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Mr.Payne's Monday Reminders, May 20, 2019
Posted 5/19/19

Dear Ruth Asawa SOTA Community:


Congratulations to the continuing spring shows last week; Creative Writing Seniors, Theatre Freshmen and Seniors, Vocal Finale and of course our annual Dance Concert. Great work students and staff!


Again much love and congratulations to new Ruth Asawa SOTA Principal starting in fall of 2019, our own Ms. Caitlin Boyle.  The future is bright!


Thank you to Mr.Hung, Mr.Arnold, Mr.Kwapy and all our parent & student volunteers for hosting a CMEA Festival for large ensemble band & orchestra groups this past weekend.  We had over 20 large ensembles on our campus from San Francisco and the Bay Area.  Congratulations to the SOTA Wind Ensemble, SOTA Concert Strings & SOTA Symphonic Band on their performances.  


Much Appreciation to our Rosiest Students of the Month. Thanks to all of the students that work hard to demonstrate our community values every day.


A huge thank you to all of the volunteer support for AP Exams as we gave the most AP exams ever in the history of our school. Make up exams start this week.


Seal of Biliteracy Award Ceremony, for all seniors graduating as bilingual

When: Thursday May 23rd (12:20pm to 1:10pm)

Where: Room 238 (initially this event was planned in the library, location has switched to the theater classroom)

Who: Senior students earning the medal and teachers/counselors

Here is a complete list of our senior biliterate students. Congratulations!

Class of 2019 SFUSD Seal of Biliteracy Award


As a reminder to all students, loitering in neighborhood around campus is not permitted. Students may not sit on neighbors’ steps, sit in driveways or on lawns at any time. Thanks for your support.


Our New Family Welcome is scheduled for Wednesday, May 22 from 6:30-7:30PM.  Sign up here to welcome our new families & students!  Info, Schedule & RSVP link available on our website.


We need student feedback to create a better community!  Please take our first ever Inclusive Practices Survey for Students, on Wednesday, May 22 during lunch in Room 106.  All students are welcome who want to provide feedback about how to create an inclusive classroom community for all students, especially for marginalized groups; Students of color, Students with IEPs/504s, LGBTQ, ELLs, immigrants, different religions, women/girls.


SFUSD Filipinx Graduation event is May 31, 2019 at 5:30 at Balboa HS. All Filipinix Class of 2019 graduates and their families are invited. RSVP info is here.  


Graduation 2019:  Please find graduation information on our website under school news.


Senior Luncheon: Friday, May 31. Planning for the senior luncheon is in the works. Sign up here to help out!  


The 2018-2019 YEARBOOK is still available for purchase online for $65-. Yearbooks can also be purchased in the main office (cash, check or cc). Yearbooks will be available for pick up at the end of May.


Volunteer Opportunities: A couple of weeks left of the school year and still quite a few volunteer opportunities!  To help out, sign up for any of the events listed HERE.  A big THANK YOU in advance from the Asawa SOTA PTSA.


Student Activities this Week:

  • Asian Student Union meets Monday at lunch in 301
  • Student Gov meets Tuesday at lunch in 223
  • Latinx student club meets Tuesday at lunch in room 231
  • YOWs meet Tuesday at lunch in the Wellness Center conference room
  • Asians United/API Filipinix sponsored Health Fair in the Quad at Lunch
  • Senior Graduation Committee meets Thursday at lunch in 223
  • BSU meets Thursday at lunch, third floor conference room 201
  • Friday is Mayfest in the Quad during lunch
  • Ruth Asawa SOTA College Day is Friday in the DKT, 9am to Noon


Staff Meetings this Week:

  • Student Support Lead Team meets Wednesday at 1:45pm in the conference room
  • Wellness Team meets 8:30AM Friday in the WC


Community Meetings / Events this Week:

  • AAPAC/BSU End of Year Celebration and New Student Welcome is Monday at 6pm in the Studio Theatre. Please RSVP on the box office link on our website or by emailing Pamela Tate-Rodgers directly.
  • New Family Welcome Event is 6:30pm on Wednesday in the Dan Kryston Theater.  Sign up here to welcome our new families & students!


Student Performances this Week:


THEATER - INT 2 SHOWCASE 7:30PM, Tuesday, May 21 in the Studio Theatre

MUSICAL THEATRE: SOPHOMORE SHOWCASE 7PM, Wednesday, May 22, Musical Theatre Studio (Room 334) $7 Suggested Donation at the door.

SPOKEN ARTS: END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION 6PM, Wednesday, May 22, Charlie's Deli Cafe on 3202 Folsom St.

A+D OPEN HOUSE 6PM-8PM, Thursday, May 23, A+D Studio, 6PM-8PM

ORCHESTRA FINALE 7:30PM, Thursday, May 23, Dan Kryston Theater

THEATER - BASICS SHOWCASE 7:30PM, Thursday, May 23, Studio Theatre

VISUAL ARTS FACULTY SHOW & END OF THE YEAR CELEBRATION  5:30PM, Thursday, May 23, Spark Arts on 4229 18th St.  

BAND FINALE 7:30PM, Friday, May 24, Dan Kryston Theater

CLASSICAL VOICE & JAZZ VOCAL FINALE CABARET 7PM, Friday, May 24, Community Music Center on 544 Capp Street. Admission by donation. Please note 7PM start time.

INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC EVENT, 7:30PM Saturday, May 25, Dan Kryston Theater.  FREE.

Tickets for all shows are on sale now at the Ruth Asawa SOTA Box Office.  Tickets available at the door and online.  Ticket pricing, unless otherwise noted: Adults $15 • Seniors & Alumni $10 • Students $7

Have a great week!  Sincerely,

B. Payne, Principal

Ruth Asawa SOTA, SFUSD