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Mr.Payne's Monday Reminders 2018 12 03
Posted 12/2/18

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?


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


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


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