scholarship fund would be much appreciated. Checks should be made out to the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts, with the memo to read: ROSENBLATT SCHOLARSHIP.

 

Envelopes will be provided at the memorial or donations can be sent to the school at: ROSENBLATT SCHOLARSHIP, Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts,  555 Portola Drive, SF CA 94131.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 8/1/18




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Please join us on the First Day of School for our Welcome Back Coffee on August 2oth from 8am-9am in the school cafeteria.

 

Come have a cup of coffee, enjoy a tasty treat and catch up with other Asawa SOTA families.  Spirit wear will be available for purchase and PTSA board members will be on hand to answer questions.

 

Enjoy your last bit of summer!

 


 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 7/25/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
Asawa SOTA Alumni Directory Please don't forget to register for the Asawa SOTA Alumni directory at sfsota.org/alumni. Keep us posted on what you're up to so we can tell the world. 
 
Graduation DVDs  Filmed exclusively for our community by filmmaker, photographer, and alumni parent, ROGER JONES (Elizabeth Jones/ IM 2015) at the Palace of Fine Arts on 6/6/18.  With presentations and performances from each of the arts departments at Asawa SOTA, plus featured guest, Albert Alarr, the 2018 class speaker, there's plenty to reminisce over... On sale for a limited time only for $35-.  DVDs will be mailed directly to your home in 2-3 weeks.  Click HERE to see a preview and to find the link to purchase online.
 
Graduation Photo Campus Candids took photos each graduate when they received their diploma. Click this LINK and then just enter your students name to view the proofs and order photos.  Questions?  Email Colleen Martin with Campus Candids directly at colleen@gradfotonetwork.com
 
2018 Commemorative Glass  Each graduate received a glass at the senior luncheon.  Interested in getting one more?  You can purchase online and pick up on campus.  Email Janet Yieh for more information.
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 6/11/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Congratulations to the CLASS OF 2018!

Your student is in the final stretch of their high school career and graduation is on the horizon.  As we approach this important day, we want to provide you with information for planning purposes.

 

Graduation Ceremony & Reception:

Graduation will be Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre located at 3301 Lyon Street in San Francisco.   A reception following graduation, with light appetizers and beverages, will begin around 12:30 p.m. in the reception hall located inside the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.


Graduating students must arrive at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre no later than 9 a.m. with their caps and gowns. Please ensure your student does not bring personal items, purses, backpacks etc., as we are unable to provide security for personal items while the graduation ceremony is in progress. Graduating student family members and guests should be in their seats no later than 9:50 a.m.

 

Graduation Tickets:

Seating is limited at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre and admission to the graduation event will be by ticket only. Each graduating student will automatically be allotted two (2) free tickets. Two (2) additional free tickets will be available to those students and families who return the RSVP form on or before the due date:  May 11, 2018.
 

After receiving all RSVP forms, we will be able to determine the number of seats available for sale.  These remaining tickets will be sold through the Asawa SOTA website on a first come/ first served basis, beginning Monday, May 21. These additional tickets can be purchased online.  Click HERE to purchase.


Graduation Pictures:

A professional photographer from Campus Candids will be taking pictures at the graduation ceremony. Each graduate will have a photo opportunity when they receive their diploma. This will allow the ceremony to proceed in an orderly manner and we ask that parents refrain from coming to the stage to take photos. Following the ceremony, Campus Candids can be contacted via their website www.gradfotonetwork.com or at 800-453-0335.


Graduation Ceremony DVD:

A video production company will record and produce a DVD of the ceremony. You can pre-order a copy of the DVD on the RSVP form. You can also purchase a copy of the DVD on the day of the ceremony. The DVDs will be mailed to your home address approximately 1-2 weeks following graduation.


Graduation Caps & Gowns:

All graduating students MUST wear the SOTA cap and gown to graduation. Caps and Gowns will be distributed to seniors on Monday, June 4 from 8am to 10 am in the third floor gallery (Room A312), across from the college center. There is no cost for the cap and gown this year!


Graduation Rehearsal:

There will be a graduation rehearsal on Monday, June 4 at 10:15 am. in SOTA’s Dan Kryston Memorial Theater. Attendance is mandatory. Tickets for graduation will be distributed to the students at the conclusion of rehearsal.

 

Senior Luncheon & Awards Ceremony:

A luncheon and awards ceremony for graduating students has been scheduled for Monday, June 4.  To volunteer for this event, please sign up HERE!

 

Graduation Ceremony Expenses:

In keeping with the Asawa SOTA tradition of having graduation at an offsite venue with a reception following, we have reserved the Palace of Fine Arts venue for our 2018 graduates.  As in the past, this event is entirely funded from the PTSA budget!

 

Financial contributions are requested to cover the cost of the venue, reception, senior awards luncheon, printed programs, etc.   We suggest a $100.00 donation per graduating student.  We recognize that many families are facing mounting expenses with their students heading to college, but we hope we are giving plenty of time to plan for this expenditure.  If you are in a position to contribute now, we greatly appreciate your generosity!   No donation is too small.  

 

Donations and DVD Purchases:

  • Online Payment:  Click Here!
  • Check: Mail or drop off a check to the main office payable to SOTA PTSA, 555 Portola Drive, San Francisco, CA  94131.  Please note “Graduation 2018” or "Graduation DVD" in the memo section.
  • Cash:  Place cash in a envelope with a note including your student's name and what it is for.  Hand deliver to one of the office staff in the main office.

Thank You For Your Support!

 


 

Important Dates

 

May 11

Return RSVP Form for two (2) additional free tickets.

May 21

Purchase additional tickets online at http://www.sfsota.org/calendar/graduation-2018

June 4

at Asawa SOTA

8 – 10:15 am

Pick up Cap & Gown in third floor gallery (Room A312).

10:15am – 11:50am

Graduation Rehearsal & Ticket Distribution in the DKMT

12:00 a.m.

Senior Luncheon

1:20 p.m.

Senior Awards Assembly in the DKMT

3:00 p.m Band & Orchestra Senior Solos in the DKMT

June 5

at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

9 am

Students arrive at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre

10 am

Graduation Ceremony begins

12:30 – 2 pm

Graduation Reception

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 6/3/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 
I am pleased to introduce Ms. Monette Benitez, Assistant Principal at Ruth Asawa SOTA, starting in the fall of 2018. I have known Ms. Benitez professionally in SFUSD for many years and have tremendous respect for her work and experiences. Ms. Boyle, Mr. Rombro and I look forward to working with her next year and beyond.
 
Please read her letter to the community here.
 
Please join me in welcoming Ms. Benitez to our wonderful community!
 
Sincerely, 
 
Barnaby O. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, SFUSD
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/23/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

We are in the final stretch and it is going to be busy!!!  We will need lots of volunteers for shows, AP exams, CMEA, staff & teacher appreciation and graduation activities.  

 

SHOWS!

To purchase tickets online, please visit our main website: SOTA Shows.

 

Small Ensemble Showcase  IM Dept May 24th @ 7pm

 

Media Night  Media Dept Dept May 24th & 25th @ 7:30pm

 

Vocal Finale  Vocal Dept  Saturday, May 25th @ 7:30pm

 

Orchestra Finale  Orchestra Dept  Friday, June 1st @ 7:30pm

 

Band Finale  Band Dept  Saturday, June 2nd @ 7:30pm

 

 

STAFF APPRECIATION
The staff appreciation team will providing breakfast for our lovely teachers and staff during their staff meeting this coming Tuesday on May 29th.  Interested in helping out?  Please email Liz Isaacs, Staff Appreciation Chair at appreciation@sfsota-ptsa.org.

 

GRADUATiON
 
Senior Luncheon  Monday, June 4th.  Let's celebrate our seniors!  Help with set up, decorating, assembly of gifts and clean up.  We are also looking for some tasty drinks, fruit and drinks. The main meal will be coordinated by the Senior Luncheon co-chairs Leslie Todd & Elaine Shaw.  Questions?  Please email us at asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com
 
Graduation Day - Tuesday, June 5th. We will need help with set up, clean up and ushering. Looking for family members that do not have graduating students :)  Thank You!

 

 
AP EXAMS
Thank you to all our AP exam proctors!  You are so appreciated! And we could not have done it without you.
 
 
CMEA Festival 2018
The CMEA Music Festival for large ensemble band and orchestra groups took place on our campus on May 18th & 19th.  The event coordinator was Mr.Henry Hung, Asawa SOTA Band Director.  Thanks to all the parent and students volunteers.  We had over 1000 musicians come through our campus and everything ran smoothly!  You rock.
 
 
VOLUNTEER LiNKS
Links to all the SUGs are updated weekly and also posted on our volunteer page on school loop and the ptsa website.
School Loop - Volunteer Page
PTSA Website - Volunteer Page
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/17/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
CMEA - Awasa SOTA will be hosting one of the CMEA Festivals for large ensemble band and orchestra groups this coming weekend!  The event coordinator is Mr.Henry Hung, Asawa SOTA Band Director.

 

The event will take place Friday afternoon & evening (5/18) and all day Saturday (5/19). 

 

Volunteer Information
  • If you are able to volunteer for this event, please sign up HEREWe will be providing food for our volunteers, please help us prepare by filling out this simple form
  • Click the MAP to see the layout and click this document to find out more about volunteer roles.  
  • For the basic schedule and performance times for each group, please see below.
 

Basic Schedule for Each Group

  • Registration in the Cafeteria
  • Warm Up in the Orchestra Room (3o minutes)
  • Performance in Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre (3o minutes)
  • Sight Reading Clinic in the Band Room (3o minutes)
  • Photos in the Studio Theater (3o minutes)
  • Concessions & Medal Sales in the Cafeteria

 

FRIDAY 5/18/18 - Performance Times

 

TIME    SCHOOL  

                          

3:00        SOTA Wind Ensemble
3:30        SOTA Chamber Orchestra
4:00        A.P. Giannini String Orchestra
4:30        A.P. Giannini Symphonic Band
 
DINNER  5:00 - 6:10pm
 
6:10        SOTA Symphonic Band
6:40        La Entrada Middle School  
7:10        SOTA Concert Strings
7:40        Marin School of the Arts Concert Band  
 
BREAK  8:10 - 8:20pm
 
8:30        Hayward High School String Orchestra
8:50        OPEN
9:20        Marin School of the Arts Wind Ensemble

 

 

SATURDAY 5/19/18 - Performance Times
 
TIME    SCHOOL
 
8:00        Borel MS Chamber Orchestra
8:30        Borel MS Wind Ensemble
9:00        El Camino High School Symphonic Band
 
BREAK 9:30-9:40am
 
9:40         Crystal Springs Uplands Middle School Band
10:10       Borel String Orchestra  
10:40       Borel Middle School Symphonic Band
11:10       Alta Loma Intermediate Band
11:40       El Camino High School Concert Band  
 
LUNCH  12:10 - 1:10pm
 
1:15        George Washington HS Inter/Advanced Band
1:45        Half Moon Bay HS Cougar Band
2:15        Alta Loma Middle School Advanced Band
2:45        GWHS Advanced Orchestra
 
BREAK 3:15 - 3:30pm
 
3:30        Burton High School Symphonic Band  
4:00        Aptos Middle School 8th grade Concert Band
4:30        GWHS Intermediate Orchestra
 

 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/16/18




Audience: Resources, Resources and ALL SOTA

Our monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, May 17th at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Click the links below for additional information.

For additional information on the Ruth Asawa SOTA SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop.

 

Interested in joining the SSC next year?  Parent and student elections will be held in the Fall.  Stayed tuned for the self nomination form. 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/14/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Please join us for our last general PTSA meeting of the school year.

 

We will reflect on the past year, start planning for the next school year and celebrate all our hard working volunteers.

 

Help us out so we know how much food to order, by filling out the quick RSVP form.

 

New families welcome to attend!

 

Look forward to seeing you there.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/14/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Join representatives from the San Francisco Unified School District for a town hall to help shape the future of arts education in our public schools. Everyone in the community is welcome!
 

In 2006, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) put in place the Arts Education Master Plan (AEMP) as a way of integrating the arts into students' daily learning. Now, as SFUSD begins a year-long process to refresh the AEMP, it seeks to learn from the experiences of the SF community - teachers, parents, community members, district partners, non profits, and students - on what is going well with arts education and what opportunities exist to improve arts education.

 

Join us for a town hall to share your feedback and help shape the future of arts education in San Francisco.

 

Each town hall will be led by consultants from Third Plateau and Olive Grove, with representatives from SFUSD in attendance. You'll be asked questions such as:

  • What do you hope continues with arts education in SF schools?
  • What do you hope changes in arts education in SF schools?

We look forward to learning from your experience and working together to strengthen arts education.


 

TOWN HALL DETAILS:

 

Monday, May 21st 2018
Burton High School
400 Mansell St, San Francisco, CA 94134
6-7:30pm

 

Thursday, May 24th 2018
Creativity Explored
3245 16th St. San Francisco, CA
6-7:30pm

 

Saturday, June 2nd 2018
Grace Cathedral
1100 California St. San Francisco, CA
1-2:30pm

 

Childcare and snacks will be provided. An RSVP is not required, but it is greatly appreciated!

 

If you have any questions, please contact Itzel Nuño with Third Plateau at itzel@thirdplateau.com

 


SFUSD in partnership with Third Plateau and Olive Grove

Organizer of Strengthening K-12 Arts Education: Town Halls

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/9/18




Audience: ALL SOTA

If you have never registered for access to the SFUSD gradebook (Synergy), then it is now time to get started.  Registration only needs to happen once, so incoming families that already registered while at their SFUSD middle schools do not have to register again.

 

To begin the process, please follow the link to the SFUSD Family Portal registration page and enter your personalized access code.  If you do not have your access code, please call Emily delReal in our Main Office at (415) 695-5700, and she will be able to locate it for you.

 

We would love to get all of our families on board, so please let us know how we can help. 

 

Thanks!

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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 5/9/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

This year we are providing Staff Appreciation events year-round! 

 

And we are going big in May! We've already provided a low key oatmeal breakfast in the new Staff Lounge (Room A216A, across from the library) and next week, we are hosting luncheon, extending Staff Appreciation Week to share the love a little longer.  Thursday, May 17th from 10am-2pm.

 

The meal will be a Taco Bar, fruit and homemade treats.  We would love your help! Sign up today!

 

Thanks so much, from the Asawa SOTA Staff Appreciation Team: Barb, Liz and Virginia.

 

Please contact Liz Isaacs at appreciation@sfsota-ptsa.org if you have questions or need more information.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 5/9/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

To help answer questions, I'll be holding "Principal's Office Hours" this week for any parent/caregivers that would like to speak on these issues with me personally on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, 8:15 to 9:15am and Friday 9:30 to 10:30am, in the third floor conference room.

 

Let me know you’re coming at payneb@sfusd.edu, or just stop by, or we can also make an individual appointment at another time.

 

B. Payne, Principal

Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/23/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
As a follow up to our community meeting at the Principal Chat this past Friday, additional meetings have been planned.  Please see below for details on each.
 
*****
 
Community Meeting with FoSOTA
Date:  Sunday, April 22nd
Time: 5pm-7pm
Location: Brightworks School, 1960 Bryant Street (@18th)
 
In response to the concerns expressed at the Principal's Chat last Friday morning, a community meeting will be held this Sunday at Brightworks School.  This meeting is open to all current teachers, parents and students enrolled at Asawa SOTA.  Board members from the Friends of Ruth Asawa San Francisco SOTA will be on hand to answer questions.  Please join us for this important community discussion.
 
Community Meeting with FoSOTA &  SFUSD District Representatives
Date:  Monday, April 23rd
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Location: Ruth Asawa SOTA, Library
 
Friends Of Board Members, District representatives & Mr.Payne will be present to answers questions from the community.
 
From SFUSD:
  • Brad Stam, Deputy Superintendent (Not Present)
  • Brent Stephens, Chief Academic Officer
  • Bill Sanderson, Assistant Superintendent of High Schools (Late)
Community Meeting with Dr.Emily Murase, SFUSD BOE member
Date:  TBD
Time: TBD
Location: Ruth Asawa SOTA, Library

 

Reference Materials

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/22/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Bursting with photos of students’ activities, events, and highlights, students will want their own copy to look back on the special moments of the academic year.  

 

Yearbooks will be distributed directly to the students when they are received in May.

 

Click the image below to purchase online. 
 
To pay with a check, please make it payable to FoSOTA and be sure to write yearbook and your child's name in the memo line.  Checks can be turned into the office or placed in the FoSOTA mailbox in the mail room.
 
Questions?  Please reach out to Ms.Colleen Ivie at colleen@fosota.org
 

 

And if the link there doesn’t work… try this one:

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/18/18




Audience: Resources, Resources and ALL SOTA
The monthly "Friends of" meeting is this coming Tuesday, April 17th at 6pm in the main conference room.
 
Click HERE for the agenda.
 
Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/16/18




Audience: Resources, Resources and ALL SOTA

Our monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, April 19th at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Click the links below for additional information.

For additional information on the Ruth Asawa SOTA SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop.

 

Interested in joining the SSC next year?  Parent and student elections will be held in the Fall.  Stayed tuned for the self nomination form. 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/16/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Welcome to Asawa SOTA!

 

See below for the agenda for our new student orientation this coming Monday, April 16th from 5pm - 7pm.  Please meet in the Dan Kryston Memorial Theater.

 

Agenda

 

5:00PM    Refreshments and Asawa SOTA Merchandise
                 Available for purchase

5:15PM    Student Performance

5:30PM    Opening Remarks + Introductions, Barnaby Payne, Principal

5:30PM    Student Government 

                 Katie Dragone, Student Body President (2017-18) 

                 Abigail Louie, Student Body President (2018-19)

6:00PM    Student Performance

 
6:15PM    Breakout Sessions by Arts Departments

                 Incoming 9th Graders
                 Computer Lab - Select World Language and PE Class

7:00PM    Dismiss

Informational tables in the Quad for the following groups:
Stop by and introduce yourself!
  • Counseling Department
  • Wellness Center
  • Parent Teachers Student Association - PTSA
  • Friends of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts Foundation
  • School Site Council - SSC
  • African-American Parent Advisory Council - AAPAC
  • Latinx Parent Advisory Council - LPAC
  • Inclusive Practices (Special Education) Parent Advisory Council  - IPPAC
  • Multicultural Parent Advisory Council - MPAC

 

New families and students can also find information and handy links by clicking HERE

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/16/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

It’s elections time! Save the date for our next general PTSA meeting on Wed, April 18th starting at 7pm.   Interested in joining the PTSA Board next year?  It’s not too late.  Just fill out this quick self nomination form

 
We will also have a special presentation”Parenting in a Digital Age” with Carrie Johnson, LMFT.  See the attached flyer for all the details.
 
New families welcome to attend!
 
Please help us out by filling out this simple RSVP so we know how much food to prepare. 
 
Thank you!
 

 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/9/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Please see the following update from Ron McCan, Director Musical Theatre Department, regarding the 35th Anniversary Gala Celebration:

 
As many of you have heard, we have decided to postpone our 35th Anniversary Gala Celebration at City Hall that was to be held on Friday, April 20, 2018. 
 
April 20th has recently been named a National Day of Action to Prevent Gun Violence, and many events are being planned across the country, including a large rally in San Francisco’s Civic Center. In an effort to give both events the attention they deserve, we have decided to postpone our event until Friday, October 5, 2018. 
 
In the meantime, please continue to watch the school's websiteour Facebook page and school loop for more information.
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/5/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
Ruth Asawa SOTA and The Academy 
 
When: Saturday, April 14 7:00pm-11:00pm

 

Where: The Chapel, 777 Valencia Street.  MAP

 

Additional Details:

  • The last day to purchase tickets is April 6th!  Cash or check only.
  • Bringing a guest not at Asawa SOTA or the Academy?  Permission forms are due April 6th.  Permission forms are available outside of Room A223.  No exceptions!
  • Parking - There will be street parking, free meter after 6!
  • Coat Check - Yes!
  • Food - Beverages and appetizers will be served throughout the night
  • Attire - Masks welcomed, but please take them off before checking in.
  • Guest - Student I.D. is mandatory for checking in.

Questions?  Email Ms.Trump, Asawa SOTA Student Government Coordinator


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/4/18




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Please join us for the 2018-2019 school year! 

 

The Asawa SOTA PTSA is starting to plan for next year!  We would like your help identifying outstanding candidates for the 2018-2019 slate of officers to be elected at our April PTSA meeting. 

 

Please use this FORM to indicate individuals that you think might be a good leader for our PTSA. 

 
Volunteer yourself OR you are welcome to suggest someone you know for the position. The nominating committee will then be in contact with those on this list and confirm their interest. Thank you! 

 

Deadline for nominations is Monday, April 16th 2018.

 

Questions?  Contact Nancy, Linda, Anne or Suz,  PTSA Nominating Committee

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 4/2/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

RUTH ASAWA SOTA GRADUATION INFORMATION

 

CONGRATULATIONS to the CLASS OF 2018!

 

Your student is in the final stretch of their high school career and graduation is on the horizon.  As we approach this important day, we want to provide you with some preliminary information for planning purposes.

 

Letters with this information have been mailed directly to your home.  Please review and confirm the spelling of your student’s name that will appear in the Graduation Program and on their official Diploma.  Please confer with your student and notify us immediately if you require any change.  If we do not hear from you on or before Friday, April 6th, we will assume you and your student are fine with the spelling we have on file. 

 

For changes, please contact Ben Rombro at rombrob@sfusd.edu or drop a note by the Asawa SOTA front office addressed to his attention.  Again, time is of the essence!

Graduation Ceremony & Reception:

Graduation will be Tuesday, June 5, 2018.  The ceremony will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. at the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre located at 3301 Lyon Street in San Francisco.   A reception following graduation, with light appetizers and beverages, will begin around 12:30 p.m. in the reception hall located inside the Palace of Fine Arts Theatre.

Graduation Tickets:

Although we believe there will be ample seating for everyone who wants to attend, seating is limited at the Palace of Fine Arts and admission to the graduation event will be by ticket only.  Each graduating student will automatically be allotted two (2) free tickets.  Two additional tickets will be available to those students and their families who request these extra tickets via RSVP.   RSVP forms, along with more detailed graduation information, will be mailed to you in mid-April. 

After receiving all RSVP forms, we will be able to determine the number of seats available for sale.  These remaining tickets will be sold through the Asawa SOTA website.  This system has worked very well the last nine years and we feel confident that everyone will be accommodated. 

Senior Luncheon & Awards Ceremony:

A luncheon and awards ceremony for graduating students has tentatively been scheduled for Monday, June 4th.  We will need senior parent volunteers to help plan this event.  If you can volunteer, please contact volunteer@sfsota.org as soon as possible.

Graduation Ceremony Expenses:

In keeping with the Asawa SOTA tradition of having graduation at an offsite venue with a reception following, we have reserved the Palace of Fine Arts venue for our 2018 graduates.  As in the past, this event is entirely funded from the PTSA budget! 

Financial contributions are requested to cover the cost of the venue, reception, senior awards luncheon, printed programs, etc.   We suggest a $100.00 donation per graduating student.  We recognize that many families are facing mounting expenses with their students heading to college, but we hope we are giving plenty of time to plan for this expenditure.  If you are in a position to contribute now, we greatly appreciate your generosity!   No donation is too small.  

Donations can be made:

  • Online Payment:  Click Here!
  • Check: Mail or drop off a check to the main office payable to SOTA PTSA, 555 Portola Drive, San Francisco, CA  94131.  Please note “Graduation 2018” in the memo section.

Thank You For Your Support!


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/25/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Our monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, March 22nd at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Click the links below for additional information.

For additional information on the Ruth Asawa SOTA SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop.

 

Interested in joining the SSC next year?  Parent and student elections will be held in the Fall.  Stayed tuned for the self nomination form. 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/19/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
The Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA & SSC will be co-hosting a community meeting.  Mr. Payne will present the preliminary budget for next school year (2018-2019) and will be able to answer questions.  Please find the preliminary budget allocations for our school attached.
 
We will be ordering pizza for this meeting.  Please help us order enough (and not too much) by filling out this quick RSVP!  You can also specify any dietary preferences (gluten free, dairy free etc.) and we will do our best to accommodate everyone’s needs.
 
Full Agenda Attached.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/19/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

There are always lots of volunteer opportunities at our school. 

 

Have a few hours to spare?  Sign up for one of the events below! 

 

Staff Appreciation Volunteer Social - March 18

Spring Chamber Concert - March 22 *

Spring Jazz Band(s) Concert - April 6 *

Spring Jazz Vocal Concert - April 7 *

AP Exam Proctors - May 2018

 

And it's that time of year.  The PTSA board is starting to plan for the next school year.  2018-2019.  Interested in joining the PTSA board or finding out more about what we do?  Please fill out the Self Nomination Form and we will reach out to your shortly. Questions?  Email us at asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com.

 

Check back often, new opportunities and links will be posted as soon as they are available.

 

Thank You!

The Asawa SOTA PTSA

 


 

Attention IM students:  Indicates a community service opportunity.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/16/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/16/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
The monthly FoSOTA meeting is this coming Tuesday, March 20th at 6pm in the main conference room.
 
Click HERE for the agenda.
 
Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/16/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA


The San Francisco Unified School District proudly presents the SFUSD Arts Festival; a celebration of student creativity in visual, literary, media, and performing arts hosted by the Asian Art Museum in the Civic Center from March 14-21, 2018. (The museum will be open on Monday, March19 for school groups only.)

 

For over 30 years this unique San Francisco event has been a point of destination for families, teachers, artists, and community members from San Francisco and beyond. The promise of equity and access in arts education for all students preK-12 during the curricular day, made real by the SFUSD’s groundbreaking Arts Education Master Plan, finds its point of destination in this festival, where all who attend may see for themselves the inspiration and creativity inherent in all of our youngest San Franciscans!

 

Festival admission is free and includes access to the museum's collection and special exhibition galleries.

 

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/15/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA


The SOTA Cyberdragons would like to invite you to the annual FRC San Francisco Robotics Regional at SI from March 16-18th. 

This is the major tournament of the year where high school robotics teams from all over the world compete. 

Here's more info: http://www.firstsfbay.org/event-info/. 

Feel free to bring friends and family. You'll all love it, guaranteed!


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/15/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
A HUGE thank you to everyone who helped during Auditon Day this past weekend! From set-up to clean-up, including department greeting, food service for staff, volunteers, and guests, and working as floaters wherever help was needed, you all rocked Audition Day and were amazing ambassadors for SOTA.

To those with graduating seniors, thanks for pitching in one more time, and to everyone else- we look forward to your help again next year! :D

With much appreciation,
Mia Waller & Alex Fortescue
Audition Day Co-chairs
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/15/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
Meeting Reminder!   The March IPPAC (Inclusive Practices Parent Advisory Council) meeting is tomorrow (3/14) at 6:30pm in the main conference room.  
 
The main topic will be looking at the preliminary school budget and the needs within the Special Education department.   Still to be confirmed but we are hoping to have representatives for the CAC for Special Education and a representative from the district.
 
Any community member interested in learning differences | difficulties, special education,  504 or IEP (Individual Education Plan) are welcome to attend.
 
Light snacks, water and tea provided by the Asawa SOTA PTSA.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/13/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

We are seeking volunteers to help proctor the Asawa SOTA AP Exams.  Please click HERE to sign up!

 

The AP Examinations will be administered at Asawa SOTA from May 7th to May 18th.

 

One proctor is required per 30 students.  Anyone 18 or older can volunteer to be a proctor as long as they are not related to a student taking the test.  A training session will be given on May 1st at 5:30pm in the main conference room.

 

Please consider signing up for one or more time slots.  Your help is greatly appreciated... so a BiG THANK YOU in advance.

 

For more information on the role of a proctor during the exam, please click HERE!  Notes from the proctor training are also available, please see the attached documents.

 

Questions?  Please contact Caitlyn Bolye, Assistant Principal or Amy Trusso, Science Teacher

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/12/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

This Wednesday, March 14 is the Women's March national day of action in support of gun control.

 
Student leaders from our school have been featured in the local media and are planning a school wide walk out at 10am.  After gathering on our field for a student led program, many students are planning to join a city wide student march meeting at City Hall at 11:30am.  The Mayor of SF, Mark Ferrell, has contacted our student leaders and has requested to attend the 10am event in school.
 
Although the administration and staff support our students’ right to protest and take political action, this is not a school sponsored activity. By law, classes must still be held and roll taken. Students who chose not to participate will also be supported. Nevertheless, students safety remains our top priority our youth will be supervised to the greatest extent possible.
 

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.

 

03.11.2018

 


 

This is a message for families of SFUSD high school students regarding possible school walkout events on March 14. There are likely going to be students who leave school (walkout) on Wednesday, March 14  related to a youth-led National School Walkout to End Gun Violence.

We understand and respect our students’ desire to honor the victims of gun violence and to express their views. However, we do not encourage students to leave school during the school day. If students do leave school during the school day, we will not stop them and will do our best to notify parents and guardians in a timely manner.

 

Please understand that if your child is absent without a valid excuse, it will be considered an unexcused absence.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Vincent Matthews
SFUSD Superintendent

 

03.13.2018

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/11/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Next Friday (March 16th) course selection assemblies will be held for the 9th, 10th , and 11th grades.

 

In these assemblies the course selection process will be clearly detailed and explained to the students. Department Heads and counseling staff will be present and will offer students information about each course, the workload, the content, and what to expect in their classes.

 
All students will be given a tutorial on how to select classes on our online course registration portal (StudentVue) as well as a hard copy of the course selection request form (yellow for 9th grade, blue for 10th, and pink for 11th).
 
The form is to be signed by both student and parent/guardian and returned no later than Friday March 23rd. We will begin accepting completed course schedule requests Monday March 19th. They may be turned in to the front office secretaries or the student's grade-level counselor.
 
Additionally, and in order to help our students make the wisest, most informed, academically beneficial decision as they select their courses for next year students are encouraged to check in with individual teachers with follow-up question regarding courses, to review course description videos on the SOTA website under the tab: COURSE VIDEOS, and will receive academic counseling from Grade-level counselors throughout their decision and selection process. 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 3/8/18




Audience: ALL SOTA

The Ruth Asawa School of the Arts is looking to hear from you! Please participate in our 2017-18 Family Survey in order to provide valuable feedback to our school community. Your input helps drive our school improvement goals and positively reflects on our school culture and climate data!

 

This link will also be sent home via Monday Reminders on March 12, 2018

 

SEL Family Survey Link:  http://bit.ly/2ElGRBw

 

  • This link will work on a computer or any mobile device. 
  • The survey should only take about 20 minutes. 
  • The survey is now open and will close April 27, 2018. 
  • The survey is available in several languages (online), and paper copies can be ordered upon request. 
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Posted by: Jason Mironov
Published: 3/7/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Calling All Ruth Asawa SOTA Community Members!

 

Audition day (Round 2) is Saturday, March 10th.  We need your help to make this day run smoothly for auditioning students, their families, and all the faculty and volunteers involved.    

 

Please join us, and remember, SOTA stands for:

 

Serving

Others at

The

Auditions!

 

Questions?  Please email Mia Waller or Alex Fortescue, Audition Day Coordinators at auditions@sfsota-ptsa.org

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/26/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

The Inclusive Practices PAC (IPPAC) meeting is this coming Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30pm in the main conference room.

 

The main conference room is located on the third floor just around the corner from the main office.

 

Any community member interested in Special Education, 504, IEPs or Learning Differences is welcome to attend.

 

Please find the agenda attached for additional information.

 


 

 

 


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/25/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Our spring musical is just around the corner.  Opening night is this coming Friday!!!  

 
We will need LOTS of volunteers to make this a success.  If you are coming to one of the shows, please consider signing up to help usher, work concessions, heat water for tea & hot chocolate, sell merchandise or tidy up afterwards.  
 
Click HERE to sign up for one or more shows!
 
Show dates listed below.
  • Friday, March 2, 7:30
  • Saturday, March 3, 1:30 and 7:30
  • Sunday, March 4, 1:30
  • Friday, March 9, 7:30
  • Saturday, March 10, 1:30 and 7:30 
  • Sunday, March 11, 1:30 
Tickets for all the shows are still available.  CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE.
 

 
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Published: 2/25/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA


Please join us for one or more of our college workshops!  The events are free, but you can help us plan by letting us know which workshops you are planning to attend.  CLICK HERE TO RSVP

 

 

College Financial Planning: February 27th, 7pm
Nancy Corrigan with Beacon College Funding Solutions will provide an overview of the college financial process, an overview of FAFSA and the financial aid work, and how to plan for paying for college.   Beacon is offering one free individual session for families who attend this workshop: sign ups will be available.

 

College Testing: March 15th, 7pm
Lia Lackey with Compass Education Group will provide an overview of the ACT and SAT with information about test preparation. Lia began SAT and ACT tutoring in 1997 while completing her B.A. in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She also served with the Sacramento County Office of Education, developing science achievement exams for high schools. Lia has maintained a passion for education in her work at Compass, where she enjoys working individually with families and mentoring the director team.

 

College Planning: April 11th, 7pm
Ms. Alberts, Asawa SOTA College Counselor,  will give Juniors and their families an overview of the college application process, help them understand their transcripts, make sure they are on track for graduation, and get them started on their college search.

 

THANK YOU!

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/25/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Opening this weekend, Message in a Bottle is an Art and Education Event featuring ocean inspired art by local artists with over 200 Ruth Asawa SOTA students participating! 

Huge thanks to Kyle Trefny (Visual 2020) Max Alamilla-Boyd (Architecture and Design 2020) and Grace McGee (Theatre Tech 2020) for organizing their peers with passionate enthusiasm.

This year’s event is held on February 23-25, 2018 at The Venue at the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco.  All events are free and open to the public. Friday's opening is all ages and requires an RSVP.

The art show opens this Friday but come enjoy dance, music, film and spoken word performances by our students on Sunday, February 25th, 10AM-2PM. 

Message in a Bottle
Asawa SOTA Students
Plastic Performances - Sunday Schedule

 

The Real Deal Jazz Quartet returns for an encore set

Jasper Mahncke, Band 2018

Henry Plotnik, Piano 2019

Atticus Simmons, Orchestra 2019

Will Shannons, Band 2019

 

Deja Hill Dance Crew outside theatre floor level 12:00
Reign - Original Composition 12:15
Teela - River flows in you & Song of the Caged Bird 12:25
Julius, Ester, Owen - Since When? 12:40
Julius, Ester, Owen, Jessica, Stetson, Alex, Kai, Patrick, Sophie, Emily - At Waters Edge 12:45
Ankie - The World Is Unraveling 12:50
Talia - Spoken Word 12:55
Jyairrah - Spoken Word 1:00
Somer, Georgia, Adam, Marcus & Moses - The Chimney of King Rene 1:10
Julia and Gina - Under the Sea 1:20
Virgyl Basas - How Far I’ll Go 1:25
Sarah Pike and Crew - Blue Ocean Floor 1:35
James - Original Composition 1:46
Nadja - Poetry 1:52
Nadine - Original Composition 1:55
Julian - Films 2:00


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/21/18




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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/21/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Please join us for our monthly Beautification Day, this coming Saturday (2/24) from 10am to 2pm. Meet other families and have fun.

 

We will meet in the quad; parents/guardians, teachers and students are welcome to join in, to help spruce up our favorite special high school campus. Snacks and supplies will be provided.

 

Please contact David Fortescue or Rebecca Dickherber at beautification@sfsota-ptsa.org if you have any questions.

 

To sign up for a specific task, click this LINK.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/20/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
The monthly FoSOTA meeting is this coming Tuesday, Februrary 20th at 6pm in the main conference room.
 
Click HERE for the agenda.
 
Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/19/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Our monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, February 22nd at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Click the links below for additional information.

For additional information on the Ruth Asawa SOTA SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop. It has all sorts of handy links. Spring preliminary budget information has not yet been released from the district.  Once available, that information will be posted as well.

 

Interested in joining the SSC next year?  Stayed tuned for the self nomination form. 

 

Also!  Save the date - March 3rd, 2018.   The SFUSD School Planning Summit provides the opportunity to work together as a team on your school's Balanced Scorecard (BSC), academic plan and budget for the 2018-19 school year.  Additional details available HERE.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/16/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

The School Planning Summit provides the opportunity to work together as a team on your school's Balanced Scorecard (BSC), academic plan and budget for the 2018-19 school year.

 

Interpretation, breakfast and snacks will be provided!

 

Saturday, March 3, 2018

8:15 to 9:00 a.m.: Breakfast and check-in
8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.: School Planning Retreat
Location: Everett Middle School

450 Church Street, x 16 &17 Streets

 

Who Should Attend

Principals, members of School Site Councils or English Learner Advisory Committees, families, and your other school community leaders. Talk to Mr.Payne about how you can attend and participate in school planning!

  • Hear about SFUSD's strategic priorities, programs and services for 2018-19
  • Help develop your school's priorities and plans for next year
  • Learn about funding and other sources to serve your students

 

What to Expect

These are the steps in the school planning process:

  • Review data about your school and students and reflect on how your school is doing to support students to succeed. Examples of information you can review include:
    • Academic assessments, such as SBAC/CAASPP, Fountas & Pinnell, CELDT, writing assessments, and FEP reclassification data
    • Attendance, out-of-class referrals and suspension data
    • Student and family school climate surveys
  • Based on that data, set goals and identify priorities for the next school year. What are the programs, services, and other resources your school wants to focus on to reach these goals?
  • Beginning the week of Feb. 19, look at how the draft school budget can best support these goals and priorities.

For interpretation or childcare, please visit the page on the district website. SFUSD SSC School Planning Summit

 

Visit the Ruth Asawa SOTA SSC page on school loop for more information about the SSC at our school.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/15/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Please join us for our February PTSA meeting!  

 

This month, come hear about the executive board roles, election process, and the Parent Advisory Council (PAC) groups at our school.  

 

Enjoy some delicious food and mix & mingle with other members from our community.

 

Full agenda to be posted shortly.

 

Help us prepare by filling out this simple RSVP.  Thank you!
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/13/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Students have received the registration packets for the AP Exams taking place May 7th-18th. Registration is from February 5th-15th.  The paperwork that was sent home with students is attached.

All Asawa SOTA students will get an email to their SFUSD GMail to sign up on Monday afternoon, February 5th (the form will only collect responses from SFUSD email addresses). 
 
Critical steps: 
  1. Fill out the google form, beginning on Feb 5th. 
  2. Sign AP Testing Information form (attached), obtain parent signature. 
  3. Bring form to the office when you submit payment (exact cash or check) by Feb 15th. Checks should be made out to “Ruth Asawa SOTA”. Point people for payment collection: Caitlin Boyle & Emily delReal.
In order to administer these exams, we will need LOTs of volunteer proctors.  So please save the date and be on the look out for the volunteer sign up.  It will be available after registration is complete.
 
Thank you!
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/7/18




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It's Alive!

 

The Asawa SOTA Spring Musical is coming! Young Frankenstein! From comedy genius, Mel Brooks, his legendarily hilarious film adapted into a brilliant stage show.

 

Show dates: 3/2-3/4, 3/9-3/11, matinees & evenings.

 

Tickets on sale 2/5, 10AM.  Click HERE to purchase.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/3/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

This Spring, the students, arts directors, and artists-in-residence of the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts will present their annual schoolwide musical....

From March 2-11, almost 3000 people will fill the Dan Kryston Theater at Ruth Asawa SOTA to enjoy eight scheduled performances of this multiple Tony Award winning musical.

You can promote your business, group, or organization by placing an ad in the Young Frankenstein program, and support the arts and arts education at the same time! Sponsorship opportunities are also available. 

 

Please note: in the interest of equity, we are discouraging families and friends from running any personal ads focusing on individual students. We will, however, be happy to accept ad placements which endorse businesses, organizations, and appropriate causes, with congratulatory messages for the entire cast and crew.

Just visit SOTA SHOP and find all of the details. Ad deadline: Friday, February 9.

 

Questions? Email Christie Stokes at mtconnect@sfsota.org
 

Learn more about the Spring Musical here.

 

Subscribe to SOTA SHOWS here.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/31/18




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There are lots of upcoming volunteer opportunities in the next two months.  Have a few hours to spare?  Sign up for one of the events below!  And check back often, new opportunities and links will be posted as soon as they are available.

 

Concerto: 6 of the winners of the Annual Instrumental Music Concerto Competition : Max Braun, Georgia Chau, Phillis Duong, Loren Lee, Kana Luzmoor & Lucy Nelligan will perform their selected solo pieces. Featuring the Asawa SOTA Chamber Orchestra, Concert Orchestra, and Full Orchestra.   Friday, February 9 at 7:30pm at the Calvary Presbyterian Church. Click HERE to donate an item for the reception or to volunteer.  ***

 

Visual Art Show:  Junior Art Exhibition.  Opening Night is Friday, February 9 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Artwork will be on display through February 20.  Interested in volunteering or contributing something for the opening night?  Contact Claudia Ward, Visual Department Liaison at visualconnect@sfsota.org

 

Snippets: The Theatre Department kicks off the 25th Annual Asawa SOTA New Play Festival with Snippets, an evening of original plays written and performed by members of the Intermediate One Ensemble.  Friday, February 9 & Saturday, February 10.  For parent volunteer opportunities, please contact Karla Bobadilla, Theater Department Liaison at theatreconnect@sfsota.org

 

Teacher Appreciation:  This year, the Asawa SOTA PTSA will be coordinating monthly Staff Appreciation activities. On Friday, February 23,  we are serving the teachers and staff breakfast before their monthly meeting.   Click HERE to show some appreciation for our teachers & staff.

 

Young Frankenstein: A total of EIGHT performances of our Spring Musical and LOTS of volunteers needed!  Click HERE to sign up for one or more shows! ***

  • Friday, March 2, 7:30
  • Saturday, March 3, 1:30 and 7:30
  • Sunday, March 4, 1:30
  • Friday, March 9, 7:30
  • Saturday, March 10, 1:30 and 7:30 
  • Sunday, March 11, 1:30

Auditions!  Round 2 Auditions will be held on Saturday, March 10th and we will once again need volunteers from each department.  Stay tuned for the volunteer sign up sheet.  In the mean time, save the date! ***

 

Hospitality:  The Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA provides yummy treats for our general meetings, principal chats and other community events. Do you like to order food, bake, make coffee or shop?  Consider signing up to coordinate one of our events. Click HERE to sign up!
 
*** Indicates Student Volunteer Opportunity. IM Students can receive community service credit.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/29/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
The monthly FoSOTA meeting is this coming Tuesday, January 23rd at 6pm in the main conference room.
 
Click HERE for the agenda.
 
Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
 

 
 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/22/18




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Please join the PTSA in the school library for a special meeting to celebrate the January birthday of our school’s namesake, Ruth Asawa.

 

All students, families and staff are invited.

 

Click HERE for the full agenda.   

 

And help us out by filling out the quick RVSP!

 
Date: Wed, January 17th
Time: 7pm
Location:  School Library

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/16/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

The monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, January 18th at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Click here to view the agenda.

 

For additional information on the SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/16/18




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There are lots of upcoming volunteer opportunities in the month of January!  Have a few hours to spare?  Sign up for one of the events below!  And check back often, new opportunities and links will be posted as soon as they are available.

 
Auditions!  The first round of auditions were held this past Saturday, January 13th.   This event is made possible by ALL of the parent and student volunteers coming together to welcome auditioning students (over 400!) and their families, as well as to support staff and panelists. 
 
A very BiG thank you to Paulette Cauthorn, Merrill Komai & Emily delReal in the main office, to Mia Waller & Alex Fortescue, our Audition Day co-chairs; to Liz Isaacs, our Staff Appreciation chair who coordinated all the food for our teachers, staff, and volunteers; and to Janet Yieh, our Merchandise co-chair for ordering and coordinating all the volunteer Ts! 
 
Thanks also to those who donated refreshments for families who chose to wait on campus, and a special shout out to Monica Levavi for coordinating the complimentary coffee from Java Beach Café.  It was a LOT of delicious coffee and we went through every last drop.  
 

Media Nite:  Start the New Year and the new season of Asawa SOTA Shows with Media Nite on Friday, January 19th.  Presenting a selection of student work from the Media Department, including narrative, experimental, animation, documentary and more....  Click HERE to sign up!

 

28th Annual Shakespeare Acting Competition:  Join the Asawa SOTA Theatre Department for an evening of sonnets and monologues at the 28th Annual Shakespeare Acting Competition featuring Elizabethan-themed musical selections from the Vocal Music Department on Saturday, January 20th. The winner of our competition will advance to the regional Shakespeare Competition hosted by the San Francisco Branch of the National English-Speaking Union. Click HERE to sign up!

 

World Music + DanceHonoring The Islands!  Bali . Cuba . Jamaica . Puerto Rico . Tahiti . Philippines . Japan. Ireland . Maori / New Zealand. Not to be missed.  Friday, January 26th & Saturday, January 27th. Click HERE to volunteer!  ***

 

Volunteer Social:  This year, the Asawa SOTA PTSA will be coordinating monthly Staff Appreciation activities. On Sunday, January 21st, we are putting together "Just Add Water" goodie bags. Click HERE to RVSP! 

 

Hospitality:  The Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA provides yummy treats for our general meetings, principal chats and other community events. Do you like to order food, bake, make coffee or shop?  Consider signing up to coordinate one of our events. Click HERE to sign up!
 
*** Indicates Student Volunteer Opportunity. IM Students can receive community service credit.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/15/18




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The Asian Pacific Fund presents “Growing Up Asian in America”, a student art, essay & video contest.   

 

Guidelines attached and additional information is available on the website

 

Deadline is March 2, 2018.  

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Growing Up Asian in America provides a unique platform for young people to creatively explore and celebrate being both Asian or Pacific Islander and American.

 

Every year, more than 500 Bay Area students from Kindergarten through 12th grades submit artwork, essays and videos on a single theme, with 20 Best in Class winners receiving a $500 award. We started our signature program in 1995 as one of the largest youth celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the nation. It encourages young Asian Americans to take pride in their identities, and helps others understand the varied experiences of our youth growing up in the Bay Area’s diverse communities.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/11/18




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Please join us for our monthly "Principal's Chat" coffee this Friday, January 12th at 8:15am in the school library on the second floor. All parent/caregivers are invited to attend.
 
The format is an informal, open forum for questions and answers with the principal. 
 
Coffee and yummy treats provided by the Asawa SOTA PTSA.
 
See you there!
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/9/18




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Please join the PTSA next Wednesday, January 17th at 7pm in the school library as we celebrate Ruth Asawa's Birthday!

This fun celebration will follow our regular PTSA business. The fun will include student performances, trivia and cake. Yum.

The link to the full agenda will be posted on school loop shortly.

Help us prepare by RVSP-ing
today.

 


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/8/18




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Calling All Ruth Asawa SOTA Parents!

 

Audition day is Saturday, January 13.  We need your help to make this day run smoothly for auditioning students, their families, and all the faculty and volunteers involved.    

 

Please join us, and remember, SOTA stands for:

 

Serving

Others at

The

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/23/17




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Academy SF & Ruth Asawa SOTA are offering Badminton, Baseball, Fencing, Girls Flag Football, Softball, Track & Field, and Boys Volleyball for spring athletic teams.
 
Those interested Softball and Baseball athletes should see the Academy Athletic Director Brendan McCarthy immediately. It is our first year fielding a softball team, and the season starts on Feb 15th.
 
Practices begin January 16th, so we have a lot to do in a short amount of time. Feel free to contact Athletic Director Brendan McCarthy with any questions (mccarthyb@sfusd.edu)
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/17/17




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There is a special schedule all week for finals, and no school on Friday. Students are expected to attend all finals/classes, each day, for the duration of the each period:

 

Monday

12/18

Tuesday

12/19

Wednesday 12/20

Thursday

12/21

8:00-10:00am

1st Period Final

8:00-10:00am

2nd Period Final

8:00-10:00am

4th Period Final

Regular Academic Day

 

MP 3 + Semester 1 Closes

10:00-10:20am

Break

10:00-10:20am

Break

10:00-10:20am

Break

10:20-12:20pm

3rd Period Final

10:20-12:20pm

5th Period Final

Makeups/Early Release Day*

 

(Holiday Show Rehearsals)

12:10-1:10pm

LUNCH

12:10-1:10pm

LUNCH

12:10-1:10pm

LUNCH

1:10-3:10pm

Arts Block

1:10-3:10pm

Arts Block

1:10-3:10pm

Arts Block

 

* Students should check with their Arts Lead teacher for their Wednesday schedule

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/17/17




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Meeting Reminder!

 
The Ruth Asawa SOTA AAPAC (African American Parent Advisory Council) meeting is tomorrow evening (Wed, Dec 13th) at 5:30pm in the main conference room.  
 
The SFUSD AAPAC will be presenting and available to answer questions. 
 
Students are encouraged to attend.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/12/17




Audience: Resources, Resources and ALL SOTA

The December SSC meeting scheduled for this coming Thursday (12/14) has been cancelled. SSC business will resume in January - Thursday, January 18th at 4:30pm.  For more information on the SSC, please visit their page on school loop

 
And save the date for the SFUSD SSC Planning Retreat - Saturday, March 3rd from 8am-1pm at Everett Middle School!  Students and family members are welcome to attend. Hear about SFUSD’s strategic priorities, programs and services for the 2018-2019 school year; help develop our school’s priorities and plans for next year; and learn about funding and other sources to serve our students. Additional information available on the SFUSD website.
 
Interested in joining the SSC?  Elections for parent members for the Ruth Asawa SOTA SSC will take place next Fall.  Find out more by attending one of the SSC meetings this year or the SSC Planning Retreat. 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/12/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

The monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, November 16th at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Click here to view the agenda.

 

For additional information on the SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/11/17




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The monthly FoSOTA meeting is this coming Tuesday, December 12th at 6pm in the main conference room.
 
Click HERE for the agenda.
 
Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/11/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

The award winning Bay Area Theatre Company (BATCO) was founded by Ruth Asawa SOTA graduates in 2012 and is housed at the San Francisco African American Cultural Center. Starting in the spring semester 2018 BATCO is offering its first ever high school apprenticeship program exclusive to current students from Ruth Asawa SOTA.

 

Students from any department may apply to intern in all aspects of Theatre production in a customized environment to support your artistic interests.

 

The application is live now and closes at the end of the semester and space is limited. Follow THIS LINK to apply.

 

Please see Mr. Payne with any questions.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/5/17




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The Ruth Asawa SOTA stars align once again for a seasonal smorgasbord of endless entertainment!  Music, art, dance, drama, comedy, and more!  Tickets are now on sale.  Last year both shows sold out so advance purchase is recommended.  

 

December 20th & 21st at 7:30pm: PURCHASE TICKETS HERE

 

Please note! This is a fundraiser for the Ruth Asawa SOTA Artist-in-Residence program, Season Passes are not eligible for this special event.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/26/17




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There are lots of upcoming volunteer opportunities in the month of December!  Have a few hours to spare?  Sign up for one of the events below!  And check back often, new opportunities and links will be posted as soon as they are available.

 
Teacher & Staff Breakfast:  A big shout out to Liz Isaacs, Barbara Panning and Kate Aks for providing the delicious crepe breakfast during the December morning meeting.  The teachers and staff all loved it!  Thank you!
 
Piano Concert: Our first Piano Recital of the year will feature our fabulous pianists performing a variety of classical and modern pieces, as well as original compositions. We are a small department, so parents and students from all departments are more than welcome to lend a hand!  Friday, December 1st at 7:30pm. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer!   ***

 

Beautification Day:  Beautification Day is this coming Saturday, December 2nd from 10am-2pm.   Click HERE to sign up!  ***

 

School Tours: Thanks to our students and parent volunteers for helping with the school tours this month.  Next up is Monday, December 4th.  Click HERE to sign up! ***

 

Sweeney Todd: The Theatre Department is looking for a few volunteers to support the performances of Sweeney Todd in the Studio Theatre on December 8th, 9th, 10th, 15th & 16th at 7:30pm.  Click HERE to sign up!  ***

 

Bethlehem, PA: An Opera from Post-Apocalyptic America.  A unique evening of music from Asawa SOTA Vocal & Instrumental Music. Students from Vocal Music, Band and Orchestra present an original mash-up of two classics, Amahl & the Night Visitors (Gian Carlo Menotti) and The Magic Flute (Mozart).  Friday, Dec 15th & Sat, Dec 16th at 7:30pm. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer!   ***

 

Holiday Cookie Boxes:  Our long-standing tradition of giving gift boxes of cookies and candies to the Ruth Asawa SOTA staff and faculty is a treasured one. We amass donated items and then assemble the treat boxes to distribute to our much-appreciated community of teachers, staff, security guards, janitors, including the SF Academy! Click HERE to sign up.

 

Holiday Spectacular!  A fabulous all-arts-departments show featuring a live broadcast of the 1964 "Ted Sullyvan Holiday Spectacular" from NYC, with performances by IM, MT, CW, Dance, Vocal, WM & WD, Media, Tech and Theatre, with stunning gallery installations by A&D and Visual, and an exciting special prizes drawing at all three shows! Wed  Dec 20th at 7:30pm, Thurs Dec 21st at 5pm and Thurs Dec 21st at 8:30pm.   Click HERE to sign up for one or more shows.   ***

 

Hospitality:  The Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA provides yummy treats for our general meetings, principal chats and other community events. Do you like to order food, bake, make coffee or shop?  Consider signing up to coordinate one of our events. Click HERE to sign up! 
 
Promo Team:  Help distribute posters and postcards of our fabulous shows in your neighborhood or local middle school.  Or help enter information into online calendars.  Click HERE to sign up!  ***

*** Indicates Student Volunteer Opportunity. IM Students can receive community service credit.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/26/17




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In order to support the school in achieving its mission and goal of being an anti-racist and equitable learning environment, we are inviting Ruth Asawa SOTA parents and caregivers to participate in a five-session training to develop the capacity to pro-actively communicate with your children about racism in the current sociopolitical context.  This series of workshops is free & open to Ruth Asawa SOTA parents and caregivers, however registration is required.  Please click THIS LINK or the image above for more information and to register.
 
*****

 

Cultural Humility & Anti-Racism Training Workshops with Dr. Norris

Participants are asked to commit to all five sessions. 
  • January 11 - Cultural Humility & Anti-Racism: Creating Spaces of Inclusion in Multicultural and Multiracial Contexts.
  • January 25 - Naming and Framing: Race and Racism in the current sociopolitical context of public schools and society.
  • February 1 - Upstanders, Bystanders, and Allies: What to do when we either witness or experience discrimination in everyday life.
  • February 8  - Colorblind Racism: How to make invisible forms of racism visible.
  • February 22 - Reflect, Act, and Transform: Three steps to supporting equity, justice, and proportionality in our school, community, and society
 
Facilitator Bio

Dr. Aaminah Norris is parent of alumna Tasneem Norris, 2017 graduate from the Musical Theater Department and Aasiya Norris, current junior in the Vocal Classical department. 

 

Dr. Norris is a critical multicultural educator whose overall focus is instituting educational practices, which affirm the instantiation of more positive identities for youth across the United States and internationally. Norris has more than 20 years of experience supporting schools and not for profit organizations in addressing issues of educational equity for low income students of color. Her background in education includes teaching, administration, and curriculum-development for thousands of students in grades K-16. She researches, teaches, and advocates use of digital and social media in formal and informal learning environments to address racial and gender inequities. 

 

Dr. Norris authored curricula for the films Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In. 

 

Currently, she is Assistant Professor in the Teaching Credentials Branch of the College of Education at Sacramento State University.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/20/17




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The monthly FoSOTA meeting is this coming Tuesday, November 16th at 6pm in the main conference room.
 
Click HERE for the agenda.
 
Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/13/17




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Please join the PTSA and the Wellness Center in the school library for a special presentation on Mental Health Awareness. The presentation will help families identify and better understand the early warning signs of mental illness and related behaviors in adolescents.

 

Presenters: National Association of Mental Illness (NAMI), The Wellness Center Staff and a Student Panel.

 

Click HERE for the full agenda.    And help us out by filling out the quick RVSP!
 
Date: Wed, November 15th
Time: 7pm
Location:  School Library

 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/13/17




Audience: Resources, Resources and ALL SOTA

The monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, November 16th at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Click here to view the agenda.

 

For additional information on the SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/10/17




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The Parents' Coalition of Bay Area Schools invite you to a panel event on the differences between identity, orientation, and expression, and more. A discussion on the need for gender-inclusive environments, and the experiences and needs of gender expansive students.

 

A Panel Event with Lisa Kenney, Gender Spectrum; Dr. Ilana Scherer, Child and Adolescent Gender Clinic, UCSF; and Moderator Lyndsey Schlax, Ruth Asawa SOTA

 

Date: Monday, December 11

Time: 7:30pm

Location: Ruth Asawa SOTA, DKMT

 

Purchase tickets in advance online.  Ruth Asawa SOTA is a member of the Parents' Coalition of Bay Area Schools.  Tickets are just $5- for members!

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/8/17




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Congratulations to the Friends of School of the Arts Foundation!!!

 

Honored as a 2017 Top-Rated NonProfit by GreatNonprofits!  See the press release for more details.

 

Go Team!!!

 


 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/7/17




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Happy November!  Our nonprofit partner, Friends of SOTA's 100% in 100 days Annual Fund Campaign ends the week following Thanksgiving.  The purpose of this time frame is to secure gifts and pledges early, so we can accurately project our income and budget spending accordingly.

 
As of today, FoSOTA has received donations from 226 of our 732 families (30.87%).
 
Money contributed towards our Annual Fund is used to hire professional Artists-in-Residence who are an integral part of the teaching staff.  This year, 80 artists have been hired to support the departments at a cost of $586,345.   In addition, donations are used to help pay for much needed supplies, performance expenses, professional services and venue rental.  FoSOTA also supports the full service college center and  pays for other academic needs that cannot be met with the school's SFUSD budget.
 
Each family is counted towards their department's 100% goal and donations of any size count.  Annual Fund donations are tax deductible as FOSOTA is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.  Please visit the FoSOTA website to donate online at www.fosota.org/donations.  Donations can be set up as one-time, monthly or quarterly  payments.  Donations via check can be mailed to:  FoSOTA, 236 West Portal Ave. #844, San Francisco, CA  94127
 
Even if you cannot donate, please visit the website and complete the Enroll: No Donation form so they can update their database.  
 
A huge thank you to everyone who has donated already!  If anyone has any questions, please feel free to have them contact Colleen Ivie directly at colleen@fosota.org.
 
Thank You!
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/7/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
The happy, if tired, SOTA Robotics team is back from the weekend of robotics competition near Sacramento and what an experience this has been! The team again made it to the playoffs after ranking 7th out of 37 and was the alliance captain. Over 20 of our students came, most of whom were attending a robotics competition for the first time and it looked like they were thrilled. Huge thanks to our senior Steve Fang who organized the outing, to the parents who chaperoned and kept the team fed, and to our new mentor, Doug, who helped kids fix the robot and keep it in the fight throughout the competition.
 
This is our last competition for this year and the team will start preparing for the next season, which kicks off in January. As resourceful as the team is, consistently outranking many teams with much larger budgets, we need funding to keep this amazing thing going.
 
Many companies have sponsorships for FIRST robotics teams that are there for the asking, and we're asking you to check with your employer if they can sponsor our team. In particular, Apple has a grant that expires in December and we're looking for someone who works there who can help us with the sponsorship.
 
Questions? 
Please contact Dmitry Dimov, Mentor, SOTA Cyberdragons
http://team5700.org
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/30/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

There are lots of upcoming volunteer opportunities in the month of November.  Have a few hours to spare?  Sign up for one of the events below!

 
Jazz Jubilee: Melecio Magdaluyo and the students of Band, Guitar, Orchestra, and Piano invite you to an inspired evening of smokin' hot, super cool JAZZ!! Help with ushering, concessions, ticket sales and rock out to the sound of jazz filling the theater! Friday, November 3rd at 7:30pm. Click HERE to sign up to volunteer!   ***

 

Beautification Day:  Beautification Day is this coming Saturday, November 4th from 10am-2pm.   Click HERE to sign up!  ***

 

Kronos Concert: The Kronos Quartet and students from Ruth Asawa SOTA High School, Lowell High School & Presidio Middle School will perform works from Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire.  Adult and Student Volunteers are needed to help serve a catered dinner for students and supervise prior to the concert.  Tuesday, November 7th at 7:30pm.   Click HERE to sign up.   ***

 

IM Winter Concert: Asawa SOTA Band and Orchestra present a musical tribute to David Maslanka (1943-2017), an American composer best known for his wind ensemble pieces. There will be a pre-show Spotlight conversation, featuring special guest, music educator Jerry Pannone, at 6:30 pm, free in the theater. Purchase your tickets for the concert now and arrive early for the spotlight talk. It should be a truly great evening of music. Friday, November 17th at 7:30pm.  Click HERE to sign up to volunteer!  ***

 

School Tours: Thanks to our students and parent volunteers for helping with the school tours this month.  Next up is Monday, November 13th, and December 4th.  Click HERE to sign up!

 
Hospitality:  The Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA provides yummy treats for our general meetings, principal chats and other community events. Do you like to order food, bake, make coffee or shop?  Consider signing up to coordinate one of our events. Click HERE to sign up! 
 
Promo Team:  Help distribute posters and postcards of our fabulous shows in your neighborhood or local middle school.  Or help enter information into online calendars.  Click HERE to sign up!  ***

*** Indicates Student Volunteer Opportunity. IM Students can receive community service credit.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/30/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Are you a San Francisco Unified School District student? Are you passionate about INCLUSIVE PRACTICES? Do you enjoy art and designing publications? Here's your chance to get involved!


San Francisco Unified School District is launching it's 4th annual Inclusive Schools Week Poster Competition!

 

SFUSD value's the creativity and experience of it's students. As a way to showcase that creativity, we are seeking poster submissions for our 4th annual Inclusive Schools Week celebration.


Students have the opportunity to design a poster and submit their work for consideration as the official outreach materials during our celebration. Three student winners will be chosen.

 

The poster designs will be used for the week long celebration as the promotional materials going out to every school in the district.

 

For more details, please CLICK HERE.

 

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/25/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Senior Portraits will be taken on Wed, Nov 1st & Thurs, Nov 2nd. 

 

The time-slots for your senior portrait sittings on  have been released and are now posted outside Mr. Rombro's office and Ms. Albert’s office on the 3rd floor. On each day the portrait times begin at 1pm. The final time slot on each day is 5:45pm.  If you have conflicts with the sitting time please visit Mr Rombro to find a solution.

 

Your appointment letter with additional information regarding purchasing instructions will be distributed to you in your classes this Friday.

 

On the day of your portrait there is a ten dollar ($10-) sitting fee, payable by check, cash, or credit card.

 

Proofs will be mailed to your home in about 3 weeks after the sitting.

 

Questions?  Please reach out to Mr.Rombro.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/25/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Help us reach out to all Ruth Asawa SOTA families to thank them for participating in the Annual Fund OR as a gentle reminder to complete and return their annual Information Donation Form (mailed out earlier this year, and available on-line).

 

Click HERE to sign up.

 

Dates: Wed, Nov 1st & Thurs, Nov 2nd, 2017

 

Time: 6:00-6:30pm (Training) 6:30pm-8:00pm (Phone Bank)

 

Any and all donations are greatly appreciated!  The goal is 100% participation. Department participation levels as of October 23rd are shown in the bar graph below.

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/24/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

The PTSA would like to send out a special thank you to Ms. Beth Alberts, College Counselor for her special College Admissions Presentation at our October PTSA meeting.

 

Please find attached a PDF from the college night presentation, an Introduction into the College Application Process. 

 

Be sure to not miss any important dates.  Check the College Center Calendar often or import it into your personal calendar.

 

Did you know? Our school is one of the few public high schools to have Naviance, a college and career preparation tool.   Thanks to FoSOTA !  

 

If you have questions about information in the attached document, please reach out to Ms. Alberts directly.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/19/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

There are lots of upcoming volunteer opportunities in the month of October.  Have a few hours to spare?  Sign up for one of the events below!

 

Chamber Music: Our Fall Celebration of Chamber Music combines the talents of our Piano, Band, Orchestra and Vocal Departments! Help with ushering and concessions. Friday, October 27th at 7:30pm. Click HERE to sign up!   ***

 

Halloween Movie Night:  Student Government is hosting a Halloween Movie Night on the Field on Friday, October 27th!  Help sell merchandise and chaperone the event.  Click HERE to sign up!
 
Stories from Home:  The Vocal Music Department presents "Stories from Home," a collection of folk music from around the world that speaks to deeply rooted traditions and the joy, love, and sometimes even sorrow we share with those places we call home.  Help with ushering and concessions. Saturday, October 28th at 7:30pm  Click HERE to sign up!   ***
 
Dia de los Muertos Festival: Alvarado Elementary School is looking for 10 high school volunteers to help out at their annual Dia de los Muertos festival on Sunday, October 29th from 10:30am-3pm. Volunteers will assist with face painting and the various arts stations. Food will be provided by Little Chihuahua. Come and join the community where Ruth Asawa was a teacher, parent and arts advocate!  Click HERE to sign up!  ***
 
Promo Team:  Help distribute posters and postcards of our fabulous shows in your neighborhood or local middle school.  Or help enter information into online calendars.  Click HERE to sign up!
 

SFUSD Enrollment Fair:  Thank you to our volunteers for joining us at the Fair on Saturday, October 14, 2017. You All Rock!  ***

 

School Tours: Thanks to our students and parent volunteers for helping with the school tours this month.  Next up is Monday, November 13th, and December 4th.  Click HERE to sign up!

 
Beautification Day Update:  Beautification Day has been postponed until November.  Stay tuned for details.  ***

*** Indicates Student Volunteer Opportunity. IM Students can receive community service credit.
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/17/17




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Please join us for our monthly PTSA meeting and an Introduction to the College Application Process with Beth Alberts, College Counselor. You will get an overview of the timeline and a general understanding of what it takes to apply to college.

Parents, Teachers, Students and Staff, this is your association and you are all welcome!

Click HERE for the full agenda.

 

And help us decide how much food to bring, RSVP HERE!

Visit our website for additional details about the PTSA.
http://www.sfsota-ptsa.org/

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/14/17




Audience: Resources, Resources and ALL SOTA

The monthly School Site Council (SSC) meeting is this coming Thursday, October 19th at 4:30pm in the main conference room.  

 

Click here to view the agenda.

 

For additional information on the SSC, please visit the SSC page on school loop.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/13/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

There are lots of upcoming volunteer opportunities starting with the SFUSD Enrollment Fair.  Thanks to those of you who have already signed up.  We could still use a few more, especially for the early afternoon. (12-2pm).

 
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SFUSD Enrollment Fair:  We are looking for a few volunteers to help represent our school at the SFUSD Enrollment Fair at John O'Connell High School.  Students Welcome! Save the date, Saturday, October 14, 2017. Click HERE to sign up! 

 

School Tours: School tours have been scheduled for October 16th, November 13th, and December 4th.  Tours will be led by students from each department.  We are looking for current parents from various departments to join the tours and help answer questions :) Click HERE to sign up!

 
Beautification Day: Save the date for our next Campus Beautification Day.  Saturday, October 21st.  Sign up link to be posted shortly.
 
Halloween Movie Night:  Student Government is hosting a Halloween Movie Night on the Field on Friday, October 27th!  Help sell merchandise and chaperone the event.  Click HERE to sign up!
 
Promo Team:  Help distribute posters and postcards of our fabulous shows in your neighborhood or local middle school.  Or help enter information into online calendars.  Click HERE to sign up!
 

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/12/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
Just a quick reminder that the monthly FoSOTA meeting is this coming Tuesday, October 10th at 6pm.  Please find the agenda attached.
 
Community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.  
 
There will be some special updates from Brent Stephens, SFUSD Chief Academic Officer.
 

 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/9/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Our new After School Tutoring and Homework center, "The ROSE Lab," is opening this week starting tomorrow, October 10, 2017 in the library.

 

The ROSE Lab will be open to all students, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 3:10 to 5pm. 

 

Students may drop in for a quiet place to do homework or for subject area tutoring as needed from teachers and staff.  All students must sign in upon entry.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/9/17




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
Season Pass sales have been extended one more day! New deadline is Tuesday, October 10th.  You can purchase online and your season pass will be mailed to you.
 
Just click HERE to purchase online.  Don't forget to note your student's name & department before you check out.
 

 
 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/9/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

 

A Phil Elleston, II Film.  Music by Fake Blood.

https://phelleston.com/

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/5/17




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Ruth Asawa Reshapes Art History in the New Yorker, October 2017.

 



Ruth Asawa: Tending the Metal Garden in the NYR Daily, September 2017


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/5/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

SFUSD Enrollment Fair:  We are looking for a few volunteers to help represent our school at the SFUSD Enrollment Fair at John O'Connell High School.  Students Welcome! Save the date, Saturday, October 14, 2017. Click HERE to sign up!

 

School Tours: School tours have been scheduled for October 16th, November 13th, and December 4th.  We are looking for a parents from each department to help guide the tours together with a few students.  Click HERE to sign up!

 

High School Information Fair at Urban H.S:  We are looking for a few volunteers to help represent our school at the High School Information Fair at Urban High School.  Students welcome! Click HERE to sign up!  Saturday, November 18th, 2017.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/2/17




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BATCO (Bay Area Theatre Company) invites the Ruth Asawa Community to attend the production "Salt Pepper Ketchup" on Saturday, September 30th, 8pm at the Buriel Clay Theater.

 

This production includes 10 Ruth Awasa SOTA alumni!

 

Ashley Raggs - cast as Cece - Theatre 2008
Allen Darby - cast as Paul - Vocal 2008
Thomas Pang - Director - Theatre 2008
Adam Maggio - Associate Producer - Vocal 2010
Marcelo Javier Pereira - Producer - Vocal 2008
Martina Rogers - Development Chair/Coordinator - Vocal 2007
Kai Young - Fight Director - Theatre 2008
Rodney Earl Jackson Jr. - Producer - Theatre 2008
Jeffrey May Hyche - Marketing - Vocal 2012
Adan Faudoa - Assistant Stage Manager - Theatre 2009

 

Purchase Tickets using Promo Code: RuthAsawa  Note: Code is valid for all shows, not just the Saturday show.


 

Ruth's legacy lives on through the Partnership of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts & BATCO. "We are strongest TOGETHER”

 


"All 10 of us Alums take great pride in our school and in our city. We are allowed to take what we learned to the next level because of the institution that she founded & created for us. Thank You Ruth!"  ~ BATCO

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/27/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
On behalf of Carole Shorenstein Hays and all of us here at Curran, we would like to invite you to be our guest at A Curran Occasion - an open-house style event that will be held at the Curran theater on Wednesday, October 4th 6-8pm.

 
Please visit our webpage for more details and to RSVP: https://sfcurran.com/shows/october4/
 
We hope to see you there!
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/27/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

SFMOMA and New York based artists Whoop Dee Doo are creating a one of a kind variety show and need your talents to help make the show.

 

SFMOMA is looking for performance acts and an all-stair crew to work with the artists to design, develop, build and perform in a one of a kind variety show together with Whoop Dee Doo at the museum on November 4th & 5th for two full days of performance and fun for thousands of museum guests.

 

This is a great chance to work closely with Whoop Dee Doo, a New York based artist group that creates site specific performances at museums, galleries and community centers across the country. 

 

Application Deadline:  Monday October 2nd

 

Application Information for Performers

 

Application Information for Artist Collaborators

 

Apply by emailing the information noted in the info packet to SFMOMA producer Christian Davies.

 

This is an unpaid opportunity. SFMOMA may be able to help with transit in select cases to and from the museum where all work will take place. We will be photographing the event which we will happily share with performers for their own portfolios. We’ll also be providing food and beverages on every work and show days.

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/25/17




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Hello Ruth Asawa SOTA Community!  

 

We’ve kicked of the year with a fabulous all-school picnic, had our Back to School Night, and now our first PTSA General Meeting is right around the corner.

 

Parents, Teachers, Students and Staff, this is your association and you are all welcome!  Please come and enjoy:

Hear from key members of our staff, such as our Principal, the Executive Director of FoSOTA, and others.

 

You will learn about the 35th Year Anniversary Celebration, meet your PTSA Board, find out about volunteer opportunities, get info about school communications, and get to know other parents.

 

And of course, participate in the business of the organization which for this meeting will include approving the PTSA budget. Click HERE for the full agenda.

 

Date:  Wed, September 27th

Time:  7pm

Location: School Library, 2nd Floor

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/24/17




Audience: ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA

Join the PTSA Today!  Join by September 26, 2017 and your name will be entered into our Ruth Asawa SOTA swag drawing! Prizes include: a zip sweatshirt, a pullover hoodie, a T-shirt & a beanie. The drawing will be held at our first PTSA meeting of the year on Wednesday, September 27th. 

 

Click HERE to find out more information & to join the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA.

 

Interested in joining the PTSA Board?  We still have a few positions open.  Email us!

 


 

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/20/17




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA


 

Season Passes will be available for purchase this evening at Back to School Night.  Cash, check or credit card accepted.  

 
For those that already purchased, you can either pick up your passes this evening or they will be mailed to you starting tomorrow. 
 
Passes will be available for sale until October 1st.  You can purchase online or stop by the FoSOTA office to pick one up.
 
Just click HERE to purchase online.  Don't forget to note your student's name & department before you check out.
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/18/17