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SUPPORT ARTS EDUCATION! ADVERTISE IN OUR PROGRAM!

An ad in the program of the Asawa SOTA Spring Musical has the potential to be seen by thousands of people!  Place an ad in our program to promote your business, group or organization, or just to offer congratulations to the cast and crew, and support the arts and arts education at the same time!

Review the ad options listed below.
 
To order, follow the instructions on the attached order form OR make your payment online and submit artwork & information to Christie Stokes.
 


 
 
 
 
 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/14/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

 

OMIGOD YOU GUYS!!! 

 

LEGALLY BLONDE – THE MUSICAL opens MARCH 8 in the Dan Kryston Memorial Theater!

 

Fabulously fun and international award-winning Legally Blonde - The Musical is the ultimate Broadway tribute to Girl Power! The story follows the transformation of Elle Woods as she tackles stereotypes, sexism, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. This contemporary, sassy musical moves at a breakneck pace driven by memorable songs and explosive dances. Legally Blonde - The Musical warms the heart by proving that self-discovery can be way too much fun and hilarious to boot.

 

Based on the beloved movie, Legally Blonde - The Musical will take you from the sorority house to the halls of justice with Broadway’s brightest new heroine.

 

“A high-energy… hymn to the glories of girlishness.” – The New York Times

 

Tickets now on sale.  Just click the box office link on our website.

 

 

PATRONS, PLEASE NOTE:


LEGALLY BLONDE THE MUSICAL contains strong language and adult themes that may be inappropriate for children under the age of 13. Please consider this before purchasing tickets.

Certain Roles and Musicians are double cast. Please see the Ensemble Performance Schedule below for your students performance dates before purchasing tickets. ALL TICKET SALES ARE FINAL – no refunds or exchanges will be made for these performances.


ARMANI ENSEMBLE
Performs March 8 at 7:30pm, March 9 at 1:00pm, March 16 at 1:00pm and 7:30pm

Ariella Berkman (Elle Woods), Lauryn Thomas (Paulette)

Orchestra: Adam Moss, Brianna Carmona, Clara Gibbs, Cobalt Strahle, Darren Lam, Eldon Whitehead, Jesse Elliott, Julius Frauenheim, Lilah Mansky, Marjorie Gray, Max Rappaport, Mike Ma, Moses Pippenger, Ruth Cavano, Victor Derbier


CHANEL ENSEMBLE
Performs March 9 at 7:30pm, March 10 at 1:00pm, March 15 at 7:30pm, March 17 at 1:00pm

Alyzza Marquez (Elle Woods), Eleanor Stokes (Paulette)

Orchestra: Alec Fergison, Atticus Simmons, Elena Suarez, Emi Van Cleave, Hanako Rahdert, Jason Holtman, Loren Madrigal, Madeline Bedwell, Marisa Cruz, Mark Walls, Michael Woodard, Patrick Martin, Samantha Friedland, Sarah Clayson, Shanzhi Yu, William Stokes


The following musicians will be playing ALL PERFORMANCES:
Andrew Chanover, Faith Lam, Gina Jacobsen, Jared Rao, Jason Jue, Julia Vahey, Maya True-Fogel, Mo Suendermann, Sandy Liu, Stetson Schott, Teela Damian, Violet Battaglia

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/14/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Asawa SOTA Wellness Center would like to encourage Parents & Guardians to donate nutritional snacks to the Wellness Center for students who may need them during the day. We offer these snacks to students who are not feeling well. These students may experience low energy, have headaches or may not have had a chance to grab breakfast before starting their school day. If you would like to donate to help our students, the SOTA Wellness Center is accepting donations of the following:

  • Instant Oat Meal - Individual Packets - Maple Brown Sugar
  • Breakfast Bars - Nature Valley Oat's N Honey
  • Herbal Teas - Chamomile, Mint and Lemon & Ginger
  • Saltine Crackers

If you have items you’d like to donate, please drop them off in the SOTA Wellness Center room 226 or leave them in the main office, clearly marked “Donation for Wellness Center.”

 

The Wellness Center is also currently seeking 2-5 laptops that could be checked out to students overnight.  Any make or model that has WiFi and word processing capabilities.  If you have questions in regards to a donation, please email Mr.Payne directly. 

 

Thank you!

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/11/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

A huge thank you again to staff, students and parents that were on hand for Audition Day #2, and especially the PTSA Audition Committee! It is extremely gratifying to see our community rally around this defining event.

 

Another HUGE thank you to the PTSA Staff Appreciation team for the lovely breakfast and Lunar New Year gifts at the faculty meeting last Thursday. We love the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA!

 

On Tuesday, February 12 / 2 p.m. - 3 p.m, IM students will have the opportunity to learn from San Francisco Symphony Principal Trombonist Timothy Higgins. The musician and trombone teacher will speak with students about his path to becoming a professional musician and obtaining a career in music performance while giving advice about how to achieve those goals. The trombonist will also work with students during their live rehearsal at the school. Welcome!

 

On Monday, February 11 at 7pm, the Parents Coalition of Bay Area Schools meets at the Urban School of San Francisco. Ruth Asawa SOTA parent and CSU professor, Dr. Aaminah Norris will lecture on “Talking to Teens on Implicit Bias.” Admission is $5.  More information: http://parentscoalition.net/

 

Advanced Placement exams will take place between May 6 and May 17. Registration has now begun.  AP Exam Registration & Payment Information is available on our website.  Click here.

 

Next Monday, February 18 is a school holiday for Presidents’ Day.

 

Student Activities this Week:

  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Grade Level meeting is Wednesday at 1:10pm in the gym
  • Lovefest is Thursday at lunch in the quad to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Tickets for Prom will be available for purchase.

 

Staff Meetings this Week:

  • Arts Leads meet Monday at 11am in Salome’s room
  • Year 1/2 teacher Equity PLC is 1:30pm Monday, location TBD
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Wednesday at 1:45pm in the conference room
  • UBC/Admin meets Wednesday at 3:30pm in the conference room
  • Wellness team meeting is Friday at 8:30am

 

Community Meetings this Week:

  • Band & Orchestra meeting with Mr.Hung & Mr.Arnold is Monday at 6pm in the school library
  • Parents’ Coalition of the Bay Area High Schools meets Monday at 7pm at the Urban School of SF.  Purchase tickets in advance here
  • AAPAC meets Tuesday at 6pm at the SFUSD BOE meeting.
  • Principal’s Monthly Chat is Friday at 8:15am in the staff lounge

 

There are no student performances this week; however many shows are upcoming such as guitar, Black History Month Celebration, Visual Arts and more.  Visit the Box Office for details!

 

Have a nice week!  Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal

Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/10/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Please join us for our monthly PTSA meeting in the school library on Wednesday, February 20 at 7PM.  You can help us prepare by RVSP-ing at this LINK.

 

This month we are trying something a little different! Since not everyone can make our morning monthly Principal Chats, we are hosting an evening Principal Chat after our regular PTSA business. For the full agenda, click here.

 

We will also have a small celebration in honor of both Lunar New Year & Black History Month.
 

See you there!

 

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/7/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Parents’ Coalition of Bay Area High Schools Event

Talking to Teens about Implicit Bias with Dr. Aaminah Norris, Assistant Professor,
College of Education, California State University, Sacramento 

Monday, February 11, 2019 
7:30PM - 9PM @ The Urban School

Are you uncomfortable discussing bias with your teen? Wondering how to broach a complex yet important topic?

Implicit bias refers to the attitudes or stereotypes that affect our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner. We are looking forward to an informative discussion on this important issue.

Dr. Aaminah Norris will facilitate an interactive discussion about ways that implicit bias impacts our everyday interactions. We will delve into ways that we can identify and learn from our biases. We will discuss research on ways that bias impacts our work and school lives and our communication with others whose identities are different from our own. In particular, we will focus on how implicit bias impacts marginalized groups. Parents will receive take-aways for approaching this topic with their teens.

Dr. Aaminah 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 from historically marginalized communities. 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.
 
For more information and to purchase tickets in advance, please visit the Parents’ Coalition of Bay Area High Schools website. 
 
Note! Ruth Asawa SOTA is a member of the Parents’ Coalition.  
 
Tickets
  • Online in Advance $5
  • At The Door $10
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/7/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

We Need YOU! 

 
The Asawa SOTA PTSA, an all-volunteer organization, provides community-building opportunities through a variety of fun and engaging volunteer gigs throughout the school year. 

Maybe you have helped stuff a Holiday Treat Box or volunteered at an Audition Day? Maybe you are a whiz at social media? Perhaps you’ve boiled five dozen eggs or helped garden or paint? Have you worked concessions at a show? 

Now is your chance to take it to another level! The Asawa SOTA PTSA Nominating Committee is actively looking for people to help lead this volunteer organization for the 2019-2020 school year. People have already expressed interest in some of the leadership roles (YAY!!), but if you’re intrigued, we want to hear from you. Or, if you know someone who you think we should talk to, let us know by filling out THIS FORM by noon on FEB 13, 2019!!

If you have any specific questions, you can email us!

We look forward to hearing from you, 
Your Asawa SOTA PTSA Nominating Committee
 

VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP OPTIONS
Detailed descriptions can be found HERE.
  • President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Executive VP
  • Communication VP
  • Membership VP
  • Volunteer Coordinator VP
  • Historian
  • Parliamentarian
  • Financial Secretary
  • Auditor (not a member of the Executive Board, but appointed by the EB)
Standing Committees
  • Audition Days Chair
  • Beautification Chair
  • Diversity and Inclusion Chair
  • Hospitality Chair
  • Legislative Chair
  • Merchandise Chair
  • Outreach Chair
  • Programming Chair
  • Staff Appreciation Chair

 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/7/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

WHAT
Advanced Placement (AP) courses and exams can help put students on the fast track to a college degree, giving them the chance to earn college credit while still in high school - not to mention strengthening their college applications! See the 2018-19 Bulletin for AP Students and Families. 

WHEN
Monday, May 6th through Friday, May 17th.  Please see the Asawa SOTA testing schedule. 

Note: only the exams listed will be administered on campus. If you are seeking a test that we do not offer, please visit the College Board website for assistance.

A.P. exams have been ordered for every student enrolled in an AP class. If your student wishes to opt-out of taking their exam, they must email their course teacher and Ms. Boyle (boyleC@sfusd.edu) by Friday, February 15th.


PAYMENT
All exams cost $97.

Students can pay a few ways:
  • Online via Asawa SOTA Website starting Friday, February 8th. Click the AP Testing link on the home page. Please note - your receipt reflects the purchaser name and not your student's name. Student name is captured for each test purchased and will appear on door lists for each test.
  • In person with cash, check, or credit card. Payments will be accepted from 3:30-4:00 pm in the Main Office - Mon, Feb 11 through Fri, March 1. Checks should be made out to Ruth Asawa SOTA and please note the student's full name in the memo line. 

REDUCED FEE TEST TAKERS
Reduced Fee testing is $5 per exam. ALL students applying for Reduced Fee testing must pay in-person. 
  • If you have submitted your SFUSD Meal Plan and qualify for Free or Reduced Lunch, you are automatically eligible for a reduced fee AP exam. Not sure? Check with Ms. Boyle. 
  • If you have NOT submitted your meal plan, but qualify for a waiver you must complete a Reduced Fee Waiver affidavit (including parent/guardian signature). Affidavits available in English, Spanish and Chinese here and in the Asawa SOTA Main Office.  The forms are also attached to this news post.


LATE FEES
Any student who fails to pay for their exams before 3/1 will need to pay IN PERSON, and will be charged a $10 late fee.

ADDITIONAL TEST TAKERS
Students NOT enrolled in an AP course that are interested in taking an exam can sign up with Ms. Boyle in the Main Office by Friday, February 15th. 

LATE TESTING SCHEDULE
Have a known conflict on the day of your exam? Email Ms. Boyle and your course teacher  ASAP to order a Late Testing Schedule exam. See the Late Testing Schedule. 

NEED ACCOMMODATIONS?
Have an IEP or a 504? All accommodations must be approved through the College Board and need to be submitted before February 22, 2019. See your counselor ASAP! 

 

VOLUNTEERS
Save the dates!  We will need a LOT of volunteers to help proctor these exams. Once registration is complete, we will post an online volunteer sign up sheet.

 

OTHER QUESTIONS?
Please contact Ms. Caitlin Boyle, Assistant Principal

 

 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/7/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Ruth Asawa SOTA Prom "Under the Night Sky" will be held at the Grand Ballroom, Hyatt Regency on Saturday, April 27 2019.

Prom Ticket Flash Sale on Feb 14th during our Love Fest
celebration.

Starting Prices:
Single $65 • Couple $120

Payment can be made by cash, check or credit card.  Please make checks out to Ruth Asawa SOTA and write the student's full name in the memo line.
 

Ticket sales go up by $5 every week starting March 4th.
 

NOTE! If you are planning to bring a guest that is not a SOTA student, please fill out THIS FORM and return it to Ms.Park.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/6/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Monday Reminders, February 4, 2019

 

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

Happy Lunar New Year of the Pig!  There is no school on Tuesday, February 5 in celebration of the holiday, however Monday and the rest of the week are regular school days.

 

A huge THANK YOU to the PTSA Audition Day Co-Chairs, staff, panelists, and the hundreds of parent and student volunteers at Audition Day #1 last Saturday. It’s not too late to sign up for Audition Day #2!

 

Thursday, February 7 is a Late Start for students at 9:20am and a faculty meeting for staff at 8am.  

 

Congratulations to the Orchestra/Kronos collaboration, our “All City” musicians and to the Theatre Department for great shows last week. It’s been a great semester already for performances with the show calendar heating up throughout the spring.

 

February is Black History Month and the Ruth Asawa SOTA Black Student Union and African American Parent Advisory Council are planning school wide events for February 21 and 22.

 

Principal’s Monthly Coffee Chat is rescheduled to Friday, February 15 at 8:15am in the staff lounge on the second floor

 

The Wellness Center has recently brought on a clinician from Community Youth Center to be able to see students 1 to 1 for therapy on Thursdays. Her name is Ziqiu Yan and specifically she is seeking 3 new referrals for API Students or Students with Medi-cal who are interested in receiving services.

 

Ziqiu is also interested in supporting our Asian Student Union which is proposed to take place during Thursdays at Lunch. If interested in connecting with Ziqiu to learn more about services or the Asian Student Union, please email, Jason Gee (Wellness Coordinator) geej@sfusd.edu

 

Student Activities this Week:

  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Student Late Start is Thursday at 9:20am

 

Staff Meetings this Week:

  • English Department meets Wednesday at lunch
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Wednesday at 1:45pm in the conference room
  • Faculty meeting is Thursday at 8am in the library
  • Wellness Team meeting is Friday at 8:30am in the WC
  • Academic Lead team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room

 

Community Meetings this Week:

  • Parent Workshop on Cultural Humility and Anti-Racism is Monday at 6pm in the library. MPAC members are encouraged to join
  • PTSA Board meets Wednesday at 6:30pm in the library
  • Vocal Department parent meeting is Thursday at 6pm in the Vocal classroom
  • Saturday is Audition Day #2.  Sign up to Volunteer

 

Have a great week, sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal

Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/3/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

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

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

 

Thank You!

The Asawa SOTA PTSA

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 2/3/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

iPPAC MEETiNG

Inclusive Practices Parent Advisory Committee

 

WHEN Tuesday, January 29 2019 starting at 6:30 pm

 

WHERE School Library at Ruth 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  

Please join us for a special presentation by Roberta Havens, M.A.  

 

Roberta has deep experience as an educator, administrator, educational coach and advocate for students of all ages who learn differently.  She has worked in public, private and parochial schools around the Bay Area including in San Francisco where she is now on the faculty of Riordan High School.

 

The topic of Roberta's talk will be Executive Functioning - what it is, what parts of a student's life it affects and what parents can do to support their child.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

 

SFUSD College and Career Fair for students who use learning supports. The event will take place in the Multi Purpose Building at City College on Saturday, February 2nd from 9am-2pm.

 

This event will feature college  representatives from various schools as well as information about career opportunities. Transition challenges and a representative from the college board talking about accommodation options.

 

The event is free and breakfast and lunch will be provided. Please RSVP HERE.

 

2019 iPPAC SCHEDULE

Meetings are currently scheduled on the last Tuesday of the month.

  • Jan 29
  • Feb 26
  • March 19 * not the last Tuesday, due to Spring Break
  • April 30
  • May 28

 

Have a favorite website, book or resource?  

Please email it to asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com and we will add it to the list.

 

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: 1/28/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Comunity:

 

Congratulations to the World Music and Dance department for their weekend show “Liberte!” I think we can all agree that WM/D shows make the world a better place.

 

The next two upcoming Saturdays, February 2 and 9, are new student audition days. We have scheduled over five hundred students and families to experience our unique process. The success of these days is based on an incredible tradition of parent and student volunteerism to welcome and support applicants. Sign up to volunteer for the audition days and other winter events here.

 

February is Black History Month and the Ruth Asawa SOTA Black Student Union and African American Parent Advisory Council are planning school wide events for February 21 and 22.

 

Ruth Asawa SOTA/Academy SF Drag Ball dance is back!  Mark your calendars for March 1, 2019, 7pm to 10pm in the gym.

 

Emma Kositsky, a sophomore in the guitar department, is participating as a board member of the 2018-2019 Marin-San Francisco Jewish Teen Foundation. Their mission is to support those at risk of, or currently experiencing homelessness by providing access to quality healthcare and opportunities for education. To contribute to the MSFJTF cause, visit Emma's online fundraising page at: https://www.mightycause.com/story/Emmakositsky20182019.

 

Student Activities this Week:

  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in room 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • All-City Band, Orchestra & Vocal rehearsals are on Friday and Saturday at Washington HS. Please check with your Arts Dept Director for exact times.

 

Staff Meetings this Week:

  • There’s no Arts Leads meeting this week; we’ll continue our pre-audition meetings with each department
  • Year 1/2 teacher meeting is at 1:30pm Monday in 223
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Wednesday at 1:45pm in the conference room

Community Meetings this Week:

  • Parent/Caregiver workshop on Anti-Racism and Cultural Humility, 6 to 7:30pm in the library
  • AAPAC meets Tuesday at 5:30pm in room 304
  • IPPAC meets Tuesday at 6:30pm in the library. Agenda
  • Arts Education Resource Fair is Wednesday at the SF Asian Art Museum from 4 to 6pm. More information is here.
  • SFUSD College and Career Pathways Exhibition is Wednesday at the Palace Hotel from 5 to 7pm. Come see the work of our Theatre Tech, Musical Theatre, and Architecture and Design programs. More information is here.
  • Ruth Asawa SOTA Audition Day #1 is Saturday, all day on campus

 

Student Performances this Week:

  • On Wednesday, at 7:30pm, Kronos Quartet and student ensembles from the San Francisco Conservatory of Music (SFCM) and San Francisco Unified School District’s George Washington High School, Lowell High School and Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts (SOTA) perform works from Fifty for the Future: The Kronos Learning Repertoire, an education and legacy project that is commissioning – and distributing for free – the first learning library of contemporary repertoire for string quartet. For more information visit https://kronosquartet.org/concerts/details/2781
  • The All City Middle & High School Concert is Saturday night at George Washington High School 7 to 9pm. The event is free but donations kindly accepted!
  • Theatre Department “Snippets” performs this weekend on Friday and Saturday evening at 7:30pm in the Studio Theatre, tickets are on sale at the Box Office.  Theatre in its rawest form. This is your chance to see these emerging playwrights and have a talk back after the show with the playwrights and actors!

 

Have a great week!  Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal

Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/27/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

 

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 
Happy Martin Luther King Day! I hope everyone has a moment to reflect on what it means to be part of an anti-racist, anti-hate, radically inclusive school community, and how we are never done in this work, and to consider the individual and collective humility required to get us there.
 
As I announced to the School Site Council and faculty last week, this semester will be my last as principal of Ruth Asawa SOTA.  I have accepted a principal position at an international school in Taiwan, staring in the fall of 2019. This opportunity represents a long time dream for my family to work and live internationally.
I love this school and this community has brought incredible professional rewards and challenges for me. The timing of this announcement ensures that the SSC will have full participation and voice in the selection process for a new leader. In the meantime, I look forward to continuing the work of the super busy spring semester with students, staff, and families.
 
Although I was away at a conference this weekend, the reviews for Media Nite and the Shakespeare Festival were outstanding! Congratulations to the student artists.  Stay connected to all school events through the school website, the “Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts” Facebook page, and the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA Twitter feed.
 
Congratulations to the Ruth Asawa SOTA Mock Trial team for their participation in the Carmel Invitational this past weekend.
 
Happy Birthday to our school’s namesake Ruth Asawa on January 24.  Ms. Asawa was an accomplished artist, activist parent in SFUSD, and a community organizer committed to bringing the arts to all students in SFUSD.  Check out her story at https://www.ruthasawa.com/
 
Mayor London Breed’s Career Fair is this week on Wednesday, January 23, from 11am to 6pm at the War Memorial Building at 401 Van Ness Avenue. This fair is for career development and internships for SF youth! More Info
 
Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
Staff Meetings this Week:
  • English Department meets Wednesday at lunch in Salome’s room
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Wednesday at 1:45pm in the conference room
  • Academic Lead Team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room
Community Meetings this Week:
  • AAPAC meets Tuesday at 5:30pm in the 304
  • Friends of Ruth Asawa SOTA meets Tuesday at 6pm in the conference room
  • Vocal Department Parent/Caregiver meeting is Tuesday at 6pm in the Vocal Room
  • Join the Staff Appreciation Team this Saturday, Jan 26 to put together Lunar New Year Boxes.  Sign up HERE.
  • Auditions are coming!  Sat, Feb 2 & Sat Feb 9.  We will need lots of volunteers to ensure the auditions run smoothly.  Please consider signing up to VOLUNTEER
Student Performances this Week:
World Music and Dance presents “Liberte” this weekend, with three shows; Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm, and a Saturday matinee at 3pm. The Saturday matinee is FREE to all SFUSD students. Buy advance tickets at the Ruth Asawa SOTA Box Office
 
Have a great week!  
 
Sincerely,
B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/21/19




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Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:
 
Recently an alumnus staff member said to me and others that, in their opinion, the point of art is empathy. That comment held deep resonance with me. I hope the same can be true for our school; that we will understand each other’s perspectives and experiences through art and that allows us to feel connected, seen, and understood, across our different identities.
 
Definitely this was true for all who attended last Friday’s Senior Showcase “Sendoff” performance. It was beautiful.  I’m grateful to the senior leaders who organized the show, and for the never-taken-for-granted staff and parent support. This is a talented and diligent senior class.
 
Tuesday is Late Start is cancelled.  All students report to school at 8am for a regular Tuesday bell schedule.
 
Wednesday is School Without Walls day.  All students should have their activity confirmed along with details for start time and location, as well as any field trip forms or fees. Any student with any question regarding their activity should contact Mr. Padlow, padloa@sfusd.edu, or stop by room 220 on Monday before school, during nutrition break, passing period, lunch, Arts Block or after school.  This is a mandatory school day, attendance is taken and reported for all activities.
 
In other SWW day news, the Maker Activity is requesting donations from families for any of the following materials: rope, string, twine, plastic bags, wood scraps, bicycle wheels, wire, pipe, tubing -- plastic, metal, cardboard, any other interesting "scrap." Bring items to room 222 by Wednesday at 8am
 
The PTSA General Meeting is this Wednesday at 7pm in the library.  All parents, staff, and students are always invited to attend. Please help us prepare, by filling out this quick RSVP.
Last Friday’s “Principal’s Chat and Coffee” was cancelled and rescheduled to this Friday, January 18, 2019 at 8:15am in the library. All parent/caregivers are invited to attend.
 
Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 224
  • Tuesday Late Start is cancelled, school begins at 8am
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 224
  • School Without Walls Day is Wednesday all day
 
Staff Meetings this Week:
  • Arts Leads meet Monday at 11am in the Dojo
  • Tuesday Late Start faculty meeting is cancelled; school starts 8am
  • There is no SAP meeting due to School Without Walls Day
 
Community Meetings & Events this Week:
  • Friends of Ruth Asawa SOTA Board meeting has been rescheduled to Tuesday, January 22 in the conference room
  • The Staff Appreciation Breakfast has been postponed to February. A new date & volunteer sign up sheet to be posted shortly
  • PTSA General Meeting is Wednesday at 7pm in the library
  • SSC meets at 4:30pm Thursday in the conference room
  • Principal’s Chat is Friday at 8:15am in the library
  • Auditions are coming!  We will need lots of volunteers to ensure it all goes smoothly.  So save the dates - Feb 2 and 9, 2019
 
Student Performances this Week:
  • The IM Wind Ensemble will play with San Francisco Conservatory of Music Composition department in a read through rehearsal on the campus of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music on Wednesday 1/16/19 from 4-6pm. If you are a Wind Ensemble guardian or parent and are interested in attending, please submit your name to this Google Form by Tuesday evening:   https://goo.gl/forms/KiMIrs8WkdF0iNPC3
  • “Media Nite” film festival is Thursday and Friday this week in the Dan Kryston Theatre at 7:30pm
  • The Theatre Department “Shakespeare Night” is Saturday this week in the DKT at 7:30pm
 
Buy tickets for shows in advance at the Ruth Asawa SOTA Box Office
 
Have a nice week, sincerely,
B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/13/19




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Dear Asawa SOTA Community,

 

We hope you all had a great holiday break and that it was restful and rejuvenating. In this first week of 2019, your PTSA is back at it…we coordinated over 15 volunteers to help at the last school tour of the year and we’re gearing up to help at multiple events and shows -- from the Senior SendoffMedia Nights, Shakespeare Competition and more (purchase ticket’s HERE by clicking on the Box Office link)!!!! Plus, you can volunteer at next week's Staff Appreciation breakfast along with the Audition Days in early February!

 

Your Asawa SOTA PTSA is an all-volunteer organization that coordinates these volunteer efforts and community activities year-round. We are so thankful to so many of you who have baked, toured, decorated, collaborated, wrapped, advocated or have given of your time one way or another.

 

And now, the time has come to contemplate the 2019-2020 Asawa SOTA PTSA Executive Board. How does this happen?….well, it’s kind of an important process – and only takes about ONE MONTH of your time. 

 

The Nominating Committee is responsible for finding a slate of officers that is balanced in terms of new and experienced officers as well as reflects the diversity of the school population. The Nominating Committee members should be:

  • Able to give objective consideration to nominees.
  • Able to use sound judgment and skill in evaluating nominees.
  • Tactful, discreet with integrity.
  • Able to keep all deliberations confidential.
 
Yes, we take this seriously and we can really use your help. If you, or perhaps someone you know, might be interested in volunteering for this very important task, please contact me directly at: lizreye@gmail.com. I’ll be happy to give more details about the responsibilities. And, here’s the quick timeline — January 2019: Elect a Nominating Committee, February 2019: the Nominating Committee recruits a slate of candidates, March 2019: the PTSA membership votes for officers. 
 
We will be selecting the Nominating Committee at the next PTSA meeting on Wednesday, January 16, 2019. It’s also Ruth Asawa’s Birthday month, so we will be celebrating with cake and a video! We hope you can join us.  Please help us prepare by RVSP-ing at this LINK.
 
Thank you,
Liz Isaacs
 
PTSA Volunteer Coordinator
(Band 2019/Tech 2022)
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Published: 1/10/19




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Please join us for our monthly PTSA meeting in the school library on Wednesday, January 16 at 7PM. 

 

This month we will celebrate Ruth Asawa's Birthday!

 

Enjoy some delicious cake and mingle with other families after our regular PTSA business. Yum!

 

The link to the full agenda will be posted shortly.

 

And please help us prepare by RVSP-ing at this LINK.

 

See you there!

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/9/19




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Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

I hope everyone is having a nice week back to school.  Here are a few updates from this week’s “Monday Reminders:”

 

This Friday’s Principal’s Chat for parent/caregivers has been rescheduled to next Friday, January 18 at 8:15am in the library. There is no Principal’s chat this Friday, January 11.

 

Don’t forget to buy tickets in advance to this Friday’s Senior Showcase performance at 7:30pm in the main stage theatre: Box Office

 

Today is the student deadline to sign up for your January 16 “School Without Walls” activity. All students must sign up, or the school will assign to a given activity based on available space: School Without Walls Day Student Sign Up

 

Finally, the administration has been made aware that there are scheduling conflicts between the  school events calendar and the Jewish Passover holiday starting April 19, 2019. Please know that I am deeply sorry to impacted students, staff, and families. We do not take this issue lightly and are working through possibilities to address, given our highly impacted spring calendar.

 

Thank you!  Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal

Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

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Published: 1/9/19




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Enjoy a night of student performed and directed showcases from Ruth Asawa SOTA's class of 2019. A performance from every department, you're guaranteed to witness a diverse array of entertainment. From jazzing it up with vocal performances, to getting loud and proud with World Music, for the first time ever, SOTA's very own SENIOR SENDOFF!

 

Proceeds will fund the school's annual prom event, so come on out and support!   

 

SHOWTIME!

Friday, January 11 @ 7:30PM

Tickets: Adults $25 • Seniors & Alum $20 • Students $15

 

Tickets available for purchase online. Just click the box office link on our school loop website!

 

Coming to the show? Please consider signing up to help out. Click this LINK to volunteer!

 

UPDATE!  Please note that the previously scheduled 4:30PM performance has been canceled.We apologize in advance for any inconvenience this may have caused.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 1/8/19




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Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

Welcome back to the spring semester 2019!  I hope everyone had a restful winter break. I’m looking forward to reaffirming our commitment to student achievement in academics and the arts, as well as deepening our commitment to equity based on how individual identity impacts experience.

 

The first annual Senior Showcase “Senior Sendoff” is this Friday, January 11 at 7:30pm in the Dan Kryston Theatre. This interdisciplinary show will sell out!  Buy advance tickets at the Ruth Asawa SOTA Box Office.

 

It is with sadness that we learned of the passing of Mr. Gordon Chalmers on December 24. Mr. Chalmers was a long time SFUSD educator at both J. Eugene McAteer High School and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts. Rest in Peace and much love to his family. The family requests that donations be made in his honor to the Friends Of Ruth Asawa School of the Arts, College Center, in his name.

 

Please come out Monday night for Student Gov fundraiser to Chipotle Mexican Grill in Stonestown, 5 to 9pm.  Proceeds go to support prom and student activities. Vegetarian, vegan, Keto, and gluten free options available. Get the flyer/coupon from any Student Gove member or from Ms. Park in room 223.

 

There have been a few staff transitions for the spring semester 2019:
  • Wellness Coordinator - Jason Gee.  Mr. Gee replaces Marcus Christmas, who has moved to a permanent position at O’Connell High School.  Mr. Gee had been a Social Worker in SFUSD for many years before moving to the classroom at Ruth Asawa SOTA this fall.  Mr. Gee will cover the position for the spring semester while our permanent coordinator, Mr. Robert Francour completes his sabbatical.
  • History teacher - Ms. Hosanna Rubio, Ruth Asawa alum and UC Davis graduate will take over the position vacated by Mr. Gee. Welcome Ms. Rubio!
  • English teacher - Ms. Bruna Lee will take over the position vacated by Ms. Daniella Ocampo, who resigned due to personal reasons.  Ms. Lee has recently been teaching at Balboa High School. Welcome Ms. Lee!
  • Math - Mr. Chase Mateusiak will fill in for the spring for Ms. Jhina Alvarado-Morse, who has been out on a personal leave. Welcome Mr. Mateusiak!
  • World Dance - Ms. Jessica Acosta will be leading the World Dance program while Ms. Joti Singh is on family leave. Welcome Ms. Acosta!
  • Nurse - Ms. Emma Covington has replaced Ms. Denise Ngo who resigned in December to pursue a new career.  Welcome Ms. Covington!

 

School Without Walls Day is coming!!! On January 16th, 2019, all students are participating in a school-wide, student-organized “big picture” activity day. All students need to sign up for an activity of their choice using the link below: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?class=rasa Off-campus activities require a field trip form signed by a parent or guardian. These will be available from Mr. Padlo in room 222 or from the teacher/advisor for the event. Note: SWW Day is not a ”day off” from school, but a “day of” extended learning. Attendance is mandatory, and students are responsible for completing the assessment at the end of the activity (access to this online form will be given at the end of the day). Arts departments will be providing credit for attendance and completion of the assessment document.

 

The outstanding volunteerism of our parent community is deeply appreciated!  Opportunities to contribute abound and fit every schedule.  Sign up here for events and support throughout the spring: https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/PTSA/Volunteer

 

Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov Chipotle Fundraiser at Stonestown, Monday 5 to 9pm
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • School Tour for prospective students is Wednesday after lunch

 

Staff Meetings this Week:
  • English Department meets Wednesday at 12:30pm
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Wednesday at 1:45pm in the conference room
  • Academic Lead Team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room

 

Community Meetings | Events this Week:
  • School Tour for prospective students is Monday after lunch.  Sign up HERE.
  • Band & Orchestra Parent Meeting on Monday at 6pm in the library
  • AAPAC meets Tuesday at 5:30pm in room 301
  • PTSA Board meets Wednesday at 6:30pm in the library
  • Monthly Principal’s Chat and Coffee is Friday at 8:15am in the library

 

Student Performances this week:
Senior Showcase, “Senior Sendoff” is Friday at 7:30pm in the DKT.
Tickets are on sale now: Ruth Asawa SOTA Box Office.

 

Have a great week!  Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal,
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD

 

 

 

 

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Published: 1/6/19




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Happy New Year and Welcome Back! 

 

The next few months are full of FUN volunteer opportunities.

 

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

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

 

Thank You!

The Asawa SOTA PTSA

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/30/18




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Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

Due to our unique educational program and current funding formulas for public education at the the local and state levels, our school has relied upon parent and community support to be able to offer our highly specialized arts programming. Thank you for the many donations thus far this year.

 

As a reminder, there are four ways for families to contribute to the school:
 
  1. As the most basic level, we expect that parents/caregivers will take an active role in the education of their child by monitoring academic and artistic progress, staying in contact with teachers and staff, following the school calendar on https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/, and attending shows and community events.
  2. Parents/caregivers may contribute by volunteering time through PTSA, our parent affinity groups such as AAPAC, LPAC, IPPAC, and MPAC, or though art departments and at our over 100 annual shows and performances. Families offer thousands of service hours at Asawa SOTA annually, a proud distinction for our high school in SFUSD. Volunteer opportunities are posted through school loop: https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/PTSA/Volunteer.
  3. Families may contribute financially to support arts programming and our Artists in Residence (AIR) program through “Friends of Ruth Asawa SOTA,” our non-profit partner organization for the last 18 years. “Friends Of” is an SFUSD approved partner and has open monthly board meetings, as well as published financial statements, tax returns, and audits. As a 501c3 non-profit, corporate matching donations are eligible and stock transfers are accepted.  All donations are used as designated by the donor and are kept anonymous to the school community. Donate here: http://fosota.org/donations/
  4. Community members may also contribute directly to the school “trust fund” which pays for AIRs, is a protected school account, and rolls over from year to year.
Monetary donations may be given through the “GIVE” tab at the top of the school website, https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/.

 

Again, thank you to all families for all of your contributions. Please do what you can and know that all of our wonderful students have our love and support in pursuit of Ruth Asawa SOTA’s  mission to provide equity and excellence in the arts and academics.

 

Sincerely,

 

Barnaby Payne, Principal & Heidi Alletzhauser, PTSA President

 

Ruth Asawa School of the Arts

San Francisco Unified School District

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/17/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

I am grateful beyond words for the many supportive and authentic relationships among staff, students, and families that truly define our school community.  Please accept my best wishes for the winter holidays and calendar new year!

 

Much Ruth Asawa SOTA love to the students and staff participants in the Holiday Show “Iconic,” with individual student and ensemble performances that have now joined the lexicon of Ruth Asawa SOTA legends for all time. Thank you to our incredible, hard working students, supportive families, and dedicated staff.

 

This is Finals Week. There are special schedules all week. Good luck to the students and a HUGE shout out to our Academic teachers and their commitment to student achievement. Friday is an Early Release day for students after lunch.

 

Tickets are on sale now to the Senior Sendoff, interdisciplinary senior showcase, with two shows on Friday, January 11, 2019.  We are expecting both shows to sell out so buy in advance at Ruth Asawa SOTA Box Office. Coming to the show?  Please consider helping out.  Sign up HERE to volunteer.

 

Another huge thank you to the PTSA Staff Appreciation team for the fully loaded, lovely holiday cookie boxes for staff. Many warm regards!

 

School Without Walls Day is coming!!! On January 16th, 2019, all students are participating in a school-wide, student-organized “big picture” activity day. SWW Day 2019 offers a variety of on-campus and off-campus adventures—student-run workshops, field trips, hands-on activities that provide for fun, discovery, improvisation, problem solving, and collaboration to support school-wide learning objectives and community building. Students choose from a menu of options that have been created by RASOTA seniors (and some juniors) and sign up using our new online platform. If a particular activity is full, students will need to sign up for a different one. Any payment required (most are free) must be made by credit card on the signup site. All students need to sign up for an activity of their choice using the link below:
 
Off-campus activities require a field trip form signed by a parent or guardian. These will be available from Mr. Padlo in room 222 or from the teacher/advisor for the event. Note: SWW Day is not a ”day off” from school, but a “day of” extended learning. Attendance is mandatory, and students are responsible for completing the assessment at the end of the activity (access to this online form will be given at the end of the day). Arts departments will be providing credit for attendance and completion of the assessment document.

 

Student Activities this Week:
  • This is Finals Week.
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
Staff Meetings this Week:
There are no staff meetings this week

 

Community Meetings this Week:
Ruth Asawa SOTA AAPAC hosts the SFUSD AAPAC on Thursday, December 20 at 6pm in the library.

 

*There are no student performances this week  

 

Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 12/16/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community,

 

School Without Walls Day is coming!!! On January 16th, 2019, all students are participating in a school-wide, student-organized “big picture” activity day. SWW Day 2019 offers a variety of on-campus and off-campus adventures—student-run workshops, field trips, hands-on activities that provide for fun, discovery, improvisation, problem solving, and collaboration to support school-wide learning objectives and community building. Students choose from a menu of options that have been created by RASOTA seniors (and some juniors) and sign up using our new online platform. If a particular activity is full, students will need to sign up for a different one. Any payment required (most are free) must be made by credit card on the signup site. All students need to sign up for an activity of their choice using the link below:

https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?class=rasa

 

(Note:  If the link does not work, visit our school loop page and click on the SOTA without Walls button)

 

Off-campus activities require a field trip form signed by a parent or guardian. These will be available from Mr. Padlo in room 222 or from the teacher/advisor for the event.

Note: SWW Day is not a ”day off” from school, but a “day of” extended learning. Attendance is mandatory, and students are responsible for completing the assessment at the end of the activity (access to this online form will be given at the end of the day). Arts departments will be providing credit for attendance and completion of the assessment document.

 

Notice: Empathy Day is FULL!

 

Other events are filling up—including these that have several participants already:

  • Walk Across the City - Ferry Building to Ocean Beach
  • Thrift-o-nomics
  • Sustainability Presentations: Environmental Education Outreach
  • many more activities are available!

thx,

Andy Padlo, Ruth Asawa SOTA English Teacher

padlowa@sfusd.edu

 

 

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Published: 12/11/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA
Monday Reminders, December 10, 2018
 
Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:
 
The 2018 Interdisciplinary Holiday Show “Iconic” is selling out fast!  As of Friday, we have already sold 870 tickets to the three performances on December 13, 14 and 15, at 7:30pm in the DKT.  Please buy advance tickets at the Box Office at https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/
 
This week is the last week of the “regular schedule” fall semester.  December 17-21 is Finals Week with a special bell schedule each day.  Please note that friday, December 21, is a “Early Release” day and school is out after lunch: Fall 2018 Finals Schedule
 
Also please join us in January for a new tradition, the Senior Showcase, “Senior Recital:”
Enjoy a night of student performed and directed showcases from Ruth Asawa SOTA's class of 2019. A performance from every department, you're guaranteed to witness a diverse array of entertainment. From jazzing it up with vocal performances, to getting loud and proud with World Music, for the first time ever, SOTA's very own Senior Recital! Proceeds go to fund the school's annual prom event, so come on out and support!   Tickets are $15 for students, $20 for seniors, and $25 for adults. The date/time is January 11 at 4:30PM and 7:30PM. Pre-tickets on sale soon!
 
Attention Seniors - This is the final reminder to update your Naviance account so that all documents can be sent out to colleges for your early January deadlines. Make sure everything is updated by Friday, December 14. Stop by the College Center if you have questions or need help. Thank you.
 
Senior Graduation Photos begin this week in the third floor Pannone Gallery on Wednesday and Thursday. Check the student appointment schedule on the wall outside Mr. Rombro’s office.
 
Please support our beloved Spoken Arts department on Tuesday evening at their Chipotle fundraiser, Stonestown location, 4 to 8pm.  Have dinner and support the arts!
 
Friday is Winterfest and Diversity Fair in the quad at lunch with food sales, games and activities.
 
Principal’s Coffee Chat is Friday at 8:15am in the library. All parents are invited to attend and discuss student and family centered issues.

In March 2019, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) will present HERStory: Past Present, Future in honor of Women's History Month. They are looking for female artists, storytellers, makers, naturalists, musicians and more who can present a fun, engaging program for children, t(w)een or family audiences of all genders. This month-long programming series takes place throughout all 28 libraries of SFPL. If you have a fabulous act that you are interested in presenting, then email lanor39@hotmail.com to apply! SFPL will be providing payment for acts that make it into the event... Perform, and get paid for it!

 
Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Senior grade level meeting is Wednesday at 1:10pm in the gym
  • Winterfest/Diversity Fair is Friday in the quad at lunch
Staff Meetings this Week:
  • UBC/Admin meets Monday at 3:30pm in the conference room
  • Academic Leads meets Wednesday at 1:45pm in the conference room
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room

Community Meetings this Week:

  • SF Bay Area Parents Coalition meets Monday from 7 to 9pm at Lowell High School 1101 Eucalyptus Dr, San Francisco, CA 94132, United States Description:The Wild West: Cannabis, Vaping, and Other Substance Use Among Teens in the Modern World. More details and tickets are available on their website. http://parentscoalition.net/ Ruth Asawa SOTA is a member of the Parents' Coalition of Bay Area Schools.  Tickets for members are $5. Counselors are FREE!
  • Staff Appreciation  - Cookie Drop Off & Cookie Box Assembly!  Mon - Wed. Sign up HERE.
  • Principal’s Coffee Chat is Friday at 8:15am in the library
Student Performances this Week:
The 2018 Holiday Show “Iconic” is this week on the Main Stage of the Dan Kryston Theatre, with shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30pm. These shows will sell out, buy tickets at the Box Office at https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/

 

Have a great week, sincerely,

B. Payne Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Published: 12/9/18




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In March 2019, San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) will present HERStory: Past Present, Future in honor of Women's History Month. We are looking for female artists, storytellers, makers, naturalists, musicians and more who can present a fun, engaging program for children, t(w)een or family audiences of all genders.
 
This month-long programming series takes place throughout all 28 libraries of SFPL.
 
If you have a fabulous act that you are interested in presenting, then email lanor39@hotmail.com to apply! SFPL will be providing payment for acts that make it into the event... Perform, and get paid for it!
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Published: 12/6/18




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Published: 12/6/18




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Join us as we bring the fall semester to an end in the Dan Kryston Memorial Theater with an iconic evening of art and performances featuring students from each of the Art Disciplines from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts.

 

THREE PERFORMANCES ONLY! Last year, our Holiday Spectacular sold out in two days. Don't get left out in the cold. Get your tickets TODAY!

  • Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • Friday, December 14, 2018
  • Saturday, December 15, 2018

Tickets: Adults $25 • Seniors $20 • Students $15

 

AVAILABLE NOW on school loop.  Just click the box office link to purchase your tickets.

 

Coming the show? Please sign up to VOLUNTEER!

 

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Published: 12/3/18




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Kick off the holiday season with "Joy!"  A celebratory collaboration between the Vocal and Instrumental Music departments featuring: J.S. Bach "Magnificat" with Chamber Orchestra & Chamber Singers, The Swingle Singers, PDQ Bach, Celebrations from around the world ... and a holiday Sing-A-Long!!

 

Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Dan Kryston Memorial Theater, Ruth Asawa SOTA

Adults $15 . Seniors & Alum $10 . Youth $7

 

Tickets are available at the door & online.  Click the box office link on school loop.

 

Coming to the show?  Please consider signing up to volunteer

 

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Published: 12/3/18




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It's that time of year ... holiday cookie boxes and fabulous shows!  Have a few hours to spare?  Sign up for one of the events below! 

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

 

Thank You!

The Asawa SOTA PTSA

 

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Published: 12/3/18




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Monday Reminders, December 3, 2018

 

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

Thanks to all of the awesome student and parent volunteers at the School Tour for prospective Ruth Asawa SOTA students and families last Monday!  We appreciate the love and support.

 

Welcome to SFUSD “Inclusive Schools Week,” December 3 through 7, 2018. As a school community we are obligated constantly to reflect upon and celebrate how students and adults experience our community based on personal identity; What does it mean to  be an anti-racist, hate free school? How do we welcome and support the LGBTQ community and individuals with Learning Differences? What does it mean to be an ally? How do we honor our diversity in academic and arts spaces?  https://inclusiveschools.org/

 

I’m pleased to announce the Ruth Asawa SOTA holiday show, “Iconic.” Thursday, December 13, 2018, Friday, December 14, 2018, and Saturday, December 15, 2018, all shows at 7:30pm. Tickets: Adults $25 • Seniors $20 • Students $15. Join us as we bring the fall semester to an end with an iconic evening of art and performances featuring students from each of the Art Disciplines from the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts. Reserve seating is on sale now at Box Office, "Iconic"  Or access the Box Office link through https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/

 

Ruth Asawa SOTA “School Without Walls” day in coming in January 2019, a day of experiential learning that uses The City as our classroom. All students and staff will participate.  For more information see here.
 

Ruth Asawa SOTA night at Blaze Pizza restaurant at Stonestown is Monday evening, 6pm to close, with proceeds supporting the 2019 prom.  Come support our hard working students!!! Use this Coupon

 

There is a Student Late Start at 9:20am on Thursday, and a faculty meeting at 8am in the library. However students and parents are invited to attend the meeting for a screening and discussion of two short films in honor of Inclusive Schools Week:

  • The Barber of Augusta (26 Minutes) Toronto native Matthew Genser goes to great lengths to find his unexpected superpower: cutting hair. Like all superheroes, he has a dark side; but in his costume, he’s invincible.  Put on your cape and get lined up! (Disabilities Featured: Psychiatric disability, learning disabilities)
  • Regione Caecorum (In the Land of the Blind) (3 Minutes) If a society is built with blind persons as the norm, it might be the person with sight who feels disabled as this short stop-motion animation illustrates. (Disabilities featured: Various disabilities (visual impairments, nonverbal people, wheelchair users, learning disabilities.)

Students and parents RSVP here: YES RSVP for Students and Parents

 

Also in honor of Inclusive Schools Week, The SOTA High School Wellness Center will be displaying the AIDS Quilt panel to SOTA Students and staff on November 30th thru December 05th in the SOTA Library. We encourage all students to stop by library to see the quilt on display.

In June of 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in a San Francisco storefront to document the lives they feared history would neglect. Their goal was to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to thereby help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting of devoted friends and lovers served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.

Today the Quilt is a powerful visual reminder of the AIDS pandemic. More than 48,000 individual 3-by-6-foot memorial panels — most commemorating the life of someone who has died of AIDS — have been sewn together by friends, lovers and family members.

The AIDS Memorial Quilt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WICAjuJYjws

 

Student Activities this Week:

  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov prom fundraiser at Blaze Pizza in Stonestown Monday evening, 6-10pm. Proceeds go to Ruth Asawa Student Gov.  Please come out for Pizza!
  • Student Gov Meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Ninth Grade meeting is Wednesday in the gym at 1:10pm. All ninth grades are expected to attend
  • Thursday is Late Start, school starts at 9:20am

 

Staff Meetings this Week:

  • Arts Leads meet Monday at 11am in the Dojo
  • Academic Leads meets Wednesday at 1:45pm in the conference room
  • Thursday faculty meeting at 8am for Inclusive Schools Week
  • Student Support Services Lead Team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room

 

Community Meetings this Week:

  • The College Center “Cash for College” event is Wednesday evening in the library from 7 to 8:30pm. Students and families of all grade levels are invited to attend
  • The Cultural Humility and Anti Racism Workshop series continues with Dr. Aaminah Norris continue on Thursday evening in the library at 7pm

 

Student Performances this Week:

Congratulations to the many students, staff, and parent volunteers for the outstanding shows last weekend and the huge audiences. Remember that all tickets are available in advance, on-line at the Ruth Asawa SOTA Box Office

  • Instrumental Music small ensembles perform on Wednesday evening in the Studio Theatre at 7:30pm. FREE. Coming to the show? Please sign up for the POTLUCK
  • The Architecture and Design department fall showcase is Thursday evening in the A&D Studio at 7:30pm
  • Kick off the holiday season with "Joy!" A celebratory collaboration between the Vocal and Instrumental Music departments featuring: J.S. Bach "Magnificat" with Chamber Orchestra & Chamber Singers, The Swingle Singers, PDQ Bach,Celebrations from around the world and a holiday Sing-A-Long!! In the Dan Kryston Memorial Theater on Friday, December 7, 2018 at 7:30pm

Have a great week! Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal

Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD










 

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Published: 12/2/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Ruth Asawa SOTA Spoken Arts Department proudly presents, RIGHTS WRITE: ANCESTORS, CULTURE & FREEDOM, student-directed by Jyairrah Martin and directed by Ms. Anderson-Zavala.

 

Join us as we honor our ancestors, celebrate our cultures, and consider the limits of freedom due to mass incarceration, criminalization, and oppression. 

 

Friday, November 30th, 7:30 pm

Tickets are available at the door & online. 
$7 Students $10 Seniors & Alumni $15 Adults

 

Saturday, December 1st, 2:00 pm
Matinee - FREE!  Donations welcome!

 

Coming to the show?  Please consider signing up to volunteer

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/27/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Please join us for out Winter Piano Recital Thursday November 29 at 7:30 PM in the Dan Kryston Theater.

 

Students will perform an array of solo and duets including works by Liszt, Prokofiev, John Corigliano, Debussy, Rachmaninoff, Dvorak & Brahms plus Argentine Tangos by Piazzolla and Peregrino Paulos.

 

Friday, November 30th 7:30pm

Tickets are available at the door & online. 

Adults $15 . Seniors & Alum $10 . Youth $7

 

Coming to the show?  Please consider signing up to volunteer

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/27/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Instrumental Music Department presents the Winter Band and Orchestra Concert. See the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and Full Orchestra perform music of Bohemia, Puerto Rico, Russia, France and more.

 

Special silent auction items will be present for all to bid on, including season tickets to the California Jazz Conservatory concert series, lessons, and CDs from great local jazz artists. All proceeds benefit the IM Department.

 

Friday, November 30th 7:30pm

Tickets are available at the door & online. 

Adults $15 . Seniors & Alum $10 . Youth $7

 

Coming to the show?  Please consider signing up to volunteer

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/27/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Parents’ Coalition of Bay Area High Schools presents expert speakers on a variety of concerns and interests related to parenting teens. The program slate for the 2018-19 school year has been recently announced, with four presentations that will inform and empower.

 

“The Well-Balanced Student”

with Mary Hofstedt, Challenge Success.

Date: Oct. 29, 2018

Location: San Francisco Waldorf High School

Time: 7:30pm

 

"The Wild West: Cannabis, Vaping, and Other Substance Use Among Teens in the Modern World”

with Danielle Ramo, PhD, Director of Research Operations, Hopelab Foundation; Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF

Date: Dec. 10, 2018

Location: Lowell High School

Time: 7:30pm

 

“Talking to Teens about Implicit Bias”

with Dr. Aaminah Norris, Assistant Professor, College of Education, Sacramento State

Date: February 11, 2019

Location: Urban School

Time: 7:30pm

 

Annual Teen Panel 2019: Learn About Teen Life from the Most Reliable Source

Don’t miss the most revealing and informative event of the year. An anonymous panel of students from San Francisco high schools will tell you what issues teens are most concerned with, and what shapes adolescent life today.

Date: March 18, 2019

Location: The Jewish Community High School of the Bay

Time: 7:00pm

 


Note! Ruth Asawa SOTA is a member of the Parents' Coalition of Bay Area Schools. Tickets for members are $5 online & $10 at the door. Counselors are FREE!

 

For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit the Parents' Coalition of Bay Area High School website.

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/26/18




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

 

Welcome back from the Thanksgiving break; I hope everyone had a nice week and that everyone is grateful for the return of our familiar clean and fresh San Francisco air. Please make note of the calendar at this busy time of year; we are three weeks from Finals Week and the end of the semester and transcript grades. All students, families and staff should check progress regularly and make note of all deadlines.  The best source of community information remains the website at https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com.

 

The PTSA meets this Wednesday at 7pm in the library. All parents, students, and staff are invited to attend.  RSVP & Additional Information Here

 

The award winning and contemporary Bay Area Theatre Company (Batco) was founded by Ruth Asawa SOTA alumni and is housed in the African American Art and Culture Complex in SF.  Their latest show "One Googol & One" is at the Brava Theater (Dec 7th-22nd) and the school community is invited.  
Information is here:
 
The new Ruth Asawa SOTA Scholastic Aptitude Test Preparation Club invites all interested students to attend their club meeting this Thursday, 11/29 at lunchtime in room 205. This is open to any student wishing to better prepare for the test.

 

Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • School Tour #2 is Monday at 1:10pm in the DKT
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Ninth grade meeting is Wednesday at 1:10pm in the gym
  • Ruth Asawa SOTA Dance Department Dance-a-Thon is Friday evening from 4 to 9pm in the Gym; come cheer the dancers on from the bleachers!
Staff Meetings this Week:
  • English department meets Wednesday at lunch
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room
Community Meetings this Week:
  • African American Parent Advisory Committee meets Tuesday at 5:30pm in room 304
  • Friends of Ruth Asawa SOTA Board meets Tuesday at 6pm in the third floor conference room
  • The Inclusive Practices Parent Advisory Council meets Tuesday at 6:30pm in the library
  • The General PTSA meeting is Wednesday at 7pm in the library.  RSVP & INFO HERE
  • The rescheduled November School Site Council meeting is Thursday at 4:30pm in the conference room
  • The Multicultural Parent Advisory Committee meets Thursday at 7pm in the library

 

Student Performances this Week:
  • Guitar Fall Recital is Tuesday at 7:30pm in the Studio Theatre
  • Winter Piano Recital is Thursday at 7:30pm in the Dan Kryston Theatre
  • Band and Orchestra Winter Showcase is Friday at 7:30pm in the Dan Kryston Theatre
  • Spoken Arts Fall Show “Rights Write” is Friday and Saturday at 7:30pm as well as a Saturday matinee at 2pm, all shows in the Studio Theatre
New dates for the Small Ensemble performance & the Jazz Show to be announced early this week.

 

Buy advance tickets for all shows here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=rasa.
 
Have a great week!  Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/25/18




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

 

Happy Veterans’ Day; I hope everyone had a restful, long weekend and is excited for the week off November,19-23 for Thanksgiving Recess.

 

We are likely to have another week of poor air quality.  School will not be cancelled however. Depending on SFUSD directives, outdoor activities will be limited and we suggest that students stay indoors during nutrition break and lunch. Any student leaving campus after the start of the school day requires a SFUSD “permit to leave” from the main office or Wellness Center.

 

It has been a very hard week for the people of California due to the wildfires. On campus, Environmental Club and Red Cross Club are uniting for a Ruth Asawa SOTA Fire Relief Drive. A Gofundme has begun. Please support with what you can. In addition there will be a supply drive - more information below.

 

If you would like to match a percentage of the donations, or are part of a business or company that could match a percentage - anywhere from 5% to 100% of the donations raised - please contact sotaenvironmental@gmail.com.

 

Important Dates for Food Sales:
  • Bake Sale on Tuesday 11/13 at lunch in the quad
  • Pizza Sale on Friday 11/16 at lunch in the quad

 

Supply Drive
Wednesday 11/14 through Friday 11/16 barrels in the Asawa SOTA & Academy library: 4 Barrels - Grade level competition to fill your grade barrel!
 
Accepted Supplies: Clean clothing in good condition (can be second hand). Non-perishable, non fragile food - let’s give the fire victims the Thanksgiving they deserve!

 

I want to take a quick moment to show appreciation for some of our recent Arts events:
  • The Fall Theatre Play, Antigonick was timely, poignant, and spectacular.  Much love to the Theatre department and to the Tech team as well.
  • The Ruth Asawa SOTA Orchestra/SF Opera Annual Collaboration on Thursday evening was a beautiful example of the integration between our school and a leading SF arts institution.
  • The First Annual SFUSD Dance Showcase last Wednesday showed how teacher collaboration and leadership enables outstanding outcomes for SFUSD students.
Congratulations to our wonderful students and staff!

 

Wednesday is an Early Release for students at 1:10pm; there is no Arts Block that day

 

Student Activities this Week:
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • College visits at the college center this week
  • Wednesday is Early Release for students at 1:10pm
  • All City Auditions for band students at Washington High School from 3:30pm to 5:30pm
 
Staff Meetings this Week:
  • There is a faculty meeting at 1:10pm Wednesday in the library
  • Student Support Lead team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room
 
Community Meetings this Week:
  • AAPAC meets Tuesday at 5:30pm in room 304
  • PTSA Board meets Wednesday at 3:30pm in the library
  • Cultural Humility and Anti-Racism workshop with Dr. Aaminah Norris continues Thursday at 8pm in the library
  • SSC meeting this week is cancelled and will be rescheduled for after the Thanksgiving break

 

Student Performances this Week:
  • 11/15 THURSDAY Small Ensembles in the Studio Theater at 7pm
  • 11/16 FRIDAY Jazz Department performance in DKMT at 7:30pm
Access the box office through the home page at https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/ for advance tickets!

 

Have a great week and a nice Thanksgiving!  We have so much to be thankful for in our school community.

 

Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/12/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

MISSING PEOPLE & CHECK-INS
https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php

If you’re still not able to locate loved ones, please contact BCSO at 530..538.7322 to request a welfare check or to file a missing person’s report.

Source: http://www.buttecounty.net/


 

VOLUNTEERING
If you would like to volunteer, please complete an application at www.caring-choices.org

Additional information at: http://nebula..wsimg.com/1589b07335870d744d41c041e381a07c?AccessKeyId=6EB4945303226314F528&disposition=0&alloworigin=1   

Source: http://www.buttecounty.net/
 

 

FINANCIAL DONATIONS
Currently the best way to contribute is to make a monetary donation:

 

DONATIONS - GOODS
Recommend you do NOT send in-kind donations without first coordinating with the receiving agency. Unsolicited in-kind donations strain the system.

Donated items should be dropped off at the Oroville Municipal Auditorium (1200 Myers Street, Oroville). Needed items include warm clothes, shoes, paper products (toilet paper, forks, spoons, paper plates, paper towels), and women's undergarments.

Source: http://www.buttecounty.net/ (as at 9 a.m. on 11/11)

Large corporate donation - Cal OES Business Operations Center: businessOP@caloes.ca.gov

 

 

OPEN YOUR HOME to EVACUEES
https://www.airbnb.com/welcome/evacuees/


 

COPING with DISASTER RESOURCES

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




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA
Our principal chat is this coming Friday at 8:15am in the school library.  
All parent/caregivers are invited to attend. Coffee, tea and tasty treats provided by the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA. 
 
Tomorrow the focus will be on the questions below:
  • What is the role of the administration and teachers in talking to our students about upsetting events?  
  • What impact are these events having on our students?  
  • How are families coping? 
  • Are there actions we want to take as a community to help? 
For those who have not been to the library before, the entrance is located on the 2nd floor (quad level).  Library is in the center next to the interior staircase.
 
Look forward to seeing you there!
 
 
 
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/8/18




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

 

Tuesday is election day and I am extremely grateful to our parent and student community’s outstanding efforts this fall to raise awareness and promote voter registration.  Here are some Voter Resources from PTSA Activism Chair Tia Winn.

 

In our efforts to build a truly inclusive school culture in politically difficult and divisive times, I know that our community stands in solidarity with Jewish students and families after the horrific mass shooting at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania last week. I also know that all staff, including our outstanding Wellness Center and counseling team are ready to provide safe space and support for students to process.  I remain hopeful that our school can serve as a model of respect, dignity, and humanity for all of our members, across difference.

 

The Ruth Asawa SOTA Red Cross club would like to invite the school community  to their "Storytelling Saviors" event on Thursday, November 8 from 12:30-1pm in room 304. Students will hear from Thomas Rowland, from the "Swords to Plowshares" veterans' organization, about his personal military training and war experiences, and be able to ask any questions they may have.

 

Open Call for Artists The Contemporary Jewish Museum is looking for Ruth Asawa SOTA performers and designers for their annual Teen Takeover event on November 20th!  If you are a fashion designer looking for a spot to showcase some of your work, or if you are a dancer or singer who specializes in Bollywood, Bhangra, North Africa, the Middle East, or Central Asian styles then contact Ellie Stokes (MT, 2020, lanor39@hotmail.com) by Thursday, November 8th for more information!

 

Last weekend, SOTA Cyberdragons Robotics team successfully competed and reached quarter finals in the Capital City Classic off-season FIRST Robotics competitions in Davis. The new build season kicks off January 5th, 2019. Go Cyberdragons!

 

On Thursday, November 8, Ruth Asawa SOTA will host a meeting of the Resilient Diamond Heights Steering Committee from 3:30 to 5pm in the school library.  This is part of a city wide effort to put neighborhood communities at the heart of disaster preparedness. Any interested student, staff member or parent is invited to attend. The agenda is here.

 

There is a Late Start for students on Tuesday, school starts at 9:20am, and a staff meeting at 8am in the library.

 

Friday is our monthly “Principal’s Chat” in the library at 8:15am, all parent/caregivers are invited to attend.

 

Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Tuesday is a Late Start for students at 9:20am
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • There is a 10th grade class meeting on Wednesday in the gym at 1:10pm

 

Staff Meetings this week:
  • Arts Leads meet Monday at 11am in the Dojo
  • UBC/Admin meets Monday at 3:30pm in the conference room
  • Faculty meeting 8am on Tuesday in the library
  • Academic Lead Team meets Wednesday at 1:45pm in the conference room
  • Student Support Lead team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room

 

Community Meetings this Week:
  • There is an Instrumental Music (Band & Orchestra) parent meeting Monday evening in the library at 6pm
  • The Latino Parent Advisory Council meets Tuesday at 6pm in the conference room
  • PTSA Board meets Wednesday, start time TBD
  • Resilient Diamond Heights steering committee meets Thursday at 3:30pm in the library
  • Parent workshop Thursday on “Part 2 of 5 "Naming and Framing: Race and Racism in the current sociopolitical context of public schools and society,” with Dr. Aaminah Norris in the library at 8pm
  • Principal Chat in the library at 8:15am. Coffee & treats provided by the Asawa SOTA PTSA.
  • The PTSA Appreciation Team will be hosting a “Gift Bag Assembly” gathering on Sunday from 10am-12pm.  For more info, please sign up here.

 

Student Performances this Week:
  • The First Annual SFUSD Dance Showcase is this Wednesday, November 7 from 6:30 to 8:30pm at Presidio Middle School. Please join us for the 1st Annual Dance Showcase brought to you by the SFUSD VAPA Department.  Featuring students from Alamo Elementary, James Lick Middle, Jose Ortega Elementary, Presidio Middle, Ruth Asawa SOTA, Ulloa Elementary and more. Doors open at 6pm. For more information 415-379-7023
  • The Ruth Asawa SOTA Theatre Department presents the fall show “Antigonick” with four shows, November 8 at 7:30pm, November 9 at 7:30pm, and November 10 at 4pm and 7:30pm. For more information and ticket sales click here.
  • The Ruth Asawa SOTA Orchestra Department will be performing with the SF Opera at the Diane B. Wilsey Center on November 8 at 7pm.  RSVP required.

 

Next Monday, November 12 is a school holiday for Veterans’ Day.  Have a great week! Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/4/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Join us for an evening of Monologues and Songs presented by the Ruth Asawa San Francisco School of the Arts Musical Theatre Department.

 

Two Shows! Nov 2 & 3 @ 7:30pm

 

Tickets are available at the door & online

Adults $15 . Seniors & Alum $10 . Youth $7

 

Coming to the show?  Please consider signing up to volunteer

 


 

 

NOTE: Some scenes contain strong language and adult themes, and may not be appropriate for children under the age of 13. Parental guidance is suggested.

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/2/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Theatre Department presents ANTIGONICK!  Directed by Ms.Elizabeth Carter.

 

Four Shows:

  • Nov 8 7:30pm
  • Nov 9 7:30pm
  • Nov 10 4pm
  • Nov 10 7:30pm

Tickets are available at the door & online

 

Adults $15 . Seniors & Alum $10 . Youth $7

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 11/2/18




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




Audience: Library, Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

The Contemporary Jewish Museum is looking for Ruth Asawa SOTA performers and designers for their annual Teen Takeover event on November 20th!

 

If you are a fashion designer looking for a spot to showcase some of your work, or if you are a dancer or singer who specializes in Bollywood, Bhangra, North Africa, the Middle East, or Central Asian styles then contact Ellie Stokes (MT, 2020) by Thursday, November 8th for more information!
 
A bit about the event:
 
Teen Takeover! 2018 takes place at the Contemporary Jewish Museum (736 Mission St) and it’s open for all teens. 

 

Teen Takeover is their signature annual teen event, hosting over 150 teens from the Bay Area for a night of performances, music, dance, fashion show, snacks, photo booth fun, imaginative art making, and unique interactive experiences. CJM collaborates with museum teen programs and organizations to create a fun and engaging program for teens, by teens. It is free for all teens 13+.

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




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Due to the poor air quality in San Francisco a few weeks ago, this performance was postponed.  The new date is Saturday, Dec 1st! 

 

*****

 

Join the Ruth Asawa SOTA band, orchestra, guitar & piano students, under the inspired direction of Melecio Magdaluyo, for another unforgettable evening of music from the Jazz Band, Jazz Lab, Latin Band and Jazz Combo.

 

Tickets are available at the door & online

Adults $15 . Seniors & Alum $10 . Youth $7

 

Coming to the show?  Please consider signing up to volunteer

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/31/18




Audience: Resources, ALL SOTA and PTSA

Due to the poor air quality in San Francisco a few weeks ago, this performance was posted.  The new date is Wed, Dec 5th! 

 

*****

 

Join Instrumental Music Artists-in-Residence, Ben Snellings for a cornucopia of musical vignettes to be performed by Orchestra and Band students.  A fun and free event. A great opportunity to experience the musicians from Band and Orchestra in an intimate performance environment in the Studio Theatre.

 

Coming to the show?  Please bring a little something for the potluck!

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/31/18




Audience: Resources and ALL SOTA

iPPAC MEETING AGENDA

Inclusive Practices Parent Advisory Committee

 

WHEN Tuesday, October 30, 2018, starting at 6:30 pm

 

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  

  • Superfest Student Presentation - Mark/Lauren(15 min)
  • Ability Awareness Fair | Inclusive Schools Week (Dec 3-7) - Julia (10 min)
  • SFUSD College Fair for Students with Disabilities.  Preview event offered to iPPAC in early December - Julia (5 min)
  • Intelligent Lives” Film Screening at Mission HS on 12/12/2018 (5 min)
  • Questions? IEP Progress Report, 504 or Rose Lab (10 min)
  • Resources on School Loop - Suz & Mary (5 min)
  • Confirmation of meeting start time. (5 min)
  • Questions? New Items? (5 min)

 

2018-2019 iPPAC SCHEDULE

Meetings are currently scheduled on the last Tuesday of the month.

  • Nov 27
  • Jan 29
  • Feb 26
  • March 19
  • April 30
  • May 28

Have a favorite website, book or resource?  

Please email it to asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com and we will add it to the list.

 

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: 10/30/18




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

 

Despite the fact the United States Department of Justice recently told the Supreme Court that it is lawful to discriminate against transgender employees based on their gender identity, please allow me to make clear that Ruth Asawa SOTA protects and honors the right to all students and families to self-identify gender and will never share personal information with any outside agency. Any students and families with questions or seeking counsel should contact school administration, counselors, or the Wellness Center for resources.

 

I hope everyone had a chance to check out one of the great shows this past weekend; congratulations to the Chamber ensembles, the Vocal Department, and the many artists that participated in Artspan open studios.

 

On Monday evening, the Parent Coalition of Bay Area Schools presents “The Well-Balanced Student” with Mary Hofstedt.  More details and tickets are available on their website, http://parentscoalition.net/. The event is located at the San Francisco Waldorf High School
Ruth Asawa SOTA is a member of the Parents' Coalition of Bay Area Schools.  Tickets for members are $5. Counselors are FREE!

 

Many thanks to the many parents and students that volunteered to support our first school tour for 8th grade students and families last week.  The turnout of over 500 people was a surprise but a huge compliment to our community.  Stay tuned for more information about how to volunteer for the next tour on November 26.

 

Wednesday is Oktoberfest and Halloween day.  There will be an activity day schedule. Please don’t forget our Ruth Asawa SOTA Halloween Rules to ensure a fun and safe day.  Thank you!

 

In honor of 'Día De Los Muertos" World Language Department is hosting in the library the screening of the movie "Coco" in 2 parts. When: During lunch time this Thursday November 1st and Friday November 2nd at 12:20PM. Pizza and snacks will be for sale. All students and staff welcome!

 

As always, the best source for school information, calendars, and volunteer opportunities is https://sota-sfusd-ca.schoolloop.com/

 

A message from a student: Hello students, parents, and faculty of Ruth Asawa SOTA! My name is Allen Yesin and I am a senior in the Theatre department. This year I have the amazing honor of serving as an Ambassador for PALS programs, an organization that creates summer camps, winter programs, and weekend-long adventures all year long for young adults with Down Syndrome. My goal for this school year is to fundraise enough money to send 1 camper to camp for free. Please donate at palsambassadors.funraise.org/fundraiser/allenyesin to help get a camper to camp! Any amount helps and can be deducted from your taxes!! Thank you so much and have a great week!”

 

Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Wednesday is Oktoberfest at lunch in the quad with an activity day schedule (8am school starts but no nutrition break between first and second block).
Staff Meetings this Week:
  • Admin team meets Tuesday at 3pm
  • English Department meets Wednesday at 12:30 in Salome’s room
  • Student Support Lead team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room
Community Meetings this Week:
  • Friends of Ruth Asawa SOTA Board meets Tuesday at 6pm in the third floor conference room
  • Inclusive Practices Parent Advisory Council meets Tuesday at 6:30pm in the library
  • The Multicultural Parent Advisory Council meets Thursday at 7pm in the library
Student Performances this Week:
  • The Musical Theatre Fall Showcase is Friday and Saturday, November 2 and 3 in the DKT, both shows at 7:30pm. Purchase advance tickets here.
  • Jazz Band plays off site on Sunday at the California Jazz Conservatory Rendon Hall in Berkeley.  Tickets & additional information available here.

 

Have a great week!  Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/28/18




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

Students from the Piano, Orchestra, Band and Vocal Departments present a concert of chamber music for mixed ensemble. Directed by Ava Soifer.  Featuring Schubert's Trout Quintet, Piano Trios by Dvorak, Schuman, Brahms, Beethoven & Bach, plus Art Songs and More!
 

Coming to the show?  Consider signing up to volunteer.

 

Tickets are available at the door & online.  FREE for all students from Instrumental Music & Vocal Departments.

 

Adults $15 . Seniors $10 . Youth $7


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/23/18




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

The Ruth Asawa SOTA Vocal Music Department presents their Fall 2018 concert.  Featuring music from around the world by Aguiar, Bernstein, Chir, Hurd, Leon, McFerrin and more ...

Coming to the show?  Consider signing up to volunteer.

 

Tickets are available at the door & online

 

Adults $15 . Seniors $10 . Youth $7

 


 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/22/18




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

Join us for a memorable Saturday celebration of art and community at the 3rd Annual Artspan Youth Open Studios, featuring new and experimental artwork by Ruth Asawa SOTA students at the newly remodeled Magnolia Brewing Dogpatch event space from 12pm-4pm.

This is a great chance to buy some incredible original artwork, meet-up with friends, grab a snack, support the arts, and have a wonderful Saturday afternoon! Free, Fun and Family-Friendly. Costumes welcome!

Hosted by Friends Of Ruth Asawa SOTA



 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/22/18




Audience: Resources, Resources, SSC, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
Dear Ruth Asawa Community:
 
A huge shout out this week to the PTSA for taking the lead on the Board of Education Candidate Forum.  There was an excellent turn out from the candidates, the school and local community.  Thanks so much to the many volunteers that supported all aspects of the event.
 
Congratulations to the Creative Writing department on an outstanding performance last Friday night.  All who attended were delighted by the incredible talents of the students.
 
Students and families are advised to be mindful of bringing personal items of value to school. Skateboards and scooters are not to be used on campus during the school day, especially when students do not wear safety equipment. Students may store skateboard and scooters with administration during classes. The school can’t be held responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged personal items that are not used for school-related purposes.
 
The Ruth Asawa SOTA African American Parent Advisory Council will join district AAPAC in presenting to the Board of Education at Tuesday’s regular BOE meeting at 6pm on the work of AAPACs throughout the district. Come support our team!
 
Our first school tour of the year for prospective students and families is Monday during Arts Block, tours will be visiting departments based on applicant interest. The tour starts in the DKT at 1:30pm
 
Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • College Visits this week are Pace University, Linfield, University of Rochester, Paris College of Art, and Northwestern University
  • UC/CSU college application workshop is Tuesday in the library at lunch  
Staff meetings this week:
  • Arts Leads have 135 Van Ness/Arts Center architect meetings this week, see schedule sent by C. Boyle for details
  • UBC/Admin meets Monday at 4pm in the conference room
  • Academic Lead Team meets Wednesday at 12:45pm in the conference room
  • World Language department meets Thursday at 12:30pm
  • Student Support Lead team meets Friday at 12:30pm in the conference room
Student Performances this Week:
  • "Rules of the Game”, an independent collaboration of Ruth Asawa SOTA students and staff plays Monday evening at 4:30pm at the SF Main Library
  • The fall Chamber Music mixed ensemble show is Thursday at 7:30pm in the DKT. Tickets
  • The Vocal Department Fall Concert, "Songs of Praise" shows Saturday evening in the DKT at 7:30pm. Tickets
  • Join us for a memorable Saturday celebration of art and community at the Artspan Youth Open Studios, featuring new and experimental artwork by Ruth Asawa SOTA students at the Magnolia Brewing Dogpatch event space, 12pm-4pm.
Have a great week!  Sincerely,
 
B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Rules of the Game is a one-act (~40 min total with music) about the children still, increasingly, being put in detainment camps, being performed by Ruth Asawa SOTA students from theatre, musical theatre, creative writing, instrumental music, piano, and for these upcoming shows guitar and vocal.

Admission is FREE! We want people to know about what's going on and to know how to take action if they want to.  
 

  • Sunday, Oct 21 @ 2pm  Location: The Shelton Theater space, at 533 Sutter.
  • Monday, Oct 22nd @ 4:30pm Location: Main Library in the Koret Auditorium - downstairs, before you go through the RFID scanner into the library atrium. We will also have a speaker from the ACLU to give an update on what's going on and answer questions after the show.
  • Sunday, Nov 11th @ 4pm Location: Book Passage at the Ferry Building in SF.


For more information, please visit the website: seiche-productions.jimdosite.com

Thanks, and hope to see you there. 

 
Bring friends! Bring children!
 
Ms. Ellen Kovisto
Playwright, Musical Theatre AIR, retired Ruth Asawa SOTA Science Teacher
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/19/18




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Thanks to everyone who came out to the SFUSD Board of Education Forum! We had an opportunity to hear from 13 of the 18 candidates running for 3 open positions. It was an informative evening and we appreciate the candidates' passion and desire to serve the students and families of SFUSD. Candidate Bios are attached, but you can also click HERE.

 

Thank you so much to the many people and organizations that worked together to make this event possible.

 

The co-sponsors were Parents for Public Schools of SFSecond District PTA, San Francisco Education Fund, Support for Families of Children with Disabilities, the Alliance for Girls, and the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA.

 

Principal Payne got the evening started and introduced our moderator, Jill Tucker of the San Francisco Chronicle, who did a great job asking questions of the candidates and keeping the event on track.

 

A special shout out to Paul Kwapy and the Theater Tech Department for producing a professional quality event in the face of a challenging set-up with so many candidates. 

 

Christie Stokes ensured our space was welcoming to everyone, along with Liz Isaacs and a wonderful team of volunteers who put up signs, directed traffic, greeted attendees and generally made our school shine.  The Visual Art Department lent paintings to beautify the lobby and Student Government made sure attendees didn’t go hungry. PPS-SF staff made sure that check-in ran smoothly, questions were gathered from the audience, as well as live tweeting and streaming on Facebook. Suz Dehne, our fabulous communications chair, worked hard to publicize the event and manage our attendee list. Heidi Alletzhauser donated her mad photography skills to documenting the evening.

 

The SF Department of Elections was on site to register voters and answer questions.

 

Ben Trefny from KALW recorded the forum and the audio is available on KALW’s website. You can listen HERE.

 

THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

 

Tia Winn

Advocacy Chair

Asawa SOTA PTSA 

 


 

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Published: 10/19/18




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Does anybody even know how to pronounce “La Croix?” Find out at the Creative Writing Department’s Fall Show, LA CROINK, an evening of first-rate poetry and fiction, plus a daring new theatrical experience that will finally expose the nefarious truth behind America’s favorite flavor-adjacent water beverage!

Students $7 | Adults $15 | Seniors & Alumni $10

Tickets available for purchase at the door and online.  Click the box office link on the home page of school loop.

 


 

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Published: 10/19/18




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

 

New members will take their seats!

 

Click here to view the agenda.

 

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

 


 

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Published: 10/15/18




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

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

 

Thank You!

The Asawa SOTA PTSA

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/15/18




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Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

Come learn about the candidates running for a seat on the San Francisco Unified School District Board of Education on Monday, 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 of Children with Disabilities, Alliance for Girls and the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA. From 6pm to 6:30pm there will be a meet & greet in the lobby, a voter registration table and Student Gov will be selling snacks.  Questions?  Email us at asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com.  

 

The last day to register to vote is Monday, October 22. For more information to register, please visit https://sfelections.sfgov.org/registration-basics

 

Please join us for our monthly PTSA meeting and an Introduction to the College Application Process with Beth Alberts, College Counselor on October 17 at 7pm in the school library. You will get an overview of the timeline and a general understanding of what it takes to apply to college.  RSVP HERE! Parents, Teachers, Students and Staff, this is your association and you are all welcome!

 

A huge shout out and THANK YOU to the PTSA Staff Appreciation committee for the delightful and nourishing Back to School Night faculty dinner. The staff was happy and grateful on such a long work day.   Thank you to all the volunteers for helping with Back to School Night such as the Arts Dept Parent Liaisons, PAC leaders, and Student Gov!

 

Thanks to the many parent volunteers that came out to support at the SFUSD enrollment fair on Saturday. Your help is appreciated!  Anyone wishing to support our school’s outreach efforts should complete this Outreach Support Survey

 

Wednesday is an Early Release Day for all students, there is no Arts Block that day and school is out after lunch at 1:10pm.

 

Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Early Release is Wednesday at 1:10pm for all students
  • BSU will be hosting a voter registration drive on Thursday at lunch in the library
  • College visits continue this week through the College Center; Emerson College, Columbia College of Chicago, Arts Institute of Chicago, The New School, Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Lewis and Clark College, and a UC/CSU application workshop on Wednesday at lunch
 
Staff Meetings this Week:
  • Arts Leads meet Monday at 11am in the Dojo
  • Faculty meeting is Wednesday at 1:10pm in the library
  • Student Support Lead Team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room
 
Community Meetings this Week:
  • Board of Education Candidate Forum is Monday at 6:30pm in the DKMT
  • The African American Parent Advisory Council meets Tuesday at 5:30pm in Rm 304
  • The Friends Of Ruth Asawa SOTA Board meeting has been rescheduled to October 30 at 6pm
  • PTSA General Meeting is Wednesday at 7pm in the library:  Mtg Agenda
  • School Site Council meets Thursday at 4:30pm in the conference room
  • Multicultural Parent Advisory Council meets Thursday at 7pm in the library
Student Performances this Week:
The Creative Writing Department presents “La Croink,” Friday, October 19 at 7:30pm in the Dan Kryston Theatre.  Buy tickets at the door or advance sales here.

 

Have a nice week, sincerely,

 

Barnaby O. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/14/18




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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 of Children with Disabilities and the Ruth Asawa SOTA PTSA.

 

Questions?  Email us at asawaSOTAptsa@gmail.com

 

 
 

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Published: 10/13/18




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Is this the most beautiful show of the year? in the Washington Post, Sept 2018


 


 

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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Published: 10/13/18




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We are looking forward to seeing you all at Back to School Night 2018 on Tuesday, October 9th. See below for the full schedule. Students schedules will be available in the quad starting at 5:30pm, but you may save time and avoid long lines by simply downloading your student’s schedule from Synergy (ParentVue) and heading straight to Arts classes at 6pm.
 
Pizza and Ruth Asawa SOTA merchandise will also be available for sale during that time.

 
RUTH ASAWA SOTA BACK to SCHOOL NIGHT SCHEDULE
Tuesday, October 9th 5:30pm-8pm
 
5:30-6:00

Student Gov Pizza Sale

Merchandise Sales

PTSA Info & Membership

Nonprofit Information Table

PACs

Student Performances

Schedule Pick Up

Cafeteria & Quad
6:00-6:25 Arts Block Designated Art Space
6:30-6:45 1st Period Classrooms
6:48-7:03 2nd Period Classrooms
7:06-7:21 3rd Period Classrooms
7:24-7:39 4th Period Classrooms
7:42-7:57 5th Period Classrooms
8:00 Dismissal  

 

DESIGNATED ART SPACE

 

Building A (Main Building)

A+D: A+D Studio, Room 330

Band:  Library - NOTE: Location Change!!!

Creative Writing: Room 227

Media: Room 206

Musical Theatre: Room 328

Orchestra: Library - NOTE: Location Change!!!

Piano: Room 332

Spoken Arts: Room 223

Theatre: Room 238

Visual Arts: Sculpture Studio, Room 337

Vocal: Room 336

 

Building B (Gym | IM)

Dance: Dance Studio, Room 102

Guitar: Guitar, Room 131

World Music & Dance:  Music | Gym, Dojo

 

Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre

Tech:  Stage Area

 

FLOOR PLANS

To help find your way around campus, click HERE for floor plan key map.

 

DROP IN AVAILABLE TO FAMILIES 
6:00-6:30 Wellness Center (2nd Floor)  
Marcus Christmas, Wellness Coordinator
 
6:00-8:00 College Counseling Office (3rd Floor)
Beth Alberts, College Counselor
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Published: 10/9/18




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Grace McGee here, from Ruth Asawa SOTA's Environmental club. I'm writing to you with a couple of exciting updates regarding our club's sustainability endeavors. 
 
First off, this October 10th is bike/walk to school day! We will be giving prizes to students who bike or walk to school that day. Be sure to encourage your child to commute sustainability! We will be looking for pictures for social media campaigns to promote sustainable transportation, as well as an upload for the school's Earth Day Every Day competition. Pictures may be emailed to sotaenvironmental@gmail.com
 
Another really simple thing you can do in order to further Ruth Asawa SOTA's sustainability efforts is by signing up for Earth Day Every Day. The more Ruth Asawa SOTA community members sign up, the more points we get (which helps us towards winning a grant to further our sustainability efforts), so be sure to sign up, make sure your student is signed up, as well as any other family members. You can also help by filling out a Sustainable Transportation survey and pledge
 
We will be participating in a Beach Cleanup with the Surfrider Foundation on October 28th. It will be a fun way to bond with others, clean up our city, and protect our oceans. Join us, and bring your family and friends! (Google Calendar link) (Facebook event page
 
In order to stay connected with us, visit our Facebook pageInstagram or our website
 
If you have any questions or would like to get in touch, feel free to email us
 
Thank you, 
 
Grace McGee, 11th grade
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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 10/8/18




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Please join us for our monthly PTSA meeting and an Introduction to the College Application Process with Beth Alberts, College Counselor on October 17 at 7pm in the school library.

 

You will get an overview of the timeline and a general understanding of what it takes to apply to college. Click HERE for the full agenda.

 

In the mean time help us decide how much food to bring, RSVP HERE!


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

 


 

 

 

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Published: 10/8/18




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Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

Happy Indigenous Peoples’ Day. I hope everyone had a restful weekend.

 

Our community has shared values around building an Anti-Sexist school which seems particularly challenging given the recent confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh despite the sworn testimony of Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her. I know that many members of our community are angry and I am personally frustrated that the patriarchy in our country is more oppressive than ever.  Although the school and district has clear rules and consequences that protect victims of sexual assault, I do hope that at our school we can strive to treat each other with respect and dignity at all times, and commit to the relentless pursuit of creating a safe and supportive school for our students.

 

Tuesday, October 9 is Back to School Night at Ruth Asawa SOTA from 5:30 to 8pm.  Students schedules will be available in the quad starting at 5:30pm, but you may save time and avoid long lines by simply downloading your student’s schedule from Synergy (ParentVue) and heading straight to Arts classes at 6pm.  Please support Student Gov and buy pizza dinner in the quad as well. The full evening’s schedule is here. Also please vote for parent candidates for the School Site Council on Tuesday evening; ballots will be distributed through Arts classes and collected in the main office.

 

A huge shout out to the Theatre Department “Best of Boot Camp” performance last Saturday and to the many students and families that came to the Potluck. It was a great show.

 

Please join the first parent/caregiver workshop this Thursday at 7pm on Cultural Humility and Anti-Racism, led by current Ruth Asawa SOTA parent Dr. Aaminah Norris. Please support our efforts to build a radically inclusive school community for our students. More information  and registration is here.

 

Don’t forget to vote in the November election. Vote-by-Mail Ballots are sent out October 8 and should arrive in your mailbox soon. Early voting opens October 9 at the City Hall Voting Center. To find out more about what’s on the ballot you can go HERE.

 

The Board of Education Candidate Forum is next Monday, October 15 at the Dan Kryston Memorial Theatre from 6:30pm to 8:30pm. Doors open at 6pm and candidates will be available to answer questions before the formal event. We will also have representatives from the SF Department of Elections to register voters and answer questions. RSVP and find out more by clicking HERE.

 

Cash for College workshops are starting for the fall semester and are open to all SFUSD students and families.  The fall schedule is here. More information on Cash for College: http://www.jcyc.org/cash-for-college.htm

 

Please join the Principal’s Coffee Chat this Friday morning at 8:15am in the library, sponsored by the PTSA.  All parent/caregivers are welcome.

 

The PSAT will be administered to all 10th graders (and 11th graders who signed up)  this Wednesday, October 10 through morning classes. Please be at school on time, well-rested, and oatmeal is suggested for breakfast!

 

Student Activities this Week:
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • College visits to the College Center continue this week with McGill, The School of Visual Arts, Occidental and Sara Lawrence this week!

 

Staff Meetings this Week:
Student Support Leadership team meets Friday at 1:30pm in the conference room

 

Community Meetings this Week:
  • Back to School Night is Tuesday 5:30 to 8pm
  • Parent/Caregiver workshop on Cultural Humility and Anti-Racism is Thursday, 7-9pm in the library
  • Principal’s Coffee Chat is Friday at 8:15am in the library

 

Have a great week!  Sincerely,

 

B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Published: 10/8/18




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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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Published: 10/1/18




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Don’t miss out!

Come out and see the best summer scenes and monologues!

 

Purchase Tickets! 

  • Online
  • Main Office at Lunch
  • At the Door

 

 

 


 

 

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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/30/18




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Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:

 

Congratulations to the Dance Department seniors for their showcase on Friday. Each senior developed their own choreography, music, and costume and the results were outstanding. Bravo!
 
On Saturday night, the Visual Arts department had their closing art show at Spark Arts gallery in the Castro. The show  was a lot of fun and featured entertainment from several departments including guitar, musical theater, band and vocal. Folks were even treated to an impromptu jam session at the end!  It was a very Ruth Asawa SOTA celebration.
 
Save the dates!  Next Monday is a school Holiday for Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Tuesday, October 9 is “Back to School” night.  More details to come.
 
Friends Of Ruth Asawa SOTA has started its annual fundraising campaign. The “Friends Of” is the SFUSD approved fundraising partner for the school in support of our unique artistic programs and Artists in Residence system.  Money donated is tracked for donors and goes to school accounts that are protected for students and programs only. For questions or to give online, check out the Friends Of website at http://fosota.org/
 
Thursday, October 4 is a student “Late Start” at 9:20am with a faculty meeting at 8am.
 
The PSAT will be administered to all 10th graders on October 10 at school at no cost. 11th grade students who wish to take this practice test may register with Ms. Carissa for a fee of $16 (cash or check by October 5).
 
Monday is picture retake day for any student who missed the first picture day or simply wants a do over. No payment is needed to take photos, 9am to 1pm in the cafeteria.
 
There is a ninth grade class meeting on Wednesday at 1:10pm in the gym. The meeting will be about 20 minutes in length, and students will be sent directly to Arts classes.  All ninth graders are expected to attend.
 
Student Activities this Week:
  • Prom Committee meets Monday at lunch in 223
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Ninth grade meeting is Wednesday at 1:10pm in the gym
  • Thursday is student “Late Start” at 9:20am
  • College Visits continue to the College Center all week
 
Staff Meetings this Week:
  • 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:
  • The Community Outreach Action Team meets Tuesday at 5:30pm in the library. This meeting is for students/parents who have expressed interest is supporting the school’s middle school outreach efforts. Contact Outreach Coordinator Alex Jones with any questions, jonesa7@sfusd.edu
  • PTSA Board meets Wednesday at 6:30pm in the library
  • The Multicultural Parent Advisory Council meets Thursday at 7pm in the library.  This is for returning parents only.
 
Student Performances this Week:
The Theatre Dept Presents: BEST of BOOTCAMP (or B.o.B.). Saturday Oct. 6th at 3:30pm & 7:30pm. Tickets: Ruth Asawa School of the Arts Office M-F 12:20-1:10pm or AT THE DOOR!   Come enjoy the best of the 6 week intensive!
 
Have a great week, sincerely,
B. Payne, Principal
Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD
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Published: 9/30/18




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Dear Parents/Guardians,

The Asawa SOTA Wellness Center would like to encourage Parents & Guardians to donate nutritional snacks to the wellness center for students who may need them during the day. We offer these snacks to students who are not feeling well. These students may experience low energy, have headaches or may not have had a chance to grab breakfast before starting their school day. If you would like to donate to help our students, the SOTA Wellness Center is accepting donations of the following:

  • Cups for hot tea
  • Instant oat meal
  • Breakfast bars
  • Herbal teas
  • Gold Fish crackers

If you have items you’d like to donate, please drop them off in the SOTA Wellness Center room 226 or leave them in the main office, clearly marked “Donation for Wellness Center.”

Sincerely,

Marcus Christmas, MSS, ACSW
Wellness Coordinator
Asawa SOTA Wellness Center 

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Published: 9/27/18




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You are invited to the Closing Party for the Visual Arts Department Show at Spark Arts

Date: Saturday, September 29

Time:  6pm - 9pm (Performances begin at 6:20pm) Stop in for a bit, or stay for the whole evening.

Location:  Spark Arts Gallery, 4229 18th Street in the Castro. For more information, visit: https://www.sparkarts.com

 

 


 

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Published: 9/25/18




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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




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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




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

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




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

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




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




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

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

*****
 
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




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




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




Audience: ALL SOTA
"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




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

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




Audience: Resources, Resources, ALL SOTA, PTSA and PTSA
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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Posted by: Suzanne Dehne
Published: 9/3/18




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

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 28, 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




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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




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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




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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




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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.